Today, the US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a granted patent to Apple Inc. that “covers various concepts behind an advanced Smart Bicycle System,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“The premise of Apple’s invention is very much like Apple’s Nike + iPod system for runners except for cyclists,” Purcher reports. “While the system is for individuals, it’s also designed to work with teams of cyclists so that they could communicate with each other on-the-fly about course difficulty or perceived problems. The Bicycle system will be able to monitor speed, distance, time, altitude, elevation, incline, decline, heart rate, power, derailleur setting, cadence, wind speed, path completed, expected future path, heart rate, power, and pace. The system could utilize various sensors built-into the iPhone in addition to working with sensors already built-into the bike itself.”

Purcher reports, “Apple’s granted patent is extraordinarily detailed and packed with interesting twists that the sporting cyclist will really appreciate.”

Much more, including Apple’s patent application illustrations, in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Dan K.” and “Arline M.” for the heads up.]