Best Bike Computers

Review & Comparison, Last Update December 30, 2016
Have you ever wondered how far you have ridden or how fast you are going? Bike computer can answer these and many more questions. Here we've reviewed 5 bike computers. Choose one of the best products and enjoy your riding! ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
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CONS
OUR VERDICT
SPEED MEASURING RANGE
FEATURES
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
POWER SUPPLY
WARRANTY
TYPE
SIZE AND WEIGHT
 
PROS
This bike computer is easy to program to track your training results. The data are also downloadable with an optional USB docking station.
CONS
The number of buttons may seem confusing.
OUR VERDICT
This is the most advanced and functional cycling computer that will be an excellent choice for professional cyclists who need to keep records of all their training results.
detailed parameters
SPEED MEASURING RANGE
0 - 199.8 kmh / mph
FEATURES
Current/Average/Top speed, Current/Average speed comparison, Current/Average cadence, Total/Trip distance, Total/Trip time, Separate trip counter, Separate time section counter, Clock
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
PC Sync, Thermometer, Timer, Backlight, Waterproof, Auto wake, Bike recognition, Battery indicator, Auto Scan (alternate data display)
POWER SUPPLY
Сomputer: CR 2032 (1.5 years); Speed sensor: CR 2032 (1 year); Cadence sensor: CR 2032 (1 year)
WARRANTY
Contact the seller directly
TYPE
Wireless
SIZE AND WEIGHT
1.65 x 1.9 x 0.4 inch, 0.88 oz
PROS
Having set this bike computer, you won't need to install additional lights on your bike, thus the weight is lighter.
CONS
The computer is a bit bulky.
OUR VERDICT
SHANREN Raptor II is a very versatile bike computer which makes it indispensable for cyclists of absolutely any training level.
detailed parameters
SPEED MEASURING RANGE
0 - 99.99 kmh 0 - 62.13 mph
FEATURES
Current/Average/Top speed, Current/Average/Top cadence, Total/Trip distance, Total/Trip time, Clock
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
Burned calories, Auto wake, Waterproof, Battery indicator, Energy saving, Three mode light (High / Low / Flash)
POWER SUPPLY
Computer: Battery 2800mAh; Battery Life: Light On: 3/6/12 hours, Light Off: 215 hours; Sensor: CR2032 (1 year at 1 hour/day)
WARRANTY
1 year
TYPE
Wireless
SIZE AND WEIGHT
5.9 x 5.1 x 1.77 inch, 4.23 oz
PROS
Compact design makes it possible to attach this computer to a short handlebar, and that will make it possible to mount additional devices.
CONS
Replacing the battery may seem difficult.
OUR VERDICT
One of the most affordable and high-quality wireless bicycle computers with all the essential and accurate data.
detailed parameters
SPEED MEASURING RANGE
0 - 99.9kmh/mh
FEATURES
Current/Average/Top speed, Current/Average speed comparison, Total/Trip distance, Travel time, Clock
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
Auto wake, Backlight, Waterproof, Auto Scan (alternate data display)
POWER SUPPLY
CR2032
WARRANTY
Contact the seller directly
TYPE
Wireless
SIZE AND WEIGHT
2.2x1.6x0.79 inch, 2.92 oz
PROS
ClickTec™ technology allows you to switch between the available modes with one touch and constantly be aware of the current speed.
CONS
The lack of backlighting makes it difficult to use it in the dark.
OUR VERDICT
This bike computer is incredibly easy to install and set. And it displays accurate results.
detailed parameters
SPEED MEASURING RANGE
4.0 -105.9 km/h 3.0 - 65.9 mp/h
FEATURES
Current/Average/Top speed, Total distance, Trip distance 1, Trip distance 2, Travel time, Clock
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
Auto Scan (alternate data display), Dual tire size, Energy saving, Pace arrow, Auto wake
POWER SUPPLY
Computer: CR2032 X1 (1 year at 1 hour/day); Sensor: CR2032 X1 (10000 km / 6250 miles)
WARRANTY
2 years
TYPE
Wireless
SIZE AND WEIGHT
1.8 x 1.2 x 0.63 inch, 0.77 oz
PROS
The incredible precision of the cycling computer is impressive, its deviation does not exceed 0.1%.
CONS
The installation is somehow challenging due to wires.
OUR VERDICT
This bike computer is equipped with a large high-contrast display which permanently displays almost all the necessary information; a mode switching won't distract you while riding.
detailed parameters
SPEED MEASURING RANGE
0 - 99.9 kmh/mh
FEATURES
Current/Average/Top speed, Current/Average speed comparison, Total/Trip distance, Travel time, Clock
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
Memory for two bicycles, Auto wake, Thermometer, Waterproof, Odometer for two bicycles
POWER SUPPLY
CR2032
WARRANTY
Lifetime
TYPE
Wired
SIZE AND WEIGHT
1.57 x 1.85 x 1.06 inch, 2 oz

