Bike Forums

Bike Forums (https://www.bikeforums.net/forum.php)
-   Road Cycling (https://www.bikeforums.net/forumdisplay.php?f=41)
-   -   Addiction LXXVIII (https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=1197210)

seedsbelize 07-02-20 08:21 AM


Originally Posted by Velo Vol (Post 21565111)
Same. Not same.

I find myself being envious of LoP's ride pics. I freely admit to self-identifying as a rabid roadie. Not so much now
Still I can't see myself going full on mtb. But wider tires off road I think I could live with. I mean drivers are no longer prosecuted, let alone questioned anymore. Everybody knows road cyclists have a death wish. Especially the cops.

phrantic09 07-02-20 08:24 AM


Originally Posted by datlas (Post 21565140)
Have you noticed how much of a drain it is on your computer battery? That's my one concern, the Garmin 130 has a pretty piss-poor battery life and if this think is a huge drain that may be a bigger problem. I know it has to drain the battery some, obv.

I get about 20-25 hours per charge of my 530 using an array of sensors including the Varia. I generally charge them both up at the same time.

WhyFi 07-02-20 08:29 AM


Originally Posted by datlas (Post 21565140)
Have you noticed how much of a drain it is on your computer battery? That's my one concern, the Garmin 130 has a pretty piss-poor battery life and if this think is a huge drain that may be a bigger problem. I know it has to drain the battery some, obv.

It doesn't affect the battery life of my Wahoo at all. I think that the problem with Garmin units was linked to the backlight - it would kick the light on when a vehicle was being tracked. Not sure if that's all been addressed via firmware.

As far as 510 vs 515 - I don't think that you can go wrong as long as you get one.

abshipp 07-02-20 08:31 AM

Last page lockout WhyFi :notamused:

WhyFi 07-02-20 08:33 AM


Originally Posted by MoAlpha (Post 21565035)
Of course!

I simply hate the idea of more **** on the bike, but I wonder if it would have saved me from that hit-and-run back in January. A camera might have nailed the ****er, but a camera AND radar? It's almost unthinkable.

Garmin now has a radar unit without a light - that makes it a little more viable to pair with a light/camera combo unit. Then again, the changing flashing pattern for approaching vehicles is a compelling feature of the Varia, to me.

WhyFi 07-02-20 08:36 AM


Originally Posted by abshipp (Post 21565169)
Last page lockout WhyFi :notamused:

And here I thought I was the only one that suffered from that. :D

WhyFi 07-02-20 08:37 AM


Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets (Post 21565070)
North Shore of ... Minnetonka?
Looks almost like it could be North Shore in BC. The weather is right, and some of the trees are right :)

Lake Superior.

LAJ 07-02-20 08:39 AM

It's a stupid Google thing. Every so often I'll experience that, though it's been awhile. I go to Firefox, and no sweat, no issue.

WhyFi 07-02-20 08:42 AM


Originally Posted by phrantic09 (Post 21565028)
Iím sure you could. Granted most of the ďbigĒ climbs I do are only 20-30 minutes long, I alternate between a slow mash and spinning, the mashing is well below FTP and the spinning a little bit over. YMMV. I think weíre about the same size (Iím 176#)


One one of the things I like about living here is that we have tons of terrain and hills that get steep, most are over in 4-5 minutes but there are others that take a while. Itís not hard to find a short hill that gets over 10%.

Yeah, I'm about 185. I'm sure that I could manage, I just need the gearing and, maybe the most difficult part, I'd have to get comfortable with going slow.

MoAlpha 07-02-20 08:52 AM


Originally Posted by datlas (Post 21565075)
I was not really serious about getting a Varia pre-COVID because almost all my rides were club rides. But now I am doing mostly solo rides and that may continue for quite some time, so the Varia makes sense. I have connected my Garmin 130 to friends' Varia radars on a group ride so I get what the device does and I think it is worth considering for solo riders.


