I go for plenty of rides without any agenda and no GPS or bicycle computer of any sort. But I do like data! More and more, I've found myself tracking miles on my Yuba Mundo cargo bike and Brooklyn Bicycle Co. Driggs 7. I'm not talking a Garmin GPS here, although I have one and they do have their place. I'm talking a standard bicycle computer for keeping tabs on my MbB, Miles by Bike! That is important data! Miles by Bike means miles not in a car! They often come in small bits, 2 miles here, 5 miles there, but sometimes they come in bigger chunks too. I don't harp on the miles, that's not the point. I often go many rides without even looking at anything on the computer other than the time. It's the odometer reading I am most interested in. Just slap the computer on when you head out for a ride and let it run. Check the odometer reading weekly, monthly, quarterly, or whatever floats your boat. It's amazing how much it all adds up over time.
Tracking your MbB creates a snowball effect. As you see the odometer reading grow, it's encouraging. You want to ride even more and riding more is always a good thing!
Basic bicycle computers are reliable, battery efficient, and they track the good stuff and that's all you need. Planet Bike makes some great computers for a reasonable price. That's what I have on my rides. I keep them in stock and can install them in no time. Planet Bike donates 25% of their profits to bike advocacy. That's a great reason to support them in my book. Buy the computer and maybe an extra mount if you want to swap it between bikes and you're set. If you track it...they will come. More miles = more smiles!
Rider or is it writer?
My name is Adam Harris. I'm a lifelong cyclist. I love bikes. All types of bikes. I hope I can relay the joy that cycling provides me through glimpses into my thoughts and some of my mini adventures.