Cy­cling

Mac Format - - GET FIT WITH WATCH -

The Work­out app of­fers a choice of track­ing ei­ther in­door or out­door cy­cling ses­sions, which makes you as­sume there’s a dif­fer­ence in mon­i­tor­ing rate be­tween the two. How­ever it wasn’t im­me­di­ately clear from my tests. Rais­ing your wrist to look at the Watch when cy­cling makes the nor­mally short de­lay be­fore the screen turns on seem all the longer. A mount for the watch would be bet­ter (such as the Var CyClip, www.the­cy­clip.com), but then your iPhone would prob­a­bly do just as good a job. The Watch bat­tery sur­vived a three-hour morn­ing bike ride with enough bat­tery left over to per­form the rest of the day’s ac­tiv­i­ties, although the Power Re­serve mode (which turns off heart-track­ing) may be bet­ter – though less ac­cu­rate – for day-long treks. The Ap­ple Watch isn’t com­pat­i­ble with and can­not read data from Garmin-owned ANT+ de­vices, but you can con­nect a Blue­tooth LE heart-rate strap, which will en­sure bet­ter data mon­i­tor­ing than any wrist-based wearable can cur­rently of­fer.

Tim had some is­sues with the Strava app for the Watch but it’s very pop­u­lar on iOS and we hope it gets de­vel­oped even fur­ther.

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