Next in the automate data tracking game is tracking how far I’m cycling. Technically the Fitbit can collect this data, it would user input so unless the accuracy of GPS is required then the Cannondale 2021 Quick 5 hybrid comes with a built in cycle computer that charges off the front wheel.
Every credit to Cannondale for adding this integration, the app is solid, it has a global leader board for it’s users and it all has a manual for the bike and the local dealer search function brought up the contact details for local bike shops. It makes me wonder why these types of vehicle apps are not standard for all modern cars.
One of the main benefits of this integration is that it is very battery friendly, as the bike sensor charges off the front wheel and when turning off the gps feature it just records the rotations of the wheel like a traditional cycle computer. It would be more accurate with gps but using the number of rotations the wheel makes it fairly consistent.
This cycle computer meets the no user input requirement as it has a built in memory and only needs syncing when the data is required. The main aim of the no user input is to record life statistics that provide an overview of progression. Adding the distance cycle helps track progression. The next aim is to cycle for 50 miles for two consecutive days.
There are improvements to be made, having the bike attempt to sync at the end of a ride would mean real time status could be sync’d to the phone. Also allowing the app integration into other app ecosystems, for example into Strava, Fitbit or Apple health.
As you can see the app accurately tracks my daily cycle to work and the days going for longer rides or for shopping. All of this is collected in the bike memory and doesn’t require being activated to collect the data.
Overall the app is solid and performs well at tracking my cycling day to day, it doesn’t ever need charging but does require manual syncing. The app could be improved by automatically syncing with a phone or wifi after each ride and also the app integrating with other systems like Strava or Fitbit.