Ever since I moved from Android to Windows Phone, there’s one app that I missed the most which is Strava. There are some 3rd party apps that could track my rides but it wasn’t complete as it couldn’t detect my speed and cadence bluetooth monitor. So I started looking around for a cheap alternative to garmin cycling computers, fortunately for me I was able to find the Bryton Rider R310. After consulting with a few friends of mine who happens to have the same device as well, without any hesitation I went and placed an order. The one I ordered came with Heart Rate Monitor as well as a Cadence Monitor instead of the dual sensor as Strava only tracks the cadence.
Shipment arrived very fast which was less than 2 weeks right after it got shipped. And to my surprise it came in a small package, where initially I thought it would be something quite bulky. Inside the package I got the Bryton Rider R310, Heart Rate Monitor, Cadence Sensor and a 3rd party mount (which I didn’t expect to get). Setting it up was quite a breeze, after watching this youtube video for the cadence sensor. After that, I had to pair the computer with the cadence sensor and I was good to go.
So I then went out for a first quick spin with it, and find the results quite accurate as compared to my ride on my phone. Some how it seems smoother as compared, instead of the crooked lines while I was on my phone. Below is a comparison where Mat and I went for a ride together, where I was on the Bryton while he was using the Note 3 to record the journey.
If you noticed that on the Note 3 the bottom line got crooked, rather than having a smoother line instead as compared the Bryton Rider R310. That was before when Mat decided to upgrade his phone to the Note 5, which helped a lot but unfortunately for him the Note 5 seems to stop recording after crossing the bridge. Not too sure why is that happening as well, but never the less he’s back on his Note 3 and managed to live with the crooked lines recording.
Overall, I’m quite happy with the purchase considering the price I paid for it. Someone compared this device equivalent to the Garmin 500, which pretty much shares the same similarities. For more I think it suits me need just fine again considering the price I paid for it. Another plus point for this is that, it would indeed save my phone battery life. Whereby I remembered when cycling to Bau and back, by the time I got home my phone was completely drained. Plus you don’t get those half recorded routes, or when your phone GPS decided to fail. So far, this thing have been working really well for me. Plus battery life on it seems decent, as I have yet to drain the whole thing. Maybe it’s due to the shorter distance I’m travelling, and by the time I get back I plug it into my pc to extract the data to be uploaded it charges at the same time.
As far as other device connection goes, it currently supports ANT+ devices I believe. So if you’ve already got heart rate monitors, dual speed and cadence sensors, as well as a power meter that uses ANT+. You should be able to pair the devices with it. It does comes with bluetooth, but unfortunately it only pairs with the phone which I think is only used to transfer data. It’ll take you a while to get used to how to use the device, but after a while you can easily just start recording and enjoy the rest of the ride. If you’re not too sure where to get this, I got mine from here. Give me a shout out if you have any questions before purchasing this device.