Garmin Edge 510 GPS Bike Computer (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Connected features: live-tracking, instant upload and ride sharing capabilities, social network sharing, plus weather updates
- Comprehensive performance monitoring: displays market leading, comprehensive ride data (incl. speed, distance, time, heart rate1, cadence2, elevation, power3, location).
- Touchscreen and simple user interface: a 2.2" rugged and customizable color touchscreen. Quickly find and view the most important data
- Advanced heart rate-based calorie computation
- Zone training: heart rate zone training, supports five heart rate zones, seven power zones
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Train on the Edge
The touchscreen Edge 510 is designed for the competitive cyclist who seeks the most accurate and comprehensive ride data. It offers connected features¹ through your smartphone, including live tracking, weather and social media sharing. Whether you're training, racing or touring, Edge 510 tracks the details of your ride, and you can view it later on a map at Garmin Connect™. Compatible with GPS and GLONASS satellites for faster satellite acquisition and improved signal lock, the 510 is suited for the most challenging conditions, such as canyons.
Track Every Detail
The 510 records your distance, speed metrics, ascent/descent, grade and more. Take your training farther with ANT+™-compatible sensors that measure your heart rate², speed/cadence² and power³. The activity profiles feature allows you to customize data fields and device settings based on cycling activity, such as training or racing. Switch profiles with a simple swipe of the touchscreen and your device will be set up to show the data you need for that ride. When you complete a ride, the 510 displays any new personal records you achieved, such as farthest distance, most ascent gained and more.
Edge 510 offers a suite of connected features when paired with your smartphone (Apple® or Android™) and the Garmin Connect™ Mobile app. This allows you to gain comprehensive, accurate ride data from a dedicated device, while saving your phone battery. Edge tracks the data and sends it to your phone using a Bluetooth® connection. Stay connected and share all the details of your ride with friends, family and your social media contacts. You can post an update immediately after your ride or race with details from your completed activity. You'll create your posts via your smartphone, and the ride data's already there, thanks to the interface with Garmin Connect Mobile.
The live tracking feature allows your friends and family to follow your races and training activities in real time. Invite followers using email or social media, so they can view your live data on a Garmin Connect tracking page. Once they get your email invite, they can click to follow and see your stats and location on the map.
Get real-time weather conditions, forecasts and alerts (in areas with coverage) directly on the Edge 510 when it's paired with your smartphone and Garmin Connect Mobile. This feature is useful for extended rides, and it lets you keep your smartphone safe and dry, while the weather data you need is at your fingertips.
Wireless Data Transfers
Now you can instantly store, share and analyze every detail of your ride. The Garmin Connect Mobile app allows for wireless uploads of completed activities from your device as soon as you finish recording an activity. You choose whether activities are automatically or manually uploaded. Once your ride has posted to Garmin Connect, your own "connections" can view them. You can also search your courses and workouts4 stored at Garmin Connect, download to your smartphone, then send directly to your Edge 510 — wirelessly. Use the courses and Virtual Partner® features on your Edge to race your previous activities in real time.
Purpose-Built Bike Computer
Edge 510 is rugged, waterproof and has up to a 20 hour battery life. The touchscreen is easy to operate, even with a gloved finger and when wet. Mounting options include a new out-front mount² for heads-up positioning and a standard quarter-turn mount. It also comes with a tether to ensure your device doesn't travel far in the event of a spill.
¹When paired with your compatible Android or Apple device.
²Included with some models, sold separately on others.
³When paired with ANT+ power meter.
4Future release of Garmin Connect Mobile will allow you to explore and download courses and workouts from other Garmin Connect users.
What's in the Box:
- Edge 510
- Mounts (standard) - the OUT FRONT mount ONLY comes in the PERFORMANCE BUNDLE version
- USB cable
- AC charger
Legal DisclaimerGarmin Edge 510 bike computer. Great condition and like brand new. No scratches and kept in case during ownership.
