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Old Wednesday 28th August 2019, 12:09   #51
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I installed a steps app recently and was surprised to find that a day at Arne involved 18km walking but a morning at Frampton was 22km. No doubt helped by the buff breasted sandpiper popping up all over the site at random times. You’re right that I probably wouldn’t set off for a tick that involved 22km walking but it was actually perfectly reasonable walks
If your app is accurate in converting steps to km that's quite impressive for Frampton - I only logged 8km the day I went there, and that included parking in the car park, walking to the sea wall to dip the buff-breasted sandpiper, and visiting the hides on the reserve. On the other hand, if you backtracked twice you'd more or less triple that.

In contrast, at Blacktoft Sands the previous day I only logged 2.4km - we only went to the eastern hides and back - it is a compact reserve in terms of its footpaths, definitely set up for the more slothful birder to sit and wait!
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Old Wednesday 28th August 2019, 19:54   #52
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If your app is accurate in converting steps to km that's quite impressive for Frampton - I only logged 8km the day I went there, and that included parking in the car park, walking to the sea wall to dip the buff-breasted sandpiper, and visiting the hides on the reserve. On the other hand, if you backtracked twice you'd more or less triple that.

In contrast, at Blacktoft Sands the previous day I only logged 2.4km - we only went to the eastern hides and back - it is a compact reserve in terms of its footpaths, definitely set up for the more slothful birder to sit and wait!
My wife claims to do 10 miles a day round the hospital at which she works, I don't believe a word of it. I suspect most of these apps are incorrectly set up and the users should try tracing their routes on maps and establishing how wrong they are.

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Old Wednesday 28th August 2019, 21:32   #53
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If your app is accurate in converting steps to km that's quite impressive for Frampton - I only logged 8km the day I went there, and that included parking in the car park, walking to the sea wall to dip the buff-breasted sandpiper, and visiting the hides on the reserve. On the other hand, if you backtracked twice you'd more or less triple that.

In contrast, at Blacktoft Sands the previous day I only logged 2.4km - we only went to the eastern hides and back - it is a compact reserve in terms of its footpaths, definitely set up for the more slothful birder to sit and wait!
Walked from first car park to sea wall. Back to visitors centre for breakfast. To the turtle dove viewpoint. Erroneous report at one of the hides. Then sea wall again for buff breasted sandpiper. Then back to turtle dove view point where doves finally showed. Then some more relaxed birding having got my target birds. Probably 6 hours on site.

But I have a feeling johns point about apps is also true
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Old Thursday 29th August 2019, 11:45   #54
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You certainly need to see how an App compares with other devices like a Pedometer and my cycling computer. The latter is configured for wheel diameter and i have 3 set up on 16/26/27 inch wheels and they all record the same - the App that i use is Endomondo which is free at the basic level i use. It is pretty accurate as it reads more or less the same as the bikes. It also tallied exactly with a 60+ mile run we did in a mate’s car to Sharpness a couple of weeks ago. The App works off GPS and i have used it with no problem in Morocco and Spain...

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... and my cycling computer. The latter is configured for wheel diameter ...
Won't that give significantly different readings depending on tyre pressure? If it is pumped up hard, the circumference will be more than if it is a bit soft.
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Won't that give significantly different readings depending on tyre pressure? If it is pumped up hard, the circumference will be more than if it is a bit soft.
Depends on cyclist weight, too - in winter plumage or with saddlebags significantly heavier even if personal weight constant.

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I cannot envisage it making any difference considering the small amount of tire that is in contact with the surface. The Bromptons are 100psi, the road bike is 120psi and the MTB is 65psi. Maybe spoke tension is a factor too

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Yesterday I only walked for half a hour because it was quiet where I was and to make things worse two dogs jumped into the water causing all the birds to fly away. I was at The River Esk in Musselburgh.
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