Top Bike Computers: Which bike computers are recommended by Bike Computer Reviews as the best computers for cyclists?

  1. Garmin Edge 500 Bicycle GPS UnitBike computer reviews for Garmin Edge 500
  2. SIGMA BC1606L 16-Function Wired Bike ComputerBike computer reviews for Sigma BC1606L
  3. Cateye CC-RD300W Strada Wireless Bike ComputerBike computer reviews for Cateye CC-RD300W
  4. SIGMA BC906 9-Function Wired Bike Computer

Garmin Edge Bicycle GPS Unit

Sharpen your cycling performance with Edge 500, a lightweight GPS-based cycling computer for performance-driven cyclists. Loaded with data, Edge 500 tracks your distance, speed, location and elevation with high sensitivity GPS.   Read more!

SIGMA BC1606L 16-Function Wired Bike Computer

Sigma's BC 1606L is the top model for the most demanding of riders, even at night. The BC 1606L succeeds in this not only by providing a better overview of the essential information during a ride by hiding the total accumulated functions...   Read more!

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Overall Rating: ★★★★★

Garmin has really upped the ante on the entire cycling computer category with it’s new gps-enabled navigator/computer, the 705. This is a true navigational aid with full-color maps and turn-by-turn directions in addition to advanced route-planning and saving capabilities. On top of that, the 705 adds heart rate and cadence monitors, a barometric altimeter, and wireless capability that lets you share routes and workout data with other riders instantly. Sleek and waterproof, with a 2.2-inch color screen that lets you customize what data you see and how you see it, these two devices help make the most of every ride.
Once your ride is over, simply plug your Garmin into your computer and download all of your data to start or maintain a training log.
Care, however, must be taken not to drop the Garmin while riding. If this were just any other computer, it might bounce off into the weeds, dusted off and reattached to the handlebars. The Garmin is more than just any other computer and it screen can be scrambled from direct impacts. If you were to drop the Garmin while standing still, well, it may survive but we don’t recommend you try. As well, if you were to crash during a race or riding on a trail, the Garmin should be ok. It’s the direct impacts at any rate of speed you should watch out for. Not to fear though because all Garmins have a strong attachment mechanism. Our recommendation, leave the computer attached to the bike till your ride is complete. Let your friends oggle it in your living room.

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Overall Rating: ★★½☆☆

The BC 1106 with its diversity of functions is (not really) the right choice for the athletically ambitious cyclist. While the idea of going wireless is a great concept, the computer requires 3 batteries. One each for the transmitter, receiver and computer. At any time these batteries will die causing the rider to have to investigate which is the culprit. There is a button on each of the components which can be pressed to indicate if the battery is good or bad (a green light will indicate a good battery). As well, the transmitter does not have a wire attaching it to the bike or computer so should the rubber band fail, the transmitter could be lost. Finally, through vigorous testing in race and training environments, the signal from transmitter to receiver can be easily corrupted, either by water or misplacement of the transmitter, etc. We feel that a better computer can be had in the “wired” version of this computer, Sigma 1606L.
Some good feature of this computer however, are the integrated storage chip which prevents loss of pre-settings and total values during power losses or battery changes, with low power scenarios announced in due time by the low battery indicator. Two wheel size settings are possible, which can be recognized automatically with an optional Bike 2 Sensor, allowing riders to use their BC 1106 interchangeably between any combination of two bicycles.

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Vetta RT288 Wireless Cycling Computer

Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆

Track and record your speed, as well as your cumulative and trip mileage. Wireless technology allows you to use this system without having to wrap, tuck or zip-tie wires. The handlebar mounted* (does not rotate to mount on the stem) computer helps you track your speed and mileage with multiple functions including speed comparator and current, average, and maximum speeds, as well as cumulative and trip odometers.

* For a computer that will rotate to allow mounting in multiple locations,
 review the Sigma 1606.

With a large LCD display with three screens, the computer is easy to use and read. The computer also helps you keep track of important bicycle maintenance schedules with the service reminder function. We feel this is a nice touch but do we really need a service light on our bicycle. The only shortcoming of this feature is that it doesn’t take into account the terrain being ridden or the abuse put upon the bike during each ride. So, a wet winter ride will require a servicing every 4 hrs of riding while a stroll in Palm Springs in April may require a servicing every 20 hrs.¬† An energy efficient programmable auto start feature helps to prolong battery life of the computer and EZ tire setup with wheel circumference setup make it very simple to do the intial setup.

Features include speed comparator, current speed, average/maximum speed, ride time, cumulative odometer, trip distance reader, 11 multi-freeze frame memories, 10 laps, a 12/24-hour clock, and energy efficient programmable auto start. The computer is water resistant and can be used in varying weather conditions. The computer has a replaceable cover, and an extra clear front cover is also included. Imagine that you’re back in the 80’s with a Swatch Watch. :)

Features:

  • Large LCD display with 3 screens
  • Auto awake and start-up
  • Cumulative odometer
  • Trip distance
  • Heavy Duty, Metal Braided Cable
  • Speed comparator
  • Current speed
  • Average/maximum speed
  • Total Ride Time
  • 11 Multi Freeze Frame Memories
  • 10 Lap memory
  • 12/24-hour clock
  • Service timer
  • EZ tire setup with wheel circumference setup included
  • Extra clear front cover included

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Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

The ability to monitor individual rides, and overall training schedules is important to the serious cyclist. The BC 906 tracks your trip, your overall speed, distance, and riding time as well as allowing you compare your actual speed with your average speed. Complete functions include: clock; actual maximum and average speed; comparison of actual and average speed; trip and total distance; trip and total riding time; language selection (seven languages); and low-battery indicator. Also, the BC906’s small, low-profile keeps wind resistance to a minimum, its twist-mount, no tools required design ensures quick installation and its included 3-volt lithium CR2032 battery provides long-lasting power. Whether you are a serious cyclist or a novice the BC 906 is simply everything you need in a bike speedometer.

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Cateye RD300 Wireless

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Sleek, lightweight, and elegant and free of wires, this slim wireless bicycle computer displays current speed, maximum speed (up to 65 mph), average speed, trip distance, second-trip distance, total distance, elapsed time, and 12/24-hour clock. The dual trip-distance functions keep track of intermediate or multi-day distances. For ease of use even on rough terrain, simply pressing the bottom of the screen toggles through the computer’s modes. The selected mode displays at the bottom of the screen, while current speed appears at the top in large, easy-to-read numerals. An up/down arrow compares current speed to average speed.

Other features include dual tire size, programmable odometer, pace arrow, automatic start/stop, and automatic power-saving mode. The computer runs on two CR2032 batteries (included), one for the head unit and the other for the sensor. Maximum wireless transmission distance is 27 inches. The computer’s tool-free bracket mounts quickly on virtually any handlebar or stem. The tool-free sensor mounts easily to the fork. Like all Cateye bicycle computers, this one is ultrasonically welded and water-resistant.

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