The Magellan Mio Cyclo 505 is a great alternative to a Garmin Edge 800 or 810. Available significantly cheaper than the equivalent Garmin Edge 810, the Cyclo manages to provide excellent navigation at a low price point. Unlike the Edge 810 the Cyclo comes pre loaded with Open Street Map based maps and is ready to go without any further purchases.

Another strong point of the Magellan Mio Cyclo 505 is BTLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) support in addition to ANT+ support. This means you can purchase just one set of BTLE sensors and use them with both a dedicated unit like the Cyclo, or your smart phone if desired.  The fact that all existing ANT+ sensors work great with the Cyclo is a major bonus as well.


Setting Up Your Cyclo 505

First things first, create a profile for each type of bicycling you like to do. Each profile can correspond to a different bike. This is helpful for several reasons. If you have multiple bikes all with speed/cadence sensors, you need different wheel circumference values setup for each bike in order to correctly calculate speed and distance. Additionally, multiple profiles let you share a single unit between two separate riders, where each rider has a different weight, gender and age. This allows the Cyclo to more accurately calculate calories for each rider.

To edit the default profile:

  1. Open the Settings menu
  2. Select Profiles
  3. With Default selected, click the edit icon in the lower right corner of the screen
  4. Change the name, birth date and other values to

We recommend changing a few routing related settings on your Mio Cyclo in order to provide the best navigation experience.

  1. Open the Settings menu
  2. Select Routing
  3. Ensure each option is set to Allow.

Since you are navigating a pre-planned route from our site, you already know where you want to go. By making sure each option is set to Allow you are ensuring the Cyclo won’t redirect you from your pre-planned route if it thinks you are traveling along an unpaved section, etc.

A common question we receive from users of both the Mio Cyclo and Garmin Edge units is related to map orientation. If you prefer “north up” as it is commonly called, meaning you always want the top of the map to be north instead of the direction you are riding, change settings as follows:

  1. Open the Settings menu
  2. Select Maps
  3. Ensure North Up is checked green


Loading A Route Onto Your Cyclo

The one downside to the Cyclo as compared to the Garmin units is the lack of a simple browser plugin to send files directly to the unit. However, loading a pre-planned route onto the Cyclo isn’t too difficult.

  1. On the website, navigate to the route you wish to load onto the Cyclo
  2. In the right sidebar, under the Export tab, click on GPX Track
  3. If prompted, save the GPX Track file to your desktop or other easy to remember location
  4. Plug your Mio into the computer. When prompted on the Mio, select Connect to PC
  5. Open up the drive labeled Mgn_data
  6. Open the Dodge and then the tracks folder
  7. Click/drag the exported GPX Track file into the tracks folder
  8. Safely remove or eject the Mgn_data and Mgn_system drives from your computer
  9. Disconnect the Mio from your computer, then power it on
  10. Once the unit is powered on, select Navigate from the main menu
  11. Click Tracks and find your route


Uploading Your Ride

We are currently exploring MioShare syncing with Ride With GPS. In the meantime, you can get your recorded rides onto your Ride With GPS profile using the following instructions.

  1. Plug your Mio into your computer
  2. Navigate to http://ridewithgps.com and click UPLOAD in the top navigation bar
  3. Click the SELECT FILES button on the left side of the screen
  4. Once the dialogue pops up, open the Mgn_data drive
  5. Open the Dodge folder
  6. Open the tracks folder
  7. Open the folder associated with your profile. In my case, Profile1_Vaya_City bike
  8. Select the file with the correct time for your activity, in my case Portland_20140729_133722.fit
  9. Click the Open or OK button. The button text might be different depending on what browser or computer you are using
  10. Your file should upload to the site sucessfully
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