Best cycling computers: Route mapping and data tracking, the best bike computers will do it all

The best cycling computers are a far cry from the original ‘Cyclometer’ invented by Curtis H Veeder, an analogue device that counted how many times a wheel rotated, and converted that into distance using a formula.

Nowadays, the best cycling computers are wireless, compact handlebar-mounted devices that feature a GPS chip, Bluetooth, ANT+ and WiFi, and provide a host of information such as maps, weather, speed, distance and time. They connect to the best power meters to provide instant power readings, training stress score, left-right balance, and more. Many can connect to your smartphone, as well as Strava segments and Komoot maps, and most will even control the best turbo trainers in place of software such as Zwift.