Best bike wearables

Cycling is no exception when it comes to wearable technology so if you want one you can chose from a large variety of great bike tech.

Best cycling wearables

Racon Jet Heads-up Display

In the cycling technology these heads-up sunglasses could turn out to be the most thrilling innovation. The Recon Jet gives all the functions of a usual bike computer, but what makes it special is that instead of looking down at a screen, you can look ahead avoiding a possible crash into a tree.

The glasses can sync to heart rate monitors, cadence sensors and power meters via Bluetooth, ANT+ and Wi-Fi.

The Recon Jet displays a GPS map of the route ahead and many more like elevation, power output in watts, heart rate, average speed and even the weather. Like Google Glass, when you pass a lovely scene hit the touch pad and the glasses will take a snap.

Lazer Genesis LifeBEAM helmet

With Lazer Genesis LifeBeam helmet you can say goodbye to tight chest straps. The pulse rate and calorie measuring system is integrated in a crash helmet, which is great since you'll wear a helmet anyway. It syncs via Bluetooth to five existing activity applications because unlike so many monitors, the helmet doesn't feature its own dedicated app.

It's simple to use also. Just press the button on the back of the helmet and you're ready.

Polar CS600X GPS-enabled Monitor

Via a chest strap sensor, the Polar CS600X measures, monitors heart rate and stores all data for later use. Aside from its bogstandard tachometer and speedometer functions it can save statistics for up to 99 different training sessions.

The mountain climbers benefit from it because the GPS function displays the inclination of a hill. To make it work you have to attach a sensor to one of the bike's front forks and a magnet to a wheel spokes. Strap on the heart sensor, hit the start button and you are ready.

Maptaq Suncam

You can shoot the route from an eye-level perspective while riding and listening to your favorite music. It's decent for cyclists who just want some average photos or videos of the ride, because the Suncam's camera produces low-light muddiness pictures and it has too much colour saturation.

The MP3 incorporated can be controlled via some easy-to-locate buttons on the left-hand side.

Suunto Ambit2

This watch gives real-time data on speed, pulse rate, barometric pressure, compass heading, temperature, altitude, distance covered and the GPS app can guide the rider home. Since Suunto Ambit2 it's a waterproof watch can be used not only by cyclists but also by swimmers, ramblers and cross-country runners.

It's easy to use. Just plug the watch into a PC or Mac and download a selection of ready-made apps from Sunto's online App Zone.

Nathan Photon LED Vest

This day-glo best features two rows of bright flashing red LEDs on the chest and reflective stripes on the rear. You'll look like a Christmas tree, but this vest gives up to 360 metres of visibility and around 150 hours of illumination.

It's not a fancy wearable product ever, but it will keep you safe.

Zackees Turn Signal Gloves

For cyclists, the most scary manoeuvre in traffic is the right-hand turn. With a pair of these illuminated Spandex mitts you have a better chance to be seen in traffic, even during daylight hours. Easy to use! Just press the silver button and stick your arm out.

Garmin Forerunner 920XT

The Forerunner does a nice smartwatch impression by giving phone notifications like incoming call alerts, emails, text messages and calendar reminders, but beside this, the gadget contains plenty of triathlon training.

Being a Garmin device, it will go well with bike accessories like the Vector ANT+ power meters. During your cycles, you can make use of the built-in altimeter for precise ascent, descent and gradient.