With all the app happy folks creating GPS apps for today's "don't leave the house without your phone" that's gotten bike folks enjoying social mile tracking groups like Strava and Map My Ride I continue to use my bike computer as the preferred method of tracking my miles.
Having an odometer on your bike is like knowing when a car needs an oil change. I can easily reference it for periodic bike maintenance and having owned and been riding this bike for so many years I have a good idea as to what it needs and when. It worked very well for a recent chain replacement. After checking the odometer I thought, hmm, better check for chain wear and I had caught it just in time. Ever experience excessive chain wear that causes gear wear on the cassette? Then put a new chain on and have it skip? With an odometer on the bike you can find which chains wear the longest and how frequently you might need to replace that chain or try upgrading. Not to mention keeping that cassette intact. My Cateye Strada Computer is approximately ten years old have had to replace the batteries in it twice and still works with the same accuracy as it did when it was new. I haven't had to rewire it or anything. There isn't a cell phone app that will claiming that any time soon.
Though bikey works fine in my pocket or handlebar bag finding a sturdy stem or handlebar mount for using navigation assistance with google maps was another matter. By far the best one I have found thus far is the Minoura Handlebar Phone Grip.
Reviews of other similar products complained of the holders snapping over bumps on rides or worthless for trail riding. Photo below shows the sturdy features from Minoura.
Other bike computers I like due to the optional features such as temperature display, wireless options and easy to read display screens is the Planet Bike Protege 9.0 available in both Wireless and Standard Wired Installation. Both models include the following features:
Nice features for winter bike commuting.