If you’re looking for a cheap and cheerful bike computer that will track your ride time and speed, there are lots to choose from that will do just that.
The sophistication of the technology used in the computer will depend on how much you spend. For £20 you’ll get a simple but useful wireless bike computer that will track basic ride data as ride distance and duration, and display it on a backlit screen.
Add another tenner and you’ll get a computer that connects to your smartphone
Above £50 and you’ll start to find more sophisticated bike computers that track physiological elements such as heart rate, plus bring you weather conditions, GPS navigation and live route updates.
Most bike computers now come with their own apps and will link to Strava and other third-party apps for extra performance comparison.
Cheap bike computers: 9 budget options
B’Twin 100 Wired bike computer
B’Twin 100 bike computer. Decathlon
Less is more with the B’Twin 100 Wired cycling computer.
It’s old-school tech but if you are an occasional cyclist, this compact computer has five functions that will tell you your current and average speed, ride and total distance, as well as the time.
It’s claimed to be watertight, and uses three buttons to operate it making it a simple and durable little cyclometer.
Giant Axact 9W Wireless Cycling Computer
Giant Axact 9W Wireless Cycling Computer. Tredz
The Giant Axact is a nine-function analogue bike computer for under £20 that’s controlled by one simple button, making it easy for when you’ve got one eye on the traffic and one on your route.
It will attempt to work out your calorie consumption along with max speed and riding time while tracking your distance. So, if you’re looking for a step up from a wired option, Giant has got you covered.
B’Twin 500 Wireless Cyclometer
B’Twin 500 bike computer. Decathlon
For under £20 the B’Twin 500 has all the basic measurement features you’d hope for, including speed and distance plus temperature info.
Navigation is a forfeit here, but the B’Twin is a simple piece of tech with a backlit screen that’s controlled via three buttons. Less is more, some say.
Unexpectedly, it comes with a magnet-free gyroscope sensor for attaching to your wheel hubs on flat ground, which is great for turbo training, but isn’t suitable for use over rough terrain.
Cheap bike computers under £30
RFR CMPT Wireless cycle computer
RFR CMPT Wireless cycle computer. Tredz
If you want a wireless cycling computer you can use on two bikes, a 2-in-1 system means the RFR CMPT will save the data of two separate users. Meaning this is one you can share.
Track the speed, distance and time of your rides and compare to your annual averages. Plus it comes in a variety of colours.
Cheap bike computers under £100
Sigma Pure GPS bike computer with integrated altimeter
Sigma Pure GPS bike computer. Rose Bikes
This is a no-frills entry into GPS bike computers. Your orientation is kept locked by satellite-based compass navigation and altitude is tracked from an integrated barometric altimeter, which is shown on the Alti Dashboard.
Store up to 110 hours of trip data in the training log or transfer it to your phone via The Cloud. It’s Strava compatible and has 15 hours of battery life to keep you firmly on the right track.
VDO M5 WL bike computer
VDO M5 WL bike computer.
Both heavy training and daily commutes can be tracked with the VDO M5 WL bike computer for a sub-£60 price tag.
It will track your journey time, route, cadence and distance travelled while giving you performance comparison using heart-rate tracking.
Read our full review of the VDO M5 WL bike computer review
CatEye Padrone Smart + CC Sc100B bike computer
CatEye Padrone Smart Computer. Amazon
The CatEye is a modest bit of kit that attaches to your handlebars using a Flex-Tight bracket.
The display compares your current speed to your average speed in large, easy-to-read numbers. It also connects to the Strava app.
Lezyne Mini GPS
The Lezyne Mini GPS looks a little old-school but offers a lot of functionality for the money Lezyne
It looks a little old school, but the Lezyne Mini GPS was awarded 4.5 stars when our BikeRadar expert testers put it through its paces.
It offers all the key performance metrics you might expect for a computer under £100 including navigation and wireless connection capabilities.
Pair the Mini with Lezyne’s Ally V2 phone app and you can track cadence, power and heart rate using the appropriate sensors.
Garmin Edge 25 GPS bike computer
Garmin Edge 25 GPS bike computer. Amazon
Okay, so it’s a little above the threshold to be classed as cheap, but we had to include the Garmin Edge.
As well as tracking core ride data, this little gadget will sync with WiFi or Bluetooth for live tracking, incoming calls and text alerts.
Its display is fully customisable to show just what you need and uses GPS and Glonass to give you position information.