Mio start­ed its activ­i­ty in 1999 with the release of a spe­cial­ized heart rate mon­i­tor for run­ners. Hav­ing final­ized her idea lat­er, she began to release Mio Alpha. Now it’s the turn of the device for cyclists.

Who needs it?

Mio Velo able to become the cen­ter of your cycling ecosys­tem. Inter­fac­ing with bike sen­sors, GPS watch­es, and bike com­put­ers is where it’s strong besides heart rate mea­sure­ment. For reg­u­lar heart rate mon­i­tor­ing, there are more suit­able gad­gets in the Mio range. How­ev­er, if you track your speed or cadence dur­ing your work­out, the Mio Velo can def­i­nite­ly come in handy.

 

It so hap­pened that the cycling theme is close to me. A few years ago I was giv­en a bicy­cle in the hope that I would pick up a new hob­by and improve my fit­ness. At least half of it worked. At first I rode not far from home, occa­sion­al­ly stop­ping by the near­by for­est park. Over time, dis­tances grew, trips began to arouse inter­est and bring plea­sure. Thanks to the bike, I learned that world is not as big as I thought, and the city cen­ter is even small. Now in win­ter I am wait­ing for the start of the cycling sea­son, and in autumn I refuse to put the bike on the bal­cony until the last.

When it fell into my hands Mio VeloI was quite intrigued by what he would offer me as a cyclist.

The heart rate mon­i­tor already on the box says that it is not some ordi­nary heart mon­i­tor, but designed specif­i­cal­ly for cyclists.

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The Velo bracelet is made of sil­i­cone and weighs 35 grams togeth­er with the sen­sor. Light weight com­bined with the elas­tic­i­ty of the strap ensures com­fort­able wear­ing of the device. After a while, you just for­get that you have a heart rate mon­i­tor on your arm.

The bat­tery should pro­vide up to 10 hours of con­tin­u­ous oper­a­tion of the device. When check­ing the adver­tised oper­at­ing time, the mon­i­tor gave a low resid­ual charge sig­nal after 9.5 hours of use in con­tin­u­ous heart rate mea­sure­ment mode. There­fore, even with a fair­ly active train­ing reg­i­men, one charge should be enough for a week.

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Mio Velo as a whole repeats the design of the younger Mio Link heart rate mon­i­tor in the line. The dif­fer­ences are only in col­or design. The appear­ance of both devices is not flashy and ele­gant. In my opin­ion, this is how sports gad­gets should be — their goal is to work, and not attract pry­ing eyes.

The Velo is designed to draw as lit­tle atten­tion as pos­si­ble while in use. It has only a mul­ti-col­or sta­tus LED and one but­ton respon­si­ble for turn­ing the device on and off.

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Once turned on, the heart rate mon­i­tor enters pair­ing mode and starts mea­sur­ing your heart rate. The LED col­or and dif­fer­ent blink­ing modes pro­vide infor­ma­tion about the cur­rent heart rate zone, smart­phone con­nec­tion sta­tus, or prob­lems with heart rate mea­sure­ment.

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How­ev­er, min­i­mal­ist design alone is not enough to posi­tion the device as designed specif­i­cal­ly for cyclists. The main fea­ture of the device lies in the sup­port of the ANT + pro­to­col.

On the one hand, ANT+ sup­port pro­vides heart rate data to a wide range of cycling com­put­ers and GPS watch­es. On the oth­er hand, Mio Velo itself can act as a bridge between bike sen­sors and your smart­phone. This elim­i­nates the need to use sep­a­rate bike com­put­ers dur­ing work­outs. The smart­phone will cope with this task.

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You can con­nect sen­sors that mea­sure speed and cadence to a heart rate mon­i­tor in the pro­pri­etary Mio Go app [Скачать в App Store]. More­over, it allows you to set up pair­ing for up to four dif­fer­ent bikes.

The heart rate mon­i­tor left only pos­i­tive emo­tions from use. How­ev­er, it is worth focus­ing on one of its fea­tures.

The Mio Velo bracelet is some­what soft­er than the Mio Alpha. The­o­ret­i­cal­ly, the cyclist spends more time in the process of train­ing than the aver­age run­ner — the loads are still some­what dif­fer­ent. There­fore, the man­u­fac­tur­er could take such a step to increase the com­fort of wear­ing the heart rate mon­i­tor dur­ing pro­longed exer­cise.

How­ev­er, the padded strap does not adhere well to the skin dur­ing aggres­sive rid­ing. Jump­ing off curbs or rid­ing on uneven ground caus­es the heart rate mon­i­tor to vibrate and lose con­tact with the skin. For a while, the sen­sor may lose your pulse.

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Most like­ly, the prob­lem will not man­i­fest itself in own­ers of a wide wrist. The rest will have to spend some time find­ing the per­fect place to mount the heart rate mon­i­tor.

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In gen­er­al, Mio Velo turned out to be an inter­est­ing device. How­ev­er, before pur­chas­ing a gad­get, please note that it is a rather nar­row­ly focused device. It makes sense to buy it only for seri­ous­ly enthu­si­as­tic cyclists.

For exam­ple, Mio Link can take the pulse just as well, and func­tion­al­ly dif­fers only in the absence of a bridge mode for bicy­cle sen­sors. If you have a need to take into account oth­er activ­i­ty para­me­ters, then I advise you to take a clos­er look at Mio Fuse.