Types of Cycling Computers

Magnetic: This consists of a magnet attached to a wheel spoke, which rotates past a sensor attached to the front fork. For a cadence sensor, the magnet is attached to a crank arm and the sensor is attached to a rear stay.

  • Pros: Cheaper, longer battery life. No need to recharge regularly.
  • Con: No GPS functionality.

 GPS: This uses a satellite receiver to convert GPS signals into ride data.

  • Pros: More data options, which can be transfered to a computer; customizable screens. Can be easily swapped between bikes.
  • Cons: Higher cost, heavier, needs regular recharging.