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Old 03-13-11, 02:51 AM   #1
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Some random footage from yesterday's ride

OK, I tried to pull a Beanz and get plenty of footage of other cyclists. Well, I got it all right

I also got some other interesting sounds, so be sure to turn up the volume. No, I didn't belch or fart

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/72717827
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbFzBRGD3I8

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Bowman Road 12% grade sign by kittyz202, on Flickr


Bowman Road 13% grade by kittyz202, on Flickr

This is how riding makes me feel:

my road bike with smiling wrecking ball by kittyz202, on Flickr

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Wow, it really looks like you were hauling during some of the downhills! I'm such a newb, I'd be riding the brakes, but hopefully at some point I'll pedal downhill instead. Very cool. Thanks for sharing!
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Cool video - did you take it on the Playsport? I rode yesterday, check out my weather conditions - Weatherproof PlaySport (just as well). I would love to move south

Sorry my vid is so boring - i was testing the homemade camera mount...

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Wow, it really looks like you were hauling during some of the downhills! I'm such a newb, I'd be riding the brakes, but hopefully at some point I'll pedal downhill instead. Very cool. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks Yeah, the first descent was probably the one where I went 43.5 mph, and was accompanied by the sound of a real freight train on the climb back up

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Cool video - did you take it on the Playsport? I rode yesterday, check out my weather conditions - Weatherproof PlaySport (just as well). I would love to move south
Yup, Playsport with EIS off.

I would like to see more raw videos from your rain rides (and climb rides). When I did my initial rain ride Playsport test, the sound of the rain hitting the camera was kind of neat.

Don't be ashamed to post raw footage here. No one will make fun of it. Look at me. I've probably got more heavy breathing in one of my climb videos than all of the videos from others combined, but I've never had a problem with trolls. If I ever do I will put them in their place
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I will post raw video next time - get ready for the gasping.
I really am impressed with the waterproof Playsport. It rained so hard yesterday that it ran down my legs, into my shoes and out of the toe air-vents on my shoes. I looked like a water fountain. However, the Playsport was fine. I got home wiped it dry with a cloth and it was good to go..
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I will post raw video next time - get ready for the gasping.
I really am impressed with the waterproof Playsport. It rained so hard yesterday that it ran down my legs, into my shoes and out of the toe air-vents on my shoes. I looked like a water fountain. However, the Playsport was fine. I got home wiped it dry with a cloth and it was good to go..
Cool Looking forward to it

Your homemade mount seems to do a much better job of reducing camera shake than the one I had to pay REI $26 for. Good job
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Cool vids.... both of you!!

Thanks for sharing those.

Magohn, what kind of brakes do you have for the rain?

FTU, that may have been my brother on the Harley..... not sure though they are all starting to sound alike.
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Cool vids.... both of you!!

Thanks for sharing those.

FTU, that may have been my brother on the Harley..... not sure though they are all starting to sound alike.
Cool! I know it sounds weird, but to me there is nothing more soothing than the sound of a Harley in the distance. Up close is another thing, though some sound better than others. I noticed from watching my videos that many Harleys sound like they have a miss when they get far away from me after passing. I don't know anything about them so what I'm hearing might be normal.

Judging by Magohn's video, it looks like he climbs faster than me. Can't wait to see the raw video
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Thanks for sharing the nice scenery pics, I'm feeling quite envious of the lack of rain in the air down there. That Garmin Connect is pretty neat stuff; I think that a Garmin unit just moved higher up my want list.
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Thanks for sharing the nice scenery pics, I'm feeling quite envious of the lack of rain in the air down there. That Garmin Connect is pretty neat stuff; I think that a Garmin unit just moved higher up my want list.
You're welcome I absolutely love the Edge 500, especially the altimeter and percent grade readout. I've come close to blowing up a few times due to spending too much time looking at the grade readings and not paying attention to my skyrocketing heart rate
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Judging by Magohn's video, it looks like he climbs faster than me. Can't wait to see the raw video
ha! - I wouldnt bet on it. I literally crawl up the hills at around 7mph . I keep an eye on the Garmin heartrate and when it gets to zone 5 pull back a little

Ecoveb - just my standard Sram Rival groupset brakes that came with my Roubaix. They work great!
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Lemme see, I heard WHOOPAH! Ooooo! Then I heard you blow your freighttrain whistle.
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Cool video - did you take it on the Playsport? I rode yesterday, check out my weather conditions - Weatherproof PlaySport (just as well). I would love to move south

Sorry my vid is so boring - i was testing the homemade camera mount...

