A bike computer can be one of your greatest training companions but not all cycling computers are created equal. The prices are almost as varied as the functions. You can find computers that offer just the very basic information and measure your speed, distance and time. If you want to invest more, you will find computers that measure your cadence, wattage, heart rate, calories burned, and give you a map of where you have ridden. If you want to go all out you can opt for a GPS version.
Cycling computers are a matter of personal preference and how much you are willing to spend. Do you want a wired version or a wireless version? Again, the choices are endless.
Some are easier to install than others and some are easier to use. It is sometimes easier to get your local bike shop to install whatever computer you decide to buy. If you opt to install it yourself, follow the instructions carefully.
The computers on this list were chosen for their features, wireless installation, and cover a variety of cycling needs. There is something on this list for everyone from the beginner to an advanced rider.
Are you looking for GPS technology without a GPS price? Look no further than the CatEye Stealth 50 wireless. The features on this computer will bring that something extra to your ride and still leave some cash in your wallet. Read Full Review
The CatEye Stealth 50 offers wireless technology combined with ease of use and multifunctionality. It is GPS and ANT+ enabled. Along with tracking all your basic cycling data it also tracks your power, heart rate, and cadence allowing you to meet your training goals. The backlight is programmable for auto on and off according to your riding schedule. It is 100 percent waterproof, USB rechargeable and because there is no sensor necessary, it is easy to change bikes. The upload feature is an amazing way to view your ride online and see a map of your ride. The CatEye Stealth 50 is a great computer for the rider who wants GPS technology without a GPS price tag.
The CatEye Strada is a user friendly, simple, basic computer. This computer is for the rider that wants just the basics. It still has the advantage of being wireless which keeps the bike looking clean. Read Full Review
If you are looking for a no frills wireless bike computer that is great quality and will give you the information you want while on your ride, this is it. The CatEye Strada is a simple, easy to use, wireless, 8-function computer. It tracks speed, trip distance, a second trip distance, your average speed, trip time, the time of day, your top speed, and your total distance. Wireless to me is always a much better option, it keeps your bike looking clean and is easier to maintain. The Strada comes in three color choices to match your style.
The Sigma Rox 8.1 is an easy to use training companion. It tracks all your basic cycling information and more. It is watertight, easy to mount, and has a 7 trip memory for those times when you are on a multi-day ride.
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The Sigma Rox 8.1 is a great training companion. This is packed with features that many of the other computers don't have. It has 5 on-board available languages, has auto-recognition of a second bike, LCD backlight and more. It has PC interface capabilities. The Rox 8.1 is a great bike computer for someone wanting to step it up a notch from just riding to truly training.
The Garmin Edge 510 is for the rider who needs all the best toys and gadgets. Garmin is a household name when it comes to GPS and the Edge 510 only adds to the many reasons people mention Garmin when they talk about GPS.
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If you are on a tight budget, this is not the computer for you. If money is not something you concern yourself with, and you want one of the best GPS enabled bike computers, take a look at the Garmin Edge 510. The Edge 510 has live tracking, the ability to send and receive courses, social media sharing, and weather tracking. It gives you all the basic information you want and more. The live tracking feature allows your friends and family to follow you in real time while you are out riding. This is a feature packed bike computer.
If you are new to bike computers or looking for something for your young rider, the Protege 9.0 is a great starter. The price won't break the budget and it offers all the basic functions any rider might need. Read Full Review
The Protege 9.0 is a 9 function wireless computer. It will track all your basic information and can be switched between two bikes. This is a good computer for the beginner, someone who might be looking for their first bike computer and wants to test the waters before investing too much money. It has a back-lit display for those early morning or late evening rides. The Protege 9.0 won't break the bank.