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While we thought that the leap from the Garmin 800 to 810 was massive, it pales in comparison to the advancement from the Edge 500 to the Edge 510 Bike Computer. Garmin has done away with the 500's button mashing, instead opting for a sophisticated touch screen interface. And while Edge 510 isn't quite at the same level of functionality as the new 810, for the price, we can't imagine a more powerful training computer.

Starting at the screen, Garmin placed a focus on simplifying screen and metrics navigation. The initial start screen prompts you to select the CPU's functionality for your ride, either 'train' or 'race.' To avoid confusion, training mode is presented in Blue, whereas race mode is presented in Red. Additionally, this screen enables you to select the bike profile that you'll be riding -- mountain, road, cyclocross, or even unicycle if you're savvy. Once these selections have been made, you simply touch the ride button, and the screen moves to your race or training page. And of course, this page is customizable for every bike profile in your quiver. So, your ride page will only reflect the data that you deem pertinent to your ride or race. Even more impressive, and a jump away from the button navigation fumbling of the 500, the 510 allows you to simply swipe the touch-screen from page to page. Also, Garmin designed the screen to operate seamlessly with gloved hands in the cold, in the heat, or even in wet weather.

And as long as we're on the subject of new features, you'll should be ecstatic to hear that the 510 is Bluetooth ready. So, while sport device communication is still handled by ANT+ (say, wireless data transfer from HRMs or powermeters), the Bluetooth technology communicates with your smartphone. And to make matters even easier, the 510 is fluent in either Android or iOS operating systems. So, once you're synced up with your phone, and you've downloaded the Garmin Connect Mobile App, the 510 really comes alive. Essentially, the 510 receives data from your smartphone, like live weather and activity upload. This means that you're able to receive real-time weather conditions, forecasts, and alerts while your phone stays protected. And for activity upload, this hastens the data transfer once you've finished your ride. From any location, this feature allows you to wirelessly upload your ride data to your smartphone, which then uploads it to your Garmin Connect profile online. Accordingly, you can view your profile from the Mobile App, almost eliminating the need to access Garmin Connect from a home computer.

Impressed? Believe us, that's just the tip of the iceberg. With the 510's Live Tracking feature, you have the ability to share your activities in real-time through either email or the social media of your choosing. All that you have to do is invite your coach, friends, or family to follow you on Garmin Connect, and then you're able to send email notifications reminding them to follow your real-time activity, stats, data, and location while you're on the bike. You also have the option to share this information via Facebook or Twitter. But, your adoring public aren't the only ones that can navigate your movements. With either the Mobile App or Garmin connect, you have the ability to peruse rides in your area. However, unlike the 810, the 510 doesn't have full map functionality, however, it does GPS for post-ride analysis.

Now for the guts. The 510 sees the return of Garmin's ever-popular, Virtual Partner and Virtual Racer training programs. The 510 does not accept data cards, but it's capable of storing up to 180 hours on its onboard history. It's rechargeable lithium-ion battery has a life that extends to around 17 hours. Garmin also ensured that the CPU is completely waterproof, and it's also compatible with virtually any ANT+ equipped device. So, mating the 510 to an HRM or powermeter will be a painless affair.

The Garmin Edge 510 Bike Computer is available in the color Black and includes a bike mount, USB cable, AC charger, and a user-manual.

  • GPS satellite tracking
  • Waterproof construction
  • Touchscreen interface
  • Wireless data transmission and sharing via Bluetooth
  • Syncs with Garmin Connect application (compatible with iPhone/Android)
  • Compatible with ANT+ devices (HRM, power meters)

Tech Specs

Heart Rate Monitor:
no, HRM compatible
Speedometer Functions:
average speed, current speed, maximum speed
Bike Memory:
180 hours
yes, Ant+
yes, Ant+ wirelessly connects to a foot pod or cadence sensor
Odometer Type(s):
trip distance, total per bike
yes, 12/24 hour
Mount Type:
Battery Type:
lithium ion
Recommended Use:
bicycle training
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

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Great computer with lots of data

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I've been using this for most of the summer and I'm really happy with it. The computer allows you to set up multiple profiles so you can keep mountain vs. road rides separate. You can customize the profiles as well so if you want to track training vs. racing vs. casual riding separately it's easy to do. I've paired this with Garmin HR monitor straps, a cadence sensor, and my iPhone. The cadence and HR sensors pair easily. I often get pretty wonky/unreliable data from the HRM, but I suspect that it's a bad sensor rather than a problem with the computer itself. Pairing with my iPhone (via Bluetooth) is easy enough, although it occasionally takes a little fenageling to get the Garmin Connect app to update and sync.

The computer itself is really nice for riding - each data screen is very customizable and there are tons of data points to choose from. While not as smooth as playing around with an iPhone, the touch screen on this computer makes it easy enough to switch between screens while riding.

Overall I'm very happy with the computer itself. The only issues that I've had are with the accessories and iPhone app, but these don't really impact the functionality while I'm riding.

