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[–] Hammersmithandwitty 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

I use an app called 'Strava' which is really good for tracking your distance and speed and gives you a great map of your route with various details. I've only used it for shorter rides (30-50 miles) but it seems to have pretty good battery conservation.

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[–] Big_Bonered 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I haven't tried using an app for this purpose, but I'm definitely going to give Strava a shot. Battery life shouldn't be too much of an issue since I rarely cycle for more than 25 miles at a clip.

On a somewhat unrelated note, I would like to see this community grow because it seems like it has great potential.

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[–] Hammersmithandwitty 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

It seriously is worth a look at least, as it has some great extra features such as the community and competitive aspect.

And yeah, I agree. Seems like a good start already!

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[–] rstrt 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I use strava extensively, but I don't have premium or use it where I can see it. I'll throw it in a pocket or bag and ride with it mapping, but I can't see the screen. I like the maps of my route (Plus segments against my buddies) but I don't really want to see tech on my bike. Battery life that way is great, I've ridden 3-4 hour rides and had plenty of juice left to hit the pub afterwords.

Edit: I've used it on an iPhone 6 Plus, HTC One, and an iPhone 5S, battery life was fine between all of them but ymmv based on device.

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[–] beadyox [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Strava might be a decent alternative - I've used it before but in order for the live tracking feature to work, it requires two premium subscriptions, so it can get a bit pricy in the long run. Thanks for the input!

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[–] Hammersmithandwitty 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Yeah that's a problem for longer rides, definitely. I get around this by using google maps app at the same time, but that's not ideal. It's still a pretty good way of tracking your ride though. No worries!

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[–] texancyclist 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I personally have not found an app that does not significantly drain your battery on long rides. I think it is worthwhile to invest in a Garmin or other bike computer.

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[–] beadyox [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I do have a Garmin, but the particular feature I want is live tracking - where people can see where you are in real time while you ride.

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[–] greatwhiteshark 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago  (edited ago)

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[–] greatwhiteshark 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I used to use the Strava Android app, but tracking my rides was killing my battery and making my phone overheat. My last century, I kept my phone in this gear bag plugged into a beast of an external battery pack the whole ride. The battery pack was just about drained by the time I got home.

I now use a Garmin Edge 500 to track my rides, then I use a USB OTG cable, StickMount, and Uploader for Garmin to upload my rides directly to Strava as there is no way to wirelessly transfer the ride data from the Edge to my phone or computer.

Hands down, using my phone is much more accurate compared to the Edge 500, but it's a relatively small device that I can fit right in my pocket and take on and off my bike in a second or two. I've heard that newer Edge devices have additional support for other GPS type technology that results in more accurate location data, but these devices are another $200+ and I really can't justify spending that much money for a little bit more accuracy. I think I spent around $300 for the Edge 500 and it gets the job done. Also, unlike my phone, I can also use it as a cyclocomputer and if I'm out boozing it up on a Friday night, I can hit the 'lap' button to keep the entire night part of the same ride, but the route to each individual bar a separate lap.

Bonus: I also use https://tapiriik.com to sync my rides to various services. I originally came from Endomondo, but they don't have like Strava's segments.

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[–] BobESkunky 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Endomondo I find has good battery use. I've done an 8 hr cycle and had 40% battery left... I use a Garmin Edge 200 now which now uploads to most cycling apps via Garmin Connect.

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[–] dinkydarko 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

My tip for avoiding the battery drain with Strava, turn off mobile internet, wifi, bluetooth, NFC, etc.. My old N4 would last all day.

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[–] SgtBaxter 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

MapMyRide does live tracking but also requires a subscription like Strava. However, it's $29 instead of the $59 Strava charges. Also, it barely even touches my battery - although that depends a lot on your phone (I have an LG G3) and other apps, and signal strength. Normally over a 2 hour or so ride, my battery only drops a percent or two although I don't do live tracking. I just let it call out distance, speed, average every mile.

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[–] Oveneise 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I use MapMyRide. I've heard people like Strava, too, but I don't have any experience with that.

As for battery life? Eh, doesn't do much on my Oneplus One. Your results may vary.

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[–] reshp1 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I've done a century in Strava, around 6 hours with no issues, although it did use most of my battery. IIRC, there's setting for tracking accuracy vs battery life.

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