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Looking for a piece of equipment for cycling to measure Distance

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Can anyone help me with this? :v I saw on a video of some cyclists having this bit on their handlebars that measure speed and distance and all that. Can anyone recommend anything? Bit of a budget. I think this is an alright place to post this. 


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6 minutes ago, Kenji the Uke said:

Can anyone help me with this? :v I saw on a video of some cyclists having this bit on their handlebars that measure speed and distance and all that. Can anyone recommend anything? Bit of a budget. I think this is an alright place to post this. 

https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/166370

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https://www.amazon.com/Computer-Waterproof-Multifunction-Speedometer-Functional/dp/B01KJ4SNIC/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1499658410&sr=8-5&keywords=bicycle+distance+computer

 

Something like that. Just make sure it has something that goes on the wheel to measure the distance. Have you considered seeing if there's an app for your phone? GPS is usually pretty accurate as well.

 

12 minutes ago, Reglare said:

That's not helpful at all.


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Or just use Strava. It's free, it's basic, and doesn't require any additional equipment that might get stolen.

https://www.strava.com/

 

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.strava&hl=en

App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/strava-running-and-cycling-gps/id426826309?mt=8


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Just now, BlueChinchillaEatingDorito said:

Beat me to it. If you have a smartphone, STRAVA is pretty much all you need. 


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6 minutes ago, yathis said:

Get wired, always get wired, ALWAYS!

Pros over wireless? And can you possibly recommend one? 

7 minutes ago, dizmo said:

https://www.amazon.com/Computer-Waterproof-Multifunction-Speedometer-Functional/dp/B01KJ4SNIC/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1499658410&sr=8-5&keywords=bicycle+distance+computer

 

Something like that. Just make sure it has something that goes on the wheel to measure the distance. Have you considered seeing if there's an app for your phone? GPS is usually pretty accurate as well.

 

That's not helpful at all.

 

9 minutes ago, Hippeminecraft said:

 

9 minutes ago, yathis said:

$15 is all you need buddy, not a $300 GPS thang

We aint all as rich as you you know.

Thank you guys for the recommendations! Thats really what I was hoping. x-x; All of that is perfectly within my budget! 

 

5 minutes ago, Max_Settings said:

Just get an app

 

6 minutes ago, Zando Bob said:

Beat me to it. If you have a smartphone, STRAVA is pretty much all you need. 

 

7 minutes ago, BlueChinchillaEatingDorito said:

Or just use Strava. It's free, it's basic, and doesn't require any additional equipment that might get stolen.

https://www.strava.com/

 

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.strava&hl=en

App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/strava-running-and-cycling-gps/id426826309?mt=8

Thank you guys for your input! I am downloading strava now


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Just now, Kenji the Uke said:

Pros over wireless? And can you possibly recommend one? 

 

 

Thank you guys for the recommendations! Thats really what I was hoping. x-x; All of that is perfectly within my budget! 

 

 

 

Thank you guys for your input! I am downloading strava now

Strava is not going to be as accurate as the physical solutions others have recommended because it relies on the GPS of your phone (doesn't require Data for that). But the difference isn't much and for basic recording of average speed, distance, and logging your routes, it works. I've logged over 800km of just recreational biking with Strava.


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1 minute ago, BlueChinchillaEatingDorito said:

Strava is not going to be as accurate as the physical solutions others have recommended because it relies on the GPS of your phone (doesn't require Data for that). But the difference isn't much and for basic recording of average speed, distance, and logging your routes, it works. I've logged over 800km of just recreational biking with Strava.

What if used in tandem with physical?


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or you could make your own

strong magnet on wheel

sensor (hall effect) fixed on bike

every time magnet goes near the sensor you know a full rotation happened

you know distance per rotation, time between pulses tells you the speed.

 

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Just now, mariushm said:

or you could make your own

strong magnet on wheel

sensor (hall effect) fixed on bike

every time magnet goes near the sensor you know a full rotation happened

you know distance per rotation, time between pulses tells you the speed.

 

1h arduino project

:v... wat


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Just now, Kenji the Uke said:

What if used in tandem with physical?

You can pair Strava with certain physical bike computers like some Garmin ones. The functionality it adds certainly isn't game changing for casual bikers except for maybe Beacon. Beacon basically allows close ones to know exactly where you are in real time. So if something goes wrong, they know where to find you.

1 minute ago, Kenji the Uke said:

:v... wat

Basically build your own bike computer that measures speed based on the rotation of your bicycle wheel as it spins.


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5 minutes ago, Kenji the Uke said:

:v... wat

That's how the speedometers on bikes work. There's a little sensor you put in the front fork, and you attach a magnet to the wheel, so it passes in front of the sensor. Every time the sensor "sees" the magnet, it knows the wheel has done 1 revolution. With Arduino, you could make it insanely accurate, because you could account for the exact dimensions of your car/wheel. 


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