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Moskito: an analogue watch and bike computer in one

New design is easily swappable from a wrist strap to a bike mount

A Kickstarter campaign is up and running for Moskito, an analogue watch that doubles as a bike computer.

Moskito provides a stopwatch function and, when paired with a smartphone, informs you of calls, messages and emails. It fits to a wrist strap and to either a special headset cap or an out-front mount, and swapping between them takes seconds.

“In addition to its function as a chronograph, Moskito is an analogue tachometer that tells you everything you need to know: your current speed, the distance travelled, and your average speed,” according to its designers. “Would you like to know if you have set a new personal best on a specific section of the route? Your Moskito tells you in real time in the challenge mode.”

Your data is uploadable to Strava or Garmin Connect after the ride.

Moskito is made in Switzerland and it’s rechargeable with a claimed runtime of 6-24 months. It’s available in mph and km/h versions. The Moskito Fly has an aluminium case while the Classic is stainless steel. Each has a diameter of 44mm and is water resistant to two metres. 

The various hands on the clock provide different functions depending on whether you’re in time mode, speed mode or chrono mode. 

Go to speed mode, for example, and the watch’s hour hand gives the hours you’ve been riding, the minute hand gives your distance and the second hand gives your current speed. 

The designers are aiming to get a final prototype made by February 2017 with shipping of the finished product expected in October.

The project has a goal of CHF 150,000 (about £118,000). Assuming Moskito meets its targets and makes it to full production, you need to pledge at least CHF 535 (about £420) to be inline for a Moskito Fly (the aluminium one), or at least CHF 735 (about £578) for a Classic. 

All of the usual Kickstarter rules apply. Check out the Moskito Kickstarter page here.

www.moskitowatch.com

Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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