Garmin Edge® 520 Plus
GPS bike computer
Our take on the Garmin Edge® 520 Plus by Crutchfield's Ken Nail
Chart your course
When I first started riding the roads around Charlottesville, finding good routes meant consulting cycling club guidebooks and tagging along with lots of group rides. Garmin's Edge 520 Plus bike computer shows how much that has changed. Garmin's Cycle Map is preloaded and you can use it to create courses with turn-by-turn directions for both on- and off-road adventures. During your ride, its high-sensitivity GPS receiver records speed, distance, time, plus ascent and descent, while a built-in barometric altimeter yields precise elevation measurements.
Connection during your ride
Edge 520 Plus also taps into the power of your smartphone through the Garmin Connect™ Mobile app. Features like live tracking, social media sharing, weather, and more are ready to access before, during, and after your ride. In conjunction with a compatible smartphone, you can even message to other riders in your group when you're on the road. And when you're out on a long ride or race, your friends and family can follow your progress on Garmin Connect with real-time map updates.
This versatile device is compatible with Strava live segments, so you can track your progress while you're riding on your favorite climbs and fly zones. You'll receive alerts when the segments start and finish, and even instant leaderboard rankings once you've finished the segment.
Your best you
Edge 520 Plus offers the high-performance features you need for serious training. It works with all ANT+-enabled power meters (not included) so you can track your power output in watts when you ride — one of the most effective training methods available. And when it's paired with a heart rate monitor (not included), the Edge 520 tracks your heart rate, letting you train in the proper heart-rate zone to optimize your workout. Check out this sensor bundle to buy the Edge 520 Plus along with a heart-rate monitor and other training sensors. You can customize the screen to display the info that's important to you when you ride, so you'll always have the metrics you need right in front of you.
Stay safe and aware
Edge 520 Plus is fully compatible with Garmin's Varia smart lights and rear-view radar, ensuring that you'll know what's happening on the road around you and that drivers are aware of your presence. You can quickly scope out threatening weather conditions on the Edge 520's water-resistant color display while leaving your smartphone safe and dry in your pocket or jacket. Do you ride a mountain bike? Check out this mountain bike bundle to buy the Edge 520 Plus with an included mountain-bike mount.
- GPS cycling computer
- USB cable, tether, standard and out-front mounts included
- records up to 100 course routes and 200 waypoints/favorites/locations
- included basemaps with option to add maps
- 1.4" x 1.9" color display (200 x 265 pixels)
- water resistant (IPX7 standard)
- tracks with GPS, GLONASS and Galileo satellites for accurate reporting
- compatible with Garmin Varia bike radar and lights
- VIRB® camera remote
- Garmin Connect compatible
- offers in-ride challenges through Strava live segments (Strava Premium required, 3-month free trial included)
- smart notifications (texts, email, etc.) and live tracking when paired with compatible smartphone
- compatible with third-party ANT+ power meters and indoor trainers
- compatible with optional heart-rate monitor and speed/cadence sensor
- tracks Functional Threshold Power and other cycling dynamics when used with Garmin Vector or Vector 2 power meters
- VO2 max calculations
- Virtual Partner feature lets you race a digital partner
- records up to 200 hours of ride data
- AutoLap, AutoPause, AutoScroll functions
- customizable display fields
- built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery allows up to 15 hours use
- 1.9"W x 2.9"H x .8"D
- weight 2.0 oz
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- GPS-enabled bike computer
- 2 Plastic handlebar mounts
- 2 Rubber disks
- 4 Large O-rings
- 4 Small O-rings
- Out-front Bike Mount
- Thick rubber handlebar collar
- Thin rubber handlebar collar
- Elastic tether
- 2mm Hex key
- 2.5mm Hex key
- 19" USB cable (USB Type A male connector on one end and a Micro-B USB connector on the other end)
- Quick Start Manual
- Important Safety and Product Information
- Out-Front Mount Instructions
- Heart Rate Monitor instructions
- Notice regarding EPDM replacement bands
Overview: The Garmin Edge 520 Plus is a compact, GPS-enabled advanced bicycle computer with navigation and connected features, such as live tracking, social media sharing, weather, and the ability to send and receive courses. The Edge 520 Plus is waterproof (IPX7 rated), and comes with two standard handlebar mounts, and the Out Front Bike Mount, so you can mount it on multiple bikes.
Display: The Edge 520 Plus has a 2.3" backlit, high resolution color LCD (1.4"W x 1.9"H), with a display resolution of 200 x 265 pixels. You can view the maps, maneuver through the menus, and make selections by touching the controls beside the display. The display will show your chosen route, elapsed time, speed, distance, time of day, and calories burned (if applicable).
GPS with Garmin Cycle Map: The Edge 520 Plus has a high-sensitivity GPS receiver with the preloaded Garmin Cycle Map with turn-by-turn directions for on and off road courses. The maps will alert you of upcoming turns, and can guide you back to the route, if you get off course. When you turn on the unit outdoors, it finds satellites quickly, so you can start your ride quicker. The time of day and the date are automatically set by the GPS receiver. If training indoors, you can turn off the GPS receiver to save battery power.
GLONASS: In addition to the GPS (Global Positioning System), the Edge 520 Plus is compatible with GLONASS (GLObal NAvigation Satellite System), operated by Russia. This gives the device increased performance and accuracy in challenging environments, and faster position acquisition. By default, the unit is set to GPS + GLONASS. For increased battery life, you can select GPS Only.
