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When a discount, isn’t a discount…

As I mentioned last week, I crashed my bike, hit my head, and now I need a new helmet. Fortunately Giro has a crash replacement program. Unfortunately, the discount you get (30%), doesn’t really reflect the reality of street pricing – most of the time anyway. This is actually the second Giro Aether MIPS helmet I’ve owned. The first one took a proper hit when I broke my Aeroad, this one has…

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It’s getting hot in here…

It was my understanding that training in the heat not only helps with performance in the heat (duh), but also performance in the cool. So there’s simple guidance: train hot whenever you can. That might not actually be the case (thanks 182lb Pure Climber for the link), with the study below indicating that there’s no performance benefit to be had from training hot for cool weather events. The sample isn’t massive (only…

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PSA: Know your helmet’s safety rating

I had a little incident while riding in the rain this morning. I’m fine, the bike is fine. Ignoring a few scratches. But, I do need a new helmet, so while I was checking out the site below to find a new helmet, it occurred to me that it was probably worth sharing this gem. Enjoy. In collaboration with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, we have rated a total of 102 bike…

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Garmin fēnix 6 goes to 10.10?

That’s really odd… Apparently Garmin messed something up in the v10 release for the fēnix 6, so now there’s a 10.10 coming straight to GA. At lease this time the release notes include Sleep and Surf (meh) ;). Same deal as always, either wait for it, or force it with Garmin Express.  …

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Strava Routes doesn’t suck. Doesn’t nail it either…

I recently got the opportunity to plan several rides in an area I’ve never cycled before. So, I thought why not try out Strava’s routing feature… Yes, I know it’s been available for ages, but in a location I’m familiar with, it, and frankly every other cycling routing app, just doesn’t do what I want it to. What made this different, was that I just wanted a few X mile rides that…

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Garmin Pushes v10 for fēnix 6 smartwatches

Garmin has been teasing this update for a while, both in the various 9.x BETA and 10.0 RC version that went up about a week ago in their forums. I jumped on the 10 RC bandwagon after letting it stew for a few days, but unfortunately they pulled the download and associated change log for the update, with only the a very limited list available on the forum. The odd bit is…

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Bryton Rider 320 Cycling Computer

The Bryton Rider 320 is a mid-level cycling computer that offers massive battery life and an excellent feature set for its price point. This includes support for many sensor types as well as ANT+ power meters. Obviously, given the “mid-level” nature of the device there are some trade-offs required versus a higher prices head units.…

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From my cold, dead, feet

I am astounded by the Dylan’s findings in the video below, but he does cover some of the nuance that keeps me on clipless pedals. There is one thing that he didn’t mention though – connectedness to the bike. There’s value, at least to me, in feeling connected to the bike. I know my foot isn’t going to slip off when I press down on the opposite side when screaming through a…

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Great for steak, why not chains?

I’ve never seriously considered waxing a chain before. It just seems like a massive, messy, PITA to get a small potential gain. But the method described by Silca seems much lower effort, and lower risk in the mess department. Also, much since it works in the ultrasonic cleaner, there’s no chance I’m going to ruin anything that wasn’t bike specific in the first place. More interestingly, is that the sous vide method…

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