I am a tech geek.
There. I admit it. All my professional life, I have been on the “bleeding” edge of technology – from mainframes to minis to laptops to smartphones – always on the lookout to do things faster, better and more elegantly. That is, except when it comes to cycling. No, I am a traditional cyclists. I still like steel frames and, although I appreciate the benefits of cycling specific apparel, I prefer a more traditional look. So, it is no surprise that I am late to the game when smartphone GPS apps are concerned. A stem mounted, wireless cycle commuter was more than enough recording elapsed time and speed. What else would I need?
Well, all that has changed. Recently, after years of prodding from my kids, I purchased an iPhone. What was wrong with the BB I have been using for a decade? Apart from the company going bankrupt, it is not as easy to use nor are there the variety of apps available. Now, I am a convert. Even better. An advocate. I even have a Strava account. Me? A Strava account? Who would have thought? I use the app all the time regardless which bike I am riding. It tells me more than I ever need to know. Time. Speed. Elevation change. Heart rate. And, it is so pretty to look at. Graphs. Maps. Pictures. And, apart from the cost of my phone, it’s free.
Do you have a Strava account? If not, try it. It’s not just for competitive cyclists. Not just for tech geeks. It’s a valuable tool to plan routes and, when you get lost, find a way back.
Touring cyclists must love it.