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    Recommend cycle computer app please...

    I have heard that there are iPhone apps where you just throw your iPhone in your bike bag and ride. It shows stats like mileage and speed, etc.

    Was wondering if anyone knows which app is good to use.

    That way I can get rid of my cyclecomputer and maybe get a more accurate read on my 650b wheel bike and free up some cockpit space.

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    I have alot of friends on Strava. But my last ride with a buddy his mileage came up almost one more mile total than mine and I use a Garmn Edge 810. But for free if you don't need alot of bells and whistles it is ok. There is also a premium version you pay for of course. I am sure others will chime in.

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    As a new smartphone user, I think I downloaded all the cycling related apps to try. After trying each one on a ride or two, I really prefer the MapMyRide app. Shows all the relevant data I need; distance covered, time, route ridden and average speed. I know there are fancier apps, but for my needs, MMR fits the bill quite nicely.

    Of course as with any advice given here on Bike Forums, YMMV.

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    Started out with MMR but switched to Strava for the power data and segments.

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    I tried most liked micoach but now use endomondo as it had support for hrms and auto pause also pretty accurate like the fact that i can listen to music take calls and the app keeps on working have had mmr stop on calls.
    endomondo also ties in with FB and other 3rd party apps

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    Cyclemeter. It's a fantastic app. http://www.abvio.com. Does just about everything and does it well.

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    why don't you just buy a bicycle computer, so you can fix it on the handlebar and conveniently see how far you've gone and your speed? As far as i'm concerned, it doesn't cost much, maybe 4$ only. think about it

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    Quote Originally Posted by kids View Post
    why don't you just buy a bicycle computer, so you can fix it on the handlebar and conveniently see how far you've gone and your speed? As far as i'm concerned, it doesn't cost much, maybe 4$ only. think about it
    What about the part where he says he already has one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rebel1916 View Post
    What about the part where he says he already has one?
    oops,I didn't notice it..just thought a computer would be more convenient

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    I use Endomondo mostly because that's what most of my friends use and we can view each others rides and share them on FB etc. I'm happy with it.
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    Cyclemeter is the best, but other such as MapMyRide, Strava, Wahoo Fitness are good too. Anyone of them is capable of doing GPS centric data collection. Wahoo Fitness has the ANT+ Dongle to pair up with the appropriate Speed/Candace and heart-rate sensors (will work with many cycling apps not just Wahoo) or go the Bluetooth route too.

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    I love cyclemeter. I feel I got much more than I paid for.
    You don't read my signature anyway, do you?

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    I have used strava, endomondo and am now trying runtastic road bike. I like it best because it stays on the screen and has a map as well as all data that you could wish to see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ray.garza View Post
    Cyclemeter is the best, but other such as MapMyRide, Strava, Wahoo Fitness are good too. Anyone of them is capable of doing GPS centric data collection. Wahoo Fitness has the ANT+ Dongle to pair up with the appropriate Speed/Candace and heart-rate sensors (will work with many cycling apps not just Wahoo) or go the Bluetooth route too.
    What's this about pairing my dongle with Candace, again?

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    Wahoo Fitness has a dongle that you can plug into your iPhone 4/4s that will enable you to pair up with any ANT+ sensor. As long as the sensor full supports ANT+, your iPhone can pair up and read the data. I also believe that some Android phones comes with the ANT+ receiver built-in, so you can go that route too. The dongle is not limited to Wahoo Fitness apps either, any app that supports ANT+ sensors can use the dongle, such as Cyclemeter, Strava, MapMyRide, etc.

    The basic Sensors that use ANT+ protocol are, speed, speed and cadence, heart-rate, and power meters.

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    I prefer Runkeeper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kevindsingleton View Post
    What's this about pairing my dongle with Candace, again?
    pictures, please.

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    check this site, it compares them

    www.androidauthority.com App Lists App Reviews Apps

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    In keeping with the "Ant+" line of thought, I wondering how this would work with my Android. Looks like Google Play has an app that will install the "Ant" programming into my phone. Not sure this will work but supposing that it does then if I have an "ant" speed sensor and another compatible app such as endomondo or strava then that app will use the "ant" device to record speed and distance??

