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    Looking for app for my Iphone to give distance, time, speed etc

    I am looking for an IPhone application that I can use to provide data on my rides. If possible I would like it to also give me trip data such as route information or show me the route I have followed. Anyone know of any should app?

    Thanks for any suggestions and help,
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    Midnight, I use the free version of MapMyRide...just search for it at the App Store. It enables you to track mileage, average speed, and has route information (including elevation info)

    There is a paid version as well, but the free one does everything I need and more!

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    Quote Originally Posted by IceAce View Post
    Midnight, I use the free version of MapMyRide...just search for it at the App Store. It enables you to track mileage, average speed, and has route information (including elevation info)

    There is a paid version as well, but the free one does everything I need and more!
    Was there any advantage with the paid version?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Midnight Shadow View Post
    Was there any advantage with the paid version?
    Midnight Shadow
    The free version has a few advertisements (which do not bother me) that are eliminated by going 'MVP'

    In addition, MVP offers:


    • Advanced Map Features
    • Route Genius
    • Training Plans
    • Advanced Leaderboards
    • Heart Rate Analysis
    • Power Analysis
    • Cadence Analysis
    • Custom Splits
    • Mobile Coaching
    • Interval Training



    Personally, I'd try the free version and then update down the road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Midnight Shadow View Post
    I am looking for an IPhone application that I can use to provide data on my rides. If possible I would like it to also give me trip data such as route information or show me the route I have followed. Anyone know of any should app?

    Thanks for any suggestions and help,
    midnight shadow
    Easy. Cyclemeter from Abvio.

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cycl...ign-mpt=uo%3D4

    Will also talk to cadence and speed sensors, heart monitors and power meters.

    J.
    Last edited by JohnJ80; 09-23-13 at 12:22 PM.

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    [Quse SmallhaulUOTE=Midnight Shadow;16091530]I am looking for an IPhone application that I can use to provide data on my rides. If possible I would like it to also give me trip data such as route information or show me the route I have followed. Anyone know of any should app?

    Thanks for any suggestions and help,
    midnight shadow[/QUOTE]

    I use endomondo pro does everything you can want on an iPhone 4s onwards has blutooth smartsupport too free version is good enough too I only upgraded as they offered me a cheap deal last year

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    i like mapmyride (free)

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    STRAVA of course. They play up the competitive angle a lot, but it's really good for keeping track of rides even if you're not interested in comparing to other people. The free version has all the important stuff - the paid version adds power graphs and stuff if you have a power meter.
    http://diabloscott.blogspot.com/

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    I second the Strava recommendation. I tried MapMyRide last year and was disappointed. They have probably released updates which addressed some of the issues I was having(not that I remember what they were), but I switched to Strava and haven't turned back as I am satisfied as a free user at the moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiabloScott View Post
    STRAVA of course. They play up the competitive angle a lot, but it's really good for keeping track of rides even if you're not interested in comparing to other people. The free version has all the important stuff - the paid version adds power graphs and stuff if you have a power meter.
    Just a small correction here... Strava Premium calculates power without the benefit of a power meter using heart rate and other things if you don't have a power meter. If you do, it just imports the info from that from the .TCX file of a Garmin unit. The premium also offers a "suffer score" that uses heart rate and other factors to calculate an overall effort. And a new feature just rolled out to premium members is a route builder that functions similar to MapMyRide. Personally, I think that's not quite ready for prime time yet, but it's nice they're rolling all these functions into one site.

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    I prefer the interface for cyclemeter. Hopefully they will get through the iOs7 issues.

    Stava is more difficult to read.
    and these two wheels will take us anywhere.

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    strava is bloated garbage

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    I have used Cyclemeter (works Iphone only) for 2 years. I have their bluetooth heart rate and speed/cadence sensors and they work really well.

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    cyclemeter is most excellent. I guarantee you won't use all the features. You will also discover features that you didn't know you wanted and will end up using.

    The problem with using a smartphone for this purpose is the energy consumption. I recommend an external battery such as this one.

    You don't read my signature anyway, do you?

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    I've been pleased with Cyclemeter, but it consumes a lot of battery and data, so I don't use it much.

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    If you turn off the display on cyclemeter (or any smartphone app for that matter) the power consumption is negligible. Running with the display on, I estimate that uses about 20% of the battery per hour and that's with a speed/cadence bluetooth sensor too. So it really isn't a big deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnJ80 View Post
    If you turn off the display on cyclemeter (or any smartphone app for that matter) the power consumption is negligible. Running with the display on, I estimate that uses about 20% of the battery per hour and that's with a speed/cadence bluetooth sensor too. So it really isn't a big deal.
    Given the figures you gave ... that means the battery on your phone is completely dead after five hours.

