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!

iPhone/iPod Bike Computer Archives

iBike Dash Deluxe Cycling Computer for iPhone

Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆

Well, leave it to iBike to invade the last part of your life that has so far been immune to your phone. According to Wired (in their product review in which they ranked it a 7):

Short of bolting a sidecar to your bike, iBike’s Dash CC Deluxe cycling computer is as close as you can get to taking a personal navigator along for a ride.

Much like texting and driving, is too much display dangerous for cyclists? The review goes on to say

It’s also easy to stare at the thing for too long. I almost drifted into traffic on more than one occasion when mesmerized by the screen in front of me. Keep those eyes up, cowboy. However, that’s also one of the Dash’s stronger suits: Your iPhone screen is huge compared to most bike computers, and that big color display makes glancing down at your current stats when you’re cranking on your bike a lot easier.

And with GPS and Google Earth, you’re sure to have all the data you could ever want.

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According to the good folks over at Patently Apple, Apple’s Smart Bicycle System patent takes the concept of on-bike technology to a new level.

On August 5, 2010, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals various concepts behind a newly advanced Smart Bicycle System in development. The premise is rather like Apple’s Nike + iPod system for runners except for cyclists. While the system is for individuals, it’s also designed to work with teams of cyclists so that they could communicate with each other on-the-fly about course difficulty or perceived problems. The Bicycle system monitors speed, distance, time, altitude, elevation, incline, decline, heart rate, power, derailleur setting, cadence, wind speed, path completed, expected future path, heart rate, power, and pace. The system could utilize various sensors built-into the iPhone in addition to working with sensors already built-into the bike itself. Apple’s patent is extraordinarily detailed and packed with interesting twists that the sporting cyclist will really appreciate.

The on-the-fly communication possibilities between cyclists in a group or on a team is one of the most interesting points in this patent.

Anyone think Apple has a chance in the cycling domain?

You can read the full story here: http://bit.ly/cgHzhr

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