Best method/device for measuring elevation gain riding

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Re: Best method/device for measuring elevation gain riding

Postby utabintarbo » June 4th, 2013, 11:47 am

Which Garmin product are you using now?
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Re: Best method/device for measuring elevation gain riding

Postby iamkickstand » June 4th, 2013, 5:14 pm

as consumer pointed out, measuring elevation gain and loss over a mountain bike ride on our tight and twisty crammed into a shoe box trails is a big guess at best.

Over a long road ride your garmin should be accurate enoguh for argument sake.
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Re: Best method/device for measuring elevation gain riding

Postby rvd » June 4th, 2013, 8:42 pm

c0nsumer wrote:What I do is just use my Garmin Edge 500 at its defaults, and take whatever it gives me as a fairly good estimate. Garmin has loads of highly qualified data folks working for them, so I figure they've come to a sane base solution. It's still skewed by atmospheric pressure changes (look here and here for longer rides where I did laps which trend over time), but I think it's probably a good enough estimate.

Very cool. The elevation change with time is about 10ft/hr for both rides (interestingly, or coincidentally, elevation went up / barometric pressure down in both cases), which produces an *extra* gain that is negligible compared with the actual climbing. Of course that leaves other errors (trees, coastline effect, etc), but temporal drift is clearly a minor effect.
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