While many cyclists use apps such as Google Maps to navigate city streets, glancing down at that cluttered map display can be confusing. The Beeline Velo 2, however, is designed to keep things simple and easy to read.
First of all, as the Velo 2’s name implies, it is not Beeline’s first product. The British company previously released a device that was originally called the Beeline, and is now known as the Velo.
That product was attached to the bike’s handlebar stem, and had a digital compass display that simply showed which direction the cyclist needed to go in order to reach their destination. It also indicated how far away that destination was – as the crow flies – but it did not provide any instructions on how to get there.
Users of the new Velo 2 can still opt for that free-wheeling Compass Mode, or they can switch over to a more traditional Route Mode (as is already possible on Beeline’s motorcycle-specific Moto model). Although Route Mode still doesn’t display a map, it does provide precise turn-by-turn directions.