Originally Posted by Bah Humbug (Post 21565134)
I love mine. I got the new one (515?) just to guarantee getting a new example with a battery that hasn’t been aging on a shelf for a year. The new features are indeed uncompelling.

The bing thing is that it definitely sees cars behind me way before I can hear or see them. The only times I can look back and see them first is on LONG straights, and then still I’d have to turn and look to see them. Usually the Varia beeps at me first. It’s great.


Originally Posted by WhyFi (Post 21565172)
Garmin now has a radar unit without a light - that makes it a little more viable to pair with a light/camera combo unit. Then again, the changing flashing pattern for approaching vehicles is a compelling feature of the Varia, to me.

In sailing, whenever there is a significant loss of life or property at sea, there is an expert investigation and a public report. As a result, the root causes of bad events are uncovered and there is continuous appraisal and development of gear and procedures. The information is disseminated by the media and through certification courses required by authorities for things like offshore racing. A lot of doctrine also comes from the maritime industry who pay huge insurance bills and have international conventions on safety.

All that makes gear choices really easy, if expensive, and the use case for each item is established by testing, experience, and real world data. I wish to hell we had something like that for cycling beyond, "wear a helmet."

phrantic09 07-02-20 08:58 AM


Originally Posted by WhyFi (Post 21565190)
Yeah, I'm about 185. I'm sure that I could manage, I just need the gearing and, maybe the most difficult part, I'd have to get comfortable with going slow.

Iím always slow so not really an issue for me.

WhyFi 07-02-20 08:58 AM


Originally Posted by Bah Humbug (Post 21565134)
I love mine. I got the new one (515?) just to guarantee getting a new example with a battery that hasnít been aging on a shelf for a year. The new features are indeed uncompelling.

The bing thing is that it definitely sees cars behind me way before I can hear or see them. The only times I can look back and see them first is on LONG straights, and then still Iíd have to turn and look to see them. Usually the Varia beeps at me first. Itís great.

Have you reached the point where you would buy a new one immediately if it were lost? If so, how many rides did that take? I think that I reached that point within a few rides. Going on a road ride without it now gives me a minor case of the heebie jeebies.

big john 07-02-20 09:03 AM


Originally Posted by bampilot06 (Post 21565044)
Nope. Never had any issues, I just noticed a couple years ago that when I was tired I would have trouble reading things at a distance. Never gave it much thought. In the last 6 months I have noticed that I have the same problem when I am not tired and the distance seems to be getting smaller. It only affects my reading. I can see a runway 30 miles out, see planes easily when weíre passing in the sky, itís just letters.

Go to a store or pharmacy where they have those racks of cheap reading glasses and try some different ones. I started with 1.25 and eventually went up to 1.75 just to have around before I got my first prescription glasses.
I can use the 1.75s on the bike now even though they aren't strong enough for reading and my eyes are slightly different from each other. I use 'script glasses for driving and they work great for distance but not so great on the bike when I need to see the ground in front of me.

Velo Vol 07-02-20 09:11 AM


Originally Posted by seedsbelize (Post 21565154)
I find myself being envious of LoP's ride pics.

By and large the only thing I'm envious of is the temperatures.

bampilot06 07-02-20 09:31 AM


Originally Posted by abshipp (Post 21565056)
Maybe you're asleep and all of this is a dream. I hear that lucid dreamers test to see if they are in a dream by trying to read something,

Don't wake up bampilot06 ! I like my life, if you wake up all of this will disappear!






;)

too late.

Velo Vol 07-02-20 09:32 AM


bampilot06 07-02-20 09:33 AM


Originally Posted by rjones28 (Post 21565123)
Maybe it's just me, but I usually have several stray bar plugs laying around.

