One of the things I was hoping to use my G2 for was tracking my bike rides, and to that end I’ve tried a variety of apps. (Unfortunately for the purposes of this post, I don’t remember all of them, and have uninstalled most of them.) So far, the two best of the bunch have been Strava & My Tracks. Strava has the better start/stop interface, and My Tracks tracks more of the data that I’m interested in. Specifically, I want to know my max speed, and I like the graph comparing speed with incline.
But I’m still only likely to use them when for whatever reason my trusty old cyclometer isn’t available…even though my cyclometer doesn’t map my ride or export it or post it to the internet. Because it has a nice mount on my handlebars, doesn’t have to be woken up or wait for a gps signal to start, and I don’t have to remember to stop it manually when my ride is over. And most of the time, I know what my route looked like, since probably 90% of my rides are to work or to the grocery store.
I’ve even got my own online tracking setup, integrated in the same site where I (usually) track my weight & sleep and keep a daily journal, which I built myself in Drupal. So when I wanted to make myself a list of which rides were commutes so I could more easily report that for work, I could add a checkbox and write a view in what I’m pretty sure was less than an hour. I can sort my rides by distance, time, max speed…not yet average speed though; I’m waiting for a patch to a module. Plus I can make notes about the ride: interesting things I saw, the weather, etc. And it takes just a couple of minutes; usually I record the day’s cycling stats off of the cyclometer just before bed.
So I guess it’s a higher hurdle than I expected, for a cycling app to be better than the cyclometer I’ve been using for 5 (?) years!
(I’m still interested in recommendations, though, if anybody’s using something they really like.)