The Bryton Rider 50 is a GPS cycling computer designed for cyclists of
all levels. You can personalize your preferred settings with 33 options
of display information. Brytonsport. com provides you a cyclist's
playground where you can share cycling and training results, join teams
for games or competition and explore new horizons
The RIDER 50T GPS
Cycle computer includes detailed Australian street maps with a main
feature being the ability to plan training rides online (brytonsports.com)
which can be uploading to the computer and used when riding. The
performance data can also be shared with fellow cyclists who have the
same cycle computer (Knock Knock Wireless) as well as in the online
community in which rider data will contribute to a national directory of
rides. Extra data can be stored on a Micro SD card. The cycle computer
data available include distance, navigation, step counter, stop watch,
alerts, altitude, slop analysis plus personal settings and a virtual
training partner (My Buddy).
The screen is a
transflective TFT display which means that regardless of the light
conditions, even in sunlight, the screen information can always be read.
This factor has been a point of criticism for many brands of GPS
The RIDER 50T has a
RRP of $549
about the Bryton Sports GPS cycle computers from Next
I am lucky enough to have got my hands on a brand new
Bryton Rider 50 Cycling GPS unit. This unit has just been released in
Australia and complements the limited range of GPS cycling computers
currently available. Its good to see another company enter the arena
giving cyclists more choice.
I will conduct a review of this item in 4 parts.
and first impressions
commuting use - Stay tuned
analysis - Stay tuned
1. Item specs and price
While all this information is available on the companies website, i
thought i would copy it here for the sake of completeness.
The Rider 50 has digital compass , barometer and a 12 hour battery plus
intuitive menus showing distance , navigation , step counter, stop watch
, alerts , altitude, slope analysis , personal settings , PC data
analysis , website data sharing and a virtual training partner . It is
even capable of Immersion in up to 1 metre of water (must be for those
epic over bars and into river crashes!)
The unit is priced at about $549au which makes it a viable alternative
to other cycling GPS units
2.Unpacking and First impressions
While unpacking the Bryton Rider 50 from the box my first impressions
are of slick packaging, aka Apple products. This is a small thing, but
is always nice when you get the unit home. The next thing i did was put
the unit on charge for four hours to give the lipo battery some juice.
While waiting for the GPS to charge i checked out the Bryton website. I
found it to be user friendly and I was particularly impressed to find
video tutorials on how to operate the Bryton unit (http://corp.Brytonsport.com/rider50.html)
. In order to download data to the computer and hence share it online
you need to install the 'Bryton Bridge Software' which can be found
At this point in time there is no support for Macintosh computers. This
will be offered in the future apparently. I was also excited to see a
"community Bryton" website that allows me to upload my rides to the web
for other users to see and share (http://www.Brytonsport.com/login).
I will look at this in more detail during my post ride analysis review.
Eventually the charging finished so i got to play with my new toy. The
unit is small, compact and housed in a durable case. I found the
interface and menu navigation to be be intuitive, and managed to do most
things without consulting the manual (although i recommend you do). The
first thing that grabbed my attention was the polish or bling that the
main display has.
The best parallell i can think of is that Bryton Rider 50 is to other
Cycle GPS's as the Macintosh is to PC. In two words: Pretty, Intuitive.
The data layout on the main information screen is unique and eye
catching. By default you get a compass rose in the middle of the 4 data
fields. While this may look nice and balanced I have never managed to
use a compass effectively while hammering down trails or navigating busy
streets. Thankfully the main screen is fully customizable as are the
number of data fields (1 - 6).