Tried my first outdoor ride with The Dash. I often ride with a buddy and go about 30 kph (~20 mph) which, according to the manual is the upper limit of speed for mic wind noise suppression. On the indoor bike, the cadence and heart rate were very accurate so I was optimistic for outdoor results. I did three trips. Started and ended the first trip with the app. Started the 2nd with the app and ended with taps on the left earpiece. I was getting regular 5 minute reports but the first trip only logged a total of 5 minutes from a 40 minute trip. The 2nd trip failed to register in the app.
I was unable to intelligbly communicate with my buddy during the ride with The Dash in my ears. I did the trips without any Bluetooth audio to see how the audio transparency worked with and without windshield. At my most typical pace, there was overpowering wind noise that made conversation completely impossible both with and without windshield activated. Things were marginally better when I turned off audio transparency. While the wind noise was gone, it was quite hard to make out what my buddy was saying with the ear pieces in.
I tried a solo trip the next day with music and it again failed to record a trip though it did provide 5 minute audible updates. This time I used the internal MP3 player and tried transparency with and without windshield as well as transparency off. The wind noise interfered excessively with the music unless transparency was off. The audio was OK with audio transpatency off but as I was riding in traffic, as I most often do, I really had to pay extra attention to my glasses mounted mirror. Shortcut frequently unintentionally paused my audio as I hit bumps in the road.
According to Strava, about 60% of the people in my 60 - 65 age group typically ride faster than I do over my usual routes. If my wind speed noise experience is typical, The Dash is not ideally suited for the average Strava fitness rider. I’m going to look into making and testing some self designed foamboard wind deflectors to attach to my helmet to determine whether I can improve on these results.
First, I’d like to get the logging of activities sorted. Perhaps a handlebar mount for my phone may help? Connection from my right pocket was intermittent.
Tips anyone? Any riders out there who ride faster for whom audio transparency works?