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Small GPS receiver, designed as personal training assistant and bike computer with high-sensitive antenna, large, easy to read gray scale display and USB interface.

As a personal training assistant, the GARMIN Edge 500 records the travelled path (track), distance, time, computes the calories burned and helps to achieve your personal workout goals. The device is very easy to use, supports multiple languages and has an extremely sensitive antenna. It is the perfect partner for any biking activities. The built-in USB interface supports data exchange with a PC.

This device is especially well suited to provide information about your outdoor activities (track, speed, maximum speed, distance, elevation profile, time a.s.o.). The coordinates of the current location are shown on the satellite page. The device also shows the current location on the map in relation to user defined or downloaded routes (so called courses).

Differences between the various Edge models:

All models provide similar functions; these are the main differences:

Feature / Model Display Touchscreen Shows map Slot for µSD memory card Barometrical altimeter Heart rate, speed/cadence Data fields Price
Edge 205 gray scale
128x160
- - - - - 23 Discontinued
Edge 305 gray scale
128x160
- - - YES YES 32 Discontinued
Edge 500 gray scale
128x160
- - - YES YES 45 Discontinued
Edge 510 color
176x220
YES - - YES YES 84 Discontinued
Edge 520 color
200x265
- - - YES YES 135 From CHF 318
From EUR 278
Edge 605 color
176x220
- YES YES - - 23 Discontinued
Edge 705 color
176x220
- YES YES YES YES 32 Discontinued
Edge 800 color
160x240
YES YES YES YES YES 69 Discontinued
Edge 810 color
160x240
YES YES YES YES YES 84 Discontinued
Edge 1000 color
240x400
YES YES YES YES YES 94 From CHF 558
From EUR 487

Please find a table with detailed technical data in our Buyer's guide.


Contents: Features - Overview - Main Pages - Price - Options - Downloads - Order

GARMIN Edge 500

Features:

  • Best suited to be fixed on a bike, robust, very handy
  • Easy to read display with background illumination (128x160 pixels, 4 level gray scale)
  • Multilingual user interface in Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Slovakian, Slovenian, Spanish and Swedish
  • Integrated 12 channel GPS receiver with very sensitive built-in antenna
  • Powered by built-in, rechargeable battery (lasts about 18 h), battery charger included
  • Chest belt with heart rate monitor. The chest belt uses a digitally coded signal, which means, once a heart beat sensor and the GPS have been paired, the GPS will never receive a conflicting signal from another sensor. So you can exercise in close proximity to other sensors without fear of interference. Heart rate monitor either included in the package or available as an option.
  • Short time to first fix (TTFF¹: approx. 15 seconds after a warm start, meaning there are valid coordinates of the satellites available, or approx. 45 seconds after a cold start, meaning there are no valid coordinates of the satellites available)
  • Firmware stored in Flash-Memory, can be updated by the user
  • Operating temperatures -15 .. 60°C (5° .. 140°F)
  • USB interface (connection cable included)
  • Dimensions: 48x69x22 mm (1.9x2.7x0.85 inches)
  • Weight: 57 g (2 ounces)
  • Water resistant up to approx. 3 feet (1 meter) for about 30 minutes (IPX7)

¹) TTFF: Time To First Fix, time until the first information about the local position is acquired.

Information about your training:

  • Personal profile: Stores personal information such as gender, weight and date of birth (in order to calculate the calories burned)
  • Bike profile: Stores the weight of three different bikes.
  • Stop watch with split times (laps). Records split times either manually by pressing the "lap" key or automatically based on a user defined distance or position.
  • Auto pause: Stops the watch automatically if the current speed drops below a user defined value, e.g. when waiting at a red light or during a short break.
  • Speed alert: Goes off when the current speed exceeds a user defined upper limit or when the current speed drops below a user defined lower limit.
  • Distance alert: Goes off after you have travelled a user defined distance. The alert can be set to go off only once or repetitive.
  • Time alert Goes off after a user defined time period. The alert can be set to go off only once or repetitive.
  • Virtual Partner: This unique feature helps you to achieve certain goals for your workout. The goals are based on a previous drive over the same track or on a course downloaded over the Internet. You may adjust the time for your current workout. The virtual partner will keep exactly the speed required to achieve the goal you have set. The Edge 500 will constantly measure your current speed and compares it to the virtual partner's speed. It will ask you to speed up or slow down as needed and it shows on the display whether you are ahead or behind your virtual partner.
  • History: The Edge 500 keeps track of your workouts. It stores the date, time, number of laps, duration, distance, average speed, calories burned, average and maximum heart rate on a daily basis. It also provides weekly overviews and running totals for the duration, distance and calories burned.
  • Stores up to 1'000 laps.
  • Supports metric and U.S. units.
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GARMIN Edge 500 overview:

Buttons and connectors of the GARMIN Edge 500
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Main pages of the GARMIN Edge 500:

Note: The images below show the display of the Edge 500. Many of the pages are configurable, the pictures are just examples. For the data fields, there is a choice of 61 different values, see selection.

