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GCN Makes A Case For Winter Tires,

Like a lot of GCN’s recent video, this one is probably more driven by marketing than facts. That’s not to say that I don’t agree with where they end up; it’s better to use different tires in the winter than the summer. Where they fail, is by not going far enough… As someone who now lives in an area where “winter” means riding in temperatures below the freezing point for water, personally…

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SILCA Announces Synergetic Wet Lube

I’ve gone all-in on waxing my chains, but it’s nice to have options, and SILCA is open with the fact that even their new Synergetic Wet Lube isn’t as good as waxing. Although, clearly caged in the context of their waxing products. But, not everyone has the temperament to mess around with wax – and it is a bit of a faff. This product is for them. Personally, I was expecting this…

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Garmin Updates EDGE 530/830 to v7.0

The list of updates is massive, and it’s not just for the 530. If you have an 830/1030/1030 Plus they also are getting some love, but I don’t have those guys, so sorry, you’re on your own ;). Fantastically, it looks like you don’t even have to use Garmin Express to get it now, as each post (linked here) includes the download. Changes made from 6.20 to 7.00: CIQ: -Added CIQ 3.2…

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Wahoo RIVAL, a fitness watch for triathletes

Just because the new Wahoo RIVAL is for triathletes, doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to do triathlon, to use one (bullet dodged AMIRIGHT!). But! Most of the value for this thing is really focused on those who enjoy getting wet when they’re not riding the bike. While I’m very much not in that demographic, I love it that Wahoo has entered this market. Although, there are some teething issues, issues with…

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To headphone, or not to headphone, that is the question.

I listen to EDM while doing HIT cycling sessions indoors for two reasons: it helps with RPE, and with the right headphones also blocks out the fan noise. On the other hand, I don’t think it’s safe to ride outdoors with headphones, and riding around with a speaker blaring is super lame (sorry speaker people). While I might be giving up some of the workout intensity, I don’t care; crashing is worse…

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Winter is coming. Get a smart trainer.

In general, the main driver for choosing a wheel-on vs. direct-drive smart trainer is cost. Unless you can’t stretch (or your partner won’t allow you to stretch) for a direct-drive it’s almost always going to be the better option. Quieter, more accurate, won’t eat tires, don’t need to pump the tire up to 110psi every time you use it; are just a few reasons why they’re better. Direct-drive trainers are all more…

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Garmin Edge 530/830/1030 Get Radar Enhancements

If you have a Garmin Edge 530/830/1030/1030 Plus, a Varia, and are comfortable running BETA firmware, Garmin just released a firmware update that, along with some other improvements, adds an “All Clear” tone for the radar. While that might not seem like a massive improvement, if it works that’s a fantastic enhancement to the experience (which is already pretty awesome). Changes made from version 6.20 to 6.22: CIQ 3.2: Added CIQ 3.2…

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Garmin releases 12.20 firmware for fēnix 6

The pace of improvements for the fēnix 6 is very impressive. Although, it’s also kind of disheartening that there are still so many issues to fix… I’ve been running the 11.x->12.10 betas without issue, well generally anyway, there are definitely some issues – just nothing that I would consider a showstopper or blocker of basic functionality. Unfortunately, Garmin hasn’t provided a download for 12.20 so we’re reliant on rollout schedules. Although, sometimes…

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This shouldn’t be free

No one knows the sports gadget like DC Rainmaker. No one. That he does this every year isn’t news, it’s totally understandable that someone with the level of expertise that he possesses would be in high demand for industry events. What’s awesome, is that after recording this for the players, he shares it with the rest of us. At 44+ minutes, it might test the attention span, so grab whatever helps you…

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We can’t have nice things

Remember how that guy freaked out about Strava matching his run with someone else’s? Well, apparently we can’t have nice things now because freaking outweighs sense. Of course, it is easier for me to feel the way I do because there’s literally zero reason why anyone would stalk me. But, for those who have concerns around that, the option existed to not be in the Flyby pool. Where what Strava did, by…

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