Avg. ride time: 6h 4m per week
  • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

Great while it lasted.

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

You'd think that a bike computer would be at least resistant to some moisture. I don't ride in downpours, or go swimming with it in my back pocket but this is the 2nd Garmin (a 500 met the same fate) within 2 years that has allowed some moisture into the unit and fried it. Sweat, Southeast humidity and an occasional mist is all it sees. Now the touch screen is inoperable meaning the 510 is my new $300 paperweight. I'll likely get a 520 not because I'm a masochist but because Garmin has a corner on the market.....sorta like the cable company. If there was a single viable alternative out there, I would close the door on Garmin for good. Pissed.


Solid device

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

This is a very solid GPS for biking. I appreciate the highly customizable screens, and it has worked like a charm for me so far. The real time speed is very accurate and distances have measured consistently across my rides. I also love the ability to sync to my iphone via bluetooth, so I never have to worry about doing any sort of manual uploads.

My main complaint is that the interface is not as slick as it ought to be. For example, you can't "delete all" rides from memory -- you have to go through and delete every single one (which takes ~5 taps for each one). Additionally, I really want to be able to swipe between screens rather than have to tap a small button. I've clearly been spoiled by iphones, but I still expect better.

Overall, it does it's job well. Definitely would recommend it for someone looking for a solid training tool, especially for road biking. Though I haven't yet tried the new 520 ...


Not a fit for me

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

I was wanting to upgrade from my 500, but ended up staying with the 500. I wasn't impressed with the touch screen and preferred the simplicity of the 4 buttons. I also like the small size of the 500 over the larger new styles. I didn't use it too long so I can't really comment on the features and ease of use. I will say I'm a racer and just use a computer mostly for in ride data, so smaller and easier to use is more important to me.

Responded on

Garmin have great products, but 2 out of 3 always, always have software issues over a period of time (less than a year) and no longer work.
This time it was not even two days, hence I am returning it

Can I use this device as a power meter? If so how does this work?

Responded on

Good question, This computer can sync up to any ANT+ power meter. There are a few different options, SRM, Pioneer, Quarq, or Garmin Vector. I would love to discuss these options and explain the pro's and con's if you can get in touch with me directly at 801-736-6396 ext 4769

Avg. ride time: 4h 16m per week
  • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

constant issues

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

Great in theory, but consistantly has issues staying connected to either an iphone or android. My device has crashed and lost data three times now in less than a year. Garmin's customer service is beyond poor and you are without a device for weeks if it dies. They push updates without proper testing.


Pretty Good Thus Far

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

I've taken the liberty of reading a host of the complaints above, and honestly, I haven't experienced many of them myself. Granted, I've only been using this CPU for about a month, and I'm also not pairing it with a powermeter, but I haven't had any connectivity issues when pairing it with an iPhone 5C. The closest that I came was after a software update on both devices at the same time, but they simply had to find each other again and that was that.

In terms of connecting to Garmin Connect, the pairing has been relatively seamless. Getting my rides to Strava, however, took some creative, outside the box thinking to pull off. But now, I just went with the set it and forget it approach and have the two accounts synced to upload every ride to the Stravas. Getting courses onto the 510 is a bit of a jigsaw, though, but again, some creative thinking managed to get around this. I'm setup to create on the laptop, which syncs to the Garmin Connect app, which then syncs with the 510. Riding the courses in real time does not always work, though, and when it does, the amount of notice you get before a turn on the road can be very abrupt or even late. On the trail, it's completely absurd. Every bend or switchback is prompting a direction, and the experience really borders on intolerable. And on a side note, I have had some jamming on the various GPS and Acquiring screens upon startup – a little annoying, but not terrible.

Now, you're probably assuming that I hate this damn thing, but in actuality, I really do like it — especially after breaking my no computer ride policy that lasted nearly a decade. The battery life is pretty good, and I haven't had it take a dump on me during a ride yet. For my commutes, I've been running the backlight at about 50%, and after 10 miles each way, I arrive home with about 3% dissipation in the battery life. Not bad. During daytime rides, with normal backlight settings, the battery is totally fine.

The onboard metrics work well, and the customization of screens is a nice feature. The size is also really good, for both the unit as a whole and the screen. Post-ride analysis features are also pretty good on Connect, but the community isn't engaged enough to make it as interesting as Strava. An example is the variance in segments. My daily commute has no segments on connect and about 14 on Strava. Oh well, I'm not reviewing Connect. The touchscreen is also pretty intuitive, and works pretty well with gloves — even non-EIT iterations.

When it all comes down to it, the computer works really well. The GPS features are pretty dialed for the price. Onboard metrics are cool. And all of the weird stuff from the commercials, like Vaughters tracking your every move, is just stuff that hardly anyone uses, let alone actually needs. I haven't gotten it wet yet, so maybe my opinion will change whenever it decides to rain. For now, however, I give it a solid four stars with room to improve.


