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rumrunn6 08-27-12 07:39 AM

Personal log
bike computer was a little funky at first with speeds jumping around. not sure if it was a battery issue or a battery/sensor alignment issue. I stopped and checked the alignment, detached and reattached the computer from it's mount and it seemed to work OK for the rest of the ride, but consequently this data is missing about 1.5 miles

Sat 8/25/12
27 miles
31.9 max
15.9 avrg
1:44 saddle time

njkayaker 08-27-12 08:27 AM

??? Why did you post this?

RyleyinSTL 08-27-12 08:31 AM

In other news.....

10 Wheels 08-27-12 08:35 AM

Originally Posted by njkayaker (Post 14657733)
??? Why did you post this?

cycling is like baseball ~ it doesn't take much to make it interesting

njkayaker 08-27-12 09:31 AM

Originally Posted by 10 Wheels (Post 14657763)
cycling is like baseball ~ it doesn't take much to make it interesting

I disagree with this in a few ways!

Machka 08-27-12 09:35 AM

Have you considered posting ride info in bikejournal?

rumrunn6 08-27-12 09:39 AM

bikejournal? do tell

Machka 08-27-12 09:42 AM

Oh come now ... you know about bikejournal don't you?

rvk5150 08-27-12 11:27 AM


dramiscram 08-27-12 12:08 PM

Can't wait for the sequel

rumrunn6 08-27-12 01:09 PM

machka - I signed up and will check it out thanks

rumrunn6 08-28-12 01:57 PM

machka - I don't think I like it

10 Wheels 08-28-12 02:01 PM

Originally Posted by rumrunn6 (Post 14664115)
machka - I don't think I like it

Have you looked at The Calender View on BJ?

rumrunn6 08-28-12 02:48 PM

10 wheels, no, how do I access that?

Machka 08-28-12 03:10 PM

Originally Posted by rumrunn6 (Post 14664115)
machka - I don't think I like it

Why don't you like it?

10 Wheels 08-28-12 05:58 PM

Originally Posted by rumrunn6 (Post 14664387)
10 wheels, no, how do I access that?

Click on View Journal.
It has a Tab view and a Calender view.


rumrunn6 08-29-12 04:26 AM

thanks guys I'll try to spend more time with it.

guess I'm used to just having a free form text field to write what I want. meaning commentary plus stats. plus logging stuff here is convenient because I'm already logged in and doing other cycling stuff

Garfield Cat 08-29-12 06:55 AM

Free form text is just Microsoft Word. That would work plus you can add extra stuff about tire punctures, new tires on the bike, etc. It comes in handy when you try to figure out when stuff happened. Each year you start a new bike log. That means a new Microsoft Word document for that particular year. When you take a trip with your bike, you can email that bike log onto gmail or something and pick it up on your laptop.

I have a Garmin Edge 305 and that's a lot of data that I export onto Garmin's software "Training Center". That software is on my desktop. Garmin also has their own web site software that Garmin users can download to that as well. That way you don't have to worry about losing data if your home or laptop hard disk goes bad. That feature is called "Garmin Connect".

Then I also use Microsoft Excel. I devised my own spreadsheet to calculate the "moving average speed" by cutting off the slowest miles of a ride. That way I know the percentage of a particular ride that went beyond a certain mph threshold.

Savagewolf 08-29-12 02:35 PM

Bike journal lets you write in information about your rides too if you become a paying member. You get basic data entry for free, get to do a lot of customization and add comments if you pay. Good deal and great site.

Machka 08-29-12 03:55 PM

You can write in information even if you don't pay ... in the weather section. But you do get to do a lot more if you pay.

One of the differences between logging information on bikejournal, and logging information here on BF is that on bikejournal, distances get added up automatically for you. And it will tell you how many rides you've done in a month or year. And you can see how you're doing compared with other people.

I'm sort of hovering around the 1300-1500 area right now.

Mr. Beanz 08-29-12 04:26 PM

If you have a Garmin, join Stava. It's free and the info you get with the free account pretty much makes Bikejournal useless. :thumb:

rumrunn6 09-03-12 08:46 AM

I'd call it an epic fail but it wasn't really, just not an ideal ride. I am convinced though that there is no way I'm gonna bike commute to the new office. Every time I bike there on the weekend I remember my awesome 13 mile sprint commute to the old place. This 22 mile excursion isn't the same. The company isn't the same. No part of it can compete with past perfection.

