Whether your a casual bike rider or a serious performance cyclist, you probably have health and fitness goals related to your riding. The best cyclometers can help you track various kinds of data, such as speed, distance and energy used, and that data will help you to compare your rides and to set further goals. The kind of cyclometer you choose will be dependent on your needs, but there are a range of good instruments, from basic ones with a few functions to more complex trackers that allow you to analyze a lot of pertinent data. Here is our ranking of the top 10 best cyclometers.
The Cateye Velo 7 Cycling Computer 2015 is a good basic cyclometer. Its large screen, one-button operation and automatic start and stop features make this a handy gadget that’s easy for any cyclist to set up and use. It tracks current, average and maximum speed as well as trip distance and elapsed travel time. It also has an odometer and a clock.
If you prefer a wireless cyclometer, you might want to look at the CatEye Strada Wireless Bicycle Computer (Black) CC-RD300W. This sleek instrument has seven modes you can easily toggle through to track your statistics. It mounts to most handlebars or bike stems and the wireless system communicates with the wheel sensor. Some of its other features include an up/down arrow that allows you to compare your current speed with your average speed, and displays that show speed, distance and time stats.
3. The MeasuPro Wireless Bicycle Computer, Speedometer, Odometer, Calorie Tracker, and Heart Rate Monitor
The MeasuPro Wireless Bicycle Computer, Speedometer, Odometer, Calorie Tracker, and Heart Rate Monitor is a particularly nice cyclometer for cyclists who are tracking their biking statistics for health-related goals. In addition to the features you’d expect, such as speedometer, odometer and time, this cyclometer tracks heart rate and calories. It’s water resistant and has a backlit screen that makes viewing the display easier.
The Cateye Velo 9 Cycling Computer is an affordable, basic cyclometer that’s easy to use. Its one button operation system and automatic stop/start feature keep it simple. It also has a larger screen to make it easy to read your statistics. It tracks speed and distance as well as calories and carbon offset. It also includes an odometer and a clock.
Cateye also weighs in with a wireless cyclometer with their CatEye Urban Wireless Bicycle Computer CC-VT220W. It has nine functions and six features that provide an all-around helpful instrument. Auto power saving and sleep modes, a larger font size and a universal bracket are all helpful features. It should fit handlebars or stems in the 22-32 mm range.
Cateye continues to keep it simple with the CatEye Padrone – Men’s cyclometer. It has a large, high-contrast display that makes it easy to read (larger than anything but GPS displays). It tracks the basics you need such as trip and total distances and various speeds, all through a wireless sensor. It’s lightweight and comes with the needed CR2032 batteries. You also get to choose your color, as the unit can be purchased in black, blue, green, orange, white, red or pink.
The Sigma Sport BC16.12 16 Function Bicycle Computer has 16 functions and a full text display that makes it easy to read. It’s also easy to install (you don’t need any tools) and to program. It also has some additional features such as a stopwatch and a countdown time. When it’s time to change the battery, you don’t have to worry about losing your settings or your values since it has a memory chip. All Sigma products are hand tested to help ensure quality.
The CatEye Strada Cadence Bicycle Computer is another solid, economical option for cyclists. It tracks current, maximum and average speeds and also functions as both an odometer and tachometer. Its large numbers are easy to see and it can be installed on any handlebar without tools. It comes with the required batteries.
9. The Garmin Edge 500 Bike Computer with Cadence and Premium Heart Rate Monitor
The Garmin Edge 500 Bike Computer with Cadence and Premium Heart Rate Monitor (Red) is a sleek looking cyclometer with multiple functions to help you set health and fitness goals. Its higher price tag represents the many different functions that serious performance cyclists will find especially useful. It tracks all kinds of data, including time, distance and speed as well as calories burned, climb, descent and altitude. It’s extra precise in calculating altitude, because of its barometric altimeter. You can partner this cyclometer with a heart rate monitor to help you track that data. You can also set the courses feature, which allows you to compare bike rides over the same terrain and distance. It’s available in blue and natural as well as red.
Simplicity can be a good thing, as in this Cateye Strada 410 Digital Wireless Computer. It has the features you expect from a Cateye cyclometer, including tool free installation, automatic stop and start and a pace arrow. It has 2.4GHz digital wireless speed and cadence. Easy to configure, it can help you to track the data you need to monitor and pace your training at the fitness levels you particularly want.