Strava: The Edge 520 Plus is compatible with Strava, a cycling and running website and mobile app, which lets you set goals, training plans, get power analysis, and compare your results with other athletes in your age and weight class. You can download Strava segments to the Edge 520 Plus for competing against your previous segment times, or others who ride the same route. Segment results appear in real time, showing the Distance to Go and Time Ahead (or Behind) your competitor. A free 3-month premium membership to Strava is included with the Edge 520 Plus Bundle.
Smartphone Compatible: You can wirelessly link your device to a smartphone (Android 4.4 and up / iOS 9.0 or later) using the Garmin Connect Mobile app. While connected, you can receive smart notifications on your device as you ride. At the end of your ride, you can transfer the ride data directly to your phone via Bluetooth. Using the app, you can analyze the details of your ride, or share it with others. You can also search out courses and workouts stored at Garmin Connect, download them to your smartphone, and send them to your Edge 520 Plus wirelessly. Real-time weather updates and alerts can be sent from your smartphone to your device.
Live Track: Another connected feature of the Edge 520 Plus, Live Track, allows your friends and family to follow your races and training activities in real time. You can invite your followers via email or social media to view your live data on the Garmin Connect tracking page. Once they see your invitation, they can click to follow your progress on a map and see your stats.
Controls: Most of the controls are located along the edge of the display. On the Home screen, you can access your bike profile, change your activity profile, manage your history, courses, and workouts, and start a new ride. During your ride, you can use the front panel buttons to start/stop the timer and mark a new lap without having to look at the screen. The power and backlight button is located on the side.
Waterproof: The Edge 520 Plus is waterproof to IEC Standard 60529 IPX7. It can withstand immersion in 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes. The casing is totally sealed, including the front-mounted controls, and the USB port has a water-resistant cover to prevent corrosion.
ANT+: ANT+ is a wireless technology that allows certain accessories to communicate with the Edge 520 Plus. ANT+ sensors generally work within 10 feet of the unit. In addition, an increasing number of health clubs and fitness centers have ANT+ compatible equipment in their facilities, so you can use the same accessories separate from your device. Compatible Garmin ANT+ accessories include:
- Heart Rate Monitor: When the Edge 520 Plus is paired with the optional Premium Heart Rate Monitor, the unit tracks your heart beats per minute and calculates your calorie consumption as you train. You can train in a certain heart rate zone to improve your fitness level or compare your pace and heart rate to past performances.
- Speed and Cadence Sensors: The optional Speed and Cadence Sensors measure your speed and pedaling strokes per minute. The Edge 520 Plus has a Non-Zero Averaging option to let you include or exclude the zero values (when you're not pedaling) when calculating your power ratings.
Varia Bike Radar/Lights: Varia Rearview Radar and Smart Bike Lights work with the Edge 520 Plus to keep you safe as you ride on the highway. Varia Rearview Radar can alert you of vehicles approaching from behind. Varia Smart headlights and tail lights integrate with the Edge 520 Plus and change intensity with your speed.
Note: The Premium Heart Rate Monitor, Speed Sensor, and Cadence Sensor are packaged together with the Edge 520 Plus in the Sensor Bundle.
Auto Pause: The built-in timer will pause automatically when it detects you're not moving. The timer will restart when you resume your ride.
Auto Lap: The Auto Lap feature lets you automatically mark the lap at a specific position. This helps you compare your performance over different parts of a ride (i.e. a long climb or training sprints). You can also use Auto Lap to mark laps at a specific distance.
Ride Data Storage: The Edge 520 Plus built-in memory stores up to 200 hours of your ride data until it can be uploaded to your Garmin Connect account. The unit not only has an odometer to keep track of your mileage, but includes data on your last ride, longest ride, fastest ride, and all rides.
User Profile: The Edge 520 Plus allows you to enter data about yourself to create a User Profile. This data (gender, birth year, weight, and height) is used to calculate accurate ride data.
Garmin Connect: Free web-based Garmin Connect software lets you store your workout data for comprehensive analysis. Garmin Connect is used by cyclists worldwide, and presents your data in an easily understood manner, with maps, reports, and suggested activities. You can create fitness goals and send them to your device. As you complete activities toward your goals, they are tracked on both the device and on Garmin Connect.
Courses: The Edge 520 Plus can save your ride data as you train. From that saved data, you can use Garmin Connect software to create courses that you can follow in the future. Each time you follow the course, the unit will compare your time to previous rides, or to other riders, and let you set performance goals. As you ride along the course, the display will indicate distance and time to upcoming maneuvers.
Virtual Partner: During your workout, you can use the Virtual Partner to help you meet your goals. The Virtual Partner rides along with you and provides incentive for you to keep up or stay ahead. If necessary, you can adjust the speed of the Virtual Partner during the ride.
USB Port: A Micro USB port is provided on the back of the unit for charging and connecting to your computer. A water-resistant cap keeps moisture out.
Power Requirements: The unit is powered by a built-in Lithium-Ion battery. It charges via the included USB cable when connected to your computer. The battery charge level is expressed as a percentage on the display. Typical battery life for the device is approximately 15 hours.
Mounting: The Edge 520 Plus can be mounted to your bicycle's handlebars or stem using the included standard "quarter-turn" mounts. Two sizes of rubber mounting bands are included for best fit. Two complete mounts are included to allow you to use the unit on multiple bikes. The included Out-Front Bike Mount lets you put the device in front of the handlebars for easier, heads-up positioning and increased safety.
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