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The 4 Best Bike Computers  Dec 2017

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Your Guide To Buying a Bike Computer

By Sharon Lim

    When you see the term “bike computer,” your might think that people have finally taken multitasking too far. However, a bike computer isn’t an even-more portable laptop that people can take with them on bike rides. Instead, it’s a device that helps cyclists keep track of how they’re doing—how fast they’re going, how many miles they’ve pedaled, and things like that. If you’re a serious bike rider, and especially if you ride for exercise, a bike computer can be a great way of seeing how much progress you’re making. Here are some things to keep in mind to help you find the best computer for your biking needs.

    App-based: App-based computers work with your smart phone to automatically update your performance numbers.

    • They’re a great option for cyclists who appreciate the value of letting their phones work for them.

    Standalone: A “standalone” computer keeps the cyclist’s information to itself—the rider can look at the screen to see how he or she is doing, and then manually record the information after the ride.

    • This is the way to go for people who like the idea of tracking their own progress.

    Here are some of the aspects of bike computers that people online point to when explaining what they love about their bike computers:

    • Installation: A mounted computer won’t do much good if it’s too much of an ordeal to actually put onto the bike or if it’s so unstable that it repeatedly falls off. The best computers go on easily (with just a few simple tools and a bit of know-how) and stay securely attached to the bike, even when the rider takes the bike over rough terrain.
    • Syncing: Anyone who has used an app-based device (whether it’s supposed to connect with a smart phone or computer) knows the frustration of a failed connection. That’s why the most satisfied customers are ones whose computers make a strong connection with their mobile devices.
    • Readability: The best computers are ones with clear, big screens that can be read with a glance.
    • Readability: Look for a computer that comes with a nice, big display that you can read at a glance. Also, take a look at all of the things it displays, and pick one that will give you all of the information you need without distracting you with unnecessary data.
    • Smart phone compatibility: If you use your mobile device and apps to keep track of your fitness and other information, try to find a model that will work with your mobile phone’s operating system.
    • Other monitors: Depending on how much information you want to get out of your computer, you can find models that come with chest straps, heart rate monitors, and other peripherals.
    • Charging: Before buying a bicycle computer and hitting the road, make sure to check how it is charged; you might need to buy a few batteries, or make sure that your smart phone is fully charged (for models that take their charge from the phone’s battery).

    Cateye: Cateye is a Japanese manufacturer of bicycle accessories. Founded in 1964, the company makes an array of products, from low-tech accessories such as mirrors and reflectors, to cutting-edge computers and other digital devices.

    Wahoo: Wahoo Fitness specializes in fitness trackers and other accessories. The company offers a number of different bicycle computers, heart rate monitors, and other devices designed to help people keep track of their fitness goals.

    Sigma: Sigma is a German company that specializes in the manufacture of bicycle and motorcycle computers, along with related products. Established in 1982, Sigma is one of the longest-standing producers of bicycle computers in the world.

    Planet Bike: Planet Bike is an American producer of bicycle accessories. Founded in 1996, the company offers just about everything a bike owner might need to fully equip his or her ride.

    Timex: Timex is one of the world’s most recognized watch manufacturers. Founded in 1854, this American company’s watches and other devices have an excellent reputation for quality.