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Anyone use Apple watch/2 for cycling?

Old 09-22-16, 09:18 AM
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Anyone use Apple watch/2 for cycling?

My GF just pre-ordered the Nike version of the Apple Watch 2 for me. While it looks cool, it seems the watch is geared towards runners. How useful is it for cyclists? I'm an iPhone use and own a Garmin 520. Thanks!
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Old 09-22-16, 09:20 AM
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Your garmin 520 is by far superior to the apple watch and I own both an Apple Watch and a Garmin 810
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Use the 520 you already have on the bike. Use the Apple Watch to know what time it is.

Watches (with GPS) are really useful to runners because you can see your pace or HR without having to use your hands. Runners don't have stems and bars to hang stuff on. And a lot of races don't allow phones. Bike computers work better on bikes because they have bigger screens, making them easier to read quickly.
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I bought an apple watch thinking it'd be awesome for cycling.

It's not. I no longer even wear it.

It's good for running and that's about it.

Also, if you crash, kiss the glass goodbye. I've shattered mine twice from falls that weren't even that bad.
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Garmin = tool.

Apple watch = toy.
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it'd remove the need to wear a HR strap if you are going to wear a watch anyway. question is - can you share the AW HR reading with the Garmin?
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I have to agree with SpEd and nycp - I bought one about a year ago. Sounded nice at the time, but I don't wear it very often, realistically I haven't found it all that practical for much of anything. It's essentially, IMHO, just a remote control for my iPhone. For riding - meh. For other stuff - meh.

You would be better off spending the same money on a dedicated cycling computer OR a dedicate sports/fitness watch.
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Maybe the Jim Beam apple watch ... https://store.jimbeam.com/wear_it_pr...ple_watch.html

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it'd remove the need to wear a HR strap if you are going to wear a watch anyway. question is - can you share the AW HR reading with the Garmin?
No.
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Originally Posted by dbf73 View Post
it'd remove the need to wear a HR strap if you are going to wear a watch anyway. question is - can you share the AW HR reading with the Garmin?
Garmin's wrist watches and fitness tracker devices that have an optical HRM at the wrist actually can "rebroadcast" your heart rate over ANT+ so that your Edge can see it.

I do this with my Fenix 3 HR and Edge 800.
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it'd remove the need to wear a HR strap if you are going to wear a watch anyway. question is - can you share the AW HR reading with the Garmin?
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No.
And in addition to that...

There's also no way to upload your apple watch cylcing activity to Strava/Garmin/Anything but the apple activity app.

There's no way to upload your Strava/Garmin/Anything else to the apple activity app.

The fancy message alerts on the watch don't alert when the watch is in activity mode.

Changing an audio track on the apple watch while riding a bike is about 94% more difficult than just double tapping the button on your headphones.

Oh, you want to go camping and you have 8 months built up on your every day activity streak, but you don't feel like charging your watch every night while you're camping in the middle of nowhere so bam! there goes your activity streak.

I could go on forever.
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Originally Posted by SpeshulEd View Post
And in addition to that...

There's also no way to upload your apple watch cylcing activity to Strava/Garmin/Anything but the apple activity app.

There's no way to upload your Strava/Garmin/Anything else to the apple activity app.

The fancy message alerts on the watch don't alert when the watch is in activity mode.

Changing an audio track on the apple watch while riding a bike is about 94% more difficult than just double tapping the button on your headphones.

Oh, you want to go camping and you have 8 months built up on your every day activity streak, but you don't feel like charging your watch every night while you're camping in the middle of nowhere so bam! there goes your activity streak.

I could go on forever.
Sounds like you're a big fan of this product.
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Originally Posted by SpeshulEd View Post
And in addition to that...

There's also no way to upload your apple watch cylcing activity to Strava/Garmin/Anything but the apple activity app.

There's no way to upload your Strava/Garmin/Anything else to the apple activity app.
Right, but if you're cycling, wouldn't you use Strava, Cyclemeter or any of the other cycling apps that support the Apple Watch?
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Originally Posted by SpeshulEd View Post
And in addition to that...

There's also no way to upload your apple watch cylcing activity to Strava/Garmin/Anything but the apple activity app.
Yes there is: use the Strava app instead of the activity app.

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There's no way to upload your Strava/Garmin/Anything else to the apple activity app.
No longer true as of the latest WatchOS update (which runs on all models.)

