Posted: May 24, 2014 in Cycling
It's been a good year for cycling so far, despite the seemingly endless weeks of rain, rain, and more rain. So good in fact that I've started logging my mileage again. I use an old Garmin Edge 305 GPS-enabled cycling computer, but unfortunately the Garmin software for it looks like an old Windows 3.1 interface.
I also have an account on Strava, but that means I have to tote my phone around with me on rides - which I tend to do anyway, but in this case if I stop to eat, tweak the bike, chat with other riders, fix a flat, or pull a tree branch out of my spleen, I have to fish the phone out of my jersey to pause the timer. Also, Strava has wildly different opinions on things like calories burned and feet climbed (the Strava uses GPS data for the former, whereas the 305 has a more accurate altimeter).
But after fiddling around today, I figured out that I can upload rides from my Garmin directly into Strava. This is a good thing, because it means that I'll get more accurate data (especially if I but a speed sensor for the mountain bike) and I can keep my phone tucked away safe.
In addition to all of the above, I've also decided (for no good reason) to track my mileage on this website as well. Up top there's a new tab called "Rides" which leads to my ride log. I figure if Strava ever goes away or turns into a pay service, I'll still have my rides somewhere I can get to them. After all, you can never have too many backups!
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