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When we first heard the expression, "paralysis by analysis, " we weren't sure what to think. We knew how to sift information during a bike ride. Then we saw the SRM PC V computer. Four lines of data at all times, plus a fifth line that toggles between two different metrics. Brain pain. You were supposed to look at all that and still ride? We're not piloting a passenger jet.

Garmin made the Edge 500 for people who were overwhelmed by the 705. Some were overwhelmed by all the data; some were overwhelmed by the size. The 500 is a nice size that can give you plenty of info but can keep it in check.

The 500 is a great stand-alone bike computer that allows you pretty tremendous flexibility in terms of what you track on your ride. There are three fully-customizable ride screens, each holding up to 8 lines of data. You can run one or two or three, and so on if you want. The 500 isn't telling you what data should go with other data. You can choose it on your own. You want to run temperature and cadence? You can do it. As the unit comes, you can get times, temperature, altitude, gradient, speed, cadence, and all the combinations you can think of in terms of averaging. You can pair up the 500 with any ANT+ enabled powermeter, which at this moment means iBike, PowerTap, Quarq, and SRM, and add power data as well.

The 500, while GPS-enabled, does not have mapping capabilities on the computer, so you can neither see a map nor have it dictate a route. The unit also doesn't have a virtual training partner feature. It will, however map your coordinates so you can see the ride after it's over.

The unit works with Garmin's own Garmin Training Center program. The program is a free download from Garmin's website and is compatible with PC's running Windows XP or newer and with Intel-based Macs running OS X 10.4 or later. The data can also be uploaded to the Garmin Connect website for free, and to both WKO+ and TrainingPeaks.

The Edge 500 measures 1.9in wide by 2.7in high by .85in deep (4.8x6.9x2.2cm). The display size is 1.17in wide by 1.44in high (3.0x3.7cm). The display resolution is 128x160 pixels. The unit is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that will get up to 18 hours on a charge. Available in two colors, Blue and Neutral. It comes with two handlebar mounts. Claimed weight of the Garmin Edge 500 is 2oz (56.7g).

  • Three screen settings
  • Up to eight lines of data per screen
  • Tracks temperature, gradient, altitude, speed, cadence, and more
  • Compatible with ANT+ enabled power meters
  • Coordinate mapping
  • Handlebar and stem mounts
  • Runs up to 18 hours per charge

Tech Specs

4.8 x 6.9 x 2.2 cm
Display Dimensions:
3 x 3.7 cm
(no real-time mapping) yes
Display Resolution:
128 x 160 pixels
Computer Compatible:
Claimed Weight:
56 g
Recommended Use:
training, racing, keeping track of your ride progress

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Garmin Edge 500

    I have used a garmin edge 200 for the past 4 years (it still works well to record basic ride data but never had heart rate or cadence data capability). When I bought the edge 200, I just wanted a basic gps unit and didn't want to spend extra money on the 500 to get cadence data that I was already getting from a cycling computer. Now I can just use the ant+ sensors I already have and only use the edge 500 instead of mounting the two devices to my bikes. Simplifies things very much.

    Does this unit come with the cadence sensor?

    Hey Tom,

    The Blue Garmin Edge 500 GPS does not include the cadence sensor. Included in the box is:

    Edge 500

    Bike mount

    AC charger

    USB cable


    Thanks, Adam. I bought one of these last year, which I love, and it came with the sensor. Hoping to get another for my son who's turned into quite the rider.

    Only GPS/cycle computer you'll ever need

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    The Garmin Edge 500 is an awesome product. It's incredibly easy to set up, customize and get rolling. No wires, no fuss. I move this seamlessly from my commuter to my road bike to my mountain bike. Works great, easy to charge and the charge lasts a long century ride. I love the elevation feature and the ability to re-customize the screens with ease.

    best GPS around

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This is by far the best GPS you can get for the price, tracks all your required fields that you want. you can easily buy the cadence and heart rate monitor (wish it came with it) so that you can track all the cool things that go along with riding your bike.

    Do I have to get the speed sensor for this device, or does it provide that info via the gps?

    Just uses the GPS!

    You can call or email me directly. 801-736-6398, or

    Avg. ride time: 3h 12m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    Great training tool!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    With this and Strava, the data is invaluable! Not to mention fun. The pages of customizable display is awesome. You can get the size and location you want for just about any data. If you ride on the hills a lot where GPS signals are questionable, you should get a cadence/speed sensor. Especially if you want to use the auto start and stop.

    Only complaints I have is boot time, loss of GPS signal, and the base breaking. I had it warranty replacement. But overall they made this model so good that I've not had to replace it.. now going on my 4th year!!

    Though the Strava app on my phone can do almost the same, it's not the same in terms of accuracy and easy of use. Also, that's reliant on cell towers which are even less reliable in the remote areas where all the biking trails/roads are.

    Avg. ride time: 14h 42m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.


    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Durable, waterproof, reads well at 110 degrees and -18degrees. Reads heartrate/power to such great precision. I can't ask anything more.

    Avg. ride time: 11h 34m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    Efficient Training Tool

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    The Garmin Edge 500 is an an efficient, functional, compact, easy to look at head unit for a great price that will take your on bike training to the next level. Everything you need to train (speed, cadence & heart rate (sensors sold separately), power, and many other metrics about where you are and how you got there, without all the extra bells and whistles included with higher end Garmin products. A very simple and effective tool for training.

