Wahoo Fitness 2.3 Review

Wahoo Fitness version 2.3 is out and is looking good. I did some testing last night trying to get it to fail but could not. I sent text messages and called the phone while spinning the bike and the app worked flawlessly. I also turned off the unit and kept on pedaling and turned it back on a few minutes later. The average mph was spot on. I’m not sure if the app has been fixed or that the fact that I’m using iOS 5 on my iPhone 4 but either way it works just fine now.

Sunday morning I went out for a ride using a route where I knew what the distance would be. Although I could not find where to input the wheel size, the distance recorded was accurate. Now, I’m not sure if that was from the GPS or the sensors. I did set the GPS to off in the Biking Prefs section. Other than that, I find that app real useful and easy to use with all the relevant data displayed in an easy to read format. What I really like are the predefined data screens. There are two themes for the four pages. Here i a run-down of the pages:

  • Page 1
    • Displays data based on the bike speed and cadence sensor
  • Page 2
    • Displays data based on the GPS sensor
  • Page 3
    • Displays data based on the power sensor
  • Page 4
    • Displays data based on heart rate values and zones

So, depending on your training goals you can flip to the screen that you are interested in seeing. I like Page 4 as the it display, in real-time, how much time you spent on each heart rate zone. No other app does that for you. There is one that will give you that information but only after the ride is complete. You have a total of seven pages to choose from that you can turn on or off depending on your needs. Pages five through seven are the same as pages one through three but with a different theme to it.

Since my initial review of the app, there has been some updated Sharing options that are now available. Wahoo Fitness can now share your ride with the following sites:

Still no dailymile on the list and that’s a bummer. On the plus side, I found out that there are many web sites available to upload your rides and compare notes with other cyclists. So many that I don’t know which one to use, but for right now I’m sticking with dailymile. Now the question is, would I recommend the app to others? Yes, I would without any hesitation. It’s a fantastic app that the developers worked out the bugs and are constantly improving on. Did I mention that it’s free!

Anyone using this app? I’d like to hear from you and see how it is performing for you and your  gear. Drop me a comment and share your experience with it.

Cycling with an iPhone

As many may have figured out, I’ve been using my iPhone as a bike computer since I’ve had my 3GS phone and now my iPhone 4. I choose to use it while I’m cycling for several reasons, mainly I find it a lot more flexible compared to a dedicated unit. I now have upgraded the iOS to version 5 and look forward to see how the new features affect various cycling apps that I have used in the past.

Part of the problem I’ve had with iOS4 was the notification system and the affect it had on the bike computer apps. Usually it would cause havoc with the app such as stop recording or exiting the app. All are bad while you are riding as you end up fiddling with the phone and not paying attention to the road. In iOS 5, the notification system is a passive system and should allow the apps to keep on running.

What I plan to do is to go back and build a comparison chart all the bike computer apps I have tried in the past. This is the list of Apps that I plan to do the comparisons on:

  • iMapMyRide
  • CycleMeter
  • LiveCycling
  • Wahoo Fitness

I selected these apps because they support ANT+ sensors and I already have them installed on my iPhone. So, if there is a specific app that you would like me to add to the list drop me a note and I’ll see about including it. Keep an eye out for the new posting on this sometime this weekend.

Keep pedaling !