How We Test Cycling Computers
When we approach our testing for bike computers, we consider two primary areas: practical cycling application and company claims. That means we need to conduct a good deal of research on each cycling computer to look at the claims and then get out there in the field to see if those claims are good and then judge whether or not the features actually matter to the average rider. We do our best to end up with a boil-down of each bike computer. Some of the higher-end cycling computers have dozens of features that just don't matter for most riders, but look very impressive under a features section. We sort through all of that and see how practical it is out on the road.
Side by Side
These products were all tested side-by-side on the same rides for accuracy. Occasionally, we forgot to take our computers off the bike when driving home in the rain… it happens. Corners were taken too fast, and a Garmin contender on an out-front mount saved our carbon handlebars from a tree.
Real World Testing
Did we mention we don't baby the equipment?