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I Finally Bit the Bullet and Bought a Garmin

March 2019

For the longest time I was content relying on others to handle navigation duties when we rode. My buddy, Chuck has had a Garmin 520 Plus for quite a while and that comes with turn-by-turn directions. Mike, my other best riding bud, picked up a 520 last year as well.

Well, I couldn’t take it anymore. I ordered an Edge 520 Plus last week. Not only does it have turn-by-turn, it’s got maps as well. Freaking spectacular. One of the shop mechanics had a chuckle at my expense because he could remember, not too long ago, when I eschewed electronics altogether for most of a full season because I was tired of turning everything on before I started to pedal.

Well, now all I have to worry about is my Garmin because it’s hooked to my phone and Strava. So much for unplugging.

You may have noticed in the photo above, I’ve got the SRAM flush out front mount on my Venge, rather than the Garmin mount that comes with the cycling computer. The SRAM mount is half the price of, and lighter than, the Garmin mount. It shouldn’t have to be said, weight wins on the Specialized.

A surprising benefit to the Garmin mount is the cleaned up cockpit… I never stopped to think how much better the front end of the bike would look without my computer mounted above my stem:20190226_180944763507980808725433.jpg

So now my bike is really, really, really complete. I don’t have anything else to do to it, it’s perfect.

Better still, now my wife will have a computer on the tandem because the Garmin comes with three mounts – two handlebar/stem mounts and one flush-out-front mount. And you can choose which bike you’ll be riding when you set the computer up (I have all four of my road bikes programmed in – The Venge, the Trek, the gravel bike and the tandem).


  1. heavyman927 says:

    You said “…now my bike is complete. I don’t have anything else to do to it….” You’re funny. You’re going to gain weight eating those words over and over again. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Great post ๐Ÿ˜

  3. nice bike Sir! more rides and keep safe! a blessed Sunday!

  4. Fatsiclist says:

    Whilst I went for a Wahoo rather than Garmin, I agree wholeheartedly with the conclusion. Never regretted the purchase.

  5. Brent says:

    Congratulations. Another one of those things you resisted until you finally signed up and discovered that everyone telling you to go for it was right all along. Just like we’re gonna get you on a fat bike next winter… You’ll finally see the light and wonder how you could have actually considered it LIVING in the lonely sad winters before you got one.

  6. Good to see youโ€™ve entered the slippery slope of Garminising!! How many wasted(?) hours to come, analysing, pondering, wishing etc?

    • bgddyjim says:

      I was Endomondoing before there was Garminsing as we now know it. I used to LOVE all of the data analytics… until I realized that a lot of pondering, wishing and questioning came with it. Then I just rode.

      I shall not be getting sucked into the data hole again! No, I say!

      I greatly appreciate your concern, my friend, and the heads up. I’m good, though.

  7. Hey, that’s the way to go….Garmin! Congrats, the pic looks just so….cycling beautiful. Love it! ๐Ÿ˜ป

  8. About time!! ๐Ÿ˜‚ No longer have to worry about phone battery now either.

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