Cycling computers today come in different shapes and from many different manufacturers . The best known of these is Garmin. Furthermore, SRM, PowerTap, O-Synce, Lezyne, Pioneer and Sigma also make cycling computers. At Cycling there are two types of bike computers in use. On the one hand there are bike computers that are attached by means of a handlebar mount and are therefore stationary. These often have a GPS-function and can be used with ANT+ with powermeters or other sensors for e.g. Heart ratecadence or speed can be coupled. On the other hand, fitness watches like the Garmin Forerunner models are widely used. These can be used in addition to the Cycling can also be used for running and swimming activities, which makes them particularly suitable for triathletes. Fitness watches usually also work well in combination with other sensors such as cadence sensors. In addition to the ANT+ protocol known for fitness sensors, many cycling computers and multi-sport watches today support Bluetooth Smart.
Easy coupling with power meter and chest strap by ANT+ and Bluetooth is state of the art on many bike computers. Adjustable profiles, individual display of training data allow an effective training with the devices. Software solutions and plugins support every athlete who wants to celebrate new successes and are helpful supporters in everyday training.
The ANT technology is a wireless connection to transfer data (measured values) between the bike computer and the power meter. The connection runs on 2.4 GHz, but does not consume as much power as other wireless connections. Not only the Speed and Cadence sensors have ANT+ technology, but also all our Powermeters in the shop (bePRO, FSA PowerBox ...) .
The ANT+ technology allows the powermeters to communicate with the bike computers or multi-sport watches. This allows the rider to view the values measured by the powermeter via live transmission on his bike computer or other smart devices.
Bluetooth Smart (BLE)
Bluetooth Smart also known as Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), is the successor of the standard Bluetooth protocol. As the name suggests, Bluetooth Smart (BLE) technology is more energy efficient than its predecessor. Bluetooth Low Energy is not backward compatible. The Bluetooth Smart technology also works at 2.4 GHz and is also used to exchange data between two devices. However, the power consumption of this technology is higher than that of ANT+ technology. Also in our shop you can find different power meters which are equipped with both functions (PowerTap P1, Quarq DZero Carbon, ...). So the rider has several possibilities to connect his powermeter with different smart devices or bike computers. However, the maximum data rate is 0.5 mW higher than with ANT+ technology.
Bike computers - What can these devices do
Bike computers are usually individually adjustable, are able to display different values and also allow the download of training data. The planning of routes with GPS Support and detailed map display is no stranger to top models and also cheaper bike computers. No matter whether you are in a busy city or in rough terrain, cycling computers help you reach your goals.
Power threshold value (FTP), Training Stress Score (TSS), normalized power, watts, cadence or heart rate are values that many devices can display live or that can be analyzed afterwards on the computer.
Is that all bike computers can do?
It always depends on what you need from a bike computer and which features are important. If speed and kilometers are not enough, you get more. Depending on the model, full navigation is on board, weather data can be displayed, route planning and online sharing is possible. In case of an emergency, e.g. accident notification can be sent.
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