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Old 03-20-14, 06:33 AM   #1
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Question Tracking Milage?

Hi everyone! Looking for advice on the best device to track milage on a bike? I've used the Map My Ride app for iPhone, and wouldn't be apposed to sticking with it. But I was hoping to find something separate from my phone (that doesn't cost an arm and a leg).

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Old 03-20-14, 06:41 AM   #2
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Hi everyone! Looking for advice on the best device to track milage on a bike? I've used the Map My Ride app for iPhone, and wouldn't be apposed to sticking with it. But I was hoping to find something separate from my phone (that doesn't cost an arm and a leg).
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I use a lot of technology in my life. But for whatever reason I feel most comfortable keeping my cycling data paper-based. I created a form (in openoffice word) and printed out a few copies. I keep the forms in a clipboard in the garage [where I park my bicycle]. Every time I return from cycling I record my trip.

Although I have thought about using an app to better track my activities (cycling included) on my iPhone. I think I'll stick with clip board too.
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Old 03-20-14, 08:17 AM   #3
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Cyclo-computer ($20-40) plus daily notation in an appointment calendar ($15/year).

It's kind of fun at the end of the year to go back through and remember the surprises, views, and big rides that I noted in the log.
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Old 03-20-14, 10:05 AM   #5
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I like Bikejournal myself. It's free unless you want to upload .GPX files seamlessly and even then it's only $30 a year or so.
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Old 03-21-14, 08:30 AM   #6
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You can buy Garmin GPS for about $100. It will track everything for you. Miles, location, map of route, speed, average speed, time and so on.
I don't think $100 is too much for such a useful gadget like that.
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Old 03-21-14, 08:42 AM   #7
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Old 03-21-14, 09:26 PM   #8
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I have a spreadsheet that I've created for Excel that tracks other workouts as well. I'd be more than happy to share it if you send me a message and your return email address.
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You can justify the cost of a Garmin device by using it for other activities. Such as hiking. Even in the Mojave desert's Death Valley. Then when I take the unit to my computer, and empty the data onto Garmin Connect, I can link to Google Earth and kind of watch where I traveled.

Last year the Tour of California stage was finishing up in Palm Springs up the Tramway's steep climb. The Garmin allows me to capture my own attempt to that same climb, albeit much slower.

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Old 03-26-14, 12:06 PM   #10
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I have an app on my iphone called moves. I never open the app. Every morning, it tells me how far I've walked and how far I've ridden my bike. I don't even know how it discerns the difference between walking, cycling, and riding in a car, but it does it somehow, and accurately. I think the app was free. I'm impressed.
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