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14 Best Fitness Tracker for Cycling 2017

Until now, most cyclists have been tracking their cycle data using standard bicycle speedometers with small functionality.
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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.

Garmin Edge 520 - cycling tracker

Garmin Edge 520

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.

Garmin Edge 520 Bike GPS

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Last update was in: January 23, 2017 3:12 pm EST

$ 278.99

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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.

Garmin Edge 1000 - cycling tracker

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.

Garmin Edge 1000 Bike GPS Touchscreen

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Last update was in: January 23, 2017 3:12 pm EST

$ 484.99

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Polar V650 GPS bicycle computer

Polar V650 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

Polar V650 Cycling Computer with Heart Rate Monitor

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Last update was in: January 23, 2017 3:12 pm EST

$ 239.39 319.95

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Garmin Vivoactive

Garmin Vivoactive Fitness Watch

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.

Garmin vívoactive HR GPS Smart Watch, Regular fit - Black

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Last update was in: January 23, 2017 3:12 pm EST

$ 219.99 249.99

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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.

Read also: Fitbit Charge HR vs Fitbit Surge comparison

Fitbit Surge Fitness Band

Fitbit Surge

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.

Fitbit Surge Fitness Superwatch, Black, Small

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Last update was in: January 23, 2017 3:12 pm EST

$ 213.82 249.95

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Moov Now

Moov Now Fitness Tracker for Cycling

MOOV NOW in different colors

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.

Moov NOW Personal Coach & Workout Tracker (2nd Gen), Aqua Blue

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Last update was in: January 23, 2017 3:12 pm EST

$ 68.95

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TomTom Multisport Cardio GPS

TomTom Multi Sport 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.

TomTom Cardio MultiSport Watch White/Red, One Size

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Last update was in: January 23, 2017 3:12 pm EST

$ 224.99

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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.

Fitness Tracker for Cycling - Powertap P1

Powertap P1 (http://www.powertap.com)

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.

PowerTap P1 Power Meter Pedals

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$ 1,199.99

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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.

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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.

Cycling wit Polar Keo

Polar Look Keo Power Essentials

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$ 1,159.00

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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.

Bike Power Meter - Garmin Vector

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.

Garmin Vector 2S Power Meter Pedals Black/Silver, 12-15mm Crankarm Width

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$ 699.99

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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.

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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.

Garmin Varia Vision Display

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Last update was in: January 23, 2017 3:12 pm EST

$ 395.00

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Recon Jet smart glasses

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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.

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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.

Recon Instruments Jet Smart Eyewear for Sports and Fitness, Black

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Last update was in: January 23, 2017 3:12 pm EST

$ 499.00

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ICEdot crash sensor helmet

crash sensing 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.

ICEdot Crash Sensor One Color, One Size

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Last update was in: January 23, 2017 3:12 pm EST

$ 119.00

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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.

X-Fire 5-LED Taillight with Laser Lane Marker - USB charge

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Last update was in: January 23, 2017 3:12 pm EST

$ 39.99 47.98

 

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