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Anyone use Apple watch/2 for cycling?

Old 09-22-16, 07:06 PM
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Battery life isn't long enough for my longer rides. If it had 10 hours of GPS battery life I'd consider it but at 5 hours (dunno exact life) it's simply not enough for a fair number of my rides.
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I have a Garmin 500 and an AppleWatch.

Both are great pieces of gear and I wouldn't want to do without either. At work and home my watch is great for keeping my phone in my pocket. I get notifications of texts, emails, when my team scores, plus it tells me what time it is. Pretty sweet.

I've got the Strava APP on my watch and it works seamlessly. It talks nicely to the Activity APP, and moves my activity rings. That said, on the bike it isn't a Garmin replacement. The Garmin is easy to see, gives me cadence, sits nicely on my bars and has a battery that doesn't seem to ever run out.

If my trusty old Garmin died tomorrow I'd order a new one (520?) before the sun went down, and happily use the Strava APP on my watch until the new 520 arrived in the mailbox.

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So many Apple haters.
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Yeah, I don't want a Garmin replacement. I just want something that will help me keep my phone in my pocket...I really hate constantly taking it out, especially on the bike if I start getting texts (especially if I have snuck away to ride mid-day). Seeing the time without pulling out the phone is another benefit. The Garmin 510 does not seem to support text notifications, unfortunately. I'd probably get the 1000 if I decide to not get the new watch, so at least I can see texts/calls while riding, albeit for 5 seconds.
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Originally Posted by Chandne View Post
Yeah, I don't want a Garmin replacement. I just want something that will help me keep my phone in my pocket...I really hate constantly taking it out, especially on the bike if I start getting texts (especially if I have snuck away to ride mid-day). Seeing the time without pulling out the phone is another benefit. The Garmin 510 does not seem to support text notifications, unfortunately. I'd probably get the 1000 if I decide to not get the new watch, so at least I can see texts/calls while riding, albeit for 5 seconds.
Seems like that's a perfect use case for an Apple Watch to me. If there's one thing it's good for it's those "keep your phone in your pocket" things, like reading texts.
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
Just a guess, but if somebody is willing to spend $800 on a watch to improve their cycling experience ... they're probably already motivated.
Originally Posted by dr_lha View Post
$400.
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If you're going to bash Apple, fine, but at least get the facts right. The Watch starts at $269/$299 Buy Apple Watch Series 1 - Apple
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Originally Posted by derf36 View Post
I have a Garmin 500 and an AppleWatch.

Both are great pieces of gear and I wouldn't want to do without either. At work and home my watch is great for keeping my phone in my pocket. I get notifications of texts, emails, when my team scores, plus it tells me what time it is. Pretty sweet.

I've got the Strava APP on my watch and it works seamlessly. It talks nicely to the Activity APP, and moves my activity rings. That said, on the bike it isn't a Garmin replacement. The Garmin is easy to see, gives me cadence, sits nicely on my bars and has a battery that doesn't seem to ever run out.

If my trusty old Garmin died tomorrow I'd order a new one (520?) before the sun went down, and happily use the Strava APP on my watch until the new 520 arrived in the mailbox.
Change '500' to '510' and this post could have been written by me.
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Old 09-23-16, 08:46 AM
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Originally Posted by velociraptor View Post
If you're going to bash Apple, fine, but at least get the facts right. The Watch starts at $269/$299 Buy Apple Watch Series 1 - Apple
Right, but as you quoted me, let me defend my "$400" price. The OP said he's buying one of the new Nike+ Series 2 Apple Watches. Assuming he's getting the larger size one, those are $400 (OK, $399).
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If you're going to bash Apple, fine, but at least get the facts right.
C'mon now, how the hell can you expect to win an argument by telling the truth?? Geez!


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Old 09-23-16, 09:03 AM
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Originally Posted by dr_lha View Post
What do you mean by this? The latest watchOS works on the original Apple Watches.
I meant that it took Apple a year to release an OS that allows other apps to update the activity app. When the watch was released originally, it did not do this.

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I've got the Strava APP on my watch and it works seamlessly. It talks nicely to the Activity APP, and moves my activity rings.
This is very exciting news to me because it didn't do this previously. I had pretty much given up on the watch as you could tell from my previous posts.

I wonder if you don't use strava on the watch and instead use your garmin...which uploads to Garmin Connect, which uploads to Strava...if that would then update the activity app and the rings?

I know some people would say why do you need to have it do all that, but it'd be nice to have all of my activity data compiled into one place. I'm currently using a Vivomove which updates to Garmin Connect, which works well since my 820 uploads there as well, so all of my activity is in Garmin Connect, but it'd be nice to be able to use the Apple Activity App UI as well and get everything syncing back and forth so I could switch between the vivomove and the apple watch when I felt like it. I guess I have some experimenting to do this weekend.
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Seeing that the iPhone glass breaks if a fly farts on it there is no way I'd wear an Apple watch on a bike and risk the wind cracking it
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Seeing that the iPhone glass breaks if a fly farts on it


I've owned iPhones since the original came out, and never broken the glass on one. You should see my current iPhone, it's dented to hell from my dropping it, yes the screen is scratched, but I've never managed to actually shatter or crack the screen. I guess I'm not being hard enough on it.
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Old 09-23-16, 09:18 AM
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I've had my iphone for going on three years now and the screen is like new. The phone has lived in a lifeproof case since I got it though, but I think you are freaking nuts to be carrying a smart phone without a protective case on it. Plus, the lifeproof case allows me to stick the phone in a jersey pocket and sweat all over it/get rained on and I don't have to worry about the wet ruining the phone.


