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Andrew Van Til

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Only one ball at a time

Maybe Strava can only focus on one thing at a time with system stability apparently paying the price for the pivot towards subscription. Kind of makes one wonder what the other 179 employees are doing (we can guess that one developer is probably building Local Legends).…

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Insight worth paying for

It’s Tuesday, Strava… If you start the week on Monday… Oh, nevermind… Stuff like the screenshot above really gets me. Strava wants to pretend that it provides valuable insight into my fitness and training, you know, to help it justify a $60/year vig pivot towards profitability. Where the insight provided here is useless to me. What are they trying to communicate, how does that help me plan the week, or is it…

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Update your ’18 Kickr

Looks like Wahoo dropped a firmware update for KICKR ’18s which addresses stability issues and adds cadence support over ANT+. I wouldn’t use the ANT+ thing personally, but it is nice if you’re training with a headunit that doesn’t support Bluetooth or via an ANT+ dongle with something like Zwift.…

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Getting KOMs is easy, when you stack the deck

I don’t have the legs, or desire to plan for strategic segments strikes because I don’t have the legs, necessary to take most KOMs. But, that doesn’t mean holding a KOM, at least for a short while, isn’t in the cards. The trick? Make your own segment, post-ride, for a section of road you remember CRUSHING IT (no one has to know you had a tailwind ;)). Congrats on your crown, you…

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Polishing Émonda with AERO

If you have to have an integrated cockpit, the way that Trek did it on the new Émonda is pretty slick. I’m  not a fan of all-in-one handlebars because it’s unlikely that they’ll ever make a 130mm x 38mm version (too lazy to check), but if they make one that fits you, it is a decent optimization. The T47 BB is also nice, even though the only real issue with BB90 was…

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Do buzzwords make you faster?

A series of unprintable lube-based jokes ran, quite rapidly, through my thoughts when I saw this Graphene chain lube news this morning. Fortunately, for you, and likely my liability insurance premiums, they will all remain “inside-the-head” thoughts. But, let’s pause a moment for conjecture. Now, let’s just assume that absoluteBLACK’s GRAPHENlube, is every bit as good as their grasp of proper casing. No, wait… let’s roll with “lives up to all of…

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Get your HIT on

I’m a big fan of the Tabata style cycling workouts. Well, maybe “fan” isn’t the right word. They actually suck, a lot, but in a good way. Because, I am pretty thoroughly crushed at the end, and I can feel the results pretty clearly when I doing them, vs. when I’m not. In another excellent video by Dylan, he talks us through what makes a good HIT workout, as well as suggesting…

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Garmin approaches modernity

One of the biggest complaints I have about Garmin bike computers (OK, everything), is that the setup experience is decidedly stuck in in a different era. In this prehistoric time, mobile phones are not ubiquitous, and no one has the context to understand that you shouldn’t have to start over every time you get a new head unit, or hard reset because the Internet only exists on college campuses and the nightly…

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