How to choose a cyclocomputer

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April 10, 2015 by admin

Picking the right bike computer for yourself does not need to be a daunting task. If one is aware of their riding needs and the parameters they would like to measure, it becomes quite simple.

1) Basic computers

Most of the basic/entry level cyclocomputers will generally come with the following features –

  • Speed – Average speed, Max speed and current speed
  • Distance – Total distance, Trip Distance
  • Time – Total trip time, Time of day, Interval lap timer

These bike computers are best suited for commuters, weekend leisure riders and riders who are not too worried about the performance aspects of their riding, but still like to be aware of basic statistics to an extent.

Most of these computers come in 2 types, wired and wireless. The wired ones are slightly cheaper than the wireless cyclocomputers. The wireless cyclocomputers, on the other hand, are more pleasing to the eye considering the fact that you wouldn’t be having an extra wire running from your fork to your handlebar

Examples of basic cyclocomputers – Cateye Velo 7, Cateye Velo 9, Cateye Velo Wireless, Cateye Padrone Wireless, Cateye Strada Slim

2) Intermediate Cyclocomputers

If you are wanting to take your performance to the next level but are unsure of spending huge sums on a top end cyclocomputer, there are many options available in the market to suit your needs.

Some of the additional features that these computers will pack in themselves (other than the features in basic cyclocomputers) are –

  • Calories burnt counter (approximate value)
  • Cadence
  • Second bike sensor recognition

Having a cadence (for the uninitiated, cadence is the measure of the rate at which you pedal while cycling. It is measured in revolutions per minute of the crank arm.) sensor greatly improves riding performance. Especially during long endurance rides where one would like to ride more efficiently, combining both the speed and cadence data will not only give you an idea of the pace you are riding at, but also whether you are riding at the right gear.

Examples of Intermediate Cyclocomputers – Cateye Strada CC-RD410W, Cateye Strada CC-RD430W, Catetye Stealth 10 CC-GL10, Cateye Adventure CC AT-200W, Cateye Stealth 50 CC-GL50

3) Advanced Cyclocomputers

If you are one of those riders who are really serious about your training and have definite goals when it comes to getting better on your bike, getting maximum amounts of data on your rides can make the difference between being just good enough to being the best. Most of the cyclocomputers in this category come with a multitude of additional features. Some of those are –

  • Elevation data – Total ascent, total decent, %gradient
  • Power data – Average power, Threshold Power, Max Power
  • GPS data to map out the route
  • Heart Rate data – Average/Maximum Heart rate, Heart Rate Zones

Training on Power is the most effective way to train and is used by professionals world over. However, for the serious enthusiasts, the cost can be a detrimental factor. In such cases, a cyclocomputer measuring heart rate is a very good substitute if one knows how to use it effectively and efficiently. Heart rate data coupled with cadence can give you a very good estimate of how you are riding on a given day based on your training routine.

The data obtained from these cyclocomputers can be Synced to your home computer/laptop for even further analysis and understanding of your ride.

Examples of Advanced Cyclocomputers – Garmin Edge Series

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