I have been using this for training and racing. The course mapping is improved over the 520. No problem finding heart rate monitors, smart trainers or power meters. Multiple displays can be set up for each type of riding that you are doing. You can have your main screen focus on heart rate, power, cadence and time and then have other screens to check lap data and so on. You can have turn-by-turn info for your course too. So far, I have used it in a race, for training and on a road bike (Favero Assioma power) and mountain bike (Stages power). Western Bike Works had a really good price for the unit.
Upgraded from the Edge 25 to the Edge 250 Plus I like the longer battery life and being able to see more info on the first screen that is completely modifiable to your liking would recommend this over the Edge25 any-day it's nice to have the maps even if you can not set destination on the fly best to set some points of interest in advance
After 6 years of using my Garmin Edge 500, I decided to upgrade to the 520 bundle. Excuse - my son needed my 500 ) So... wht an upgrade! The GPX function is awesome. I took a trip to Belgium, used the Knooppunt website, uploaded route into my Edge 520 and voila - instant navigation expertise! Compared to Edge 500, HR strap is better, GPS connection better, all faster, great battery life. Overall, no complaints. Was considering the 800, 1000 series... 520 is definitely the best for me. Love it.
This has some nice updates, but I miss the specific bike profiles of the 510. The only way for it to read a different bike is if you have a different ANTBluetooth sensor on that bike.
Having fully searched and researched other options I figured the Edge 520 was way more computer than I needed. Yet I decided to take a leap and spend the money. I am so glad I did! I am just getting back into serious riding again after a 25 year lay off and the Edge 520 is one more exciting motivation to get on the bike. Installation of sensors and computer mount and customized view setup was a breeze plus function is very intuitive. At first I wondered why it isn't a touch screen for the price but the buttons work great in all weather conditions. After each ride or indoor training session it is very rewarding to immediately get the prompt on my phone and iPad from both Strava and Garmin Connect saying my ride data is ready to view. Never thought I would get into the whole heart rate craze but it has truly taken my training to new levels.
i love using the new Garmin 520, it has everything the 520 has Plus the slightly toned down maps of the 820. overall i like the new maps it comes with. wish the screen was slightly bigger but it fine overall. Also has a slightly updated data fields which look great.
After suffering a recent heart problem, my doctor prescribed more daily exercise . I wanted something to help me monitor my progress and after much research I decided on the Garmin 520 with heart rate monitor and its great. Much to my surprise the bundle included different mounting brackets, so now I can switch from mountain bike to road to trainer, very quickly and ride. Great value for entry level device.
The Edge 520 is a good multi-function computer that's been a big help to me on rides for the past month since I got it.... having speed, distance, elevation, heart rate and more is a very good thing. My main complaints are three-fold control buttons, start-stop, and set-up. 1) Control buttons - can be cumbersome at times, are sometimes hard to 'get' on the first push, sometimes scrolling can be a pain in the ass to get where you want to get, touch screen sure would be nice! 2) Start-stop - having to push the 'start' button to begin the timer, then stop it at the end or, worse yet, during a break, is a pain in the A-double-S. Having it auto-startstop would sure be nice. 3) Set-up - the manual included doesn't do much to help get you going, you have to go on-line and even then, the on-line help is lacking at times, connecting with Strava takes a bit of work. Okay, I guess I need to sit down and take the time to really figure it all out, but get ready for some definite initial set-up time, if you've never had a Garmin-typed device before (like me), this can seem a bit daunting. Would I recommend it? Yes. But if you have a friend who can help you out at the beginning, don't be shy! Ask for help! You'll be glad you did.....
After years resisting getting a Garmin, I relented. Customizing screens is easy and, unlike some other bike computers, can be set to show a lot of data Ike slope me cadence without showing speed and becoming a slave to your computer. Also, easier to read than the Cateyes Id been using. Worth the extra expense.
Living in Nebraska & riding outdoors year-round, it was important to me that my new computer had real buttons. Due to size & features I wanted with a HR, speed, & cadence bundle, it came down to the 520 or the Wahoo Elemnt Bolt. Frankly, although the Bolt pushes it's aero look & advantages, the 520 was the better dealespecially considering having to buy the out-front mounts. So far the 520 has proven to live up to the reviewsno fuss, functional, reliable. I'm most pleased with it. Now to get add a power meter to the mix...
Edge 520 is more straight forward bike computer than other touch screen based models. I find touch screen very difficult to use while riding. It was easy to setup with a road bike and a mountain bike. It switches between two bikes with no fuss. The computer recognizes two sets of speed and cadence sensors with no issues. I'm very happy with the choice.
First off, Ive been using Garmin since the beginning and always loved their products. I bought the 530 with confidence (my old 820 was well used and failing) but was immediately disappointed. The GPS isnt very accurate so I ride with a wheel sensor to correct the nearly .2 of a mile I lose on every 10 miles. Nit picky? Perhaps but my 820 was accurate. Secondly, it crashes, wont power on at times (even with a fully charged battery). I had to send my first one back and get a replacement. It, too, has the same issues. I feel like Garmin didnt product test and customers are working out their flaws.
The good, when its working, its awesome. The battery lasts, realistically, 13-15hrs. The data it has the ability to collect is crazy.
If I had to do it over I wouldnt get it. I no longer race so all that data isnt something I pay too much attention to anymore and the headaches of dealing with customer service (very nice and helpful as they are) is annoying. Just my 2 cents.