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04-06-21, 03:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 415
Posted By adamrice

There are (AFAICT) three companies selling...

There are (AFAICT) three companies selling 1-liter bottles for bike bottle cages: Science in Sport, Elite, and Zefal. Some of these are hard to find in the USA, or are overpriced here. Zefals seem...
04-06-21, 09:33 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 161
Posted By adamrice

Assuming you're carrying an iPhone with you when...

Assuming you're carrying an iPhone with you when you ride, there are a few iPhone apps that will retransmit your Apple Watch's heart-rate measurement as standard Bluetooth. Heartcast, Blueheart, and...
04-05-21, 09:18 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 333
Posted By adamrice

RwGPS has two tiers of paid subscription. I knew...

RwGPS has two tiers of paid subscription. I knew I'd be using it, and paid for the lower tier right off the bat. If you expect you'll be editing routes much, get the more expensive tier. RwGPS' key...
03-30-21, 08:58 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 344
Posted By adamrice

FWIW, I've been using this particular HRM for...

FWIW, I've been using this particular HRM for close to a year. I've had it fail to read altogether when the contacts are dry, but I've never had janky readings like these before. That point where the...
03-29-21, 06:24 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 344
Posted By adamrice

Question: how can you tell when your heart-rate monitor needs a new battery

Answer:

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Forum: Road Cycling
03-28-21, 05:24 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,406
Posted By adamrice

Full disclosure: I've never ridden Looks, or...

Full disclosure: I've never ridden Looks, or Times, or any single-sided pedal, since I switched from rat-traps to clipless. I'm on Speedplays now for my road bike. I've got about 800 miles on them...
03-28-21, 03:58 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 11,307
Posted By adamrice

Here's my understanding. I live in the Apple...

Here's my understanding. I live in the Apple ecosystem, and don't really know what's going on with Android.

iPhones don't have incident detection built-in, but the Apple Watch does (disabled by...
Forum: Recumbent
03-28-21, 02:11 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 6,508
Posted By adamrice

I've ridden a recumbent trike coast-to-coast on...

I've ridden a recumbent trike coast-to-coast on the Southern Tier. I don't regret that as the ride that I chose, but everything comes with tradeoffs.

- Comfort: Sure, my wrists and shoulders had...
03-22-21, 08:26 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,016
Posted By adamrice

I should update my previous answer. Although the...

I should update my previous answer. Although the Garmin puck on the back of my phone case has been fine, I've had two Garmin inserts in the bike mount fail in rapid succession from rough road rides....
03-17-21, 03:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 390
Posted By adamrice

It also occurred to me that, as I'm increasing...

It also occurred to me that, as I'm increasing the distance of my long rides, small errors in TSS/mile get magnified when multiplied by a lot of miles. An error that multiplied out to 30 TSS would be...
03-17-21, 03:34 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,012
Posted By adamrice

1. I'm incredibly lazy. 2. When I reset my FTP,...

1. I'm incredibly lazy.
2. When I reset my FTP, the change is probably by only 4% or so. If I'm trying to keep my perceived effort the same (which I consider unreliable, or of which I am a terrible...
03-17-21, 03:07 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,012
Posted By adamrice

I do. I spend a lot of time on my erg, and have a...

I do. I spend a lot of time on my erg, and have a relatively small repertoire of interval patterns that I ride. I don't do them "in the hopes they'll get easier," but they do get easier: when I set a...
03-17-21, 12:46 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,012
Posted By adamrice

A workout is a stress on your body, and if you...

A workout is a stress on your body, and if you have enough recovery, your body adapts to that stress by becoming fitter. If you slack off, you lose fitness pretty quickly. CTL and ATL are...
03-16-21, 01:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 390
Posted By adamrice

Carbonfiberboy—that's an interesting technique....

Carbonfiberboy—that's an interesting technique. Will try that next time.
pdlamb—in this case, I was going for a long ride in the Texas hill country. RwGPS only identifies 8 climbs, but the elevation...
03-15-21, 03:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 390
Posted By adamrice

Estimating TSS in advance

For my weekend ride, I plotted a route in Ride with GPS, and then rode it. It turned out to be a lot harder than I was counting on.

It seems that given course and weather information, and a target...
Replies: 29
Views: 2,298
Posted By adamrice

Not a direct answer, but if you haven't seen it...

Not a direct answer, but if you haven't seen it before, you might want to check out the website Bicycle Rolling Resistance (http://www.bicyclerollingresistance.com).
03-10-21, 09:10 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 842
Posted By adamrice

Heart rate would be better, and for...

