Activity app and cycling

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by apocalyarts, Oct 3, 2015.

  1. apocalyarts macrumors newbie

    apocalyarts

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    After a few days of using my Apple Watch I am not entirely sure, if the Activity app works really well.

    As you might know, you hav to walk, stand and train a specific amount per day to achieve your goal. I usually cycle to work and I have the strange feeling that my Watch registered that as simple walking. After three days, I took the tram to work. As a result, the training meter progressed a lot more than when I was cycling.

    What's your experience with cycling? Anything I can do to calibrate / adjust the activity settings?
     
  2. Julien macrumors G3

    Julien

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    So you select Outdoor Cycle on the Workout app and ride and when you look the :apple:Watch the Workout App is using Outdoor Walking instead?
     
  3. apocalyarts thread starter macrumors newbie

    apocalyarts

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    No, I don't use the workout app at all, just the normal activity app.
     
  4. lah macrumors regular

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    I find my Apple Watch just as accurate as my Gramin 510 w/ heart rate strap. Gramin just has more detailed info in the software.
     
  5. Julien macrumors G3

    Julien

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    There is NO Normal Activity app. If you want the :apple:Watch to accurately record a cycling activity then you must use the Workout App.
     
  6. friedmud macrumors 65816

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    Yep: start an Outdoor Cycling Workout... it does a good job on my commute.
     
  7. aarontsuru macrumors regular

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    I'm a cyclist and runner. When you think about it, there's really no way for a watch to "know" you are cycling. You arms are pretty still, your body is jostling just a little, and your heart rate is up. That's about it. It will measure your heart rate every now and again, but that's not much use.

    The workout app does a good job since once it's going, it's constantly measuring your heart rate and uses the GPS to know you are moving, how fast, etc. I actually use it in conjunction with iSmoothRun on the phone to get more indepth tracking. I'm hopeful that once that or Strava are updated to utilize OS2, that I can go down to 1 app.
     
  8. iMacDragon macrumors 65816

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    Indeed, there's no real good automated way to detect you're cycling without being a big battery hog ( gps always on, etc ), so you always have to manually tell it via workout app if you want it registered and tracked properly.
     
  9. MrAppleMan71 macrumors newbie

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    Personally I have been cycling with the Apple Watch for almost 4 Months now. Runtastic Pro can now track / transfer and show you heart rate data in App while tracking on your watch. LOVE IT!! Now I always take my phone on a mount on my handle bar neck and watch my heart rate on the watch. But I have tried Strava, and several others. Settled on Runtastic due to not having to buy any other hardware to get my heart data. Only trick... you have to open the app on the phone, and on the watch. Then start the activity on the watch / finish on the watch.

    Other than that... Loving it, VERY accurate for me and calories almost MATCH my other tests with other devices for time / distance / and elevation for the training.

    Best!
     
  10. Mtmspa macrumors 6502a

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    If I am going to do anything more than a casual stroll, I use the workout app for walking, cycling and basketball.
     

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