I use Cyclemeter to track my rides, and I like it. The iPhone app works really well, doesn’t suck the life out of my battery (as long as the backlight’s switched off) and reliably posts my rides to Twitter, Facebook and the DailyMile site, which has some excellent display and reporting.
So, I wasn’t looking for a new tracker or recording website.
… However, there’s no denying that Strava has some excellent characteristics. The ability to compete via segments – against your friends, people you’ve never met and yourself – is a fantastic idea. The even better part of this idea is that other people can do the hard work of setting new segments up.
Importing Ride Data Into Strava From Cyclemeter
I’d heard that the iPhone Strava app isn’t very good, yet. So I had an issue – how to import my rides recorded by Cyclemeter to the Strava website so I could look at my segments and get a little bit more information.
I scoured the internets and found nothing, but thankfully a little diligent research and the Abvio website gave me what I needed. So, I’m retracing my steps below so you don’t have to scour Google like I did.
So, How Is It Done?
On Your Phone
Open your Cyclemeter App. Click the “History” icon at the bottom. Then select the ride you’re looking for via the “Recent” heading or the ”Summaries” links. These are marked (1) and (2) in my picture.
Next, you’ll see your ride information. Scroll down to the second box – the top link will be “Email/Export“. Select this option.
You’ll then see the following screen. Select the “GPX File Attachment” option.
This will open up an email with the gpx file attached. Send this email to yourself.
On Your Computer
Open up your emails. You’ll have one from yourself with the gpx file attached. Save this gpx file somewhere you can find it.
Next, log in to Strava. If you’ve never done this before, I’d suggest that linking it to Facebook is the easiest option for most people.
Once logged in, there’s a clear “Upload Activity” button at the top right. Hit that.
On the following screen, the option you need is “Upload a file on your computer” so select that, then browse to the gpx file you’ve saved from your email.
Strava will upload the file for you, with all the data you need. You can then edit the ride details: the name of the ride; notes; anything else you like such as what bike you were on… etc.
Then all the wonderful functionality and competitiveness of Strava is available for your delectation!
A little advice here: Just don’t spend too long online messing with your segment readings – get out and ride your bike!
By the way, my Strava profile can be found by following this link. I’m the one at the bottom of the tables. KOS – King Of Slowness.