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I'm confused with different models of bike computers available in the market right now.

I actually want a bike computer which can log data including speed, distance, GPS (optional) etc. I'm not interested to take my smartphone while riding, but I want to upload the ride stats in Strava after my ride.

Is there any reliable bike computer available in the market which logs necessary ride stats which can be exported/synced with Strava once the ride is complete?

Is GPS necessary for uploading ride stats in Strava?

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    I'm a bit confused by this question. To the best of my knowledge there are no bike computers that actually REQUIRE a smartphone. Mostly you just plug them into your computer with a USB cable and upload the file to strava manually. Or are you looking for a computer with built in Wifi? – Andy P Oct 8 '18 at 11:25
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    @AndyP But not all devices support a PC connectivity I think. Can you suggest some budget computers which does the job nicely? I want to upload the data in strava for my training purposes. – Vishnu N K Oct 8 '18 at 11:33
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    @AndyP You don't need to tag a user in a comment on their own post, so the tag gets removed. – Argenti Apparatus Oct 8 '18 at 12:32
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    GPS is required to provide the coordinates to log in the GPX file to upload to strava. WIthout location points and times, strava can't calculate your speeds. What would you expect to upload without location points? Total time riding and distance covered? That won't be able to match any segments. – Criggie Oct 9 '18 at 8:57
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    @Criggie You can upload files with no GPS data and only data from sensors - people do this routinely for indoor trainer rides. Since the OP states (in comments) he wants the data for training purposes, then a .fit file containing only Power/HR/Cadence would be a perfectly valid upload. Although if this is the only data of interest, i'd suggest there is better analysis software for it than strava – Andy P Oct 9 '18 at 9:40
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Specific product recomendations are off topic but some general info:

Garmin and Wahoo bike computers at least do not need a phone with the respective apps present when tracking rides. Some features that require phone or Internet connection obviously don't work though.

Wahoo computers allow direct USB connection to a PC and route files can be downloaded manually.

Trying to cut the smartphone out of the loop is a battle you

https://support.wahoofitness.com/hc/en-us/articles/115000209170-Do-I-need-to-have-my-phone-with-me-while-using-the-ELEMNT-BOLT-

https://support.wahoofitness.com/hc/en-us/articles/115000127910-Connecting-the-ELEMNT-and-BOLT-to-Desktop-or-Laptop-Computers

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    A couple of things worth pointing out regarding Wahoo computers: The RFLKT does require a phone on rides (it's a bit of weird computer, that one); the ELEMNT BOLT doesn't require a phone during rides, but also can upload ride data via WiFi without a phone present (but requires a phone to configure the wifi connection initially). I had a RFLKT previously and have a BOLT currently. – Diado Oct 8 '18 at 15:46
  • Thanks for the info. Any idea about Lezyne Super GPS? – Vishnu N K Oct 9 '18 at 4:35
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    Google is often handy for answering questions I find: lezyne.com/product-gps-supergpsY11.php "Instant download of ride files (.fit) via plug-and-play flash drive technology (Windows/Mac) and upload directly to GPS Root website for ride analysis" – Andy P Oct 9 '18 at 8:20
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The new Lezyne Macro Easy GPS is specifically described as a one-time, on the device setup that does not require a smartphone for setup or for use at all. It generates .fit files which can be downloaded to a computer (PC/Mac) and then uploaded to Strava or Lezyne's GPS Root website. It will record basic GPS data, and HR data via Bluetooth Smart.

  • I have this computer. You can use the app to setup the screens like you want it, and export the tracks, but it's not needed during the ride. You can do those things without phone, but it's easier. I really like it. It's also quite solid. I dropped it a few times already :s – Maarten Fabré Jul 28 '19 at 19:57

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