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Spindogg

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Has anyone used this for loading gravel grinder course routes and have it do the turn by turn directions for the course?

Does it work well? How about when the route goes on class 4 roads and trails?
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Turn by Turn on the 820 is buggy.  I sent it back and got a 1000.

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brettmc83

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I used my 520 for Landrun this past year, granted only made it 30 miles (broken derailleur), but it worked like a charm.  Will be using it for DK this year and will see then, but so far turn by turn has worked well.
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Bring a battery/way to charge it. I usually get about 8-10 hours out of my Edge 520. Make sure to turn bluetooth off and brightness down. I think using the map screen will take more battery. You may be able to get away with charging it at the rest stops, depending on how long you take there. That's what I recently did on a century this past weekend, but I think I wouldn't risk it for the 200.
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Joe Billesbach

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I have the 520 and the turn by turn works great! Made it through several hundys with no prob, but did have to charge it at about hour 10 of LR100. But it got me to the finish in the dark!!
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I just got done uploading the course for next weekend's gravel grinder in my 520. Works well for this, but as others have said, battery can be issue.  I turn off tethering with my phone, decrease brightness and have the screen dim quicker than normal and that all makes a difference. 
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Mine works great! Battery life has been good so far. I've only had it out on 8-9 hour rides max, but there's always been juice left. I'll be packing a backup battery for events over 100 miles.
 
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I'm planning to use my Garmin 520 at DK200 this year, but i'm not sure how to charge it while I'm riding? With the charging port underneath rather than toward the bottom trailing edge (as on the Garmin 800), how do you guys install the 520 on its mount (k-edge, garmin, etc) and still plug a charging cable in without the mount interfering?

Thanks!
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I'm planning to use my Garmin 520 at DK200 this year, but i'm not sure how to charge it while I'm riding? With the charging port underneath rather than toward the bottom trailing edge (as on the Garmin 800), how do you guys install the 520 on its mount (k-edge, garmin, etc) and still plug a charging cable in without the mount interfering?

Thanks!


I use the garmin out-front mount that came with my 520. It leaves room to plug in the cable from the bottom and then stash my battery in my feed bag. 
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I use a Garmin 200 for navigation (DK200 included).  So a 520 should be cake.  Keep this in mind, tho...from Garmin's website specs for each device:

Garmin 50018
Garmin 51020
Garmin 52015

Battery life for the 520 is lowest for any of the devices in that family.  That's for a new device with pretty much everything shut off.  In actual practice I've heard that effective battery life is much lower.  No problem, though, just pack a back up battery & charging cable if you think the ride will go longer than 11 hours or so.

Might not be a bad idea to see how long the battery will last with the system settings you like to run.  Just set it in the window where it gets reception and let it go until it runs out.  That way you know for sure.
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I use the garmin out-front mount that came with my 520. It leaves room to plug in the cable from the bottom and then stash my battery in my feed bag. 


Any issues when using a external battery with the 520?  I have a 810 and at DK last year I was charging it and I guess when it was 100% the 810 shut off.  I'm curious if the 520/820 have this issue.
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Any issues when using a external battery with the 520?  I have a 810 and at DK last year I was charging it and I guess when it was 100% the 810 shut off.  I'm curious if the 520/820 have this issue.


I think I have fully charged the 520 while using it with no problem, but I'll have to double check that prior to DK. 
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Used mine on a 14-hour training ride. Got the battery warning but it held up the entire ride on a unit more than a year old. I've used the turn by turn feature on 100+ mile events and they were excellent. Bringing a backup battery with me to Kanza
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I think I have fully charged the 520 while using it with no problem, but I'll have to double check that prior to DK. 


I have plugged mine in to a charger stuffed in the feedbag.  For whatever reason, when it got to 100% charge it gave me a screen asking me to confirm or deny a shutdown of the unit.  It was doing a countdown and I noticed it with just a few seconds to spare and was able to hit the "X" to deny the shutdown.   Moral of the story:  keep an eye on the battery level when it's charging and unplug it before 100%. 
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kriskexplorer

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I have plugged mine in to a charger stuffed in the feedbag.  For whatever reason, when it got to 100% charge it gave me a screen asking me to confirm or deny a shutdown of the unit.  It was doing a countdown and I noticed it with just a few seconds to spare and was able to hit the "X" to deny the shutdown.   Moral of the story:  keep an eye on the battery level when it's charging and unplug it before 100%. 


This is what happened with my 810 at DK last year.  I was topping off the battery next thing I know it shut off.  I was pissed to say the least.  Not only being careful by watching the battery level you also need to be aware of the cable coming loose or the charger shutting off.  15 seconds is not a long time to cancel the warning message and is easily missed.  
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