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Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Bike Tool Web App

Not that anybody except my brother uses it anymore, but I have this online bike stats tool that I created years ago. I used to log all of my rides, and a handful of other people used the tool as well.

After sitting untouched for more than a year, I made some improvements tonight. Mostly I created an iPhone version of the page where you enter rides. I took a short ride tonight after work and entered the stats, but the existing page was not very easy to use with my tired hands.

Apple gives developers a few options for web apps. The one I chose is a simple implementation that lets all mobile phone users access the tools but provides some extra benefits for iPhone users.

To use the web app, visit this page on an iPhone: http://www.daveheinzel.com/bike/edit/

Then click the '+' symbol at the center of the bottom toolbar, then choose the option called 'Add to Home Screen.' This will save an icon to your home screen that will launch in a very app-like way. It has a loading screen and everything. Here are some screenshots:


So that's it. There's not a whole lot else that I changed, other than a couple details. I hope to get back on the bike more this year and continue to log my rides. Maybe some of you will be encouraged to try out the tool - please feel free to sign up for a free account at my site if you want. It's free and easy to use for the most part.


4 Comments
dennydeaton
Good to see the bike tool back in action, or more in action. That reminds me, I need to ride my bike. For what's it's worth, I lazily clicked on the Save button on my iPhone, and it actually added a ride with the default settings, which was all zeros. Oops... sorry, but you might need a little data validation.
Denny Deaton   Wednesday, May 5, 2010
daveheinzel
Dang dude, your first ride in 9 months was 0 miles! You gotta lay off the Dew.
Dave Heinzel   Wednesday, May 5, 2010
billpearch
Perfect! I've been meaning to get my tires fixed so I can ride again. Here's the perfect reason to get going again.
Bill Pearch   Thursday, May 6, 2010
billpearch
I picked up my bike last night and finished a ride this morning. When I made it home, I downloaded the app. Bike season is here!
Bill Pearch   Saturday, May 15, 2010
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