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The options aren’t supposed to make sense?

On first glance, I was very firmly in the WTH is Zwift thinking camp. The plans don’t make sense, but apparently, that’s the point? I kind of get it based on DCR’s explanation, but it’s still a very strange way to do market research. At least to my untrained eyes. On every subsequent page with options, they repeat the same “these are made up scenarios” wording. But, if there’s anything we as…

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SL7 Fratricide

As was rumored, the 2020 Specialized SL7 Tarmac has been announced, and with that, has euthanized the Venge. RIP… It’s a massive update, with Di-2 integration in the seatpost (?), a threaded BSA bottom bracket (why not T47?), disc only (duh) and two-piece integrated* headset. Still not a fan of that integrated headset due to 3rd party options, maintainability, and setup flexibility. But it’s hard to argue with the gains both in…

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Garmin is back, kinda…

It was a hellofa bender, but after four days of hard partying, Garmin is back online. Well, sort of, they still have a a massive hangover, or at least that’s what it looks like because while they’re “online” many systems are only partially active. Given that the word on the street is that their “bender” was actually ransomware, it could be a while before everything is fully operational, and we learn the…

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If a gravel bike and and endurance bike hooked up…

You’d probably get something that looks a lot like the just announced Cervélo Caledonia. Of course that’s a bit of an over simplification, because based on the headset, it was probably a ménage à trois involving an aero bike as well… Hey, who are we to judge, whatever works, right? The key take away here is all the space for tires (up to 34mm) and fender mounts (unclear if that’s with the…

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I’m Giving Her All She’s Got Capt’n

Garmin is down, hard down, like something really bad happened in a data center somewhere down. Probably not the best time to talk about distributed cloud services, but seriously Garmin, we should probably have that conversation at some point ;). UPDATE: Forbes is reporting that it’s possible that Garmin is dealing with a ransomware attack. If that is the case, could be down for a long, long time……

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Ditching model years is anti-consumer

According to a report on Cycling Industry News, Cannondale is planning to stop using model years. Which, depending on the implementation is likely to be bad for consumers (i.e. us) for a couple reasons. They’re also planning to change the refresh cycle to work off the calendar year, which creates a de facto “model year”, but is probably a good thing. Introducing new/updated bikes in the middle of the buying season either…

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It’s getting hot in here…

It was my understanding that training in the heat not only helps with performance in the heat (duh), but also performance in the cool. So there’s simple guidance: train hot whenever you can. That might not actually be the case (thanks 182lb Pure Climber for the link), with the study below indicating that there’s no performance benefit to be had from training hot for cool weather events. The sample isn’t massive (only…

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PSA: Know your helmet’s safety rating

I had a little incident while riding in the rain this morning. I’m fine, the bike is fine. Ignoring a few scratches. But, I do need a new helmet, so while I was checking out the site below to find a new helmet, it occurred to me that it was probably worth sharing this gem. Enjoy. In collaboration with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, we have rated a total of 102 bike…

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Garmin fēnix 6 goes to 10.10?

That’s really odd… Apparently Garmin messed something up in the v10 release for the fēnix 6, so now there’s a 10.10 coming straight to GA. At lease this time the release notes include Sleep and Surf (meh) ;). Same deal as always, either wait for it, or force it with Garmin Express.  …

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Garmin Pushes v10 for fēnix 6 smartwatches

Garmin has been teasing this update for a while, both in the various 9.x BETA and 10.0 RC version that went up about a week ago in their forums. I jumped on the 10 RC bandwagon after letting it stew for a few days, but unfortunately they pulled the download and associated change log for the update, with only the a very limited list available on the forum. The odd bit is…

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