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Old 03-13-14, 07:25 AM   #1
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Strava on mounted IPhone with HRM on screen real time?

Hi. Im new to road cycling. More of a MTBKer. So I have two bikes now. Starting to train for triathlons. I have no cycling computer on my bikes but looking into getting something with HRM. That being said I always carry my IPhone with me so why not use it right! If you are using your smartphone as a cycling computer I am looking for some info.

So Strava is compatible with Wahoo fitness HR. Question, does strava app on the IPhone show real time HR, speed and distance on screen while riding?

Is there a slick waterproof mounting bracket for IPhone 4s to mount it on the bike? I have seen some huge brackets but I would like a more professional look a la Garmin.
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Hi. I’m new to road cycling. More of a MTBKer. So I have two bikes now. Starting to train for triathlons. I have no cycling computer on my bikes but looking into getting something with HRM. That being said I always carry my IPhone with me so why not use it right! If you are using your smartphone as a cycling computer I am looking for some info.

So Strava is compatible with Wahoo fitness HR. Question, does strava app on the IPhone show real time HR, speed and distance on screen while riding?

Is there a slick waterproof mounting bracket for IPhone 4s to mount it on the bike? I have seen some huge brackets but I would like a more professional look a la Garmin.
If you use the Wahoo Fitness app, it does display in real time -- you can then upload to Strava after your ride, if you so wish. I don't think Strava itself displays in real time, but I could be wrong on that.

The girl uses a Lifeproof case and the accompanying brackets for her iPhone on the stem. It's fairly bulky, but it's an iPhone.
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I thought iPhones could only be mounted on fixed gears and then only if the front brake was removed...
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+1 for Lifeproof case and stem mount. Water proof and way to go. I run cycle meter app works great, have not tried HR as I use Bont Node as well. Would go with Garmin 810 if no need phone but I'm on call 24/7 so need phone.
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I’m looking for something more like this. Slick BUT waterproof.
Rokform Smartphone Bike Mounts

As for real time I meant real time data on screen for speed HR and distance not real time upload. As long as I can see what HR is at, my speed is at and the distance I’m at.
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I just did this exact setup. Strava will show elapsed time, average speed, distance and heart rate in real time. I also use the Wahoo speed and cadence sensor and Strava does not show cadence. It records it but doesn't show it. So I have been using the Wahoo fitness app which shows everything and then upload that data to Strava after the workout. The Strava upload is built into the Wahoo app. I just downloaded Cyclemeter which was mentioned before and that app looks pretty good too. But the Wahoo fitness app is free and pretty much shows everything you need and includes multiple screens for different data.
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Nice! What do you use for mounting your phone? Waterproof?
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I just did this exact setup. Strava will show elapsed time, average speed, distance and heart rate in real time. I also use the Wahoo speed and cadence sensor and Strava does not show cadence. It records it but doesn't show it. So I have been using the Wahoo fitness app which shows everything and then upload that data to Strava after the workout. The Strava upload is built into the Wahoo app. I just downloaded Cyclemeter which was mentioned before and that app looks pretty good too. But the Wahoo fitness app is free and pretty much shows everything you need and includes multiple screens for different data.
Sounds exactly like me, except I got the Wahoo RFLKT+ for Xmas, so the phone is in a baggy in a pocket and it's just the display on a K-Edge mount on the bars. Looks better than the whole iPhone since I don't own the Lifeproof!
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I’m looking for something more like this. Slick BUT waterproof.
Rokform Smartphone Bike Mounts

As for real time I meant real time data on screen for speed HR and distance not real time upload. As long as I can see what HR is at, my speed is at and the distance I’m at.
Check out Quad Lock: Quad Lock ? iPhone 4/4S Bike Mount

Mounts similarly to Garmin mounts. Might not be as solid as Rokforms, which I believe are the most solid bike mounts out there right now, but it does come with a "rain resistant cover" they call the Poncho. Basically a clear cover covering the top and sides of the phone/case.
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Sounds exactly like me, except I got the Wahoo RFLKT+ for Xmas, so the phone is in a baggy in a pocket and it's just the display on a K-Edge mount on the bars. Looks better than the whole iPhone since I don't own the Lifeproof!
That is on my list as soon as my wife goes back to work.
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I use my iPhone too. I run Strava and Cyclometer both. I prefer Strava because it's easier to track my progress from ride to ride but I run Cyclometer as well because it works with my Polar Bluetooth HRM. And because Cyclometer also updates me via voice as I ride, giving me time, clock, current and average speed, heart rate, distance and if I'm doing a repeat ride, how I'm doing vis-a-vis my best time. I keep one earpiece in and tuck the phone in my jersey pocket, wrapped in plastic. My old Polar is on my handlebars but it basically only displays my cadence and my heartrate and if it's bright outside, it's realy hard to see.
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For those of you that have your IPhone mounted on your handle bars, do you find it hard to see the display screen while riding on sunny days?
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Not really. But you need to be careful looking at it when you ride - easy to swerve when your line of sight changes.

The other thing to think about is battery life. Using the screen up with an app may drain the battery fairly quickly, so you may want to look into a pack or mount that includes an extra power source.

I had the same setup, and it worked very well. (For other reasons I went to a Garmin 305 watch, and kept the phone in the saddle bag)

fyi almost all of the fitness apps will allow data interchange using gpx files. It can be a little clunky, but it works
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Yea! I’m debating this IPhone setup or Edge 510 with HRM. The Garmin is twice the price but slick and completely waterproof. Still undecided.

As for battery life, I use my phone all the time while alpine skiing with a similar app as Strava. I turn data roaming, WiFi off and it lasts all day with lots of battery life left. I don’t think a few hours on my bike will drain it. Testing will confirm that I guess. I will download Strava for skiing this weekend and test the battery life while skiing.
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Yea! I’m debating this IPhone setup or Edge 510 with HRM. The Garmin is twice the price but slick and completely waterproof. Still undecided.

As for battery life, I use my phone all the time while alpine skiing with a similar app as Strava. I turn data roaming, WiFi off and it lasts all day with lots of battery life left. I don’t think a few hours on my bike will drain it. Testing will confirm that I guess. I will download Strava for skiing this weekend and test the battery life while skiing.
I think what drains the battery is having the screen constantly on compared to ski trackers where its just in the pocket. Strava for smartphones won't be too bad if you just want to track the ride but if you want to constantly view your speed etc the screen will kill your battery. That's one of the reasons for a garmin over an app
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The RFLKT/RFLKT+ fills the gap between a mounted iPhone and a Garmin, for those who would rather use their existing iPhone and apps instead of going with one of the Garmins. The "+" version supports ANT devices (HR monitor, speed/cadence, etc.) in addition to Bluetooth, for those so inclined. As always, YMMV.
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