A bike is the single biggest expense that you’ll have on your journey towards becoming a triathlete. So, you might think that once you get your bike, whether it’s a road bike or a full-on triathlon bike, you won’t need anything else for that part of your training.
And that is where you’d be mistaken.
First of all, lots of bikes don’t come with pedals and you’ll have to buy them on your own. Second of all, you’ll need to invest in some water bottle holders so you don’t dehydrate to death on your rides. And finally, if you ever want to know how fast you’re going without racing the cars next to you to judge your speed, you might want to invest in a cheap bike computer.
Why You Need a Bike Computer
Don’t kid yourself. When you start riding, the one thing you want to know more than anything else is how fast you can go. You want to know how fast you can bomb down the hill by your house, or what kind of average pace you can reach at our next triathlon.
And while you can do that with a smart phone, there are so many other things a bike computer can give you.
Believe it or not, speed isn’t everything.
In addition to top speed and average speed, most basic bike computers will also give you additional biking information such as total distance and average distance.
If you decide to upgrade to more advanced biking computers, you can really start to get a feel for how you are performing on the bike. For example, most top triathletes and cyclists pay close attention to the amount of watts they are expending on the bike.
Basically, watts is a measurement of the power output a cyclist is expending while on the bike. This is an important measurement that can help you figure out where your training is and how far you can take your training. Advanced bike computers can provide you this measurement.
In addition to watts, advanced bike computers can also provide valuable feedback in terms of heart rate. Cyclists and triathletes often use heart race numbers to help determine their level of training exertion. Knowing these numbers during training can help you know how to structure your effort during a triathlon race.
Whether you choose a basic bike computer or an advanced model, added data can help you become a better cyclist.