14 Best Fitness Tracker for Cycling 2017
Until now, most cyclists have been tracking their cycle data using standard bicycle speedometers with small functionality.
But there are activity tracking devices designed for cycling which can be a better alternative.
If you are fighting to improve your cycling performance or feel confused about whether your fitness program is getting results, you will be able to benefit from using a fitness tracker for cycling.
For your choice, you have to consider if you prefer a cycling computer, a smartwatch on your wrist or maybe an ankle tracker. Besides that power pedals and smart glasses are getting more and more popular among cyclists.
As you know, there are plenty of options available, so here are some of the hottest designs at the moment.
Garmin Edge 520
The Garmin Edge 520 is a popular fitness tracker for advanced cyclists. The Edge 520 cycling tracker provides GPS and barometric altimeter functionality for you.
Program your desired route before starting your ride and all metrics will be recorded automatically. Besides basic metrics like time, distance speed and ascent, VO2max and functional threshold power (FTP) can also be displayed.
In order to have HRM data available you need to pair the Edge 520 via ANT+ with an HRM tracker of your choice. Moreover the Edge 520 can also be paired with a power meter.
As an extra, you can challenge your mates on your favorite routes through Strava live-segments.
- Offers in-ride challenges through Strava live segments
- Reports cycling-specific VO2 max and recovery time when used with power and heart rate
- Pairs with compatible ANT+ indoor trainers for data display and control
Garmin Edge 1000
Garmin’s Flagship, the Garmin Edge 1000 is one of the best cycling trackers available on the market. The Edge 1000 is a waterproof premium bicycle computer with a big 3″ touch screen display.
This bike tracker is not only perfect for navigating in unknown terrains but also for professional cycle training. Stay on track (on-road and off-road) with integrated GPS and the barometric altimeter sensor.
Compared to the Garmin Edge 520 the Edge 1000 has a bigger screen with higher resolution and touch functionality. Moreover the Edge 1000 allows you to live create and edit routes on the device itself.
Garmin Edge 1000 is one of the best cycling trackers
Additionally, the Garmin Edge 1000 can be paired with ANT+ compatible sensors and pedal power meters like the Garmin Vector 2S.
As a special feature you can challenge your mates and compete with them in in-ride competitions on special defined map segments. In combination with your mobile phone data is synced automatically with the Garmin connect platform.
With a battery life of up to 15 hours the Edge 1000 is also suited for long rides.
- Large 3.0" Display - See what you need with ease, and stay focused on the road ahead. Edge 1000 uses a glove-friendly, touchscreen Display that adjusts automatically for low-light areas, such as shade and tunnels
Polar V650 GPS bicycle computer
The Polar V650 is Polar’s most popular bike computer for avid cyclists. The V650 is much more than a standard bicycle computer because it will show you detailed stats and even offer useful training tips.
A big and bright display makes it easy to read and navigate through the streets. For most functionality consider getting the Polar Look Keo Power Essential Pedals which will connect via Bluetooth to the V650 computer.
In combination with additional sensors, the V650 can provide a lot of well-designed functions:
- Speed tracking
- Heart rate monitoring (with additional HRM sensor)
- Distance measurement
- Altitude measurement
- GPS tracking
- Download OpenStreetMaps
- Track your pedal force vectors in combination with active force pedals
- Incline measurement
- Calories counting
- Advanced cycling computer with integrated GPS and unique Smart Coaching training features. Includes Polar H6 Bluetooth Smart heart rate sensor
- Large 2.8 inch color touch screen- easily monitor training data even at high speeds
If you are a triathlete, you might take a look at the Garmin Vivoactive. The Garmin Vivoactive is an elegant multisport GPS smartwatch with a bright touchscreen.
Read also: Top fitness tracker for triathlon
Besides time, you can measure your speed, distance travelled and calories burnt. Pair it with additional sensors like speed sensors, cadence sensor and heart rate monitor to analyse your training progress in more details.
- 24/7 HEART RATE MONITORING - Elevate wrist heart technology gives you heart rate all day and night -no additional strap required - Activity Tracking Accuracy
- LONG BATTERY LIFE - Up to 8 days in watch/activity tracking mode
Fitbit Surge – cycling tracker and heart rate monitor
With its stylish design, the brilliant display and its wide range of features, the Fitbit Surge wristwatch tracker has rapidly gained a following amongst serious cyclists.
Incorporating Fitbit’s PurePulse heart rate monitoring technology, the Surge provides the wearer with an accurate reading throughout (and after) their ride.
