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10 Best Budget Cycling Computers UK 2022 | Garmin, CatEye and More

While there are a number of extremely sophisticated bike computers on the market today, there are also some excellent budget options that will allow you to track your ride time and your speed, among other features. Even if you’re not an avid cyclist or planning on touring, it can be useful to keep an eye on certain metrics for exercise, like your heart rate, or time-saving purposes.


You’d be surprised at how cheap the latest budget cycling computers are, and we’re here to help walk you through which option would be right for you. We’ve put together a list of the best you can find for under £100 and under £50 on Amazon, Argos, Halfords and more from some great brands like CatEye, Bryton, Garmin and Sigma.

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  • Last updated: 29-08-2022
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How to Choose a Budget Cycling Computer in the UK - Buying Guide

Key Points to Consider

  1. GPS Devices Are the Most Accurate, but Sensor-Based Computers Are Cheaper
  2. Make Sure You Get the Features You Need
  3. While Cycling in the UK, It's Worth Considering a Waterproof Option
  4. Decide Between a Simple Device or More Sophisticated Computer 

1. If You Want the Most Accurate Data Try GPS Devices, but Sensor-Based Computers Are Cheaper

1. If You Want the Most Accurate Data Try GPS Devices, but Sensor-Based Computers Are Cheaper

When it comes to budget options, sensor-based bike computers are usually cheaper than their GPS counterparts but require fitting the sensors to your bike to measure the wheel, and running wires to the unit on your handlebar. Some sensor-based devices can transmit wirelessly if you want to avoid the extra wires.


GPS bike computers tend to be a bit more accurate and detailed in terms of overall ride detail but can lose signal in certain areas where the coverage isn’t the best. However, they are often wireless and easy to install, making them hassle-free to set up and use.


For longer rides and cycling holidays, take a look at the types of bike panniers available!

2. Make Sure You Get the Features You Need

2. Make Sure You Get the Features You Need

Check That the Speedometer and Ride Time Counter Record Sufficient Data

Every cycling computer on the market will be able to tell you how long you’ve ridden and how fast you’re going, but it is the level of detail in those features that can differ greatly. 


While simple computers will tell you how fast you’re going at any one time, some of the better ones will be able to average out your speed over certain distances and record when you’re stationary and pause timers.


As with many features found on budget bike computers, you can expect models at the upper end of the price spectrum to be able to record more data and then do more with the data that has been recorded, so keep that in mind when comparing the different models available.

If You Cycle For Exercise, Keep an Eye Out for Heart Monitors, Calorie Counters and More

If you’re looking for a cycling computer in order to improve your health by creating a more organised exercise routine, there are a number of features to keep an eye out for. The first is a calorie consumption counter, which will attempt to measure how many calories you’ve burned on a ride.


You may also want to consider an altitude meter if you’re cycling in a hilly environment or doing uphill training. Some computers are able to connect up to a heart rate monitor to keep track of how hard you’re working and some even have ones built in.


If you want even more detailed information about your ride, consider installing a power meter on your bike.

Consider Whether You Need Smartphone Connectivity as It Will Cost Extra

Some of the more intelligent cycling computers have the ability to pair up with a smartphone or smartwatch to help record and analyse your data. This usually depends on whether the bike computer has Bluetooth or another form of wireless connectivity.


If you’re looking for smartphone connectivity, you can expect to be paying considerably more than a simple LCD screened computer, but that’s because bike computers with smartphone connectivity are usually packed full of features and can record much more data which benefits from extra analysis from an app.

3. While Cycling in the UK, It's Worth Considering a Waterproof Option

3. While Cycling in the UK, It's Worth Considering a Waterproof Option

While cycling in the UK, it may be worth considering a waterproof option if you’re serious about riding no matter the elements. Most cycling computers will have some form of water resistance but those without larger buttons on the top of the device tend to be better at resisting the elements.


Computers with larger face buttons run the risk of water seeping through the cracks between the button and case which is more common with the cheaper devices. If you’re not planning on being out in rain or hail, however, there isn’t much risk of damage from light wind and rain.


In the summer, make sure you have a pair of cycling gloves!

4. Select a Simple Device With a Long Battery Life if You're on a Budget, but More Sophisticated Computers Are Easily Recharged

4. Select a Simple Device With a Long Battery Life if You're on a Budget, but More Sophisticated Computers Are Easily Recharged

The last thing to consider when looking at budget bike computers is the battery life and type of battery. The cheaper devices are usually powered by button cell batteries, similar to those you find in watches. They actually have surprisingly long battery lives, as simple computers don't require much energy to operate. 


The more sophisticated devices have more computing power so often have a rechargeable battery that simply charges via a USB cable. GPS powered computers typically drain a battery faster than their sensor counterparts, so it’s important to remember to keep those models charged and ready to go!

Compare the Best Budget Cycling Computers

For those after a quick look, here is our Top 5:


  1. Bryton - Rider 320 E GPS Computer for £89.99
  2. CatEye - Padrone Smart + for £72.63
  3. CatEye - Velo Wireless for £22.99
  4. CatEye - Velo 9 for £18.98
  5. Meilan - Mini M3 GPS Bike Computer for £36.99

For a more in-depth look at the comprehensive top 10 selection, make sure to read on to learn more about the different types of budget cycling computers available and understand how our ranking was determined.


This article's chosen EC site price listings are reflective of its publishing date.