Display Map Navigation
GARMIN Edge 500 display GARMIN Edge 500 map GARMIN Edge 500 navigation

Choose the number of data fields and your preferred value for each of the data fields. For the available values see list below.
In this example, the following values are shown:

  • Duration of this training unit
  • Current speed
  • Travelled distance during this training unit
  • Current time
  • Calories burned during this training unit
  • Distance from the current position to the course for your training
  • Estimated travel time from the current position to the course
  • Map (orientation either north up or moving direction up)
  • Map pointer (white arrow)
  • Current position (black triangle)
  • Current scale
  • Directions
  • Distance to turn
  • Estimated remaining time to turn
Virtual Partner History
GARMIN Edge 500 virtual partner GARMIN Edge 500 history
  • Distance behind or ahead of your virtual partner
  • Time behind or ahead of your virtual partner
  • Remaining distance of this training unit
  • Estimated remaining time for this training unit

The device collects various data during the workout. View this information through history.

  • Stored workout (type of activity, date, time)
  • Duration, travelled distance, average speed and calories burned for this workout
  • More detailed information about each lap

Data fields on pages with user selectable data fields:

No Display Name Explanation
1 Balance Balance Contribution of the left and the right leg to the total power output in percent (requires optional 3rd party power meter).
2 Bal. - 3s Avg. Balance - 3s Average Average contribution of the left and the right leg to the total power output during the last 3 seconds in percent (requires optional 3rd party power meter).
3 Bal. - 10s Avg. Balance - 10s Average Average contribution of the left and the right leg to the total power output during the last 10 seconds in percent (requires optional 3rd party power meter).
4 Bal. - 30s Avg. Balance - 30s Average Average contribution of the left and the right leg to the total power output during the last 30 seconds in percent (requires optional 3rd party power meter).
5 Bal. - Avg. Balance - Average Average contribution of the left and the right leg to the total power output during this workout in percent (requires optional 3rd party power meter).
6 Bal. - Lap Balance - Lap Average contribution of the left and the right leg to the total power output during the current lap in percent (requires optional 3rd party power meter).
7 Cadence Cadence Revolutions of the crank arm per minute (requires speed and cadence sensor which is included in the pack but is also available as an option).
8 Cadence - Avg. Cadence - Average Average cadence for this workout (requires speed and cadence sensor which is included in the pack but is also available as an option).
9 Cadence - Lap Cadence - Lap Average cadence for the current lap (requires speed and cadence sensor which is included in the pack but is also available as an option).
10 Calories Calories Calories burned during this workout.
11 Calories - Fat Calories - Fat Fat calories burned during this workout.
12 Distance Distance Distance travelled during this workout.
13 Dist. - Lap Distance - Lap Distance travelled during the current lap.
14 Elevation Elevation Current altitude above sea level.
15 GPS Accuracy GPS Accuracy The current accuracy of your GPS determined position.
16 Grade Grade Current grade computed from elevation change over distance.
17 Heading Heading The direction in which you are currently moving.
18 Heart Rate Heart Rate Current heart rate (heart beats per minute, bpm) (requires heart rate monitor which is included in the pack but is also available as an option).
19 HR - %HRR Heart Rate - % Heart Rate Reserve Percentage of heart rate reserve (heart rate reserve = maximum heart rate minus resting heart rate; requires heart rate monitor which is included in the pack but is also available as an option).
20 HR - %Max. Heart Rate - % Max Percentage of maximum heart rate (requires heart rate monitor which is included in the pack but is also available as an option).
21 HR - Avg. Heart Rate - Average Average heart rate for this workout (requires heart rate monitor which is included in the pack but is also available as an option).
22 HR - Avg. %HRR Heart Rate - Average % Heart Rate Reserve Average percentage of heart rate reserve for this workout (heart rate reserve = maximum heart rate minus resting heart rate; requires heart rate monitor which is included in the pack but is also available as an option).
23 HR - Avg. %Max. Heart Rate - Average % Max Average percentage of maximum heart rate for this workout (requires heart rate monitor which is included in the pack but is also available as an option).
24 HR - Lap Heart Rate - Lap Average heart rate for the current lap (requires heart rate monitor which is included in the pack but is also available as an option).
25 HR - Lap %HRR Heart Rate - Lap % Heart Rate Reserve Average percentage of heart rate reserve for the current lap (heart rate reserve = maximum heart rate minus resting heart rate; requires heart rate monitor which is included in the pack but is also available as an option).
26 HR - Lap %Max. Heart Rate - Lap % Max Average percentage of maximum heart rate for the current lap (requires heart rate monitor which is included in the pack but is also available as an option).
27 HR Graph Heart Rate Graph Graphical representation of the heart rate zone over time (requires heart rate monitor which is included in the pack but is also available as an option).
28 HR Zone Heart Rate Zone Current heart rate zone (1..5). Default zones are based on the user profile, the maximum heart rate and the rest heart rate, but may be changed by the user (requires heart rate monitor which is included in the pack but is also available as an option).
29 Laps Laps Number of completed laps.
30 Power Power Current power output (requires optional 3rd party power meter).
31 Power - %FTP Power - %FTP Current power output in %FTP ("Functional Threshold Power") (requires optional 3rd party power meter).
32 Power - 3s Avg. Power - 3s Average Average power output during the last 3 seconds moving (requires optional 3rd party power meter).
33 Power - 10s Avg. Power - 10s Average Average power output during the last 10 seconds moving (requires optional 3rd party power meter).
34 Power - 30s Avg. Power - 30s Average Average power output during the last 30 seconds moving (requires optional 3rd party power meter).
35 Power - Avg. Power - Average Average power output during this workout (requires optional 3rd party power meter).
36 Power - IF Power - Intensity Factor The ratio of the Normalized Power (NP) to the functional threshold power (FTP), see TrainingPeaks for details (requires optional 3rd party power meter).
37 Power - Lap Power - Lap Average power output during the current lap (requires optional 3rd party power meter).
38 Power - Last Lap Power - Last Lap Average power output during the last completed lap (requires optional 3rd party power meter).
39 Power - Max. Power - Max Maximum power output achieved during this workout (requires optional 3rd party power meter).
40 Power - Max. Lap Power - Max. Lap Maximum power output achieved during the current lap (requires optional 3rd party power meter).
41 Power - NP Power - Normalized Power An estimate of the power that one could have maintained for the same physiological "cost" if the power had been perfectly constant during the current workout, see TrainingPeaks for details (requires optional 3rd party power meter).
42 Power - NP Lap Power - Normalized Power Lap An estimate of the power that one could have maintained for the same physiological "cost" if the power had been perfectly constant during the current lap, see TrainingPeaks for details (requires optional 3rd party power meter).
43 Power - NP Last Power - Normalized Power Last Lap An estimate of the power that one could have maintained for the same physiological "cost" if the power had been perfectly constant during the last completed lap, see TrainingPeaks for details (requires optional 3rd party power meter).
44 Power - TSS Power - Training Stress Score A composite number that takes into account the duration and intensity of a workout to arrive at a single estimate of the overall training load and physiological stress created by that training session, see TrainingPeaks for details (requires optional 3rd party power meter).
45 Power - W/kg Power - Watt per Kilogramm Power output in watts per kilogram body weight (requires optional 3rd party power meter).
46 Power - kJ Power - kJ Total (cumulative) power output during this workout (requires optional 3rd party power meter).
47 Power Zone Power - Zone Current power zone (1..7). The zones are based on your FTP or user settings (requires optional 3rd party power meter).
48 Speed Speed Current speed.
49 Speed - Avg. Speed - Average Average speed since the last reset.
50 Speed - Lap Speed - Lap Average speed during the current lap.
51 Speed - Max. Speed - Max Maximum speed since last reset.
52 Temperature Temperature Current ambient temperature.
53 Time Time Stopwatch time.
54 Time - Avg. Lap Time - Average Lap Average time for the completed laps.
55 Time - Elapsed Time - Elapsed Time since last reset.
56 Time - Lap Time - Lap Elapsed time for the current lap.
57 Time of Day Time of Day Current time.
58 Total Ascent Total Ascent Total elevation gain for the current workout.
59 Total Descent Total Descent Total elevation loss for the current workout.
60 VS - 30s Avg. Vertical Speed - 30s Average Average vertical speed during the last 30 seconds moving.
61 Vertical Speed Vertical Speed Rate of ascent or descent.
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Price:

This model has been discontinued; however, you can still order options for the Edge 500.

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Options:

Power supply with USB connector (cable not included)
(One such power supply comes with the Edge 500)
Add item to shopping basket CHF 22 | EUR 19 [Picture and details]
USB cable for data exchange and power supply
(One such cable comes with the Edge 500)
Add item to shopping basket CHF 15 | EUR 13 [Picture and details]
Power cord for car cigarette lighter Add item to shopping basket CHF 39 | EUR 34 [Picture and details]
Powerkit including rechargeable battery, charger and foldable solar panel plus various adapters Add item to shopping basket CHF 119 | EUR 104 [Picture and details]
Belt for heart rate monitor Add item to shopping basket CHF 16 | EUR 14 [Picture and details]
Premium chest belt with heart rate monitor (soft fabric strap for more comfort) Add item to shopping basket CHF 79 | EUR 69 [Picture and details]
Belt for premium heart rate monitor Add item to shopping basket CHF 65 | EUR 57 [Picture and details]
Speed and cadence sensor
(Such a speed and cadence sensor comes with the Edge 500 Pack)
Add item to shopping basket CHF 68 | EUR 59 [Picture and details]
Mounting set
(One set with two mounting kits comes with the Edge 500)
Add item to shopping basket CHF 18 | EUR 16 [Picture and details]
Straps for mounting set
(One set with mounting straps comes with the Edge 500)
Add item to shopping basket CHF 9 | EUR 8 [Picture and details]
Front mounting kit for handlebar Add item to shopping basket CHF 59 | EUR 52 [Picture and details]
Soft case Add item to shopping basket CHF 28 | EUR 24 [Picture and details]

All options for the GARMIN Edge 500 in detail.

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Downloads:

Here we provide additional documentation and software updates related to the Edge 500.

If Adobe Acrobat Reader is not installed on your computer, you may download and install it for free.
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