Best List: Super GPS bicycle computer by Lezyne
It seems silly to call something with so much technology packed into it “simple,” but this is the word I keep coming back to when describing Lezyne’s new bicycle computers.
They are simple. They are also powerful and sleek — and they just might be the perfect option for cyclists who like to have their data, but don’t need it blasted at them the entire time they are on their bikes.
Up until now, it seems most people have chosen one of three routes when it comes to cycling data.
The first option is to ignore the data and ride naked, as it were.
The second is to use a smartphone to track rides, either mounting it on the handlebars with some sort of bracket or case or dropping it into a jersey pocket.
The third option is to buy one of several devices from the undisputed bicycle computer behemoth, Garmin. The company has innovated, or at least iterated, on its cycle computers again and again. Garmin’s lineup leader boasts a color screen, almost unlimited configurable options and a screen almost the size of your iPhone. There are a number of other players in the bicycle computer market, including CatEye, Sigma Sports, Planet Bike and Wahoo, but they all sit in the draft of big brother Garmin.
Now Lezyne is launching into the GPS game with three models of bike computers. We tested the front-of-the-pack Super GPS, which allows both Bluetooth and ANT+ devices to pair, has a 30mm-by-38mm screen and delivers a remarkable 20-plus hours of battery life.
Setup was as simple as holding down a button to turn it on and pressing play. Diving into the customized setup was a little more daunting, but once I took a deep breath and got over my initial “WTF?” response, setup turned out to be pretty intuitive.
A few short rides in and I don’t miss my big color screen, point-to-point map or swipe-screen in the least. You can program the screen to give you heart rate, cadence, power, speed, distance, time, elevation, etc…
Although, the Super GPS won’t give you point-to-point mapping directions like some of the other computers on the market, the GPS will give you a complete map upon your arrival home. So if you travel quite a bit to unknown locales with your bike, you might still prefer Garmin’s extensive mapping options, but if you are just looking to access your power, heart rate and route data post-ride, Lezyne’s little beauty is worth a go.
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