Garmin Edge 500 Computers

3.07/5 (14 Reviews)
MSRP : $349.99


Product Description

Sharpen your cycling performance with the GPS-based Edge 500 Bundle, a lightweight cycling computer for performance-driven cyclists that attaches easily to the stem or handlebars of your bike.


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Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Don Bennett

Date Reviewed: July 4, 2014

Strengths:    Fitted the handlebars well

Weaknesses:    Everything else

Bottom Line:   
This is a piece of expensive crap. I don't reckon I have finished a single session without something going wrong. Initially it was not downloading accurately, changjng dates and times. Then it was difficult to power up. Then it would stop recording certain functions. Lately it has stopped recording distance and every 5 minutes it tell me that it is powering down and switches itself off. It then takes about 2/3 minutes before it will allow me to start it again. 5 minutes later switches itself off. For the last two days I have been trying to speak with their support line but it is always busy and I am in a queue. 10/15 minutes later I am still I a queue! This is one useless piece of crap and belongs in the bin.


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Sknyski

Date Reviewed: February 20, 2013

Strengths:    Smaller size

Weaknesses:    Corruptable files
Training Center no longer supported
Intermittent operation
HR function doesn't always work
Calorie count is nowhere close to accurate in comparison to bonehead calculations


Bottom Line:   
Lots of touted features, but this is the most buggy and unreliable bike computer I've ever used. It's like Garmin stuffed more features than a unit this size could handle. Sort of reminds me of an MS Windows OS - crash here, crash there, corrupt files/operation, etc. Garmin software Training Center also is no longer supported, Garmin tech support gave me some really lame excuse for discontinuing this program. When another product comes on the market with similar capabilities THAT WORK, I'll junk this unit in a heartbeat.


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by ajc

Date Reviewed: September 29, 2012

Strengths:    Works sometimes.

Weaknesses:    Doesn't work most of the time. My edge started out ok but has been getting harder and harder to connect with my computer. I try every reset type trick there is and it just sucks. Also the water resistant window plug for the mini usb port is pretty useless after the first week when if falls off your crappy expensive cyclometer.

Bottom Line:   
I've had cheaper computers that worked way better. The only thing this has going for it is connectivity to sites like garmin connect or strava. As it is mine wont connect to either of those so my summary is that I'm frustrated and dissapointed with the unit. Wasted so much time trying to make adjustments that would help it communicate.


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jordan a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: January 10, 2012

Strengths:    Light weight, easy to use, tons of data, all in one device (speed, cadence, heart rate, power all available in one spot), secure mount.

Weaknesses:    Garmin Training Center, glare on screen, battery life. Expensive (but worth it in my mind)

Bottom Line:   
Data Machine. Provides all the data I need to maximize performance right at my fingertips. Later I can analyze my data check elevation, grade, heart rate, speed and cadence at a SPECIFIC point in right as well averages and maximums. There is sooo much data. If you are a data nerd it is fantastic

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Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Jack and Adams

Similar Products Used:   Strada Double Wireless, Polar S150

Bike Setup:   Felt FC Frame, Full Rival Group, Rol D'Huez Wheels, Fizik Arione Saddle


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by jumpstumper a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: October 16, 2011

Strengths:    Small size, lightweight. Easy to read screen and fairly accurate

Weaknesses:    Fatal software bugs in course feature results in unit freezing and requires the 4-button reset trick to restart it.

Bottom Line:   
Garmin Edge 500 is rubbish. It will do the basics fairly well - speed, cadence, altitude but the main reason I purchased this unit was for the follow course feature. Well, this feature is broken on the Edge even with the latest greatest firmware from Garmin. The unit will freeze up every time I follow a course and I'm not the only person complaining about it. Several fellow riders have the Edge 500 and every one has the same problem with the course feature. Garmin support sucks - I'm NEVER buying anything from Garmin again.

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Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   amazon.com

Similar Products Used:   Polar.

Bike Setup:   2011 Trek Madone 6.5



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Quick help with Trek "DuoTrap" / Garmin Edge 500 install

Maybe this should go somewhere else--but I'm not sure where. My new Trek Domane 4.0 is on the bike stand on the back porch and I'm trying to install the Trek DuoTrap speed/cadence sensor on it in time for tomorrow's ride. So far no real difficulty, BUT I just realized since the Edge 500 is a G ... Read More »

Garmin Edge 500 going on auto pause too frequently

I've had it for about four years now, but just recently I noticed it going back and forth from auto pause to auto resume over and over-only when I'm riding near my wife on her bike-never when I'm riding alone. It does mainly at speeds under 10 mph but sometimes at speeds in the teens and up. She's g ... Read More »

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Garmin Edge 500 giving wrong elevation gain

On a ride recently I noticed afterwards that the total climbing was 4,700+ ft. When I uploaded it to Garmin Connect it had only 3,200 or so ft. I thought that maybe I was wrong about the 4,700 ft. I made sure after my next ride to check the total climbing and again. When I uploaded the data, the cli ... Read More »

Garmin Edge 500 back plate - broken tab?

Has anyone else had a mounting tab broken off from the backplate of the 500? I know at least 2 people with this issue. Garmin will not warrant it after 1 yr, and Garmin will not even allow the end user to buy what seems to be a simple backplate to replace it. I guess twisting the Garmin 500 on an ... Read More »

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