    If so that would be great. I really didn't like the accuracy of the speed and distance read out just based on GPS feedback. Anyone have any idea if an old Cateye wireless computer speed sensor would work in this application or would I have to buy a compatible ant sensor?

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    ^^^
    Eeesh.

    The phone has to receive ANT signals (thru a dongle attached to the phone, like an ANT USB stick/adapter) and the sensor has to transmit ANT signals. It's hardware on both sides (not just software). The transmitter will say ANT and have the ANT logo. Your random Cateye transmitter is not likely to be an ANT one.

    Software alone won't allow you phone to receive ANT signals.

    There were a few phones that received ANT but, as far as I know, no current phone does without a dongle. As far as I know, ANT dongles are only available for the iPhone.

    New phones support Bluetooth 4 instead.
    Last edited by njkayaker; 08-22-13 at 09:50 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by njkayaker View Post
    ^^^
    Eeesh.

    The phone has to receive ANT signals (thru a dongle attached to the phone, like an ANT USB stick/adapter) and the sensor has to transmit ANT signals. It's hardware on both sides (not just software). The transmitter will say ANT and have the ANT logo. Your random Cateye transmitter is not likely to be an ANT one.

    Software alone won't allow you phone to receive ANT signals.

    There were a few phones that received ANT but, as far as I know, no current phone does without a dongle. As far as I know, ANT dongles are only available for the iPhone.

    New phones support Bluetooth 4 instead.
    After doing some searches I'm reaching the same conclusion. There were a couple Android models that had the ANT+ hardware but most Androids don't. There is however an ANT+ accessory you can buy to add the hardware to your phone. Once you have the external hardware accessory ( dongle? ) you add the ANT+app to your phone and this should enable the user to run whatever ANT sensors that they want. Then just add whatever capatible fitness app that works with ANT+ and you should be set. Here is the link to the company that makes them > SelfLoops. Nice that it includes an external battery which makes a lot of sense. Not sure if the product is available yet but I plan to continue the search. ( *edit; release date is Oct 1st 2013 for the SelfLoops ANT+ android accessory )
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    Quote Originally Posted by 01 CAt Man Do View Post
    After doing some searches I'm reaching the same conclusion. There were a couple Android models that had the ANT+ hardware but most Androids don't. There is however an ANT+ accessory you can buy to add the hardware to your phone. Once you have the external hardware accessory ( dongle? ) you add the ANT+app to your phone and this should enable the user to run whatever ANT sensors that they want. Then just add whatever capatible fitness app that works with ANT+ and you should be set. Here is the link to the company that makes them > SelfLoops. Nice that it includes an external battery which makes a lot of sense. Not sure if the product is available yet but I plan to continue the search. ( *edit; release date is Oct 1st 2013 for the SelfLoops ANT+ android accessory )
    This is what is commonly called a "dongle".

    It appears that there's one called a "ANT+ USB stick".

    http://www.dcrainmaker.com/2012/02/m...-for-your.html

    Maybe, that won't work for Android phones.

    The "selfloop" product is a box that you have to connect to the phone with a USB cable. That seems inconvenient.

    You'd have to decide whether you want to have something stick out of your phone while riding. Note that you can use a cable between the phone and the dongle/box/whatever.

    You can also get a HRM strap that will relay ANT+ signals from your ANT+ transmitters as BT 4.

    http://www.dcrainmaker.com/2013/02/m...-smartant.html

    There's also the Wahoo Rflkt that does something similar (but it needs an iPhone at the moment).

    http://www.wahoofitness.com/devices/...-computer.html

    Note that BT 4 support is kind of spotty for Android. It should be available "any day now".
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    Quote Originally Posted by njkayaker View Post
    It appears that there's one called a "ANT+ USB stick".

    http://www.dcrainmaker.com/2012/02/m...-for-your.html
    The Garmin Ant+ USB Stick wirelessly links Ant+ devices to a desktop or notebook computer. It's useful in situations such as training inside and monitoring the training plan and results real-time with software like Golden Cheetah. The Suunto Movestick Mini is reported to be an alternative device for this purpose.

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    ^^

    Yeah. But it might not work for a phone.

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