Notices
Electronics, Lighting, & Gadgets HRM, GPS, MP3, HID. Whether it's got an acronym or not, here's where you'll find discussions on all sorts of tools, toys and gadgets.
View Poll Results: Are you happy with your Garmin 530?
Couldn't be happier. No problems seen.
2
50.00%
One or 2 problems seen, but still keeping it.
1
25.00%
Too many problems seen, I'm looking for something else.
1
25.00%
Absolute garbage. Sending it back!
0
0%
Voters: 4. You may not vote on this poll

Happy with your Garmin 530?

Old 11-04-19, 08:30 PM
  #1  
rozman
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 7
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Happy with your Garmin 530?

I'm considering buying a Garmin 530.
I've read many threads on the pros and cons with this computer, so therefore this poll.
thanks!
rozman is offline  
Old 11-05-19, 06:35 AM
  #2  
shelbyfv
Senior Member
 
shelbyfv's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 5,686
Mentioned: 24 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1247 Post(s)
Liked 269 Times in 177 Posts
I only used it for a couple of rides, then returned it to REI. It was very difficult to sync with my phone, probably my fault. I wanted it for turn by turn but could not easily see the cues. Again, probably my problem. I thought I would enjoy the climb pro feature but it wasn't that interesting on our short hills. Maybe for long grades in the West? The side buttons were fiddly to operate while riding. JMO
shelbyfv is offline  
Old 11-05-19, 08:33 AM
  #3  
TakingMyTime
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Los Alamitos, Calif.
Posts: 1,448

Bikes: Trek 7.4 FX, 5200 & 7700

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 384 Post(s)
Liked 69 Times in 45 Posts
You will find Garmin haters for virtually every product they make. With Garmin you are sort of a Beta tester in the beginning. It usually takes them a couple of firmware and software fixes before they settle down. Personally, I really enjoy my 520 and I'm still finding features on it that I didn't know where there. Has it ever froze up on me, yes. Have I ever lost ride data, yes. But I still take it with me on every ride.

If you want a detailed rundown check out DCRainmaker's site. His reviews are quite possibly the best on the internet.
TakingMyTime is offline  
Likes For TakingMyTime:
Old 11-08-19, 04:34 PM
  #4  
Ghazmh
Senior Member
 
Ghazmh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Waltham Ma
Posts: 1,084

Bikes: 2019 Honey Allroads Ti, 2018 Seven Redsky XX, 2017 Trek Boon 7, 2016 Soma Smoothie, 2014 Trek 520, 2006 Gary Fisher Montare

Mentioned: 14 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 318 Post(s)
Liked 35 Times in 25 Posts
My 520 battery life is getting shorter and shorter, I use it often. I canít decide if I should get a 530 and see if the mapping is actually useful or get a 130 because it has the features I need and nothing extra. I watched DC Rainmakers video review of both. I like the idea of a moving map display where I can see the roads around the one Iím on without needing to pull over and use Google maps. However my experience with the 705, 520, and Etrex 20 always leave me disappointed enough to pull over and dig out the phone for Google maps.

Besides the map Iíll absolutely never need the features to tell me when to drink, eat, or tell me hang time
Ghazmh is offline  
Old 11-08-19, 05:20 PM
  #5  
Seattle Forrest
Senior Member
 
Seattle Forrest's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 19,770
Mentioned: 52 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 9225 Post(s)
Liked 813 Times in 496 Posts
Buy it from a place like REI that will allow you to return it if it doesn't meet your needs.
Seattle Forrest is offline  
Likes For Seattle Forrest:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.