Garmin Edge 510: What’s In The Box?

Last week it was my birthday (34th). I was lucky enough to receive a Garmin Edge 510 as a present from my wife.

It would have been spectacular if my wife had selected the Edge 510 without any assistance, or if she had purchased it as a result of reading my Which Bike GPS post.

That wasn’t the case.

I decided to forsake the element of surprise in order to make sure that I got exactly what I wanted, which I did (even if it meant I had to go to the website myself, input my credit card details, and use some vouchers that I received for Christmas).

No matter.

What is more important is that, in addition to having a whizz bang new cycling computer, I am now able to write a series of posts for anyone who is considering purchasing (or making a birthday request for) the Edge 510.

In future posts I intend to delve into the Edge 510’s many features, and show you how to use them (after I’ve worked it out for myself).

For today though, we’re going to have something of a visual treat as I do a “What’s In The Box?” (is that a thing?) on my new toy. So….

What’s in the box?

Answer: a bunch of stuff.

Obviously the box contains the Edge 510 unit itself and accessories needed to charge it, to connect it to a computer (of the non-bike variety) and to attach it to a bicycle.

In addition, since I purchased the version that comes bundled with a speed and cadence sensor, and a heart rate monitor, these were also successfully placed within the box (they’re good, those Garmin people).

If you want to see what the Edge 510 box would look like if someone placed inside it (and detonated) a nano-sized, smart explosive device that caused no damage to delicate electronic componentry but simply spread the contents of the box out across a kitchen table, then feast your eyes on this:

Garmin Edge 510 what is in the box
Edge 510 and all the accessories

What does this Edge 510 look like then?

Thought you’d never ask. Point your peepers at this:

Garmin Edge 510 GPS device
Edge! Edge! A Garmin Edge! 510…

Yes, that’s right, it’s so new, I haven’t even taken off the screen protector.

Actually, my natural tendency (as a Gollum-like protector of precious things) would be to keep the screen cover on, but I’m sure the clever designers would argue that they’ve made it sufficiently weather resistant not to require additional (ridiculous) protection.

Okay, but how big is it? That photo gives us no idea of sca….

BLAM. Take that:

Garmin Edge 510 size comparison
And with that, the poor iPhone 3GS realised he would no longer be Andrew’s favourite electronic device. Sad face.

Before you could finish asking the question… (I am legend. I am grimpeur. Etc)

Actually, that photo may not be helpful on two fronts.

First, you may not own an iPhone 3GS.

Second, it gives the impression that the Edge is larger than it really is. My reaction on first opening the box (and, indeed, just now when I repeated the experiment for scientific accuracy), was surprise at how small it was.

Despite having handled the 510 before (I had a cheeky fumble at the London Bike Show… and tested out bike GPS devices, yakkety yak), I must have been swayed by other reviews that emphasised the increased size versus its 500 predecessor.

Headline message: it’s really not that big at all.

How does the Edge 510 attach to the bike?

Through sheer bloody-minded determination.

Or rubber bands.

Since Garmin appear unable either to produce a physical manifestation of excessive willpower, or can’t fit it in a small plastic bag, they’ve gone down the rubber band route:

Garmin Edge 510 bike mounts
A variety of bike mount options

As far as I can work out (since I haven’t yet attached it to my bike), we have two standard mounts (so you can easily switch the device between different bikes) and one ‘out-front’ mount (for those that can’t bring themselves to angle their heads that extra couple of degrees to look at the handlebars).

The standard mounts can attach either to the handlebars or to the stem. The ‘wiggly’ rubber circles sit below the plastic mounts to make sure they don’t move around.

The little loop of string (which may or may not be called a lanyard) looks like it attaches to the 510 head unit to help you to carry it (?!) when it’s not mounted on the bike.

How do I connect the Edge 510 to a computer?

Three words for you. U. S. B.

Garmin Edge 510 USB port and cable
A cable. A mini-USB port. A finger (index; author’s own)

Yes, that is my finger. The black port cover that I am holding back is rubbery and presumably intended to protect the inner workings of the device from rain and cow poo.