    And that assumes that it was completely charged before you started.

    That may or may not be a big problem for somebody -- I guess it depends on how much they use their phone and how long their rides are.

    Personally, I've found that "glympse" (which posts your location periodically online) will drain my iPhone 5 down to 20% (at which point it shuts off so you can still make phone calls) in four hours -- and that's with the display off.

    I've got the external battery pack noglider posted. I've had many of them, but that's the one I'm most pleased with. Not only does it have two ports and give a pretty decent amount of juice, but since you manually turn it on and it has a light to tell you it's on, it doesn't end up dead right when I need it like all the others have.
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    I use Glympse too but it's more power hungry since it's talking to the server all the time. Pretty intense network traffic to keep your speed and position updated rapidly on the network. Cyclemeter isn't going to the network that much.

    I've been using Cyclemeter for part of last year and all of this year with several thousand miles on it. My normal route during the week is about an hour and 10 minutes long. If I go out fully charged, I come back at 80%. I go out at 80% I come back at 60%, 60%->40% etc... It seems to be a pretty reliable 20% per hour and that's with the display on. With the display off, it's noticeably less.

    What I do have, and use anyhow since I often need more battery power than my battery will hold in the course of a day, is a battery sled from iBattz that I connected to my quadlockcase.com bike mount. That gives me an additional battery plus some (plus it has the ability to swap batteries) so I can basically go a day without a problem. With just the sled and the phone it would be good for more than 10 hours. I don't have the legs to ride much past half of that.

    J.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnJ80 View Post
    I use Glympse too but it's more power hungry since it's talking to the server all the time. Pretty intense network traffic to keep your speed and position updated rapidly on the network.
    Actually, it's not intense at all. It doesn't update your location that often -- every minute or so. They say it uses about 300 KB per hour which isn't very much. (Though that seems like a lot more than I'd think it should need. Update 60 times an hour, and your location, speed and direction will take only about 100 bytes, let's say double that for overhead and you're looking at 12 KB/hour.)

    ... but it does have to keep the GPS going, and send a packet every minute or so (it doesn't need maps just to update its location with the server.) They say it needs to download map tiles -- not sure why it would need to do so (maybe they're assuming you're watching it?), but I guess that's where the extra bandwidth is going.

    A modern phone can move 300 KB over the cell network in under a second. Even at edge speeds that would only take about 30 seconds. Not intense, but the battery usage is far from negligible -- the phone even feels warm while it's on.

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    I guess what I mean to say, is that it seems to me that the battery goes down faster with Glympse than with Cyclemeter. Before, Cyclemeter, I used to use Glympse as a safety thing since I ride alone most of the time. I would rate the battery depletion of Glympse as higher than Cyclemeter but I don't have anything quantitative.

    I really like using Cyclemeter as a bike computer. I have to carry my phone anyhow, so this then gets it out of my pocket and onto the stem where it replaces my Garmin 805.

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    I've been very pleased with Cyclemeter, but they recently changed the appearance to match IOS7, so it looks like complete crap now along with the rest of IOS7.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alienbogey View Post
    I've been very pleased with Cyclemeter, but they recently changed the appearance to match IOS7, so it looks like complete crap now along with the rest of IOS7.
    I don't like the white background, but every screen allows you to change it. Actually, the black background is pretty awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fanfugutastic View Post
    I second the Strava recommendation. I tried MapMyRide last year and was disappointed. They have probably released updates which addressed some of the issues I was having(not that I remember what they were), but I switched to Strava and haven't turned back as I am satisfied as a free user at the moment.
    I third the Strava recommendation. The competitive angle really keeps my pushing myself on shorter, manageable distances than the full ride (where you sometimes don't have control over all variables such as traffic lights). Love being able to define my own segments, and I always look forward to seeing how I place on the Leaderboards on all the segments along my route.

    My issue with Strava is that it's not easy (more like impossible) to compare your rides head-to-head.

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    Does Strava calcular Watts Power when iPhone 5s is movement from pocket?

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    I started with Endomondo and then moved to Strava (both on iPhone). The main reason I moved to Strava was the competitive and social aspect with my cycling friends. Strava does a good job integrating the social aspect in my opinion. I will agree I think Endomondo actually did a better job at recording variables and comparing rides. However now I have Garmin Connect with my Edge 510 which blows away both iPhone apps.

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