Bike Computer for first road bike

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Bike Computer for first road bike

Postby jarwil80 » Fri Sep 22, 2017 11:18 am

Hello all,
I have just purchased (lay-by) my first road bike, which is a Giant Defy Advanced 3 2017. Most likely wont be picked up before Christmas but thought I would start the research on bike GPS computers early.

I have looked at Garmin Edge 25 and 520 and also Giant Neos Track GPS computer. Looking for a computer that can track speed and distance and also have the option of adding bluetooth devices to in the future. Having maps is not a necessity but maybe being able to connect to a computer to download my routes would be good.

I am leaning towards the Edge 25 at the moment for price wise for an entry level computer. Are there any other computers I should be looking at and comparing?

Thanks in advance.

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Re: Bike Computer for first road bike

Postby AUbicycles » Fri Sep 22, 2017 4:10 pm

What about your existing smartphone? If you have and use one - download Strava. Even with mobile data off, you get the GPS data and speed and with the free Strava account don't pay anything extra. You would need a mount and and good for the Quadlock. And when the phone has low-energy bluetooth (BLE) it means that you can connect it up with compatible devices in future.

For a dedicated cycle computer, the main brands are Garmin, Magellen (Cyclo), Polar and Bryton. The brytons in particular are cheap and deliver the tech but with more limited abilities to adjust onscreen display.

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Re: Bike Computer for first road bike

Postby bychosis » Fri Sep 22, 2017 4:16 pm

I used to have a computer on my bike all the time but don't anymore. I still track with GPS though, currently using a Garmin Forerunner watch, but it doesn't do cadence without an extra thingy. I don't look at the screen enough to need it on the bike. Using a watch makes it very easy to switch bikes too.
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Re: Bike Computer for first road bike

Postby RonK » Fri Sep 22, 2017 5:15 pm

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Re: Bike Computer for first road bike

Postby nevyn » Fri Sep 22, 2017 6:05 pm

Phone plus wahoo rpm Cadence and Speed sensors for me quadlock or rokform case/mount

I'm lucky that my phone does ant... the wahoo sensors do do bluetooth as well ipbike is initially ugly but actually super functional

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Re: Bike Computer for first road bike

Postby Shred11 » Sat Sep 23, 2017 6:46 pm

I've had constant trouble with buggy firmware on my Garmin Edge 510. I'm currently eyeing off the Lezyne Super GPS. It's half the price of a Garmin and is less "race/train" oriented. I particularly like it having two distance counters.

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Re: Bike Computer for first road bike

Postby Neddysmith » Mon Sep 25, 2017 10:12 am

I have the Bryton and for what i use it for is great, provides everything i really needs and links to both Bryton App and then links to Strava if you want use that instead, for $121 delivered its greats value.

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Re: Bike Computer for first road bike

Postby kb » Wed Sep 27, 2017 1:26 pm

nevyn wrote:Phone plus wahoo rpm Cadence and Speed sensors for me quadlock or rokform case/mount

I'm lucky that my phone does ant... the wahoo sensors do do bluetooth as well ipbike is initially ugly but actually super functional

The other option with a phone is to use something like the viiiiva heart rate monitor which will pick up ANT+ and rebroadcast as BLE
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Re: Bike Computer for first road bike

Postby caneye » Fri Sep 29, 2017 12:28 pm

Neddysmith wrote:I have the Bryton and for what i use it for is great, provides everything i really needs and links to both Bryton App and then links to Strava if you want use that instead, for $121 delivered its greats value.


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Another Bryton fan here. I have the 310 model. There are a few handy reviews on this forum too.

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Re: Bike Computer for first road bike

Postby jarwil80 » Sun Oct 08, 2017 7:52 pm

Thanks for all the replies.

Currently on my hardtail I use my iPhone with MapMyRide and also had a Axact 9W on there. Phone is usually in my pocket for the ride. I have tried arm bands but always find I am adjusting them. I have never had a stem mount for the phone.

I was looking to go away from using the phone for the road bike. Thought a dedicated GPS computer might be better and then upload once finished.

As I won't have the road bike for awhile I will keep looking around and researching and hopefully will have a preferred option when I pick up the bike
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Re: Bike Computer for first road bike

Postby st27 » Fri Oct 13, 2017 1:44 pm

I've got my roadbike back in May and have clock up 1000km exploring the city.
I have been tempted to get a bike computer and I am liking the Wahoo Bolt so far.
I do also have a quadlock fixture on my bike for my iphone 6. Does kills the battery life of the iphone with strava.
The lezyne super gps is my 2nd choice!

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Re: Bike Computer for first road bike

Postby Kronos » Tue Oct 17, 2017 1:50 am

You can get a cheap blue tooth enabled device which will give you cadence, and speed (which is all you really need) such as the Topeak Panobike which will work on your phone with Strava for under $50 these days. You can add a heart rate monitor, calories burned and so on and so forth which will work with it also. Or you can look at a similar device such as the Wahoo RPM.

In the game you can spend many hundreds of dollars more for an ANT+ device and computer from someone like Garmin or you can use your existing phone which will basically do the same gig. I guess it depends on how much money you want to burn.

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Re: Bike Computer for first road bike

Postby BugsBunny » Tue Oct 17, 2017 12:49 pm

For an occasional rider and "entry level" head unit, I would recommend the Wahoo RFKLT. Its not very expensive and will give you more/better metrics than the equivalent Edge25. Its BT protocol.

I had one a couple of years back and I don't know if they still make them, but for a budget friendly option this is a good one to start with.

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