The Evans Cycles guide to choosing the right cycle computer. We have a look at some of the key attributes of the three main cycling computers. You can see the full range at the Evans Cycles store — http://bit.ly/29RTEOA
-The classic bike computer has a header unit, which connects to your handlebars, this is where the data recorded will be viewable. The header talks to the transmitter which connects to the magnet attached to the wheel, recording each spin. This computer provides a very accurate recording of your speed and distance. These computers are not very expensive and are great for the functions outlined, but with some models, they also provide extra information, including calories burnt and distance travelled.
-GPS devices provide the next level up in regards to data. Again the head transmitter is where the data is viewable and transmits information from satellites. You can also connect sensors around your bike to accurately record power output and speed, using ANT+. All the information is sent to the head unit, which can then be uploaded to a computer, allowing you to study your data in greater detail. The GPS computer is the most expensive option, but the accuracy and capability warrant the price tags.
– The most accessible and cheapest option, are readily available smartphone apps, which use the GPS functionality on your phone. The smartphone apps, such as Strava can record your position, time and therefore speed. This data can then be uploaded to a computer, allowing you to take a closer look at your rides. One downside is that there is no direct data, so you can’t review mid-ride and also the smartphones accuracy can be a little off.
If you are just getting started and looking for a cheap and simple option then start on with the smartphone app. If you are after the most up to date and accurate data, then a GPS device is the way to go.
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