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The Ride Analyzer Help File

Questions Covered by this FAQ
1. WHAT IS THE RIDE ANALYZER?
2. HOW DOES IT WORK?
3. HOW DO I GET STARTED?
4. ARE THERE OPTIONAL SETTINGS?
5. HOW DO I ADD A BIKE?
6. HOW DO I CUSTOMIZE MY BIKE COMPUTER ORDER ENTRY SCREEN?
7. HOW DO I ADD A ROUTE?
8. HOW DO I ADD A RIDE?


WHAT IS THE RIDE ANALYZER?

The Ride Analyzer is designed to help you record bike rides and analyze the data. It is a motivational tool as well as providing meaningful reports, charts and graphs to help you improve your fitness level. Think of it as a cycling diary with a number-crunching engine behind it – all working for you.


HOW DOES IT WORK?

1. Create your own account by clicking on New User in the upper right corner of the screen.

2. Fill in the New User form and click Add My Account button at the bottom of the screen.

3. On the next screen, the methods of payment are listed. You may pay for your 12 month subscription by clicking on the Visa/Mastercard Buy Now button or you may pay by mailing your check or money order.

4. If you choose to pay for your subscription by credit card or your PayPal account, the next screen will be a secure PayPal website. PayPal accepts Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express.

5. After completing the PayPal payment process, you will be directed back to the Ride Analyzer, where you can set up your analyzer in 3 easy steps (see below – How Do I Get Started?).

6. If you choose to pay for your subscription by check or money order, mail your payment and then set up your analyzer in 3 easy steps (see below – How Do I Get Started?). Note that when paying by check or money order, payments must be received no more than 45 days after the registration date. Accounts more than 15 days past due are subject to cancellation.

HOW DO I GET STARTED?

There are 3 basic steps to setting up your analyzer:
1. Add your bike/s – Click on Bikes, at the top , underneath the words Ride Analyzer. Click the Add New button to add your bike. Enter data about your bike in the next screen and click Submit. Data fields are: bike name, serial #, brand, model, bike year and beginning odometer.

2. Add your route/s – Click on Routes, at the top, underneath Ride Analyzer. Click the Add New button to add your route. Enter data about your route in the next screen and click Submit. Data fields are: route name, description and distance.

3. Add your ride data – Click Calendar in the upper right area of the screen. This will take you to the Calendar view. From here you can add your ride information and get a quick view of your current month, with icons visually representing your rides. You can easily move from month to month to look at prior months results and set goals for future months. Pausing your mouse cursor over a Calendar icon will show you basic ride data, so you can quickly get details on each ride.

ARE THERE OPTIONAL SETTINGS?

1. Customize the order in which you enter bike computer data, so that your data entry order is matched to the order of screens on your bike computer. After adding a new bike, click on Save and Go.

2. Distance Units – choose between Miles and Kilometers. This setting can be edited from the Your Account Information screen.

HOW DO I ADD A BIKE?

1. Click on Bikes, at the top, underneath the words Ride Analyzer.
2. Click the Add New button to add your bike.
3. Enter data about your bike in the next screen, and then click one of the options below:
A. Save – this will save your data without continuing on to the Bike Computer Customization screen.
B. Save and Go – this will save your data and continue to the Bike Computer Customization screen.
C. Delete – this will delete your data.

Data fields are: bike name, serial #, brand, model, bike year, beginning odometer and icon.

Bike Name should be whatever name you use to refer to your bike.
Brand, model, bike year and serial# - you many need for warranty or insurance purposes.
Beginning Odometer is for total miles you may have already accumulated on that particular bike. This number will be added to total miles for this bike.
Select an Icon to represent this bike. For example, if it’s a road bike you could select the road bike icon. The current bike choices are: MTB, road, night ride, race, commuting, touring and cyclocross.

HOW DO I CUSTOMIZE MY BIKE COMPUTER ORDER ENTRY SCREEN?

Bicycle computers are typically specific to one bike, mostly because the hardware required to mount a bike computer is not easy to swap from bike to bike. Because of this, the Ride Analyzer matches each bike with its own computer. As a result, the bike customization screen can only be accessed from the Add a New Bike screen. Note: you will want to have your bike computer as you customize the data entry order.
1. Click on Bikes, at the top, underneath the words Ride Analyzer.
2. Click the Add New button to add your bike.
3. Enter data about your bike in the next screen, and then click Save and Go. This will save your data and continue to the Bike Computer Customization screen.
4. In the left column, under Computer Features, select the feature you want to see first when you enter your ride data. Look at your bike computer and decide from which screen you want to start your data entry.
5. In the right column, under Item Order, select 1 from the drop down list.
6. Repeat steps 4-6 until you have selected each feature from each screen of your bike computer.
7. Click Save to save your configuration.

HOW DO I ADD A ROUTE?

1. Click on Routes, at the top, underneath Ride Analyzer.
2. Click the Add New button to add your route.
3. Enter data about your route in the next screen and click Save.

Data fields are: route name, description and distance.

Route Name should be whatever name you use to refer to that particular route.
Description should be whatever you want to read about that route.
Distance is the length of that particular route. Be sure to enter in the same unit of measure you selected when you created your Ride Analyzer account (miles or kilometers).

HOW DO I ADD A RIDE?f
1. Click Calendar in the upper right area of the screen. This will take you to the Calendar view. This screen gives you a quick view of your current month. Icons visually represent your rides, so it's easy to see trends!
2. Click on a date (the actual number) to add your ride information, or click Add New Ride in the upper left of the screen.
3. Enter data about your ride in the next screen, and then click one of the options below:
A. Save – this will save your data without continuing on to the Bike Ride Details screen.
Data fields are: route, bicycle, ride date and description
Route - select the route you rode from a drop down list of all the routes you have entered.
Bicycle – select the bicycle you rode from a drop down list of all the bicycles you have entered.
Ride date – select the date you rode from a drop down list of month, day and year.
Description – enter whatever you want to read about that particular ride.
Example: rode hard with riding buddies, headwind of 15 mph first half, flatted at 12 miles, set personal best for last 20 miles.

B. Save and Go – this will save your data and continue to the Bike Ride Details screen.
1. Enter data about your ride in the next screen, and then click Save.

Basic Data fields are: ride time and distance
Intermediate data fields are: average speed and max speed
Advanced data fields are: heart rate time over, heart rate time under, heart rate time in zone, average heart rate, altitude gain and total ride time

Ride time is the amount of time you were riding, not including any time you were stopped.
Distance is how far you rode.
Average speed is your average for that particular ride.
Max speed is your maximum speed for that particular ride.
Heart rate time over is how long you performed over the upper range of your target heart rate zone.
Heart rate time under is how long you performed under the lower range of your target heart rate zone.
Heart rate time in zone is how long you performed within your target heart rate zone.
Average heart rate is your average for that particular ride.
Altitude Gain is the total elevation gain you climbed on that particular ride.
Total ride time is the total amount of time you were out riding, including rest stops and other times when your wheels weren’t actually rolling.
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