What Is It

Bike computer is a really useful device, not only for professional cyclists but for bike enthusiasts, too. This device consists of two parts, the computer itself is mounted on a handlebar while the magnetic sensor is placed on the front fork to take the readings from the wheel. You can monitor your bicycle training easily with biking computers, they don't just track your speed and distance, but can also watch over your heart rate, tell you the time and temperature, and more. Sometimes, you can download all the training data to your computer afterward.

Bike pedals are also important for riding, and we can help you with the choice here as well with our reviews on road bike pedals, clipless pedals, and mountain bike pedals.

What Features to Compare

Data Displayed

Firstly, you should decide what information you want to get from a bike computer. And depending on your level of training, the requirements will change. For example, if you are a recreational cyclist and ride a bike simply to keep fit, enjoy yourself or get to work, then you do not need to buy an expensive bike computer, the only data it should display are your speed, distance, and travel time. However, if you get your bicycle from storage as soon as the road is dry and keep using it till the first snow, spending all the free time on a bike, then you would probably want to get a bit more data. You should pay attention to the bike computer with features such as displaying average, maximum speed and trip distance in addition to its standard features. As for the pro cyclists, the more data the better; in addition to the abovementioned, we say that athletes should be aware of cadence (i.e. the frequency of pedaling), comparison of their current speed to the average value, maybe calories spending. Also, the ability to sync with a computer to graph statistics will come in handy.

Additional Features

Bike computers may have a variety of additional functions that are not essential but are very convenient and useful. To name a few, it can be a memory for two bikes, a built-in thermometer, backlight, a weatherproof case, a timer, etc.

Type and Size

There are two types of bike computers, wired and wireless. For a mountain bike, the best choice is a wireless computer as they do not have wires (obviously) and you won't damage anything accidentally. But as for road bikes, there is no difference as long as you feel comfortable. Bike computers also come in different sizes, and the more advanced features there are, the larger the computer is. This may result in increasing the weight of your bike which is very important in some cases.

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Review of Sigma Sport BC16.12 STS Cadence Wireless Bike Computer

Sigma Sport BC16.12 STS Cadence Wireless Bike Computer

Sigma Sport BC16.12 STS Cadence Wireless Bike Computer

The Best One

Sigma Sport CB5.12 is capable of much! This bike computer receives data from two sensors monitoring motion and cadence, it is easy to install and it provides all basic data most cyclists need. Moreover, CB5.12 can monitor two bikes and keep separate statistics. For example, average and maximum speed and total distance can be measured for different bikes and stored separately. Also, you can measure the cadence. This is important, as professional cyclists need to know how fast they rotate the pedals during their riding. This bike computer is of a wireless type, therefore you will get all the data in a convenient way with no cables to tangle and create a mess.

Review of Sigma Sport BC16.12 STS Cadence Wireless Bike Computer

Know Your Achievements

Sigma Sport BC16.12 stores all the received data from your trips on both bikes in the built-in memory chip, and it's possible to transfer the information to your Mac or the Windows PC if you want to study your workouts and view the statistics. Although, you'll have to buy Sigma Sport Double Sided Docking Station separately.

