The Protégé’ 9.0 biking computer gives you valuable information about your bike ride for training, keeping track of miles ridden, to improve speed and distance, and to help you keep records of your biking trips. It is small enough to fit on your handlebars, yet the LCD display is large and clear enough to easily read the display while riding. The LCD screen presents 4 lines of information which can display up to 5 pieces of data at a time, giving you the information you need at a glance. The computer automatically starts recording information as soon as you start moving, and stops when you stop so there is no need to manually start and stop the device.
Great Features Packed Into a Small Device
The Protégé’ tracks various useful information such as your current speed, how much time has elapsed so far, your current trip distance, your average speed and your maximum speed, current temperature and time, and it has a dual odometer. The dual odometer is useful if you have a second bike. You can set the wheel size for each bike and simply swap the computer from one bike to the other. There is a button on the back to allow you to switch between bikes before you ride (see latest prices at amazon.com).
Easily Track Your Performance
Among the data displays listed above is the speed comparator. This indicator compares your current speed to the speed of your previous bike tour allowing you to push for better speedd in different situations and push yourself for better performance. It’s also useful for when you are attempting to maintain a particular speed through a course. In the upper left-hand corner of the screen you will see an arrow. When the arrow is pointing upwards you are going faster than your previous speed and if the arrow is pointing downward you are moving slower than your previous speed. A quick glance is all it takes to see how your speed compares with your last trip.
Easy Setup and Maintenance
The Protégé’ Bike Computer fits a wide range of handlebars from 25.4mm to 31.8mm, and the magnet fits up to 4mm bladed spokes. It comes with an 82cm wire mounting kit for the front wheel. Its case size is 40mm x 47mm with a height of 27mm with the bracket, and weighs 57 grams with the bracket and sensor. Battery removal and replacement is easy, simply use a coin to twist open the battery door and flip out the battery. It uses a cr2032 coin battery which is an average battery you can buy from most any variety store. The biking computer can be easily programmed for metric or imperial measurements by pressing the “mode” button and then the set button. You can also program the computer to match the wheel size of the bike you intend to ride. This is important because different wheels sizes will give differing speed and distance readings.
The computer’s mounting bracket attaches to the handlebars using zip ties, and the computer unit slides in and out of the mounting bracket. You should find a convenient section of your handlebars on which to mount the computer so that you can make display adjustments easily with a finger or your thumb. The magnetic sensor is strapped to your front wheel and sends speed and distance information to the computer attached to your handlebars.
Easy to Use While Riding
Changing display modes on the computer’s screen is quite easy. Rather than a row of buttons you would have to push, which may distract you from traffic and other safety hazards, you can change modes by simply pushing the computer upward in its bracket. You can easily reset the computer’s data display by pushing the computer upward and holding it for 3 seconds.
A Good Biking Computer for Enthusiasts
The Protégé Biking computer is most useful for bike commuting, moderate training and all-around riding. While the Protégé may not be the best fit for the professional athlete, its ease of use and large display are handy for the average biking enthusiast. We award it 4/5 stars.