CyclingHow to choose
26 Jul 2018

How to Choose Your Cycling Computer?

If you clicked on this article because you have no idea what place a computer could have in the world of cycling, let us explain.

A cycling computer isn’t like your laptop – it’s a small cyclometer that attaches to your bike and measures your performance as you ride. The number of functions (from total distance to average speed) will vary depending on the type of cyclometer you choose. Whether it's top of the range or fairly basic, it can be handy for both commuters or weekend riders, and especially for those looking to get fitter. All that remains is to find the right one for you.



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There are three types of cyclometers: wired, wireless and GPS. The biggest differences between them are the features they offer i.e. speed, distance, heart rate, location, pedalling cadence, ascent etc, and the accuracy of that information. Generally, the more you pay, the better the cyclometer will be.



If you’re looking for an inexpensive entry-level cyclometer, go for a wired model. The wire links the cyclometer to a magnetic sensor and comes with basic functions such as your current speed, distance and time. It’s less costly than a wireless version, and perfect for riding around town or in the countryside.



The advantage of wireless cyclometers is that they are easy to install on a range of different bikes. It’s particularly well suited to mountain biking as riders won't have to worry about the suspension or branches catching on the wires.



While classic cyclometers use a small sensor on the wheel to measure speed, distance and vertical climb, GPS models use a satellite. Thanks to this system, the data shown is more reliable and precise.

The other advantage of the GPS cyclometer is the option to programme in your route, so you no longer have to follow road signs or worry about getting lost – most models come with a map. There is a drawback though – often they’re heavier than classic cyclometers.



Cycling Specialist

"When you install your cyclometer, make sure that the space between the sensor and the fork does not exceed 5mm”




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