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Zwift PC App HTTP 403 Error

I don’t generally use Zwift on my PC to ride the trainer, but that doesn’t mean I don’t use it. It’s the best (and only AFAIK) way to load custom workouts for Zwift on closed boxes like the Apple TV. Unfortunately, today when I tried to do exactly that, I received the error message above immediately upon launching Zwift. There a lot of troubling in that screenshot. First, HTTP 403 is an…

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I’m a bit lost here, someone help me out

I can only speculate around the unique challenges that MAWILs face when nature calls, but apparently Endura has the ladies covered with their new Pro SL EGM bibshort. Which alongside a chamois very thoroughly contemplated by Phil, has a “Drop Seat” feature to make it possible to use the toilet without taking off the shoulder straps, and I imagine the jersey that surrounds them. This sounds very handy for those situations, butt…

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Ribble Adds Budget Trail Bikes To Their Portfolio

I must admit that I don’t know much about Ribble’s (UK based bike OEM) lineup for road, gravel, or trail. So this slipped under the radar a couple days ago when they launched. If you’re in the market for a aluminum (or aluminium) trail bike, the HT Trail AL 29 and HT AL present very good value-for-money especially considering Ribble’s unique customization options. Ribble Launches HT Trail AL 29 and HT AL…

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Bike Stand “Shootout”

What’s better than beer and bike stands? Unfortunately, I can’t share the beer through YouTube, but you can benefit from this quick walk-through of the five bike stands that made it to my backyard comparison. Conquer Portable Home Bike Repair Stand: 0:28​ Spin Doctor Pro G3 Bicycle Repair Stand: 3:01​ Bikehand Bike Repair Stand: 5:44​ Feedback Bike Repair Stand: 8:07​ | Park Tool PCS-10: 10:41​ Wrapping up: 12:47​ An interesting edge-case: 13:17​…

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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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