Christ on a bike… almost literally! Over the last week I have been cycling to and from the central London office. I’ve not cycled in many a year and decided to dust down the wheels and attempt to add a modicum of healthy living concessions to my lifestyle.
Those that know me well will kbnow that me and healthy living don’t always mix too well… but I’ve decided to give it a go. One thing that was recommended to me was using a Garmin Edge GPS device on my bike to help me track miles, activity, calories burned, all that type of stuff.
Well, the nice guys over at GPS Bites actually gave me a Garmin Edge to try out for a couple of weeks if I promised to give thm a mention on my blog. So here goes for that part, head on over to GPS Bites if you want to get a discount Garmin coupon when buying your own Edge.
It’s a bloody brilliant piece of kit. It works really simply. You strap it to the handlebars of your bike – and it comes with the straps which is pretty handy. You turn it on and off you go. What it then does is tell you how far you have cycled and how many calories you happen to be burning.
Now, the best bit, for me at least, comes when you aren’t riding. That’s because you can take your Garmin Edge (don’t forget to buy one with a discount code or Garmin coupon code – link above) and connect it (again literally) to Garmin Connect.
Garmin Connect is a wicked online service where you can upload your fitness activities, such as my London bike and cycling expeditions and then check them out using the web app. This web apps overlays your cycling routes over a Google map which you can then replay.. how fricking cool is that!
Here is an example of someone doing it… I am not putting mine on here as it will reveal where I live, and of course, I like to be private. Check out this Garmin Edge upload anyway – you can see it below.
Awesome eh! The other cool thing about Garmin connect is that you can look at other cyclists activities – like above – and then replicate that ride yourself to see if you can match it or get fit from it.
I think over the next few months I will be using the Garmin Edge cycling GPS more and more and can’t wait to be in a position where perhaps I could join a cycling club. And of course, I will always ride safe and try to avoid accidents!