Wahoo Tickr Heart Rate Monitor Review Using With Strava

I started Cycling couple of months ago and always wondered whether I’m pushing my limits or taking it easy. I quickly learnt that measuring Heart Rate will intern measure the intensity of workouts. Being a newbie Cyclist, I love Strava and hence I started looking for Heart Rate Monitors (HRM) which work well with Strava. Strava’s store had Wahoo and seemed like they recommend Wahoo Tickr.

Wahoo Tickr is a chest strap HRM and generally chest strap HRMs are more accurate than optical sensors which comes in watches and some phones. Tickr is pretty straight forward to use, just adjust the strap length to comfortably cover your chest and put it on. As soon as you put it on, it starts detecting the pulse as well as starts bluetooth discoverability, I opened Strava on my Android phone, opened “Record Activity” screen and tapped on sensor icon & in couple of seconds it appeared. I just had to tap “Add” and my Heart Rate was already streaming.

Using it with Strava

Strava does real-time recording of Heart Rate streamed by the Tickr. When you are Cycling it shows present Heart Rate on your phone screen so that you know how much effort you are putting in. Once the activity is finished you can access HR in the analysis of your ride.

Strava Heart Rate Analysis

Strava Heart Rate Analysis

Using this analysis you will know your limits and start working towards improvising. One must calculate their Max Heart Rate to make more sense of this. There are multiple formulas (Tip: Google for “Max HR formula”) to calculate Max HR. Simplest (but may not be most accurate) formula being 220 – Age. So if you are 28 years old your Max HR would be 220-28 which is 192.  You can learn more about Max HR by Googling since it is out of context in this article I’m not going to talk more about it here.

Strava Suffer Score (Premium Only)

Once you calculate Max HR, you need to feed it into Strava in “Settings -> My Performance”. Based on Max HR Strava will create Heart Rate Zones. Post activity Strava analyses how much time you were in different HR zones and calculates “Suffer Score”.

strava suffer score

Strava Suffer Score

Next time you plan a long ride, you know which zone you need to stay in to keep going. The more fitter one becomes the less effort it would take to do same workout/ride. Overall Wahoo Tickr is very simple to use and works very well with Strava.

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P.S: If you follow Tour De France, you can see Team SKY riders using Wahoo Tickr!!

Xiaomi ripped open source project Xposed Framework without giving credits!

I wanted to root my Mi3 and install Greenify & other root dependent apps. For experimental features on Greenify it requires Xposed framework. When I went to install xposed it said it might put me in bootloop because of a known issue. Further digging into this I found a post by developer of Xposed framework pointing out Xiaomi ripped Xposed to build things around MiUi and didn’t give any credits to original developer.

Link to the post

If you are not aware already, there are tons of apps built on top of xposed framework. Most popular being GravityBox which pretty much enables you to customize your phone to any extent. It’s like DIY custom ROM!!

This is really unprofessional of Xiaomi and they lost all the respect I had for them.

Simplenote – note taking app that works for me

simplenote logo

My biggest requirement in a note taking app is accessibility. And hence Google Docs used to be my favorite until I discovered Simplenote. I think it is a well polished note taking app with excellent featureset which I am going to talk below.

Accessibility

It is available on Android, iOS, Kindle, Mac and Web. I have used Web, Mac & Android personally and the interface is identical. Everything is synced. I have a pinned note called “Clipboard” which I use whenever I need to copy paste long text from one device to another. Simplenote also features a nice search box using which one can quickly find what they are looking for.

Sharing & Collaborating

Sharing a note is dead simple. In a note tag if you enter an email address it autotically share the note with that email. Recepeint has an option to view the note without signing up, but one needs to register to edit and collaborate.

Versioning and backup

All the notes are backed up and have timely versions. This is a great feature especially when collaborating with others. If something goes wrong just switch back to older version of the note.

Publishing

Notes can also be published to web for public access. Anyone with the link will be able to access the note. Simplenote also supports “markdown” which makes writing experience better (for people who are used to markdown).

P.S: Simplenote was aquired by Automattic, makers of WordPress, the most popular blogging platform.

Android – Play Store
iOS – App Store
Web – simplenote.com
Mac – App Store

Alternatives

I am slowly switching over to Evernote whenever there is more research involved and collaboration is involved. Some of my colleagues use Google Keep also, but somehow I couldn’t get used to it. So basically Simplenote for quick note taking and Evernote for more research oriented notes.