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I've been using Garmin Edge 500 for almost 2 years and I simply love it. It's small, accurate and never failed me. One of the reasons I wanted to upgrade was to have a bigger screen (I was excited about 10 fields per screen 510 offers). Another and the most important reason was support for GLONASS system (500 on a few occasions wasn't too accurate in canyons or forests) and I was hoping to have a better GPS signal. The fact that 810 doesn't come with GLONASS was the reason I chose 510 (otherwise I'd go with 810). This still puzzles me as to why Garmin decided not to include GLONASS in 810.
As soon as the package arrived, I eagerly unpacked it and realized that the device was larger than I thought. I connected it to my computer to transfer my old profile and the first thing I noticed was that it had less free space on the device. 500 has about 50MB while 510 has only 22MB and some of that is taken by the system files leaving around 17MB. Garmin, really?! How much would it cost to add more flash memory? 50 cents? Just to give you some idea - a typical longer ride with 1 second recording takes about 500Kb-1MB. It's convenient to keep a few rides on the device before uploading to the computer. When I researched this issue I found out that some users were unable to update software, because the updated would take 9MB space and it wasn't enough... Note taken, but it was still manageable.
I had set up the device, created two bike profiles and went for a test ride, which happened to be my commute next morning. And this is when the sky fell. The screen is totally unusable in the sunlight. I was like, I must have screwed up something, this cannot be. I turned on the backlight permanently at maximum setting and yet it wasn't light enough to get the same contrast as my old 500. Then I realized two issues. First of all, the new screen has less sharper font, because it has a color screen and practically the resolution is lower than 500 and secondly it uses a different technology which is more susceptible to daylight. I live in California where we have 300+ sunny days in a year and 510 simply sucks. That was a big disappointment. I tried various settings, changing angle, etc. Still not as good as my old 500. Same data field, in a 8-field screen setup, is less readable than on 500. If you actually look as to why, you will see that Garmin decided to use larger font for labels, which wasted a lot of space and left actual numbers smaller and less readable. This whole color screen is a BS. It doesn't allow any customization and simple degrades readability. For instance, I'd love to set up different colors for different power/heart zones. It'd be cool to see I'm exceeding my power threshold just by looking at different text/background color. Apparently, Garmin engineers thought it was a better idea to use color primarily for the grid lines...
Like it was not enough, after my ride back home, I carefully compared elevation profiles between 510 and 500. 510 showed twice as much elevation gain on the same route and when I zoomed in, some segments had a bumpy line where I'd normally expect a flat line (50% of my commute is at sea level). Sorry Garmin, another epic failure. It's hard to understand why it would be worse than the old generation. Again, I found some users complaining about the very same reason and it didn't surprise me.
I'm sending my Garmin back to Amazon thanks to the great return policy and I advice anyone who is considering buying 510 to think twice. Don't make the same mistake as I did.
Garmin, please wake up.
There are some good things about this device, so let me start there.
- The battery life is much better than my 305. The ~15 hours seems about right; I no longer have to worry that I'll run out of battery on a double century or hundred-mile mtb ride.
- Similarly, the storage limitations of the 305 are gone too. When recording routes with "every second" resolution, there was only room for 3.5 hours of recording in the 305, which meant having to use the lower granularity recording for a longer ride or for cases where I wasn't gonna plug it in after every ride.
- Speaking of plugging in, I love the bluetooth sync; it's not perfect (it sometimes uploads rides, but they don't appear in the app), but it works well 80-90% of the time. Of course, I really want the data in Strava, which means some extra clicks or use of services like garminsync (or, in my case, I just wrote a simple script to do it for me).
- On the whole I find the ride recording interface more intuitive. It was very unintuitive how with the 305 you had to "reset" the computer when you started your next ride (if you hadn't plugged in to upload the previous one). Also it was easy to ride away and forget to hit "start". The 510 prompts you to "save" (or "discard") your ride when you click the pause button. Similarly it presents a message when it detects you are moving and have not started the ride. On the whole this is better.
