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Purchased an Edge 500 Neutral from BTD. Purchased HR Strap and SpeedCadence Sensor separately on Amazon. Everything works great.
No issues so far, product has worked fantastic - exceeded expectations.
StravaGarmin Connect uploads and downloads are easy. I installed and used the PC based software but the Garmin Connect website is way better and all I use now.
Things the owners manualonline info didn't cover
- The Edge 500 will map out a bread-crumb trail for you to follow. You can download courses from the Garmin Connect Website (either create your own course or steal one from someone else)onto your GPS and it will display the route. It will not display any streets, rivers, state lines, etc, only a dotted path of the GPS Route. Works very well unless you come to a 5 way stop or something weird. Then you may end up off Course until you figure out where to go, but you can figure it out. I've been riding in a new area now for the last couple of weeks and this feature is amazing.
Reason I'm talking about this is that I almost bought an Edge 800 so I would have mapping features. With a bit of work and planning the Edge 500 works just as well. However, if you get off course our want to take a detour you have no option to re-route on the bike. (I use my Iphone if this happens)
-SpeedCadence Sensor best ever. You get lights in the setup mode ON THE SENSOR telling you if the magnetssensor are aligned properly. Easiest install ever. Works like a champ and I like having a clean front fork. Computer picked up Sensor on first try and CompHR connection has been solid in all weather conditions.
-Programmable Displays There are three displays and you can put up to six functions on each display. You can customize the six functions to be whatever you want from a very long list of functions. When running a course you get two additional displays - a comparison between you and your Training Partner (Average speed you put in for the course when you set it up on Garmin Connect) and a map of the bread-crumb trail with time and distance to go.
-Power I don't have a power meter so I can't review this.
-HandlebarStem mount. Great design, easy to use, easy to install. Rode some Cobbles in NYC and it didn't fall off. Nuff Said.
Again, I'm super happy with it. Yes, they are expensive, but I got mine during a double points deal so my next shorts are free from BTD. If you want a GPS and don't need to see a map of where you are I'd highly recommend this unit.
Bike Tires Direct was, as always, awesome to deal with. Fast shipping and everything showed up. I usually use the wharehouse pick up service but was out of town.
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