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    Map of your commute?

    I got a android phone and i got a app from google called Google tracks. It makes a really nice bicycle calculator but it can be used for anything. Hiking driving what ever. If it moves and uses GPS its usefull. So i decided to record my commute.

    Its intresting because using only my knowledge of the area i think i chose the most efficient path

    Any ways here it is.



    Total distance 6.33 MI

    Total moving time 33:57

    Total Time 38:04 (This included stop lights)

    Max Speed 22.57

    Average moving speed 11.18

    Average speed 9.98 (this included stop lights)

    This doesn't seem so accurate.
    (Elevation gain 780ft)
    (Max elevation 132)
    (Max grade 15.4)
    (Min grade -13.0)


    So how about it. Whats the details on your commute?
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    I started with the MapMyRide App, but it was kind of iffy. Then I went to Google MyTracks and it was better. The last Smartphone app I used was Endomondo for Droid, which was the best of the ones I tried. The problem with all of them is that if you ride almost daily as I do, you become a data whale real fast. I just got a Garmin Edge 500. It was $300 at a LBS, but now that I am on the lower data plan, it will pay for itself in six months. I download all of the data via a USB cable, not pricey bandwidth. I now import the data into my Endomondo and Strava accounts off my hard drive.

    My experience is the average moving speed reported by the smartphone apps is low by about 10%. The elevations can be on the high side by as much as 50-100%. This is because in hilly area, roads follow "cuts, and fills" in the terrain, and the elevations are calculated from the natural contours.

    http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1294085

    That was last Friday's "Solstice Friday" Commute all the way home. I usually ride five miles to a train station for the fifty five mile ride home, but it was the longest day of the year, so not go all the way by bike.
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    The shorter route is going to work. Longer route is going home. I use Endomondo, and my cell phone keeps track where I ride... it's usually off on actual mileage though, always shows a little less than what I usually do.

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    I use my Garmin Edge 500 & Strava.

    Here's my typical morning commute:
    http://app.strava.com/rides/11865383

    and my typical evening commute:
    http://app.strava.com/rides/8823843

    I usually add a few extra miles & a few hundred feet of elevation, because I don't get to ride as much as I'd like on the weekends
    This one had a nice climb at the end:
    http://app.strava.com/rides/10768894
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    This is my planned route for when I start commuting. I figure I'll be doing well if I can make that in 1 hour 15 minutes.
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    My commute is flat as a pancake, it's awesome.

    (South Puget sound area) :
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    My usual commute. If you look at it you will notice there is a shorter way, but that way involves a street (Red Hill Ave) that has 50mph+ traffic, and 0-shoulder in spots. The route I take is bike line almost all the way.

    http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1053649
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    Here's my ride: http://goo.gl/maps/qrhu

    Takes me about 40 mins. Keeping in mind, its totally flat, but I'm newb and on a heavy hybrid, so that's ok

    Speaking of being newb; it never even occurred to me to use a gps app on my phone. Which is to say, I'm diggin' this forum.

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    Picture 2.jpg

    usually works out to about 10.8km on the way into work.
    usually works out to about 29 mins on the way into work.
    usually works out to an average rolling speed of roughly 22 km/h (14mph) on a knobby-tired MTB which isn't that bad with the stop lights and such.

    the way home ranges between 11 to 13km depending on any errands that I run or biergartens, street markets or wine festivals that i hit on the way home.
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    To Work: http://connect.garmin.com/course/1535160
    From Work: http://connect.garmin.com/course/1535147

    I can do these either way but I usually go in over the mountain and home around the coast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by degnaw View Post
    My commute is flat as a pancake, it's awesome.

    (South Puget sound area) :
    I have the same thing - a slight downhill the entire way into work, and 9 times out of 10 a stiff tailwind. It's why my speed is 20 mph or so on the way in, but I'm lucky to break double digits on the way home. (Though since I started working nights it's been better, as the wind is usually quieter in the morning.)

