Smartwatches are an effective training tool that can help you to improve your fitness, plan routes, and alert you if you’re overtraining. Nowadays, it almost feels pointless to go on a bike ride without being able to track your fastest ride ever or to earn a digital trophy on some obscure section of country road.
It’s tricky to keep up with all the new, flashy smartwatch models that are released on a seemingly weekly basis. While there are smartwatches with all sorts of built-in gimmicks now ( this smartwatch has a camera), as someone who travels almost daily on two wheels, I’m here to tell you about the best ones for cycling. How to choose?
Smartwatch or phone?
The best smartwatches give a more specific analysis of your workout. Using an app like Komoot or Strava on your phone maps your activity and tells you basic statistics like your speed and elevation gained. A smartwatch monitors your heart rate, relative effort, and intensity minutes. As a result, information like calories burned is much more accurate.
Smartwatches are easier to use on the go; wearing one means you don’t need to carry a bag or use a clip to attach your phone to the handlebars. Smartwatches are very practical for mountain bikers, where your phone could be at risk of detaching from a handlebar clip. Personally, I love going for a bike ride carrying nothing but my house keys.
The best smartwatches have many of the same functions as a phone and can […]