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Andrew Van Til

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Elite RIZER is a better Climb, with one MASSIVE problem

Price. Price, is the big problem. It’s crazy money for a nice-to-have feature; or set of features. But, radiant simulation is cool, and steering is necessary (if you’re Zwift racing), so it is a two birds kind of thing. Still, $1099 is CRAZY, BONKERS, WACK (I could go on) expensive for what you get in practical terms. And, the worst thing is, which Elite is totally acknowledging, it’s going to cost less…

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Garmin Drops A Firmware Update, And The Ball

If you have a modern Garmin Edge cycling computer you should see a firmware update available soon. As usual, rollout is measured, so you might be able to jump early with Garmin Express, or you might get stuck at the back of the line. The main problem is that they don’t seem to have paid any attention to the sensor dropout issues that have been plaguing many users (including myself) ever since…

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Featured Guide Review

Orange Seal Rim Tape

Taping road tubeless wheels isn’t difficult, but there are some things you can do to make it easier, and make it work better. Fortunately, I had some Orange Seal rim tape (thanks Orange Seal!) on hand when it was time to re-tape my Reynolds AERO 65 DB. This video is both a how-to, and a review of the Orange Seal tubeless tape.…

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Ride Across Wisconsin (RAW)

If you follow me on Strava, you’d probably seen that I’ve been putting in some long rides recently. The reason for that, or well the main reason for that, I also like long rides, is that I’m planning to do the one-day Ride Across Wisconsin (RAW) at the end of the month. Fortunately, I won’t have to do it solo because there are at least three other riders crazy enough to attempt…

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Featured Guide

Fixing a Leaky SUNringlé Mulefüt Rim

First off, massive apology for the audio quality on this video. I have no idea what happened with the mic setup, but I messed it horribly. Hopefully you can look, or hear, past that (because I wasn’t going to tear it all apart :)) and appreciate the content. This video addresses how to fix a leaky SUNringlé Mulefüt fat tire rim. Apparently Hayes is totally down with manufacturing “tubeless ready” rims that…

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You’re just embarrassing yourself now, Strava

Please, just, stop, Strava. Those things you’re claiming that you can do with relative heart rate data, are exactly what you can’t do with relative heart rate data, and exactly why power meters exist. Heart rate is a great way to know how your body is doing on a given day (i.e. am I dehydrated, tired, under/over caffeinated, etc.), but you simply cannot use it to compare efforts for that reason. Too…

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Garmin Acknowledges The Existence Of Non-Garmin Activities

Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s great that Garmin devices can now process workouts from other platforms (well, a limited set anyway) to determine load. But, the devil is in the details, because they aren’t processing the activities completely; I’ll still be double recording whenever I get on the trainer. That might seem a bit off, so let me explain a bit. I’ve complained before about Garmin’s metrics, but that doesn’t…

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If you want MTB geometry, maybe get a MTB?

I generally like Jame Huang’s bike reviews, he’s very thorough, and has a no-BS style which is appreciated. But, I really don’t get the bias towards MTB geometry on gravel bikes that he’s been pushing. I suspect that this is an artifact of background, and where he tends to ride (IIRC, he’s based in Boulder, CO); if you ride MTB trails on a gravel bike, I can see where MTB geometry would…

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