Garmin Edge Alternative – GlobalSat GB-580B. Anyone?
After my phone failed to track my ride for the umpteenth time, I’ve decided to buy a GPS computer for the bike. Looking around, I found this:
Which at £64 seems a bargain, about half the price of the Edge 500. Anyone used one? Reviews are few and far between but seem positive. Any info appreciated 🙂Posted 5 years ago
Yeah, I’d seen that clubber along with a couple more that seem very positive. Wondered if anyone here had actually seen one 🙂
Feature set is pretty much identical to the Edge 500, and it seems that the developers fix faults rather than just acknowledge them and fob off….. 😀
Tempted…Posted 5 years agojota180Member
I’d go for it at that money
The GPS market needs shaking up a bit, Garmin get away with silly prices for what you get when you compare it to other electronic kit these days.
Like the 500 its going to be primarily a bike comp rather than a navigation device and uploading to SportsTraks or Strava may be more involved than a Garmin device.Posted 5 years ago
Link says “P” but spec on page is for the “B”. Do I need to worry about ANT+, what does it do?
GlobalSat GB-580B Cycling Computer Features
With a slim sports watch profile, a built-in SiRF Star III LPx high performance GPS chipset, a high resolution display with e-ink-like qualitites under sunlight, a “Trainer Mode”, that comes with a heart rate monitor, this device will run circles around the competition.
Built-in SiRF Star III GPS chipsetPosted 5 years ago
Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery
Large LCD for easy reading
IPX7 water-resistant design
ANT+ sport protocol with a 9ft transmission distance
Conan – that’s precisely what I want it for. It will be able to store plenty of riding before it needs “emptying”.
michael – again, from the Expansys link:
Box Contents GB-580P Cycling Computer Cadence Sensor Speed Sensor Software CD USB Cable Bike Mount Mount Bands Quick Start Guide
Looks complete bar HRM to me, but we’ll see.
I’ve ordered one, I’ll post my thoughts when I’ve had it a while (if anyone’s intrested!)Posted 5 years ago
Mini review – I’ve only tried the main unit, I have not connected any of the accesories as yet:
Took it out in some pretty awful weather yesterday for about 4 hours and it was fine, so I’m hoping it’s reasonably weatherproof. USB port is well sealed, buttons are rubberised and sealed too.
Screen is easy to read & very customisable. I’ve got it displaying 6 fields on my “home” screen and each one is just about readable for me, but I’ll probably knock it back to 4 in the long run though.
GPS fix is quick & accuracy seems good.
There is a lot of data available if you want it, this thing is jammed with sensors it seems!
Mount is simple and seems robust – no movement whilst I was out on the bike yesterday.
It seems reasonably straightforward to set up & you can configure the unit through the software easily enough (one good bit about the bundled software, see below for the bad).
Not so good bits (not bad, just not so good!):[/u]
Manual is rubbish – but the Timex version is much better (same unit)
Bundled software is a bit naff, but it works. It’s a bit clunky, but once you’ve used it a couple of times it only takes a couple of minutes to connect, download and save the data as a GPX (you can save as GPX, NMEA, CSV, KML and TXT). I think you can use other software, but I haven’t investigated that yet. I tried the Timex software, but that didn’t seem to work – maybe I need to try again.
I’m not convinced of the accuracy of the internal barometer (elevation data), will be having a play with that to see if I can improve it.
Buttons are a little difficult to press with gloves on, and do need quite a positive press.
Additional bike mounts might be difficult to come by, which is a shame. I feel a spot of bodging coming on!
So far so good, we’ll see how it holds up after a few months of riding.Posted 5 years ago
Managed to bodge a mount from one of the DX torch holders – not pretty, but allows me to mount it on any bike I like quickly. Elevation accuracy has improved, must have needed some time to auto-calibrate I guess. All in all, I’m very happy with it 🙂
Posted 5 years ago
“Data Transmission”, “Track Points”, “Download From Device”
Once it has downloaded the track headers, you’ll get a choice of which track (or all) you want to download. Download, then (if you have multiple tracks), highlight the desired one in the list then choose “Files”, “Save” and save it as a GPX if you want to use it in Endomondo or whatever. The software maintains it’s own database of your rides, so once downloaded into it, you can delete from the device.
Ok?Posted 5 years ago
No problem using 64 bit Win 7 for me, I have 2 different 64 bit machines and I can download on both. Have you got the USB driver from the website, latest firmware etc?
EDIT: noticed on another forum that you might need to install .NET 2 if you’re using Windows 8
EDIT 2: You’ve missed the £64 version I think Conan, can only see the 580F @ £122 on Expansys now 🙁Posted 5 years agobriscMember
I bought one of these after seeing this post. Been using it for a few weeks now, and in general it seems brilliant, especially given the price it was on sale for.
I have come across one problem though with the way it tracks time. I have autohold set so that when i drop below a certain speed, the device stops recording. However, when i start again after a stop, it carries on recording at the previous time.
For example, i start a bike ride at 9am, cycle for 2 hours and stop at 11am for 30 minutes. When i start cycling again it is 11.30am, but the extracted file from the device (either tcx or gpx) says that i started cycling again at 11am because it doesnt count the pause.
I could turn autohold off, but then this would make the average speed completely wrong, because it is dropping whilst the timer is still running. Not sure if any of you have found a way around this problem. I never had this problem when i used to use my phone, and i don’t think Garmins have this problem either.Posted 5 years ago
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