Knowledge is power! With a cycle computer on your bike, you are immediately aware of your current and average speed, how far you have traveled and the total time you have cycled. It is also possible for more advanced cycling computer to measure differences in altitude, calories burned and heart rate. All this information can help you to ride more efficiently. In this article you will find tips for buying a bike computer and the advantages and disadvantages of different bicycle computer one by one.
What is a bike computer?
A cycle computer is an electronic device which is placed on the handlebars of the bike. The cycling computer gets its data from a sensor on the wheel. Depending on the model, the data from the sensor is sent via a wire or via a wireless transmitter to your computer. The cycling computer display, depending on the model, speed, distance travelled, time, average speed, max speed, total distance, clock time, Cadence, heart rate, altitude, and temperature. When the bike is stationary convert most cycle computers also the time quietly in order not to affect the average speed of your device. The cycling computer goes on the bike for a long time will automatically stop to sleep, which starts again when the wheel moves. Cycling computer powered by a button cell, it goes to normal operations for several years.
How to mount a bike computer?
When you install a bicycle computer always steps in the manual. In an advanced cycling computer, you have two types of measurement sensors, the “Cadence sensor” and “speed sensor. Cadence sensor measures the revolutions of the pedals, wheel speed sensor, the number of laps. The Cadence sensor is attached then pedal and speed censor the spokes of the rear wheel. Transmitter to send it to your cycling computer should be placed so that both the sensors up to 5 millimeters of the two sensors are turned off. It is important that this is very tight, so it doesn’t slip. To secure the usually tyraps and rubber against slippage included.
Calculation tyre circumference
Wheels are available in various sizes. Because the bicycle computer has only the information on the number of revolutions of the wheel, you must manually enter the bicycle wheel circumference to get data that is associated with the specifications for your bike. Wheel measurement can be done in the following way. Way the bike with the valve down to the ground, mark the position where the valve sits on the ground, such as a piece of chalk. Cycle straight on and then stop when the valve after a rotation returns to the ground. Select this item and then measure with a tape measure, measure the distance between two points. This distance is the value that you must enter the bike computer wheel circumference.
Wireless bike computer or thread?
Better and more advanced wireless bike computers work today. The advantage of course is that you don’t need cables. The disadvantage is that there may be a delay in sending such as the current speed. A second disadvantage is that interference may occur when riding a bicycle next to with the same cycle computer. But no problems works in General wireless bike computers.
Tips to buy a bike computer
- Buy a model with only the functions you really intend to use. Cycling computers with more features is also more difficult to manage and read. Advanced bicycle computers, of course, is also more expensive, so in that case will save a lot of money for features you don’t use anyway.
- Buy your bicycle LED light on the EBICYCLELIGHTS, look carefully at the various online stores for the best deals and compare prices. Per store prices can sometimes vary up to several tens of euros.
- Ask yourself if you need a Cadence sensor. For a road bike is very convenient, but for mountain bikers such information is usually not very meaningful.
- Also you can use your phone as a bike computer with apps like Runkeeper and Try cycling. The downside of course is that you are not under cycling can directly see how fast you run, but the advantage is that the data with GPS is very accurate.