Show me the accessories. Don’t make me have to hit you.

Okay, Monsieur Anger Issues (legal notice: not all French people are angry). Here is the speed and cadence sensor:

Garmin Edge speed and cadence sensor
This could really be anything…

** Genuinely useful advice alert ** The plastic item in centre foreground and the metal disc on the right are both magnets. The former attaches to the back of a pedal crank (for cadence), the latter to one of the spokes on your rear wheel (for speed).

The magnets, due to some sort of attraction (physics!), have a tendency to stick together, giving the impression that the Garmin people have supplied only one and forgotten the other one. Avoid a panic-fuelled ten minutes of reading and re-reading the fitting instructions, by  being aware that you just need to separate the conjoined magnets…

And here is the heart rate monitor strap, sporting a jaunty press-stud.

Garmin heart rate monitor
This isn’t any old heart rate monitor… it’s a ‘premium’ heart rate monitor. For I have a premium heart.

I’m not sure there is a great deal more you can say about an HRM strap, witty or otherwise, so I guess I’ll have to move onto the…


So there we have it.

The Grimpeur has concluded the following:

– There are lots of things in the box of a Garmin Edge 510.

– The 510 unit isn’t very big.

– The Edge 510 may or may not be resistant to cow poo.

And that is exactly the sort of incisive analysis that you’ve come to expect from this blog.

As mentioned above, I plan to do further ‘in-depth’ posts on how to make the most of your (my) Edge 510. In the meantime, if you wish to compare the Edge against the other bike GPS devices available, why not take a look at my handy Ultimate Bike GPS Guide.

If, on the other hand, you’d like to buy one, you can follow this link to Amazon, which appears to have the best price right now (this is an affiliate link – you can read my affiliate link ‘policy’ here if you wish) .

(* I both acclaim it and am highly critical of it)

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Monty is an enthusiastic road cyclist with only moderate talent. He started Sportive Cyclist in 2013 to record the journey to his first 100 mile ride, the RideLondon 100. Over time the blog has expanded to include training advice, gear reviews and road cycling tales, all from the perspective of a not-very-fit MAMIL. Since you're here, Monty would also like you to check out his YouTube channel. Also, Monty really needs to stop referring to himself in the third person.

5 thoughts on “Garmin Edge 510: What’s In The Box?”

  1. There a few practical features to this device (not advertised by Garmin of course) that are rather useful: Barometric pressure sensor, and the fabric electrodes in the heart rate monitor chest strap. Barometric pressure allows altitude to be calculated reasonably accurately (unlike GPS which is woefully inaccurate). From altitude you can ascertain all sort of interesting info. And the fabric chest strap is far more comfortable and accurate.

    • Thanks Tomás. A helpful comment as always. I’m pretty excited about my new toy. One feature I do want to explore, which gets glossed over because the 510 doesn’t have maps whereas the 800 and 810 do, are the courses that you can download to the device. I believe these can then be displayed as ride notes, with alerts given ahead of turnings. If that’s the case, then that should be good enough to help me navigate when I don’t know a route well. I’ll do some more digging. In the meantime, I’m just revelling in being able to see what speed I am going…

  2. I’ve got one for my birthday!! Only downside is its not until the 28th Feb so I have to wait rather impatiently until then – made even worse by the fact I know it’s in the house!!! I saw it get delivered!!
    You may have worked it out by now but I ‘think’ the lanyard thing is a safety strap you attach to the unit and your bike, so should you part company with your bike during a ride, and your unit parts company with your bike, it should still be on the end of the bit of string attached to your bike, hence no searching the hedgerow for it!!
    Can’t wait to get out and use it!!

    • Ian, thank you for your comment. Great news on the Edge front. I’ve been very happy with mine.

      Happy birthday for next week. And with it falling on a Saturday, surely you’re guaranteed a ride on that day. I hope the weather is kind.

  3. The lanyard our leash, is not for carrying off the bike, it’s a safety strap to use while on the bike. In the last 2 years, I’ve seen two people lost their computer. The hit some nasty bumps and the unit fell off. I always have the leash attached.


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