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: ★★★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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Overall Rating: ★★★★½

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 and cadence if not installed, but also through its backlit readout that delivers optimal readability of information even in the dark. In addition, an integrated storage chip prevents the loss of set values during battery change.

The 1606’s mounting bracket allows the unit to be mounted on the handlebars or on the stem. This is achieved by removing two screws, rotating the mount’s faceplate 90 deg. and reinstalling the screws. This is extremely handy if you already have your handlebars full of lighting equipment or need to mount the computer on a Time Trial bike, etc.

Battery life on the Sigma 1606 is roughly 1 season for the pro cyclist and 2+ seasons for the avid cyclist. Most cyclists can expect to attain 5-7k miles on the computer before the battery needs to be changed.

The computer can be set for two different bicycles (i.e. a road bike and a mtn bike). With the purchase of a second mounting unit, all a rider needs to do is swap the computer over to the second bike, hold down a button and select that bike from the settings.

The top right button will scroll through all the various time settings such as Total Time, Elapsed Time, etc. while the bottom right button will scroll through the Speed, Avg Speed, Distance, etc.

Sigma is the only computer used by the Guinness Cycling Team, SaxoBank and many others.

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Overall Rating: ★★★★★

Product Features

  • Sleek, lightweight design
  • High-sensitivity GPS receiver with HotFix
  • Easy-to-read display
  • Advanced heart rate-based calorie computation
  • ANT+ power meter compatible

Get the Data You Need

During your ride, Edge 500 measures your speed, distance, time, calories burned, altitude, climb and descent, and records this data for your review. For extra-precise climb and descent data, Edge 500 also incorporates a barometric altimeter to pinpoint changes in elevation.

All Edge 500 versions work with third-party ANT+-enabled power meters to display your power output in watts as you ride. This valuable data shows you how hard you’re working, regardless of conditions affecting your ride, so you can train smarter. Some versions also ship with a digital heart rate monitor and speed/cadence sensor.

Other helpful training features include a Courses feature, which helps you compare successive rides over the same route, as well as Auto Pause, Auto Lap and temperature readings. Edge also alerts you if you’re moving but the timer is not running.

Track Your Heart Rate

When paired with a Garmin heart rate monitor, Edge 500 tracks heart beats per minute and uses your heart rate for advanced calorie computation, so you know how many calories you’re burning. Train in a certain heart-rate zone to improve your fitness level or compare your pace and heart rate to past performance over the same ride.

Analyze Your Ride

Once your ride’s done, connect Edge 500 to your computer with the included USB cable to analyze your performance. With a simple click, you can join a worldwide network of cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts through Garmin Connect™, a one-stop site for data analysis and sharing.

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