Fitbit releases outdoor bike tacking on Surge


Comprehensive multi-sport tracking now available

Fitbit, provider of connected health and fitness devices, today announced outdoor bike tracking for Fitbit Surge users. Bike tracking uses GPS and other advanced sensors on the device to allow riders to see distance, duration, average speed, heart rate, calories burned and the time, while stats automatically sync wirelessly to the Fitbit app dashboard to review routes, speed and elevation in more detail.

According to the Outdoor Foundation’s 2013 Outdoor Recreation Participation Report, the second favourite outdoor activities by frequency of participation are road biking, mountain biking and BMX. Fitbit Surge now tracks all of these multi-sport activities and captures activity data in one place with easy to read historical charts and graphs.

On the new bike tracking, users can get real time bike stats, swiping through distance, duration, average speed, heart rate, calories burned. Bike exercise summaries are on the app, including a map preview of route, distance, duration, average speed, heart rate, calories burned, active minutes and ride impact on daily stats on the Fitbit app or web dashboard. Also, additional bike stat details are on the web dashboard, such as thorough map and graphs with a by-the-second view into speed, heart rate, heart rate zones and calorie burn for each ride; elevation profile gives insight into intensity of ride. Cyclists can aslo challenge themselves to improve their stats by monitoring frequency, distance, duration, time in heart rate zones and calories burned for past rides

Said Tim Roberts, vice president for interactive at Fitbit: “Our users are passionate about fitness and have consistently requested a way to track their outdoor cycling activity. We are delivering this feature on Fitbit Surge for active consumers looking to track and better understand performance during rides, in addition to their other workouts. Our goal is to provide users with the tools it takes to track their exercise and reward them for doing the activities they love to do most, like biking and running.”

Fitbit Surge, a fitness watch, offers GPS, continuous wrist-based heart rate, and all-day fitness tracking functionality in one device with up to seven days of battery life, for people dedicated to reaching their peak performance. Multi-sport mode allows users to record running, cross training, cardio and now biking workouts, which automatically sync wirelessly to users’ accounts where they can easily view their exercise summaries.

With Multiple Sport Mode users can track and view workout summaries for favourite activities with up to seven exercises that can be added to a device for easy tracking, including new Bike, plus Run, Hike, Weights, Yoga, and Bootcamp. Plus with heart rate tracking technology, users can feel motivated to maintain workout intensity, more accurately track calorie-burn, as well as hit fat burn, cardio and peak intensity with simplified heart rate zones and track resting heart rate over time, without a chest strap.



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