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Old 10-12-13, 09:26 AM
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6 miles + 6 miles = Fun!

12.x miles at a moving average of 10 MPH doesn't sound like much, but when the first half is with your wife and daughter (first time in a LONG time!), it's great fun! It was foggy the entire time, and quite dense at times. But we were on nice quiet country back roads and lanes, and everyone (especially me!) had fun. Once we got back to our starting point and had a moment to play with the sweet little Labrador pup that showed up, I rode the loop again at a little better pace just by myself.



Can you tell where "my" run started? Ignore the altitude info... it's just about totally flat in reality.

Hopefully this won't be the last. Both of 'em enjoyed it, but it is a bit of a logistical challenge at times. Here's hoping!!!
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Originally Posted by lphilpot View Post
12.x miles at a moving average of 10 MPH doesn't sound like much...
Actually it sounds like a lot. I'm heading out to the Park to try it now.

Congrats on the peep ride!
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Cruising along with good company is fun, as is pushing hard to go fast.



I recognized the chart format, from the excellent, free My Tourbook software.

Check out the Tools--> Tour Chart Smoothing settings. It can fix those jagged jumps on the charts. But too much smoothing can round off any actual fast speeds or steep grades.

My settings:


My starting screen looks like this, with the route color coded by speed.





Before and after smoothing:




After:

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Thanks for the tip - I'll have to tweak the values, since your typical terrain is much hillier than mine. But it's a decent program nonetheless.
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Miles are easy to quantify. Speed is easy to quantify. Elevation is easy to quantify. We need a similar measurement for fun.

Of the four, which one is most important? If we had a fun level unit, measureable on some kind of expensive electronic thingie so we could compare and lie about it, it would change the sport of bicycling forever.
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
Miles are easy to quantify. Speed is easy to quantify. Elevation is easy to quantify. We need a similar measurement for fun.
For me, Miles + Elevation gain + Speed = Fun .

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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
Miles are easy to quantify. Speed is easy to quantify. Elevation is easy to quantify. We need a similar measurement for fun.

Of the four, which one is most important? If we had a fun level unit, measureable on some kind of expensive electronic thingie so we could compare and lie about it, it would change the sport of bicycling forever.
I think it could be reduced to a mathematic equation, something like:

(Starbucks java chip* OR microbrew of choice) + honeybun/weight ratio + dose reduction of antihypertensives AND/OR antidepressents multiplied by (N+1) = cycling happiness index.

Feel free to modify it.


*Their pumpkin latte is pretty tasty too.
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
Miles are easy to quantify. Speed is easy to quantify. Elevation is easy to quantify. We need a similar measurement for fun.

Of the four, which one is most important? If we had a fun level unit, measureable on some kind of expensive electronic thingie so we could compare and lie about it, it would change the sport of bicycling forever.
Don't we already have Denver's Smiles per Mile? So do we now get a Smileometer and bolt it on the stem?
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Don't we already have Denver's Smiles per Mile? So do we now get a Smileometer and bolt it on the stem?
Might work but you have to beware of the possible unintended consequences. Once the evil government figures out how to quantify how much fun you're having they'll also have an objective basis for taxing that fun. Maybe that's why the folks who equate cycling fun as miles + elevation gain + speed spend so much of their riding time with their faces all scrunched up. Smart move.
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What we need is something that can inductively measure the adrenaline and endorphins in our bloodstreams while we ride, THAT would be the fun-meter for REAL. Come ON, Dr. Bones McCoy, get after it!

All the measurements aside, time spent like that with loved ones is priceless, and when it comes together like that it, doubly so. I've had a few rides like that with my kids, and wouldn't trade 'em for lottery winnings.

(EDIT: LET the gov't try and tax FUN -- I'll offset it with carbon credits, LOL!)
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