The Edge 500 attaches easily to the stem or handlebars of your bike with its low-profile bike mount: when you're ready to ride, just power on your Edge, acquire GPS satellites and go. A high-sensitivity GPS receiver with HotFix satellite prediction calculates your position faster. During your ride, the Edge measures your speed, distance, time, calories burned, altitude, climb and descent, and records this data for your review. For extra-precise climb and descent data, Edge 500 also incorporates a barometric altimeter to pinpoint changes in elevation.
The Edge 500 can be coupled with ANT+ enabled power meters (not included) to display your power output, valuable data which shows you how hard you're working regardless of conditions, so you can train smarter. This bundle also comes with a digital heart rate monitor and speed/cadence sensor. Using your heart rate for advanced calorie computation, the Edge calculates how many calories you're burning. Train in a certain heart-rate zone to improve your fitness level or compare your pace and heart rate to past performances over the same ride.
Once your ride’s done, connect Edge 500 to your computer with the included USB cable to analyze your performance and join a worldwide network of cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts through Garmin Connect, a one-stop site for data analysis and sharing.
Other helpful training features include a Courses feature, which helps you compare successive rides over the same route, as well as Auto Pause, Auto Lap and temperature readings.
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