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Old 08-02-17, 06:01 AM
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Strava phone app to record and look at results of a ride when completed, then VeloViewer Pro, which uses Strava data, to analyze rides and completed routes in detail, track totals and progress, and compare rides over time.
I've found that in airplane mode it still works and can help save battery life, but really wish I could get it to last more than about eight or nine hours without me worrying about draining it by occasionally responding to messages and such.
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Old 08-02-17, 07:29 AM
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Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
The auto-pause/resume is more generous than Strava's, so Cyclemeter consistently shows my ride mileage a bit longer and speed a bit faster.

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That's interesting I have the exact opposite results I typically gain about 1 MPH average in strava vs Cyclemeter. Cyclemeter also generally gives me a longer distance as well.
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Old 08-02-17, 11:01 AM
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I use a simple, wired bike computer for my "official" miles. It has been very reliable and not subject to changes in the status of apps. For tracking routes, I run Cyclemeter on my iphone. I record data from my computer and Cyclemeter after each ride in a little spiral notebook. Also, I record this information on a spreadsheet.
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Old 08-02-17, 03:54 PM
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You can have your rides marked private by default, and require approval from you for people to follow you, if you like.
Roger that. Thanks for the heads up. I've already logged in and set myself for private.
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Old 08-02-17, 04:20 PM
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Originally Posted by BookFinder View Post
Roger that. Thanks for the heads up. I've already logged in and set myself for private.
Be sure to set your privacy zone around your usual starting/finishing point, if it's at home or work, anyplace you might prefer to keep private.

If I'm recalling correctly, Strava privacy zone buffers start only from the day you set the privacy zone. It may not mask the starting/stopping point for previous rides.

This matters only if you decide at some point to share your rides publicly or with friends. If you keep everything locked to private it won't matter. But it's a good idea to set the privacy zone buffer now. Mine is set to around 400 yards or so away from my home.
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Old 08-03-17, 05:45 PM
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Like others said, Cyclemeter works awesome during the rides. And after, I upload the data to Strava and get on for the KOM, comparisons, etc.
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Has anyone but me noticed that the op was made on 4-18-14?
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Roger that. Thanks for the heads up. I've already logged in and set myself for private.
Careful though, Strava's privacy system is kind of an intricate mess and sometimes private doesn't mean private. Since I'm still new I can't post links, but there was an article about it where there are other settings that may still allow people to access you, even after you have enabled the Enhanced Privacy settings.

For example, if you allow your rides to be visible on the leaderboards, people can still access that specific ride thru the leaderboards.

And then there's a group privacy setting which you need to enable too.

I believe there are other settings like allowing flybys and global heatmaps, but I don't remember if they can compromise your privacy in any way. Either way, I've also disabled those on my account.


(edit) Also, a tip on setting privacy zones. Don't center it on your home (or office or whatever), because if your rides approach it from several directions people can still roughly triangulate the point where you stop and end your ride. Instead, center the privacy zone around the general area where you live, and pick a radius that is large enough to cover your home (and possible the entire housing area where you live). The privacy zone also accepts GPS coordinates (e.g. a pair of numbers that you can copy from Google Maps), to help you specify the exact center point of your zone.

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Old 08-03-17, 09:15 PM
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Originally Posted by MikeOK View Post
Has anyone but me noticed that the op was made on 4-18-14?
As Captain Amazing would say... AH DANG!
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Originally Posted by atwl77 View Post
Careful though, Strava's privacy system is kind of an intricate mess and sometimes private doesn't mean private. Since I'm still new I can't post links, but there was an article about it where there are other settings that may still allow people to access you, even after you have enabled the Enhanced Privacy settings.

For example, if you allow your rides to be visible on the leaderboards, people can still access that specific ride thru the leaderboards.

And then there's a group privacy setting which you need to enable too.

I believe there are other settings like allowing flybys and global heatmaps, but I don't remember if they can compromise your privacy in any way. Either way, I've also disabled those on my account.


(edit) Also, a tip on setting privacy zones. Don't center it on your home (or office or whatever), because if your rides approach it from several directions people can still roughly triangulate the point where you stop and end your ride. Instead, center the privacy zone around the general area where you live, and pick a radius that is large enough to cover your home (and possible the entire housing area where you live). The privacy zone also accepts GPS coordinates (e.g. a pair of numbers that you can copy from Google Maps), to help you specify the exact center point of your zone.
Thanks for the feedback on this. It had not occured to me to enter a different address.

I'm also experimenting with Cyclemeter and mapmyride so I'll probably end up using something other than Strava.
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Originally Posted by MikeOK View Post
Has anyone but me noticed that the op was made on 4-18-14?
LOL. Yes, dredging up the old discussion is my fault due to doing a search for "phone apps". I didn't notice the OP date until after I posted in post #18.

I wonder if all of those earlier posters got notifications?
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Originally Posted by BookFinder View Post
LOL. Yes, dredging up the old discussion is my fault due to doing a search for "phone apps". I didn't notice the OP date until after I posted in post #18.

I wonder if all of those earlier posters got notifications?
It's still a good thread.
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Regarding privacy zones, I emailed Abvio support for Cyclemeter to ask about that. They emailed back promptly and said they'd consider my question a feature request and try to add that to Cyclemeter. Not sure how much of a priority that is though.

By default Cyclemeter is private. Everything is stored on your own mobile device, not the cloud. You have to choose to archive the data to the cloud (which I do in case my phone dies, is lost or stolen). And you have to choose to share to Strava, Facebook, etc. -- or not, as you prefer.

I usually do share my Cyclemeter data to Facebook and Strava, but those too are set to private or locked by default. I don't usually make my Cyclemeter data public on Facebook -- I mostly use it to check the ride in a PC browser window, which is quicker and easier to navigate than my older iPhone 4s. It's easier to click and drag to isolate certain segments -- hard to do that on a small phone screen.
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S-T-R-A-V-A...

I should probably be more concerned about privacy settings, but I'm really not. With the home privacy settings in place, one could easily triangulate where I live. But, there are already some unsavory folks who know where I live, and I live with several other human beings and a Very Large Dog. Likewise, I work for the government so my workplace is plastered online. Anyone who knows my first and last name can easily find my building and office. From time to time, this leads to very "interesting" mail from fairly creepy individuals.
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