Bring me simple stats, stat!

Fuji on Primrose HillI’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?

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One thought on “Bring me simple stats, stat!

  1. Have you tried either of these iphone apps? TheBike or GPSlite?

    not given either a proper test run, but they should record all the data you want aswell as the gps tracking. Only problem I can forsee is battery life….

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