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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).

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:
Actual Weight:
Neutral, One Size: 57g Blue, One Size: 57g
Recommended Use:
training, racing, keeping track of your ride progress

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5 5

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.

5 5


  • 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.

5 5

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.

5 5

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.

5 5

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.

5 5

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.

5 5

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.

5 5

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!

5 5

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...

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 Responded on

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?

Responded on

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. brett@competitivecyclist.com

5 5

You'll love it

  • Gender: Male
  • 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 Responded on

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.

5 5

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.

5 5

Best GPS period

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is the best GPS specific for you bike that there is :) Many features, easy read display - even in bright sunlight. I have tried the Garmin 510, which is great also, but the 500 has a better and more readable display. The battery life is excellent, and only improves with use. Easy to navigate with full-proof buttons - two on each side. Power/Settings on the left, and Start/Stop and Lap on the right. Personally, I like the physical buttons, again - over the touch screen of the 510 unit. Overbuilt and good quality - I think this thing could survive the gnarliest of crashes - you could even skip this thing across a river (as long as someones on the other side :) ) Great software update now lets you set the auto-stop; which is great for stop and go traffic when your average speeds get tanked due to this. You can set this under the "auto-stop" screen, anything from 0.5mph to 99mph (yup) most will find that 7mph will work best, as this is your complete stop/re-start - clip in period. Use the Garmin connect and send your peeps the ride data from your group rides - they like it :)

Best GPS period
4 5

The only way to track your rides

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The entire edge series is great. I have a 500 for racing and an 800 for training. These things can do more than you could ever dream of. Sometimes they have glitches but I've found that Garmins customer service is great.

5 5

My first Garmin

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I recently got this GPS for my bike as a birthday gift. I love it. Its a great entry level GPS that has pretty much everything I need for now with my skills and riding. Its the perfect size and has all the functions I need

5 5

Great Computer

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been against buying a nice computer for years, but finally gave in after my buddies convinced me to. I am glad I did, this is a great purchase. No need to keep a training log anymore just plug this into my computer and it does it for me. I live it, a most have for any serious rider. Best feature is the ability to set up what you want on the screen.

Great Computer