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Old 02-05-12, 10:25 PM   #1
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Any bikejournal.com fans out there?

I discovered I'm still "on" bikejournal.com, with a free account. I haven't been keeping track of my rides since 2008 (and haven't been riding much since 2009). But they still have my log going back to 2006.

Free is cool, of course, but limits how many fields you can enter into your log. Wondering if there are any other 50+ers on the site, and if you have any comments about the value of buying a membership. It's about $24/year, if I remember correctly.

I will say it was a trip down memory lane to see all the bikes I've listed over the years. I'd forgotten many of them!
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Old 02-05-12, 10:55 PM   #2
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I too have a free account with same handle as I use here.

I sometimes wonder if more fields would be nice to have. In the meantime I just build Excel spread sheets to satisfy my record keeping and calculating wants.
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Old 02-06-12, 12:34 AM   #3
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I have a paid membership and have been recording every ride there (same username as here) since June 2008. The extra fields are nice alright. The membership allows you to download and save your rides into an Excel file.

I don't think they are actively working to improve the software at the site.
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Old 02-06-12, 07:03 AM   #4
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I've got a paid membership, although I only use the features that I'd have gotten for free. Same name there as here.
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I've still got a membership (I think) but I had trouble recording rides of less than 1/4 mile!!
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Old 02-06-12, 08:06 AM   #6
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I use it with the free membership. I like comparing my total miles to others but not into all the other stats.
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Old 02-06-12, 08:26 AM   #7
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Paid member since I started cycling in 2006.

I have all my privacy settings set public. I use some of the extra fields some of the time. I have a different username here since some imposter already had taken "brucew" when I signed up. I'm brucew at BikeJournal and everywhere else on the web.

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I also use Bike Journal under the same name as here. Like DGee, I have rides from several years ago still in their database. Quit riding because of a bad knee five years ago and finally got the knee replaced and have been riding again and logging rides. Really like the comparison to others in the Stats section. It helps me set goals for distance (i.e. be among the top 500 people who post their rides - not there yet - in the 750 group at the moment )
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And one more thing: they say they sell jerseys at BJ but none are ever, ever available. I think ole Slants has been on vacation from doing anything with the site for a couple years now. Still, it's a decent place to record one's rides and I REALLY like being able to look back at the kind of rides I was doing a year or two ago.

But since I am such a "stop and smell the roses" kind of guy I do not find the comparisons with others all that motivating. YMMV.
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Old 02-06-12, 03:53 PM   #10
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Didn't even know about it. Thanks.

Want MORE columns? yikes.

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But since I am such a "stop and smell the roses" kind of guy I do not find the comparisons with others all that motivating. YMMV.
Yep. That. Trails are boring after you've seen them in every "season" that we have here, which is why I roam around other places.

What are the other fields offered in the paid sub? The fields in the free version are enough for me, although I like the Elapsed Time available on DailyMile.com.
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I just started with Bike Journal a couple of months ago and I paid. I use the extra fields like a diary.
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I too have a free account with same handle as I use here.

I sometimes wonder if more fields would be nice to have. In the meantime I just build Excel spread sheets to satisfy my record keeping and calculating wants.
I looked at the available fields on tsl’s bikejournal log, and wondered what other kind of data you (and others) collect? As a year round commuter and occasional centurian who trains on his commute, I record ride mileage, time, average speed and average cadence as general cycling parameters. For each individual ride I record route and arraival time. I might also comment about the weather, usually about strong winds, and rarely about noteable events on the ride. I use different colors for my good road bike and my beater mountain bike. I record daily, with an excuse field when I don’t ride.

When my work situation was different, I had a seemingly perverse field called “5:00 AM checkpoint” to record where en route I was at that hour. One useful item I tracked in my first year of serious training was “warm-up point.” That was the mileage at which I spontaneously noted that I felt really good, and “in the groove,” which I interpreted as fully warmed up. I did not conscientiously seek that spot, but recorded it when I noted it. Over about four months I learned it occurred at about 6 to 7 miles. So now when I do a distance ride, I take it easy up until that point.

I also similarly recorded a “first fatigue mile” when I started to feel the burn in my legs, at an average of about 25 miles, on training rides from 40 to 75 miles.
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Old 02-06-12, 09:48 PM   #18
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I looked at the available fields on tsl’s bikejournal log, and wondered what other kind of data you (and others) collect? As a year round commuter and occasional centurian who trains on his commute, I record ride mileage, time, average speed and average cadence as general cycling parameters. For each individual ride I record route and arraival time. I might also comment about the weather, usually about strong winds, and rarely about noteable events on the ride. I use different colors for my good road bike and my beater mountain bike. I record daily, with an excuse field when I don’t ride.

When my work situation was different, I had a seemingly perverse field called “5:00 AM checkpoint” to record where en route I was at that hour. One useful item I tracked in my first year of serious training was “warm-up point.” That was the mileage at which I spontaneously noted that I felt really good, and “in the groove,” which I interpreted as fully warmed up. I did not conscientiously seek that spot, but recorded it when I noted it. Over about four months I learned it occurred at about 6 to 7 miles. So now when I do a distance ride, I take it easy up until that point.

I also similarly recorded a “first fatigue mile” when I started to feel the burn in my legs, at an average of about 25 miles, on training rides from 40 to 75 miles.
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Past miles/ average speed and maybe total time what else is there? Overkill. What's next on the list, total cars encountered? How many animals did you see? How many potholes? Alien crafts?
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Past miles/ average speed and maybe total time what else is there? Overkill. What's next on the list, total cars encountered? How many animals did you see? How many potholes? Alien crafts?
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