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Aldi offers the popular GPS bike computer at a bargain price

Aldi will be offering the Garmin Edge 500 GPS bike computer for just £79.99 later this month.

The Edge 500 has been around for a few years now and has become a classic of the GPS genre.

When we reviewed it here on road.cc back in 2010 we said, “Garmin's Edge 500 GPS computer is a little wonder for giving you all your ride information in an easy-to-use and downloadable package.”

The Edge 500 measures just 48mm x 69mm x 22mm and weighs 65g (including mounts).

You get all the basic speed and distance measurements that you’d expect along with gradient, total ascent/descent, lap times and averages… you get the idea. Plus, it’ll link up with ANT+ devices like heart rate monitors, power meters, and so on.

You can customise the display to show only the information that interests you, then you can upload the data when you get home and store it online.

Garmin recently launched the new Edge 520 to sit alongside the existing Edge 510, but we still think the Edge 500 has a lot to offer.

The Edge 500’s list price is £169.99, so you are making a massive saving here.

The Garmin Edge 500 offer is part of a range of cycling products that will be introduced into Aldi stores nationwide on Thursday 24 September. We’ll tell you more about the rest of the range closer to that time.

www.aldi.co.uk

Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over 20+ years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for eight years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.

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giobox [361 posts] 2 years ago
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Arguably still the best all rounder Garmin has made - Loved the small size, long battery life and great feature set on this guy.

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londoncommute [107 posts] 2 years ago
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Bugger. That's the bottom dropped out of the second hand price for people wanting to upgrade to a 520!

Hopefully they've five in stock....

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thx1138 [68 posts] 2 years ago
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Arguably still the best all rounder Garmin has made - Loved the small size, long battery life and great feature set on this guy.

Agreed. Love mine and have absolutely no desire to upgrade. At that price it's worth getting one for my commuter.

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Anthony.C [242 posts] 2 years ago
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I never liked mine, fiddly buttons, freezing courses and the altimeter and thermometer are useless. The 800 is much better.

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Johnny25 [37 posts] 2 years ago
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Design classic, compact and bijou and loaded with all the metrics you could possibly need.

I might buy a few at £79.99, hang on to then and sell them on for a tidy profit! It's interesting to note none of the big cycle stores are discounting as much as this on the 500. The cheapest on ebay is £101.

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JonD [492 posts] 2 years ago
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Johnny25 wrote:

Design classic, compact and bijou and loaded with all the metrics you could possibly need.

I might buy a few at £79.99, hang on to then and sell them on for a tidy profit! It's interesting to note none of the big cycle stores are discounting as much as this on the 500. The cheapest on ebay is £101.

Asshole.

Let someone else have a bargain and don't be such a greedy little shit.

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The Hoggs [3496 posts] 2 years ago
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JonD wrote:
Johnny25 wrote:

Design classic, compact and bijou and loaded with all the metrics you could possibly need.

I might buy a few at £79.99, hang on to then and sell them on for a tidy profit! It's interesting to note none of the big cycle stores are discounting as much as this on the 500. The cheapest on ebay is £101.

Asshole.

Let someone else have a bargain and don't be such a greedy little shit.

I hope that's said in jest mate no ned to be abusive.

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robthehungrymonkey [176 posts] 2 years ago
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I have an 810 and considering this for the Mrs...

Does it have the Bluetooth integration to instantly upload when you save a ride?

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JonD [492 posts] 2 years ago
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stumps wrote:
JonD wrote:
Johnny25 wrote:

Design classic, compact and bijou and loaded with all the metrics you could possibly need.

I might buy a few at £79.99, hang on to then and sell them on for a tidy profit! It's interesting to note none of the big cycle stores are discounting as much as this on the 500. The cheapest on ebay is £101.

Asshole.

Let someone else have a bargain and don't be such a greedy little shit.

I hope that's said in jest mate no ned to be abusive.

Yeah, you're right...I've got a grump on, some idiot 'friend' on farcebook is reposting vaguely nationalistic stuff coming from BNP morons re refugees for the second time in 24hrs - possibly mistakenly - but he's also in our small cycle club...I'm gonna have to have words  2
That said, it wasn't in jest, no reason to be greedy either, and checking out ebay prices and like of smilies would suggest that he wasn't joking either  7 A bit bloomin off IMO..

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Johnny25 [37 posts] 2 years ago
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JonD wrote:
stumps wrote:
JonD wrote:
Johnny25 wrote:

Design classic, compact and bijou and loaded with all the metrics you could possibly need.

I might buy a few at £79.99, hang on to then and sell them on for a tidy profit! It's interesting to note none of the big cycle stores are discounting as much as this on the 500. The cheapest on ebay is £101.

Asshole.

Let someone else have a bargain and don't be such a greedy little shit.

I hope that's said in jest mate no ned to be abusive.

Yeah, you're right...I've got a grump on, some idiot 'friend' on farcebook is reposting vaguely nationalistic stuff coming from BNP morons re refugees for the second time in 24hrs - possibly mistakenly - but he's also in our small cycle club...I'm gonna have to have words  2
That said, it wasn't in jest, no reason to be greedy either, and checking out ebay prices and like of smilies would suggest that he wasn't joking either  7 A bit bloomin off IMO..

Chaps, no offense taken!