Heart rate would be better, and for stationary-bike workouts where you aren't changing resistance very frequently (either through gearing or trainer setting), it's pretty good. If you are changing...
03-09-21, 03:04 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,096
Posted By adamrice

As I understand it, there are two ways you might...

As I understand it, there are two ways you might be "hurting gains": by overtraining and burning out/getting injured, or by sloughing off and detraining. If you do rides that aren't precisely as...
03-04-21, 11:53 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,443
Posted By adamrice

Hermes—What do you mean by "chainless"? ...

Hermes—What do you mean by "chainless"?



The thing is, the hard part of a ramp test, for me at least, lasts about 5 minutes, and the point of the test is to ride until you fail. But with a...
03-02-21, 12:45 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,443
Posted By adamrice

FTP testing: ramp test vs 20-minute test

When I first got a smart trainer, I rode a 20-minute FTP test to establish my baseline, and have ridden them periodically since. It had been quite while since my last test—some of that because I...
03-01-21, 12:29 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,196
Posted By adamrice

I can tell you that if I ever came into...

I can tell you that if I ever came into possession of a Columbine (http://www.columbinecycle.com/bicycles.php), I would be too frightened of laying it down to ride it. But in general, bikes are for...
02-15-21, 03:42 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,640
Posted By adamrice

I've used a couple. One I got from Amazon has...

I've used a couple. One I got from Amazon has been fine (from a no-name Chinese company). One I got from Ali Express (and probably couldn't find again) has some parts that are nicely milled aluminum,...
02-10-21, 09:33 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,077
Posted By adamrice

It is dismaying that there are so few StVZO (or...

It is dismaying that there are so few StVZO (or "StVZO-style") headlights for sale in the USA, even from companies that distribute other models in the USA, like Lezyne and Cateye. You're pretty much...
02-04-21, 09:45 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,609
Posted By adamrice

Magicshine makes one model (Alty 2000) with a...

Magicshine makes one model (Alty 2000) with a removable battery pack. They used to sell a model with a removable "raw" 18650 cell, so you didn't need to buy a proprietary product from them. As far as...
02-02-21, 11:07 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,251
Posted By adamrice

I don't think juries will need that as an excuse.

I don't think juries will need that as an excuse.
Replies: 19
Views: 1,984
Posted By adamrice

I wound up pulling the trigger on an ultralight...

I wound up pulling the trigger on an ultralight sleeping bag from Sea to Summit. It weighs 13 oz on my kitchen scale, and in the "lofting case" it comes with, it is smaller than my old sleeping bag...
01-29-21, 12:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,834
Posted By adamrice

That's a good point, and something I've...

That's a good point, and something I've overlooked. It's been working for me so far, but that doesn't mean that something else wouldn't work better.
01-29-21, 10:25 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,834
Posted By adamrice

This is all very rule-of-thumb-ish, but my...

This is all very rule-of-thumb-ish, but my understanding is that, depending on intensity, you can get up to ½ of your calories on a ride from stored fat, and you've got enough readily accessible...
Forum: Touring
01-28-21, 11:06 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,197
Posted By adamrice

Joe Friel has written about 100 books on...

Joe Friel has written about 100 books on endurance exercise, and he argues that there are three factors that affect performance: threshold power, VO2 Max, and economy, economy being the number of...
Forum: Touring
01-27-21, 04:33 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,197
Posted By adamrice

W/kg (wattage being your wattage at FTP, that is,...

W/kg (wattage being your wattage at FTP, that is, the wattage you could sustain in an all-out hourlong effort) is a better yardstick of fitness that plain wattage, and we don't know how much you...
01-27-21, 09:57 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 839
Posted By adamrice

I have not used it. It seems to be like Training...

I have not used it. It seems to be like Training Peaks, but interactive, and with some AI mixed in. The idea of a "smart workout" does not seem all that controversial. I don't know exactly how they...
01-26-21, 10:49 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,025
Posted By adamrice

Power meters are expensive, and there's not much...

Power meters are expensive, and there's not much getting around it. You can buy a single-sided crank-based power meter for about $300 over the price of a plain crankset. There are also pedal-based...
01-24-21, 09:47 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,411
Posted By adamrice

Mercian will set you right up! There was a...

Mercian will set you right up!

