Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Cycling apps and ebikes

I have been trying for some time to find a cycling app for my iPhone to track my pedelec rides so I can share them on this blog. I think it will be useful to have a list of good rides for electric bikes and ones where the Gazelle users can be confident the battery can handle the range. For instance the ride I did on Saturday involved lifting the Gazelle over a locked gate - not a ride I would recommend! 

I also thought that I would use the heart rate monitor on the rides and this would let me know if I was really getting some exercise, or if the 'assist' was doing all the work.

However, most cycling apps are designed to let cyclists compete against each other for the best times on particular segments of the route. There is a lot of competition for King (or Queen) of the Mountain. So clearly using a bike with assist on these routes would be cheating. (Although even with assist, I couldn't beat some of the posted times.)

I use Strava with my Trek and have clocked up a few km on it. However, I can't use Strava for the pedelec as it requires electric bike rides to be marked as 'Private' to avoid posting unrealistic times. All very well, but then no one else can see the route, so this defeats the purpose of sharing the ride.

I have also bought an app called 'Cyclemeter'. This seems to be quite good, and I used it on my first long ride on the Gazelle. However, I didn't realise that you can't crop out your start and end points. As I started and finished at my home, this wasn't great for privacy.

However, Cyclemeter seems to be best I've found so far. I'll just have to remember to start it after I leave home and stop it before I get back. A bit of a pain.

In the meantime I've emailed Strava to ask if there is some way of sharing electric bike rides and excluding them for the leaderboard.

Anyone using an app with their electric bike?

Incidentally, no more short rides due to New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, so the tally is unchanged.

Number of Replaced
Car Trips
Total Distance

Update 2 January 2013: I've had an email from Strava telling me that if I make my rides 'Workouts' then other people can see them, but it does not alter the leaderboard.

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