HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR CYCLING COMPUTER?

A cycling computer measures your performance as a cyclist. The number of functions (from total distance to average speed) will vary depending on the cyclometer. Whether it's top of the range or fairly basic, a cyclometer can be handy for both cycling, commuters or weekend riders. All that remains is to find the one for you!

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There are 3 types of cyclometers: wired, wireless and GPS ones. Your choice will be based on the features you want and the level of precision you are looking for. The higher the price, the more features you will get (current speed, average speed, maximum speed, pedalling cadence, altimeter, ascents, heart rate, usable on several bikes, computer backups, etc.).

WIRED CYCLOMETERS

Wired cyclometers are generally entry range models. The wire links the cyclometer to a magnetic sensor. It comes with basic functions (such as your current speed, distance and time). It is less costly than a wireless version, and perfect for riding around town or in the countryside.

WIRELESS CYCLOMETERS

The advantage of wireless cyclometers is that they are easy to install. A wireless model will also be easy to install on different bikes. This type of cyclometer particularly suits mountain biking as riders won't have to worry about the suspension or branches catching on the wires.

GPS CYCLOMETERS

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, besides the option of programming in your route so you no longer have to follow the road signs, is that it will be able to guide you if you get lost as certain models come with a map. However, GPS systems might be heavier than classic cyclometers.

Hervé

Cycling Specialist

"Lorsque vous installez votre compteur, vérifiez bien que l'espace entre le capteur et la fourche n'excède pas 5 mm"

 

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