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Offline biker007

Has anyone tried Sportypal?
« on: June 08, 2009, 07:33:47 am »
Hi folks,

I was introduced to this new GPS tracking mobile phone application sportypal, it has the most features that i need, speed, distance and on the end it gives me a nice picture from google map where i was with all the information during my ride.  I'm not that much of a proffesional biker and i read all about Garmin but the thing is i'm not financicly ready now to buy it, so I wanted to here from someone more expirienced in this about what is your opinion about the sportypal. Any suggestions...

Offline waynemyer

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Re: Has anyone tried Sportypal?
« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2009, 02:46:48 pm »
I have not tried any of the phone tracking apps.  I do have a Garmin eTrex Vista Hcx that I quite like and use as my cycling computer (among many other things).

I load up the GPX files into a web hosting account (I use the free Google Pages), run a Javascript function on them, and then generate maps to display.  If you or anyone else is interested in displaying their GPS tracks on Google Maps for free, I will be happy to provide detailed instructions.

For example: http://waynemyer.googlepages.com/20090428.htm
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Offline alpineMc

Re: Has anyone tried Sportypal?
« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2009, 07:20:34 pm »
I have not tried the Sporty Pal, but have played with the iPhone google app. Its great if you are in your service area, but may be impracticle for a long tour, as GPS phone coverage is still spotty. As far as mapping your GPS waypoints, any .gpx file from a unit can be drag-and-dropped right into Google Earth for instant display. Enjoy that trick!

Offline jsieber

Re: Has anyone tried Sportypal?
« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2009, 09:48:23 am »
I have not tried any of the phone tracking apps.  I do have a Garmin eTrex Vista Hcx that I quite like and use as my cycling computer (among many other things).

I load up the GPX files into a web hosting account (I use the free Google Pages), run a Javascript function on them, and then generate maps to display.  If you or anyone else is interested in displaying their GPS tracks on Google Maps for free, I will be happy to provide detailed instructions.

For example: http://waynemyer.googlepages.com/20090428.htm
How do you like the eTrex Vista Hcx when using it as a cycling computer. Do you mount it to your handlebars? If so does it seem rather larger when placed there? In general how does it compare to a regular cycle computer when out riding. I would love to be able to bring the data home but was hoping for something very small in size or at least close to cycle computer size that would allow me to record way points and other data perhaps to a MicroSD card. 

I tried to check out your map link but I'm just getting a blank map in both firefox and ie.

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Re: Has anyone tried Sportypal?
« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2009, 12:07:00 pm »
I love the Vista Hcx.  It has bailed my tokus out of many a misguided meandering, as well as led me to water in times of need.  As a cycling computer, the trip computer in the Hcx is lacking some cycling-specific features, but it is more than plenty for me.  It is especially well-suited to randonneuring.  I particularly like the configurable screens.  For example, on the trip computer page (and you can choose which pages get displayed, too), I have total distance, trip distance, overall average speed, moving average speed, moving time, overall time, speed, and elevation.  There are more available data fields than I can even imagine ever wanting.

I do mount mine to the handlebars, although on my touring bike, I used to mount it to the stem using a Minoura Besso.  The size is fine, as is the visibility.  I mount my lights on my fork, so the GPS is the only thing on the bars.  The width of the unit is only slightly larger than full-featured cyclometer.  The transflective screen is great in sunlight and I can run the backlight all night long.  With Ni-MH batteries, I am getting about 12 to 20 hours total runtime, including using the backlight through the night.  When I am only using the unit during the day, total run time gets well over 20 hours.  If size is a concern, there is the possibility of putting it in your handlebar bag or top pouch of a pannier.  Then it's out of your way until you need it.

If you just wanted tracking, there are tiny GPS tracking units that will download your track data to a computer.

Sorry about the link.  Javascript always bites me in butt; I really hate the language.  "Works on my computer!"  In my quest to smackdown this issue, would you be so kind as to tell me which versions of FF and IE are you using?  Thanks.
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Offline jsieber

Re: Has anyone tried Sportypal?
« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2009, 01:49:05 pm »
Thanks for all the great info about your Vista Hcx. It sounds like a product I should look into further.

I'm running firefox 3.0.10 and IE 7.0.573.11.

Offline biker007

Re: Has anyone tried Sportypal?
« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2009, 06:23:12 am »
http://sportypal.com/Workouts/Details/6556
 is my ride from the last weekend, this thing works pretty well, you can also see the accuracy is good, there is no big difference between the real road and the mapping.
Other then that the trip was amaizing for me, nice nature all around me, waterfalls on every corner, long ride but it was worthed every single piece of it.

Offline biker007

Re: Has anyone tried Sportypal?
« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2009, 07:03:22 am »
I found this link, it looks really cool how this software can be used:
http://veloeurope2009.blogspot.com/

Offline northumbrian1

Re: Has anyone tried Sportypal?
« Reply #8 on: August 29, 2009, 07:11:04 am »
nope! However my new cellphone (we call them Mobile's in the UK) is made by the Swedish firm Nokia and is the 5800 Music Express. Its a Smartphone and basically a small computer like the Ipod and does everything that the Ipod does as well as load up googlemaps, as well as GPS data and maps (for a fee); you can also buy a product called Rangemaster which has a memory card and data that you can load onto the 5800 (it costs £157 Great Britain Pounds) might cost less in the US if it originates there. Hope that helps ;) northumbrian1

Offline biker007

Re: Has anyone tried Sportypal?
« Reply #9 on: September 29, 2009, 05:05:53 am »
I have HTC Dream (Abdroid type of phone) when i'm using the application i always take my extra battery with me
Extended capacity
so for the battery I have no problem if I go on some longer trip.

Offline mathewsen

Re: Has anyone tried Sportypal?
« Reply #10 on: October 03, 2009, 09:48:57 am »
I'm not sure if this discussion is more about GPS tracking or navigation. For nav, there is no substitute for a real GPS like the Vista. FYI, they are on sale at cabelas right now if money is a hinderance to jumping in: http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/pod/standard-pod-wrapped.jsp;jsessionid=0UQJ0FDI4WRQZLAQBBJCCN3MCAEFGIWE?id=0049771&navCount=1&parentId=cat21350&masterpathid=&navAction=push&cmCat=MainCatcat20075-cat602025-cat21350&parentType=index&indexId=cat21350&rid=&_requestid=15813

If it's tracking you're looking for, phone apps are cool for interstate use (major highways) but just don't have the cell service in many parts of the US/world to give you good tracks. another phone program to check out if you use an i-phone is http://www.instamapper.com/

For absolute tracking service in rural areas, most human-powered backcountry enthusiasts go for a SPOT GPS messenger. Satellite-based with long, replaceable battery life they offer tracking signals every ten minutes and a 911 feature that could (heaven-forbid) prove indispensable. Lots of folks use them on the Great Divide Route. Tour Divide pioneered group tracking during their race on the route and now plenty of citizen riders use them for security, peace of mind for those at home. trackleaders.com engineered Tour Divide's tracking. They now offer a Great Divide Route-specific group tracker on which anyone carrying a SPOT device can project their travels. The group(social) tracker records/archives each users full track history, complete with avg. speed and indication of overnight camp spots. It's pretty cool. Check it out here: http://trackleaders.com/divide

Offline biker007

Re: Has anyone tried Sportypal?
« Reply #11 on: February 02, 2010, 04:57:21 am »
Hi mathewsen,

I was talking about Sportypal for tracking and mapping. I don't have any application for navigation yet. I just want to keep record of my rides, to have something like a training diary or so and to be able to set goal.