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The Bike Geek: Battle of the (fitness) bands!

Welcome back to the Bike Geek’s second post at the finest bicycle commuter blog: BikeCommuters.com! On our last post I was discussing the use of fitness bands for cycling purposes to help me out with my quest to lose the baby fat.

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I can tell you right of the bat that the Moto 360 and the Garmin Vivofit are pretty much useless for cycling. The Moto 360 is a great “smart” watch but it is cumbersome, the battery life sucks and the heartbeat sensor does not work when you start sweating.

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The VivoFit is one of the best step counters of the bunch, but since we are pedaling and not walking nor running; the VivoFit was basically useless for cycling. The Vivofit’s best feature is this little red line that “reminds” you to get off your ass and walk. It is always great to tell the boss “I will be back, I’m on a VivoFit break”

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The Misfit Shine and the Moov are more cycling friendly. Both of these fitness bands have ankle bands so they are able to gather data via the pedal stroke.

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The biggest difference between these two is the app. Moov’s app is totally awesome:

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The app reads your cadence, speed and your power in REAL TIME. Yes, that means that you can ditch your Garmin/Cat Eye/Sigma speedometer and use your smartphone instead. Hint: I am also looking for a bicycle cellphone mount so look for post on that really soon!

Another cool thing about the Moov app is that once you have finished your ride, it also gives you more data and geeks love data yo! The apps will rate your ride, give you elevation gain, max grades, number of climbs, etc. I didn’t care for the “coaching” since I already know that I’m fat and slow, I don’t need a stupid fitness band to remind me.

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So you may be thinking, I gotta get me a Moov!!! Not so fast. If you are looking for a fitness band that will do everything, the Moov is not it, neither is the Vivofit, Shine or the 360. Yup, none of the bands are well-rounded but each band has its own strengths:

  • The 360 is a smartwatch that can give you notifications, change the face of the watch, and can measure your heartbeat as long as you are not sweaty.
  • The VivoFit is a great pedometer.
  • The Misfit Shine is great at measuring your sleep activity.
  • The Moov is great for cycling and you can find one for 24 bucks in Amazon.

Now, there are new versions of the Moov, Vivofit and Shine and there is a specific cycling band from Misfit (The Flash cycling edition) but I’m too cheap to drop over 50 bucks on these things.

On the next Bike Geek Episode:

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2 Comments

  1. hans

    Pebble+ ismoothrun app plus BT cadence+ BT heart

    Pebble on handlebars phone in pocket

  2. Mendocin04

    You’re looking for a good bike mount to use your phone with your fitness band? Then I can recommend: http://shop.trail-rail.com/product/new-2014-adjustable-cell-gps-platform-ii It’s like having a dashboard on my handlebars. I’ve been using one for years.

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