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Old 03-15-08, 10:38 PM   #1
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Is this weird or what?

I go out the other day for a ride, plan on doing 20 - 30 miles. On the bike I have a Minoura Swingbar for mounting lights and electronics. My bike computer is on there and sometimes I add a mapping GPS if I feel like exploring. So I'm about 25 minutes into the ride and look down at my computer to check my HR going up this one short but steep hill, and all my geeky electronics are gone!. I look down and they are laying in my cables. Metal fatigue caused the bar to break off. I stopped and gathered up the gear, stuffed it all in my jersey pockets and continued on my way. And without any thing to distract me like checking speed, cadence, heart rate, or where I might want to go next on the map I just relaxed and enjoyed the ride. Is that weird or what? FWIW when I got back I dumped the computer info into my computer and the stats were about the same as usual, but the ride was more enjoyable without the distraction of the toys.
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Old 03-15-08, 11:19 PM   #3
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the ride was more enjoyable without the distraction of the toys.
I never felt the need for any of that stuff for that exact reason...oh, and I'm a cheap ass.
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Ahhhh Yessss. I have a lack of fondness for computers and small children. (Louis is back..)
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I just noticed that myself. It still isn't a good likeness.....but they say you often don't resemble your photos
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Glad to hear there was no damage to the gadgets.

I seldom ride without the Garmin but only wear the heart monitor on the breakfast ride to measure improvement throughout the year. Maybe it's different for everyone but I pay little attention to it until after the ride.
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I go out the other day for a ride, plan on doing 20 - 30 miles. On the bike I have a Minoura Swingbar for mounting lights and electronics. My bike computer is on there and sometimes I add a mapping GPS if I feel like exploring. So I'm about 25 minutes into the ride and look down at my computer to check my HR going up this one short but steep hill, and all my geeky electronics are gone!. I look down and they are laying in my cables. Metal fatigue caused the bar to break off. I stopped and gathered up the gear, stuffed it all in my jersey pockets and continued on my way. And without any thing to distract me like checking speed, cadence, heart rate, or where I might want to go next on the map I just relaxed and enjoyed the ride. Is that weird or what? FWIW when I got back I dumped the computer info into my computer and the stats were about the same as usual, but the ride was more enjoyable without the distraction of the toys.
Not weird at all, really. I used to have one of those clip on seat post racks to which I would attach a tail light using the manufacturer's metal bracket designed specifically for that purpose. I must have retrieved that light more than thirty times after more than one of the manufacturer's brackets had broken due to the sort of metal fatigue that you describe. I have tried several different home brewed brackets, but have come to the conclusion that the only way to make certain the light doesn't continue to fall off is to make preemptory bracket replacements, or find some other method by which to attach that light.

The rack is history for me, now, so, for the last year or so, I have that light attached using one of those non-ferrous zip lock bands that go around the seat post - and that setup seems to be going strong.

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I go out the other day for a ride, plan on doing 20 - 30 miles. On the bike I have a Minoura Swingbar for mounting lights and electronics. My bike computer is on there and sometimes I add a mapping GPS if I feel like exploring. So I'm about 25 minutes into the ride and look down at my computer to check my HR going up this one short but steep hill, and all my geeky electronics are gone!. I look down and they are laying in my cables. Metal fatigue caused the bar to break off. I stopped and gathered up the gear, stuffed it all in my jersey pockets and continued on my way. And without any thing to distract me like checking speed, cadence, heart rate, or where I might want to go next on the map I just relaxed and enjoyed the ride. Is that weird or what? FWIW when I got back I dumped the computer info into my computer and the stats were about the same as usual, but the ride was more enjoyable without the distraction of the toys.
No. I've seen several other folks report the same thing.
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Ahhhh Yessss. I have a lack of fondness for computers and small children. (Louis is back..)
Although Ginsberg is one of my all time favorite poets, as an avatar his pic was too serious for the vibe that works best here. So it's back to another WC Fields avatar, also on my all time favorites list.

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I just noticed that myself. It still isn't a good likeness.....but they say you often don't resemble your photos
I may not look like him but I do a pretty good impression. Remember to ask me in July, after a few beers of course.
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A GPS and a bike computer would look a bit out of place on the Capo , but I have from time to time used a bike computer on my mountain bike.
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[QUOTE=dendawg;6350636when I got back I dumped the computer info into my computer and the stats were about the same as usual, but the ride was more enjoyable without the distraction of the toys.[/QUOTE]

I don't find it weird, sometimes we get so hung up on the data that the pure joy of riding gets lost in the process.
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