Mio claims its Cyclo GPS range to be the 'best experience in bicycle navigation', which they may or may not be, but for £149.99 the Cyclo 200 offers everything you would want. It also has a really big screen which is good for quick glances, though the audio prompts can be annoying and not that useful.
One of my favourite aspects of cycling is that I can cycle out to somewhere I have never been before and explore while exercising. I have used several cycle computers that have included satellite navigation, but the Mio Cyclo 200 is a pure sat nav for your bike, enabling you to travel out and back without being too worried about getting too lost.
The first thing you notice about it is the size. Compared with regular bike computers it is much larger, coming in at around 114x70mm and with a screen of around 73x48mm. It makes it very easy to see where you are going and the turns ahead, which is really useful for quick glancing when you're going along. It's about the same size as a deck of playing cards.
To fit it to the bike it comes with a bracket that can be attached to either the stem or the handlebar. This comes with two separate rubber beds, suited to stem or bar, and it's then attached with zip ties. This is okay, but I would prefer to have rubber bands so it can be moved easily from one bike to another. It is easy to fit, though, with holes through which the zip ties run. The unit fits to the bracket through a quarter turn technique, similar to a Garmin mount.
Using the unit is also simple, with a touchscreen interface that has six basic functions: Dashboard, Navigate, History, Surprise Me, Settings and Tracks.
Dashboard shows your basic information: speed, distance to next turn, gradient and the like. I found the speed and gradients were relatively consistent compared to my Garmin Edge 810. It doesn't use any ANT+ or Bluetooth sensors so it won't always be as accurate, especially when the overhead view to satellites is obstructed. That most likely won't be an issue for you, though: most data on portals such as Strava is direct from GPS, either from a phone or a GPS head unit. If you did want to add those sensors at a later date, though, you're out of luck here.
Planning routes can be done through Navigate, Surprise Me or Tracks. Navigate allows you to navigate to a particular place like a regular sat nav, and it is easy to input either a postcode or a specific address. Tracks are predetermined routes that you have ridden previously or tracks you've planned through the Mio website and app. (This is also where you can upload routes and your history, which can then be uploaded to third party applications.)
Surprise Me is perhaps the most interesting feature. It allows the unit to build a route for you, based on either time or distance, and gives you three routes: one flatter, one with some climbing, and one with the most climbing. It works well for the most part and is certainly one of my favourite parts of the Cyclo 200.
The actual routes themselves have some of the same issues that regular car sat navs have, in that they're reliant on the mapping being completely accurate. For instance, when trying to get through High Barnet it tried to send me through a private school rugby field, which had a locked gate stopping me. Recalculating wasn't straightforward either: the Mio tried to send me 10km off route, when in reality I just needed to take a turning 200m further down.
The audio announcements aren't much help, given that they are just beeps that don't seem to make much sense when you are riding. Handily, they can be turned off in the settings. Here you can also change units, details and how you navigate (avoiding major roads and suchlike).
Coming in with an rrp of £149.99, it is a decent price for a unit that, by and large, works well. It also sits on the road.cc scales of truth at 146g, which isn't too bad when you consider its size, although the similar size Garmin Edge 1000 is 115g, which is a fair bit lighter. But the Garmin will also make your wallet lighter by about £400...
Overall, I was impressed with the Mio Cyclo 200. There are certainly things that could be improved, such as the audio announcement and some of the routing. It is broadly accurate and I would say that 95 per cent of the time it works very well, but that 5 per cent when you are out in an area you don't know can be frustrating. It's decent value for money and is hardly a major extra weight to be carrying, plus the large screen and easy interface make for simple use and ease of navigation on the go.
A decent pure navigation unit that I enjoyed using, despite the beeps
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Make and model: Mio Cyclo 200
Size tested: N/A, Black
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Mio says: "Meet the Mio Cyclo™ 200: the easy-to-use bicycle navigation device for anyone who enjoys cycling. With cycle paths and road maps pre-installed, you are able to get started right out of the box.
"The Mio Cyclo™ 200 allows you to navigate easily from point A to B or to follow your own preferred routes. If you choose to use the unique Surprise Me™-feature, the Mio Cyclo™ 200 will calculate three surprising bicycle routes based upon your entered time or distance. This is the ideal feature for anyone who has seen all the local routes and for those who like to be surprised in an unfamiliar region. This feature will continuously offer new bicycle routes, even if you always start from the same point.
"The turn-by-turn navigation effortlessly guides you, indicating every instruction with a clear sound alert. With its large anti-glare 3,5' touch screen, the simple menu structure and clear on-screen buttons, the Mio Cyclo™ 200 offers you true ease of use.
"The rugged waterproof casing (IPX5) ensures you can go cycling in any kind of weather, rain or shine. And with the long, rechargeable battery life of 10 hours, you can enjoy longer distances without having to worry about finding your way back home. Thanks to the pre-installed points of interests (POIs), such as bicycle shops, restaurants and emergency locations, you will always be able to locate some refreshments or a new tyre with ease.
"The Mio Cyclo™ 200 measures time, speed, distance, height, calorie consumption and more. With the desktop application, you are able to store your data, manage your route history and share your experiences with your friends. The easy-to-use tool allows you to download routes and enjoy new roads and areas others find interesting. The application is also your one-stop shop for managing your device and downloading map updates or latest product information.
"The Mio Cyclo™ 200 is the ideal solution for anyone who enjoys cycling, wants true ease of use and is looking for perfect value for money."
I would say that it is good, but there are certainly elements that could be improved. The routing can sometimes be a bit painful, but 95 per cent of the time it works well.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Processor type ARM Cortex-A7
GPS Chipset U-blox 7
Color display yes
Display resolution 320 x 240
Display size 8.9cm (3.5")
Width (mm) 68 mm
Height (mm) 114 mm
Depth (mm) 18.6 mm
Weight (gr) 146 g
Well made, solid, and the size of the unit and screen mean that it is easy to glance at and get the information you need.
Most of the time it works well, but sometimes the routing can go awry, often at the point when you least want it to.
Used it in the cold and wet with no adverse effects. It even managed to work when using it with wet, full finger gloves.
Not the lightest, but not the heaviest. It's not going to be something you are likely to take up Mt Ventoux though.
Decent value for a well-made and easy to use unit.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
It performs well, and is easy to use and customise. The routing could be better in places, but as with all things, when it is mapping the entirety of Europe, you can't expect it to be perfect.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The Surprise Me routing is great for just getting out in an area that you aren't familiar with.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The audio announcements of beeps is annoying, but it's easy to turn off.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Age: 27 Height: 6 ft Weight:
I usually ride: Cannondale Supersix Evo 6 My best bike is:
I've been riding for: Under 5 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mountain biking
George spends his days flitting between writing about data, running business magazines and writing about sports technology. The latter gave him the impetus (excuse) to get even further into the cycling world before taking the dive and starting his own cycling sites and writing for Road.cc.
When he is not writing about cycling, he is either out on his bike cursing not living in the countryside or boring anybody who will listen about the latest pro peloton/cycling tech/cycling infrastructure projects.