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Reconciling Garmin Training Status?

One of the reasons I bought a Garmin fēnix 6 was so I could more accurately track my activity levels, which I hoped would lead to better insight into my fitness level, workout recommendations, and a better handle on my training status. What I seem to be getting though is borderline useless… Below is a table indicating the last month of activity: what Garmin suggested, what I actually did, how it impacted…

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When Failure Nets Success

I failed my winter goals. Well, partially anyway. After hitting the first target, I set a new one, and that’s where I just couldn’t do it. Perhaps it was just too lofty, a technology barrier, or my fortitude too weak. Ultimately it doesn’t really matter, a fail is a fail. Right? Pessimistically; hell yes. Optimistically; that’s crazy talk. Setting hard to reach training goals is just a tool to motivate action towards…

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Farsports (Wheelsfar) Feder FSD45CM-T-SUD Wheelset

It’s hard to make the argument that a ~$1,000 wheel set presents good value for money, but that’s exactly what I consider the Farsports Feder FSD45CM-T-SUD with DT Swiss 240 EXP hubs to be. Not because they are cheap, but because they are the things that a well made, high-quality set of wheels should be at roughly half the prices of a comparable set from a “premium” manufacture like Reynold, ENVE, Bontrager,…

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Inside Wahoo Powerlink

Wahoo’s upcoming SPEEDPLAY based power meter was announced a couple weeks ago, but there wasn’t much detail around how it works. Fortunately, due to some improperly applied confidentiality flags in the FCC filling, Keith Wakeham was able to get the detailed photos and really dig into how they should work and where the limitations are.…

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RIP ZwiftHub

Having run several popular side projects as a software developer, I totally understand that it takes a toll in time, and money. But, I can’t help but think that this is a baby-with-the-bathwater moment. With those traffic numbers, this is the kind of thing that could easily pay for itself… First of all: Thank you to all the amazing individuals in the indoor cycling community who supported ZwiftHub. Thanks for sharing the…

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Classified Powershift Hub: A Poor Solution To Something That Isn’t a Problem?

I don’t understand the problem with a front mech. Sure, it’s more fidgety then no front mech, but you get a lot more gears for dealing with that minor inconvenience. Alongside that minor inconvenience, you get a more efficient chainline, and chain. But what about weight, you may ask. I’ll have to give you that, you do save some weight by reducing the ring count up front. If getting the lightest bike,…

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Hey, Um… Bontrager, That’s A Dangerous Product

CO2 inflation is a convenient and time-saving way to get back on the road after a flat, but as the cartridges are pressurized, it’s critical that the equipment is safe and isn’t going to blow up and hurl bits of itself at you during the process. While this should go without saying, that’s exactly what happened to a friend of mine when he was testing out the Bontrager Air Rush Elite CO₂…

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ENVE Will Make You A Bike

No one talks for 18 minutes from a disheveled bedroom, schilling a bike they haven’t ridden, with inserted marketing footage, like BikeRadar. Well done! I just wish Jack had taken the time to close the damn drawer, because frankly it was hard to pay attention to all the ENVE introduced talking points as I pondered why the drawer was open. Is it a cry for help? A metaphor around unfinished business? A…

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Canyon Backpedals, er… Clarifies Aeroad Handlebar Policy

There are two important changes, er… clarifications, between what was originally stated, and what’s communicated in this Cycling Tips exclusive with Canyon. And I think they are both welcome, and critical improvements in the way they will handle the situation. Definitely a massive shift for the better. 1) Installation flexibility: “Right now, we are thinking about three different offerings: offering number one — I’m not sure from a legal point — but…

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Garmin’s Rally XC SPD Power Meter Pedal Information Leaked

While SPD is clearly the best pedal system available, one drawback is that there aren’t many (read, only one) pedal based power meters available for the platform. It looks like that is changing though, with Garmin bringing out some new “Rally” pedals. Which alongside the SPD, there are also SPD-SL and Keo options (not that it matters ;)). This is all thanks to a post on Trainer Road’s forum, which has since…

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