British brand Beeline has launched its Velo 2 GPS cycling computer, a complete refresh of the Beeline Velo that we reviewed on road.cc a couple of years ago, with a new navigation interface, a larger display, and an improved app-based route planner designed to provide you with safe and enjoyable rides.
We first told you about the Velo 2 last year when Beeline was looking for crowdfunding via Kickstarter. It was a successful campaign, the Velo 2 getting over 5,000 backers who pledged more than $400,000 (£320,000).
“The Velo 2 makes it even easier to navigate and follow turn instructions than its predecessor thanks to a completely new and improved navigation interface,” says Beeline. "The simplified navigation allows both new and experienced riders to feel confident in following a safe route.
“In order to provide the best possible routes for their users, Beeline gathers several types of data from Beeline rides, as well as bringing together the most relevant external information from the open mapping community (OpenStreetMap).
“During the ride, users can simply press the rating buttons at any point of their journey to indicate if they’re having a positive or negative experience. These Beeline Road Ratings then feed directly into Beeline’s routing algorithm to adapt and improve future routes. The more users and the more feedback, the better the routes become.”
Type your destination into the Beeline App and you’ll get three different routes to get there; Garmin, for example, offers something similar on its GPS units. You can choose a fast route, a quiet route, or a route that’s a blend of the two.
You can also pick your own route in Compass Mode, Beeline’s original as-the-crow-flies navigation system, and the system integrates with Strava.
The Beeline Velo 2’s revamped interface provides details as you ride including your speed, live ride statistics and an estimated time of arrival, and it fixes to your handlebar via a twist-lock mounting mechanism.
Beeline says that the battery, which is charged via a USB-C port, lasts for over 10 hours of use. The Rocker Top mechanism allows you to use the device with gloves on and, as you’d expect, it is waterproof.
The Beeline Velo is available for £79.99.
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 over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.