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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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The Bike Geek: Quad Lock for Samsung S5

If you recall, on my battle of the fitness bands post I declared the Moov as most cycling friendly fitness band. The reason it bested the other bands was that the app was really good, but that left me with another issue: I needed a phone mount for my bike.

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Deciding which phone mount was no easy choice, there are plenty of mounts out there ranging from $9.99 to over $100 bucks. So what made me go with a Quad Lock case system? My buddy Rocky had one and he involuntarily crash tested it and the phone fared better than his knee.

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I paid $40.00 for the Quad lock or the equivalent of my monthly beer allowance (good thing I’m trying to lose weight). The Quad Lock system consists of a very nice phone cover:

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and the actual Quad Lock:

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This combination makes the phone very easy to mount and it feels very secure.

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I’m pretty satisfied with the Quad Lock, this setup will replace my aging Garmin 305 but I do have one concern: my phone’s battery life.

Here are more shots of the Quad Lock system:

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So what is coming next week? Another gadget? A bike? Nope, just my very blunt and honest opinion of Electrified bicycles.

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Garmin Vivoactive review

Hello Bike commuters, roadies, mountain bikers and anyone who found this post via Google. I hope you all had a great labor day weekend, I know I did.

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A little while ago I wrote a post about fitness bands but even though I found the Moov to be the most adequate for cycling, it was not fulfilling all of my cycling and hiking needs. A few friends recommended the Garmin Vivofit Active so I bit the bullet and I plunked $179 for one.

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So what made me spend more than twice than what a fitness bands costs? The Garmin Vivoactive’s features:

-Utra-thin GPS smartwatch with a sunlight-readable, high-resolution color touchscreen.
-Built-in sports apps, including GPS-enabled running, biking and golfing plus swimming and activity tracking¹, let you view your stats even when away from your phone.
-Pairs with your smartphone to gently vibrate and display alerts for incoming calls, texts, emails and calendar items plus notifications from social media and other mobile apps.
-Customizable with free watch face designs, widgets and apps.
-Fast Battery charge lasts through all your activities with up to 3 weeks6 in watch/activity tracking mode or up to 10 hours using GPS
-Easily sends all your ride stats to Strava once your activity has been completed saving your smartphone’s battery.
-Keeps track of your indoor activities such as indoor cycling and running

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I also like Garmin’s app; the amount of data that I can have at my fingertips is quite a bit and I love data:

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I also opted for the heart rate monitor and the handlebar mount:
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Is there anything that I did not like about the Garmin Vivoactive? Yes, it is hard to see indoors unless you use the backlight and some of the faces have very small letters that make it impossible to read if you need reading glasses.

Overall, I do recommend the Garmin Vivoactive for cycling and hiking. I know that there is a newer version that eliminates the use of the HR strap but you will have to shell out $70 to $100 more.

The Bike Geek: Stuffs

Howdy Bike Commuters! Judging by the amount of views and comments on Facebook, you guys and gals seemed to like my ding-a-ling post. I also saw an increase of fan mail offering me Viagra, Cialis and other male enhancement offers, I wonder if they misunderstood what I meant by a ding-a-ling…
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This week I tried something new on our Facebook page; y’all saw me ramble like an idiot live! Now was that fun or what! So the point of the whole “live” feed was to prove that I ACTUALLY ride my bike to work and that I do indeed take my Spicer CX on dirt trails. I am definitely not a “keyboard” bike tester.

Today’s post is all about stuffs (you probably heard me say that on the video, I know, I know, it is “stuff”, but whatever.) that I’ve ordered, read on the internets and a new gadget that I purchased.

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So we all have heard of smart phones, smart watches, smart cars and even smart water. So of course, someone had to come out with a “Smart Bike”. A particular US company caught my eye, they are called Volata Cycles out of San Francisco, CA. What is so special about this bike? It is a cross between a road bike and a gravel bike! And y’all know I love Cyclocross and gravel bikes! The Volata bike comes with all kinds of tech such as a built-in display, lights, GPS locator, Horn, Alarm, motion detector, self charging battery and a joystick, yup, a joystick.

Besides all of this tech, the bike comes with top notch components such as an Alfine Di2 belt drive transmission, carbon fork, disc brakes, Fizik Saddle and tape and crank brother pedals. So how much would this bike set you back? $3,499. Not cheap at all, but look at the specs and at all that fancy integrated technology.

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Did you know that 6% of Americans do not know how to ride a bike? Well, I just happen to be married to one of these Americans (Sorry Russian girls and MILFS, I am taken.). So how do I share my passion with someone who is afraid to ride a bike and get her to ride with me? Get a Tandem, but not just any tandem. Since I’m a condominium dweller and I own a sedan, this tandem had to be special; it had to collapse or fold so it can fit inside my closet and inside my car’s trunk. The solution: Bike Friday’s Family Tandem. This tandem is custom made in the USA, Eugene, Oregon to be precise, so I went ahead and placed an order for this tandem and I gotta tell you that Bike Friday’s Buck Olen was incredibly helpful. I can’t wait for my custom made tandem to arrive by early September.

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Back in February I wrote a post about fitness bands and how I felt that the Moov was the best choice for us cyclists. After a few months of using it, I really got tired of strapping it on my ankles (kind of made me feel as if I was on parole) so I decided to go ahead and spend quite a bit more and purchased a Garmin Vivoactive with a heart monitor.

So far I am loving this gadget, it is a mixed of a smart watch and a very robust fitness band. I will do a full review in a month or so.

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And lastly, I want to make sure that you know that my dog was indeed pissed off at me for my last choice of beer, but I have to keep my weight down and trying to drink just one stout or a porter is very hard to do.