Losing Some Weight

Lowe Alpine LightFlite Hydro
Lowe Alpine LightFlite Hydro

 

Losing a bit of weight is a great way to boost your speed and will help your climbing and as a result many riders are paranoid about the weight of their bike.  Fitting light weight components is expensive – from light cased tyres and carbon frames, to carbon seat posts and titanium bolts, for some it is an endless search to strip all unnecessary weight from the bike. Continue reading “Losing Some Weight”

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If its not on Strava…

Genesis CDF Cyclocross Bike
Did this ride really happen?

…did the ride really happen?

I realised this last week that I am a Strava Addict. Yes I admit it.

I didn’t really doubt it and let me get this straight, its not that I am addicted t o chasing down other peoples times and climbs. I am much more realistic than that. I ride for pleasure and fun, and ONLY OCCASIONALLY do I feel the need to try and beat someones time.

Last week my Garmin bike GPS failed to connect to my computer meaning that I lost a ride to the oblivion of the internal memory.  Now let me explain, this was only a small pedal out at lunch time not even 10 miles, but I enjoyed it and I rode down a section of hill on my cyclocross bike that I normally do on my MTB. I was desperate to see how the times compared as I felt like I was moving! This was the first reason I was disappointed, secondly I wanted to show that the CX bike doesn’t stop me riding off road and doesn’t make me a roadie.

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Its not a road ride

Thirdly, I do like to keep an eye on my exercise and while I know full well I went out and I took a photo (above) to commemorate the occasion, my Strava account doesn’t know!  I can’t add manual entries – everyone knows they don’t count!

After much searching on the internet (Googling as we have become accustomed to calling it) I found that i was not alone in my pain. While this doesn’t appear to be a known fault as such, its seems to just happen to these devices to some people. It could be a mechanical issue with the USB port – I don’t know.

What next, a new one? Certainly buying gadgets is great, but the Garmin actually works otherwise.  I know I can use a card reader and take the activities off the device microSD card. Excellent! Problem solved. I can ride again.

So two days later I rode and rode and rode (and took more photos) and got up to a fantastic high speed on a little road descent. Can’t wait to see how I compare with others and my previous times!

ARGH!  I didn’t have the device set up to record to the microSD card! Another ride lost to oblivion – that actually didn’t happen and the only record is another photo.

I have now fixed the issue and rides will be recorded to the microSD card from now onwards. And I have saved myself buying a new Garmin!

More new bike bits it is then…

Capra Conundrum

Capra conundrum

The reviews are in, or out, I don’t know the right term, either way everyone is loving the YT Industries Capra.

From the top carbon frame models to the entry level bikes, the Capra is currently representing (thanks in part to the weak Euro) very good value for money.

Kitted out with the latest SRAM and Race Face components, and a full compliment of Rockshox – reverb dropper, Pike forks and monarch shock – what is not to like?

Well, everyone is getting in on the act!

I am not a bike snob, but when I buy a new bike I want some one to be surprised by my choice or keen to want a look at something new. But at BikePark Wales on Sunday I saw SO MANY of them!

Not sure why I am bothered, cos in the end only I have to ride it and the value for money and the excellent reviews can’t be wrong can they?

Well I’m just about to go on holiday. I dare say in Greece I will see very few Capras around the pool or on the beach and I will have plenty of time to think about my next full suspension purchase.

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