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I don’t understand convertible geometry

I’m not questioning that the Allied Echo is neat. Being able to change from road geometry to gravel geometry in under ten minutes is a slick idea, but why? It’s always going to be compromised, mostly here on the gravel side of things with a 40c tire limit and no fender mounts. The other massive hit is to your pocket book. Seems to me that for what they are charging, you could…

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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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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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Garmin Releases 8.0 Firmware for Edge 520/530/820/830/1030/1030+

Unfortunately, there don’t appear to be binaries available this time around, so you’ll have to wait or try to force it with Garmin Express. Changes made from 7.10 to 8.00: Course Routing – Improved course routing speed. – Added automatic course route caching. Map – Improved map visibility and contrast with new map themes. – Added a popularity layer to highlight roads that Garmin users have ridden the most. – Added directional…

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In Bizarre Move, UCI Bans HR Sensors From Pro Competions

OK, that’s a lie, but it’s functionally indistinguishable from what they have done; ban blood glucose and lactate monitoring devices. Maybe I’m missing something, but this seems crushingly myopic. Sure it’s an advantage to know when your building unsustainable levels of lactate, or your blood sugar is about to crash, but that’s just data about your body; much like what a heart rate sensor, body temperature, or sweat rate sensors provide. If…

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Garmin fēnix 6 Firmware 16.70

Not much of a change here, mostly just bug fixes, except that Garmin seems to have erased 16.60 from the official change log? I wasn’t able to make it update via Garmin Express, but since it should be the same as the 16.70 RC, you can download the binary directly. 16.70 Chang Log Notes (all changes since 16.60): Improved device name shown when mounted to a Windows computer to be more descriptive.…

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Garmin Adds 2FA Account Protection

While I wish that Garmin had added an option for proper 2FA (two-factor authentication), I guess having something is better than what they’ve doing. Granted, at least for me, the data that Garmin collects isn’t that sensitive or high-risk that it really warrants the device based OTP model, but that would still be my preference. Steps to enable: Go to www.garmin.com Login and select “Account” from the person icon () in the…

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