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bikejournal.com First Impressions

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bikejournal

Example of BikeJournal Log

Mike suggested bikejournal.com as an online Log Book. I have tried it briefly and won’t claim any expertise so please feel free to correct any errors.

My impressions:

Straight forward on line bike journal that would replace your Excel spreadsheet in functionality. They offer it for free with the option to upgrade to premium service for $20/year.

1. Features:

features

2. Pros and Cons

Seems well executed without much graphical flair. Looks competent and capable of doing everything most users would want if you go to premium level ($20) per year. I think you may want to download your files every year.

Great for Clubs and others that want to share data in user group.

Slower and harder to use than a straight forward Excel spreadsheet. I found on line response slow and the most common commands hidden among things I wasn’t looking for.

BikeJournal is Mac friendly but not iPhone or iPod Touch friendly. The site looked a little dated to me.

I am not quite sure why it so popular but it appears to be very popular. Maybe some readers can help me out on this.

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Written by Roland

April 21, 2009 at 8:57 pm

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  1. I too find BikeJournal to be slow and it feels like a turn-of-the-century style website. A little clumsy in some ways… like it’s pretty much easier to pay bills online than enter ride data for multiple days.

    A friend recently suggested Cycle Stats which can be found here… http://www.cyclistats.com and it comes with a 30? day trial period.

    It’s not online, but it seems to combine a spreadsheet with a journal. I’ve only played with it for a week now so I don’t have a strong opinion on it.

    Seems nice though a few years old on the GUI.

    Bryan

    April 21, 2009 at 10:32 pm

  2. I prefer My Cycling Log (www.mycyclinglog.com). The interface is better, it is faster, you get full features without having to throw money at them, and you can get neat mile-tracking widgets to throw on the sidebar of your blog.

    Lazy Bike Commuter

    April 22, 2009 at 9:39 am

  3. I think the popularity has to do with a numbers of things:

    (1) It is consistant over time — except for a number of “tweaks” once in a blue moon (only when they have been well thought out and then tested) it has retained the look and feel as well as the same data elements since 2001 – this is what most folks want in a training site — changing interfaces and differing approaches every few months are, IMHO, just distractions. It does take a bit of time to set up your personnal “add ride” page to make your data entry fast, and containing the information you want to watch but, after that, I find it a satisfying interface.

    (2) Minimal graphic content — no real need for it other than data graphing and more bells and whistles only cause it to load slower. The home page and “add ride” page load very fast on my system and these are the main screens I access so I’m satisfied with the speed.

    (3) The sheer number of users allow for interesting comparisons with what you are doing and the rest of the cycling world.

    All this being said I think I’ll take a look at the Cyclistats web site mentioned above — it does sound interesting.

    Mike A.

    April 30, 2009 at 5:17 pm

  4. Yup, I think it’s the numbers – and the ol’ “word of mouth” that make it popular. It’s findable and usable. People who don’t know from spreadsheets can use it. With so many people on it, the occasional user gets to rise in the rankings easily ’cause you pass all the couch potatoes with a single bound 😉 Also has an active forum.

    xiousgeonz

    July 14, 2009 at 10:49 am


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