Getting a Garmin Edge 520 – Here Is What To Expect

The Garmin Edge 520 is a very functional cycle computer that delivers a great number of features packed into a reasonable sized unit.

I’ve recently purchased a Garmin Edge 520 from Kiwi Multisport and in this series of posts I will take you through it’s key features and how to set it up and operate it. As part of this series I’ve filmed a series of video’s on YouTube.

Kiwi Multisport have a very quick and efficient delivery service, nationally within NZ. I picked up my Garmin in store, but another client of mine got his delivered in 3 days.

The Edge 520 is very functional and due to both ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart connectivity can connect to a wide range of both Garmin and 3rd party products on the market. Mine will be used to connect with sensors on three different bikes with the following sensors:

  • Garmin Premium Heart Rate Strap (one strap but used on all three bikes);
  • PowerTap hub based power meters (on my TT & road bikes);
  • Garmin GSC-10 Speed Cadence sensors (on my TT & road bikes); and
  • Garmin magnet-less Speed and Cadence sensors (on my MtB).

This was easy to set up and establish and I’ll be posting how to do this in a few days.

The Garmin Edge 520 will track a range of metrics that you can then download to Garmin Connect (and then automatically connect with both Strava and Training Peaks). Key metrics include:

  • Speed based data including GPS track;
  • Cadence data when paired with a cadence meter;
  • Power data when paired with a power meter;
  • Display incoming text and other messages from your phone (when paired with a blue tooth smart phone);
  • Garmin Live Track (when paired with a blue tooth smart phone) which can be reassuring for family and friends when out training;
  • Strava live segments (when paired with a blue tooth smart phone);
  • Gradient and altitude data; and
  • Many other features.

It is available in two bundles. The first is the device only, which is what I got as I’ve already got my bikes set up with the sensors and already have a premium HR monitor. The other option is a bundle that comes with a premium HR monitor as well as speed and cadence sensors.

I was pleasantly surprised to see the solid mount for ‘off the front’ mounting of the Garmin Edge 520 in the box along with the other mounts.

Here is a video of me unboxing the product for the first time, so you can see what is included.

Over the rest of the week I’ll be posting a range of articles in relation to setting up your Garmin Edge 520.

If you would like further advice feel free to contact Coach Ray.

Coach Ray is the Head Coach & Director of Qwik Kiwi – Endurance Sports Consultant.

Coach Ray is a triathlon coach who specialises in coaching beginner and recreational athletes to achieve their sporting goals. He can be contacted at and 021 348 729. Make sure you sign up to his monthly informative newsletter.

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