Saturday I figured I knew the route so I didn't mount the GPS but kept it handy for the occasional fork in the road. Well I blew it and wound up getting off track twice, extending the ride in to 25 miles instead of 22. No biggies really but for the stops to reconnoiter and also a dam flat.

Working on your personal record with all prevailing conditions in your favor, good health, good sleep, good nutrition, light traffic, cloud cover from the sun, seemingly perfect temperatures, blah blah blah, and then stopping for directions, getting lost and getting a flat. so much for my perfect epic ride of the summer. Hmpf!

So I take out my repair kit and resolve to take no more than 15 minutes for this, which I complete within personal spec for a tube change. However I have to struggle with a lame defective presta valve, fumble with my adapter, and try feebly to swap my bike pump back and forth from presta tip to schrader tip cuz I'm an idiot and put the adapter on upside down and the pump comes apart on the sidewalk and I have to hunt for parts in cracks within weeds. So I'm cranky and this happens. ugh. I get the whole thing resolved without really losing my temper but not especially pleased except for getting in done in 15 min or less. Only problem is I can only pump my front tire to a rideable pressure and considerably less than what I prefer.

I get my butt back on track only to find I have to ride 3 miles on route 38 in freaking armpit Tewksbury. a 3 mile kill zone over shoulders plagued with killer potholes scarred by with the rims of blown out tires hunting for a coin-op or legit compressor gas station pump or better yet a bike shop with a tech who can do me a solid and get my front tire back to 115 lbs. 1st station has a coin op, but I only have 3 quarters. Go inside for change and the guy gives me attitude, why cuz I sweaty? cuz I'm not buying anything? cuz I'm riding a bike? thanks for nothin' a-hole. Then the darn nozzle doesn't work with the adapter on my presta cuz the pin is too broad and doesn't fit all the way in or something like that really I don't know cuz that presta is not behaving as expected, meaning I can't push it in no matter how I screw it in or out. How I was able to pump it with my bike pump and the adapter I don't know.

Next station has a legit pump but the worker removed the head cuz he's working on a car. Pass the new office which stinks compared to the old one and I spit, and hit the next station which only has a coin op but I like the people there cuz they are friendly. But as I pull in I almost wipe out cuz that front tire isn't up to full pressure. My heart skips as I almost embarrass my self again for the 5th time that day :(

Check the pin at this cheap pump and it's the same. Go in get some nutrition way too late, it's been like 2 hrs with only water ... dumb. call the only bike shop I know within 5 miles (out of my way) and they are closing soon, and they are not on my way home and my tire is rideable. Call information and ask for a bike shop near me and the Texan hottie can only suggest a motorcycle salvage shop which I dismiss summarily but maybe shouldn't have.

I try to put a couple more lbs in the tire with my bike pump, but still can't get it as hard as I normally like. please spare the puns, thank you ;)

11 miles later I take yet another break for nutrition and this station has absolutely no pump :( ... eventually make it home but I'm not happy with my stats. luckily 3 hrs of cycling does wonders to wear off frustration and I'm ultimately glad to have gotten a decent ride with mileage over 40. it's been a couple months.

Yesterday I bought 4 Sunlite tubes 700x20-25 (27x1) 48mm schrader valve at REI for $5.50 ea. and will be swapping them in before my next ride

46.6 miles
32.3 max
14.4 avrg
3hrs 14 min saddle time (considerably more door to door including the multitude of stops)

Here's to better days and better rides!

Looigi 09-03-12 09:00 AM

Originally Posted by 10 Wheels (Post 14657763)
cycling is like baseball ~ it doesn't take much to make it interesting

IMO, there is nothing that can make baseball interesting.

lucille 09-03-12 06:35 PM

I'm puzzled... What are we discussing here?

rumrunn6 09-04-12 04:18 AM

oh sorry lucille we are aren't discussing anything. I'm using this thread so save notes from my rides but other members have chosen to comment on it. sort of funny actually.

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