So my Garmin Edge 510 stopped working.
Initially, it wouldn’t start a ride. When I tapped on “Ride”, the color block turned white (which is what it normally does to indicate a tap), but it stayed there and didn’t switch into the ride screen.
It was stuck there.
I did a system reset (losing all my data and settings) and it fixed it, but only temporarily. It did it again, and I went through the reset process, but now I cannot set up activities.
Random text displays in the default activity, as you can see in the top of the image above, and it cannot be edited. The random text even changes when tapping the screen, which indicates to me that there’s some sort of hardware error, maybe bad memory or something.
Of course it’s out of warranty. Garmin does repairs, but they estimate that to be $99.
Rather than throwing good money after bad, I’m getting a Wahoo ELEMNT, which gets good reviews, and seems to be much more updated technology-wise. Plus, I have a Wahoo Kickr, with which this works together.
The Garmin works, but it has been very frustrating even before this problem with very slow startup, touch response, sync errors, and bluetooth flakiness. I’ve even lost a few rides, which is a cardinal sin.
RIP Garmin Edge. Hello new technology. It arrives tomorrow. I’ll post here about it, of course.