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Can you record multiple rides on a Garmin 500 and then download them sequentially onto Strava?

Valerie Jones

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Can you record multiple rides on Garmin 500

Yes you can record as many rides as there is room on the internal memory. Once you have completed a ride hit stop, then hold the lap/reset button for 3 seconds to get the unit to save the ride and reset the screen. This will save the ride as a .fit file on the unit (Figure 1).

The Garmin 500 is an older unit with less memory, but right now I have 124 rides on my Garmin 500 dating back to Nov 2018 and there is still plenty of room left.

then download them sequencially onto strava

You will need to connect the Garmin unit to a compatible computer using the supplied USB cable, it will typically mount as an external drive (Figure 1). From there you can manually upload the .fit files to Strava using their file upload feature.

Alternatively you can install Garmin Express on your computer, which will automatically upload the .fit files to Garmin Connect when you connect the your Garmin 500 to your computer. Strava can then be set up to connect and download activities from Garmin Connect.

Personally, I just do it old school (file upload).

Figure 1 Figure 1. Location of Garmin 500 activity files.

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I googled your exact question as written and the top match is

https://support.strava.com/hc/en-us/articles/216918057-Garmin-and-Strava

which says

After your first upload, Garmin will also sync your past 90 days of activity to Strava.

Remember garmin devices aren't cell phones, the current models depend on either a computer connection (via USB) or a cellphone (via bluetooth) to push your data to Garmin Connect.

From there the Strava integration is a "third party app" [1] and has to be authorised to connect with Garmin Connect. Once this is done, 90 days of your Garmin Connect records will be pushed to Strava.

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  • [1] A bit of turn-about for Strava to be the third party app ! Wonder how they like being relegated like that :) – Criggie Apr 30 '19 at 4:34
  • One (of several) reasons I will probably choose another brand of bike computer next time I need one. People have bought garmin for years because it was basically alone as a half decent product in the market. Now thankfully we are starting to see a good few alternatives. – Andy P Apr 30 '19 at 11:07
  • @AndyP I'm very happy with my Wahoo. Uploads automatically to Strava via either my cell phone or my home WiFi as soon as I finish the ride. (Or, if you don't want it to do that, you can tell it not to.) – David Richerby Apr 30 '19 at 12:03
  • @AndyP I can’t complain too much about my Garmin Edge 500, 10 years of daily use and it still works fine. It even received a feature update last year (additional power summaries). Pretty good service life IMHO and even 10 years in I am not left wanting features, although I am not a keen Strava uploader either. – Rider_X Apr 30 '19 at 20:05

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