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Forum: Road Cycling
07-20-21, 07:56 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,271
Posted By njkayaker

That's not the problem (I got that you just...

That's not the problem (I got that you just dropped the "hole").

​You wrote "saying hole left is of limited use" and then recommended saying "hole left".


Don't say "hole left".


Do say...
07-20-21, 01:07 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 930
Posted By njkayaker

The OSM dataset is huge and takes some time to...

The OSM dataset is huge and takes some time to use the data to compile maps.

The update schedule for some of the providers of Garmin compatible maps is about 2 weeks.

Garmin's update schedule...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-20-21, 10:36 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,271
Posted By njkayaker

??? "hole left" is of limited use but "left"...

???

"hole left" is of limited use but "left" isn't?
07-19-21, 03:22 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 930
Posted By njkayaker

Some tourers might want heart rate (fewer of them...

Some tourers might want heart rate (fewer of them are likely interested in VO2 and lactate).


This is provided by any GPS device (with a map). There are a few smartphone apps that will do it,...
Forum: Touring
07-10-21, 08:11 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,797
Posted By njkayaker

Well, no one is suggesting you should do anything...

Well, no one is suggesting you should do anything different.

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They also all managed without bicycles too.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-10-21, 05:26 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 3,393
Posted By njkayaker

What phone? I'm assuming you mean transferring...

What phone? I'm assuming you mean transferring course files on your phone.

If you are using an Android phone, you can use the gimporter IQ app along with the gexporter Android app.

With routes...
07-09-21, 12:08 PM
Replies: 172
Views: 12,185
Posted By njkayaker

According to Park Tools, the spacer or stem...

According to Park Tools, the spacer or stem should be higher by about 3mm (and not larger) for non-carbon steerer tubes. Your picture seems to show a much larger distance.

For carbon steerer...
07-09-21, 12:05 PM
Replies: 172
Views: 12,185
Posted By njkayaker

According to Park Tools, for non-carbon steerer...

According to Park Tools, for non-carbon steerer tubes, one doesn't need a spacer. For carbon steerer tubes, one needs a spacer.
...
07-09-21, 11:59 AM
Replies: 172
Views: 12,185
Posted By njkayaker

It's in San Jose (proper) but very near Saratoga.

It's in San Jose (proper) but very near Saratoga.
07-09-21, 11:45 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 971
Posted By njkayaker

There is a way of loading routes by number. That...

There is a way of loading routes by number. That doesn't require a RWGPS account. If you don't provide the app with your RWGPS account, it can only download public routes (which makes sense).
...
07-09-21, 11:22 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 971
Posted By njkayaker

No, that's not true. GRouteLoader logs you into...

No, that's not true. GRouteLoader logs you into RWGPS and lets you use any routes you have access to (it's actually RWGPS that is letting you): your private routes, your member-only club routes,...
07-09-21, 08:47 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 971
Posted By njkayaker

RWGPS never released their app for the Explore...

RWGPS never released their app for the Explore (or the 1030+ for that matter).

There's another IQ app (GRouteLoader) that does the same thing. (There is an "app" version and a "widget" version.**)...
07-08-21, 01:51 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,032
Posted By njkayaker

"No frills" must mean something, right? If...

"No frills" must mean something, right?

If the device creates GPX (or whatever) files, you can upload them to RWGPS. (Yes, it's more work. But "no frills" means "no frills".)

The XGOSS G+ has a...
Forum: Touring
07-08-21, 01:39 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,797
Posted By njkayaker

There isn't a huge difference between a...

There isn't a huge difference between a smartphone and a cycle computer like the 530. (The first is more focused on short/high-performance use and the second is designed for continuous use.)

(I...
Forum: Touring
07-08-21, 01:21 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,797
Posted By njkayaker

Not surprised. Cell service is more spotty than...

Not surprised. Cell service is more spotty than many people realize. Phones can use more power out of range of cell service. You can use airplane mode (turn off the cell transceiver) to save power.
...
Forum: Touring
07-08-21, 11:45 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,797
Posted By njkayaker

You made some interesting comments about paper...

You made some interesting comments about paper maps and then imagined/exaggerated problems with using phones.
Forum: Touring
07-08-21, 10:24 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,797
Posted By njkayaker

You can bring a small external battery too. You...

