​How to add cycling tracking to your Fitbit Surge sports watch

Our step-by-step guide to enabling the cycling features on the Surge

The Fitbit Surge is the Californian company's dedicated sports watch and, with built-in GPS and a heart rate monitor, it's a pretty compelling device.

While running is supported – as well as an host of obscure activities which all make use of the optical heart rate monitor – there was no proper bike mode. "That's crazy," we hear you say. Luckily, Fitbit heard you too, and has added proper cycling support in the way of the new Bike Mode.

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You'll have to update your Fitbit Surge in order to get the new features, and while that sounds easy, the process is far from simple.

So we've done the hard work so you don't have to. Just follow these steps to quickly activate the Bike Mode on your Surge.

1. Check your version

First you need to make sure your Fitbit is running the latest software. Go into the Fitbit app on your smartphone and go to the Account tab at the bottom and tap your device at the top. It should say Firmware Version 31.5.8. If it doesn't, that needs fixing.

2. Update your Surge

If you're running an older version, you'll need to update. That's easy. Tap Sync Now, and if there's an update to be installed a button called Update Available will appear at the top of the page.

3. Log into Fitbit.com

Once you're updated, you'd think it's a case of just starting up the watch. But you'd be mistaken. This time you need to go to Fitbit.com and start playing with some settings.

4. Fine tune the settings

When you're logged in, go to the Settings cog in the top right and then choose Devices from the column of options on the left.

5. Find the lost sports

Head down to the bottom of the screen to the section called Exercise Shortcuts an then click the Edit Exercise Shortcuts link. In the next window you'll see a load of ticked exercises, and even more that aren't. Sure enough, Bike will be unchecked. Tick it, press save and then re-sync your Surge.

6. Go cycling

Bike mode will appear in the Exercises list. Now all that's left is to saddle up and head out.

Make sure you check out our collection of top Fitbit tips for getting the most out of your fitness tracker.

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  • Underdog4129·

    I just bought a new Surge with version I want the BIKE feature but the app won't prompt me to download a new version following the above instructions. Any ideas?

  • Batair·

    Thanks. This worked perfectly. :)

  • gingerloop·

    Perfect instructions!  Thank you....

  • storkrn891·

    thanks so much for your tutorial.  My non-techie husband could NOT figure out how to get biking on.  He also put some more exercises in that he uses that were unchecked.  Wish they included this with the instructions.

  • sk06390·

    I followed all the instructions above. My BIKE setting was already ticked and so was SPINNING... but nothing but 'RUN' shows up in my surge watch. What am I doing wrong?

  • Ananthks·

    Hi, i have followed the steps and completed the process. however after syncing my surge still dosent show the Bike option- its still on the old options onle. Can you pls suggest what do i take as next steps.

  • Lilmizzgill·

    how come it doesn't work when on a exercise bike indoors 

  • Stephna·

    This all works until step 6 - where i click bike - then it just is searching the whole time and nothing happens? 

  • WineGuy·

    Thanks so much. This worked perfectly. Very clear instructions!

  • sazzyb·

    Thank you! It worked perfectly. Got this as a birthday present and was really disappointed not to have Bike function. Was considering swapping for another brand. But found this site and hey presto, all sorted.