Anyway, about the applewatch thing... I don't think it would work very well with cycling because it is missing a bunch of features that a cycling specific computer have. Name, real time power display, hr, cadence, speed, distance, ect. Just for tracking the watch would work because you would run strava on the phone but seeing stats at speed would be difficult, IMHO. Just not a good substitute for a dedicated gps cycling computer.
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Seeing that the iPhone glass breaks if a fly farts on it there is no way I'd wear an Apple watch on a bike and risk the wind cracking it
I crashed twice with my apple watch, both times the glass broke. Another reason why I'm disgruntled about it.

To be fair, both times I broke a collarbone, so I'm a bit disgruntled with collarbones as well.
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I've had my iphone for going on three years now and the screen is like new. The phone has lived in a lifeproof case since I got it though, but I think you are freaking nuts to be carrying a smart phone without a protective case on it.
On the other hand why take a beautifully designed phone, all sleek and small, and stick it in an ugly bulky plastic case? I've never used a case in 9 years of iPhone ownership, nor do I see using one in the near future, I just don't like them.

Plus, the lifeproof case allows me to stick the phone in a jersey pocket and sweat all over it/get rained on and I don't have to worry about the wet ruining the phone.
A ziplock snack bag also does this, and I can store my ID, credit card and some cash in it too.
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I've never used a case in 9 years of iPhone ownership, nor do I see using one in the near future, I just don't like them.
You may want to get a case if you opt for the new Jet Black one...

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Originally Posted by SpeshulEd View Post
You may want to get a case if you opt for the new Jet Black one...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Hya-sd4sWY
But what would be the point in buying the jet black if you're going to cover it in plastic?
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Originally Posted by dr_lha View Post


I've owned iPhones since the original came out, and never broken the glass on one.
Take it and fling it across the room, let it skip across the floor and smash into a wall. Pick it up, repeat. Pick it up, repeat. You used to be able to do that with the Blackberrys and still make a call, unfortunately making a call, sending a text or sending/reading text emails was about all you could do. Those phones were indestructable, best "phone" I've ever owned. I've had an iPhone now going back to the 3GS, never broke one either but know plenty of people that have. Apple should have bought RIM and learned how to make dependable indestructable phones. Still I'd never use an Apple watch, for 2 reasons. 1. Too fragile. 2. And more importantly I use a Garmin Forerunner watch for running and activity tracking when I'm not on the bike.
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Take it and fling it across the room, let it skip across the floor and smash into a wall. Pick it up, repeat. Pick it up, repeat.
Why would I do that to my phone though?

You used to be able to do that with the Blackberrys and still make a call, unfortunately making a call, sending a text or sending/reading text emails was about all you could do. Those phones were indestructable, best "phone" I've ever owned.
Right, but they didn't have glass touchscreens did they? They had plastic windows. I bet if you took a modern BB, and threw it around, you'd get a very similar result to an iPhone.
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Originally Posted by SpeshulEd View Post
I meant that it took Apple a year to release an OS that allows other apps to update the activity app. When the watch was released originally, it did not do this.
The iPhone 'Health' app is where the Strava integration is configured.

The Watch has nothing to do with it.

The tracked activities can then be viewed in both the iPhone & Watch 'Activity' apps.

This has been possible for a long time, since iOS 8 I believe. I've had mine set up this way for over a year.

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If you're going to bash Apple, fine, but at least get the facts right. The Watch starts at $269/$299 Buy Apple Watch Series 1 - Apple
I think you're missing the point. People spend somewhere between $270 and $1,100 on a watch, in part to improve their cycling experience. These aren't people who need a watch to motivate them to ride a bike.
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Originally Posted by dr_lha View Post
I bet if you took a modern BB, and threw it around, you'd get a very similar result to an iPhone.
Do they even still make phones lol. You're right though, that's why I said the BB was the best "phone" I ever had. The iPhone is more "computer" than "phone". All the smartphone manufacturers could do better but they don't want to, too much money to be made by repairing and selling new phones to replace broken ones.
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I think you're missing the point. People spend somewhere between $270 and $1,100 on a watch, in part to improve their cycling experience. These aren't people who need a watch to motivate them to ride a bike.
I'm not sure I understand your point.

Why would a person buy an Apple Watch to improve their cycling experience, in-part or otherwise?

That's not what it's for.

I bought mine to improve my life experience – by not having to look at my phone as much.

The fact that it adds a convenience while riding is just an ancillary benefit.

It's not a fitness device.

It's an iPhone accessory that has some health-tracking-oriented features.

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On the other hand why take a beautifully designed phone, all sleek and small, and stick it in an ugly bulky plastic case? I've never used a case in 9 years of iPhone ownership, nor do I see using one in the near future, I just don't like them.


A ziplock snack bag also does this, and I can store my ID, credit card and some cash in it too.
Ziplock bags are so pedestrian.


Actually, the lifeproof case isn't that big and doesn't make the phone bulky.
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I'm not sure I understand your point.
I don't really have one. Somebody just got an Apple Watch and wants to know if it's useful for cycling. Someone else told him it's an expensive way to find motivation. And I thought that was kind of silly because people who shell out this kind of money and spend this much time on a bike, and who get really fancy new stuff and immediately want to know how to use it for cycling, are already extremely motivated. So I posted that, was corrected about what the watch costs, you thought I was besmirching Apple's honor, and now I'm supposed to have a point. It's just a random comment in a discussion.
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