Choosing a Bike Computer: A Buyer's Guide

Choosing a Bike Computer: A Buyer's Guide

Dec 26, 2018, 4:10:20 AM Life and Styles

If you're enthusiastic about cycling and knowing data, then a bike computer can be a good buy for you or a gift to someone you know. Thousands of people commute with their bicycle whether to work or other places and thousands of others are hardcore cyclists who enter competitions. A bike computer collects, keeps track and shows the data of your cycling.  Advanced features on a computer will do more, and monitor your health during your ride, among other things.

There are different models out there, but the first thing to do before choosing is to classify what kind of bike rider you are. A casual rider might just want a bike computer to know the basics, such as speed, distance and time of their ride. A competitive rider would like more options like knowing what their average speed is, their maximum speed, and their pedal cadence per minute, as well as monitoring their health during the ride. Many suitable choices for you can be found at

Types of computers:

Bike Computer

This is a basic device that is mounted onto your bike. The sensor is magnetic and attached to a wheel spoke. A magnetic sensor is then aligned to the handlebar. Every full revolution is then measured producing a readout. It depends on the info you've filled in, such as tire size, for the device to translate the info input. This is the most basic type of device measuring time, distance and speed. You can purchase it with a wire or wireless. People like that it's stable, and weatherproof, plus lightweight and affordable. There are new types out that don’t use magnets, but instead industrial rubber bands attached to the hub. Yet, the function is the same as magnetic sensors.


A competitive rider would prefer devices that use GPS. It's heavier in weight, but provides more stats, such as recording your route, and collecting data such as heart rate, plus more. Fitness and health are monitored in real time by ANT+ as well as the monitoring cadence of your output energy. GPS ones are wireless and many of them can upload info onto your smartphone or laptop. An important feature is mapping and navigation if you want to explore different cycling routes. GPS computers are a popular choice as they’re more versatile, as well as easy to swipe them to other bikes if you own more than one while not changing the data stored.  

Smartphone connectivity, Bluetooth or wifi. These features allow you to upload messages, texts, emails and phone calls to the bike computer making it very convenient if you want to catch up with notifications or have someone know which route you’re on. Yet, because of the various special features, the battery would need more recharging than a basic computer. You should also note that internet service should be strong within the area you’re cycling at to get the most accurate data.


Check the size of the screen to know if you can read it while cycling and know that colored screens are more pricey. Some are touch screens and some are push-button, and it’s your personal choice of which is better for you.

Whether for competition or just for fun or even just out of curiosity, bike computers help you to achieve better cycling goals by giving you all the data you would need.

Published by Daphenee Plaisir

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