Garmin Edge 500 Cycling GPS Tracks Speed, Burned Calories and Heart Rate

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We are still waiting on the BERU Factor 001 with its built-in computer, but Garmin's new Edge 500 will add GPS and some health monitoring tools to your bicycle in the meantime.

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The Edge 500 can track GPS position, speed, distance, time, elevation, climb and descent. It also has a barometric altimeter to pinpoint changes in elevation. Its high-sensitivity GPS receiver with HotFix also allows it to display temperature readings and changes in time zones.

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GPS isn't its only game. When paired with a Garmin heart rate monitor it can track micro changes in a user's heart rate and can calculate the number of calories burned. The Edge 500 retails for $250 and $350 with the bundled heart rate monitor. [Garmin]

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debbyherbenick
debbyherbenick

My biking is only recreational and to campus, but I totally want one (sigh). Have you tried this, Joanna? Thoughts? Easy to install, use, mostly stable, etc.?