Published on May 13th, 2012 | by Kira0
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.