Anyone that reads my blog should know that I use my iPhone as a bike computer and my favorite app that I use is LiveCycling 1.12
. That app is a solid bike computer but it does have a few shortcomings that CycleMeter 6.0
addresses. For me, LiveCycling
has a major flaw, it is extremely hard to read the ride time and the distance because they are located on the task bar on top and the bottom. Using that area of the phone causes the data to be too small to read, especially during the day when the screen gets washed out.
In the field of ANT+ compatible bike computer software, LiveCycling is king in my humble opinion. There are others in the field such as iMapMyRide and Wahoo Fisica Fitness, but to me, LiveCycling stands out above them both. That is, until now. CycleMeter has been around as a GPS only bike computer, but in version 6.0 CycleMeter now includes ANT+ sensor support. Included with the support for ANT+ sensors are the necessary screens to pair with the sensors and the screens to configure your wheel size.
What I really like about CycleMeter
is that you can configure the main screen with the data you want to see. With six quadrants to customize, that provides a lot of flexibility. This is where CycleMeter
out shines LiveCycling
. I can configure the app to display the Ride Time as well as the Distance. Yes! Gone are the days of squinting to see how far I have gone. It is a simple concept, allow the user to customize the screen to their liking and you have a winning product.
Besides the problem of not being able to see the Ride Time and Distance on LiveCycling, the app is a battery drain. One way to combat this is to turn off the biggest drain on the battery, the screen, If I do that then it has a problem with the distance and time. From the moment the screen was turned off to the time it was turned back on, it messes up the average miles per hour (mph) as it now sees a new GPS location and calculates a new super high mph. This is not the only app that has this problem, iMapMyRide and Wahoo Fisica Fitness also exhibited the same problem.
CycleMeter doesn’t have this problem and as a result, battery life is excellent. I kill all background apps except for the bike computer, shut off wireless, bluetooth, notifications, data along with auto turn off display set at 30 minutes it enables me to go on long rides without worry of running out of battery juice. I did a 23 mile round trip CU ride along as 1.5 hrs where I paused the timer while we looked around and got something to eat. At the end I still had 75% left on my battery after a total time of about 3 – 3.5 hrs of use.
ANT+ support is not the only enhancement that was made to CycleMeter. Here is a rundown of all the changes:
- ANT+ support
- Interval Training
- Target Announcements
- Lap Button
I like the idea of the announcements combined with the zones you can configure. I haven’t used those features, but monitoring my heart rate and staying in a certain zone would be useful. This is something I need to explore and figure out how to take advantage of it. Other than that, I really like this App and highly recommend it to others. I recommended it when it was a GPS only bike computer as it was excellent at that, but the addition of the ANT+ support makes this my over all favorite bike computer.
I’ve used many bike computer Apps for my iPhone, but I would like to hear from you. What’s your favorite program and why? Do you agree with my take on CycleMeter?
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