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The Surge can also keep track of calories burned, the distance traveled and your average speed, while the built-in GPS also takes into account the topography of your ride.
So if you intend to tackle some challenging peaks, the Surge will inform you exactly how many calories you’ve burned, and how your heart rate performed.
With the Surge, you can dismount from a hundred miles ride and instantly call up a report on your route. For example, the dashboard feature presents all of the data that you have generated, making it easy for you to go through your performance after the ride.
Areas you can improve will be highlighted.
The Surge hooks up seamlessly to your iOS or Android device and has excellent battery life as well. The long battery life allows you to embark upon long distance rides and still analyze every aspect of your performance, even in the middle of nowhere.
The idea is that fitness regimes need to be monitored, recorded and tracked if ordinary cyclists want to achieve as much as they can. With the Surge, it should be easy enough to see where you are succeeding, and where you are going wrong.
Moreover, Fitbit developers have also included exercise planning functions and alerts to keep you on your toes.
So, it’s up to you to supply the enthusiasm and determination required to improve your performance with your favorite fitness tracker for biking.
- GPS Tracking- See distance, pace and elevation climbed & review routes and split times
- Get continuous, automatic, wrist-based heart rate and simplified heart rate zones
- Track workouts & view workout summaries; plus all day activities including steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed and active minutes
Unlike the Fitbit Surge, Moov’s fitness tracker for cycling is designed to strap onto the wearer’s ankle. It may not have the futuristic elegance of the Surge. But Moov engineers have provided plenty of functionality for cyclists who want to get the most out their time in the saddle.
Read also: Moov Now – complete review
The core of the Moov tracker is its 9-axis motion sensor.
When attached to the ankle, this can record exactly how many turns of the wheel have taken place (the cadence of the cyclist). With this data, you can pretty accurately report how much distance you have covered.
Like the Fitbit Surge, the Moov exercise tracker includes fitness plans and tools designed to encourage you to improve. Additionally, it has some demanding training schedules for more advanced cyclists to try out.
However, for beginners, these plans may be a little too demanding. Still, if you need an all-round cycling fitness tracker, this could be the ideal device.
- A wearable fitness coach that actively monitors your tendencies, advises you on how to get the most from your workout, tracks your progress, and motivates you to achieve your fitness goals
- Talks you through your workout with real-time audio coaching for running, cycling, cardio boxing, and body weight (Moov 7 Minute+).
TomTom Multisport Cardio GPS
If you would like to have a multisport watch which is suited for cycling, running and also swimming, I recommend you to take a look at the TomTom Multi Sport Cardio GPS.
Because of the multisport capability, it is one of the best triathlon watches. Besides GPS (and speed information) the TomTom Multi Sport Cardio GPS also has an additional heart rate sensor included.
As additional highlights, TomTom’s multisport watch for triathletes provides an ultra-slim design, an extra-large display, options for interval training and one-button control.
- Calorie Counter: yes
- Target Heart Rate Zone: yes
- Training Program: yes
- Fitness Test: yes
- Chronograph: yes
Powertap – fitness tracker for cycling
For advanced cyclists, even the functionality provided by the Surge and the Moov tracker might not be quite precise enough to satisfy their desire for raw data.
Instead, advanced cyclists may want to reach for devices like a power meter from Powertap. Suited also for professioinal cyclists, the Powertap P1 Pedals record how much power the cyclist is generating.
This type of measurement is seen by many as the gold standard for tracking performance. It gives an idea of how efficiently the cyclist’s muscles are working and whether you have the right bike set-up for your body.
Furthermore, you can hook up the pedals to Powertap’s fitness monitors and laptops. Because of the advanced data analytics, it is ideal for team cyclists and advanced amateurs. Maybe the high cost of the device makes it less useful for regular everyday riders.
For most people, heart rate or speed measurements will do just fine. But if you have a hunger for data and are ambitions to join the elite, a Powertap power meter may be what you need.
- Proven PowerTap accuracy standard of +/- 1.5%
- Dual Band ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart
- Each pedal adds as little as 174g
- Easily swap pedals across bikes
Polar Look Keo Power Essential pedals
Polar designed and manufactured the innovative pedals together with Look, the inventor of the clipless pedal. Optimized for professional cyclists the Kéo Power Bluetooth Smart products are ideal tools for analyzing power-based training with heart rate.
