In 2003 Garmin debuted their first line of GPS watches aimed at the runners market. The Garmin Forerunner watches would track your speed, distance, heart rate and how many calories you’ve burned on your run. You could then hook the watch up to your computer and download the data into their training software and compare your runs from day to day.
Garmin Edge 520 is Garmin’s solution for performance-driven cyclists. The device, which mounts to your handlebars, measures and tracks everything from speed, distance, location, elevation, heart rate, performance and more to give you a complete set of data allowing you to track your performance.
Once your ride is completed, connect your device to your computer and upload your ride data to Garmin Connect to see the path you traveled on a map, analyze it, share it and view more detail like elevation, etc. Use the Course Creator feature to plan out rides or convert a past activity into a Course.
All the Garmin Edge performance monitors come with rechargeable lithium-ion batteries which will power the unit for 15-20 hours. All are water resistant and have a built in GPS receiver.
There are many models in the Garmin Edge family. Below are the Edge models and the features of each:
Edge 200: The Edge 200 is Garmin’s entry level product but is great for everyday, training or touring rides. It tracks your time, distance, speed, position and calories burned. You can then upload your data to Garmin Connect and track your progress.
Edge 520: Stepping up to the Edge 520 gets you additional features. In addition to tracking your time, distance, speed & position, the Garmin Edge 520 can also track cadence, heart rate and ascent/descent. You can even use it on multiple bikes.
Edge 800: If you’re a serious cyclist you will love the features packed into the Edge 800. It offers everything it’s younger brother has but also includes a color touchscreen display and mapping capabilities. That’s right – navigation for your bike!
Edge 510: Pair your Edge 510 with your smartphone and access a suite of connected features including: weather forecast, conditions and alerts, live online tracking and wireless data transfers to Garmin Connect. The 510 also includes a touchscreen display making it easier to interact with the device when you’re on a ride or wearing gloves.
Edge 810: As Garmin’s premier cycling device, the Edge 810 is packed full of features including GPS navigation with on-screen maps. The Edge 810 also pairs with your smartphone to give you connected features including: weather forecast, conditions and alerts, live online tracking and wireless data transfers to Garmin Connect.
So if you’re a performance cyclist or just ride as a hobby, the Garmin Edge family of cycle computers can help you along your ride.