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Old 01-01-2014, 09:14 PM   #32086
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Generally, I use paper maps, but your average map is getting suckier by the minute. If you are going to a unique place, Nat Geo has some great ones. I used their Baja maps four years ago and thought they were great.

I rode from Seattle to SF this august and used Adv Cycling Assoc maps and an iPhone. Google was great to have but reception could be spotty. We used a USB charger hooked up to a generator hub to maintain charge. Pretty handy little thing.
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Old 01-02-2014, 03:12 AM   #32087
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I realize that there are many options for tacking bike trips. Either your: Cellphone (with something like My Tracks or is it Strada?). Garmin bicycle unit (which seem to be about as pricey as the Nav systems from BMW/Garmin or perhaps the wireless "simple" computers. I'm liking the simple computers as they're all about distance/time rather than specific coordinates. What do people here use?
I have a 7 year old Garmin ETrex, it has been a durable unit. I also have a cheap bicycle computer. The new ETrex accepts bike sensors and you can still connect to their website.
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Old 01-02-2014, 05:36 AM   #32088
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I realize that there are many options for tacking bike trips. Either your: Cellphone (with something like My Tracks or is it Strada?). Garmin bicycle unit (which seem to be about as pricey as the Nav systems from BMW/Garmin or perhaps the wireless "simple" computers. I'm liking the simple computers as they're all about distance/time rather than specific coordinates. What do people here use?
I'm still 'planning*' on upgrading to a power meter, I just don't know which one. I'm leaning towards the Garmin pedals at the moment. ...so I picked a Garmin 500. If you don't think you'll ever use power or HR the 200 is a good thing.

Up sides:
You can move em from bike to bike
It never needs calibrating
You can run with em
The nicer ones can be used with HRMs and power meters
You can program workouts in and it'll beep at you to go faster and/or slower. I've got some killers programmed in mine. **

Downside:
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*even at EP the prices are way up there!
** IDK if the 200 will do this
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Old 01-02-2014, 06:34 AM   #32089
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** IDK if the 200 will do this
I have the Edge 200 and it does the basics: ride time, resting time, avg speed, descent, ascent. I think it can be programmed with courses so the user can see his improvement over a pre determined route, but I've never messed with that function. I used it yesterday on a 20 mile super tight singletrack ride (on my KTM 525) following a pro level rider on his Gas Gas300. Averaged a pathetic 8.5 mph. Lots of missing tree bark in those woods.
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Old 01-02-2014, 11:36 AM   #32090
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3:08 and appx 80km on the road today. Began to snow right before my buddy and I got back to my place.

Sunday's Haymarket ride is postponed because its supposed to snow, so I'll make it official: this was my birfday ride. I'm almost 4mi over my age, so all's good.

...but I'm down from 69mi over last year! (for the record, last year's birfday ride sucked after about mile 60)



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Old 01-02-2014, 12:57 PM   #32091
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This year I figure to do better than last. Last year I was on ravel for near six months and working too damned many hours to do anything useful as far as training.
This year I am not traveling and work is stable. I won't be working overtime. That is my new policy. They don't have enough money to buy extra time because they can't plan. I ain't taking the hit anymore.
Damn the man.

This year I did not start off yesterday with a ride, or run, or even much of a walk. I went to a movie with my wife. We had not been in about two or three years. We saw the Hobbit in 3D at IMAX. The glasses hurt my nose, and temples. By the time we left we both had head aches.

Only cost $35.50 for two tickets and zero overpriced bowls of crap. I know they sell tubs of buttered stuff that resembles popped corn, and small wadding pools of iced down soda. I wonder if one can buy a $4.00 bottle of water?

Anyway. I'll fire up the Roubaix tomorrow and go for a spin. Today I'm pretending to know how to spackle.

And I get a Shingles shot this afternoon. I am officially old.
And since I am old and set in my ways, I think the old fart that doped at the Masters should be banned for life. Period.
That should be the rule if the governing bodies actually gave a damn about a clean sport. As far as I'm concerned the same should hold true in pro sports.
All of them. Dope, and you're done. Period. One single strike. It isn't like dropping a hammer on the new tile. You can't go back and unwin games/races. You can't go back and rerun the race to see what would have happened had it all been clean. Doping isn't fair. It cheats everybody in the game or watching.

I hope to see if I can wear out another set of tires this year.

Maybe even try for RAGBRAI if I can swing it between all the other things on the list this year.
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Old 01-02-2014, 01:19 PM   #32092
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I use my smartphone and Strava. I've had Garmin GPS on the motorcycle, sold it when I sold the big bike and have not yet decided on another specific device.
I'm toying with upgrading my phone when it comes due with an iPhone5, adding the fancy case and uber battery. Then add BT2 cadence and HR monitors. I'd also be adding some rally type Roadbook app for motorcycling off road. Onroad, when I need it I can fire up maps or Google maps. I've used GPS MotionX as well. More fiddly.
GPS tracking can be used with phone that is only running GPS and not the phone itself so it doesn't even need to be onplan. Or so I'm told.
Guys use iPhone4's like this for Rally practice.
Tulip Roadbook editor for iPad, RallyBlitz, 3pMaster. The last two are for the phone. Not real useful for cycling unless doing big routes maybe?
Some things to explore this year for me anyway. I like having a multi-function device. I'm not sure how well any of these things will work or if they will work. But, I'm figuring I'll give it a try. For the time being I'll continue with my old re-furbished iPhone4 running Strava to keep tack of my training/riding and horribly slow running.
If I was going to go with a Garmin right now I like the Montana. It's pretty big for a bicycle, but I like having the different power options. Not real sure I want to burn $500 on a GPS. And I'm sure I wouldn't use it on my local training. No real point to that when I'm going to carry my phone anyway. And that is where the cycling specific computers/GPS units get tangled up.
DC Rainmaker site is a good review site for training gadgets. A site this forum pointed me to.

