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Getting a Garmin Edge 520 – Setting Up The Mounts

The Garmin Edge 520 is a very functional cycle computer that delivers a great number of features packed into a reasonable sized unit. Here is Part Three on how to set up your computer on the bike.

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.

Setting up the mount so you can position the computer out of the way on the handlebars is easily done using the included mounts. There are two options the one is using the plastic mounts that can get mounted on either the stem or the handle bar utilising the included strong rubber bands. Although the idea sounds slightly Micky Mouse, I’ve been using it for years on my various bikes including my mountain bike and have never had a band snap or get dislodged once it is set up correctly.

The other option is with the off the front mount that attaches onto the handlebar to position the Edge 520 centrally in front of the handlebar. You simply undo the allen key and position the included rubber spacer (if needed) on the handlebar then position the mount over the top of it and tighten.

This is Part Three in this series. Parts One and Two can be found with the links below:


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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Ray has competed in triathlons from sprint to ironman distance (both IM Taupo and Challenge Wanaka). Consequently he is aware of the importance of balancing training with lifestyle, thus complimenting other important aspects of an athlete’s life (family, work, study commitments etc…). • Entering your first triathlon? • Stepping up to a longer distance? • Looking to go faster? • Wanting to turn previous negatives into positives? Ray has coached athletes to achieve these and more. Training programmes are accessible online, so athletes can be located anywhere and still reap the benefits of Ray’s coaching. Contact him to discuss how he can assist you to achieve your goals.
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