Monday, December 15, 2014

Grading bike ride climbs

I’ve updated the route elevation page on doogal.co.uk so you can now grade climbs. It uses the same rating as Strava, which is based on the UCI climb categorization. Hopefully it will be useful if you can’t find a matching segment on Strava.

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Non-geographic postcodes added to UK postcode list

I received a complaint that some postcodes were missing from my UK postcode list that were in the original ONS data. I was a little confused by this, since the import is pretty much automated. But looking at my import code I realised I was ignoring postcodes with no location information. I think initially I’d assumed these were postcodes with duff data so ignored them, but for completeness I’ve now added them to the list, adding a few thousand more postcodes. Since they have no associated location data, there isn’t much interesting information available for each of these postcodes but they may be useful for something… An example.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

UK house sales October 2014

I’ve just finished uploading the latest Land Registry UK house sales data to my website. I then realised my annual percentage change calculation was wrong and have fixed that.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

UK Postcode data November 2014

I’ve uploaded the latest UK postcode data to my site. There seem to be a few changes to the data (some codes for wards and districts have changed and LSOA data is now available for Scotland). I think I’ve found all the anomalies but let me know if you spot anything odd

Sunday, November 23, 2014

More options when calculating route elevations

I’ve added a couple of options to my page for calculating route elevations. You can now select options to avoid highways and toll roads so it should be even more useful!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Goodbye Endomondo, hello Strava and VeloViewer

Back in the day I used to go for bike rides just for the fun of it. Then I discovered Endomondo and was able to analyse every part of a ride. And being a geek, that motivated me to ride more, try to ride faster and try to ride further. I could try to beat my best time for 10 miles or distance covered in an hour. But the number of awards was kind of limited, so my motivation started to flag. I got some more enthusiasm by training for RideLondon 100. But once I’d completed that (or to be more accurate, the 86 miles that I was allowed to ride), I was looking for something else to keep me moving, especially now the days are getting shorter and the weather is deteriorating.

I’d heard of Strava before but I’d discounted it because there was no app for my Windows Phone (what’s new right?). But then I realised Endomondo has the ability to export workouts which can then be imported into Strava. So I gave it a try. And I was immediately hooked. Rather than compare activity over a specific distance/time, I can compare efforts over the same bit of road, a segment. So for any ride I might pass through 20 or 30 segments and I generally beat a personal best on at least one of them. And that helps keep me going.

And for the ultimate geek experience, there’s VeloViewer. This runs on top of Strava and gives me an even more in depth view of my performance on segments. It tells me I have cycled on 1472 segments and I have a score of 86.4 (I have no idea if this is good or bad but it’s headed in an upwards direction which seems like a good thing)

VeloViewer was free but is now asking for £9.99 a year, with a pretty limited free version. This seems like a reasonable amount to pay for something so compelling. Strava also has a premium service but I haven’t seen anything in there that I need. My guess is that Strava will probably start to require premium membership to use their API fully which means any VeloViewer users will need to pay for their Strava account to use VeloViewer. I’d have thought that would be a no-brainer for Strava, since all VeloViewer users are the kind of people who are prepared to pay for a service and are therefore likely to cough up for Strava as well.

Anyway, that should keep me going during the long winter months. Maybe my next motivator will be my own little app running on top of Strava…

Friday, November 14, 2014

House price data now with annual change

The Land Registry sales data on my site now includes the annual price change. I thought this would smooth out the seasonal variations but the annual change is still quite volatile. Even so, it may be of interest.