With the iMapMyRide+ app, which is $4.99 in iTunes App Store, you can track all your vital cycling data, including time, speed, distance, and elevation. The app will also track heart-rate data via a dongle (a device that is connected to a computer to allow access to wireless broadband or use of protected software) that must be purchased separately. This combination connects your iPhone (any version) through the Bike Case(pictured below) to the ANT+. The term ANT+ represents the interoperability function that can be added to the base ANT protocol. A managed network, ANT+ facilitates the collection, automatic transfer and tracking of sensor data for monitoring of all personal wellness information…..anywhere, anytime. The wireless bike Speed and Cadence Sensor (or any Wahoo Fitness sensor) can be used to monitor the cyclist’s data as well.
$149.99 (Retail Price)
Now it may be advantageous from a financial perspective to just put a speedometer on a bike and gauge your cadence and distance by simply glancing down at the mounted computer, yet those who prefer to keep a precise record of everything they have done and have the ability to share that information with others would opt for spending $149.99 vs. a Cat Eye Wireless Speedometer for $59.99
Cat Eye Wireless Speedometer 7
Ride and Workout Track and logging: Speed (Max, Avg), Live Route Map, GPS Camera Distance, Calories, Elevation, Nutrition, Friends (live map, and activity feed), Stats (Heart Rate, Speed & Cadence, Power – requires purchase of accessory) and iPod music integration.
Voice Prompts (spoken by a mild-mannered Siri-like Robot) encourage the rider after each milestone which can be set by the rider. It can be alarming while riding to be interrupted by an announcement saying, “Congratulations, you have traveled 1.8 miles… keep going.”
It is obvious that this complicated app. is geared to a very specific consumer, but it is efficient none-the-less. And if a rider has the liberty to spare a couple hundred dollars to use this app. to its full potential than there is not much to be concerned about.
Each version updated gets rid of any before spotted glitches and gives you more options to map your ride (which may require additional gear.)
“I’ve been meaning to try this application on my iPhone to see how hard it might be on my battery. I do keep track of my rides on MapMyRide and this application records your route. It works well for shorter rides, but haven’t tried it for a ride longer than 90 minutes before.” Said Simon Kale, a blogger and avid cyclist.
“To cut to the chase, it totally drained my 100% charged iPhone in 28 miles – and of course I didn’t realize that until after I had completed the 40 mile ride. Granted, I am not the fastest out there, and Mr. Wanderer isn’t the speediest bike so it probably took me longer than some to complete those 28 miles… Part of the reason it is such a drain on the battery is in order for the application to work the phone cannot “go to sleep” or be locked. This is a hard enough drain on the battery, then combined with the GPS at the same time it just gets worse.” Said one blogger from Teamestrogen.com.