    Avg. ride time: 8h 55m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    Everything you need nothing you dont.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I've been using my edge 500 for 4 years and have recorded over 20k trouble free miles, with the occasional exception of when I forget to turn it off.

    After 4 years the only issue I have encountered has been recently the screen has become a little foggy from moisture getting inside, possibly to be expected after 4 years.

    With the new models having been released I'm hoping the 500 stays around for awhile. If I'm forced to upgrade I'm note sure which model I will have to go with.

    Good old trusty .

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I have used my 500 for 3 years now . I find it best for somebody who is looking for a compact small dependable GPS . If you are looking for a GPS for navigation this may not be the computer for you . If you want something that is small and compact that you don't have to worry about sticking out like a sore thumb this is sweet. I pair both of mine with K-edge mount witch keeps it down below bar level in case you go down in a race this will tend to keep your GPS safer than being mounted on top of your stem.

    Years later, still works perfectly

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I've used the Garmin Edge 500 in weather ranging from 10 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit, and in pouring rain that's come down so hard that I had to pour the water out of my shoes afterward, and it's never skipped a beat. Thousands and thousands of miles in, after three years and change, and I'm still thrilled with it.

    I may upgrade at some point so I have mapping and routing functionality, and the 510 and 1000 with their GLONASS compatibility could hypothetically make some situations in dense wood more accurate, but overall, it's been a brilliant device.

    perfect gps

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    keeps track of distance, time, speed, and calories burned. so it is a great GPS to have with you while doing a chill ride around the neighborhood, or a century ride. It is also very easy to mount to any type of bike. Road or Mtn bike handlebars.

    Best bang for your buck

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    The 500 has all the features you need with none of the gimmicky things that drive the price way up. Multiple custom display pages with actual buttons to press on the sides. I've taken it with me on well over 4000 miles in the rain and sun and have had 0 issues with the unit. I would highly recommend the 500 to anyone who wants a reliable unit!

    Avg. ride time: 2h 30m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    The Little GPS that could...

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I bought this Garmin Edge 500 back in March 2011 and have recorded over 500 different activities.

    I am a crazed cycling enthusiast and a data freak who records every single mile religiously. Making sure I have a device that records every inch of every ride was my motivation for the investment into my Garmin Edge 500.

    This little Garmin has been through a lot of tough environments. It survived a sand storm in the 2012 Tour de Palm Springs, a soaking in a thunderstorm during the MS150 ride from Miami to Key Largo, and it’s been covered completely by mud in a 10k Mud Run.

    I really thought the device was done for after I found it sitting at the bottom of the wash machine. I put my Garmin out in the sun for a day without opening it. Fingers crossed and hoping for the best, I was prepared to spend another couple hundred bucks because I had already recognized the Edge 500’s value. I took it out the next day and borrowed my neighbor’s Garmin Edge 800 to compare results and see if it was still working. At the end of the ride, my Edge 500 captured more distance than my buddy’s Edge 800! All was good.

    About the Features Disclaimer: I have not been able to use all of the features the Edge 500 has to offer. I have my Garmin set up just the way I like it. I have my Pages set up the way I like them. Each Page displays just the stats that I want to see while I’m riding. Garmin Connect and Strava give me more data once I’ve uploaded my activities, but while I’m out there, I don’t need to see everything all at once.

    These are the features that I still have yet to use, but are available:

    1) Creating a Route and sending it to my Garmin

    2) Planning a Workout and sending it to my Garmin

    3) Creating Courses and sending them to my Garmin

    I definitely suggest picking up the Garmin Soft Strap Heart Rate Monitor (Backcountry Item# GRM000S) which has proven it’s worth when training for races.

    Get out there and record yourself, but be careful it can get addicting! You have been warned!

    The Little GPS that could...
    Avg. ride time: 42m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    Doe this include the HR monitor and cadence...

    Doe this include the HR monitor and cadence sensor? Or is it just the unit?

    Does anyone know how well this gps would...

    Does anyone know how well this gps would work for skiing? I would use it primarily for cycling, but it would be interesting to also track slope grade, speed, elevation, total ascent while skiing.

    Best Answer

    It should work fine. I've taken mine while walking and it tracks everything offroad just like cycling.

    Is this compatable with wahoo hr monitor...

    Is this compatable with wahoo hr monitor and speed and cadence?

    The Edge 500 is only compatible with ANT+ enabled HR straps and speed/cadence sensors. This only work with ANT+ specific Wahoo devices, and not their Bluetooth versions. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

    You'll love it

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I've used my 500 for several years now and it's simply an awesome product. I use it for mountain biking, road biking and even sometimes take it hiking due to the extra long battery life. I like how you can have so many data points on your screen, yet at the same time the size is perfect. Not too big and not too small. It mounts easily and I switch use between the road bike and mountain bike.

    how easy is it to set this up to work for...

    how easy is it to set this up to work for using an indoor trainer?

    Best Answer

    To use this with an indoor trainer, you will also need a speed sensor (such as the GSC 10) mounted to the rear wheel. Then you just turn off the GPS sensor on the 500 and it will record your trainer ride.

    Avg. ride time: 12m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    Excellent battery life and durable

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    As others have said this computer is excellent at documenting your rides and all your data. It has a great battery life. Compared to the old gamins its night and day difference. Wish the screen was slightly bigger and also the garmin front of bar mount puts it couple finger widths in front of your bar so I had to get use to the gap. Not a big deal but on first ride it looked strange. The garmin mount keeps it very snug in place.