Cycling Gear Review
Garmin has dominated the GPS cycling computer market; the Magellan 505 HC turns out to be a quality alternative. While there isn’t the Livetrack option for your iPhone that we loved some much on the new version of the Garmin 1000, this unit has a lower price point and a smaller size that will be attractive to customers. The 505 HC is Bluetooth compatible and has the ability to sync with Android and iPhones to receive text messages or data from your favorite app (Strava, etc.). The layout of the home screen provides easy navigation from each menu and the customizable dashboard, where the data is collected, makes it easy to keep things organized.
Our favorite feature of the Magellan 505 is the Places of Interest (POI) included with the maps. This navigation function enables you to select from bike shops, cafes, medical facilities and ATMs based on proximity, and then lets you choose the route you want to take. The unit comes with a heart rate monitor and a cadence sensor that connects wirelessly.
We also like that you can save the cadence and heart rate sensors to a profile (up to six total) without having to sync before each ride, though it was our experience that it takes several minutes for the unit to recognize the sensors once it’s turned on. While this can be annoying, there were no problems with the function. Overall this is a sound GPS computer that’s easy to use and has plenty of value considering it’s $200 cheaper than the Garmin 1000 bundle.