Like most cyclists I collect data about my rides. In fact it’s fair to say that in whatever I do I’m a bit of a stats junkie. I use a Garmin Edge 705 bike computer and gps navigator, with associated heart-rate strap and cadence sensor. The software that comes with it is a bit disappointing – Training Centre – especially on Apple Mac OSX. Some people I know (roadphil) upload their stats to one of the web-based sites that provide data storage and analysis for free (I think). I, on the other hand, like native software and for that reason I use rubiTrack.
The layout of rubiTrack allows you to arrange your events in a number of ways – by date, as index cards or as a list. Clicking on one shows the map of your route in google maps (or you can choose other providers), and at the bottom a series of graphs showing various data items such as speed, elevation, heart-rate and cadence. If you read this blog often you will recognise the screenshots I use to illustrate rides as coming from rubiTrack. Once you’ve synchronised the Garmin with rubi then there are a number of options for analysis – the graphs above, or some reporting tools
rubi also keeps track of data about the athlete (ahem!) and also the equipment used – in this case bikes
This is by no means meant to be an in-depth review of the software as I’ve skimmed the surface really but I really do recommend this software. It’s been rock solid as long as I’ve had it, and you can also download it and trial it first. It also has a sister iPhone application which syncs with rubi on the Mac and can also make the iPhone a gps data collector
So that’s rubiTrack. If you collect gps data for cycling and you have a Mac, give it a try.