Fitness trackers guide us on how we are going with our workout. They measure all sorts of things, from our heart rates, to how fast we were going, to how much distance we’ve covered, if we were running or cycling. These trackers have sensors that track down specific data in a way that is convenient for us. It is important to know where we are to stay on track with our particular program.
There are fitness trackers designed for different purposes. For cyclists, however, being a sport that includes real distance and location, there are trackers that detect a change in terrain, for example, which is covering more area when you’re competing or training for a race.
Trackers can also record speed, not only topography, and that’s all apart from the regular tracking down of your heart rate and calories burned. GPS is incorporated also for the purpose of tracking your route. Knowing where you’re going is pretty important, since you may eventually end up where you can’t bring your bike, after all. It is best to check once in a while. All in all, functionality of these trackers make up a huge factor on how you are going to choose the fitness tracker that is best for you.
One other thing you may want to consider when buying trackers is the understanding that these devices are designed in a wide variety of ways, being sensors that are made to measure different types of pulses. Some can be worn like bracelets, watches, armbands. Yet some can be attached to the actual bike itself, incorporated through the handle bars or foot pedals. Where you keep these trackers depend both on your convenience, wear ability and the accuracy of data they can collect where they are placed.
The main question you need to ask yourself when buying a tracker is how much information do you really need to have in order to get the best out of your workout? What do you want to get from all this exercise? Are you training for competition? Are you simply trying to lose weight? Try to answer these questions and then match these needs toward the features of the device in scrutiny. Some trackers will highlight these features as their best.
For example, speed may not be something you are concerned with when your goal is to build muscle. You may want one of those trackers that concentrate more on determining topography, with a built in GPS.
If you are losing weight, you may want to consider mostly on the tracker’s ability to measure calories burned as well as measuring your heart rate. It is all in what you want the tracker to do for you and not to be boxed in to what the package says it can do.
Having posted those questions for you to ponder on, needless to say, you are ready to hunt down the best tracker for your biking experience. We have compiled 10 of the most reliable trackers specifically designed for Cycling.
Table of Contents
- 10. Fitbit Surge Fitness Tracker
- 9. Moov’s Fitness Tracker for Cycling
- 8. Powertap Fitness Tracker
- 7. Polar V650 Bicycle Computer
- 6. Polar Look Keo Power Essential Pedals
- 5. Spree Headband and Baseball Cap
- 4. Amiigo Bracelet and Shoe Clip.
- 3. Flyfit Ankle Band
- 2. Basis Peak and Basis B1 watches
- 1.NZN Labs LIT
10. Fitbit Surge Fitness Tracker
If you don’t mind wrist constraints, the Fitbit Surge Fitness Tracker may be best for you. Fitbit is known for their PurePulse heart rate monitoring technology, which means that primarily, what this baby is going to be best for is monitoring your stress rate. It also has a built in calorie meter, a GPS that measures topography and distance covered. It even has a sleep monitor, and can sync with iOS and Android devices, keeping track of all your hard work.
9. Moov’s Fitness Tracker for Cycling
Moov’s fitness tracker for cycling wears around the ankles instead of the wrist. It works the same way as the Fitbit Surge Fitness tracker, and is able to sync its data with most android and iOS devices. It not only measures your heart rate, calories, distance run, but also serves as an artificial coach, and provides tips on how to improve your workout. It’s 9-axis motion sensor makes it possible for the tracker to find out how much distance you’ve covered by counting how many times the wheel has turned. The ankle strap on this unit is breathable and lightweight, so you can concentrate more on your activity. It is also waterproof and has a 6 month battery life.
8. Powertap Fitness Tracker
Another alternative to wearing your tracker is not to wear it at all. As compared to the first 2 trackers, the Powertap fitness tracker is designed to replace your pedals. This allows the device to measure the power you exert on the pedals. You can now find out how much force you need to place on pedaling to gain the best momentum in cycling. These pedals can be hooked up to Powertaps monitors and laptops, providing you detailed information on how efficient you are in terms of force exerted on the bike. This state of the art technology, however best for team cyclists, professionals and advanced amateurs who enter in competitions, may not be cost effective if you are just a run in the mill everyday cyclist. May not be the best thing to buy if you’re a beginner.
7. Polar V650 Bicycle Computer
As the name suggests, the Polar V650 Bicycle Computer is more than just your average fitness tracker. This device packs everything into it: heart rate monitor, calorie tracker, speed tracking and distance monitor, GPS tracking, altitude measurement, open street maps, Incline measurements. Paired with its GPS capability is a Smart Coaching training feature. It is also equipped with a Polar H6 Bluetooth Smart Heartrate sensor.
The device syncs instantly with the Flow app and web service, allowing you to analyze your performance.
6. Polar Look Keo Power Essential Pedals
Another device that replaces your regular pedal is the Polar/Look Keo Power Essential Pedals allow you 2 bluetooth transmitters to measure the power output you exert on each pedal, thus allowing you to analyze and improve your training.
These pedals are best used in combination to the Polar V650 Bicycle computer we have discussed above. Again, only if you are concerned with accuracy for competition should you consider shelling out for this expensive piece of equipment.
5. Spree Headband and Baseball Cap
Spree incorporated its tracker in a headband/baseball cap to combine both the ability to track down your performance, but also as a functional gear you can wear. It is also ideal for non- bike activities as running. Heart rate is measure via the headstrap itself, and does not need any chest straps to work with it. Calories burned, body temperature, and movement (speed/time/distance) is shared via Bluetooth enables smartphone using the Spree App. Find out more about this headgear here.
4. Amiigo Bracelet and Shoe Clip.
This tracker can be worn as a bracelet or clipped to your shoe. Amiigo claims versatility to this device as it can track down activity: like speed, duration, reps, sets, and intensity for more than 100 types of sport activities including cycling.
Some of the sports you may consider using the Amiigo Bracelet and Shoe Clip are swimming, running, power walking and elliptical. It can also recognize which activity yu are using it for.
It is waterproof and will sync with Bluetooth even on low battery power.
3. Flyfit Ankle Band
The Flyfit fitness band is designed with cycling in mind. It will track duration of your workout, pedal speed, distance traveled, rpm/cadence, pedal count and calories burned and (with phone) bike speed and real-time GPS, and will display your performance via an LED screen. Although built particularly for cycling, the device can also be used for running, swimming, walking, stair-step workouts and indoor biking. It will also track sleep.
Realtime data can be synced over iOS and Android devices.
2. Basis Peak and Basis B1 watches
Basis is tested over a number of biking communities, and measures the basics: time on the bike, calories burned, heart rate, etc. It also measures sleep rate. It also is designed for a few other activities like running swimming, rock climbing. Although, one reported glitch was a slight inaccuracy; so if you’re after the accuracy of our pedal-based trackers, We recommend you skip this one out, although this is best for bike-hobbyists and beginners.
1.NZN Labs LIT
Designed for extreme sports, like BMX and mountain biking, the LIT measure additional metrics like big air, total air, max g, jumps and max speed. These are metrics of importance to extreme sports mentioned above. Water resistant up to a depth of 100 meters, syncs wirelessly via BLE, and compatible to iOS, this means you can use it for other wet sports such as surfing, skiing, and motocross.
Planned out which fitness tracker is best? Of course if you are the sporty type, the amount of features packed into the device is important for you. Being able to wear the tracker on your body rather than on the bike is also a deciding factor, especially if biking isn’t your only sport. You should consider however some of the cycling-specific trackers if you are a hardcore cyclist entering competition.
We hope this list helps you in your choice, until then, enjoy!