Many riders can do without GPS, heart rate and power readings, leaving a simple, stylish computer like the BBB Microboard as the answer for providing in-ride data.
The computer is easy to setup, with BBB beyond the call of duty to make getting the Microboard from box to bike a doddle. It can be fitted to either your handlebars or stem, while both zip ties and o-rings are provided to attach both the computer and the sensor which sits on the fork. Use the o-rings and it’s easier to switch between bikes, provided they both have the same wheel size, while the wheel magnet fits round and aero spokes.
It’s a small unit which sits inconspicuously on the bike. The screen takes up the majority of the face and BBB have kept things simple by restricting the display to just two parameters, making the data easy to read. Current speed is kept permanently on show, while a range of other functions – including clock, distance, average speed and odometer – can be scrolled through by pressing the button, just about big enough to use with winter gloves.
A low battery indicator tells you when you’re running low on juice, while the auto start/stop function means you don’t have to fiddle with the computer when you jump on the bike. Sleep mode is activated after a period of inactivity to save battery power. It’s a tough, well-sealed unit, too, which has kept out the worst of this autumn’s weather.
We tested the white version but there’s a variety of colours available. Retail price is £39.95.
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