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Old 05-08-2013, 05:47 AM   #28456
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Just wondering... did you test ride the Trek Domane before deciding on the Roubaix?


yes I got to try a used domane 6.5. Very nice (this one was $4000+) and very similiar to the roubaix. I choose the roubaix (I bought new) as I thought it was the best bargain.
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Old 05-08-2013, 05:48 AM   #28457
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I ended up picking up an Edge 200, fits what I need perfectly. I don't need anything but tracking. Got it from REI.

I noticed you use Strava, is there an advantage to using Strava over Garmin connect?
FWI've seen on my buddy's strava page, strava does most of the same stuff, just with added estimated power too. There may be a bit more stuff too, but I haven't dug around inside the site too much.

Awesome looking Roubaix!

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Old 05-08-2013, 06:16 AM   #28458
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I ended up picking up an Edge 200, fits what I need perfectly. I don't need anything but tracking. Got it from REI.

I noticed you use Strava, is there an advantage to using Strava over Garmin connect?
Nice! I hope you enjoy using it.

I use Garmin Training Center to initially download and save my info, because that's what the first edge I had used, then if I want to share the info I upload it to Strava. Never tried Garmin connect, so I can't comment on it, but like Gummee said, Strava breaks down the info and it's a free site, unless you want to pay for the upgraded one. Strava also allows people to upload from other devices, I don't know if Garmin Connect allows that or not.

The nice thing about training center is I can create folders to organize my data. I keep a monthly folder for each bike and I can go back and look at all my rides that I've saved since 2008. It's a lot easier than leafing through an old notebook, and I can compare months and years and see if I've made progress...or not...Either way, it's a fun way to go back and look at a ride and see where you were and how you performed.
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Old 05-08-2013, 06:30 AM   #28459
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yes I got to try a used domane 6.5. Very nice (this one was $4000+) and very similiar to the roubaix. I choose the roubaix (I bought new) as I thought it was the best bargain.
I bought the Specialized Venge for the same reason. I thought it was every bit as good as the Trek Madone 7 series, but it was on sale for about $2500 less.

I test rode both the Roubaix and Domane, but I honestly couldn't tell the difference between them. The Domane did feel slightly more compliant over bumps than the Madone 6.5 that I rode just minutes before on the same trail, but the difference wasn't a big one. The Roubaix didn't seem to smooth out the bumps as well as I'd expected, but it's hard to get an accurate reading on these bikes unless you ride them back to back in exactly the same conditions. Unfortunately that wasn't possible in this case, because the two dealerships are many miles apart.
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Old 05-08-2013, 06:53 AM   #28460
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I ended up picking up an Edge 200, fits what I need perfectly. I don't need anything but tracking. Got it from REI.

I noticed you use Strava, is there an advantage to using Strava over Garmin connect?
I've got a friend who uses both for every ride. Two differences I've seen is that Garmin Connect consistently reports shorter distances traveled than Strava, but lots more calories burned. That may not matter to you unless cycling is part of a weight loss routine, as it is for him. Strava also allows you to compare your performance to that of other riders, which I don't think GC does. That feature has been a great incentive for many of us Strava users to improve our performance, and anything that motivates you to get out on the bike and ride can't be a bad thing.
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Old 05-08-2013, 08:08 AM   #28461
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I've got a friend who uses both for every ride. Two differences I've seen is that Garmin Connect consistently reports shorter distances traveled than Strava, but lots more calories burned. That may not matter to you unless cycling is part of a weight loss routine, as it is for him.
I noticed the calorie thing to when I first uploaded to Strava, but the distances seem pretty close. I'm skeptical of calories-burned estimates in general, though.
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Old 05-08-2013, 08:09 AM   #28462
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My ride report of the Texas Rando Stampede 1200 is available. Thanks!
Good stuff, Gerry. BTW, that hat is you.
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Old 05-08-2013, 08:20 AM   #28463
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Yeah, great writeup! You could pass for a lobster!
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Old 05-08-2013, 08:30 AM   #28464
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That is a great report.

1200 miles yikes! Amazing.
Can't wait to read the rest of the report.

I've only gotten part way through it though. Can't read it from work.
Thanks bud. One small correction: it was 1200-km or 750 miles. Can't take credit for 1200 miles!
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Old 05-08-2013, 08:35 AM   #28465
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That is a long way by any count.
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Thanks bud. One small correction: it was 1200-km or 750 miles. Can't take credit for 1200 miles!
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Old 05-08-2013, 08:36 AM   #28466
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Good stuff, Gerry. BTW, that hat is you.
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Yeah, great writeup! You could pass for a lobster!


One huge negative on the recumbent is that it puts your face at the perfect angle for a sunburn. The other side of that coin is that you have a much, much better view of the world.

If I do another one of these, doubtful at this point in time, I'll rig up a handkerchief or something to provide more protection w/o hindering my breathing.
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Old 05-08-2013, 08:44 AM   #28467
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One huge negative on the recumbent is that it puts your face at the perfect angle for a sunburn. The other side of that coin is that you have a much, much better view of the world.

If I do another one of these, doubtful at this point in time, I'll rig up a handkerchief or something to provide more protection w/o hindering my breathing.
Back when I was 'bent, I used something like this:


Just a thin sheet of material cut to shape and velcro'd to your helmet. I did note that the glue-on part of the velcro was the weak point of the system.
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Old 05-08-2013, 08:55 AM   #28468
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I noticed the calorie thing to when I first uploaded to Strava, but the distances seem pretty close. I'm skeptical of calories-burned estimates in general, though.
There's a local rider who is something of a fitness guru. He claims that Garmin Connect's estimates of calories burned is much more accurate than Strava's. I think he may be right - or at least that there is good reason not to trust Strava's calculations. I frequently ride the same 14 mile route, yet I've noticed that Strava comes up with very different numbers when estimating my calories burned. It varies from as low as 950 to as high as 1200, even though all the data it was working from in each case was identical.
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Old 05-08-2013, 09:13 AM   #28469
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Outstanding ride report, K7 Great read!!

Thanks for sharing it.
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Old 05-08-2013, 09:26 AM   #28470
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There's a local rider who is something of a fitness guru. He claims that Garmin Connect's estimates of calories burned is much more accurate than Strava's. I think he may be right - or at least that there is good reason not to trust Strava's calculations. I frequently ride the same 14 mile route, yet I've noticed that Strava comes up with very different numbers when estimating my calories burned. It varies from as low as 950 to as high as 1200, even though all the data it was working from in each case was identical.
Maybe it knew which way the wind was blowing....
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