You can bring a small external battery too. You also don't have to "use your phone all day long". And you don't need a "full charge" either. You used the example of riding in Cape Code. That's not...
Forum: Touring
07-07-21, 12:01 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,797
Posted By njkayaker

https://www.cyclingabout.com/life-ultralight-19g-b...

https://www.cyclingabout.com/life-ultralight-19g-bike-map-holder/
07-06-21, 03:46 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,014
Posted By njkayaker

The Sigma Roc cycle computers also use Android....

The Sigma Roc cycle computers also use Android. I'm not sure what Wahoo or Lesyne uses. Garmin uses its own thing.

If one were a company creating a "clean slate" high-end cycling computer, using...
07-06-21, 01:35 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,014
Posted By njkayaker

This doesn't seem relevant. This was dealt-with...

This doesn't seem relevant. This was dealt-with without needing a phone cycling computer (and which might not have been usable for this anyway). It's not like you can't use the phones most people...
07-06-21, 01:31 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,014
Posted By njkayaker

Given that the Apple watch isn't a cycling...

Given that the Apple watch isn't a cycling computer, you aren't making sense.



Why do you think an Apple watch is a cycling computer?
Forum: Touring
07-06-21, 09:22 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 215
Posted By njkayaker

The free level of ridewithgps is another option.

The free level of ridewithgps is another option.
07-06-21, 08:15 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,014
Posted By njkayaker

Hammerhead didn't include a beeper in the first...

Hammerhead didn't include a beeper in the first version because they deemed it would be a dangerous distraction.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-06-21, 05:51 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 3,393
Posted By njkayaker

The Garmin work the same way.

The Garmin work the same way.
07-06-21, 05:11 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,014
Posted By njkayaker

:rolleyes: The market for Apple watches is...

:rolleyes:

The market for Apple watches is much larger.

It's also not a cycle computer. It can be used beyond just for one activity.


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07-05-21, 03:18 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,014
Posted By njkayaker

When I looked at the Karoo a while ago, it...

When I looked at the Karoo a while ago, it required yet another website to download routes.

Pinning routes on RWGPS and using an IQ app seems straight-forward to me. WiFi is an option for this.
07-05-21, 02:51 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,014
Posted By njkayaker

The Karoo is interesting. It's basically an...

The Karoo is interesting. It's basically an Android phone without the cell-voice support (I said this before). If making it a phone made good sense, Karoo would have done so. (One reason companies...
07-05-21, 02:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 341
Posted By njkayaker

You don't need a GPS for this. The thing the...

You don't need a GPS for this.

The thing the GPS gives you in addition to this basic stuff is tracking your position. If you don't care about that, GPS is overkill.
07-05-21, 02:09 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,014
Posted By njkayaker

It's not "unthinkable". It just doesn't end-up...

It's not "unthinkable". It just doesn't end-up making much sense.

The problem is that it would make the already-expensive cycling computer even more expensive and require an additional fee for...
07-05-21, 12:31 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,014
Posted By njkayaker

I've used the technology for over 10 years. It's...

I've used the technology for over 10 years. It's VOIP. You don't realize you are talking about VOIP. That technology also has gateways into the normal phone system.



What you are talking about...
07-05-21, 05:54 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,014
Posted By njkayaker

Sure. I've even done it to download routes. ...

Sure. I've even done it to download routes.

But, if you need another phone to use your cycle computer as a (crappier) phone, why not just use the other phone?

To do what you are suggesting,...
07-04-21, 07:24 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,014
Posted By njkayaker

You don’t have WiFi when you are riding. ...

You don’t have WiFi when you are riding.

People can use a regular phone as a cycling computer. So, it’s obviously “technologically possible” (no one was suggesting it wasn’t).

The problem is...
07-04-21, 02:38 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,014
Posted By njkayaker

The Karoo is basically a phone. There are no...

The Karoo is basically a phone.

There are no other cycling cycling computers that come close (as far as I can tell).

​​​​​​Having long runtimes and something not too big are things many people...
07-04-21, 01:13 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,014
Posted By njkayaker

I expect you'll never see one. People...

I expect you'll never see one.

