May 10, 2013
For me, the Knog Nerd cycle computer was a long anticipated addition to my handlebars. I nearly swore off cycle computers entirely, solely because the mounting brackets they often use tend to be low quality and a pain to swap from one bike to the next when I'm in a hurry.
Much like Knog's head and tail lights, the Nerd cyclocomputer sits inside a Silicone casing, which also acts as a strap that makes installation and removal almost too easy. You can pop the cycle computer out of it's casing and turn it 90 degrees to make it readable while mounted on either your handlebars, or your bike stem. The cycle computer is wireless, and transmits from a matching Silicone transmitter that straps to your fork and reads off a basic magnet attached to your spoke.
The Knog Nerd has a couple different tiers offering a range of price points and functions. The base model comes ready with five basic functions, which are current speed, clock, trip distance, total ride time, and odometer. The mid-range option adds average speed, maximum speed, relative speed, and a scanning feature that auto toggles through the various modes. The top end model takes all the features previously mentioned, and adds on distance per day, a display backlight for night riding, and a multi-bike feature that allows you to collect data for two separate bikes. These units will run you $50, $70, and $90 respectively.
Accessing any of the functions on the computer is about as easy as it gets. The screen acts as your only button, and pressing it with minimal force will toggle you from one mode to the next. To reset your current ride information, simply hold down the button for a few seconds, and you'll be back to zero. As for the screen itself, it reads crystal clear, and with a large easy to read digital display.
Right now, this is up there as one of my favorite bike accessories. It's available in a multitude of colors, so you can match it up to your own personal aesthetic.
Photo by Josh Tack
TOURING GEAR & TIPS is written by Joshua Tack of Adventure Cycling's member services department. It appears weekly, highlighting technical aspects of bicycle touring and advice to help better prepare you for the journey ahead. Look for Josh's "Fine Tuned" column in Adventure Cyclist magazine as well.