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Upgrade Garmin Edge 500 to 520 - Questions

Old 07-23-18, 12:08 PM
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Upgrade Garmin Edge 500 to 520 - Questions

I am thinking of upgrading my Edge 500 to the 520. If I understand correctly, the new 520 Plus will give you turn-by-turn GPS directions. Does the old 520 model do the same? I have looked around and found the price of the 520 Plus around $250.00 USD and the old 520 for less than $200.00 USD. Is there another brand of GPS bike computer that may be the same. Wahoo Element comes to mind.
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The old 520 will, but you have to build the route on something like strava/ridewithgps. Wahoo bolt would be comparable as well and closer in size
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My understanding of the main mapping benefit of a 520 Plus vs a 520 or Wahoo Bolt is that is has on-board navigation that will continuously re-route in the event of a detour. In contrast, the Bolt will give TBT if the route was created properly (I use Ride with GPS), but if I go off-course the device is pretty dumb - it'll start chirping at me when I get close/cross my route again, but you're still on the hook for having a rough idea of how to get back to the pre-planned route (unless you want to stop and take out your phone).

Another 520 Plus feature that looks like it could be nice is their popularity routing (I forget what the TM'ed name is) which seems to be similar to using Strava Heatmaps for routing. Basically, you have the option of letting the device guide you based upon the routes that are more popular with cyclists (which are likely chosen vs shortest route because of more favorable traffic/better shoulders/fewer stops, etc). Could be a nice feature if you routinely find yourself in unfamiliar areas.

As mentioned, I have a Bolt and I'm very happy with it, but if I had to do it again, and at the same pricepoint, I'd take a good look at the extra features of the Garmin.
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My old Garmin 705 never has had reliable, workable navigation. Instead, I use "courses" which give me a purple line to follow, and a turn beep and message as I get near the turn. Occasionally, I'm not paying attention, and miss a turn, but I usually want to get back on the route, not make one up on the fly. That's been fine for years now.

From research I've done in the past:

Garmin touch screens used to be terrible (but I never noticed reviews complaining, it only gets mentioned now that it's better). It appears that they are much better now. I still wonder how they work with gloves or when wet.

I've seen mentions of loading routes taking 4 or 5 minutes to load. That would be very annoying to me. I want to get the bike out, power up the Garmin, and be ready to roll in 30 seconds.

Edge 520 has very limited room to store "real" maps. So you can't travel without uploading new maps.
The 520 Plus has maps and navigation. Garmin had to postpone the model when extremely slow navigation occurred in congested areas. It seems to be fixed?
It's not a touch screen, which sounds good to me -- I'm always zooming the map in and out, using the navigation buttons, so can do it without looking down.

There's a very new "Edge Explore" that sounds interesting. It does maps, has a workable touch screen. No training features, like interval workouts, and no power meter ability.
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DC Rainmaker reviews these, in detail.

Edge 520 Plus: https://www.dcrainmaker.com/2018/04/...h-mapping.html
Edge 520 vs Bolt: https://www.dcrainmaker.com/2017/07/...min-wahoo.html

Edge Explore: https://www.dcrainmaker.com/2018/07/...re-review.html
I just saw this when I went to get the 520 links. I haven't read the review.

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Originally Posted by cycledogg
I am thinking of upgrading my Edge 500 to the 520. If I understand correctly, the new 520 Plus will give you turn-by-turn GPS directions. Does the old 520 model do the same? I have looked around and found the price of the 520 Plus around $250.00 USD and the old 520 for less than $200.00 USD. Is there another brand of GPS bike computer that may be the same. Wahoo Element comes to mind.
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The old 500 gives what I would call turn by turn GPS directions. (from a loaded course only, though.)

What does the 520 or 520 Plus have in this regard that the 500 doesn't. A map display I suppose.

For my nav. uses (rando) the 500 seems to work just fine, actually.
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