Heads up! Massive Sale on Garmin, Suunto, Polar, Trainers and more! There’s two huge sales going on – first is a major Garmin sale, including $100 off new Forerunner 945 and $150 off the Fenix 5 Plus. Along with the Varia Radar, Garmin Edge 130 & 1030, and plenty more.
Plus there’s the big semi-annual 20% off sale, with virtually all major trainers and power meters included. Wahoo KICKR’s, Tacx NEO’s, Elite Direto’s and Suito’s, Saris H3, Kinetic, R1 4iiii Fliiiight, Stages, and many more. Not to mention the GPS units from Garmin, Polar, COROS, Lezyne, Suunto, Apple and others.
Ok, this post would be slightly behind the curve, but it’s been a super busy last few days, especially yesterday. As one might expect, lots of ‘new stuff’ coming over the next few weeks. September is usually when you see lots of wearables, action camera, and drone announcements. So as such, busy times!
In any case, let’s get to it!
1) Power Pedal Photos
I actually kicked off the weekend with some early Friday evening photos and final data gathering tidbits on the Favero Assioma power meter pedal firmware update. While I had tested app things a couple weeks prior, I always like to try and get the latest screenshots or photos of the update process, just in case something changed.
What I like about these sorts of updates though is twofold. First, it actually worked. Quick and simple. And second, there’s only so many photo angles of a pedal you can take. It’s not like a watch or other device with a screen which has many possible things to show. These pedals have simple status lights on them, and that’s it. So one or two shots and I’m good to go!
Saturday evening we went to a local park just a kilometer or so away. A quick bike ride. The Peanut got to play on the slides and in general run around like the crazy little toddler she is. Oh, and play with Grandma. My parents have been in town the last week or so!
However, on the side of the park they had a small library of sorts. Sort of waterproofed bookcases there. While we were there I’d see folks come and go, taking and dropping off books. Neat stuff.
But when I took a peek in the library on the lower level something caught my eye:
Virtually untouched Cannondale bike shoes. No cleats even installed yet.
So many questions!
Who leaves bike shoes on a library rack?
Did they just not fit, or?
Was there an assumption that you’d return the shoes at some point?
And again, who leaves unused perfectly nice bike shoes in a library?
I didn’t check the size, so I don’t know if they’d fit or not – but I’d feel funny taking them anyways. Again, not a book. On the flip-side, even in a library the Dutch want to add cycling elements. It’s all about the bike here.
3) Riding with My Dad
Sunday morning my Dad and I were greeted with a beautifully sunny morning. So out onto the road bikes we went for a loop around the countryside. Couldn’t have picked a better morning for it!
While it may have seemed a bit chilly at first, we had to ride all of about 2-3KM to realize we probably should have left the shell coats back home. Oh well, they folded up easily enough into our back pockets.
From there it was just the usual serene countryside full of cows, canals, and cyclists. Oh, and windmills of course. Can’t forget windmills.
I had plenty of tech on my bike, though I wasn’t super focused on most of it. Still, always collecting data. Be it new power meters or aero sensors, or wearables – any data is interesting data.
Oh, and funny tidbit: The night before my Dad and I went down to the DCR Studio to get the bikes all set up. On the way back we saw fireworks on the lake for some reason. Sometimes just sticking people in the bucket is the most efficient way to get around town:
Good times for sure!
4) Notio Konect Quickie:
Since some of you will likely ask after the previous bullet, I figured I’d cover it here. Not precisely on the weekend, but close enough for the moment. Yup, I had the Notio Konect aerodynamic sensor on there. They swung over last week and we got it all set up and out for a pile of test rides.
I don’t always publish such rides on Strava – usually because quick tests are often kinda repetitive and boring to upload to Strava. I think we did 3 or 4 sets, each doing double out and back on the rowing basin in most cases, plus a few oddball routes too:
The rowing basin (which is right next to the DCR Studio) is awesome for this type of testing as its a ‘clean’ bike path with no vehicle traffic and usually almost no bike traffic (especially mid-day). On the flip-side though, from an aero standpoint having a more squared route with a bit more elevation gain would be slightly more valuable, as it helps to sort out some of the wind bits. For more detailed testing I’ve got some country road options not far away that fit that bill. But for quick setup validation type testing, this worked well.
We got it settled in on both my triathlon/TT bike as well as my road bike. You can set up multiple bike profiles and configure it accordingly.
The data is then displayed via Garmin Connect IQ data fields, so any compatible Garmin Connect IQ device will show it. In this case, I was just using an Edge device to capture the data. Of which I have zero photos of (but you can see it in this video I published this summer).
But the higher resolution data is also recorded on the Konect unit itself, which then downloads via mobile phone app and is uploaded to the cloud. Behind the scenes they merge that data with your Garmin Connect file (which automatically syncs to them), and then you can pull it all via Golden Cheetah. It’s super clean and slick. These screenshots are from my road bike, since the laps were a little cleaner that time – so don’t mind the higher CdA values there than a triathlon bike. Also note, there’s a crap-ton of tabs with tons more data.
Fun tidbit: If you have Strava Segments set up on your Garmin, those are automatically recorded to the file and you can see the stats on a per segment basis. That’s super handy if you go and create your on Strava segments for where you plan to test, so you can repeat the exact same sections each time. Heck, the Garmin will even count-down to the section, and during the section.
I’ll be planning an in-depth review in about 4 weeks or so, just after Interbike as I get more rides with it. There will be some rides that I focus on aero stuff, and other rides where I’m just simply capturing data to flush out any nuances. For example, I rode almost 3 hours home yesterday from some meetings. In that case, I was on a road bike wearing a backpack filled with drones and cameras, along with running shoes hanging off the side. Nothing aero about that. But, you can learn a ton about how the unit functions, and how it reacts across different surfaces like some dirt and gravel sections, or just different pavement types.
Oh, and did I mention that one can pull in tire pressure data soon from the Quarq TyreWiz, as well as already seeing the effects of lost wattage with cross-chaining by using gear shifting data (Shimano Di2, SRAM eTAP, etc..)?
Anyways, more to come.
5) Off to Pick Apples
No, not the watches, but real-life apples.
After finishing up one ride, it was time to begin another. We packed up everyone onto bikes and headed out across town. Because we don’t have an endless supply of ‘around town’ bikes, we ended up plopping The Girl into the cargo bike alongside the kiddos. The dog didn’t make the cut.
My parents went on both The Girl and my regular around town bikes. All worked well enough.
It was only about 5mi/8km each direction – so hardly very far. Took about 30 minutes with stop and go city riding. Once we arrived you walk through an area where you can buy various local products, as well as a café of sorts and an outdoor fire pit where you could roast what looked like bread on a stick. That part wasn’t super clear, but it did look kinda good.
The farm was a u-pick farm, where you go off and pick whatever fruits and vegetables you want. This time of year, it was all about apples. There were also various berry bushes, but there didn’t seem to be much left on them. Oh, and you could ‘pick’ eggs. They had little hen houses around and the plethora of chickens that were around the farm would just come into their little house and lay an egg. Then it’d roll down and you could grab it.
But there weren’t any eggs in the trap door at any of the houses we saw. So Apples it was.
We didn’t pick a ton of apples – just a solid re-usable cloth bag full of them. I believe it was 8kg or so of apples. It was more for fun than anything else. The Girl is planning on making pies with them. And I plan on eating said pies.
After which we ate some apple pie they had there, because…why not? Also, we were fueling properly for the long 30-minute ride home:
At which point, the weekend was done!
With that – thanks for reading, and have a great remainder of your week.
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