Date Posted:22 December 2015
A dedicated GPS bike computer is more accurate and reliable than a smartphone with GPS and cycling app. In addition to longer battery life, another advantage a GPS sports unit has over using a smart phone is that you don't incur data charges from your telecom services. This is because phones use GPS and triangulation with phone towers to calculate position.
A GPS unit can record and display real-time cycling information such as speed, distance, and time, and some advanced bike GPS units can also monitor your heart rate, altitude, cadence (the number of pedal turns per minute), calories burned, and even compare your performance stats. Generally, the more feature a cycling GPS has, the pricier it becomes.
Different riders demand different information from their GPS. For casual cyclists, they usually just want to know how far, how fast, and how long their ride was. For cycling enthusiasts and touring riders, they would like features that show the average speed and maximum speed as well as the distance of each trip. For the competitive cyclist, they would be looking for an advanced unit that can provide performance and environmental data like heart rate, temperature and elevation, and possibly a mapping option. Regardless of which rider you are, there’s a GPS unit that’s right for you.
Although there are a many cycling GPS to choose from, the following buying guide can help you zero in which one would be the best for you. Here are a few questions to consider when selecting a bike GPS.
These GPS units are exclusively for cycling.
Garmin Edge 20
Garmin Edge 25
Garmin Edge 510
Garmin Edge 520
Garmin Edge 810
Garmin Edge 1000
Cycling and other Sports
The following wrist-top devices includes Cycling functionality among other sports such as the ones listed below.
Garmin vivoactive HR
Triathlon (Multisport Mode, Running, Biking, Swimming)
Garmin Forerunner 920XT
Suunto Ambit2 S
Suunto Ambit3 Sport
Suunto Ambit3 Peak
Garmin fenix 3
Garmin Fenix 3 HR Sapphire
Here are some GPS units that can wirelessly transfer data to your smart phone or other compatible device using Bluetooth Smart connection:
ANT+ protocol is a reliable wireless connectivity used primarily in fitness monitoring devices. Below are some of the ANT+ enabled GPS units you can pair with your fitness accessories.
There are fitness accessories such as heart rate monitors that can be connected to another device using Bluetooth Smart technology. Below are several Bluetooth Smart enabled cycling GPS units.
If you would prefer not to use other sensors or accessories with your GPS unit, the Garmin Edge 20 bike-mounted GPS can efficiently track your time, distance, speed, location and calories burned. Just about all the information a casual cyclist would need.
Which cycling GPS computer do you think would be the best one for you? Please put your comments below.
Learn more tips on how to choose the best GPS watch for your sport. Read our buying guides below:
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