USED by amateurs and professional cyclists alike, a bike GPS is a great way to get the most out of your cycling.
Whether you want to track the data from your daily commute or explore new roads and routes on long weekend rides, these handy tools will help you along the way.
If you’re already using a tracking app such as Strava, then a GPS is the natural next step. The units vary in features, but most offer live feedback during a ride and more precise data, while some higher-end models can even be used to like a car satnav – providing turn-by-turn directions.
But with a variety of GPS units available and ranging from £40 to £500, and all offering similar features, where do you start? Just follow our guide to find the best bike GPS for you.
1. Cateye Padrone Smart
- Padrone Smart, £57.99 from Tredz – buy here
If a simple GPS that shows you live information such as current speed, total distance and elapsed time is all you’re after, then look no further than the Padrone Smart from Cateye.
The unit connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth and uses your phone’s GPS to record ride data.
It also displays alerts if you’re receiving phone calls, texts or emails.
Post-ride, your numbers can be uploaded directly to Strava and TrainingPeaks – allowing you to show off your stats all your friends.
2. Garmin Edge 520
- Edge 520, £239.99 from Garmin – buy here
Garmin has led the way in the GPS market for more than a decade and its Edge 520 model is still a firm favourite amongst all levels of cyclists – despite being almost four years old.
The unit has a big, clear colour screen that can display a variety of information – from current speed to live Strava segments – while its use of a built-in GPS sensor should ensure your data is always as accurate as possible.
Although a step up in price when compared to the entry-level models on the market, its features and rugged durability mean it’ll be a handy companion on rides for years to come.
3. Wahoo Elemnt Bolt
Garmin’s dominance has started to come under threat thanks to some brilliant GPS units from its competitors, most notably Wahoo, the brand behind the popular Kickr smart turbo trainer.
Its Elemnt Bolt is a direct challenger to the Edge 520, and beats its established rival in a number of areas.
Some features are lacking – there’s no colour screen and a smartphone is required to set up and get the most out of the unit – but it makes up for it in spades.
It’s got maps included straight out of the box (unlike the Edge 520), has a better battery life, is cheaper and is more aerodynamic – key if you’re looking to shave some time off your commute to work.
4. Lezyne Super GPS
- Super GPS, £129.99 by Lezyne – buy here
Going toe-to-toe with the Garmin Edge 520 and Wahoo Elemnt Bolt is the Lezyne Super GPS.
Although it might not be a looker, the unit still packs a punch and undercuts both of its rivals on price.
The big black-and-white screen can display stats and a breadcrumb-style route clearly, while a 22-hour battery life should keep you out of trouble and get you home safely on longer rides.
5. Garmin Edge 1030
- Edge 1030, £499.99 by Garmin – buy here
The flagship device from Garmin is best described as a bike-mounted equivalent of a satnav system you’d find in a car.
Although beefy in appearance, it’s jam-packed full of features, including a full touchscreen, turn-by-turn navigation and (if connected to the relevant sensors) all of the stats you could ever want and more.
It’s certainly not cheap, but look no further if you’re after the best GPS money can buy.
MORE FROM SUN SELECTS HEALTH AND FITNESS
Enjoyed our roundup of the best bike GPS? We’ve got tons of great cycling content in our Health and Fitness section.
Whether you’re looking for new wheels, wall mounts or locks, we’ve got you covered.
For anything else, don’t forget to check out our main Sun Selects page.
This article and any featured products have been independently chosen by The Sun journalists. All recommendations within the article are informed by expert editorial opinion. If you click a link and buy a product we may earn revenue: this helps to support The Sun, and in no way affects our recommendations.