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I realize that there are many options for tacking bike trips. Either your: Cellphone (with something like My Tracks or is it Strada?). Garmin bicycle unit (which seem to be about as pricey as the Nav systems from BMW/Garmin or perhaps the wireless "simple" computers. I'm liking the simple computers as they're all about distance/time rather than specific coordinates. What do people here use?
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Old 01-02-2014, 01:23 PM   #32093
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Nice job!

Mine quite a bit less, 1,600 miles through 116 hours.

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Post up your 2013 mileage folks.
http://www.strava.com/athlete/calendar

If I can manage to get out on the trails today, I'll get it up to 3800 miles.
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Old 01-02-2014, 02:40 PM   #32094
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Nice job!

Mine quite a bit less, 1,600 miles through 116 hours.

Poor Richards Training Almanac 2013

Thanks. I ran out of time and spun for 15 miles on the Roubaix to close out the year with 3805 miles. Every time the bike got over 18mph, I stopped pedaling and coasted down to 15 or so, due to the windchill. Anything less than 50F and I'd rather be on the mtb. The first mountain bike race of this season is March, 9th.
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Old 01-02-2014, 04:05 PM   #32095
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Couple questions:

Thinking about dropping cable TV. Is there a subscription-based deal that has all the classics and TdF, without having to scan multiple sites and pay multiple fees?

I have a modern LCD TV and it has all the expected hookup ports. Isn't there a wireless gadget that'll allow me to watch programs from my computer on my TV? If so, what is it? Or, is there a better picture quality option?

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Old 01-02-2014, 04:16 PM   #32096
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Couple questions:

Thinking about dropping cable TV. Is there a subscription-based deal that has all the classics and TdF, without having to scan multiple sites and pay multiple fees?

I have a modern LCD TV and it has all the expected hookup ports. Isn't there a wireless gadget that'll allow me to watch programs from my computer on my TV? If so, what is it? Or, is there a better picture quality option?

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Cycling.tv is subscription

Then there's cyclingfans.com and steephilltv.com if you don't mind listening to Dutch, or Italian, or German, or the British feeds from the races. I saw Strada Bianche live last year in Italian. I speak enough German that the Dutch broadcasts are more or less intellible.

Sean Kelly knows his stuff, but he's got problems worse than Bobke.

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Old 01-02-2014, 04:41 PM   #32097
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Cycling.tv is subscription

Then there's cyclingfans.com and steephilltv.com if you don't mind listening to Dutch, or Italian, or German, or the British feeds from the races. I saw Strada Bianche live last year in Italian. I speak enough German that the Dutch broadcasts are more or less intellible.

Sean Kelly knows his stuff, but he's got problems worse than Bobke.

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I knew about cyclingfans and steephill. I'll check out cycling.tv.

Thanks!
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Old 01-02-2014, 05:08 PM   #32098
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Couple questions:

Thinking about dropping cable TV. Is there a subscription-based deal that has all the classics and TdF, without having to scan multiple sites and pay multiple fees?

I have a modern LCD TV and it has all the expected hookup ports. Isn't there a wireless gadget that'll allow me to watch programs from my computer on my TV? If so, what is it? Or, is there a better picture quality option?

TIA
wireless is flakey for video streaming in my experience, I ended up plugging my AV stack into ethernet to get solid glitch-free video.

I'm using a WD TV Live HD, which will play HD and SD video files off my home file server (avi, mp4, mov, mkv, etc etc) as well as various services like Netflix, and youtube stuff. I've amassed a rather large collection of the british mystery and drama stuff my wife likes, plus there's tons of that kind of thing on Netflix.

the cycling stuff, I'm less sure how you'd get that on a TV short of hooking up a laptop or something and using the TV as a computer screen.
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Old 01-02-2014, 07:22 PM   #32099
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Thanks. I ran out of time and spun for 15 miles on the Roubaix to close out the year with 3805 miles. Every time the bike got over 18mph, I stopped pedaling and coasted down to 15 or so, due to the windchill. Anything less than 50F and I'd rather be on the mtb. The first mountain bike race of this season is March, 9th.
The trick there is to go 20-22 mph and warm yourself from the inside. I useta ride down to 10 F wintertimes in NH and VT.
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Old 01-02-2014, 09:23 PM   #32100
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The trick there is to go 20-22 mph and warm yourself from the inside. I useta ride down to 10 F wintertimes in NH and VT.
My face kept feeling like it was gonna fall off... and I've grown a thick winter setup beard. I guess I should've worn a balaclava, but it was 41F that day.

edit: The only parts of the ride I really enjoyed were the climbs.
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