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July 22, 2013 7:43 PM
So I got a new bike and I went for a ride. Well I don't have a bike comp yet to really tell me the distance and time. Well of course all that hard word and the fitbit is on my arm so nada right and I could only guess at my stats to manually log. So I came up with the nifty idea to use my large band which is too big for my arm but not for my ankle. I popped my fit bit into that large band and put it on my on my ankle and off I went and I turned the mapmyride app on my phone which can be spotty due to gps and bam it was pretty accurate if not more so since it never loses signal (I wanted some sort of comparison for my test ride with this). Just thought I would share in case anyone else had this little conundrum.
July 23, 2013 1:04 AM
Attach it to your shoe. Tie it into your laces & peddle away. It will still pick up the steps.
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July 26, 2013 4:24 AM
I've not thought of doing this and I go bike riding a lot! Fantastic idea thanks for sharing :)
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July 28, 2013 8:19 AM
How can you log the distance of a bike ride? I rode 6.9 miles this morning, and it recorded the time and gave me the active minutes but did not record the distance anywhere. I use my fitness pal along with runtastic. They did sync to fitbit, but the distance for the day is still at 1.49 . Is there anyway to get the distance included for how far I rode?
July 28, 2013 8:49 AM
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How can you log the distance of a bike ride? I rode 6.9 miles this morning, and it recorded the time and gave me the active minutes but did not record the distance anywhere. I use my fitness pal along with runtastic. They did sync to fitbit, but the distance for the day is still at 1.49 . Is there anyway to get the distance included for how far I rode?


The distance is calculated by fitbit on your stride length and the number of steps you've taken, unfortunately, the stride strength doesn't really work if you're cycling as your feet and legs are peddling not walking, so the distance wont be accurate. For cycling I use mapmyride, its a fun and very accurate applications, and gives your voice feedback of speed, length, average mph and if you've hooked up a HRM your average HR :-)
  36607308
July 28, 2013 10:58 AM
Because you can travel so much further/faster on a bike than walking, Fitbit doesn't calculate bike rides into your distance total. I have found if I click on the logged entry (not an activity record) that I can enter the distance. So I can see it and have it for my personal records, but it doesn't impact the Fitbit distance goal. You have to "step" to get that - although if you put your Fitbit on your shoe, it will record more "steps" (not really steps, but still some credit) than if you wear it elsewhere on your body.

When I ride for 40 minutes, I go 10 miles, and get about 2600 steps ... just over one mile of "Fitbit" distance.

However ... I would encourage you to take an activity record (to get the steps, distance and calories) and double check your calorie burn. Fitbit has been crediting me 400 calories for such a ride ... my bike says 245, my HRM says 200. So for me (and a couple others have corroborated this) FB seems to OVERestimate on the calorie burn when worn on the shoe ... I have no idea why! I go in an manually correct it, as I don't want to eat back calories I don't really have!
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April 27, 2014 7:02 AM
So because there is a difference do you just go in and correct the activity? How do you know your calorie burn for your activity is Fitbit is overestimating?

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