There was a bike shop here in Austin that was popular among roadies. Lots of square footage, and a seemingly endless supply of weird old parts. I started shopping...
Replies: 19
Views: 1,984
Posted By adamrice

I've got a wheel with a dyno hub. I do not have a...

I've got a wheel with a dyno hub. I do not have a dyno light/USB converter yet; Igaro (which makes a USB converter) will be releasing a combo light/converter soon, and I'm holding out for that. I'll...
01-20-21, 06:16 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,113
Posted By adamrice

Right. I was responding to the point that an app...

Right. I was responding to the point that an app like Jepster, that uses a "night mode" display, would save energy.
01-20-21, 05:17 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,113
Posted By adamrice

This may not have the intended effect. Most...

This may not have the intended effect.

Most phone screens today use LCDs. LCDs act as shutters in front of a backlight. The backlight will be on at the same intensity whether the screen is mostly...
Replies: 19
Views: 1,984
Posted By adamrice

gif4445...

gif4445 (https://www.bikeforums.net/members/gif4445-326156.html), you've identified the factors that I've been thinking about myself. I think I can keep the combined weight for pad, bag, and bivvy...
01-17-21, 04:00 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,251
Posted By adamrice

Pay no attention to the fact that bicycles are...

Pay no attention to the fact that bicycles are vehicles.
01-16-21, 09:14 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,143
Posted By adamrice

It uses the lights to indicate charge state...

It uses the lights to indicate charge state (charging/fully charged). You can't use it as a normal light while charging, AFAICT. Depending on the mode it's in, you can get very long runtime out of...
Replies: 19
Views: 1,984
Posted By adamrice

Sleep setups for bikepacking race

I'm contemplating a sleep setup for the Trans Am Bike Race. My options seem to be:

Sleeping bag and bivvy
Down jacket + pants and bivvy (this seems to be the preferred option among some...
01-14-21, 08:34 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,143
Posted By adamrice

One other thing I'll mention about the Hypershot...

One other thing I'll mention about the Hypershot (which is true for a lot of lights): the lenses really concentrate the light when viewed directly on-axis, and brightness falls off very quickly...
01-11-21, 02:22 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,411
Posted By adamrice

85 years. That's a hell of a legacy. This is...

85 years. That's a hell of a legacy.

This is my 2nd Bob Jackson. Sold the first. ...
01-09-21, 12:19 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,143
Posted By adamrice

I've got the Hypershot 350. I've never seen a...

I've got the Hypershot 350. I've never seen a DiNotte, so I can't compare. It is certainly bright. The controls are annoying: you've got one button that controls power and blink mode, and another...
01-09-21, 12:08 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,113
Posted By adamrice

Consider using Ride with GPS on your phone. It...

Consider using Ride with GPS on your phone. It gives spoken directions and leaves the screen dark, although it will light up to show upcoming-turn notifications (which won't help if you can't read...
Replies: 38
Views: 7,417
Posted By adamrice

I recently built up a new bike with Easton...

I recently built up a new bike with Easton cranks, using 46/30 rings. So far, no complaints. They've got a modular system that lets you swap spiders (or integrated rings). On the original subject, I...
12-31-20, 09:59 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,868
Posted By adamrice

This is a bit of a tangent to the original...

This is a bit of a tangent to the original question (on Bikeforums? Perish the thought), but as far as I can tell, there aren't a lot of lights that can operate while they charge from USB. Or if...
12-30-20, 03:05 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,360
Posted By adamrice

I tried this recipe...

I tried this recipe (http://www.backcountry.com/explore/how-to-make-energy-gel). I do not recommend it, but point it out just in case you run across it and wonder if it might be good. It is not. It...
12-20-20, 10:51 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 967
Posted By adamrice

To decide whether a dyno hub makes sense requires...

To decide whether a dyno hub makes sense requires you to take into account a lot of variables. Perhaps just knowing that you won't need to worry about recharging is enough to decide the matter. Or...
12-17-20, 02:18 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 15,538
Posted By adamrice

55. Working full-time (currently from home,...

55. Working full-time (currently from home, hopefully that will continue after things return to "normal").

I spend 5 hours/week on the erg (2 × 60-minute, 2 × 90-minute), which supposedly equates...
12-17-20, 02:00 PM
Replies: 222
Views: 23,365
Posted By adamrice

I've never named my bikes before. One of them is...

I've never named my bikes before. One of them is "the commuter" because that's what I bought it for, another is "Bob Jackson" because that's what it says on the downtube.

But I'm building up a new...
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