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Old 08-15-19, 12:41 PM
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Two group rides - one where they're welcome, one where they're not. Done.
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FWIW, if the ride is "social" and emphasis on fun, I don't have a problem with ebikes.

If the ride is spirited/competitive, I would suggest the e-bikes seek our the social/fun rides.
I more or less agree. I don't hate ebikes but also I think it should be up to each ride to decide whether they're allowed, but according to some people on that group that is snobby and elitist.
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Old 08-15-19, 12:51 PM
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I find that level of sweetness aversive, these days.
I go back to my regularly scheduled gruel the rest of the day. Not every blueberry is sweet, so the little crunchy woven squares of sweetness offset that. Anti-oxidants and sweet sugary energy! Win-Win!
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Old 08-15-19, 12:57 PM
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Was the thing calibrated?
I am confident the thing is accurate. My fasting glucose tends to run 105-113, which USED to be considered normal but now is considered pre-diabetes/impaired fasting glucose. My A1C of 6.0% is consistent with these.

For now I am going to try to cut back on my evening carbs and monitor labs annually. My dad has Type 2 Diabetes and I have clearly inherited the tendency. It's possible my pancreas will crap out in the future and I will have to take some stupid medicine (metformin) for sugar. Sad.
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We just got a demo of a machine that does instant HbA1C results. I volunteered and mine is 6.0%, which is NOT diabetic but above normal.

I think I must cut back on my carbs and ride my bike more.
Mine was 5.7 in March.
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Old 08-15-19, 01:54 PM
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Mine was 5.7 in March.


Mine was 5.8 last time I checked it, which was 2 years ago. I am not surprised it's higher, as the amount of insulin our body produces gradually diminishes as we age.
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Old 08-15-19, 02:06 PM
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I don't know what any of these numbers mean.

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I don't know what any of these numbers mean.

Ditto
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Old 08-15-19, 02:53 PM
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I don't know what any of these numbers mean.

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So here is the medical lesson for the day.

The HbA1C is the percentage of your red cells' hemoglobin that have a glucose (sugar) molecule covalently bonded to it.

Thus, it is expressed as a percentage. Typical "normal" numbers are from the upper 4's to upper 5's. If you have diabetes you generally want 7% or less. Although it's a percentage, I have never seen a number higher than 18% and even 9 or 10% is quite high/bad.

The benefit of this test is that the more traditional glucose/sugar number is quite variable, this one reflects the average sugar level for the previous 3-4 months.

Unless you have diabetes or borderline sugar numbers, you don't really need to get this test.

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I don't know what any of these numbers mean.

Sadly, I'm well aware of what they mean. My last A1C was 6.4 and the doc gave me 6 months to get my act together. So far, so good. Down 34#, weekly stick is 114 to 115.

I don't know if I asked this before, but my new strips are running 10 pts. higher than my expired ones. I asked the pharmacist if that's because the old ones were expired (recently) and she said that she didn't know.
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Old 08-15-19, 03:10 PM
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Sadly, I'm well aware of what they mean. My last A1C was 6.4 and the doc gave me 6 months to get my act together. So far, so good. Down 34#, weekly stick is 114 to 115.

I don't know if I asked this before, but my new strips are running 10 pts. higher than my expired ones. I asked the pharmacist if that's because the old ones were expired (recently) and she said that she didn't know.
Weirdly related, but an area that the group ride passes through has recently had hand-written signs taped to telephone polls. Instead of "cash for houses," (which I've always thought was odd - why would I want to call a craft paper and magic marker-wielding stranger about buying my house?) they've been "cash for diabetes strips."

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Old 08-15-19, 03:24 PM
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Weirdly related, but an area that the group ride passes through has recently had hand-written signs taped to telephone polls. Instead of "cash for houses," (which I've always thought was odd - why would I want to call a craft paper and magic marker-wielding stranger about buying my house?) they've been "cash for diabetes strips."

Here is the deal...

Sugar test strips are not cheap. Last I checked, they were roughly $1 each. The machines are practically free. The analogy I use is Printer : Ink :: Glucometer : test strips.

Some people get more strips than they need (and insurance covers it), and other people desperately need strips (crappy or no insurance), so there is a market for unused strips. It gets complicated, and the printer analogy works, because there are many different brands of meters and each uses its own proprietary strip. Even the same company may make multiple models of meters with different strips for each model.
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Old 08-15-19, 04:26 PM
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Old 08-15-19, 05:49 PM
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Here is the deal...

Sugar test strips are not cheap. Last I checked, they were roughly $1 each. The machines are practically free. The analogy I use is Printer : Ink :: Glucometer : test strips.

Some people get more strips than they need (and insurance covers it), and other people desperately need strips (crappy or no insurance), so there is a market for unused strips. It gets complicated, and the printer analogy works, because there are many different brands of meters and each uses its own proprietary strip. Even the same company may make multiple models of meters with different strips for each model.
Ah. The printer/ink racket bugs me, so this does, too.
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Old 08-15-19, 06:28 PM
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Was the thing calibrated?
Is it a Garmin?
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Old 08-15-19, 06:33 PM
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Is it a Garmin?
Prolly
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No worry then. They'll issue four software updates, then declare no more support.
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Old 08-15-19, 06:39 PM
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No worry then. They'll issue four software updates, then declare no more support.
I know most people have a love/hate relationship with their Garmin, but I am generally satisfied with my 130. I don’t do a whole lot with it but for navigating a downloaded course it has been reliable for me.
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There's a fun debate happening right now on a local cycling club's facebook page about whether ebikes should be allowed on group rides or not. A lot of easily triggered hot taeks on both sides.

Take every dumb ebike thread you've ever read on BF and then multiply it by a clueless rightenousness factor of 12 and you have facebook debates.

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I know most people have a love/hate relationship with their Garmin, but I am generally satisfied with my 130. I don’t do a whole lot with it but for navigating a downloaded course it has been reliable for me.
I agree. I have an 830 that works fine for me. I get speed, cadence, time ridden, time of day and routes.
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I have an Edge 200. It tells me I suck and it’s always right.
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I have an Edge 200. It tells me I suck and it’s always right.
I don’t need a power meter or fancy computer to tell me I suck. I am painfully aware.
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I have several Garmin products. They all work fine.
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I have a couple Garmin hand held gps units from the 90s. They prolly still work.
And a cassette Walkman which works well. I, however, no longer have any cassette tapes. I believe we still have our mini-disc player too.
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