OK, you little teaser, 2 minutes of cool acoustics then you cut it off?
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ha! - I wouldnt bet on it. I literally crawl up the hills at around 7mph . I keep an eye on the Garmin heartrate and when it gets to zone 5 pull back a little
That's better than my speed on some hills. If the grade is 8% or more I drop to 5-6 mph.

Speaking of grade, does your Garmin have a percent grade readout?

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Lemme see, I heard WHOOPAH! Ooooo! Then I heard you blow your freighttrain whistle.
I laughed my ass off when I heard that train horn What perfect timing!

Did you hear the cyclist get a blowout right beside me? I had pulled to the right to let the group of three pass me on the climb. When they were about to pass me the rear tire blew. Made me jump!
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Did you hear the cyclist get a blowout right beside me? I had pulled to the right to let the group of three pass me on the climb. When they were about to pass me the rear tire blew. Made me jump!
Ahh, that's what it was! I wasn't sure of the sound, much more silent on video. I thought something snapped on your bike but wondered why you continued on. That was the good thing not on a descent comment, other rider, gotcha now!
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Ahh, that's what it was! I wasn't sure of the sound, much more silent on video. I thought something snapped on your bike but wondered why you continued on. That was the good thing not on a descent comment, other rider, gotcha now!
Yup. And, since there were three of them and some mountain bikers near their vehicles, I figured they had everything they needed to fix the flat. If it was a solo rider I would have stopped.

I also liked the owl screech and the shadow of it flying overhead a moment later.
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Speaking of grade, does your Garmin have a percent grade readout?
No it does not. I have the 705. It shows you a pretty graph of where you have been (altitude) but AFAIK it does not show you the grade % on the device. I also wish it would show temperature. However, I cant bash it too much as it is the single-most best piece of kit I have ever purchased for a bike - I love it!

On a side-note:
The 705 has always intrigued me as to why if I plot a pre-determined course to ride, the graph does not show you hills you are about to approach. You would think this would be useful.

EDIT: You've got me thinking now - I never read the manual so perhaps I do have grade % - you just blew my mind!
I will check when I get home.
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EDIT: You've got me thinking now - I never read the manual so perhaps I do have grade % - you just blew my mind!
I will check when I get home.
I just Googled the 705 and found the owner's manual. You do have grade readout You just need to put it in one of the data fields. I had to do that to when I got my Edge 500.
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I just Googled the 705 and found the owner's manual. You do have grade readout You just need to put it in one of the data fields. I had to do that to when I got my Edge 500.
I do! Thanks so much for looking that tip. I will go check my 705 right now - that would be a very neat readout.

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Enjoyed the video. I live right near where you started and cycle that route (without the detour on Foresthill Rd) up to Colfax once or twice a month. Was hoping to get out today and head up that way, but rain cancelled.

I've always wondered what that big yellow smiley face thing was. I was guessing an old propane tank. Now I know.

I ride with my 15 y.o. son once in a while on that route. He has a special name for that 12% grade on Bowman. He calls it a$$ kick hill. That's typically where I wave goodbye as he sprints up the hill and kicks mine. Funny kid!!!
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Enjoyed the video. I live right near where you started and cycle that route (without the detour on Foresthill Rd) up to Colfax once or twice a month. Was hoping to get out today and head up that way, but rain cancelled.

I've always wondered what that big yellow smiley face thing was. I was guessing an old propane tank. Now I know.

I ride with my 15 y.o. son once in a while on that route. He has a special name for that 12% grade on Bowman. He calls it a$$ kick hill. That's typically where I wave goodbye as he sprints up the hill and kicks mine. Funny kid!!!
Thanks I posted the same picture in the Road Cycling forum in the "Pictures of your road bike with... oddball things" thread. StephenH told me it is some type of spherical tank or float, not a wrecking ball.

I really wanted to go climb this weekend also. I was debating between El Dorado and Placer counties, but crappy weather put an end to that.

I love that Bowman Road grade. Especially when the train horn went off, making me truly live up to my username
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