- I like how many data screens are available and how easy it is to customize them per activity profile. Lots more display room than the 305 too, so I don't feel like I have to leave fields off if I want to be able to read the display.
- And finally, the LiveTrack feature works pretty well. I used this for an all-day road ride recently. It does use additional battery; my phone (HTC One X) died after it had been tracking for 10 hours. My phone would have died after 2 hours of GPS usage, so it's obviously much less draw, but it's still something to consider. (My normal battery life is a full day or 12-14 hours of rather minimal use, so it's not exactly stellar to start with.)
Now, I do have some issues with this device. Some more significant than others.
- Navigation turn notifications (when riding courses) effectively do not work. If you create a route in Garmin Connect, you will not get any turn notifications. If you try to export a TCX file from RideWithGPS, you will discover that the Edge 510 doesn't support TCX (!!) You can try converting that to FIT (there are some online tools), but reports are that you won't get the turn notifications (I never got this to successfully work, so can't really comment). If you subscribe to a premium account on RideWithGPS and write a TCX file directly to the device this -- oddly -- works. Or I should say it "half works". For a recent 100+ mile ride, it loaded the turn notifications for the first half of the ride only. That, you can imagine, was pretty infuriating 50 miles into the ride. I wrote to Garmin technical support to report this glaring issue, and they responded by telling me that the 510 did not support maps and that I should buy an 810 if I want maps. I wrote back to tell them that I'm not an idiot. I don't want a map; I want turn notifications. This feature worked great on the Edge 305.
- The weather feature is absolute garbage. The station granularity is very coarse and doesn't appear to update. I commute 16 miles which takes me from being relatively close to one airport to being relatively close to another, but the device will hang onto whichever one is closest when I start and not change. The weather alerts are absolutely ridiculous. I get a message on my screen (which I have to click to acknowledge!!) which says "Weather Alert - English Watch". What the hell does that mean? So I click in to see the alert and it says. "Watch - 7" or some other number code. Hilarious. The last time I cross-referenced with a weather app on my phone to realize that the warning was "wildfire conditions". I'm glad Garmin was trying to cryptically warned me about that. And there's no way to disable just the weather alert feature. Stupid. (Update: as noted in the comments, you can at least disable weather completely which will also disable weather alerts.)
- And finally, it is a little annoying that you have to click to acknowledge all of the devices that it finds when it starts up, but this isn't that big of a deal. It means clicking the screen 4 or 5 times before you can start riding.
On the whole, I don't regret upgrading from the 305. I still have the 305 and I'm not tempted to use it. On the other hand, the navigation issue is very disappointing and Garmin support left an impression of complete incompetence when it came to addressing this problem. I am hopeful that future firmware and app updates fix many of these issues, but it might be worth waiting for that before upgrading.
Since I've already got a few years into Strava, any upgrades would need to provide continuity. Knowing that the initial release of the last round of Garmin computers were Bluetooth capable and we're working with Garmin connect, I figured it'd be a matter of time before Strava & Connect became compatible.
Thank you Garmin & Strava for finding common ground. History is key to making data valuable & starting over would have been a pain.
Recent updates allow Garmin to sync to Strava automatically - pretty legit.
The unit shipped with everything: HR monitor, cadence/speed sensor, and plenty of mounting options. Not sure that I'll use the tether, but better to give me more than what I'd need vs not enough.
Mounting was simple & quick. Only recommendation would be providing an aero spoke friendly magnet for the sensor. I've got some pretty wide Mavic spokes that didn't fit, but I just repurposed my existing computer magnet - they're pretty universal.
Usability is great. Plenty of 100% customizable screen layouts that are relatively easy to access mid-ride. I did read a lot about screen visibility issues, but riding at dusk I've not run into major issues - though note that I've opted for backlighting. Nice feature for someone who likes evening/night rides (well, who has grown to with a recent move to a city).
I'd highly recommend this to anyone upgrading from a non-GPS enabled computer & definitely recommend looking into the functionality that comes with Garmin connect (if you're not already on MMR or Strava).