If you don’t want to spend a fortune on a cycle computer and are looking for simplicity, the Lezyne Macro Easy GPS and Giant Neos GPS are a good purchase option. And it is that many of us who have sophisticated GPS computers, over time we realize that we basically use the basic functions and we wonder if it is necessary to invest in such expensive devices.
Then there is Strava and smartphones, which are practically replacing cycling computers. And if you’re new to cycling and don’t have a bike computer but want one, then these two devices may be your options.
Next, we detail some aspects of these models and that we consider to be a good choice, if what you are looking for is simplicity at a good price.
Lezyne Macro Easy GPS
The Lezyne Macro Easy GPS is a simple device to use since it only has the essentials or what we normally need. On the one hand, according to the manufacturer it is easy to configure and this is appreciated since it saves you time in knowing how it works or in spending hours reading the tedious instruction manuals. Therefore, in a few minutes you have it ready to use as shown in the video generated by the company.
Among its main features to highlight are:
- It has a GPS connection,
- Bluetooth connectivity to speed, heart rate and cadence sensors,
- Average, maximum, and current speed
- Current distance, trip, and odometer
- Route visualization where it is ensured that the user will not get lost
- Manual customization of screens
Obviously for its price, the screen is a single color in black. And this I do not consider essential since what really matters in the end is that the reading is the easiest to visualize. In terms of battery life, it is 28 hours, which is surprisingly superior to other models on the market that are extremely more expensive such as the Wahoo Elemnt Roam (17 hours) or the Garmin Edge 530 (20 hours). Therefore, it is a good device not only for short outings but also for excursions of several hours.
Regarding the size of the cycle computer, it is compact with a width of 43 mm by 68 mm long and 28 mm thick. It is also light since it only weighs a scant 63 grams. Finally, to download the trip data, it must be connected with a micro-USB cable to the PC.
It has an attractive price of only € 79.95.
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Giant Neos GPS
This GPS bike computer is equally entry-level. It is suitable for cyclists “who don’t need or want a complex computer for riding or just want to use a simple computer with essential ride performance information and GPS data to share their rides with their friends”, dice Giant.
The Neos GPS has an easy-to-read 2.0” LCD display. It is easy to setup and has three keys with simple indicators and a friendly UI for easy use and read. It also has a location-based Smart Backlight feature that automatically turns on backlight before sunset or, for example, if you are pedaling in a long tunnel with low light.
Some features are:
- You can sync your Neos GPS with your smartphone to receive Pop Up Notifications to show in your phone, like email or calls.
- Its size is 49mm x 74mm x 21mm.
- Available only in black color.
- It weights 55g
- It has Bluetooth smart 4.0
- It has IPX7 waterproof protection
- You can configurate the UI if you download the Giant App in your smartphone.
To download the trip data, it must be connected with a micro-USB cable to the PC. Giant has also made a video explaining its configuration and another video how to pair it and sync it with your smartphone. Here in TodoGravel we use the Neos GPS and is a reliable device which battery last a lot. Is simple, not bulky, and easy to use (see next image).
It is priced at US $ 105 or 89 euros, but you can find it at a discount in various online stores.
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With the sophistication of Strava and similar apps, the existence of smartphones and the sale of increasingly solid handlebar smartphone clips, buying a high-priced bike computer is hard to recommend, unless you’re a professional rider.
For this reason, we are inclined towards a basic cycle computer with GPS that provides you with basic information (speed, distance, time, etc.). The rest of the information can be obtained from your smartphone via Strava or similar app.
If your budget is noticeably short, then there are other options that do not have GPS, but that require the installation of a bearing reader on the fork, plus the basic cycle computer on the handlebar. One brand that stands out is CatEye, but you will find plenty on the Internet. So, even this level of device could be enough (and is enough) for many riders that do not want to spend a lot of money on something like this. It is up to you to pick which cycle computer to buy and we strongly recommend you get one (or use your smartphone likewise). Knowing at least your speed is crucial data for any cyclist.