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Bike Computer vs. iphone GPS riding app

Old 11-07-11, 03:02 PM
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Originally Posted by edmund84
You can using Runkeeper. I use Runkeeper to track cycling and running. You can create routes on their website and then you can select what route you want on the phone from those you made on the web. I'm sure you can do that with other apps as well.
^^^^^This is the main one I use with my HTC droid powered phone. It's somewhat buggy however without it and how it interfaces with Facebook I would not be any where near the cyclist that I am today. It has given me a cheering squad and also allowed me to inspire some of my family and friends. I've also tried iMapMyRide but have found it a bit harder to use.

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Bike computer: Replace battery every 18 - 24 months (my experience). Cost: $35. Waterproof, always there, total fiddling before each ride=push two buttons. Long rides (over 8 hours), battery is still working.

GPS: Battery life maximum 6 hours (again, my experience). Must charge batteries night before ride. Cost: 10x cyclecomputer. Waterproof, have to take mount or bar bag, can get lost in house.

Phone: Battery life, don't know, never left GPS on that long. Water -- AACK! Needs waterproof bag to carry on bike. Cost $200+, Lord help if it gets lost.

What's hard about this selection? It can only be the gadget-oriented mindset of the user that wants to use the new play toy. In rational terms, there's no comparison!
Wow pd guess you are the only one with an opinion here that counts and I must just want to play with a new toy! Yeah whatever, one size fits all in your world. Already had the bike, needed to replace my phone and settled with a smart phone. Only then did I find the free app Runkeeper to track my fitness. So glad I did too. It has literally changed my life. Without Runkeeper I was stuck just riding every few days for distances never exceeding 6 miles. Runkeeper gave me encouragement and incentive to with the social aspects to set reasonable short term goals and tracking of their achievement. That said the battery life does suck!
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Old 11-08-11, 05:27 PM
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Wow pd guess you are the only one with an opinion here that counts and I must just want to play with a new toy! Yeah whatever, one size fits all in your world.
Naw, I'm just the only one who dares to counter prevailing opinion. Enjoy your phone!
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Old 11-09-11, 08:06 PM
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Originally Posted by benwahl
I am starting to track my miles and installed a basic bike comp. on my bike. Then I got to looking in the app store and saw they had GPS apps that say they do a whole lot more, plus data is already in the app, no having to transfer date from my bike comp.

Does any one use a app on there phone?
Does it replace having a comp. on the bike?
I like to know how fast I'm going- but don't think I want to stare at my phone the whole ride. Just looking for feed back about what works for every one.
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I prefer a cyclo computer myself, due to the fact that I don't own a smartphone and hope I never will, and also since I sometimes do 10 hour cycling trips, I wouldn't want to be stuck somewhere when my phones battery died due to running an app for that long; my Garmin Edge 500 has more than enough battery power for any ride I've ever been on. I think they rate it at 20 hours, but I've never seen it below 50% charge.

But if you already have a smart phone and you don't typically go long distances, I'm sure that'll fit your needs perfectly.
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Old 11-09-11, 08:57 PM
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Originally Posted by pdlamb
GPS: Battery life maximum 6 hours (again, my experience). Must charge batteries night before ride. Cost: 10x cyclecomputer. Waterproof, have to take mount or bar bag, can get lost in house.
I think your information on GPS receivers must be out of date...

My Garmin Edge 705 is rated for 15 hours of continuous use. When I rode down the Pacific coast, I was on the bike 6-8 hours/day and charged the GPS every other day. When I'm not touring, I charge it once a week at most.

I have the (free) mount attached to my bike, just like you would for a regular bike computer. The Edge 705 is either on the mount or connected to the charger; I've never managed to lose it. I've ridden with it in moderate rain for 1-2 hours without a problem.

Before a ride I press one button to clear the memory, then another to start recording. At the end of the ride, I press the start button a second time to stop recording. Overall, it's easier to setup and use than my last bicycle computer.
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Next up: GPS Cycling Computers with Heart Rate Monitors, Power Meters, and are powered by a BB dynamo.


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There are other options for GPS. A 60Csx or 76Csx uses 2 regular AA batteries, lasts 18 hours, and you can map out a route, find a store when you're in the middle of nowhere, and use it for other purposes like hunting, hiking, fishing, boating, driving, etc. It is an expensive option once all the costs are considered (I probably spent $400 when all is said and done). However, I got a lot of use out of it in the six or so years I've owned it. It's not a small unit, and not touch screen, but it's hardy. Here's what the 76Csx looks like installed on my bike:
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What mount are you using with the 76Csx? Looks interesting.
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Originally Posted by pdlamb
Bike computer: Replace battery every 18 - 24 months (my experience). Cost: $35. Waterproof, always there, total fiddling before each ride=push two buttons. Long rides (over 8 hours), battery is still working.

GPS: Battery life maximum 6 hours (again, my experience). Must charge batteries night before ride. Cost: 10x cyclecomputer. Waterproof, have to take mount or bar bag, can get lost in house.

Phone: Battery life, don't know, never left GPS on that long. Water -- AACK! Needs waterproof bag to carry on bike. Cost $200+, Lord help if it gets lost.

What's hard about this selection? It can only be the gadget-oriented mindset of the user that wants to use the new play toy. In rational terms, there's no comparison!
Don't know about pricing in dollars, my side of the water you'd get a cheap entry-level cycling computer for 30 and a high-end GPS for 300.

My wife has a cheap cycling computer on her bike that just tells her speed and distance - that's all she's interested in knowing.

For years I used a Garmin 60CSx, had a battery life long enough to do several long rides without issue (and it's really not that big a deal to throw two spare AA batteries in my saddle bag). I used it for one tour where in three days of cycling for the entire day I used three pairs of rechargeable batteries (when I changed them they weren't dead, I just swapped them out at the end of the day so I wouldn't have them fade on me during the following day). The mount stays on the bike so all I have to do is clip the GPS to it, and unless I needed to update the GPS it could stay clipped to the bike. The GPS (especially at that kind of price point) will support maps so if you get lost you tell the GPS to navigate you home. If you're planning a long ride you can program it with waypoints for everything from banks to bike shops to places to eat.

Arguing something has weaknesses because "it can get lost in the house" is seriously lame, it's no more rational than saying you shouldn't have a bike lock because you might lose the keys. What happens if you fumble your cycling computer and drop it in the trash when you come to change the batteries, then accidentally step on it as you go to pick it up?
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