Current Best Selling Bike Computers
This is an up-to-date listing of the best bike computers. We update this page regularly, always reflecting the current best selling bike computers.
No. 1: Most popular, best selling bike computer – the CatEye Velo 9
The CatEye Velo is a long-time favorite with cyclists who simply want to know how far and fast they cycled – and don’t want to spend a lot of money for this information. Now, the new CatEye Velo 9 is even better – for less than $20! This upgrade includes a larger screen; plus the setup has been simplified with pre-programmed tire sizes. Also, CatEye has added calorie consumption and a carbon offset measurement – two great motivational features. The calorie consumption lets you see how much of a difference you are making to your body, and the carbon offset lets you see how much of a difference you are making to your planet!
For less than twenty dollars you get all of the upgrades above, plus the old standards: current, average, and maximum speed measurement, trip distance, elapsed time, and odometer. Add in simple one-button operation and a universal bracket that you can easily install on your stem or your handlebar – and you have a hands-down best bang for your buck bike computer on the market! CatEye has been around since 1946, and is the global leader in bike computers. They know what they’re doing.
The Cateye Velo 9 is wired, but a lot of users find this to be more straight-forward than wireless bike computers. If you insist on wireless, you are going to have to spend a bit more money.
No. 2: Second most popular, best selling bike computer – the CatEye Strada
The CatEye Strada Wireless Bike Computer is small, light and very affordable (especially now, as it’s on sale with almost 50% off), and will do all you want as long as you don’t want to track your rides geographically (it does not have a GPS) or upload your data to analyze. Basically it has a wireless sensor that you put on your fork, and it then calculates your speed, time and distance.
While you are cycling, the CatEye Strada will show a whole lot of data, including speed, maximum speed, average speed, trip distance, second-trip distance, total distance, elapsed time, and the time. In testing I found the CatEye Strada touchscreen easy to use.
The CatEye Strada is shipped with batteries and a universal tool-free FlexTight bracket, and is easy to mount.
No. 3: Third most popular, best selling bike computer – the Garmin Edge 520
The Garmin Edge 520 is a bike computer that has been widely hailed as the biggest leap forward in bike computers, ever. 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 model introduced new advanced performance and power analysis, including new Time in Zone, FTP (Functional Threshold Power) tracking, cycling-specific VO2 and recovery and cycling dynamics. It is a rugged bike computer that will stand up to bad weather, and even a fall into water. It will enable you to record your rides, and also offers live tracking – which basically means your spouse can check where you are at any time.
You can read the complete specs of the Garmin Edge 520 bike computer in an in-depth review here.
The Garmin Edge 520 has gone back to button control, not touch screen control. I prefer button control. Sometimes I find screen swiping doesn’t work perfectly, especially in the rain- this is in fact a complaint I have heard about in the Garmin Edge 820. Button control gives you complete control, all the time, even with gloves on. The Garmin Edge 520 also has a beautiful color screen, and a great hand-feel – it feels very smooth, light, and high quality.
Finally, note that the Garmin Edge 520 does not give you navigating directions. For that you are going to have to look at the more expensive Edge 820 or Edge 1000 or Edge Touring. However, then you will have to use touch screen. A good compromise is to use a Garmin Edge 520 for training, and Google Maps on your iPhone for navigation. Paired up with headphones, you can actually get spoken directions from Google Maps. It’s not perfect on bike routes, but then, neither is Garmin!
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No. 4: Fourth most popular, best selling bike computer – the Garmin Edge 25
The Garmin Edge 25 is said to be the smallest GPS-enabled bike computer in the world. Despite its tiny size, it is amazing just how much it can do. It will record your rides, of course, and it even offers live tracking – which basically means your spouse can check where you are at any time. It has a black and white screen. However, it has remarkable satellite acquisition power, accessing both GPS and GLONASS satellites. And of course, it wirelessly and automatically uploads your data to Garmin Connect (and Strava if you have premium Strava), so you can analyze to your heart’s content.
The Garmin Edge 25 also has ANT+ connectivity so that you can connect it to other devices, such as a cadence and speed sensor or a heart rate monitor. Note that the Garmin Edge 25 can only connect to two sensors, while the 520 can connect to an unlimited number of sensors. And the Edge 25 cannot connect to Garmin Vector 2S Power Meter Pedals at all. It also cannot connect via a Shimano wireless transmitter to Di2 Dura-Ace 9070, Ultegra 6870 Di2, or Ultegra 6770 electronic gears. Also, the Garmin Edge 25 can only use Garmin Connect segments, not Strava segments. And like the Edge 520, the Edge 25 cannot navigate for you.
Apart from that list of things the Edge 25 cannot do, there is so much it can do that it should be sufficient for all but the most serious and advanced athletes who use a variety of sophisticated sensors.
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Struggling to make up your mind? You can read an in-depth comparison of the Garmin Edge 520 vs 25 here!
No. 5: Fifth most popular, best selling bike computer – the Garmin Edge 820
The Garmin Edge 820 has just received a massive upgrade, and now has brand new features never before seen in Garmin Edge bike computers. These include Group Track, Incident Alert, Battery Save Mode and Stress Score. My unboxing the Garmin Edge 820 video below shows all that comes in the box (if you get the Edge 820 bundle), how to set it up, and the immediately obvious changes in appearance and menu options on this upgraded unit.
The Garmin Edge 820 is excellent for both training and navigation. Really, the only way in which it is inferior to the more expensive Edge 1000, 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 stellar for any reason.
You can read a complete review of the Garmin Edge 820 here. You can read about the differences between the Edge 820 and the 1000 here.
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No. 6: Sixth most popular, best selling bike computer – the Garmin Edge 1000
The Garmin Edge 1000 is a premium bike computer for very serious cyclists. It can give you tons of information: heart rate, power, speed, cadence, distance you have cycled, how much you have climbed, and so on. It offers the ability to connect to a dazzling array of sensors. As a result, it is ideal for very serious cyclists in training. The Edge 1000 will function like a car Sat Nav (satellite navigation) system, recording where you have been and showing you how to go somewhere else. And it offers all kinds of features and training metrics to help you make your bike training more effective and structured.
Clearly, the Garmin Edge 1000 bike computer offers more features and user friendliness than any other bike computer on the market. Consequently, if you really need both high-end training metrics and high-end maps and navigation, connectivity with every possible sensor, smart notifications, and the ease of use that comes with a large, color screen, then the Garmin Edge Bike Computer 1000 is the right bike computer for you.
Also, if the speed of satellite acquisition is important to you, and you can afford to pay for a bike computer that finds satellites with blistering speed, then the Garmin Edge 1000 should make you happy.
You can read a complete review of the Garmin Edge 1000 here. You can read about the differences between the Edge 820 and the 1000 here.
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No. 7: Seventh most popular, best selling bike computer – the Zonore Wireless Bike Computer
The price on this unit is ridiculously low for a wireless bike computer. No wonder it is the 4th best selling bike computer. Of course, it does only the bare minimum:
- how fast are you riding?
- how far did you ride?
- how long were you riding?
It is also waterproof, and ships with the required batteries for the transmitter and the unit. But it costs less than $10 … so, it is not entirely surprising that it gets mixed reviews. It seems that some people cannot manage to get it set up properly and/or get it to work. On the other hand, those who do manage to set it up properly and get it to work, rave about it being good value for money.
Bottom line: if you want a wireless bike computer, and you want only the most basic functions, and you are willing to risk ten bucks, then this is worth giving a shot. Of course, if it doesn’t work you can get your money back, but that it a hassle. Tip: don’t do it if you have chunky front shocks, as these make it harder to set up the Zonore bike computer.
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