Garmin Edge 520 review

The Garmin Edge 520 follows on from the classic 500, but with a few extra features - we kept one on long term test to see how it performed

Garmin Edge 520
(Image credit: mike prior)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

A handlebar friendly sized bike computer that provides all the data and information you need. Fulfils all basic requirements, as well as providing some very clever training tools - though not the best choice for the navigationally challenged.

Reasons to buy
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    Lots of data screen options

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    Rich choice of metrics

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    Smartphone connectivity

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    Good size screen

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Reasons to avoid
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    Basemap not designed for full on navigation

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The Garmin Edge family is pretty established at the head of the cycling GPS computer table – and the Edge 500 took a position as the firm favourite for years. Come 2013, an update finally arrived - in the form of the 510. The touch screen functionality on both the 510 and 810 failed to impress, and the new creation was later replaced by its big brother: the Garmin Edge 520.

I’ve been riding with this model for just over a year - though the little critter is packed with so many features that I've probably not used every one.

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan the Editor of Cycling Weekly website. An NCTJ qualified traditional journalist by trade, Michelle began her career working for local newspapers. She's worked within the cycling industry since 2012, and joined the Cycling Weekly team in 2017, having previously been Editor at Total Women's Cycling. Prior to welcoming her daughter in 2022, Michelle raced on the road, track, and in time trials, and still rides as much as she can - albeit a fair proportion indoors, for now.