Wireless cycle computers have a distinct advantage of the wired variety.
- Wires can scrap away at the paint on the bike.
- Wires can make it awkward if you need to make adjustments to handlebars e.t.c
- They are more prone to breaking.
- Extra wires can add small aerodynamic drag to bike.
Earlier wireless models used to be really bulky and big, but in past few years, improved models have reduced size and improved performance. I use a Cateye Strada and new model is big improvement over earlier ones.
Models of Wireless Cycle Computer
The 8 function cycle computer includes these functions
# Current speed
# Maximum speed
# Average speed
# Total distance (odometer)
# Trip distance
# Auto start/stop
# Trip time (elapsed time)
# 12/24 hour clock
Cateye Strada wireless at £44.99
The Wireless Cateye Strada has recently been increased in price quite a bit. However, the latest model is really quite a big improvement on previous model. Cateye have made a computer that is genuinely waterproof (they keep buttons underneath computer in a clever design). Also, the sleek and slender design of both computer and magnet detector make it more visually appealing and more aerodynamic. I have been very pleased with my Cateye Strada (especially as you can choose colours to fit your own road bike) It is very reliable and have not had any problems over past 18 months of using it. The new models are a big improvement on the older versions. The new 2012/13 models I’ve found to be more reliable than some Cateye computers I bought several years ago.
Polar CS100 Wireless Heart Rate and Cycle Computer
The Polar computer combines its heart rate monitor technology with traditional cycle computer. Enabling you to combine the heart rate monitor and computer in one, saves space on your handlebars and integrates the two functions.
I tested this over a period of a few weeks, and enjoyed using. It has an impressive range of stats from cadence, to heart rate, speed, distance. Just about anything you can need. It was a shame I had to give back at end of testing period. You can see a more detailed review of CS100 at Polar CS100 Review
Polar Heart Rate Monitor at £63.99
Ciclosport CM 8.2
offers 32 functions with just 3 buttons
Topeak 150 Wireless Computer wireless heart rate monitor at £31.99
Knog Nerd 9 or 12 Function Wireless computer
Knog Nerd 9
The Knog Nerd 9 is not the best value cycle computer – it costs £48. But, it is usually the easiest to set up. (However, I did have difficulty on a road bike with unusual shaped forks) It really is ‘wireless’ because it’s innovative design means that you don’t need any wires, ties or screwdrivers to fix. It is so easy to set up you can easily transfer between bikes. It also looks great and comes in range of three different bright colours. See full review of Knog Nerd 9 - The Knog Nerd 12 includes a few extra functions – (automatic scanning of all displays, relative speed gauge) and is a little more expensive. If you are looking for something a bit different, the Knog is good. It would make a great Christmas gift for a keen cyclist.
- Knog 12 function at Wiggle
Cateye Velo Wireless
The Cateye Velo comes with basic functions at a good value price of £26.99. It is one of the cheapest wireless computers. Like other wireless models it is a bit on the bulky side. Though there is also the Cateye Velo Micro, who are willing to pay an extra £9 for smaller model. It does everything you want from a computer, distance, time, average speed, auto stop start. Cateye Velo wireless £26.99
Garmin Edge 200 / 500
The Garmin Edge really takes things to the next level. Rather than £20-£30. You are paying £120 – £200 (depending on the model). However, I decided to purchase a Garmin 500, and never regretted it. The Garmin edge gives you every bit of statistics analysis you could want. Elevation, gradient of the climb, total amount of climbing. Then you can easily upload to Garmin or Strava to check how you got on the ride. It is wonderfully designed and looks sleak on your bike (and only weighs 65 grams). It is also very easy to fix. Needing no tools at all!
It needs recharging more frequently after a couple of long rides. There have been times when unwittingly the power was left on leaving it empty at the start of the ride. But, on the plus side, you don’t have to buy batteries.
There are many different models of Garmin. If you want you can integrate with a heart rate monitor and cadence sensor. I was happy enough with speed, elevation and basic functions. It is also quite customisable. You can decide what functions you put on the different screens. If you really like cycle computers, something like the Garmin edge is definitely a good buy