Garmin Edge 500 - Set up advice

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by lejogger, 11 Jul 2012.

  1. lejogger

    lejogger Über Member

    Location:
    Wirral
    Hi guys,

    I'm sure there must be a few of you out there with one of these and I was just after some input on what data fields you choose to display.
    I know this is very much a personal thing, and I don't utilise a cadence or HR sensor as yet, but already my page 1 is a bit cramped and I was giving thoughts to spreading vital data over two screens and having it loop through...

    Anyway, just interested in what the rest of you do really.
     
  2. SquareDaff

    SquareDaff Über Member

    I have the Garmin 800 - show time(as in clock), distance, cadence, speed and ride time on my front page. I've not had it too long though so this may change once I get more used to it.
     
  3. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

    Location:
    Atop a Ti
    Page 1
    Time Of Day
    Speed
    Avg Speed
    Distance
    Elevation
    Gradient
    Page 2
    Elapsed Time
    Moving Time
    Temperature
    Heading
    Total Ascent
    Total Descent

    I don't use HRM or Cadence

    I scroll between the 2 pages as and when.
     
  4. OP
    OP
    lejogger

    lejogger Über Member

    Location:
    Wirral
    Cheers guys. Just been having a play with mine on my lunch break and have settled initially on these, but like SquareDaff I'm sure it will change:

    Page 1 (minimal - just vital regularly needed info)
    Speed
    Time (moving)
    Distance
    Avg. Speed
    Page 2
    Time of day
    Temperature
    Grade
    Vertical Speed
    Elevation
    Calories

    I didn't really want to clog it up with a lot of information that I didn't really need to be there in my face on the bike. Obviously most, if not all of it will be useful to look at afterwards, but there's only so much you need to have immediately available.

    I must say, it seems a really good bit of kit so far, although I imagine once I get rides logged on the Garmin website etc it will really start to shine.

    I don't think it will be long before I splash out on HR, cadence, and power sensors either, but that's going to get costly with two bikes to get them for.
     
  5. OP
    OP
    lejogger

    lejogger Über Member

    Location:
    Wirral
    Has this image worked for anyone else? can't get it on the pc or tapatalk app...
     
  6. OP
    OP
    lejogger

    lejogger Über Member

    Location:
    Wirral
    Lesley in the office next door must think I'm playing a mid 80's hand held Donkey Kong with all the beeping that's going on in here!
     
  7. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

    Location:
    Atop a Ti

    It's a Chinese spammer that just been wiped.
     
  8. OP
    OP
    lejogger

    lejogger Über Member

    Location:
    Wirral
    Blimey, I didn't realise such creatures frequented these parts.
    Excellent work.
     
  9. amaferanga

    amaferanga Veteran

    Location:
    Bolton
    I use one screen for instantaneous data fields and averages for the current lap (I like 6 data fields for this so 2 are big), one for the instantaneous data fields and whole ride averages (6 data fields) and one for miscellaneous other stuff (8 data fields). Most of mine are taken up by power metrics though so I won't bother posting what they are.
     
  10. OP
    OP
    lejogger

    lejogger Über Member

    Location:
    Wirral
    I've not figured out how the lap data will be useful to me yet on standard commutes, leisure or club rides.

    Is it more for strict training regimes where you're looking at maintaining targets over a set time/distance?
     
  11. SquareDaff

    SquareDaff Über Member

    A lot of my training is done on my commutes. I've set up each leg as a course and race myself. At the moment I'm capable of beating my previous best each day - but I know there'll be a time when this is difficult to do and that's when the benefits should begin (I hope).

    In the 2 years since I've got back into cycling I've increased my top speed my 5-6 mph and the average on my commutes by 3mph. I know speed isn't everything but I figure my technique must have improved as well. When I 1st started again my cadence was around 60-65. It's now in the 85-95 range as an average.
     
  12. Garz

    Garz Squat Member

    Location:
    Down
    Pg1:

    Speed
    Cadence

    Pg2:

    HR Zone
    HR

    Pg3:

    Other data
     
  13. OP
    OP
    lejogger

    lejogger Über Member

    Location:
    Wirral
    so if you set up a route as a course does it give you an indicator as to how you're currently performing against it?
     
  14. SquareDaff

    SquareDaff Über Member

    This is a problem I have at the moment that someone else has sent me some instructions about. I can see if I beat my previous time or not. I believe that I should be able to see myself against the virtual me from a previous best time. Not on the bike today - but will be trying this out tomorrow on the ride in.
     
  15. Garz

    Garz Squat Member

    Location:
    Down
    Wonder if that would cheese me off on a commute? Every ride your 'best' time is ahead of you and you either can't be arsed or have the elements slowing you would be frustrating to say the least.
     
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