People already have a phone. Its easy enough to stop and use the phone people already have.
A bike computer that was also a stand-alone phone would require a cell...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-02-21, 06:00 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 3,393
Posted By njkayaker

CC says "touchscreen compatibility" (what that...

CC says "touchscreen compatibility" (what that means I have no idea!).

The 830 is the 530 with a touch screen.

The 830 has some extra navigation feature the 530 doesn't because the 830 has a...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-01-21, 06:43 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 3,393
Posted By njkayaker

The 530 does not have a touch screen.

The 530 does not have a touch screen.
Forum: Touring
06-28-21, 05:37 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,797
Posted By njkayaker

:rolleyes: There are similar steps for some of...

:rolleyes: There are similar steps for some of these for a separate device. Some of the others you make out to be a bigger deal than they are.

Also, since it's much, much easier to view maps on a...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-21, 08:09 PM
Replies: 236
Views: 10,078
Posted By njkayaker

It's your lack of skills. No one here thinks...

It's your lack of skills.

No one here thinks it's the bike.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-21, 06:10 PM
Replies: 236
Views: 10,078
Posted By njkayaker

People exaggerate the advantages of the bike...

People exaggerate the advantages of the bike (that’s really common). That has nothing to do with you using a road bike. There’s no good reason for you to not use a road bike.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-21, 03:27 PM
Replies: 236
Views: 10,078
Posted By njkayaker

It doesn't make sense not to take the offer. If...

It doesn't make sense not to take the offer. If your wide bars are less safe, you'd be addressing that issue. You'd also fitting-in better and look like you are trying to fit in. You'd also be...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-25-21, 01:43 PM
Replies: 236
Views: 10,078
Posted By njkayaker

I suspect that the bikes that many people are...

I suspect that the bikes that many people are using don't cost anywhere near $15k.


Don't you keep talking about being dropped?


More expected than ironic.
Forum: Touring
06-25-21, 11:25 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,797
Posted By njkayaker

The GPS functionality is there (that's in the...

The GPS functionality is there (that's in the phone). It doesn't require service.

Google maps caches data (stores some stuff locally and temporarily). So, it isn't surprising it worked. Still....
Forum: Touring
06-25-21, 11:19 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,797
Posted By njkayaker

They are also likely used to driving (where...

They are also likely used to driving (where distance and grade don't matter much).

There also might not be anybody to ask.
Forum: Touring
06-25-21, 11:15 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,797
Posted By njkayaker

Downloadable maps for phones are cheap or free...

Downloadable maps for phones are cheap or free and get updated regularly. They work at various zoom levels and occupy much less space.
With a little bit of care, one doesn't need service for...
06-25-21, 10:59 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 681
Posted By njkayaker

N * zero is zero. Drivers seeing cyclists...

N * zero is zero.


Drivers seeing cyclists on the road aren't thinking about tiny text on license plates.


If they have no effect (which seems likely), it's arguably a waste. it's mostly a...
Forum: Touring
06-25-21, 10:46 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,797
Posted By njkayaker

No, it's not ridiculous. If you are using...

No, it's not ridiculous.

If you are using your phone anyway, why not use maps installed on the phone? The maps on the phone also avoid issues of needing to keep purchasing updated paper maps.
...
Forum: Touring
06-25-21, 10:31 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,797
Posted By njkayaker

That used to be a great site. It's had "server...

That used to be a great site. It's had "server problems" for a while already. It seems neglected.

One big advantage of that site was the ability to download just the region you needed.

An...
Forum: Touring
06-25-21, 10:22 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,797
Posted By njkayaker

You don't have to look the phone all the time....

You don't have to look the phone all the time. That is, you could look at it when you get to a place where you need to look at options.

A phone is a useful addition to a dedicated GPS device.

...
Forum: Touring
06-25-21, 10:16 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,797
Posted By njkayaker

Presumably, you want maps. A watch that can do...

Presumably, you want maps. A watch that can do maps isn't going to be cheap at all.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-25-21, 10:08 AM
Replies: 236
Views: 10,078
Posted By njkayaker

That's not common. Those sorts of groups often...

That's not common. Those sorts of groups often have a reputation of being risky as well.

It shouldn't be too hard to imagine that not all groups want to be "free for alls".

You might want to be...
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