Strava: Will you record faster segment times with the Android app?

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Once again I've been reading about the inconsistencies of Strava data - this time from an article claiming that users of the Android app were more likely to record faster times. This was based on the writer's observation that many of the KOM's on his local segments were recorded using the Strava android app, and some experimental data that he collected. One of the segments gave … [Read more...]

5 reasons why MapMyRide sucks

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If you're new to the world of fitness apps, you may well come across MapMyRun or MapMyRide as one of the most popular apps around. Don't be fooled into thinking that just because more people have downloaded it, it must be better than the alternatives. As someone who has used this service, the following summarises my reasons for moving away from it, apart from the obvious - … [Read more...]

What is twitter saying about #strava?

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I've become quite interested in the Strava debate since learning about recent events in San Francisco. Are people really so influenced by apps, to the point where they'll engage in risky behaviour? The latest tweets using the #strava hashtag might offer some insight into how people are engaging with Strava. What do YOU think? Is Strava to blame, or are some people … [Read more...]

Strava… the gamification of cycling.

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If I asked you to think of the connection between gaming and keeping in shape, you'd probably mention various fitness and dance games on xbox, playstation and wii. The popularity of these games has made exercising accessible to many who perhaps wouldn't engage with more traditional forms. Aspects of gaming culture are being incorporated into more conventional activities like … [Read more...]

Android GPS apps for cycling part 2 – offline maps.

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In my previous post I talked about basic GPS apps for cycling, on the android platform. I quite like big hills when I'm out on my bike. The physical challenge to get up them, and the exhilaration of the downhill speed-fest make them the most enjoyable part of cycling. OK, call me a freak. However, mobile phone signals tend to suffer in hilly areas, and it's quite common … [Read more...]