Total garbage

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

Totally unreliable, and once you connect it to a Mac with Yosemite, prepare for all of your recorded workouts to be erased, and never to be able to make the already spotty device to work even somewhat reliably again. And Garmin's useless support can't make sense of it either.

Avg. ride time: 2h 41m per week
  • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

Garmin 510

Mounted atop the Bar Fly MTB. So Cal MTB on December 1.

Garmin 510
Responded on

Looks like we ride the same spots!


Reliable and easy to use

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

Used many times. Like the way it pairs up with my phone and makes reliable data transfers. Just wish Garmin Connect were a better quality.


Mixed Bag

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I have used this device all summer for training and a couple of races, Leadville, and Barn Burner 104. I have to say that I am disappointed with the device. I purchased the device to replace my 705 unit and while the 510 worked its new features were a significant upgrade. However, I have found the 510 to be very unreliable. The device has stopped pairing with my phone and no longer records my power data from my power tap. After several calls with Garmin customer support, who are fantastic, I have not been able to cure the issue. Also during the Barn Burner would only record time by lap 3.

Avg. ride time: 4h 41m per week
  • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

Mixed Thoughts

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

Had it now just over a year and previously had a 500


-Perfect screen size

-All the necessary power metrics

-seemingly accurate data

- good battery life as long as you keep the brightness down

-BTLE is nice as it can easily download to my phone-garmin connect-training peaks


-drop out with power meter (i am almost positive it is the garmin and not the PM)

-touch screen lags.......a lot

- wished the screen size was rotated and more like the SRM power control in size/shape

-not wild about the screen layout options

- just liked the old 500 better

Avg. ride time: 2h 7m per week
  • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

Hi, do you need to carry the smartphone...

Hi, do you need to carry the smartphone while riding on live track mode?


Best AnswerResponded on

Correct - yo need to have you iphone on and paired - not too much battery drain :)

The back

In case anyone is wondering. The back of this item is white.

The back
Avg. ride time: 5h 51m per week
  • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

Don't leave home without it

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I know there are curmudgeons out there that wouldn't get caught dead with a Garmin (and that might have been me for awhile) but I absolutely love this device. I wouldn't ride without it now. I love being able to keep track of my rides, miles and elevation. The Edge 510 was a gift and upgrade from my first Garmin (the 500). This is a big jump up in performance but is also pretty significantly increased in size over the prior model. That said, I think it's worth it. I love the LiveTrack feature which allows my wife and family to follow my ride real-time on the web. If my wife wants to know where I am or when I will be home for dinner, she just pulls up my ride and checks out where I am rather than calling or texting. This also helps prevent them from worrying about me. Really, this is one of my favorite cycling accessories!

The 510 is larger but has much better gps tracking and battery life compared with the 500. Also the 510 uploads your ride automatically to the Garmin website after your ride using the bluetooth connection with your phone. The LiveTrack function also requires paring with your phone. I have only had the ride info not upload by bluetooth a few times because of a poor connection and if that happens I just cycle the 510 off/on for an upload while it boots up.

As one reviewer mentioned, the Garmin site is a bit antiquated and limited but it's slowly getting better with time. It keeps track of basic ride data and has a training calendar but is pretty lame compared to Strava. But, files can be automatically transferred from Garmin

In summary, great device. Love it! Wouldn't ride without it anymore.

Avg. ride time: 6h 59m per week
  • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

BT connectivity to iPhone is a joke

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

Pros: very strong GPS. Gets reception where other devices (500, 800) fail. Hardware quality is solid, everything works nicely on the bike.

Cons: Garmin Connect iOS app is a freaking joke. Why is a company like Garmin trying to corner their customers into using this non-functioning app is beyond me. I have updating firmwares regularly and ride uploads over BT have only worked ~25% of the time. Garmin should just concentrate on making great hardware and let users upload to Strava app over BT.

Does this system have a home type feature?...

Does this system have a home type feature? Say your riding a spider Web of trails, is their an option to retrace your tracks the way you came?

Best AnswerResponded on

I'm fairly sure this feature is only available on the Edge 1000, called "Round Trip Routing".

Avg. ride time: 2h 7m per week
  • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

Hi, it?s possible to configure the screen...

Hi, it�s possible to configure the screen to shows at all moment the lap(s)?

Thank you.

Best AnswerResponded on

Yes, you can configure the screen to meet your needs. Press and hold on the screen the field that you would like to change and a menu pops up to give you options. Lap counts are one option for fields. Personally I don't use this function but it is in the menu.

cuanto se demora la entrega

cuanto se demora la entrega

Best AnswerResponded on

It depends on where it is being shipped to and what delivery method you choose.

What's included with this GPS?

What's included with this GPS?

Best AnswerResponded on

The Garmin Edge 510 Bike Computer is available in the color Black and includes a bike mount, USB cable, AC charger, and a user-manual.