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Endomondo!!!! Free your endorphins : ) I love this app!!! I have used it to track over 1,000 miles of cycling this year. The android app is just a small part of the entire service. With endomondo you get challenges with your friends live updating of your route global challenges personal bests summary teams more With their great android app you get ...


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My Tracks is an app by Google that will record a path you rode with stats. You can upload your path to Google Maps and stats to Google Docs, or create a gpx/kml file for uploading to other biking, running, or fitness / mapping apps.


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I too contemplated using a smartphone as a bike computer and eventually bought a Garmin Edge 800, which I've been very happy with. Here are the advantages it has: GPS is better. Compare these two GPS traces from a ride my friend and I did yesterday evening (taken from Strava). This is a 2.5km climb, part wooded and part exposed. The first is my Edge 800 ...


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Cyclemeter is my favorite ride tracker. If you are a bike commuter, you will appreciate seeing your splits and daily times. Endomondo is also a nice app, and runs on a variety of other smartphones. It's free, but more web-based, whereas cyclemeter is more phone-only.


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I have not had much luck with any of the preset settings (on my cateye computers) always using custom. Here is how I recommend to measure the circumference: Inflate your tire to desired psi Put a mark of chalk on the garage floor and bike tire Sit on my bike and roll forward one revolution until the bike tire mark comes back to the floor Mark the end ...


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Okay, this actually requires some knowledge of how these little computers work internally. Bicycle computers need to be extremely low-power, so the easiest way to do this is to make them very simple. Normal computers are able to use non-integer numbers. An integer is 1,2,3,4, etc., non-integer means for instance 1/2, 0.5762 or pi. Computers use so-called ...


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I love the strava app (and the strava.com website) The app will record your ride and map the route via GPS and upload to the strava website for further analysis. Strava will auto-detect any significant climb and mark it as a segment, or match sections of your ride against already existing segments. Once you upload a few rides and see how cool the segments ...


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Get an inclinometer. They're not particularly accurate, but readout is instant and the price is right.


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A few folks I work with use Strava (http://www.strava.com). There are android and iphone apps, and you can also upload files from Garmin devices. Aside from the standard gps, route tracking stuff, the web site has a social focus. You can follow other riders if you wish. The site also allows you to define road segments and will show leaderboards, king of the ...


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The answer is "both, depending." The majority of current bicycle cyclometers use a reed switch and timer, and measure the time between successive triggerings of the switch as a magnet passes by. An advantage of this method is its simplicity and low cost, though if the magnet is ill-positioned or if the rotational speed of the wheel is too high, the reed ...


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Because the items are going to have to remain in close proximity, it's unlikely that there is anything that will completely solve your problem, but there are a couple of things you can try. If the lights are wired, it is possible that the wire is working as an antenna, and you can use a Ferrite Choke or two on the wire. Tape one near where the wire ...


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Most of the Garmin Edge series GPS cycling computers can display grade. The Edge 500 and Edge 800 (not the Edge 200) have barometric altimeters to determine altitude. You can then change or add a display data field to show the current grade. Funny you ask as I just put added the grade as a display field this morning on a hilly ride. It updates the grade ...


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I've used Sports Tracker a lot on Symbian phones and they now have an Android version coming out (as well as an iPhone version). It can beep on auto-laps for example every kilometre. You can review your workouts on the phone, something I don't think Endomondo can do. You can use it with a Bluetooth Polar heart rate monitor. You can see things like this ...


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CardioTrainer is an app that also works with the GPS functionality to track your workouts, and can create tracks and virtual training partners if you do the same routes.


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I use RunKeeper Pro; from January it's free for Android; here is the description in Android Market. It's not only for cycling, but you can choose the activity type to be tracked by GPS, define custom routes and use audio coaching to know your distance, speed, time; then you can see online, in your personal account, a detailed report and a map with your ...


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Polar's higher end heart rate monitors now offer a foot pod for tracking running distance and a bike computer (wireless as well). The data can be downloaded via the data link. Again, like ttt notes, not inexpensive. But then this level of functionality is alas, never cheap. I recall there was a Palm Pilot app that had an interface to some common bike ...


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I use runkeeper app for iphone. The app has an option to pick which type of activity and cycling is an option. I keep the iphone in my running armband. I didn't want to buy a mount just because of my luck with riding in poor weather and the running band does provide a small amount of protection The one catch is batter power. On my old 3G I had to turn ...


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A wireless computer is capable of all the functions of any wired computer and often more, since any currently sold higher end computer will have wireless as a feature. A wired computer is capable of most of the same functions. The principle difference is the need to run wiring around your bike. This is a minor issue if you only have a front wheel speed ...


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I do think that an iPhone and ANT+ makes for a pretty compelling combination. One thing that the dedicated bike GPS hardware has all over a smartphone is battery life. While you can get better battery life out of a smartphone when logging a ride than most people imagine, it's still not close to the battery life you can get out of dedicated GPS hardware. You ...


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A lot of the jogging apps will work well for on the bicycle as well, since most of the data collection is done via the GPS. As for the mounts, I've seen this one used a bit and it looks fairly sturdy. Not sure about the attachment to the bars, though. I would just be careful with the kind of riding you're doing. An iPhone costs $400 to $600 dollars if ...


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Speedometer = device which measures speed. Odometer = device which measures distance traveled. Cycle computers can normally do both (plus many other features you may or may not need). Are they absolutely necessary for cycling? No, but they can be quite helpful in many cases. When riding long distances (e.g. touring, randonneuring), it's often important ...


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I've only ever used wired computers because they seemed more reliable. However, I have a friend who uses a wireless computer. The biggest problem I've observed is that when he starts riding after a rest he has to make sure he 'wakes up' his computer otherwise it won't track the ride until he does. He's forgotten (and lost ride data) often enough that this ...


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Look on your tire for the proper size. Different tire sizes change the overall diameter of the wheel and amount of distance traveled per revolution of your wheel.


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Since you can't fine tune your wheel size, the bike computer likely is estimating your wheel to be larger than it actually is, causing this discrepency. This is because a larger wheel covers more ground per revolution, so over time that adds up to a sizable difference and probably scales pretty evenly with whatever distance you cover. You may need to get a ...


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I also think the answer is "it depends", but for slightly different reasons to Daniel. I think it depends on why you're cycling. If you are training, then measuring cadence can definitely be useful. In fact, there are training programmes that are based around cadence. (You're basically looking for a high value, and a steady value.) Otherwise, the ...



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