Here are our picks for 7 of the best fitness trackers for cyclists. All of these fitness trackers offer excellent ways to track your bike rides and a range of other health stats, plus offer other fitness and health features as well. Tracking your bike rides is one of the best ways to improve your health, because tracking motivates you to ride your bike more. It also enables you to monitor your progress, which can be extremely motivating.
The Fitbit Versa 2 is a health and fitness smartwatch that allows you to monitor your heart rate, listen to music, track your sleeping and your swimming workouts. It provides all of your stats on your wrist, accessible with a touch – or by your voice, thanks to Amazon Alexa being built-in! You don’t have to activate Alexa, but it does make this great all-round fitness tracker even more handy and accessible. You can use your voice to create alarms, set bedtime reminders, or check the weather with Alexa.
With a battery life of six days, the Fitbit Versa 2 sets you up for trouble-free, uninterrupted tracking of your bike rides. The Fitbit Versa 2 comes with connected GPS, which piggybacks off of the GPS on your phone to provide detailed tracking metrics for your bike rides.
Of course, you can also use the Fitbit Versa 2 to track a whole lot of other health indicators. For example, Sleep Score is built into the Fitbit Versa 2. Sleep Score analyzes your heart rate, time asleep and restlessness, and tracks your time in light, deep and REM sleep stages, to assess your sleep quality and give you useful personal insights.
No. 2 Best Fitness Tracker for Cyclists: The Fitbit Charge 3 Heart Rate Plus Fitness Wristband
The Fitbit Charge 3 rates no. 1 in THREE categories on Amazon – Running; Cycling Accessories; and Heart Rate Monitors. No wonder – it’s a slim little powerhouse, using PurePulse to automatically and continuously track your heart rate and figure out your calorie burn. Track your sleep; then be gently awoken by a silent vibrating alarm. You can pair the Fitbit Charge 3 with your phone to get smart notifications. And you can use it to plan how to improve your health.
The connected GPS enables you to track your bike rides. And finally, the Fitbit Charge 3 will remind you to stop and breathe when your heart rate is less than calm. As someone who is consciously working on being calmer and more conscious, I find this feature very useful.
The Fitbit Charge 3 is also waterproof to 50 m; so if you are also a swimmer, you can use this tracker to track your swim workouts. For those seeking all-round heath improvement in an attractive and affordable package, you can’t go far wrong with the Fitbit Charge 3.
No. 3 Best Fitness Tracker for Cyclists – the Garmin Edge 530
The Garmin Edge 530 is a bike computer that makes an excellent fitness tracker for cyclists, thanks to its ability to monitor your heart rate and your rides, and give you advanced data on your performance. It is GPS and Glonass-enabled for extremely fast satellite acquisition, and offers wireless transfers of your data to Garmin Connect (or Strava, which you can read about here).
This bike computer is a massive upgrade on the 520 Plus. For a start, it’s twice as fast. This means you are not sitting on your bike, waiting for the GPS to kick in before you can start your ride. Also, it features brand new features never before seen in Garmin Edge bike computers. These include ClimbPro; Mountain Biking Metrics, including Grit rating, Flow rating, Hang time, and fully integrated Trailforks app; Brand New Performance Metrics, including Performance power curve; Heat acclimation; Altitude acclimation; Water and calorie requirements.
The Garmin Edge 530 uses button control, not touch screen control. I prefer button control. Sometimes I find screen swiping doesn’t work perfectly, especially in the rain. Button control gives you complete control, all the time, even with gloves on. The Garmin Edge 530 also has a beautiful color screen, and a great hand-feel – it feels very smooth, light, and high quality. Plus, it will help you navigate, so you don’t get lost on your long-distance training rides!
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No. 4 Best Fitness Tracker for Cyclists: Garmin Vivoactive 3 GPS Smartwatch
This is one of Joe’s personal favorites in fitness trackers. He likes the chunky look of it, plus all the features and ease of use – such as the fact you can see the display clearly in bright sunlight.
The Garmin Vivoactive 3 HR GPS Smartwatch ranks no. 1 in Amazon’s Running GPS units and in Handheld GPS units, and ranks no. 2 in Pedometers. Not too shabby!
