Category Archives: Cycling

Garmin Edge 1030

OK, I’m going to try something new.

As you are probably aware, I’m an avid cyclist.  I really like cycling.  Some may say it’s an addiction (albeit on the healthy side).

Standard disclaimer:

Being into technology, I’ve accumulated a fair bit of bike tech also.  As such, I’m going to try doing thumbnail reviews of some of the bike tech that I current, or used to, use.

These aren’t going to be super technical reviews.  For that kind of thing I suggest you head over to
DCRainmaker‘s blog or GPLama‘s YouTube channel.

These are going to be my impressions of the product … what I like, what I don’t like, what could be better, and some things that should be left just the way they are.

All the items I’m going to review have been purchased outright by me and I don’t get any compensation for the reviews (unless I provide an Amazon link, in which case I get a small commission).

Continue reading
Related posts ...
There are so many options available for cycling sensors this post will only be able
As you might have guessed, I like keeping track of my fitness. On my bike,
Review of the Garmin Varia RTL-510 Radar A few years ago I decided I could
The Wahoo Headwind is a 'smart' fan specifically designed for cycling. When I first heard

Cycling Plans

Well, it’s the last day of 2014 and I’m already planning rides for 2015.

Here’s a rundown of the rides I’m planning on doing next year …

A bit ambitious?  Maybe.

My goal is to ride 2500 miles in 2015, so I’ll need some long distance rides.

 

 

Related posts ...
Team Novo Nordisk posed an interesting question on their website … WOULD YOU GIVE BACK

I'm probably one of the few people who can honestly claim that they fell off

A number of years ago I purchased a Road iD bracelet so, if I crashed

If you're like me, when cycling, you prefer to have a bike computer and some

Road Cycling in Maui

OK, first and foremost, this isn’t going to be an in-depth, expert, evaluation of road cycling on Maui … it’s just my impressions and opinions.  If you want something more, I suggest you take a look at Tom Meloy’s very nice writeup from a few years ago.

On a recent vacation to Maui, I decided to rent a bike and try some cycling.  I did, and here’s what I found…

Continue reading

Related posts ...
As many of you probably know ... I'm a shutterbug ... I put myself in

Ha! I'll bet you thought the Mauipocolypse odyssey was over? Not by a long shot!

Well this is a fine capper for the vacation ... at 6am this morning we

No trip to Hawaii would be complete without a Luau ... and this trip is

Viiiiva Heart Rate Monitor

viiiivaOne of the things I like to do when I’m cycling, is keep track of various statistics related to my ride.

This includes things like speed, cadence (how fast I’m peddling), and heart rate.

To do this, I have a number of sensors that connect to my bike computer (Garmin Edge 810).  The sensors communicate with the bike computer using a low power communication mechanism called ANT+.

There are, however, some advantages of being able to track the sensor data on my iPhone in the various fitness apps (Strava, Endomondo, iBiker, etc).  The problem is that the iPhone needs an adapter to receive the ANT+ signal.  It’s not a big adapter, roughly the size of a charging cable connector.  In addition, the adapter is currently only available for iPhone 4S’s and earlier … it uses the 30 pin connector.  There are no ANT+ adapters for iPhone 5’s & newer (which use the lightning connector).

iPhone 4S’s & newer do have a variation of Bluetooth called “Bluetooth Smart” … also known as Bluetooth Low Energy (BTLE).  SOME fitness sensors support BTLE, but very few support both BTLE and ANT+.

This is where the 4iiii Viiiiva Heart Rate Monitor comes in.  It functions as a heart rate monitor with both ANT+ and BTLE communication.  In addition, it can act as a BRIDGE between other ANT+ sensors and feed the data via BTLE.

Continue reading

Related posts ...
As part of my fundraising effort for the Tour de Cure, I registered the domain

OK, I admit it ... I kind of like Siri on my iPhone. Some of

For quite a while the owners of the Motorola Atrix 4G have been waiting for

OK, I've had this phone a few weeks ... time for me to list some

North Shore Century 2013

I rode another metric century!

Steve and I did the 62 mile route in the Evanston Bike’s North Shore Century.

It was a fun ride and well run … although there were a few gripes (that I won’t go into).  There are a few take aways for me in relation to the Tour de Cure.
Continue reading

Related posts ...
Team Novo Nordisk posed an interesting question on their website … WOULD YOU GIVE BACK

I'm probably one of the few people who can honestly claim that they fell off

A number of years ago I purchased a Road iD bracelet so, if I crashed

If you're like me, when cycling, you prefer to have a bike computer and some

Not Dead Yet

not-dead-yetDuring the 2013 Tour de Cure ride, my friend Marty was active on various social media sites … he frequently used the phrase “Not dead yet”.

As it happened, I recently finished a book that was recommended to me by a fellow type 2 diabetic.  It was “Not Dead Yet: My Race Against Disease: From Diagnosis to Dominance” by Phil Southerland.

When Phil was a child, he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.  His mother was told that he would either be dead or blind by the time he was 25. Despite this prediction, he went on to be a world class professional cycle racer and founded a professional cycle racing team: Team Type 1 (now Team Novo Nordisk).

I found the book to be very good and quite enlightening … on multiple levels.

Continue reading

Related posts ...
Last years Tour de Cure was great! I rode 35 miles and raised $3500 for

This is another one of my Pet Peeves ... people who walk (or run) on

This is the first entry in a new category called "Pet Peeves". Since I started riding

The ride is over and I did my 35 miles. I had a good time,

Tour de France

I’m actually watching a sporting event on TV right now … well, slightly time shifted, as it’s recording on the the TiVo.

I’m watching (as you might have guessed) the Tour de France.

I’m honestly not following most the technical details, but it’s kind of interesting.

Unfortunately, the detached perspective of watching on TV makes it hard to judge the significance of various aspects … like speed, climbs, head winds, etc.

Still, kind of interesting.  I’ll keep watching for a while.

Related posts ...
For some reason, Tivo has been recording a lot of old SF shows recently. A

We're watching TV right now and, as a bit of an anomaly, we're actually watching

Ok, yeah, it's Saturday Night Live ... and, yup, it's the election season ... but

I've never been a big fan of reality TV ... but I have to say,

Tour de Cure 2013: GOAL!

Champions-to-Stop-Diabetes-Logo-GOLD-jpgWell, I’ve achieved my goal for the 2013 Tour de Cure!

Last year I raised $3500 for diabetes research & education … this year I initially set my goal a little higher than that … $4000.  I quickly found out I have a group of very generous and supportive friends, family, & co-workers.  My goal was (rather quickly) raised to $5000.

Last Thursday, I achieved that goal.

Am I going to stop trying to raise money?  Of course not.  More is always better.

Being involved in the Tour de Cure is a wonderful outlet for me … it’s a very worthwhile cause, gets me on my bike on a regular basis, and has introduced me to a lot of really great people.

I’m also enjoying getting Team RED transformed into something a little more cohesive.  While we haven’t been able to get as many training rides organized (mainly due to weather), I’m pleased with what we’ve done so far.  I’m hoping to keep Team RED organized as a group through the year so we can continue pulling together as a real team next year.

Continue reading

Related posts ...
Yes, it should be pretty obvious that I think diabetes sucks. Otherwise, why would I

Well, it's that time again. The 2013 Tour de Cure is over and was an

Last years Tour de Cure was great! I rode 35 miles and raised $3500 for

The ride is over and I did my 35 miles. I had a good time,