Adventure Tech: RFLKT iPhone Powered Cycling Computer

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Cyclists looking for a new gadget to help track their rides are going to love the RFLKT from Wahoo Fitness. Like other cycling computers, the RFLKT connects to your handlebars and displays information about your ride, including speed, distance and time. But unlike most other devices of this type, the RFLKT connects to an iPhone via BlueTooth, which allows it to do so much more.

In a sense, the RFLKT actually serves as a second screen for the iPhone, providing data from multiple cycling apps, controlling music, providing GPS functionality and even connecting to the Internet. It will also offer turn-by-turn directions, lap timers and the ability to connect with heart rate monitors, displaying that information on the fully customizable screen. In short, it is everything you could ask for in a cycling computer with some nice additional features as well. And since the two devices are wirelessly connected with one another, you can safely keep your phone in a jersey pocket at all times.

I’m not a big fan of listening to music while riding, but having the ability to control your tunes without taking the phone out is a nice option. If the RFLKT also had integrated caller ID and the ability to see text messages, this would be an almost perfect option. It definitely is intriguing however and since its based on an open platform, I’m sure we’ll see some interesting things being developed for it. At $129, it is also quite affordable. There are plenty of cycling computers that cost more than that without nearly as much functionality.

Kraig Becker

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