In all seriousness, I'm not going to buy any up and sell them on! I did think about it though (the capitalist in me), as the big bike stores don't appear to be discounting the 500 down to anywhere near £80.

Having said that, if you want a top notch bike GPS system, you won't get anything as good for the under £80.00

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Scoob_84 [435 posts] 2 years ago
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I've gone through 4 of these and I'll keep replacing them with the same model as and when they wear out or I break them. On a functional level, theses devices nail it.

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Danger Dicko [282 posts] 2 years ago
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If it's like when Aldi had the 200 they will only have 3 in store.
I'll still try and get one, my other half can have my 200 then.

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. . [190 posts] 2 years ago
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robthehungrymonkey wrote:

Does it have the Bluetooth integration to instantly upload when you save a ride?

No Bluetooth, but that isn't really a problem given that you have to plug in the USB to recharge it anyway.

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raw8725 [1 post] 2 years ago
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Hi everyone, this is my 1st posting here. I have 3 questions:

1. Do you know if this works with the Sunnto heart beat strap?

2. Does it work with Strava? I'm only interested in this if I can upload to Strava. I understand it does not have Bluetooth? I use a mac normally, would that suffice?

3. The grey carbon & blue does not appeal to me, would the black & red be available does anyone know?

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Neil.brain [5 posts] 2 years ago
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probably, yes, maybe...

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medic_ollie [43 posts] 2 years ago
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In answer to 2. It works great with Strava. You link your Garmin Connect account with Strava and download Garmin Express onto your Mac. Get home from the ride, plug the Edge into your Mac and the ride gets put onto Strava whilst you're in the shower.

I use a macbook pro and it works seamlessly.

Can't help on the other two questions.

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allezsteve [9 posts] 2 years ago
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One of the best Garmin devices I've used and continue to use. Had same Edge 500 since June 2012 and it's never failed. Uploads to Garmin Connect and strava like a dream. Neat size too - just sits perfectly on my stem and easily transferable across all my bikes.

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londoncommute [107 posts] 2 years ago
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If anyone misses out on these (or can't face going to Aldi) then you're welcome to buy mine for the same.......

I love it, just wish Garmin had seen fit to include the 500 on the d-fly firmware update. Bandits.

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Ridire [44 posts] 2 years ago
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In February 2015 I bought one of these from Amazon ("Today's Deals") for £79.99. Worth keeping an eye out for repeats.

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bobinski [281 posts] 2 years ago
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My tired old eyes have made my Garmin 800 redundant so I now use a quad lock iPhone 6 combination. I am going to put the 800 up for sale in the for sale section with maps, cadence counter, heart strap and possibly even an out in front mount.

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jh22v07 [3 posts] 2 years ago
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Am I missing something here? I bought an rsp bike computer for about £20 five years ago (and have only had to change the battery twice!) which does everything this does except for GPS tracking. It's so quick and easy to track on a phone app these days and much simpler to upload your ride than with this, so I really can't understand why anyone would want to pay £80 for this computer, never mind the normal retail price!

Can anyone please enlighten me?!

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Flying Scot [1005 posts] 2 years ago
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Because I don't want to flatten my phone battery or have a wheel speed sensor?

It's a single device doing both jobs, you can play against previous route and let it pace you.

And when you're bored with it, it's still worth £70 on ebay.

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ratattat [53 posts] 2 years ago
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Phone apps are rubbish for long rides and you still need a cycle computer for speed /distance read out

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PixelPusher [9 posts] 2 years ago
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Does it have the Bluetooth integration to instantly upload when you save a ride?

Err no, it's basic but does the job.

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fukawitribe [2082 posts] 2 years ago
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jh22v07 wrote:

Am I missing something here? I bought an rsp bike computer for about £20 five years ago (and have only had to change the battery twice!) which does everything this does except for GPS tracking. It's so quick and easy to track on a phone app these days and much simpler to upload your ride than with this, so I really can't understand why anyone would want to pay £80 for this computer, never mind the normal retail price!

Can anyone please enlighten me?!

I don't use my phone to track as the GPS (amongst other things) drains the battery pretty quick and I want to use the phone as a phone; in particular in emergencies or when my family need to get hold of me, i'd like to be able to actually use it. So no GPS tracking with the RSP unless you actually take a phone with you and use it for tracking (and make sure it's somewhere waterproof).

As far as I can see, RSP do no computers which are ANT+ compliant - so none of the sensors I have would work (and I don't have an ANT+ enabled phone, which I wouldn't use for that anyway except on short rides for the previous reasons). Uploads happen automatically with the Garmin when I charge it and are mirrored to Strava without me doing anything, so no hassle there.

AFAICS the RSP has no support for cadence, slope, basic navigation (route profile/stats, turn-by-turn, bread-crumbs, turn warning), HR or power over any protocol - all of which can be used with the Garmin 500 via ANT+ or other, similar, head-units over ANT+, BTLE or propriety wireless.

Much of that may not be wanted by some folk but if you do, the extra cash - and convenience of not running your phone down - is easily worth it. The RSP looks fine for what it does (I used a similar Cateye for a while, which was rather good) but saving money won't make up for not having the features you use.

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Josh Cwpr [10 posts] 2 years ago
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Of course this is the morning I go to use my car to get to an Aldi, breaks down. Great...