Helpful ways to track your bicycling...
(David) If you're a bicyclist interested in ways to record your rides, I've become the fan of two little methods of ride tracking. The first is a manual-entry Excel spreadsheet called Prolog available in free and paid versions ($10 for a first-time user, $5/year upgrade thereafter). Prolog allows entry of a rich variety of ride details and tracks averages on a monthly and yearly basis. I've tried a variety of programs specifically dedicated to ride-tracking and few come close in cost or features to this little gem. The developer is exceptionally dedicated to improving the sheet and seems to release updates weekly.
Second, there's a great little program for those using Windows Mobile phones with satellite GPS out of Germany called Run.GPS Trainer which not only automatically tracks your rides (or runs if you're running--in fact any sport involving speed and distance), but uploads each session to a website where your rides are permanently recorded for free.
Among the fun features of this $34 program are the ability to use the program for real-time tracking (if you have web access on your device) and the upload site where you can compare your activity with thousands of users around the world--even tracking each individual ride in movie mode on Google Earth if you have it installed on your computer. The only slight negative with this program is that the vast majority of users are European, making it difficult to compare your routes with others near you in the States.
Here's a sample ride record from the GPS.Net web site--the record of an out-and-back ride I did while Isaiah was at baseball practice yesterday.