Apple has filed a patent with the US Patent and Trademark Office for a system that will allow users to integrate their iPod or iPhone with a bike.
The Apple patent, uncovered by Patently Apple, contains a design for a Smart Bike based on the similar Nike Plus system previously released for runners.
The system is designed to allow users to monitor ride information as they ride.
According to the patent information, the system is designed to monitor speed, distance, time, altitude, elevation, incline, decline, heart rate, power, derailleur setting, cadence, wind speed, path completed, expected future path and pace.
The Smart Bike system also has a communication system, allowing for multiple cyclists to maintain wireless contact with each other as they ride. The riders would be able to share their individual statistics with others for comparison.
The sensors are expected to come built-in to the bike, and possibly be connected with sensors to the user’s iPhone or iPod to display its readings.