Cateye Strada Smart bike computer review
Just the job to stop you riding ‘blind’ if you use your smartphone to collect data – though the app needs tweaking
Cateye’s Strada Smart bike computer review
Using a smartphone to collect your cycling data often means riding ‘blind’. With the phone buried in a jersey pocket, you can’t see how you’re going until you get home, which can be frustrating. Cateye’s tiny Strada Smart remedies this by displaying the info your phone is tracking.
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The 4.5 x 3.5cm unit provides a (quite literally) thumbnail sketch of your ride by letting you see current, max and average speed, trip distance, elapsed time and altitude gained.
You’ll need to download the free Cateye Cycling app to make it work or else buy the speed, power, heart rate and cadence sensors (sold separately).
The screen’s only big enough to show two metrics at a time, but scrolling through them is easy as the unit sits on a rocker switch rather than using fiddly buttons.
The app isn’t the most intuitive – it’s not always obvious that there’s more info to be found by swiping screens – but it does let you upload your data to various social media sites.
Verdict: If you can live with the clunky app, this does a decent job, 71%