“Do GPS Units Always Overestimate Trail Distances?” No.


In the course of conducting various GPS accuracy tests over the years, several folks have made the claim in online comments and over email that GPS units always overestimate distances. One of the main references used to back up this claim is this article from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers titled “Why Every GPS Overestimates …

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Smartphone App vs. GPS: “Which One Should I Use for MTB?”


With so many great GPS apps for smartphones available these days, many mountain bikers are asking themselves: “should I ditch my GPS unit and just use my smartphone on the trail?” And for those who don’t own a GPS yet but are considering purchasing one, answering this question will ultimately cost or save hundreds of dollars. Many …

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How Strava Is Using GPS Map Data to Help Mountain Bikers


Last year, Strava users logged 9.6 fitness activities per second. Think about it: in the time it took you to read that sentence, 50 rides, runs, and workouts were logged by athletes around the world. If you’re like me, you’ve probably wondered what Strava does with the data from those 300+ million activities, beyond the leaderboards and the kudos. Monitoring …

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7 Free and Inexpensive Apps that Turn Your Smartphone into a GPS for Mountain Biking


Using a GPS unit while mountain biking offers many excellent opportunities: tracking fitness goals, navigating unfamiliar trails, and documenting and sharing your adventures are just a few of the advantages of bringing a GPS along on your rides. But GPS units can be expensive, and while they may be advantageous, it can be difficult for some to justify the expense. …

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The Bryton Rider 330 Costs Less Than Other GPS Units, But Mostly Disappoints


Bryton Sport is a Taiwanese company that recently introduced a line of GPS units to the US market. The company leans heavily on marketing itself as a lower cost competitor to established companies like Garmin, while still delivering the same quality and functionality. Unfortunately I found Bryton delivered a mostly mediocre experience at only a slightly lower price …

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Polar Introduces GPS Watch with Built-in Heart Rate Monitor for Just $149


Finding a decent cycling GPS, let alone one you can wear on your wrist, priced under $150 is difficult. Yet somehow, Polar is offering the new M200 for $149, and it includes a built-in heart rate monitor. Officially, the M200 is “designed for runners” but even mountain bikers will appreciate the features this watch offers. For starters, it’s a GPS so …

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Garmin’s Fenix 3 GPS Watch Stands the Test of Time


It’s not often that we get the chance to truly review products over the long term. I mean, 2-3 months is pretty standard, but what about really long term? What about, say, a full year? That’s exactly what I got to do with Garmin’s Fenix 3 GPS watch (“Fenix” for short). Specs The Garmin Fenix …

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Pokemon Go Mountain Biking


On Sunday, Greg and I received a message from former Singletracks writer and Southern Wheelworks owner, Dustin Gaddis, “Pokemon Go & MTB trails. Seems like an article begging to be written.” I was vaguely familiar with the game, having just read an article earlier in the day about a girl who discovered a dead body …

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