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on December 14, 2012
I have given up on this application. I bought it about 6 months ago. When it works it is great. When it doesn't it is totally frustrating. First, the case fell apart completely when I hit a rough patch of asphalt. Luckily I was able to catch the iphone before it fell, otherwise I would have lost it as well. The I Bike folks were very nice and sent me a replacement. The replacement was defective and would not let me calibrate. Another call. Another nice person who sent a replacement. This replacement could be calibrated, but the wind speed measurements were always off. (Yes, I zeroed it out each time I used it.) That meant the power calculations were off and useless.
Other problems: I had the stem mount and it caused the star nut to loosen and once again the case and phone fell, creating a very dangerous situation. Fortunately I was just riding up an incline so my speed was somewhat slow. Had to abort the ride to get the star nut replaced since it is a safety issue. Obviously there has been little thought given to the reliability of the stem mount regarding the star nut issue.
Battery life was abysmal. I bought the spare batteries. Their life was even worse.
Finally I gave up and bought a Garmin.
I will say on the few occasions that the ibike worked, it was great and gave valuable data. The shame is that it was unreliable, and on a couple of occasions dangerous. I would not use one if it was given to me free. Seems like they brought it to market too quickly without enough testing. A real disappointment.