I’ve just read a wonderful article on Wired about Nike+, the stat-tracking system for runners – which made me realise how archaic cycle computers are.
Basically, Nike makes a shoe with a sensor which measures how long your feet stay on the ground when you run. This allows it to track how fast you’re running – there’s an easy calculation that’s accurate to 5%.
This data is collected by your iPod and automatically uploaded to the Nike+ website when it’s synced. The site lets you track how far and fast you ran on each outing – complete with simple, pretty graphs.
Brilliant training and motivational stats, with minimal effort.
I can track speed, distance and a bunch of other metrics on my Cateye computer, but Nike+ is so much better in so many ways; it’s seamless, it’s simple and it automatically logs and displays data.
Why can’t we have a similar system for bikes? I don’t necessarily want to listen to music while I’m riding – in fact, unless you’re in the middle of nowhere it’s daft – but I want a tiny sensor on my bike to send data to my iPhone and automatically sync it to my laptop. And I want pretty graphs.
At the moment I have to take my computer into the house and manually transfer the stats into a spreadsheet. This means that for short, casual rides I tend not to bother.
I want an always-on, simple-to-use and sleek system to do this. Does anyone know of anything that comes close?