Seems that Apple may also want you to carry your iPod or iPhone around as you hit the bike trails. Strange coincidence, as we just saw a third-party product that did something similar to this by New Potato Technologies yesterday.
The patent, filed in February of last year, was just recently published as "Systems and Methods for Integrating a Portable Electronic Device with a Bicycle." The description is below:
Systems and methods are providing for interfacing an electronic device with a bicycle system. The electronic device can receive the output from sensors coupled to the bicycle and generate riding characteristics for display to the user. The electronic device can in addition receive communications from other electronic devices and provide the communications to the user. In some embodiments, the electronic device can be paired with the devices of one or more other cyclists so that the cyclists can share riding characteristics and other information. This can allow the cyclists to ride as a team and better assist each other.
With Apple's deals with Nike and their goal to have people keep fit, it's not surprising to see this sort of use of an iDevice.