Keep Track of Your Rides with a GPS Cycle Computer

why you need a bike computer

While mobile apps such as Strava, TrailForks and
MapMyRide are incredibly popular, if you want all the bells and whistles a
proper GPS cycle
is exactly what you need. Many have the ability to guide
you round a loop, analyse your performance and some even allow you to keep
track of other riders in your group in case they get lost or fall behind.

Add in connectivity with your smartphone to allow you to view messages and phone calls while you ride, and also showing you live segments from Strava, so you can see if you’ve claimed that prized KOM on the move rather than having to wait with baited breath until you finish your ride and you’ve got yourself a pretty handy little gadget!

Our favourite GPS cycle computers

With stripped back GPS computers available for less than £100 and more feature-laden variants costing up to 4 or 5 times more, we’ve assembled our top 4 picks to help you get the best GPS computer for your needs.

Garmin Edge 1030 GPS Enabled Cycle Computer

Crammed with the latest must-haves and cutting-edge
technology, the Garmin Edge 1030 is the current pinnacle of GPS cycle
computers. Preloaded with a Garmin Cycle Map for turn-by-turn directions on and
off-road as well as Strava Live Segments, there’s nothing better for mapping your
rides. It also features Garmin’s new GroupTrack feature, which allows you to
track other members of your riding group in case they got lost or fall behind.
Finally, the Edge 1030 can be used to display all your usual performance data;
power, cadence, speed, heart rate, you name it the Edge 1030 can do it!

Garmin Edge 820 GPS Enabled Cycle Computer

The Garmin 820 crams a lot of the features of the more
expensive 1030 in a smaller, cheaper package. With a crystal clear 2.3 inch
touchscreen to display maps and all your riding data, the Edge 820 packs
Garmin’s GroupTrack and Cycle Maps as well as Strava Live Segments as standard
and can be hooked up to any ANT+ devices like a power meter or heart rate
monitor with ease. The Edge 820 packs a huge amount into a compact and
lightweight package; once again Garmin have delivered an absolute cracker of a
GPS unit!

Garmin Edge 820 Cycling GPS

Lezyne Mega C GPS Cycle Computer

Lezyne’s Mega C packs a punch; With its colour screen,
feature-rich design, long battery runtime and durable construction you’re free
to keep the adventure going. The Mega C’s full mapping and routing can be used
on or offline so once you’ve downloaded a map of your desired region through
Lezyne’s free GPS Ally phone app you can build routes, search for an address or
tap a destination for instant navigation, even when you’re outside of your
phone’s network service area. Add in the usual ANT+ connectivity and Strava
Live Segment functions and the Mega C shows what a great value, feature-laden
package it is.

Lezyne Mini GPS Navigate Cycle Computer

Despite being one of the cheapest GPS cycle computers on the
market, the Lezyne Mini GPS can still hold its own against the competition. The
Mini GPS Navigate is compact, lightweight and loaded with features comparable
to devices many times its price. To enhance the built-in features Lezyne
developed the free Ally app which, when paired with the device, turns it into a
feature-rich system offering services such as turn-by-turn navigation, live
tracking, Strava Live Segments as well as email, text message and phone call
notifications. It's fair to say that the Mini GPS stands as one of the best
value GPS computers on the market.

It's safe to say then that modern GPS Cycle Computers are
packed with some clever tech!

For our full range of GPS cycle computers, mounts and accessories you can head to our website or if you have any questions our experienced sales team are on hand by calling 01978660003.