The latest smartwatches and fitness trackers are pretty amazing. While the most basic can track our steps during the day, more advanced devices can watch our heart rate, track speed and distances, and even prevent us from getting lost. Still, they’re not for everyone and some bikers prefer a bar mounted GPS device. For still others, there’s no need for a watch, smartphone, or GPS when it’s time to ride.
If you regularly wear a wrist mounted fitness tracker or smartwatch, tell us which one in the comments below.
Garmin Instinct – can handle the bashing that is MTB.
Have to wear it a certain way to work properly – pushed up my wrist slightly. I found it to be fairly accurate – off by most 5bpm when I hit 177bpm. Checked against my cardiologist equipment during a recent stress test. While resting it was accurate to the bpm. I’m sure everyone has different results.
Garmin Instint. I feel it’s not the most accurate, but it’s better than nothing.
Garmin fénix 7, bar mounted and a heart rate chest strap
Garmin vivoactive 4
Garmin Fenix 6 Pro solar. Great watch
Photoplethysmography becomes too inaccurate when combined with motion. I wear my Whoop only while sleeping — it collects inaccurate data while on the mtb.
Apple Watch 7
Polar Grit X
Garmin Forerunner 55
Garmin Delta tactix
Coros Apex Pro
Replaced a Garmin 935 that sucked
Garmin Fenix 6 Sapphire
My bike finds it most annoying if there are distractions from the topic at hand! my bicycles are on the job as therapy providers, as physical therapists.
Cancer treatment is far more devastating than many realize. My bikes have been there and are an outstanding tool for making my way through difficult times.
It sure as the day is long had better not be transformed into a chore by micromanagement to the Nth degree.
Garmin Venu 2S – I’ve only had it for a few months but I love it.
Garmin Fenix 5x. It links to Strava and is good to see how my fitness is on each ride based on ascent and speed. No issues with wearing it and comfort.
Garmin Fenix 5X+. I do wish I had a bar mounted unit when exploring new trails and gravel riding.