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As a bicyclist, are you a gadgeteer or a minimalist?

Old 08-25-15, 10:27 AM
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I like to try and keep it simple. I live in a remote place so most of the things on my bike are a necessity. I have a handlebar bag that holds my tools, pump and a rain jacket, etc. I also have a dynamo hub and lights which means I never have to worry about my lights not being bright enough or changing batteries. On my handlebar do have a bell and Garmin that I use for my own personal record/use, but I don't have a cell phone. I also have fenders ~ are they a gadget?
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Old 08-25-15, 11:14 AM
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Hi guys. Just stumbled on this post and I have to say I really enjoyed all your comments. I'm the original writer of the article. Just figured I'd say hi!

So far most reactions on the article have been positive. I have yet to run into someone who defended to the position that modern gadgets are making cyclists safer.

Anyways, thanks for reading, sharing and reacting.

Greetz from Antwerp, Belgium.

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Old 08-25-15, 04:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Otranto View Post
Hi guys. Just stumbled on this post and I have to say I really enjoyed all your comments. I'm the original writer of the article. Just figured I'd say hi!

So far most reactions on the article have been positive. I have yet to run into someone who defended to the position that modern gadgets are making cyclists safer.

Anyways, thanks for reading, sharing and reacting.

Greetz from Antwerp, Belgium.

Niel
Thanks for writing the article and your interest in our comments. I hope you'll stick around on our little forum--it's something you might be interested in.
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Old 08-26-15, 12:12 PM
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Minimalist. Don't be dumb though, lights and hi-visibility clothes are a must.
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Old 09-15-15, 12:29 PM
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The more I bike the less I want to deal with things like a HRM or a computer. After a point just the setup gets old and you just want to ride to ride, and no other reason. Toys are nice, but sometimes you gotta stick with the basics.

I mean for me I have a list of stuff I have to do to go for a ride. It never really feels leisurely.
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Old 09-15-15, 12:54 PM
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Originally Posted by badger1 View Post
So for me it's bike, bottle cage, flat repair, and (when applicable) lights. I do spend money on cycling, but that goes toward replacing/improving clothing, components, consumables etc.
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I always have lights, but I'm a commuter / utility cyclist. I don't want some stupid gadget to be dependent on and then worry about it when it stops working. I was going to join Strava, but it was too much work. Give me appropriate tires for the road conditions, lights, flat repair, bottle cage, locks, rack, & panniers to carry things.
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Old 09-15-15, 01:03 PM
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You do know Srava does all the work for you? On a smart phone you turn it on and turn it off and save. Done. Plus it gives you a map.
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You do know Srava does all the work for you? On a smart phone you turn it on and turn it off and save. Done. Plus it gives you a map.
Sounds so simple. But my phone has no "strava on" button.

For me "turn it on" would include:
Remember to start strava.
Get to my phone.
Push the unlock/wake up button.
Swipe my finger across the screen.
Enter my unlock code.
Push the [home] button to get out of whatever app I was in.
Start the strava app.
Tell the app to start a new trip.

OK. But maybe you don't want to you-know-what with all that and you're that much faster out your door. It's a personal choice.
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Old 09-15-15, 03:34 PM
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Nope Walter I have admitted to being a gadget person. I can tell you every mile I have ridden in the last seven years. I can tell you how many miles I have walked for the last three months. I even know my average speed for all rides over the last five years.

Before Strava, Garmin, ridewithgps and mapmyride I logged it on excell. Yes I know I am OCD like that. I even had one of those spoke mounted mileage counters back in the 70s to keep track of miles.
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