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6 February 2017, 12:29

Hi there, I have just bought a TomTom adventurer. I wanted a watch that tracks all my cycling/walking/playing sport. I'm a bit confused about what is included in the activity tracker though. If I record a cycle, it doesn't seem to go into the mileage in the activity tracker, yet if I record a run my steps seem to be counted in the activity tracker. It also seems to pick up some of my cycle ride as steps (presumably due to my wrist movements), I would have assumed it would turn the step counter off while I'm cycling, so as not to show incorrect data.

In short, I would like all my daily/weekly totals shown consistently and correctly in the activity tracker, so if I have cycled 50 miles and run 10 miles and walked 10 miles, I would like my mileage to show as 70 miles, and my steps to include the runs and the walks.

Is anyone able to shed any light on this?

Thanks
Marked as answer: tfarabaugh on 6 February 2017, 18:50

Harriet_J wrote:

Hi there, I have just bought a TomTom adventurer. I wanted a watch that tracks all my cycling/walking/playing sport. I'm a bit confused about what is included in the activity tracker though. If I record a cycle, it doesn't seem to go into the mileage in the activity tracker, yet if I record a run my steps seem to be counted in the activity tracker. It also seems to pick up some of my cycle ride as steps (presumably due to my wrist movements), I would have assumed it would turn the step counter off while I'm cycling, so as not to show incorrect data.

In short, I would like all my daily/weekly totals shown consistently and correctly in the activity tracker, so if I have cycled 50 miles and run 10 miles and walked 10 miles, I would like my mileage to show as 70 miles, and my steps to include the runs and the walks.

Is anyone able to shed any light on this?

Thanks



Distance travelled and steps taken while running is included in the activity tracker, distance cycles are not. I am not sure of the logic behind this except perhaps that they feel running is more intense and has a bigger impact on the daily activity tracking? Also, with cycling you are going much further distances which will totally throw off the charts as you might have 50 miles travelled in one day. You are not going to see them do it the way you want as that is how it was initially and they actually changed it to the current method so I doubt they will go back. Steps during cycling are just incidental movement, you can always turn off the activity tracker while cycling to avoid this. i personally turn it off completely during all workouts as I want my daily activity to just show my day-to-day activity without sports, as they are all tracked separately anyway.

I imagine this is not what you were hoping to hear but let me know if this answered your question. If so, please mark it as a solution so other can look for it if they have the same question.

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    6 February 2017, 18:50

    Harriet_J wrote:

    Hi there, I have just bought a TomTom adventurer. I wanted a watch that tracks all my cycling/walking/playing sport. I'm a bit confused about what is included in the activity tracker though. If I record a cycle, it doesn't seem to go into the mileage in the activity tracker, yet if I record a run my steps seem to be counted in the activity tracker. It also seems to pick up some of my cycle ride as steps (presumably due to my wrist movements), I would have assumed it would turn the step counter off while I'm cycling, so as not to show incorrect data.

    In short, I would like all my daily/weekly totals shown consistently and correctly in the activity tracker, so if I have cycled 50 miles and run 10 miles and walked 10 miles, I would like my mileage to show as 70 miles, and my steps to include the runs and the walks.

    Is anyone able to shed any light on this?

    Thanks



    Distance travelled and steps taken while running is included in the activity tracker, distance cycles are not. I am not sure of the logic behind this except perhaps that they feel running is more intense and has a bigger impact on the daily activity tracking? Also, with cycling you are going much further distances which will totally throw off the charts as you might have 50 miles travelled in one day. You are not going to see them do it the way you want as that is how it was initially and they actually changed it to the current method so I doubt they will go back. Steps during cycling are just incidental movement, you can always turn off the activity tracker while cycling to avoid this. i personally turn it off completely during all workouts as I want my daily activity to just show my day-to-day activity without sports, as they are all tracked separately anyway.

    I imagine this is not what you were hoping to hear but let me know if this answered your question. If so, please mark it as a solution so other can look for it if they have the same question.
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    7 February 2017, 10:25

    Thanks for taking the time to reply. It's a shame you can't customise what is shown in the activity tracker as presumably everybody wants something different. Customisation in general seems to be lacking in this watch.

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