Originally Posted by SpeshulEd View Post
The fancy message alerts on the watch don't alert when the watch is in activity mode.
Also not true, adjustable in settings.


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Changing an audio track on the apple watch while riding a bike is about 94% more difficult than just double tapping the button on your headphones.
Agree.


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Oh, you want to go camping and you have 8 months built up on your every day activity streak, but you don't feel like charging your watch every night while you're camping in the middle of nowhere so bam! there goes your activity streak.

I could go on forever.
Sure but why do you care so much about your activity streak?


OP already has a 520, so in a lot of ways he's covered, but he can still use Strava on the watch to track his activity and use the Activity app as a motivator. Worked for me to the tune of 50lbs and counting.


Nice out of date info, though.
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Originally Posted by rfmarotti View Post
Yes there is: use the Strava app instead of the activity app.



No longer true as of the latest WatchOS update (which runs on all models.)



Also not true, adjustable in settings.




Agree.




Sure but why do you care so much about your activity streak?


OP already has a 520, so in a lot of ways he's covered, but he can still use Strava on the watch to track his activity and use the Activity app as a motivator. Worked for me to the tune of 50lbs and counting.


Nice out of date info, though.
Thanks a lot for this info. I'm also interested in buying the Apple Watch. I have a basic cyclometer at the moment and don't really want to buy a Garmin or the like, so an Apple Watch maybe in my future.
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OP already has a 520, so in a lot of ways he's covered, but he can still use Strava on the watch to track his activity and use the Activity app as a motivator.
Just a guess, but if somebody is willing to spend $800 on a watch to improve their cycling experience ... they're probably already motivated.
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just a guess, but if somebody is willing to spend $800 on a watch to improve their cycling experience ... They're probably already motivated.
$400.
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Originally Posted by rfmarotti View Post
Yes there is: use the Strava app instead of the activity app.

No longer true as of the latest WatchOS update (which runs on all models.)

Also not true, adjustable in settings.

Agree.

Sure but why do you care so much about your activity streak?

OP already has a 520, so in a lot of ways he's covered, but he can still use Strava on the watch to track his activity and use the Activity app as a motivator. Worked for me to the tune of 50lbs and counting.

Nice out of date info, though.
This is good to know...I haven't touched my apple watch in months, perhaps I should install the new ios and see what's up.

I never bothered with the strava app on the watch because I had a garmin, but the few times I did use it, there was no option to upload that data to my apple activity profile - if this has changed, then that's a good thing! But c'mon, the latest ios update happened last week. What about everyone that bought their watch over a year ago?! Poor form by apple, imo.

I had originally set the settings to alert me during activities...I never noticed them between earbuds and road vibrations. After the second ios update, all alerts completely disappeared for me during activities, perhaps I needed to update my settings again.

As for the activity streak...no I don't really care, but after you go a month straight, you do care a little to see how far you can keep it going. It's a great motivator. Then to lose such a long streak because you're no where near electricity and have no way to manual upload...well, it's a bit upsetting.

For me, the watch wasn't what I wanted it to be. I did not find it to be a garmin replacement, but just another device I had to charge at the end of the day.

Edit to ask: When you sync strava to upload data to the activity app, does the strava update your activity circles? I just opened my activity app on my phone and see all of my strava activies listed in my "workouts" but none of the circles have updated...? Is there a setting I need to change?
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Sounds like you're a big fan of this product.
It's like everything else Apple does where they go out of their way to actively restrict you from doing anything useful with their device unless they thought of it first until they figure out how to charge extra for it.
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Sounds like you're a big fan of this product.
Haha, I really wanted to be.
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Right, but the OP was talking about the Nike+ version, which is $369-399.
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But c'mon, the latest ios update happened last week. What about everyone that bought their watch over a year ago?! Poor form by apple, imo.
What do you mean by this? The latest watchOS works on the original Apple Watches.
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I was hoping to get text/email notifications so I can stop and respond to anything urgent from my parents mainly. It would be helpful for urgent work situations. I hate pulling out the phone those days when it is non-stop. I guess a much less expensive wearable could do that too though.
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I was hoping to get text/email notifications so I can stop and respond to anything urgent from my parents mainly. It would be helpful for urgent work situations. I hate pulling out the phone those days when it is non-stop. I guess a much less expensive wearable could do that too though.
My bike computer displays texts messages on its screen while in riding. This works out well for me. It's a Wahoo ELEMNT, but I would guess that a Garmin can do something similar.
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