Sunday, March 18, 2012

5 Reasons Why You Need a GPS Bike Computer

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As the fight to help reduce the use of fossil fuels heats up around the world, more and more people are walking, taking public transportation, and riding bicycles. And, while the average smartphone can definitely do a lot of the same tracking and such that a dedicated GPS bike computer can, there are also some major benefits to having a separate device for your bike.

Here are a few reasons why you need to swap out your phone for a GPS bike computer:

1. No more worrying about battery life

We use our smartphones basically every day for, well, almost everything. And, one thing that is universally true is that using the GPS on your device will really drain the battery life. And there’s nothing worse than getting the work and having to immediately plug in your device.

2. It’s safer on the road

While your phone isn’t actually designed to be read while riding a bike down the street, a GPS bike computer keeps that in mind. Most have sunlight-readable displays, and easy-to-use menus so that you can keep your hands on the bars and your attention where it belongs: on the road.

3. Rain won’t be your enemy

I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that your smartphone probably isn’t designed to withstand water, and a surprise rainstorm could end up damaging your phone and costing you a lot of money. Unless, of course, you have a water-resistant GPS bike computer.

4. It’s cheaper than you think

On the subject of price, GPS bike computers are quickly going down in price and are actually not as expensive as you think. Many of them run from $80-$200, which is a heck of a lot less than your phone. And, a lot of times, that money will include a mount.

5. It’s more versatile

While, sure, your phone can track your path and probably even things like basic speed and distance, it can’t sync with other accessories the way a GPS bike computer can. If you’re interested in getting more statistics on each ride, then hands-down, a GPS bike computer is the best way to go.

Do you use a GPS device on your bike? What device do you use? Tell me in the comments below!

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