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    iPhone 5 as bike computer

    Is anyone using their iPhone 5 as a cycling computer, if so give me your review and what you're using. I've been off a bike for a few years but just picked up a new one and need to add a computer to it.

    TIA,
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    Yes and no... I use it because its all I have for now, and I use the Strava app. However, I am looking at picking up a Garmin at some point so that I still have a functioning phone deep into along ride. Battery life is the real issue--if you plan on taking long rides, the GPS/HRM apps will sap your battery fast and it would rally suck to be stuck out there somewhere without the ability to make an emergency call.

    For shorter rides, this probably isn't an issue, and I'm really happy with the Strava app...
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    I'm using my HTC One for my bike computer right now. My longest ride is 25 miles/2 hours, so battery life is a non issue. I put it on battery saver mode when I run the freebie GPS app. I have a Garmin Etrex and ran them side by side for one ride and they tracked virtually the same, so I decided to just use my phone.

    I use this mount:

    http://www.amazon.com/RAM-Universal-...t+phone+holder

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    or this:
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    I would be hesitant to use a phone as a computer but perhaps that's just me. I've seen plenty of them dislodge from bikes and a few weekends ago, I saw a cyclist drops his and did not come back to recover it.
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    I use the Ram mount for that reason. Have used it on road/off road. I use the same type of (interchangeable) mount to attach my GPS to a jetski that runs 70 MPH in choppy water and it doesn't budge. The Ram stuff is safe.

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    I'm not worried about longer rides quiet yet, 2 hours would be about my max ride. At least until I get back into the swing of things. I just ordered this one this morning and will do a review on it once I've had a chance to install it and run it through it's paces.

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    I use mine. I put it in my jersey pocket in a plastic bag. Works fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jskwarek View Post
    Is anyone using their iPhone 5 as a cycling computer, if so give me your review and what you're using. I've been off a bike for a few years but just picked up a new one and need to add a computer to it.

    TIA,
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    Cycling computer? You can get one for like $20, why not just get a cycling computer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigbiker64 View Post
    I use mine. I put it in my jersey pocket in a plastic bag. Works fine.

    I ride with a Garmin 800, but several people I ride with do this. They also have basic bike computers mounted, to give constant feedback, but after the ride can download almost as much data as my Garmin.

    The big issues for me using an iPhone are a secure mount (some are good but the plastic bag in the jersey I would trust more in a crash) and battery life. I enjoy 5-6 hour rides and am not sure my iPhone battery would last that long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Beanz View Post
    Cycling computer? You can get one for like $20, why not just get a cycling computer?
    Geek cred.
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    Quote Originally Posted by arex View Post
    Geek cred.


    Mmm okay, whatever that means.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Beanz View Post
    Cycling computer? You can get one for like $20, why not just get a cycling computer?
    Id guess its because an iPhone/Garmin will save route/elevation/weather/ and allow him to upload the stats to a website such as Strava.

    Personally, I use a Garmin 800 as my phone is for emergencies and I dont want its battery drained. But for short rides, the Strava or Garmin apps and an iPhone would do the trick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JackoDandy View Post
    Id guess its because an iPhone/Garmin will save route/elevation/weather/ and allow him to upload the stats to a website such as Strava.

    Personally, I use a Garmin 800 as my phone is for emergencies and I dont want its battery drained. But for short rides, the Strava or Garmin apps and an iPhone would do the trick.
    Ah I see, I was thinking cycling computer not a GPS unit.





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    Quote Originally Posted by chefisaac View Post
    I would be hesitant to use a phone as a computer but perhaps that's just me. I've seen plenty of them dislodge from bikes and a few weekends ago, I saw a cyclist drops his and did not come back to recover it.
    i gotta agree with you there.
    i was using strava app on my work phone (iphone 4s) with pandora radio streaming through my bluetooth earpiece when about 30 seconds after hitting a bump the music stopped. took me a little while to figure out my phone had been jarred right off and hit the ground. phone is fine, but i had to turn around and pick it up.
    now i'm using a garmin 405cx i picked up off craigslist. i have cadence/speed and heart rate sensors and it all uploads to strava. i still have the work phone on the handlebar and have it running pandora and displaying my mapmyride routes.
    i'm very new, but this seems to be a good setup for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jarrett2 View Post
    I use the Ram mount for that reason. Have used it on road/off road. I use the same type of (interchangeable) mount to attach my GPS to a jetski that runs 70 MPH in choppy water and it doesn't budge. The Ram stuff is safe.
    +1, I use the ram mount also and haven't had any problems. I have used this mount for over 1000 miles without any problems.

