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Discussion in 'Sports' started by Zodiac, Jul 10, 2006.
Interesting, but a thousand bucks for a set of brakes?:huh Saints preserve us...
Anybody using their phone for a cycling computer?
I started thinking about this last year, and never bothered to research it. I'm certain it's already out there. I figure I already carry it, and had thought about using the GPS and map for rides that go out a little further than usual, all I'd need is a mount for it. And if I'm going that far, I'm sure it could do double duty and replace the little pos cadence/speedo counter I have on the bike now. I'm also sure I could find something that would let me use a chest strap heart rate monitor as well. Then I start to get a head ache and forget about it.
So who can recommend a way to tie my smart phone in with a HRM, and a cadence sensor. The rest is already covered.
I've used both my old first gen Droid and my iPhone4.
Lately I've used Strava.
And have toyed with using MotionX GPS.
Since my bike isn't where I am and even if it was all I'd do is worry it was still in my room when I got back I don't know yet abut the MXGPS thing. It says it can connect to a HRSensor. Doesn't have any cycle specific toys, So, you could just make up your cadence and gigajoule energy output. I guess.
The single suck factor I've experienced with using the phone is it eats the battery quick. That damned Motorola Droid would suck the battery dry in about two hours with the GPS hunting its way around. The iPhone lasts about 7, or did when I could go that long. Now, I'm at a bit over a half hour so no worries. I don't listen to music when I run or ride. I have enough going on remembering not to puke on myself, and that the big flat hard thing is the ground.
Of course with Strava you have the added problem of always chasing some virtual rabbit out there in the ether who is forever bettering your times.
I use Cardio Trainer. It says there is compatibilty with a heart rate monitor but I don't ride with one. No mention of cadence.
It used to barely last 2 hours but I had to do a hard reset on my phone and since then it will only use 50% or so on my ~2 hour ride. I guess one of the other programs was chewing up battery life. I DO listen to music while cycling.
Got one of these on order for my Trek Superfly 100.
The Trek dealership quoted me a price of $1500, installed. :eek1 Fortunately I'm friends with the owner of another shop who has agreed to do it for just under $1000.
If you set up your levers correctly, chances are you can use one finger to brake with what you have on your bike already. It works for me with the crappy hydros that came on my Reign, I just mount them inboard of my shifters, so at normal grip the hooks on my brake levers align with my index fingers.
$1,000 = KOM - .Xseconds?
Its your $ do whatcha want, but that $ would've been better invested in riding more, eating less, and maybe a training plan.
Let it go, Gummee.
I wonder if you might detail your winter layering scheme, please?
I'm already doing all those things, at no cost whatsoever.
I'm not referring to anything Strava. After many years of riding, I can categorically state 'it isn't the bike, its the engine.' Upgrading parts before they're worn out or broken is a waste of $ IMO.
If last nite is any indication, you don't need to wear as much as you think. When I got in the car thermometer said 19deg. ...and I was hot!
That's nonsense, and you know it.
Is that why I'm still riding mostly 8sp XTR? Rival?
They ain't broke. They're not getting upgraded.
But its your $ do whatcha want.
Your personal reasons for not wanting to spend money on equipment upgrades are not at issue, but pronouncements like, "it isn't the bike, its the engine," are patently absurd. No one actually believes that, not even you.
Try racing track.
Its the engine, not the bike. 100% of the time.
Talent, drive, desire, fitness, etc ALL play a MUCH bigger part than the bike does.
I'm with Gummee on this one. It's like any other sport; Bubba could ride an XR200 and whip you or me aboard a '13 CRF450 any day.
Throwing money at an already expensive ride just seems silly. But that's me, and I'm guessing I make much less than you do.
Right. That must be the reason all the top racers are out there on $200 Walmart specials, rather than using the best equipment money can buy. Because race results depend solely on the rider, 100% of the time.
A bigger part than the bike does? So you admit that the bike does play a part, and that your earlier claim was %100 wrong, %100 of the time.
That is an irrelevant comparison. No one has argued that a much better rider with grade C equipment can't possibly beat lesser riders with grade A equipment. The question is whether top shelf equipment confers a performance benefit, irrespective of the rider. Pretty obviously the answer is yes, else no one would be using it. :huh
Just a thought - I've always wanted to make sure my equipment was better than my skills. Don't want the machine to be holding me back, you know!
If buying a new component will make you happy, by all means go for it. But Gummee has a point: if a component is not broken, there is no need to replace it. I haven't noticed anyone going faster with more gears or a different style of shifter or crank. Once you reach a certain level of quality (well above wally-grade) you're as good as gear can make you.
The racer boyos have the bleeding edge because they are paid to. If a few grams will make you faster, just make sure to take a good dump before your ride. And go ride your bike.
Irrelevant? It's the rider, not the equipment. I maintain that unless you're outriding your superfly in those extreme trails of yours, a $1,000 upgrade to your working drivetrain is a waste of money... going from grade A to grade A.
But, as Gummee stated, it's your money.