Some people keep track of their cycling mileage and rides with a paper record, some might use a spreadsheet and some use an on-line journaling system such as Bike Journal. Ridelogs is similar to Bike Journal, but is included with your WAB Membership to provide our members with a convenient method for tracking their rides. It goes beyond a simple journal of date and mileage. In fact, if you use a gps computer you can even upload your "activity" files or "gpx" files from your gps and automatically create the ride logs (which also will include a map and other information gathered from the gps file). Alternatively if you are a Strava user, you can simply set your preferences to download your rides from Strava to Ridelogs.
Members are encouraged to use this Ridelogs system, but if you prefer to keep track of your rides in another manner that is fine. At the end of the year when we gather the total mileage from all members, you can still forward your totals via eMail.
Ridelogs has many features (which will be explained below) but please don't be overwhelmed! If all you want to do is record the date and mileage, that can be done with just a few clicks. See below for a information on how to use Ridelogs and a description of all features:
Accessing Ride Logs
To get to the Ridelogs Main Menu, login to the website, hover your mouse over the Members Only top menu and then click on Ridelogs. You will see the following Screen:
You can hover over the icon to get a quick description of each of these screens.
Adding a Ride Log
The best place to start is to click on the button. This will take you to the "Ride Log Manual Entry" screen where you can enter your ride log. The only two required fields on this screen are Ride Date and Distance. When you click in the Ride Date field, a calendar pop-up will allow you to select the date of the ride. There are many other items of information you can also enter if you desire, such as avg speed, location, time, bicycle used, climb, notes, etc. Note that by including a location (can be a zip code or city, state) the weather at the date and location will also be stored with your ride log. After you enter your information, click "Save" or "Save & Close". If you have multiple rides to enter, click "Save & New" and you can enter another.
Note the ribbon at the top of the screen. This gives you direct access to all the other features.
Seeing a Listing of Your Rides
Click on the button to see a listing of all the rides you have entered. From here you can edit or delete rides, or see the detail of your ride by clicking on the ride date of your ride. NOTE: if you have enabled Strava Download on your preferences, a "pull" request to Strava is automatically initiated whenever your view this screen.
See a Calendar View of Your Rides
Click on the button to see your rides displayed on a calendar. You can click on the specific item to view or edit the log also.
See the Year to Date Chart for WAB Club Members
Click on the button to see the "top to bottom" chart of WAB Member Miles year to date.
Analyze Your Ride Logs
See extensive charts showing mileage by week, month and year by clicking on the icon.
Set Your Preferences
Click on the icon to change your peferences. The options are:
- Units - can be set to Imperial (miles, feet, etc.) or Metric (km, meters, etc.). Default is Imperial.
- Privacy - can be set to "Club Members" or "Private". This refers to how your mileage is shown on the YTD Chart. If you choose "Private", then your name will not be shown on the chart, otherwise, if it is set to Club Members then your name will appear. Default is Club Members.
- Enable Facebook - on the Ride Log Display Screen, which is accessed by clicking on the date in the Ride Log Listing, a Facebook Share Icon will be available if this is set to Enable Facebook. Don't worry - even when enabled, you must explicity "Share" a ride log for it to post to your Facebook timeline. Default is Yes.
- Enable Strave Download - set to Yes to automatically download your Strava cycling activities to Ridelogs. NOTE: when you first enable this, you will be prompted to authorize via your Strava account. This is a "one-way" process - only rides from Strava are downloaded to Ridelogs. Rides are never uploaded to Strava.
- Strava Start Date - rides after this date will be downloaded to Ridelogs.
Setup Your Bicycles
If you would like to keep track of which bicycle you used for a ride, set up your bicycles by clicking on the button. Here you can name and record information about your bicycles. Then when you add a new Ride Log, your bicycles will appear in a drop-down so you can select the bicycle you used for the ride. You can also set your "default" bicycle which will be used if you don't select an alternative. You can even use Ridelogs to keep track of mileage recorded against each bicycle. Note - when you set up a bicycle, you pick a "type" (road, mountain, stationary, etc.). If you select "stationary" as the ride type, then distances logged using this bicycle will NOT apprear in the YTD chart.
Manage Bicycle Components
To keep track of components on various bicycles (chains, tires, etc.), set them up by clicking on the button. Ridelogs will automatically keep track of how much mileage you have put on your components so you know when it's time to replace.
Other Ride Gear
If you want, you can also associate other gear with a Ride Log (helmet, shoes, etc.). Set up other gear by clicking on the button. Like bicycles, gear that has been setup will appear on a drop-down that you can select on a Ride Log.
Import Ride Logs
If you have your past months or years Ride Logs stored electronically, you may want to import them. As long as you can get them into a Excel (.xls or .xlsx) or Comma Delimited (.csv) file with a minimum of at least Ride Date and Distance you should be able to upload them into Ride Logs. More detail is found when you click on the button.
Upload a Ridelog from a GPS File
GPS files typically create either a file with an extension of "gpx" or "fit". The "fit" (also known as Activity File) is the format used by most Garmin units. Click on the button to arrive at the screen which enables you to upload a gpx or fit file from your computer or directly from your GPS unit. This will create a complete Ride Log with map, climb and speed detail. An example display which results is shown below:
If you have questions about Ride Logs, please send an eMail to firstname.lastname@example.org