    I use map my ride and bike brain sometimes but both apps use a lot of power. When going on a tour, carry a small backup battery.
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    This looks cool as a mount idea for a phone.
    http://www.amazon.com/Roswheel-Bicyc...cellphone+pack

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    If you're looking for a mount, I've used this for a while and it's great. http://www.slipgripcarmounts.com/ Looks like they make them for almost any phone. I use my 510 for the cyclometer and GPS functions but like having the phone mounted on the stem just in case.

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    I have an iPhone4 and use cyclemeter...

    Cyclemeter it provides way more information, and you can log information on Map My Ride, Strava, or any number of web sites.

    I have a regular route and can track my progress as I ride.

    The ram mount is highly recommended.

    I have a bluetooth heart rate monitor, and that connect to the iPhone. I have an ANT cadence sensor that I have not been able to make work.

    Frankly, i would feel naked if I biked without it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChargerDawg View Post
    I have an iPhone4 and use cyclemeter...

    Cyclemeter it provides way more information, and you can log information on Map My Ride, Strava, or any number of web sites.

    I have a regular route and can track my progress as I ride.

    The ram mount is highly recommended.

    I have a bluetooth heart rate monitor, and that connect to the iPhone. I have an ANT cadence sensor that I have not been able to make work.

    Frankly, i would feel naked if I biked without it.
    I have to second Cyclemeter. What I like about it:
    • No reliance on a cloud service to store data. Store on device, and email a summary to yourself at the end of a ride. Or email it directly to your Strava account if you want.
    • Reconfigurable information displays. Don't like the default arrangement and main page widgets? Just change 'em.
    • Supports all the bluetooth sensors you can imagine. I've got it paired with a Panobike Speed/Cadence sensor and a Polar bluetooth HR strap.

    http://www.polar.com/en/products/acc...with_Bluetooth
    http://www.topeak.com/products/PanoB...cadence_sensor

    My phone is mounted to the stem in a Quadlock case and mount which is rock solid.
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    I really hate wires. Really. A lot.

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    As mentioned above I use the iphone 5 with mapmyride app running in a plastic bag tucked into my jersey pocket. I use the cat eye wireless to give me current info while riding and then can go back later and look over the gps info.

    Battery life is always a concern, I've been able to get 65 mile ride before the phone went into sleep mode due to lower battery. I know a fellow rider that connected her phone to an external battery with a little pouch on her stem and able to get longer rides.

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    I've been using my setup for a few days now with the Topeak app and mount, I have to say the mount is dead strong and I don't see how it would ever shake the phone loose due to the way it clips into the mount. I'll play with a few other apps though. The Topeak app keeps dropping the cadence sensors and I have to re-detect before each ride which is quiet annoying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jskwarek View Post
    I've been using my setup for a few days now with the Topeak app and mount, I have to say the mount is dead strong and I don't see how it would ever shake the phone loose due to the way it clips into the mount. I'll play with a few other apps though. The Topeak app keeps dropping the cadence sensors and I have to re-detect before each ride which is quiet annoying.
    I wonder if that's a problem with the sensor? I'm using that same sensor with a different app (cyclemeter) and it occasionally drops too. For me, an iPhone restart fixes it, so perhaps it's just a glitch in how the sensor interacts with the iPhone bluetooth stack or the BT stack is just buggy too.

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    Cyclemeter was the software I was looking to move to, does yours have to be resynced before each ride, or only occasionally?

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    Both my wife and I use our droid based phones with AllSport GPS. Works fine and our phones are good for about a 50 mile ride, longer if you shut the screen when not needed. Battery backup are available when needed.

    By far the best bike mount we found is by quad lock. http://www.quadlockcase.com/

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    I have been using iPhone 5 for about 6 months now.

    I was using a Bike Mate mount for a while and it worked great. My phone fit even with a bumper on it. I have started riding some much rougher roads and now just keep my phone in back pocket of my jersey.
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    As for apps. I use Strava and Runtastic Road Bike Pro. I actually run both of them at the same time when I ride.

    When I ride, I just turn off the screen and put the phone in my pocket. It has been fine for 2 1/2 hours no problem.

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