Sigma Sport BC16.12 STS Cadence Wireless Bike Computer in the use

Interesting Fact

The greatest distance ever covered on a bicycle in 24 hours is an incredible 896 kilometers (556.749 miles). This fact is recorded in the Guinness Book of Records. It happened on March 21, 2015, and the record holder is an Austrian cyclist Christoph Strasser. His average riding speed was about 40 km/h (~23 mph)! Are you impressed?

Detailed review of Sigma Sport BC16.12 STS Cadence Wireless Bike Computer

More Products to Consider

Topeak Mini 9 Bike Tool is a kit that might be very useful for the ride. It is very compact and doesn't take much space.

Additional Info

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SIGMA SPORT // BC 16.12 STS CAD // Functions (EN)
Sigma Sport BC16.12 STS Cadence Wireless Bike Computer
Sigma Sport BC16.12 STS Cadence Wireless Bike Computer
 
Review of SHANREN Raptor II Wireless Bike Cycling Computer

SHANREN Raptor II Wireless Bike Cycling Computer

SHANREN Raptor II Wireless Bike Cycling Computer

Day and Night

The SHANREN Raptor II is an incredibly functional, convenient cycling computer with a variety of extra features. This is the second generation of the famous functional cycling computer SHANREN Raptor. But this one is the embodiment of all the necessities, and even more. The SHANREN Raptor II is a wireless cyclo-computer with seventeen different features. It has the functionality of both a bike light and a computer in a single device. A built-in tri-mode LED flashlight has excellent brightness of 300 lm that will become your helping hand in all-day-round riding. This built-in flashlight has three modes: High, Low, and Flash and works for 3, 6 or 12 hours, respectively. It can work so long thanks to the built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery of 2800 mAh. What is more, full recharging takes only 4.5 hours via standard Micro USB port. All things considered, even during the dark night your trip will be as safe and comfortable as during the day. Another significant benefit of the Raptor II is that you can remove it from the handlebar and use it as a flashlight. Very convenient.

Review of SHANREN Raptor II Wireless Bike Cycling Computer

Measure Everything

When it comes to measurements, SHANREN Raptor II has excellent features for the most demanding cyclists. This cyclo-computer can measure almost everything from speed to pedal turning per minute and display the calories you've burned. Know how effective your workout is!

SHANREN Raptor II Wireless Bike Cycling Computer in the use

More Products to Consider

REMA TT 01 Tour Patch Kit, Large is a kit which every cyclist must have for a quick repair of flat tires.

Additional Info

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Raptor II
SHANREN Raptor II Wireless Bike Cycling Computer
SHANREN Raptor II Wireless Bike Cycling Computer
 
Review of Raniaco Bike Computer

Raniaco Bike Computer

Raniaco Bike Computer

Simple as It Is

Bike computer from Raniaco is one of the most common among the devices. It is an excellent choice for cyclists of beginning and intermediate levels who want or need to know the details of their travels. This bicycle computer is very simple in operation. The computer can perform all the main tasks - for example, measure your speed and compare it to the average number. So, you will be aware of your results and able to maintain the correct movement rate. Raniaco automatically turns on and starts the program as soon as you start moving and stops when you stop. In other words, everything is computerized. This bicycle computer is compact and fits perfectly on any bike handlebars. But speaking of its moisture protection, you should remove and hide it when it rains. On these grounds, this bike computer will be a good addition to your bicycle for a relatively little price.

Review of Raniaco Bike Computer

Some Advice

  • The most important tools for the trip: a hexagon (preferably the whole set), a patch for the camera, and a pump.   
  • Check the tire pressure before every ride, especially if the tires are tubeless.   
  • Sealant in tubeless tires should be changed at least every three months.   
  • Regularly (at least once a month) check the tightness of the connecting rods, and if you have a new bike, do it before every trip during the first week of using it.   
  • If you care about the bike, you should not ignore squeaks, clicks, crackles and other signs of failure.

Raniaco Bike Computer in the use

More Products to Consider

Finish Line DRY Teflon Bicycle Chain Lube is a lubricant that will help you keep the chain in a good condition for a long time and reduce its wear-and-tear.

