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What do you guys use to track your progress (km/miles, time on the bike, speed, etc.)

Old 05-30-17, 09:16 PM
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What do you guys use to track your progress (km/miles, time on the bike, speed, etc.)

I have an app, but I'm not terribly happy with it. I've been looking at other apps, but I haven't decided on one.

I also don't care if it's free or not.

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I use cyclemeter app.
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Strava and Ride With GPS. I like both; Strava is substantially more social.
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I look at the clock before I ride, and again when I get back.
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I use a Garmin running watch and Garmin Edge on the bikes, sync them with Garmin Connect, and then have Garmin Connect automatically sync with the following sites: RunningAhead, SportTracks, and Strava. I also have the SportTracks Windows app which syncs with the web app so I have a local copy of my log. All are free except the SportTracks Windows app and I subscribe to the SportTracks premium service to allow it to sync with the Windows app.
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Mapmyride.
Easy to use, tracks what i want, no conplaints.
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Garmin Edge 200. It does everything I need it to do.
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Originally Posted by Homebrew01 View Post
I look at the clock before I ride, and again when I get back.
Heh.

That's far too hi-tech for me.

Seriously though, I don't use any apps, most of the time.

For a new rider that wants to track fitness, I would say tracking heart rate and intensity is better than distance and speed.

Learning my about my HR zones was a game changer for me.

Traffic, road and wind conditions affect my average speed far more than my fitness level .
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The cheapest cyclocomputer Wal-mart had. Its a 12 or 15 function one. Haven't looked into any of the apps yet.
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Strava

And my own personal Excel file ... with data from my cycling computer.

I used to use Bikejournal and BigDogs but they are fading from existence now what with Strava and all.
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Garmin and Apple Watch
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Strava free version and bike computer.

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I use Strava in combination with my GPS. If neither my Strava app or my GPS records my ride, I use my bike computer and manually add the time/distance on Strava's web site.
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In this order of preference:
  1. Cyclemeter (iPhone only)
  2. Wahoo Fitness
  3. Strava
Cyclemeter and Wahoo Fitness can share data with Strava, but don't need to. I track short rides like errands and walks but don't upload to Strava.

Cyclemeter is more comprehensive and affordable. The free version is usable but some features are locked out.

Wahoo Fitness is free, very simple and has the largest and most visible display on the iPhone 4s while riding. But it doesn't show much data by itself. It records the data but works best when uploaded to Strava.

If you ride solo and never plan to join even casual groups or make friends through cycling, Cyclemeter and Wahoo Fitness are fine. That's all I used my first year back in the saddle, until I expanded my circle of riding friends.

Yeah, Strava is socially oriented and some folks use it for competitive comparisons. I just use it because my cycling friends do and it enables us to share routes and encourage each other. And you can keep as much or as little private as you choose. The free version does everything I'm interested in. The premium version is too pricey for my budget and I don't need those features.

While it's not at the top of my list, you might as well start with Strava. Eventually that's where most sociable cyclists end up anyway once they realize it's not just for racers and hardcore speed demons.
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What do you guys use to track your progress (km/miles, time on the bike, speed, etc.)
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I have an app, but I'm not terribly happy with it. I've been looking at other apps, but I haven't decided on one.

I also don't care if it's free or not.

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Data hand-entered in an Excell spreadsheet from my Sigma Sport computer, mostly as a commuter.

I also have various entries such as temperature, wind speed and direction, routes, arrival time, resting heart rate, and excuses (not to ride).
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I look at the clock before I ride, and again when I get back.
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Old 05-31-17, 05:35 AM
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Garmin Edge 800 (when it wants to work) and now also the MapMyRide app.




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Tracking progress? Let's see...


Get a 10-speed bike and start riding. Ride a lot. Ride everywhere. Marry a girl who likes to ride, too. Ride some more. Ride in events. Push yourself. Bike commute to work. Have kids, and take them on the bike from when they're first able. Get the family to ride. Endure the complaints and whining. Keep riding. Move, work, ride, send the kids to college. Tour on your bike. Keep riding when you can. Find friends who like to ride, too. Bring bikes on vacation, and ride. Build a decent utility bike and use it for errands whenever you can.Marry off the kids, move, and become an old bike commuter. Ride recreationally with the wife. Continue to ride...


Answer to your question: ride lots and look back and say, "Wow, I made progress." No data were involved...
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garmin GPS watch to Strava; using a GPS watch is a lot moire accurate than using your cell phone's GPS triangulation.

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I look at the clock before I ride, and again when I get back.
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RideWithGPS + Strava (for the social aspect) + fitbit (for monitoring heart rate)
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I use Cyclemeter and Strava.


For the iPhone specifically, Cyclemeter is the only app I found that runs well when you have Background App Refresh turned off. Cyclemeter also uploads the data to Strava. So I use Cyclemeter to keep track of my times/miles and go on Strava to compare times or find new routes.
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