For your replacement, I recommend expander-style plugs. Some bar tape comes with this style end, or you can get fancy aluminum ones like these - https://www.universalcycles.com/shop....php?id=102612


Ill do this when I order new tape. Bummed that I ruined the tape so early in its life. I donít think I can buy the same replacement cervelo tape. Somebody else asked me where I got it.

bampilot06 07-02-20 09:35 AM


Originally Posted by abshipp (Post 21565124)
Would LASIK be an option for you?

A pilot friend of mine got his eyes done and he couldn't be happier.


My wife has been wanting to for years and I have been talking her out of it. I have been hearing bad things about Lasik recently. It can lead to worse eye sight. If my eye sight was bad to the point where I couldnít fly anymore because of it, then I would consider it.

bampilot06 07-02-20 09:38 AM


Originally Posted by big john (Post 21565235)
Go to a store or pharmacy where they have those racks of cheap reading glasses and try some different ones. I started with 1.25 and eventually went up to 1.75 just to have around before I got my first prescription glasses.
I can use the 1.75s on the bike now even though they aren't strong enough for reading and my eyes are slightly different from each other. I use 'script glasses for driving and they work great for distance but not so great on the bike when I need to see the ground in front of me.


Ill give this a try as well. I donít think I need them when I ride yet.

big john 07-02-20 09:41 AM


Originally Posted by bampilot06 (Post 21565303)
Ill give this a try as well. I donít think I need them when I ride yet.

I started the reading glasses in my 40s, I didn't use them on the bike until 65. (partly because of being stupid and stubborn)

LesterOfPuppets 07-02-20 09:52 AM


Originally Posted by Velo Vol (Post 21565247)
By and large the only thing I'm envious of is the temperatures.

Dirt is a beautiful thing.

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...8ea904d0d4.jpg

abshipp 07-02-20 09:56 AM


Originally Posted by phrantic09 (Post 21565226)
Iím always slow so not really an issue for me.

Beat me to it!


Originally Posted by WhyFi (Post 21565229)
Have you reached the point where you would buy a new one immediately if it were lost? If so, how many rides did that take? I think that I reached that point within a few rides. Going on a road ride without it now gives me a minor case of the heebie jeebies.

I feel that way about my helmet mirror. If I got a radar I'd probably feel the same way.

And then I would embrace the my inner fred and ride with both the radar and a mirror. It's so convenient to not have to turn my head to look back!

LesterOfPuppets 07-02-20 09:59 AM


Originally Posted by bampilot06 (Post 21565045)
So with my bar end gone, is it safe to assume that my handle bar tape will start to come undone until I get a replacement?

I like expander plugs, cuz they stay in better. Ye olde rubber Cateyes are my favorite, but hard to find these days. The Velox rubbers don't look as good, but work well. And nowadays you can get fancy alumnium ones from various makers in all colours of the rainbow.

Here's the chrome Cateyes.

https://www.amazon.com/CatEye-Bar-En.../dp/B07BHXBN3C

phrantic09 07-02-20 10:14 AM


Originally Posted by WhyFi (Post 21565229)
Have you reached the point where you would buy a new one immediately if it were lost? If so, how many rides did that take? I think that I reached that point within a few rides. Going on a road ride without it now gives me a minor case of the heebie jeebies.

Ride 2 for me

abshipp 07-02-20 10:16 AM


Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets (Post 21565361)
I like expander plugs, cuz they stay in better. Ye olde rubber Cateyes are my favorite, but hard to find these days. The Velox rubbers don't look as good, but work well. And nowadays you can get fancy alumnium ones from various makers in all colours of the rainbow.

Here's the chrome Cateyes.

https://www.amazon.com/CatEye-Bar-En.../dp/B07BHXBN3C

How do the expander plugs work with stuffing bar tape in the ends like if you're wrapping cloth tape top to bottom? I've got an ancient set of rubber Velox ones from my SLT that I have to hammer in when I tuck the ends of the cotton tape in. It's always discouraged me from picking some aluminum ones up, even though they look so good.


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:12 AM.


Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.