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Raniaco Wireless Bike Computer | Unboxing And Review
Raniaco Bike Computer
Raniaco Bike Computer
 
Review of CatEye Strada Wireless Bicycle Computer

CatEye Strada Wireless Bicycle Computer

CatEye Strada Wireless Bicycle Computer

Simple And Easy

The CatEye Strada is a basic level bike computer. It mounts easily on any bike due to its light weight and the lack of wires; the latter also means no interference as you hit the tracks, not to mention the overall aesthetics. CatEye Strada will inform you about two trip distances, a total distance, and total time. Simply touch the bottom of the screen to scroll through features. All the tools needed to mount the bicycle computer are delivered with the initial purchase.

Review of CatEye Strada Wireless Bicycle Computer

Extra Features

The CatEye Strada CC-RD300W has a powerful transmitter for the communication between the sensor and the computer to stay top-notch even when it rains and snows, therefore the readings are always accurate. This bike computer can measure your current speed and compare it with the average. With the pace arrow indicator, you will always know if you go slower or faster than your average speed. Keeping that arrow up brings some real satisfaction, and trying to achieve it time after time while the average speed increases, too? Well, all we can say is - it would be an incredible workout.

CatEye Strada Wireless Bicycle Computer in the use

Tips

To achieve great results from riding, we recommend you to follow a couple of simple rules:    

  • Do not go pedaling immediately after eating.    
  • Pay attention to the pain in the knees, and distribute the load properly, or just blend some rest into your riding.    
  • Drink! It is very important to prevent dehydration, so drink plenty of water, and try to always have a bottle of drinking water on you.    
  • You should adjust the seat and handlebars for the top comfort.    
  • Before each ride, do a little workout, for example, a few squats.

Detailed review of CatEye Strada Wireless Bicycle Computer

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Lezyne Pressure Drive Hand Pump is a pump you definitely need. This one is ideal to take everywhere because it is very compact and light.

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Review: Cateye Strada wireless bike computer
CatEye Strada Wireless Bicycle Computer
CatEye Strada Wireless Bicycle Computer
 
Review of Planet Bike Protege 9.0 9-Function Bike Computer

Planet Bike Protege 9.0 9-Function Bike Computer

Planet Bike Protege 9.0 9-Function Bike Computer

All at Once

The Planet Bike Protege 9.0 appears to be a nice little computer that will provide you with all the info you need on a single screen, no need to press any buttons to change the mode. This lowers the distraction quite a lot, doesn't it? LCD display, "buttonless" design, and overall compact size offer advantages to you that no other computer can match.

Review of Planet Bike Protege 9.0 9-Function Bike Computer

Reliability

We would like to note the quality of this bike computer. Probably, its most important advantage is reliability. It seems nearly impossible to destroy the thing because the body material is of a really high quality. If you are still hesitating, look at its lifetime warranty - it clearly points to the fact that the manufacturer is confident enough. And we believe that this is a huge advantage of the bike computer because very few can boast of such a benefit. Also, we can not pass the opportunity to mention the ultrasonic sealing that prevents moisture from getting inside: this box is really perfectly protected.

Planet Bike Protege 9.0 9-Function Bike Computer in the use

Nice and Healthy

Cycling is a truly intensive way to workout but it is also a very efficient one; you will not only lose weight but strengthen all your muscles. Even the heart muscle benefits from bike riding. Such loads also help to improve breathing, and that is good for your metabolism. Having the right training load, even children and elderly people can do the exercises. As you know, there are many different ways to keep fit, but riding a bike is the best one among them. The load while riding is properly distributed on muscles, and you will notice a positive result after one week of riding if you cycle at least 1 hour a day. And surely, your condition will be improving as to breathing and overall health.

Detailed review of Planet Bike Protege 9.0 9-Function Bike Computer

More Products to Consider

While riding, your bike must be marked for the drivers to see from the distance. And nothing can make it as good as this "Ultra Bright Bike Ligh Blitzu Cyborg 168T USB Rechargeable Bicycle Tail Light''.

Planet Bike Protege 9.0 9-Function Bike Computer application

Additional Info

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Planet Bike Protege 9.0 9-Function Bike Computer
Planet Bike Protege 9.0 9-Function Bike Computer
 

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