Revisiting Strava

Quite awhile ago, I posted my Giant GPS Data Sharing Site Shootout, and Strava was included in that review, and not reviewed well. Strava has been showing up in a lot of online discussions lately, and having a lot of favorable comments. It seems a lot of people are starting to use it, and some of those comments suggested that there have been some changes since my big review. That page is rather unweildy, so rather than add all of this there and make it worse, I thought I’d make a new post, and just put a link to it there.

Garmin Connect Brings Back Google Maps

Almost a year ago, I wrote about Garmin Connect switching to Bing maps. Well, it’s been a long time coming, but Garmin now allows users the option to choose between Bing or Google maps.

Garmin plays that up as, “This upgrade gives users more mapping options than ever before.” Really, this is how they should have implemented it from the beginning. And other services offer quite a few more maps. GMap4 and GPS Visualizer offer the most, and Garmin has much farther to go if they ever want to catch up to their competitors in this regard. Trimble Outdoors offers a decent selection of maps, also.

San Francisco and the Nike Women’s Marathon

Last weekend my wife competed in the half marathon in the Nike Women’s Marathon. Some regular readers might recall the fundraising links I posted and some of my readers actually donated (yay!). I thought I’d provide a bit of a trip report.

It was a great trip. My first visit to CA. Not my wife’s, though. Being a military kid, she spent some time in Monterrey growing up. San Francisco is a pretty cool city. In spite of all the recycling bins, though, there was an inordinate amount of trash which was a bit disappointing. But still, the bike culture there is just awesome. Bikes everywhere, even guys in business suits were riding around the city. Plus, more bike rental options than I expected.

Road Bike Commuter Project #4

My next paycheck came, so I was able to start buying the last bit of parts I need to finish this build. I bought:

Easton EA70 2 bolt seatpost
Sugino 46t chainring
Crupi 18t cog
Tektro RL520 black brake levers
Surly hub spacer kit
carbon headset spacers
red ano bits from Purely Custom
-6mm chainring bolts
-valve stem caps
-cable end crimps
used Brooks B17 saddle from ebay
bontrager buzzkill bar end plugs
wheelset
-Velocity Dyad black reflective rims
-Shimano M629 hubs
-DT Champion straight gauge spokes
-red alloy nipples
Origin8 centerlock to 6 bolt adapters
Specialized Crossroads 700×38 tires