Easy installation and the ability to attach additional sensors – these are the major advantages of wireless bicycle computers. Is it worth using them?
There are plenty of more or less useful bicycle accessories on the market.
Computers do not belong to the group of products necessary for each lover of two wheels, but certainly you can not refuse him the usefulness.
Especially for people who want to know what distance they traveled, at what pace and how many calories burned.
Of course, the wireless computer function can be much more.
It is worth to follow the market thoroughly and check producers specializing in preparing bicycle accessories offer which models.
How does the wireless computer work?
When deciding to buy the device in question, keep in mind the main division of computers.
You can buy both wired and wireless models. I will discuss later the first group in the text, so you should focus on models that provide wireless transmission.
They are valued above all for the simplicity of assembly. All you have to do is attach the computer and the central unit without having to lead the wire between these elements.
However, how is the transmission going? Using radio waves.
It is worth targeting digital models, as with analog transmissions, interference may occur.
For this reason, when buying a wireless computer for a bicycle, you should not only aim at the price and buy the cheapest models.
They are severely restricted, so data transmission may not be carried out correctly.
This, in turn, leads to the formation of many distortions and imprecise measurements.
It is worth noting here that the interference of the wireless computer can also occur when there are several bicycles with this type of equipment next to each other.
The solution to these problems will be the purchase of a computer with encryption or ANT + transmission.
This technology also allows the connection of additional sensors (e.g power measurement).
It is worth noting, however, that such devices are much more expensive than standard ones.
Which bicycle computer to choose?
Since you already know what a wireless bike computer stands out for, go to his choice.
Undoubtedly, the most important issue for devices of this type will be the range of supported functions.
It is on this basis that you should choose the wireless meter. So what features can he have?
Distance measurement. kilometers counted overcome kilometers in several ways. The user can find out how much he has traveled during the day, week, month or even year. So it’s a great way to keep statistics. Most wireless computers, apart from the distance, also count the time in which it was defeated. Also, some computers also provide distance counting – the user sets a specific value (e.g 20 kilometers) and the computer displays the message when it is reached. The option is very useful for people who want to plan their workouts carefully.
Speed meter. It gave this parameter. It gave this parameter in the units selected by the user. It is worth mentioning that very complex devices also count the average speed dialed on selected sections.
Watch. Traditional time measurement, to which date is also included.
Temperature measurement. Contrary to appearances, a very useful feature that allows you to familiarize yourself with the prevailing weather.
Computer of laps. Very useful when the route is short, so you have to overcome it several times.
Heart rate monitor. Used primarily by athletes and experienced cyclists who want to have the most accurate data available. A special wristband or chest strap measures the pulse.
GPS. Mounted only in the best meters. It allows you to check the route covered, as well as to measure altitude.
Bluetooth connectivity. Thanks to it, it can pair the computer with mobile devices, for example, with a smartphone. This gives you access to detailed statistics. On the computer, you can receive calls and messages as well as manage notifications from social networks.
Many wireless meters support extensive systems that alternately display the most important data, so that the user has very easy access to them.
Of course, in this respect, top-end price computers, which are modern multimedia devices, present themselves.
Wireless computer for the bike – what to look for?
Determining the most important measuring functions (and not only) is obviously not all. They also varied the meters available on the market in many other respects. I should pay attention to the way I made the device.
I usually prepare good quality computers from specially reinforced plastics, which are not only resistant to mechanical damage but also to the influence of external factors, such as changing weather. What else is worth checking?
Waterproof. We can use not all computers. We can use not all computers in the rain. Many cheaper models in such conditions will refuse to obey or be destroyed. So if the computer is to withstand also in a downpour, it is worth paying attention to its level of water resistance. It is worth noting here that often they do not confirm the information provided by producers in reality, so it is worth to look at the opinions of users who often express themselves on the subject.
Also, their water tightness also distinguished some meters. What does it mean? That it can submerge them at a certain depth for some time. Usually, the depth is 1-2 meters, and the immersion can last up to half an hour.
Display. Attention should be paid primarily to its size, as well as how many data is displayed on one screen. On the market there are offered models operated using buttons and with touch screens. The back light of the display will surely be useful, thanks to which all data will be visible even after dark.
Memorizing settings. We can use modern meters. We can use modern meters on several bikes. They detect what vehicle they are on and remember separate information.
In many sport computers, a special calorie computer is mounted, thanks to which you can always check what effect the next training gives you. The better the meter, the more accurate the measurements are.
When buying a wireless computer for a bike, many people pay attention to the price.
I can purchase models of this type for a dozen zlotys, but it exposed low price computers to various disturbances, which may prove useless.
All this makes it worth targeting at least the average price range.
The reputation of the producer, who handles its preparation, also guaranteed the quality of the equipment. By buying a model of a recognized company, users can be sure that they decide on something that has been adapted to work in different conditions. The Kellys and Crivit wireless computers are quite popular.
How to install a wireless meter?
As I have already mentioned it, setting up a wireless computer will be much easier than the assembly of cable-connected models.
At the very beginning, put a stand on which I will place the computer.
It’s best to put it on the steering wheel, because it will provide convenient access to the device. I usually fasten the stand with a special screw or clamp.
Once the stand is in its place, you can insert a computer into it. The time has come for a sensor that collects data.
The best place will be the shock absorber – the sensor should be as high as possible, so that the distance from the central unit is as small as possible.
At the end, you just have to put the magnet on the spoke – ideally in a place where the distance from the sensor will be several millimeters.
After finishing the assembly, it is worth to turn the wheel for a moment to check if everything works as it should.
Wireless or wired meter?
I devoted the above text to wireless meters. They are valued above all for the simplicity of assembly, as well as many configuration options.
However, wired models are also available on the market. Is it worth being interested in them?
The list of assets of this type of devices usually has a lower price, especially for more complex models.
In addition, stable operation and reliability are shown, regardless of the conditions.
Cyclists do not have to worry about the disruptions that occur with low-cost wireless meters.
However, installing a wired computer is much more difficult. This is, of course, because of the need to connect the sensor to the central unit with a cable, which can cause serious problems for many people.
The cable itself can also be damaged, especially in hard conditions. This also has to be kept in mind.
Wireless computers for the bicycle are free from this type of problems, and properly selected provide stable, precise operation.
Before making a purchase, however, it is worth inspecting the models and compare them in terms of the functions and the way they are performed.
This will allow you to choose the right equipment.