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Bryton Rider 320 E GPS Computer 1

Bryton

2
CatEye Padrone Smart + 1

CatEye

3
CatEye Velo Wireless 1

CatEye

4
CatEye Velo 9  1

CatEye

5
Meilan Mini M3 GPS Bike Computer 1

Meilan

6
Sigma BC 5.16 1

Sigma

7
Lezyne Mini GPS 1

Lezyne

8
Planet Bike  Protegé 9.0 Bike Computer 1

Planet Bike

9
WNPA Wireless Bike Computer 1

WNPA

10
Garmin Forerunner 35 1

Garmin

Name

Rider 320 E GPS Computer

Padrone Smart +

Velo Wireless

Velo 9

Mini M3 GPS Bike Computer

BC 5.16

Mini GPS

Protegé 9.0 Bike Computer

Wireless Bike Computer

Forerunner 35

Features

An Elegant and Durable Device With Great Features

A Customisable Computer With Full Smartphone Connectivity

An Incredible Budget Option Without the Wires

A Budget-Friendly Bike With Auto Start and Stop Function

Waterproof and Lightweight With Great Accuracy

An Affordable Gadget With Only the Essential Features

A Feature Full GPS Device Best Used With Its Corresponding Smartphone App

A Device That Gives You All Your Data at a Glance

A Simple and Waterproof Option That’s Backlit

Not a Traditional Bike Computer, but Worth Considering

Price£89.99£72.63£22.99£18.98£36.99£16.62£70.09£33.06£9.99£154.99
TypeGPSGPSSensorSensorGPSSensorGPSSensorSensorGPS
FeaturesTime, distance travelled, detailed speed statistics, heart rate monitor, power, temperature, altitudeTime, distance travelled, detailed speed statistics, calorie counter, heart rate monitor, altitude, power, compass Time, distance travelled, detailed speed statistics, calorie counterTimer, distance travelled, detailed speed statistics, calorie counter, carbon offsetTimer, distance travelled, detailed speed statistics, altitudeTimer, distance travelled, detailed speed statisticsTimer, distance travelled, detailed speed statistics, heart rate, powerTimer, distance travelled, detailed speed statistics, temperatureTimer, distance travelled, detailed speed statistics, backlit lightTimer, distance travelled, heart rate monitor, calorie counter
Smartphone ConnectivityYesYesNoNoNoNoYesNoNoYes
WaterproofNoNoNoNoYesYesYesWeatherproofYesWater-resistant
Battery Life35 hours4 months1 year3 years8 hours100 hours28 hours6 months-9 days or 13 hours with GPS active
Battery Type RechargeableCell batteryCell batteryCell batteryRechargeable Cell batteryRechargeableCell batteryCell batteryRechargeable
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10 Best Budget Cycling Computers in the UK

This ranking has been compiled by the writing team at mybest UK via careful evaluation of the points made in the buying guide and thorough research of each product and comparing multiple verified customer reviews across the EC sites used.

1
TypeGPS
FeaturesTime, distance travelled, detailed speed statistics, heart rate monitor, power, temperature, altitude
Smartphone ConnectivityYes
WaterproofNo
Battery Life35 hours
Battery Type Rechargeable
2

CatEyePadrone Smart +

£72.63

TypeGPS
FeaturesTime, distance travelled, detailed speed statistics, calorie counter, heart rate monitor, altitude, power, compass
Smartphone ConnectivityYes
WaterproofNo
Battery Life4 months
Battery Type Cell battery
3
TypeSensor
FeaturesTime, distance travelled, detailed speed statistics, calorie counter
Smartphone ConnectivityNo
WaterproofNo
Battery Life1 year
Battery Type Cell battery
4
TypeSensor
FeaturesTimer, distance travelled, detailed speed statistics, calorie counter, carbon offset
Smartphone ConnectivityNo
WaterproofNo
Battery Life3 years
Battery Type Cell battery
5

MeilanMini M3 GPS Bike Computer

£36.99

TypeGPS
FeaturesTimer, distance travelled, detailed speed statistics, altitude
Smartphone ConnectivityNo
WaterproofYes
Battery Life8 hours
Battery Type Rechargeable
6

SigmaBC 5.16

£16.62

TypeSensor
FeaturesTimer, distance travelled, detailed speed statistics
Smartphone ConnectivityNo
WaterproofYes
Battery Life100 hours
Battery Type Cell battery
7

LezyneMini GPS

£70.09

TypeGPS
FeaturesTimer, distance travelled, detailed speed statistics, heart rate, power
Smartphone ConnectivityYes
WaterproofYes
Battery Life28 hours
Battery Type Rechargeable
8

Planet Bike Protegé 9.0 Bike Computer

£33.06

TypeSensor
FeaturesTimer, distance travelled, detailed speed statistics, temperature
Smartphone ConnectivityNo
WaterproofWeatherproof
Battery Life6 months
Battery Type Cell battery
9

WNPAWireless Bike Computer

£9.99

TypeSensor
FeaturesTimer, distance travelled, detailed speed statistics, backlit light
Smartphone ConnectivityNo
WaterproofYes
Battery Life-
Battery TypeCell battery
10

GarminForerunner 35

£154.99

TypeGPS
FeaturesTimer, distance travelled, heart rate monitor, calorie counter
Smartphone ConnectivityYes
WaterproofWater-resistant
Battery Life9 days or 13 hours with GPS active
Battery Type Rechargeable

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