There are two main alternatives to using a GPS or an app to chart your progress on the bike:
1. Buy a watch
So few people have a watch anymore, mainly because they have smartphones. And that’s probably not a societal trend that cyclists will be able to reverse.
But for those of you worried about being distracted by a digital screen, a watch will enable you to keep a track of just how fast you’ve done a segment with the same accuracy as a satellite connected piece of tech. Amazing, right?!
All you need to do it make a mental note of your start and finish time before writing the numbers down and making a few calculations. You can do this on paper with an exercise diary, or you can mix and match analog with digital by using a cycle log web app or spreadsheet.
2. Don’t mount it!
Again, if you’re worried that any aspects of technology may be hampering your performance rather than improving it, then it’s time hide Strava in your jersey pocket. Bicycle phone mounts and handlebar mounted cyclocomputers are great for when you’re using maps or when you’re on a turbo trainer, but if you find it all a bit distracting then it’s time to stick on your preferred cycling app and then hide your smartphone away. Who knows, you might enjoy the views a little more too!