- Unplugged riding – Do you?
One pair I ride with are fully wired; hrm, garmin/gps/strava, smartphone on every ride and rigorous analysis of data. Others I ride with its a simpler affair; water, flapjack and a vague time constraint. Personally I’m not averse to either, but lately my riding time is so precious I’m leaning toward unplugged(bar emergency phone)and sod the data, rest of my life is dictated by the stuff and it’s devices anyway. I appreciate many race quite seriously or are training for a challenge, that aside, are you a signed up info junkie or a free from rider?Posted 4 years agoMilkieMember
I would always use my Garmin, a year on and I usually forget it! I used it the other week and was dissapointed, it felt as though I did my fastest ever time on a section. I found out after I was 5 seconds off my fastest, this instantly brought me back down to earth.
This is why I don’t use it that often, I don’t need to know if it was my fastest time, I just like to feel it was the fastest, this makes me want to go out again.Posted 4 years agomonkeyfudgerMember
On the road it’s HRM/Power meter/GPS, rigorously geeked over afterward, Strava is actually pretty good for analysis as there’s generally already a segment set out where you’d be checking data anyway.
Off road depends, if I’m on the 29er Minceweapon it’s GPS and HRM which gets geeked over, if I’m on the Blender the phone just goes in my camelback and stuff is Stava’d for a bit of fun.Posted 4 years agochristhetallSubscriber
Plugged – well Garmin 800 anyway, no HRM, and only on proper rides, not my 2 mile commute. I like to see where I’ve been and distance covered, plus it’s been great for planning routes and generally motivating me. Done over 5000 miles in the 2 years since I bought itPosted 4 years agomildredMember
my riding time is so precious I’m leaning toward unplugged(bar emergency phone)and sod the data, rest of my life is dictated by the stuff and it’s devices anyway
Pretty much this.
Having a sports science and coaching background I used to be totally obsessive about it all – I now hardly have time to ride let alone plug myself in. I can’t say it affects the quality of the ride in any way and still wheeze and cough like the fat asthmatic I now am.Posted 4 years agomikewsmithSubscriber
Garmin on with HRM and Cadence as I’m actually training for something currently and it’s going to be a bit more than I have ever done before so some prep and info is going to be useful. Like any tech it’s not using it thats the issue it’s how it uses you. I can ride with the garmin and everything and never look at it for a ride. I will sometimes analyse what I have done and other times it was just a ride. I am in control not the tech.Posted 4 years agostu170Subscriber
Always have strava running on my phone. Even for the commute. I enter the monthly challenge and have a friendly comp with mates on who can get the highest mileage. Phone is always I my pocket so for the 2 seconds it takes to turn on strava I have no issues with it…….and I’m a little addictedPosted 4 years agoTiRedMember
My best road race this season was accompanied by a dead Garmin 500. I use it to count laps in crits. The power, cadence and HR are nice to see afterwards, but they all look about the same from race to race as I’m not usually the one commanding the pace 😉
Off road I use a garmin 200 to log where I’ve been, but seldom look at it.
I upload to Strava about once every three months. Sometimes I even look at it.Posted 4 years agoStevelolMember
These days my local rides (from front door) consist of a multitool, water bottle, and front door key, that’s about it. The lack of weight on your back and knowledge that “that” sound wasn’t your phone is really nice. These days even on a geared up ride I can’t be bothered messing with Strava on my phone, in my opinion bike riding shouldn’t be about the stats.Posted 4 years agofervouredimageMember
Riding my bike is one of the few times I get to enjoy being away from technological distractions so other than a (basic) mobile phone I stick in a pocket or bag for emergencies I am ‘unplugged’. I don’t want to be constantly connected, cycling should offer a beautiful simplicity. I can judge a good ride without the use of a garmin or smartphone.Posted 4 years agoMostly BalancedMember
I’m a bit geeky about knowing my total annual mileage so I’ve got computers on all my bikes but I’ll save Strava for route recording. On the road bike I’m more interested in the average speed for the whole ride than short sprints and a cycle computer is fine for that. I think off road segments are pretty meaningless as ground conditions can vary so much.Posted 4 years agovincienupSubscriber
I hate the idea of electronics on my bike and hate the idea of people getting hold of me when I’ve found time to ride and get away from everyone.
I carry a phone on silent when solo, but sometimes don’t even do this if I have friends along (yes I know this means relying on their elecronics etc).
Lights are abot as technical as it gets for me.Posted 4 years agozerocoolMember
Unplugged. I’ve had Strava on with my phone in my pocket when on my road bike, but usually forget to stop it at the end so gave up. I have a little bike computer to record mileage and a watch for time so don’t really need any other gadgets. Never on MTB though.
Don’t use an HRM or anything like that as I reckon you should get used to what your is doing rather than needing a machine to tell me. I also feel that riding is one of the few chances to escape the clutter of modern life. But each to their own and if people want all the gadgets and it helps them improve then go for it.
Although sometimes a Garmin GPS or similar might be nice but I’d rather spend to money on my bike or travel.Posted 4 years ago
hate the idea of people getting hold of me when I’ve found time to ride and get away from everyone.
This. I hate the fact people can just reach out and grab me no matter where I am or what I’m doing. Bloody leave me alone!
Bike time is play time. I couldn’t care less about facts and figures and compiling statistics.Posted 4 years agodeviantMember
Off road – mobile phone, on silent, its there for if i need help not so all and sundry can bother me on a day off.
Road riding – sensor on the front wheel for time, average speed, distance etc….it does have a pedalling cadence function that i havent bothered to wire up yet.Posted 4 years ago
No HRM required, if i can push on then i will and if i cant then i’ll back it off a bit.
Mobile phone in pocket and silent again.saxabarMember
Road: tried the Garmin stuff but found it made me less inclined to ride. Much happier without it and exertion/the gear I push are my benchmarks now. I’ll use it for a new route though, just so I know how many miles it is for next time.
Off-road: never, not least I like to go and do the fun bits again.Posted 4 years agologicalMember
Music while on the road through one ear (hearing in my left is a bit dodgy so always in that one). Off road though I like to hear the sounds of the trail. No Satnav/Garmin/Strada though. I can’t be bothered with the nonsense and the standing around checking Strada for half an hour before riding.Posted 4 years agoCaptainFlashheartMember
Off road – Not a single wire, nothing, nada, diddly sqaut, etc.
On road – I have a Polar mounted on the bars that I tend to use as a bike computer only, rarely use the HRM function these days (As I don’t want to see how scary the outcome is!)
Might upgrade to some sort of mapping system on the road bike soon, though, as have a new area to explore!Posted 4 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
I’ve got an edge 800 and mounts for it on all my bikes.
Depends on my mood and the purpose of th ride as to whether I’ll use it though.
On group rides it’s little more than a watch to see when we should be aproaching the cake stop, and if we’re 30min from the ends drink up any remaining water, eat food etc otherwise it’s going to waste.
On my own it’s usefull as a map.
Round a trail center its usefull to see an average speed to encourage more effort to beet the previous.
But I did start just putting it in a back pocket or using my phone just to log the miles into strava for the yearly total, especialy if its been a while between rides and matching the last average is impossible.Posted 4 years ago
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