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August 2020

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I don’t usually agree with anyone this much.

I really liked the nuanced, and therefore entirely believable (well, there was one exception), breakdown of the choice between 650b and 700c wheels for your gravel bike. What was the exception? That’s an easy one, speed matters. It always matters. That doesn’t mean you always need to be chasing KOMs, or you can’t take it easy every now and again, but you should never buy wheels without contemplating how they will make…

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Garmin Releases 6.00 Firmware for Edge 530 / 830 Computers

I’ve been running the 5.68 beta on my Edge 530 for about a week, and it’s been really solid. As usual, Garmin is doing a staggered rollout, but anyone who wants to rush in (guilty) can try encouraging it via Garmin Express or download (530 | 830) and make things happen the old fashioned way… I was really hoping that Live Track 2.0 would be in this release, but alas, it’s a…

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No. The answer is no. That £114 chain lube is not “worth it”.

I mentioned absoluteBlack’s GRAPHENlube massive claims when it was announced a while back, and road.cc has gotten around to testing it. The TLDR, err… W, is yes, it is a bit more efficient. Not a lot, but, some. Is it a number that you would feel on the bike? Ah… No, I don’t think so. Unless you’re well, well, well, into The Princess And The Pea territory with marginal gains, there is…

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Strava increases incentive to change platforms

I can’t say that I’ve ever spent much time looking at how many miles I ride per week, but apparently Strava has decided that summing that up for me is now worth $60/year. Which raises questions around where the feature strip will stop, and when they eventually hit bottom, will any free users still be there? Oh, and do they know that anyone with a Garmin can get weekly mileage on Connect,…

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That’s another great reason not to like integrated seatposts (ISP)

I’ve mentioned before that I’m not a fan of integrated seatposts (ISP), but until today my objections pivoted mostly around the lack of flexibility they impart to consumers. Once you cut that ISP, the bike is personalized to you; assuming you got it right and didn’t accidentally cut it too short (DOH!). Once it’s shortened, it’s no longer possible for anyone who’s taller that you to ride the bike. Which impairs the…

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Price isn’t about greed, so much as demand.

I really enjoyed this video breaking down some of the new bike offerings from the major brands. It was super interesting to hear Peak Torque’s thoughts on the bikes, right up to the point where he started waxing about the beauty of rim brake bikes, and banging on about how top-end bikes are too expensive. The first thing is mostly rubbish; although, if you like your rim brake bike, that’s totally cool.…

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Huh? I thought that feature was perfect already….

I’ve complained about Garmin’s FTP calculator before; both here, and on the Garmin forums. Of course, no one from Garmin had anything to say about it, but the community was pretty clearly in one of three camps: “[blindly] accept the [flawed] truth it gives you”, “if you don’t like it, turn it off”, “nothing’s wrong, move along”. Interestingly, it does appear that there was something to the complaint though, as is acknowledged…

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Canyon Crash Replacement: is it worth it?

I’ve written before about my own experience as a 2nd-hand owner of a Canyon bike after breaking my frame, but I thought it would be interesting to document another story. This time, the story of someone who is actually covered by Canyon’s crash warranty. This is the story of a Local Apex Predator and his Canyon Ultimate CF SLX. Here goes. The damage in the photos below was caused when the fully…

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