Can Fitbit Track Cycling? (Question Answered!)

The market is saturated with smartwatches and fitness trackers, but Fitbit remains at the top of the list. Fitbit allows you to track a variety of workout activities. Speaking of workout activities, is it possible for Fitbit to accurately track cycling workouts?

Fitbit smartwatches and activity trackers are capable of monitoring cycling. To generate your cycling data, Fitbit utilizes the GPS and SmartTrack features. SmartTrack detects and logs your workouts, while the GPS feature ensures you never get lost while riding. The SmartTrack feature can also inform you how long you were active during your workout.

Once you have completed your cycling workout, Fitbit will provide your cycling stats on the Fitbit app. These stats may include your average speed, calories burned, and the distance covered while cycling. Most of the time, these details are accurate.

How Does Fitbit Track Cycling?

Fitbit utilizes the SmartTrack feature and GPS to track cycling. However, instead of relying solely on the SmartTrack feature, you can use the Exercise app in conjunction with GPS to track your cycling activities.

The SmartTrack feature automatically detects and records high-movement activities and logs them in the Fitbit app. However, without GPS, the SmartTrack feature cannot track cycling activities accurately.

As an avid cyclist, I would advise you not to use the SmartTrack for cycling. Instead, use the Exercise app as it allows the use of GPS.

How to Track Cycling with Fitbit

To get your Fitbit to record cycling follow the simple steps I’ve outlined below:

  1. If your Fitbit shares the GPS of your phone, sync it with the Fitbit app a minute before you start cycling.
  2. Allow Fitbit to do a Background App refresh and grant the Fitbit app permission to access your location.
  3. On your Fitbit device tap the Exercise app and then select Bike.
  4. Give your Fitbit time to confirm whether the GPS is connected.
  5. You will see an arrowhead meaning the GPS is connected and under the GPS icon you will see the play or start button. Hit this button to start your cycling workout.

Note, that Fitbit won’t show the miles you have covered while cycling.

How Does Fitbit Track the Distance Cycled?

Fitbit uses GPS to measure the distance cycled – To track the distance you’ve cycled Fitbit will need to use its GPS.

We have a Fitbit smartwatch and fitness trackers with onboard GPS and those without. Those without built-in GPS shared the GPS on the paired phone.

Unfortunately, only a handful of Fitbit smartwatches and fitness trackers feature built-in GPS e.g. Fitbit Ionic, Sense, Charge 4, Charge 5, Versa 3, and Versa 4.

To get speed and distance stats you will need to carry your phone along if you have a Fitbit model that shares your phone’s GPS connection.

Remember to have the GPS and Bluetooth features turned on to use the GPS connection on your phone.

Can Fitbit Track Indoor Cycling?

Yes, apart from tracking outdoor cycling, Fitbit can also track indoor cycling. However, it does not automatically detect indoor cycling, and because of this, you need to select the indoor cycling option manually from your Fitbit.

To start tracking indoor cycling, tap the Exercise app on your Fitbit and then tap the spinning option.

That’s it! You can now begin tracking your indoor cycling with your Fitbit. While cycling indoors with Fitbit, you will get details such as your duration, heart rate, active zone minutes, and calories burned.

Have Problems Tracking Cycled Distances with Your Fitbit?

Check out the following tips if you are having problems tracking the distances you have covered cycling with your Fitbit.

1. Disable SmartTrack for Outdoor Cycling Workouts

Make sure that you are beginning your outdoor cycling manually. So, check the SmartTrack feature and turn it off if it’s on. You can follow the steps below to turn on and off SmartTrack on Fitbit.

  1. Open the Fitbit app and tap on your profile icon.
  2. Select settings and from setting tap on Activity and Wellness.
  3. Select Exercise.
  4. Under Auto-recognized Exercise tap Outdoor Bike.
  5. Switch off the Auto-recognize to disable it.

2. Restart Your Fitbit

Your Fitbit is not tracking the distance you have cycled due to system glitches. To resolve this issue quickly, you can restart your Fitbit.

3. Switch the Auto Pause Mode off and On

According to most Fitbit users, switching off and on the Auto Pause Mode can help resolve the distance tracking issue. Below is how you will turn off the Auto Pause Mode!

How to Turn Off/On the Auto Pause Mode on Fitbit

  1. Tap the Exercise app on your Fitbit and select Bike.
  2. Under the bike find the Auto Pause option and tap on it.
  3. Toggle it off and then back on. If you found it off toggle it on.

That’s it, your Fitbit should now track the distances you’ve covered cycling.

4. Allow Fitbit Access to Your Location

Your Fitbit is not tracking your distances accurately because you’ve not granted your Fitbit app permission to access your phone’s location. Grant the Fitbit app permission to always access your location rather than when using it.

5. Turn off Power Save Mode on your Phone

Another reason why your Fitbit is not giving the distance cycled is that the power saver, battery saver, or power optimizer mode on your paired phone is on. You need to turn the mode off to start tracking your distances.

6. Update Your Fitbit App

Possibly, the Fitbit app is not providing the distance covered while cycling because it needs to be updated to the current version.

To update your Fitbit app go to Google Play or Apple Store depending on the phone you are using and tap update.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Does Fitbit Automatically Track Cycling?

Fitbit can’t automatically start tracking cycling if you use the Exercise app. Use the SmartTrack feature to start tracking your cycling on Fitbit automatically.

My Final Thoughts

Tracking your cycling with Fitbit isn’t necessary when you’re bicycling around the streets for fun.

However, if you’re a cyclist participating in races, you’ll find cycling tracking worth it.

Always keep in mind that a good Fitbit for cycling is one that features SmartTrack technology and an onboard GPS. The GPS and SmartTrack elements will work together to provide your cycling stats.

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Jashon Kanaiza

I’m Jashon Kanaiza, a lover of life, books, gadgets, and coffee. I spend hours testing, researching, reviewing, and troubleshooting wearable tech by an array of brands. My goal with JayFinity is to help you push your wearable to its limit. From tips to how-to guides to reviews, you deserve the best wearable information – without a paywall behind it.

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