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Metric century...or not?

Old 07-15-16, 04:37 PM
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Metric century...or not?

Went out early this morning from my home in the suburbs to the southwest end of the city to pick up a set of fixer-upper 7800 shifters, but that's another story for another time. Going by my Cateye Strada Slim bike computer it appeared that I'd ridden 101.5 km--the longest ride I've done. Cool. Metric century. However, out of curiosity I checked on this site:

How far did I run? - Create running maps with On The Go Map

Yeah, I'm still stuck in the 2000's. No GPS. No Strava. Anyway, it showed I'd only ridden 98.1 km.

So what say you? Count or not?
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Old 07-15-16, 04:46 PM
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Originally Posted by mcours2006 View Post
Went out early this morning from my home in the suburbs to the southwest end of the city to pick up a set of fixer-upper 7800 shifters, but that's another story for another time. Going by my Cateye Strada Slim bike computer it appeared that I'd ridden 101.5 km--the longest ride I've done. Cool. Metric century. However, out of curiosity I checked on this site:

How far did I run? - Create running maps with On The Go Map

Yeah, I'm still stuck in the 2000's. No GPS. No Strava. Anyway, it showed I'd only ridden 98.1 km.

So what say you? Count or not?
It's still today... Quick.. go around the block a couple times.
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Old 07-15-16, 04:49 PM
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Nah, that'd be two rides. I'd have to actually go 100 km to count it.
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Old 07-15-16, 04:57 PM
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cateye set for the right wheel size? it could just be a little off
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Which measurement is truly correct? I'd count it. Marathoners run for more than 26.2 miles in a race as the organizers measure the shortest possible route to exactly 26.2 miles; the runners of course don't run that way (eg. cut through every corner).
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Within the margin of instrument error for a non-precision instrument like a non-GPS bike computer.

I say it counts. Put it this way, if a cop tried to give you a ticket for only 2% fast in a 100 km/h zone, you'd probably have a good chance of beating it in court as being within the combined margin of error of your speedometer and the cop's radar. Which is why cops giving tickets for 2 km/h over the limit are rare indeed.

So I say 98.1 km is close enough on your computer.
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Old 07-15-16, 05:25 PM
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If it was on Strava I would not give it kudos. Lets leave it at that.
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Old 07-15-16, 06:55 PM
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Originally Posted by mcours2006 View Post
Went out early this morning from my home in the suburbs to the southwest end of the city to pick up a set of fixer-upper 7800 shifters, but that's another story for another time. Going by my Cateye Strada Slim bike computer it appeared that I'd ridden 101.5 km--the longest ride I've done. Cool. Metric century. However, out of curiosity I checked on this site:

How far did I run? - Create running maps with On The Go Map

Yeah, I'm still stuck in the 2000's. No GPS. No Strava. Anyway, it showed I'd only ridden 98.1 km.

So what say you? Count or not?
Doesn't count in my book. I always do an extra mile as I learnt from my first metric "century" which I thought was 62miles. Turns out it is 62.5 miles.
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Old 07-15-16, 06:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Inpd View Post
Doesn't count in my book. I always do an extra mile as I learnt from my first metric "century" which I thought was 62miles. Turns out it is 62.5 miles.
101.5, that's an extra 1.5 km!

Tough crowd!
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Old 07-15-16, 08:18 PM
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I'd follow the computer.

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nope, it don't count.

I use strava and I often go around the block to make SURE I'm over my target mileage, even with GPS error. with that said, I look at daily mileage because I'm forced to break it up due to work, commuting, cooking dinner/caring for the kid. so if my daily goal is 30 miles, it's usually on 3 rides. to me, the daily total matters, especially as your rides get longer.

So quick, go ride around the block!
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Old 07-15-16, 08:58 PM
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Really tough crowd. The guy did almost 10 metric dimes... ON A SINGLE RIDE. Color me impressed.
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Metric nine five plus three pennies...

so definitely an almost.
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Originally Posted by mcours2006 View Post
...... Going by my Cateye Strada Slim bike computer it appeared that I'd ridden 101.5 km--..... out of curiosity I checked on this site.... it showed I'd only ridden 98.1 km.

So what say you? Count or not?
The maps/GPS are not perfect. They are sometimes in error. A Cateye computer however is rock solid mileage.
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Originally Posted by Dave Cutter View Post
The maps/GPS are not perfect. They are sometimes in error. A Cateye computer however is rock solid mileage.
This is what I was thinking. Do people really think manually inputting a route by memory into a map website after a ride has less margin for error than a cycling computer?
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Old 07-16-16, 02:32 PM
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Originally Posted by seau grateau View Post
This is what I was thinking. Do people really think manually inputting a route by memory into a map website after a ride has less margin for error than a cycling computer?
Are you saying that one's memory has a larger margin for error or the mapping website?

Actually, my wife asks me all the time how the heck I can remember the route I take. I don't know how I remember. I just do. I started doing this when I began running more than 10 years ago. It was easier than getting into a car and driving the route to see the distance. But I digress.
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Are you saying that one's memory has a larger margin for error or the mapping website?
No disrespect to your memory. I just think both have a margin for error and the most accurate way to track your mileage is the thing on your bike that tracks your mileage.
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And.... I got to thinking. As long as the mileage is ridden in the same day... it counts. And with a metric day being 100 hours... the OP might still have time to ride the difference. Just a thought.
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I would count it. When I ran track we frequently called the 1600m the mile. In casual conversation it is accepted that 1500m and 1650y is a "mile" in swimming https://swimswam.com/tsc-mysteries-why-is-a-swimming-mile-only-1650-yards/
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My friends wouldn't give someone .01, you either do it or not with them so I always put some in the bank. Also, as long as you do your riding in the same 24 hour period it counts, it's not a "second ride".

I do long distance motorcycle riding (IBA) and you are ok to stop and sleep if you can figure the time,speed and distance, that is part of the game. Be sure and set your alarm if you do!
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Originally Posted by Inpd View Post
Doesn't count in my book. I always do an extra mile as I learnt from my first metric "century" which I thought was 62miles. Turns out it is 62.5 miles.
Actually, 62.1371192237334 miles. But who's counting
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What difference does it make if it counts or not?
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