Fitbit Inc. has today announced outdoor bike tracking for Fitbit Surge users. This new bike-tracking feature leverages GPS and other sensors on the device to allow riders to see distance, duration, average speed, heart rate, calories burned and the time. As with other Fitbit data these stats automatically sync wirelessly to the Fitbit app dashboard to review routes, speed and elevation in more detail.
According to the Outdoor Participation Report, the second favorite 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 your activity data in one place with easy to read historical charts and graphs.
“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,” said Tim Roberts, VP of Interactive, Fitbit. “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 offers GPS tracking, continuous wrist-based heart rate, all-day fitness tracking and smartwatch functionality in one device with up to seven days of battery life. The multi-sport mode allow users to record running, cross training, cardio and now biking workouts.
Fitbit is also launching Multi-Tracker Support, which lets users seamlessly switch between Fitbit trackers throughout their day or week, so they can use the right tracker for any occasion. Users will now be able to pair up to six Fitbit trackers (one of each model) and MobileTrack (iOS only) to a single Fitbit account.
Once multiple trackers are paired to an account, Fitbit will automatically detect when a user switches from one tracker to another, with no buttons to push on the device or the app. This is particularly convenient for users who want to wear a more discreet Fitbit to work, a more sophisticated Fitbit for a run, or a different Fitbit mode for a night out, with all of their steps seamlessly captured on their Fitbit dashboard.
Users with a compatible mobile device can also utilise MobileTrack as a tracker to fill in the gaps if they leave their tracker at home or forget to charge it
The Fitbit Surge bike-tracking update will be available to all Fitbit Surge users by next month in North America, on iOS and Android, with global availability coming soon.