Sure it’s fun riding your bike but looking back at how far you’ve come in your quest for good health by keeping track of your rides is priceless. Whether you want to remember a particular ride, see the furthest you’ve ever ridden or how you rank against other riders in your area, you’ll want to use an application to record your rides using your cell phone’s GPS.
These applications act as free bike computers giving you all kinds of information on your bike rides along with a map showing exactly where you’ve been.
Pick your type of bicycle and start your workout.
What can they tell me that I don’t already know?
- Average speed
- Top speed
- Distance rode
- Ride duration
- Calories burned
- Rank (comparing you to people who ride your same trails)
These applications keep track of every ride you do with them and you can look at your rides in detail. Open an account with them, set up your profile, pick your bike type and ride. Take some time to set up your profile because that’s how the application figures out your calories burned. They will ask you for your existing weight, sex, age, bike type, and height.
On Mapmyride there are options to auto-pause your rides meaning all you have to do is press Start and the app will stop and start when you do automatically until you’re finished without touching your phone. If you walk with your phone during your workout it might act confused but when you finish and press Stop it will be correct.
Listen to your ride stats out loud.
There is a function (using your phone’s Google voice) where you can set what you want the app to tell you (out loud) while you ride. The application will tell you whether it’s paused or not and much more all without touching your phone. You don’t have to wear headphones unless you can’t hear your phone where you keep it during rides. I love that feature!
I use Mapmyfitness which is Mapmyride by Under Amor.
Confusing? Not really, Mapmyfitness is the main company that puts out the different applications for walking, running, riding, hiking and even walking your dog. To make it easy for people to find the application for their particular exercise they are color coded. No matter which one you use as soon as you sign into your account your personal info will be there.
Take a look at Mapmyride for yourself. Here are the different applications under the Mapmyfitness umbrella so you can see what I mean. You can use any of them for your bike riding they are all the same and work the same.
And there’s more…
Connect your fitness bands, smart scales, shoes or heart rate straps.
If you have a fitness band, like a Fitbit, or a Jawbone UP3 you can connect them to Mapmyride which will share your exercise information (such as calories burned and time ridden) giving you credit on your connected band’s application. Make sure you always let your applications sync because that’s when they swap data.
For your caloric needs, Mapmyride also connects to Myfitnesspal (another Under Amor application) and will add or subtract your calories burned during biking (or exercising) to the calories you can eat for that day. Even after losing weight I still use it to log my food and maintain my weight it’s excellent.
I’ve been keeping track of my rides since my first ride on 2/20/16 when I rode 5.96 miles. It took me 1:06:06 at an average speed of 5.4 miles an hour and Mapmyride keeps track of them for me, maps and all.
From the website, all of my personal triumphs. Clicking on any of them on the site will bring back all of my stats plus the full map.
Mapmyfitness has a website online where you can look at so many cool things about your workouts. It’s amazing how much they give you for free and although there are ads you won’t mind when you see what they offer.
What can I find on the Mapmyfitness website?
- Calorie calculator
- Routes (maps)
- Challenges (get involved)
- Blog (cycling included)
- And more
There are other applications you can use, like Strava, that are similar but Mapmyride has been time tested by me and Under Armor is a good company. Make sure your free version offers what you want unless you want to pay monthly. Strava doesn’t offer riding stats out loud either.
When picking out your application to use make sure you look at everything offered and read the reviews carefully. You don’t want to trust your metadata to just anyone.
You might be asking yourself why would you want to go through this hassle when you can just ride? I find it helpful to look back at my old workouts and see how far I’ve come. To become healthy it’s about more than just enjoying yourself it takes work and using the right tools for the job.
Good health is a balancing act that requires eating the right foods, getting the right amount of exercise and quality sleep each night. Once you have your health under control you’ll feel great and everything in your life will be enjoyable.
Warning! Tracking your rides and data can be addicting and have serious side effects of making you very healthy.