As summer comes into full swing, cyclists everywhere are putting away their indoor bikes and hitting the open roads (or trails). The Sports Techie community blog has a wide ranch of bike riders with some enjoying the latest and greatest sports tech driven cycling products while others go low tech and ride with one gear and unfortunately, no helmet, although still fun. If you’re still dusting the winter cobwebs off your outdoor biking gear, you might find yourself looking to replace some pieces – or just upgrade to the latest model.
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Whatever you’re after, this comprehensive buying guide has reviews for some of the best cycling gadgets of 2018.
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Cycling computers exploded onto the scene a few years ago, but in 2018, they really caught on. They’ve became so commonplace that nearly all serious riders – and even quite a few amateur riders – have them. These are small devices that attach to the handlebars of your bike and track your time, cadence, speed, and distance. Some higher end computers also come with GPS mapping and the option to sync with smartphones and fitness trackers.
Below are some of the best cycling computers of 2018:
Wahoo Elemnt Series
Both cycling computers in the Wahoo Elemnt series come with GPS service and stellar consumer reviews. They fall into the lower middle price range and feature small, slim designs built to be aerodynamic. Both models use an app on a smartphone to track speed, distance, cadence, time, and elevation.
The basic model, the Bolt, syncs with a smart phone to provide navigation and Bluetooth calls and messaging.
The more advanced model, the Elemnt, also features live tracking and navigation, as well as measurements of performance metrics. The Bolt sells for $264 and the Elemnt sells for $330.
Garmin Edge Series
Garmin is well known for its GPS systems, so it is no surprise that they are one of the top sellers of cycling computers. Within the Garmin Edge series, there are five highly rated cycling computers with various capacities and prices ranges.
They all offer GPS tracking along with distance, time, speed, and elevation. More advanced models also offer fitness metric monitors, connectivity to smart phones, route mapping, and off-road navigation. The basic models start at $145 and go all the way up to $660.
Cycling shoes are an essential item for all serious riders, although even the casual rider can benefit from wearing them. Many people find that regular sneakers leave the bottoms of their feet sore and lack the padding, support, and traction that bike shoes provide.
Check out the list below to see some of the top-rated bike shoes from 2018.
Tommaso Montagna 200
The Tommaso Montagna is so highly rated because of its quality and affordability. It is a great first bike shoe, and like all Tommaso shoes, it comes with a 100% money back guarantee. You can return the shoe for any reason, any time.
It has extra padding and support on the sole, as well as mesh ventilation to help ease the transition from sneakers to bike shoes. The only downside is that the Montagna 200 only fits SPD cleats, so it will not work with any other cleat styles. It sells for $60, making it one of the most affordable bike shoes on the market.
Fizik R5B UOMO
The Fizik R5B shoes are great for the more intermediate road rider. They are lightweight and made of volumized microfiber material that allow them to mold to the exact shape of the rider’s feet to ensure a tight fit every time. The shoe sports an easy slip on feature that is secured with a strap over the laces to make sure everything is secure. Its mesh and hole ventilation system make it great to wear outdoors, especially in hot weather.
The most common complaint is that the Fizik R5B has limited traction, but it still performs well enough to suit the needs of most intermediate level road riders.
The Fizik R5B UOMO road shoes usually run true to size and usually sells for $150.
Sports Techie, you can learn about a ton of similar tech inspired cycling products watching on NBC Sports or attending the riveting Tour de France in person.
Le Tour is the premier cycling race in the world as it enters Stage 3 today in Europe. The Cholet to Cholet team trial is raced at a distance of 35.5 kilometers or 22.1 miles. The thrilling and prestigious event finishes up with Stage 21 on July 29, riding along a flat part of the race course beginning at Houilles and ending at Paris Champs in Elysees at a total distance of 116 KM or 72.1 miles. These guys are truly amazing athletes.
No matter your level of bike riding experience, gender or age, there is a cycling gadget made for you.
Enjoy your summer rides!
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