The Bryton Rider 310 may be small and weigh next to nothing (56 grams), but it’s a highly capable cycling computer with a simple menu driven interface. Coming in at just under $100, the Rider 310 sells for pretty much half the price of comparable competitors.
Bryton sent me a Rider 310 to test out over the past few weeks. I have been using it on its own as well as alongside my Garmin Edge 1000 for a variety of rides including road, gravel, and mountain bike.
The tiny cycling computer supports all your current ANT+ sensors including heart rate, cadence, speed, cadence/speed, and even power meter. I had no problems connecting my Garmin heart rate strap, speed, and cadence sensors right off the bat. The device also offers Bluetooth to pair with your phone so you can receive incoming calls and text notifications. If you aren’t using this feature, I would just turn off Bluetooth to save on battery life.
The cycling computer is super easy to attach to any bike–just secure the base (proprietary) using two of the appropriately sized elastic bands. If you don’t want to buy a fixed mount for every one of your bikes or if you are traveling and renting a bike, this system is super convenient.
With a bit of effort, you can customize 5 different data screens to toggle through on your ride, with up to 8 data points on each. The Rider 310 tracks up to 70 different metrics so even the analytically nerdiest of you should be satisfied.
The cycling computer’s memory has a capacity to store up to 300 hours of riding history and will of course start overwriting itself once full if you don’t remember to clear it out. The rechargeable battery lasts for 36 hours before needing to be plugged in. The Rider 310 is highly water-resistant (IPX7 rating) so has been just fine riding through the spring downpours here in the Bay Area.
I like the time and distance alerts (HR, speed, and cadence alerts also available) for longer rides when you either want to remind yourself to eat and drink or want to be alerted when you are hitting a certain point on a route. You get a full barometric altimeter inside the tiny cycling computer for more accurate altitude data than simply replying on the GPS.
The Start Reminder comes in handy as many a time I have ridden a couple of miles before realizing my Garmin was paused. Or you could choose to have Smart Pause activated where it will start and stop on its own. For road cycling I found this ok but sometimes if you are going really slow on a mountain bike the auto pause can kick in (or maybe that’s just me).
For those that want to follow training plans, this is not the best device, but you can program basic workouts based on time or distance goals with target pace or heart rate, including warm up and cool down.
When you get home from a ride, you need to connect the Rider 310 to your computer and either upload the .fit file manually to Strava or connect to the Bryton Sport website to upload the file and then automatically sync with Strava–the device simply acts like an external disc so no downloading of annoying software required. During a couple of rides–one off-road and one road–I took both my Garmin Edge 1000 and the Rider 310 to compare the data. While I can’t analyze them side-by-side in Strava (you get an error message that the rides are the same), I uploaded the Garmin ride data to Strava to compare with the Rider 310 data uploaded to the Bryton Sport website.
You can see the data is generally pretty similar. It’s hard to mess up the sensor data since they are coming from the same source, so the GPS-driven data is where you will see differences. After 20 miles, the Rider 310 was consistently showing about 1/2 mile less for total distance–which cycling computer is more accurate? Again, not that huge of a deal to me unless you are using it for racing and need precision distance calculations.
If you’ve been riding with a touchscreen cycling computer for awhile, the user interface on the Rider 310 can take a bit of getting used to–kind of like going back to the days of having to scroll through all the letters on your flip phone number pad to text someone. But thankfully there are only 3 buttons to drive the menu driven interface so you can’t go too far wrong–the left button for back/pause/stop/power off, the center button for enter/lap/power on, and the right button for page/scroll down. Note: in most situations, you can only scroll down, not scroll up.
Most of the hard work or fiddling with menus, etc. is going to be on the front end when you get your sensors paired or data screens and preferences set. Once you have that all up and running, it’s really just power on and push a button to start.
The only thing you will be missing out on compared to say the Garmin Edge 1000, is the navigation features and of course no electric drivetrain control. Without WiFi, uploading ride data and software updates is all manual. Again, not that big of a deal but I like that my Garmin uploads the ride as soon as I get home.
If you don’t need navigation, for $95 this tiny little cycling computer is hard to beat. Yes the interface is a bit cumbersome but again, most of the work is done upfront. The Rider 310 will definitely serve as my travel cycling computer going forward as it is so easy to mount and carry.