Road Bike Tips | Getting Started With Bike Computers | Sigma BC 16.12

Road Bike Tips | Getting Started With Bike Computers | Sigma BC 16.12


Well good morning today is August 16th
it’s a beautiful day here in southern Connecticut probably around 10 a.m.
Susan and I are out for a bike ride and today I’m going to be talking about
getting started with bike computers Wow it’s a great day beautiful day we
had a real lousy day yesterday weather-wise and today is a transitional
day there’s a cold front coming through and our humidity level is going to be
dropping quite a bit in the next hour or two so consequently we have a little bit
of a Northwest Northwest breeze blowing us around a little bit this morning but feels great love it when the weather
changes like this and we get a nice refreshing cool air mass coming through so let me take a left-hand turn here talking about by computers this morning
and I am going to be talking about by computers strictly from my level of
experience and what I went through and first trying to find what I want to use
and what I should be using I as a bike computer as a cyclist just starting out morning morning so in general there’s two basic
categories of by computers those with and without GPS capabilities or GPS
enabled any by computer without a GPS is a relatively inexpensive cheap to buy
but that’s not to say that they are not function rich one of the last things
when you’re as a budget item when you’re first getting into cycling obviously you
put your money into your bike your clothing your shoes your safety
equipment helmet lights safety glasses goggles whatever you want to call it
sunglasses so you get all those things taken care of and that generally eats up
most of your budget especially if you are on a budget
getting into cycling so that’s the position I was in I got into road biking
at a very entry level low end bike and as I began writing like everyone else
the first two questions that you generally have after you’ve been rude at
writing for even a short period of time is what is my speed and what is my
distance how fast am I going how far am i riding so that’s the main function of
your of your bike computer it will keep track of that information for you and
display it to you as you are riding along the inexpensive way to go is a GPS
I’m sorry a Jeep is a bike computer that does not have GPS and for me I went and
I looked at the various model by computer that were offered by Sigma si
GMA that’s the brand name and they basically have quite a few options quite a few models
to select from and just about all their models come in two variations one being
a wireless variation which means that the bike computer sits on your
handlebars or on your stem but it’s not physically connected to the sensors that
generally are attached to your wheel or your crank so to begin with you’re
interested in writing along and being able to see how fast you’re going at the
time and how many miles you have written at the time without spending a lot of
money I strongly recommend you buy a sigma buy computer to handle that prices
vary between different models that they have and whether or not you’re going
Wireless or not but in general you’re probably not going to spend any more
than $40 on a bike computer that’s going to tell you everything you want to know
it’ll give you your speed your distance your average speed they’ll have an
odometer to keep track of all the miles that you have written your max speed and of course time of day and things of
that nature the thing that I would suggest if you have are first getting
into road biking and are looking at by computers I want to get something on a
budget I would opt for the version of the Sigma by computer that also provide
you with your cadence information KT is the RPM at which you are spinning your
pedal it may seem like what do you need to know that when you’re first getting
into road biking but eventually you’re probably going to want to do either a
little bit of training or help manage some of your endurance rides like try to
keep track of what your cadence is as you are writing along not to get
off-topic too much but cadance helped me a lot in terms of
increase in my endurance and increasing my speed if I try to stay at the 80 plus
rpm level for the longest time I was writing without a cadence neither or
cadence a metric value being displayed to me and I would very often almost
immediately shift to a bigger gear than I should be
in push it a little bit harder than I probably should have if I had just
stayed and a lower gear and kicked up my rpm so if you’re going to be looking
around for Sigma bi computers to begin with pay attention to the features that
are offered and see if you can find one that does provide you with the cadence
sensor and again opt for the wireless version of the bike computer if you can
afford it it’s a few more bucks the reason I like the wireless version of
these by computers is that first of all if you get the ones with wires you’ve
got to wrap the wires around your body your bike frame and Forks and all kinds
of places throughout the the sensor connection back to the head
unit and there may come a time when you want to move up to a different more
expensive by computer GPS height and that’ll mean you’ll have less wires and
things untangle from the install of this Sigma by computer