Once the pedals are attached, you will get accurate information about the intensity of your workout, how much power you produce and how it affects your ride.
Inside the pedals, there are two Bluetooth transmitters which can measure the power output as well as the left and right balance. Moreover, cycling cadence and cycling efficiency are being measured.
The pedals are the perfect fit in combination with the Polar V650 or V800 Bicycle Computer. Besides that, it is also compatible with other products that use the Bluetooth Smart technology and can detect power output when cycling.
- Gives instant feedback by measuring accurate power output in watts
- Displays the current and average cadence
- Shows how you use force against the pedal with the force vector feature
- Easy to set up and switch between bikes
Garmin Vector 2s – power meter pedal
The Garmin Vector 2s is a single sensing pedal that measures forces on your left pedal only. It approximates your total power with that information. You also have the option to upgrade it to a dual pedal system.
This is one of the most accurate power meters because you measure the power where you actually apply the human force.
In terms of power metrics, Vector 2s is able to measure left/right balance (when using dual-sensing Vector only), torque effectiveness, pedal smoothness, average power and overall kilojoules.
- ANT+TM wireless protocol
- Affordable power meter with option to upgrade to dual-sensing system
- Measures power output at the pedal, where force is applied
- Calculates average power at various time intervals
Garmin Varia Vision
The Garmin Varia Vision is not really a cycling tracker but rather an attachement for your sunglasses that transforms them to smart sunglasses.
Varia Vision directly projects relevant information from your compatible Garmin Edge devices to your eyes. With Varia Vision you always stay focused with your eyes on the road.
In combination with Garmins Rearview Radar you can see if cars are behind you which is especially helpful in crowded cities.
- VERSATILE & SLEEK - Versatile mounting, and integrated accelerometer means it can be mounted on either arm of the glasses with a fully adjustable arm and eye-piece for optimum display positioning
- SMARTLY CONNECTED - Connect Varia Vision to your compatible Edge device for integrated, customizable data screens. Also connects with Varia radar for in-ride, in-sight visibility of vehicles approaching from behind
Recon Jet smart glasses
The Recon Jet heads-up glasses look like a gadget from the future. It offers all standard functions of a bike computer. But furthermore all the required information is projected directly to the glasses. So no need to look down on your bike computer anymore. Now you can focus on your cycling training.
The Recon Jet heads-up glasses look like a gadget from the future.Fitnesstracker24.com
If you need more than the integrated sensors and GPS, you can easily sync the Recon Jet with other sensors. The Recon Jet supports syncing of heart rate sensors and cadence sensors via Bluetooth or ANT+ and displays the information on the head up display (HUD).
Moreover you can see call and text notifications from your smartphone.
- The world's most powerful smart eyewear built for sports and fitness, Recon Jet delivers live metrics directly to your eye without breaking the flow of your activity.
- Integrated sensor suite and GPS not enough? Connect third-party sensors via ANT+.
ICEdot crash sensor helmet
Just put the ICEdot crash detecting sensor on your bike helmet and launch the app. In the case of a hard impact, the sensor notifies the ICEdot app. The ICEdot app immediately informs your emergency contacts about your current GPS position.
To avoid false alarm (e.g. you accidently dropped your helmet on the ground) you are able to stop the countdown on the device before it automatically contacts your friends.
XFire bike safety lightning system
Equipped with extremely bright red LED’s and high visibility red lasers the XFIRE bike lane laser creates you an instant bike lane. Lasting up to 20 hours and visible over 1 mile the XFire backlight protects you during your night rides.
- Two highly visible red lasers create lane markers on the road
- Taillight has 5 very bright LED's
- Light provides side and rear visibility
- Nearly 1 mile visibility
- Weather and shock proof design
- moov-cycling: MOOV NOW™
- garmin-edge-520: Garmin
- edge-1000: Garmin
- V650_Frontleft_Sportzones_HiRes: Polar
- garmin-vivoactive-smartwatch: Garmin
- fitbit-surge: Fitbit
- moov-now-multi-sport-fitness-coach: MOOV NOW™
- TomTom_Multi_Sport_Watch: TomTom
- Powertap P1: http://www.powertap.com/product/powertap-p1-pedals
- polar-keo: Polar
- cycling-performance-with-polar-keo: Polar
- cycling-power-meter-garmin-vector-2: Garmin
- garmin-varia-vision: Garmin
- recon-jet-smart-glasses: Reconinstruments
- icedot-crash-sensor-helmet: ICEdot