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Published on May 13th, 2012 | by Kira

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Sigma ROX 8.0 Bike Computer: Take It Outside

Have you ev­er want­ed to be able to take your home work­out bike to the streets? Think it is bor­ing as sin to just ped­dle away in­side a gym? But you thought: “How will I be able to keep track of my progress, dis­tance, speed, and heart rate??” Fear no more, your an­swer is here! Just bring the com­put­er part of your work­out bike with you on the road.

Now, there are a few dif­fer­ent bike com­put­ers one can pur­chase, but the Sig­ma ROX 8.0 Bike Com­put­er seems to be wide­ly liked and rea­son­ably priced for what it of­fers. So, we de­cid­ed to try it out our­selves. We see a lot of bike gear on these pages, and quite a few fit­ness track­ers and recorders, but this is one of our first bik­ing com­put­ers- we were so ex­cit­ed, we tuned up our bikes and took them out to the West Side bik­ing paths.

For ev­ery bik­ing or work­out en­thu­si­ast, the Sig­ma ROX 8.0 bike com­put­er comes equipped pret­ty much with ev­ery­thing you could need. It can give you da­ta on your pace, speed, dis­tance trav­eled, and ca­dence. Not on­ly does it track your heart rate, but you can pro­gram it to alert you of when you have fall­en out of your ide­al heart rate range. Your cur­rent speed can be eas­i­ly com­pared with your top speed on the same screen, to help push you a lit­tle bit hard­er. It can al­so show you how much you have trav­eled in a sin­gle ses­sion or since us­ing the com­put­er.

In ad­di­tion, to all this da­ta, you can al­so use the ca­dence func­tion to help you learn to bike more ef­fi­cient­ly. This func­tion has six al­ti­tude mea­sure­ment func­tions, nine up­hill func­tions, and eight down­hill func­tions. It can cal­i­brate your start­ing al­ti­tude and air pres­sure along with de­ter­min­ing the to­tal and max­i­mum climb and de­scent for the day, with the max­i­mum speeds for each.  And for those of us who pre­fer to work­out with a part­ner, the Sig­ma ROX 8.0 bike com­put­er au­to­mat­i­cal­ly rec­og­nizes a sec­ond bike, so you and a friend can train to­geth­er us­ing the same bike com­put­er. Fi­nal­ly, like all good elec­tron­ics it comes with a clock, alarm, stop­watch, count­down timer, three tem­per­a­ture func­tions, an LCD back­light, and a bat­tery sta­tus dis­play. Whew!

Now with all these dif­fer­ent set­tings and con­fig­u­ra­tions you might won­der how hard it is to use the Sig­ma ROX 8.0 bike com­put­er. It is not com­plete­ly in­tu­itive. I am not much of a read-the-man­u­al girl, and the gen­er­al pref­er­ence around here is to press a lot of but­tons un­til we fig­ure it out, but we did have to pull it out in this case. Once you get the ba­sics through, the mo­tions be­come a lot more nat­u­ral. It is al­so pret­ty awe­some that you can up­load your da­ta on­to your home com­put­er for bet­ter anal­y­sis of each train­ing ses­sion.

The biggest draw­back with the Sig­ma ROX 8.0 bike com­put­er is that it does not come with a GPS. While a GPS is not es­sen­tial for track­ing your work out, it cer­tain­ly is handy to have while you are out on the road. But with the added fea­ture of the GPS most bike com­put­ers jump in price dras­ti­cal­ly.

Avail­able wide­ly, for around $150 you get the free­dom of tak­ing your out­side work­out to the next lev­el.

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Former neuroscientist, and now fashion photographer, Kira is a perfect fit for TrulyNet. She has a great understanding of what is hot, loves the new geeky toys, and has the academic background to be opinionated on it. Kira is well traveled, has lived in Australia and Canada for school. Loves the outdoors, biking, all types of art, and is completely obsessed with fashion and photographing it. She presently can be found in New York City at an art event, art gallery, museum, science talk, one of the NYC parks, a vegetarian friendly restaurant, a comic book store, or out getting bubble tea. She is a little obsessed with bubble tea.



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