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FrankDtank 08-31-20 11:42 AM

Bike Computers?
Hey folks,

I'm an old masters racer that's getting back into cycling. Do people still use computers, or are you using phone apps? What are people using?

Dalai 09-01-20 07:59 PM

All my bikes are running a mix of wired or wireless SRM's so tied into their head units.

Wouldn't be keen to have something as big as my mobile out front!

ganthercage 08-12-21 02:41 PM


Eric F 08-12-21 02:45 PM

I use a Wahoo Bolt. I like it a lot.

IMO, a phone is just too big, but I know people who do that.

caloso 08-12-21 03:53 PM

Garmin Edge 130.

I don't need color, touchscreen, or big maps. I just need something to talk to my powermeter. This works.

Steve B. 08-12-21 04:17 PM

There's a lot of folks using dedicated GPS cycling computers. Expensive little suckers (but worth it) that use GPS to track your time, track and speed (Garmin, Wahoo, hammerhead, Lezyne as typical). Most upload a saved and completed ride to a website so you can log your workouts. Most allow a route to be created online and downloaded to the device that gives you an on-screen map as well as turn-by-turn directions. The Bolt and the Garmin 130 are typical. There are pricier versions as well. I'm a map and data junky so love my Hammerhead Karoo 2.

A350driver 11-19-21 08:17 AM

I use both a Garmin 530 and a phone app called Ride with GPS which was free. The Garmin adds a lot of detailed info to my rides like heart rate, respiration rate, vertical distance climbed, it’ll also take power meter inputs but I haven’t bothered getting power meter pedals yet. It sends all that data to my phone’s Garmin app so I can go back and look it over later.

The free Ride w/GPS phone app has great mapping so when I go way out of town I can quickly see “where does that road go?” or find my way back to my car! It’ll also tell you average speed and max speed. It also has a lot of the trails in the woods where I ride my mountain bike which is nice.

BoydOBenjamin 12-11-21 11:03 AM

i really donno

AlgarveCycling 01-13-22 10:33 AM

I have a Garmin Edge 530 which ticks all the boxes and I've used it for the last 3 years. I got a Hammerhead Karoo 2 for Christmas from family and I have started using it - seems great so far.
I don't like using my mobile but I do have it with me so I guess anyone looking to avoid getting a dedicated computer could simply use their phone with Strava.

DoggettDude 03-30-22 08:27 PM

If you have a power meter, you should absolutely be using it. And the corollary to "If a tree falls and no one hears it, did it make a sound?" is "If you rode without Strava, did you really turn the pedals?"

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