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    Garmin Edge 520 - thoughts?

    I have some Christmas Wiggle vouchers off the generous in-laws. Now the reason they got me vouchers is because I don't really *need* any cycling gear at the minute, but I thought I'd peruse the current sale.

    Wiggle are doing the Edge 520 for £150 (37% off list). I have the basic Garmin Touring but this doesn't have any ANT+ capability or wi-fi / bluetooth. It does me fine but my biggest bugbear is having to plug it in to the laptop to sync to Strava and I'd be mildly interested in adding a cadence sensor and live segments. I suspect the 520 has a better screen too. I'd need it to do European mapping for our annual French trip.

    Thoughts and experiences on the 520? Seems like quite a good bang for buck 'upgrade'.

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    Thoughts - buy a Bolt.
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    A lot of folk online report problems now with the Bolt- rattling in the mount or falling off altogether so not all sunlit uplands...

    520 looks great for that price. I think Marty has one.
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    I have a 520 and no real complaints from me.

    The Bluetooth syncing with the App isn't 100% reliable but that might be because I have a Windows phone - it does work most of the time.

    I've had no problems with the recording of rides.

    I haven't used the mapping much, and only recently been told about Open Street Mapping - I've uploaded this to the Garmin but haven't used it yet.

    When I was in the Ardennes recently one of the guys was using his 520 to follow the route using Open Street Mapping, and someone else was using his Bolt - both of them seemed to be able to follow the route without problem, and both were happy with their devices.
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    Thanks guys. I've just realised that the 520 doesn't have wi-fi and syncs using bluetooth and phone. I've found the wi-fi syncing to be unreliable on the lads Explore 1000 anyway.

    Need to look into the mapping a bit more. The Edge Touring looks to have more maps and more routing options than the 520.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PRSboy View Post
    A lot of folk online report problems now with the Bolt- rattling in the mount or falling off altogether so not all sunlit uplands...
    99% of the lads from the three CCs I ride with have switched from Garmins to Elemnt/Bolt.No reported issues re mounts.Had mine a year,solid as a rock.One mate has done just over 15,000 miles this year and is Bolt and mount are fine.

    RE 520 good unit.Avoid the 820 as the touchscreen is an absolute dog.
    I love my Bolt but if I'm honest the mapping on Garmin is better but I don't use it so doesn't bother me

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    Quote Originally Posted by ibbo68 View Post
    99% of the lads from the three CCs I ride with have switched from Garmins to Elemnt/Bolt.No reported issues re mounts.Had mine a year,solid as a rock.One mate has done just over 15,000 miles this year and is Bolt and mount are fine.

    RE 520 good unit.Avoid the 820 as the touchscreen is an absolute dog.
    I love my Bolt but if I'm honest the mapping on Garmin is better but I don't use it so doesn't bother me

    This. I've also heard about lots of people switching from Garmin to Wahoo. One of the areas where Garmin Edge is still better is routing/maps (especially on models like 1030).

    Before I bought Edge 1030 I was using 520. It was ok - just some small problems with syncing.

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    Go on - go all out - get the 1030 - you know you want to.

    I've got one and its great.
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    Never heard of any issues with Bolt mount, I've had two fail with display problems though. This when using on turbo with backlight on all the time, whether connected or coincidence don't know. Mapping isn't brilliant but to be honest very rarely use that feature. For ease of use though the Bolt is superb.
    All the gear and no idea.

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    I personally donít think these size units are great for navigating. And if that was my priority function. Iíd probably use my phone and a back up battery pack. When needed.

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