In early January, I was approached by the folks at Bryton to test a GPS of theirs, the Rider 310. More specifically, they sent me a Rider 310T, which includes a HRM strap (soft strap type) and a cadence sensor. The intended function of the GPS is for use as a basic road bike training GPS. Well, I don’t really use any GPS for its training functions, and Bryton was cool with that. I told them that the sort of riding I do is more recreational tracking with more mountain biking than road biking, and they were also okay with that. Read more... (3301 words, 10 images, estimated 13:12 mins reading time)
I got my hands on a GPS accessory recently that I’m quite impressed with. Rec-Mounts is a Japanese company that makes TONS of mounting accessories for lots of applications. They sell some of their products on Amazon, thankfully, because it looks like ordering through their website directly could be difficult. Read more... (481 words, 5 images, estimated 1:55 mins reading time)
Tuesday combined with some dry spring weather before a rainy week, a day off of work, and a strong desire to get out on the bikes. Read more... (1898 words, 1 image, estimated 7:36 mins reading time)
It’s been quite a summer. I haven’t updated much because I’ve been working a lot and when I’ve not been working, I’ve been riding a lot.
I’ve ridden a lot at Fort Harrison State Park.
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I wrote a few weeks back that I had lost my Garmin Forerunner 205 after a trip to Texas. I thought it had to be at my house in Texas. I have made do for the past few weeks, borrowing my wife’s Forerunner and even using my Oregon 450 on an 8mi run in Houston. That became a real pain because I have been unable to sustain a long run in the past couple weeks because of some knee pain setting in around mile 5 or 6. I haven’t been able to track myself otherwise. I broke down and ordered a Garmin Forerunner 310XT refurb. It retained the training features of the 205 that I like, added the HRM sensor compatibility and foot pod compatibility I want to upgrade to (maybe next season) and had the bonus of also being compatible with my Tanita bc-1000 scale so I can finally start transferring metrics to Garmin Connect. I’m not sure how I’ll like tracking my metrics there or not. I’m going to give it a try. Tanita’s software is only okay. Read more... (1395 words, 11 images, estimated 5:35 mins reading time)
An article posted on BikeRadar today implicated GPS data sharing in a string of bike thefts in the UK recently. The gist of the article is that thieves can use shared data to track the riding habits of people, especially when your home is the start/finish point. Read more... (243 words, 0 images, estimated 58 secs reading time)
I have had a number of questions from readers about how to get some certain trail data onto their GPS. That answer is complicated, because it depends on the trail data and it depends on the GPS you have. If the trail data you want to use is a simple track from someone’s previous ride, you can load it directly onto your GPS. Fitness GPS receivers (like the Edge models with mapping) can do a Virtual Partner based on that file and do performance comparisons and whatnot. With a mapping handheld, you get a basic navigation (it warns you if you deviate from the trail, but not much more). If that .gpx track has more track points than your GPS receiver’s track point limit, you have to reduce the number of points in the track by simplifying it (some programs allow you to do this) or by converting it to a route, which will prompt you to turn (best used on roads where turns occur at intersections, than on trails where turns often occur dependent on terrain). Read more... (1283 words, 10 images, estimated 5:08 mins reading time)
I wish I could stake a claim on that word, but I can’t. I have no idea who came up with it, but I’ve been seeing it around lately. Read more... (1010 words, 0 images, estimated 4:02 mins reading time)
I ordered a Paul Components Stem Cap Light Mount to use on my On-One Pompetamine commuter bike, and it arrived via USPS today. Read more... (799 words, 5 images, estimated 3:12 mins reading time)
I was playing around with some old footage from my GoPro and getting an animated map to follow my track. It’s not exactly how I’d like it, but it’s a little taste of what’s possible. Read more... (121 words, 0 images, estimated 29 secs reading time)