The popularity of the Garmin Vivoactive HR GPS Smartwatch stems from the fact that it offers tracking for such a wide variety of sports. You can use its color touchscreen to track your cycling, swimming, running, and golfing. Of course you can also pair it with your phone to get smart notifications. As it has a built-in GPS and heart rate monitor, you don’t have to carry any other equipment on your rides to record all of your ride stats. Best of all, it has great battery life – if you’re not using GPS, the battery will last for 3 weeks!
Unboxing the Garmin Vivoactive HR
Below is Joe’s video that shows him unboxing my Garmin Vivoactive HR, plus how easy it is to set it up and connect it with your smart phone and any other fitness apps you are using. Note that before you can connect this fitness tracker to your phone, you do have to download the free Garmin Connect app to your phone. The latest version of the Garmin Connect app is very slick – great looking, and easy to customize. We have been using Garmin Connect to record our bike rides for years, and are very happy with how great it has become. Plus it connects to all our other apps, such as My Fitness Pal and Apple Health.
Bear in mind however that the Garmin Vivoactive HR is quite a big watch – it is slightly longer and thicker than an Apple watch. If you have tiny, petite wrists, you may be better off with a smaller fitness tracker, such as the Fitbit Alta. The video below shows how the Garmin Vivoactive HR watch works. It’s really quick and easy to use this watch to record your bike rides.
No. 5 Best Fitness Tracker for Cyclists: Fitbit Alta Fitness Tracker
The Fitbit Alta Fitness Tracker ranks as the no. 1 best seller in fitness trackers AND activity trackers. And it’s also no. 3 in Fitness Technology.
There are good reasons for the massive popularity of the Fitbit Alta Fitness Tracker. Fitness trackers are supposed to motivate, and that is exactly what the Fitbit Alta Fitness Tracker does. Unlike many of these devices (including the Apple Watch), this device is smart enough to automatically know when you are exercising.
One thing Joe found really frustrating about his Apple Watch is that when he forget to tell it he was exercising, it often did not seem to know. (Cue lots of cursing …) Not so with the Fitbit Alta Fitness Tracker!
The Fitbit Alta Fitness Tracker Helps with Sleep
As with all Fitbits, you can track your sleep, and be gently awoken with a silent, vibrating alarm. Sleep is a badly underrated but very important aspect of health. If you’re planning to improve your health, the foundation has to be getting enough sleep. The Fitbit Alta Fitness Tracker can help with that!
It’s also easy to keep your Fitbit Alta Fitness Tracker looking good, as there are a range of different bands available for it. And you can keep it on in the shower!
No. 6 Best Fitness Tracker for Cyclists – the Garmin Edge 830
The Garmin Edge 830 is an excellent fitness tracker for cyclists, thanks to its ability to monitor your heart rate and your rides, and give you advanced data on your performance. Plus, it is a massive upgrade on the 810 and 820. For a start, it’s twice as fast. So, you are not sitting on your bike, waiting for the GPS to kick in before you can start your ride. Plus it has brand new features. These include ClimbPro; Mountain Biking Metrics, including Grit rating, Flow rating, Hang time, and fully integrated Trailforks app; Brand New Performance Metrics, including Performance power curve; Heat acclimation; Altitude acclimation; Water and calorie requirements.
The Garmin Edge 830 is excellent for both training and navigation. Really, the only way in which it is inferior to the more expensive Edge 1030, is that it has a substantially smaller screen. This could be a problem if you are over 40, or have eyesight that is less than 20/20.
No. 7 Best Fitness Tracker for Cyclists: Fitbit Blaze Smart Fitness Watch
Joe’s personal top favorite, I suspect. He reviewed a Fitbit Blaze for weeks, and was really sad when he had to send it back. It’s the no. 1 best seller in Men’s Smartwatches. Wehave a full review of the Fitbit Blaze here. It’s comfortable, it looks great, and it does everything you could want a fitness tracker to do. The Blaze also has a neat feature: you can pop the watch easily in and out of its strap, which means that you can buy different straps for it and achieve different looks – much like an Apple watch.
All of these fitness trackers offer excellent value for money, and offer excellent ways to track your bike rides and other crucial fitness stats.
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