About Garmin Edge 520
Garmin comes from a strong background in GPS technology and it looks determined to be the leader in sports GPS category. And with its fast growing sports and fitness arm,there is no doubt that the production of Garmin Edge 520 is another attempt to solidify its place in the industry. With continuous improvement in Garmin’s product line, the Garmin Edge 520 is definitely the product of evolution. Being the best model in bike computers,it boasts of a complete menu for data recording, navigation and performance monitoring.
The package box comes with the unit, a USB cable and a quick start guide. You can either order it with the heart rate accessories or by itself. The wireless heart rate monitor strap is soft and can easily be adjusted. And like any other Garmin devices, the upload and analysis of your data will be done through the free online Garmin Connect service.Your data can then be graphed and even shared.
Mounting the unit on to the bike is easy. The rubber O-rings attach to your bike bar in seconds. There is no calibration necessary.
It has a bright display screen and it uses large numerals for easier reading. The touch screen uses an Apple iPhone swipe style which renders it easy to switch displays. What’s nice about the touch screen is it works totally fine whether your finger is in gloves or even with numb hands for that matter which makes it the perfect unit for winter explorations.
The unit is compatible with Garmin’s range of maps. The City Navigator can also be used with specific turn-by-turn directions as you would expect on a car GPS. You can also use Garmin’s Points of Interest feature when you are feeling tired after a long ride. It can show you the nearest hotel or restaurant. It searches very quickly when you input a street address and it also has auto complete.
These maps can be displayed using the usual 2-D view or with a bird’s eye view perspective. The latter can even upload high resolution images for a more realistic view. The home screen will show you your exact location on a street map and then will show you your routes and turns as programmed.
Once you take The Garmin Edge 520 for a ride, it would become clear why this unit is the best bike GPS unit available. It does an incredible job of accurately recording heart rate,power, speed and cadence data.