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I would recommend getting a Garmin and using Motion Based software to track your rides. They track all of the metrics that you mentioned.


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1. Arguably, just the time it takes you to get from point A to point B is a perfectly good measurement of improvement (same with average speed) As you say, wind influences this, as does countless other factors - traffic lights, weather (wind, wet roads, snow and ice, etc..) However, unless you are remarkably lucky or remarkably unlucky, these variables ...


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Garmin Edge 500. It's small, light, and works with ANT+ devices. For a full review see Ray Maker's blog: http://www.dcrainmaker.com/2009/11/garmin-edge-500-in-depth-review.html I've had mine since March, and I've recently coupled it with a Powertap PRO+ power meter. The combination is a bit pricey though, but there are two great things that you get from ...


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I've used SportyPal also. Works pretty good. You also might want to check out MapMyRide. They have a Blackberry and iPhone app to track your route. Personally I find the only problems with using my cell phone as a GPS device is that the battery drains really fast, and also that the reception isn't that great. SportyPal and MapMyRide both support GPX ...


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Try Runkeeper for iPhone and Android. http://runkeeper.com/


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I love strava.com to track my performance, my GPS collects the data, upload to strava and see where I rank for different segments of road. I can see that my friend was two seconds faster up that hill and then work harder to go faster the next time.


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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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In short no. You're actually better off measuring power, through a powertap, SRM or similar ergometer. This gives you a measure of your physical performance that is absolute. So your speed is a factor of your power output, chain efficiency, wind resistance, drag, tyre performance, road surface, atmospheric pressure, and gradient. It is almost impossible to ...


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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 use my speedo/odo for training purposes. It has a cadence sensor, so I can keep my cadence at 90rpm. It has a lap timer, so I can track my pace on the 5k loop I ride on. It accumulates mileage, so I have a sense of my weekly distance. The fancy ones have wireless sensors so you don't need to route wires, built in GPS, a heart monitor, a computer ...


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I can think of two possible reasons why you might want to use an odometer/speedometer. (Note: sometimes it is also called a cyclometer.) A. Tracking fitness/training goals (especially if you are into racing). If you want to compete in an endurance race, you will want to prepare for it by conditioning yourself to cycle consistently at a sustained speed for ...


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Running Ahead http://www.runningahead.com Free You can track your running, cycling and other workouts. No advertisement at all. Very clean interface. You can customize your home page and reports Many charts and reports on your workout data Supports the import of GPS data directly from the GPS. (Depends on the model that you've got) Supports the import of ...


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If you don't mind wearing something on your wrist, the Garmin Forerunners are great. You can keep all of your workouts online at Garmin Connect. They are a little pricy. There are a few models and can run you anywhere from $150 - $400. I actually have the one pictured here. I use it for running and it's the cheapest model (also the oldest). I have to ...


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I like SportyPal myself. Several platforms are supported (iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, etc) and there is a free version that does the necessities. It also does a good job of displaying your results online. This is a great choice if you don't want to buy a separate GPS/Bike computer, but you might find it lacking if you want the features from a dedicated ...


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I'm currently developing GPSLog Labs to do just that. I'm a keen cyclist and built the site to track my rides and training that I record on a simple GPS logger. You can also use your Nokia or any of the many Android and iPhone apps that let you export GPX files. It's got zillions of features and stats and does smart processing of the resulting logs to help ...


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If you're considering an Android phone at all, google put out a MyTracks app that does what you're looking for.


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There are many apps available for iOS and Android. Some of the big names: Strava EndoMondo Runkeeper MapMyRide Sports Tracker They all have a mobile application that tracks your ride and then uploads it to a central server, accessible via a website. The website often provides reports and breakdowns of your performance. They also add elevation data, but ...


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I generally use a Garmin Edge 305 which hooks up reasonably well to the computer (Mac or PC). But I also use the RunKeeper app for the iPhone which syncs to their website. And if you're an Android-ist, here's a recent post offering options (disclaimer, not my post, I just subscribe to the feed).


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iBike is a power meter that uses the same thinking as yours. Instead of measuring forces produces by your legs, it calculates power based on speed, gradient and wind resistance. So what you get is power measurements that has wind resistance factored in as you want, plus gravity and other resistance. see http://ibikesports.com/how_iBike_works.html Compared ...


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Depending on where you live, wind can be highly unpredictable and fickle. I use Google weather (google for "wind speed" and then click on "wind"; n.b. this apparently won't work in some mobile browsers) to get a rough idea of what the winds are going to be like for the day. However, I have found that even this can be horribly inaccurate if you ride any ...


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Windows Phones + Open street map I know strava requires installation of the googlemaps app to function, but they don't make anything for windows. If you want to use their service of comparing against different users, you can upload data from another app as long as its the right format (which should be possible with any of those open street map apps for ...


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Here are a few apps that should be able to use open street map and record GPS tracks: Simple OSM http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/simple-osm/9710865b-2c38-e011-854c-00237de2db9e GPX Travel Map http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/gpx-travel-map/13a79a34-c283-4f5c-b3fb-4d02e3f4f43a Navi Computer ...


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There are several that you can try, many of which are listed here. Should that link go down, here's the apps listed at that page: CycloMeter Cycle Tracks GPS Run the Map


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I have found that they either tend to over record or totally under record- depending on the type of surface that I am cycling on. I have found the best is just to add the activity manually on their website with the distance/time.


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A decent amount of bike computers have bluetooth or ANT+ on them, which you can connect to your phone or whatever and read out (as a work around). Apps like runkeeper can also track distance based on GPS roughly. To quote the fitbit people: "All Fitbit trackers are optimized for walking, running, and general household and lifestyle activities. It will ...



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