How to use the UP Band for cycling – hack

// August 1st, 2013 // digital lifestyle, gadgets, Technology

I’ve been using the UP by Jawbone since January to monitor my exercise and my sleep patterns. Overall it is a nice device for collecting my movement, however it does not give very accurate information while riding my bicycle. I found a solution for this problem.

I love riding my bike, and ride it all over whenever I can. I’ve noticed that when I stop riding to work or to appointments I start gaining weight. I was hoping the UP band would record the steps while cycling to see how much exercise I get while zipping through the streets of Amsterdam on my 2 wheeler. To use the device, one must wear it on the wrist. I’m not sure how you ride a bike, but my wrist is not moving much while riding a bike, except for giving turn signals, flipping off taxi drivers, smacking tourists off the bike path or to check facebook.

Instead of wearing the UP band on my wrist, I started to wear it on my ankle. It also helps to keep my pants from getting caught in the chain while cycling. I decided to do a A/B test between wrist/ankle while cycling to show the difference. For each recording I rode around the park, exact distance, and roughly the same speed [using a music playlist to keep time]. Here are the results.

UP band on the WRIST while cycling:

A/B test of wearing UP Jawbone on the wrist

A/B test of wearing UP Jawbone on the wrist


UP band on the ANKLE while cycling:

A/B test of wearing UP Jawbone on the ankle

A/B test of wearing UP Jawbone on the ankle

As you can see, wearing the UP on the wrist records only 2% of the steps compared to wearing it on the ANKLE.

I hope this helps  you get those steps recorded while cycling. If you want to know more about real bike culture [not talking about Armstrong spandex style, but more a crate of beer on the front and a couple of girls on the back of a bike style] check out

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7 Responses to “How to use the UP Band for cycling – hack”

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  2. Shore says:

    My band does not fit my ankle, and it is L size already, I wonder how did you wear yours on your ankle without over stretching it.

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  7. Peter LaPorte says:

    But. . . I’ve tried wearing my UP on my ankle and under my bib shorts at the gripper. Sometimes it counts, sometimes it doesn’t. For example, I did a 150 mile ride with the UP…er…up my shorts as noted. NOTHING – a few steps were counted when I was off the bike getting water. Yesterday, I rode 60 miles with the band at my ankle – NOTHING. I stuffed the thing in my pants pocked when I got home and cut the grass. 3,000 steps (and Jawbone says it won’t count steps if in a pocked).

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