    No maps though - the GPS on my phone isn't accurate at all out here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by akohekohe View Post
    To Work: http://connect.garmin.com/course/1535160
    From Work: http://connect.garmin.com/course/1535147

    I can do these either way but I usually go in over the mountain and home around the coast.
    I feel for you, that scenery must be absolutely boooooring (sarcasm)

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    Not for nutthin folks, but I would be careful about posting on-line, a map that shows where you live.

    There have been known instances of bike thieves using such data to target homes that potentially have expensive bikes in the garage.

    This is one reason why Strava allows you to off-set a staring location to mask when you start from home.

    Just sayin'

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lightingguy View Post
    Not for nutthin folks, but I would be careful about posting on-line, a map that shows where you live.

    There have been known instances of bike thieves using such data to target homes that potentially have expensive bikes in the garage.

    This is one reason why Strava allows you to off-set a staring location to mask when you start from home.

    Just sayin'

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    Been using that feature since day one...and I upload my commutes only to Strava because of that feature. Plus, I have 2 large dogs, and I've never paid over $350 for a bike, so I don't think I'm going to be much of a target.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisM2097 View Post
    Been using that feature since day one...and I upload my commutes only to Strava because of that feature. Plus, I have 2 large dogs, and I've never paid over $350 for a bike, so I don't think I'm going to be much of a target.
    Found that feature on Garmin early on. Previously I had been starting and stopping my smartphone app timing some distance, about 1/4mi, from home and work. I never share the ride terminus (except where they meet public transit) on my public rides.
    As much as you paid for that Beemer [Mercedies, Audi, Escalade], I'm surprised it didn't come equipped with turn signals.

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    I don't think the resolution of my image would allow anyone to really pinpoint my location heh.

    *edit* and I just changed it to make it a little more ambiguous.
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    My bike isnt even worth $250. He can come and find me if he wants. Ill teach him a lesson he wont forget.

    [IMG]http://blendinguser.webs.com/photos/A-New-World-Screenshots/******_m9_500.jpg[/IMG]

    Thats if hes still able to remember...
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    I'm not against guns at all, we need to protect our rights to own and carry and all. But that post plus your post in the other thread about hitting wife/GF makes you seem like a pretty violent person.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94 View Post
    I'm not against guns at all, we need to protect our rights to own and carry and all. But that post plus your post in the other thread about hitting wife/GF makes you seem like a pretty violent person.

    Reread it. Im the one getting hit!.. ANd i didnt make the orginal comment! Geez..
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    Here is my commute.
    Takes about 55 min on the road bike, an hour and 10 on the fenderbeast.....
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    Yep, THAT Ira

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuffstuff1 View Post
    Reread it. Im the one getting hit!.. ANd i didnt make the orginal comment! Geez..
    Sorry you posted that after I posted this above.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuffstuff1 View Post
    My bike isnt even worth $250. He can come and find me if he wants. Ill teach him a lesson he wont forget.

    [IMG]http://blendinguser.webs.com/photos/A-New-World-Screenshots/******_m9_500.jpg[/IMG]

    Thats if hes still able to remember...
    Now all you need is a sticker in your window that says "Never Mind the Dog, Beware of the Owner" (Translation-There is a *** on the premises, wait 'til I'm gone then come steal it. Much better value on black market than a bike)
    As much as you paid for that Beemer [Mercedies, Audi, Escalade], I'm surprised it didn't come equipped with turn signals.

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    Here's mine, with enough trimmed off the beginning to obfuscate my starting point:



    The one-way route is about 6.5 miles, and it's a gradual uphill on the way to work. I have to tell Google Maps that I'm a car, because otherwise it just fights me tooth and nail when I try to move the points to the roads I take.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
    Here's mine, with enough trimmed off the beginning to obfuscate my starting point:



    The one-way route is about 6.5 miles, and it's a gradual uphill on the way to work. I have to tell Google Maps that I'm a car, because otherwise it just fights me tooth and nail when I try to move the points to the roads I take.

    Have you ever tried zig zaggin throught Cedar Rapids?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuffstuff1 View Post
    Have you ever tried zig zaggin throught Cedar Rapids?
    Whaddya mean, taking a turn every block?
    Quote Originally Posted by chandltp View Post
    There's no such thing as too far.. just lack of time
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