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Garmin's Edge 500 is a mid-range GPS-enabled workout assistant intended for use with a bicycle.

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Pros

available with cadence/speed sensor and heart monitor for an extra $100

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improved handle bar mount

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up to 18 hours of battery life

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waterproof

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affordable price

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compatible with Garmin site for uploading and sharing ride information

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tracks distance, speed, time, position, elevation, calories, climb and descent

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ANT+ compatible

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pairs with compatible heart rate monitors for more precise calorie counting

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much lighter than previous generations (2 ounces)

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Cons

toy-like aesthetic

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lacks moving map and corresponding navigation information / controls

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Limited color options

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Changing the settings is clumsy

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Garmin's Edge 500 is a mid-range GPS-enabled workout assistant intended for use with a bicycle, and it features a low-profile and simple mount setup to attach to handlebars. It tracks distance, speed, location and elevation, and uses HotFix satellite predictions which enhance the speed of calculation of these values. The 500 also tracks data like time, calories burned, climb and descent amounts, as it has a barometric altimeter. If desired, it can be linked to third-party power output meters or a heart rate monitor for further statistics. The Edge unit then connects to a computer via USB cable, to upload, store and analyze riding data. This includes access to Garmin Connect, an online data analysis service for users of Garmin products. Note that this unit does not have the capability to display actual maps.

Features
  • 128 x 160 pixel LCD display
  • Up to 18 hour battery life (Li-ion)
  • Water resistant
  • High-sensitivity receiver
  • Heart rate monitor and power meter compatible
  • Access to Garmin Connect online
  • Compete against previous workout data
  • Customizable screens
  • Barometric altimeter
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