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MapMyRide Detailed User Guide

How To Use MapMyRide: An In-Depth Review and Guide

5 Minute registration process

MapMyRide offers you two options for sign up. You can either sign up using your Facebook account, or via an email address.

If you’re looking to get setup as quickly as possible, you’ll want to choose the option to sign up with Facebook.

This simply means that MapMyRide will be able to access the information from your public profile, email address, and birthday, and doesn’t allow the app to post to Facebook without your permission.

The information it pulls from Facebook really acts as more of a template, and you’re free to make any changes to the information before completing the sign up.

Signing up to MapMyRide with a Facebook account
Signing up with Facebook saves time, and means MapMyRide can accurately calculate your maximum heart rate

We just mentioned that MapMyRide doesn’t post to Facebook without your permission, but if you do want to post, you have complete control over who sees it.

Having high level of custom privacy means you can choose to share your progress with as few or as many people as you like.

This is ideal for if you only want to share progress with your personal trainer or close friends and family.

6 steps to profile personalization

If you’re in a rush you can choose to skip this step entirely, but we would certainly recommend adding some basic information – particularly for the Location and ‘Height & Weight’ tabs.

This is because having access to your location makes it much quicker to create custom routes later on, and knowing your height and weight improves the accuracy of workout performance metrics, such as the total number of calories burned.

  • 1. Adding a profile picture

    As with most of the social networks, MapMyRide lets you upload a profile picture. If you’re camera shy this doesn’t have to be a photo of you, and could even be a picture taken during a recent ride.

  • 2. Connecting social media accounts

    Many of the MapMyRide features are based around creating a strong and supportive fitness community that you can share your goals and achievements with.

    If you’ve already built up a following on Facebook and Twitter, this can be a great way to connect with any that are already using the service. You’ll be able to invite them to events, follow their progress, and even participate in challenges.

    Connect to Twitter and Facebook to find friends that use the MapMyRide app
    Connect to Twitter and Facebook to find friends that use the MapMyRide app

    Clicking on either the Facebook or Twitter tabs will allow you to search through all friends that you have on those social networks, who also have a MapMyRide account.

    You can then select ‘Add Friend’ to send them a friend request.

  • 3. Setting your location

    If you’re going to be riding a lot of routes with the same starting point, it’s worth setting this as your location.

    This doesn’t have to be your home address, but having a location set here will really cut down on the time it takes to setup new routes. That’s because whatever you enter here is used as the default start location.

  • 4. Choosing your preferred display unit

    MapMyRide allows you to monitor various information relating to your rides and body composition, including bodyweight and total cycle distance.

    This stage of the setup process lets you define the measurement used when displaying this information.

    You can choose from Metric (kg/km), English / American (lbs/miles), or a hybrid of the two with the Hybrid / Canadian setting (lbs/km).

    As well as defining the units of measurement, you can also choose to start your week on either a Sunday or a Monday.

  • 5. Setting your height and weight

    As we mentioned earlier, these measurements are purely for calculating the number of calories burned more accurately.

    Weight is the main figure used in this calculation, but there’s also another calculation for your maximum heart rate which requires your age.

    Although there’s no ‘Age’ field at this stage, it could conceivably be calculated from your Facebook profile information, or a new field added at a later stage. This would help store heart rate analysis alongside your other cycling information, bringing it more in line with what we’ve come to expect from indoor cycling bike consoles.

  • 6. Adding your favourite activities

    The final step in the profile creation process is adding your favourite fitness activities.

    We would expect ‘Bike Ride’ to be one of your top choices, but you can also choose from dozens of others, ranging from running and hiking, through to the leg press, barbell squats, and pull-ups.

    MapMyFitness apps allow you to select your favourite fitness activities when creating your profile