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Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

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Old 01-30-23, 07:56 AM
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
It's not me, it's this:


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Originally Posted by datlas
I am no longer a GCN fanboy but I still sometimes watch their videos.

There is a recent one where Si rides a couple courses with his 10-year old bike and his current one, and in both cases he was about 3KPH faster on the newer bike.

As a retrogrouch, I like to think it's 99% the engine, and I reconcile the moderate difference in the video based on sample error, placebo effect, more aggressive (aero) body position, and possibly aero wheels.

Any thoughts?
it’s the bike
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Originally Posted by Mojo31
Something to think about.
Originally Posted by phrantic09
it’s the bike
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Originally Posted by rjones28
We packed Benson and some provisions into the Jeep and drove from here to Arizona and back once.
My most recent road-trip was from N’Orleans to here, stopping to visit family along the way.
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It's raining.
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Watch died. Thinking about getting a cheap GPS one. I'm not sure why.
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Originally Posted by datlas
I am no longer a GCN fanboy but I still sometimes watch their videos.

There is a recent one where Si rides a couple courses with his 10-year old bike and his current one, and in both cases he was about 3KPH faster on the newer bike.

As a retrogrouch, I like to think it's 99% the engine, and I reconcile the moderate difference in the video based on sample error, placebo effect, more aggressive (aero) body position, and possibly aero wheels.

Any thoughts?
Maybe it's more like 90% rider. That 10% is where the gains are.
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Originally Posted by datlas
This may get me stoned by the BF Mob, but maybe modern bike design isn't marketing hype.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
It's raining.
All that rain we got yesterday has frozen. Today, all slopes are slippery.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
Watch died. Thinking about getting a cheap GPS one. I'm not sure why.
You can record your epic walks.
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Originally Posted by rjones28
This may get me stoned by the BF Mob, but maybe modern bike design isn't marketing hype.
You may be on to something.
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Originally Posted by rjones28
You can record your epic walks.
Please don't encourage him. It'll be your fault when he posts videos of his walks and in-depth leaf analysis as he walks by different trees.
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Originally Posted by rjones28
Maybe it's more like 90% rider. That 10% is where the gains are.
More like 10%/90% in my case.
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Originally Posted by datlas
I am no longer a GCN fanboy but I still sometimes watch their videos.

There is a recent one where Si rides a couple courses with his 10-year old bike and his current one, and in both cases he was about 3KPH faster on the newer bike.

As a retrogrouch, I like to think it's 99% the engine, and I reconcile the moderate difference in the video based on sample error, placebo effect, more aggressive (aero) body position, and possibly aero wheels.

Any thoughts?
As you know, I went from a very nice custom steel classic to a soulless plastic bike, shedding a few lbs of system weight in the bargain. My estimate is that there was about a 6% increase in speed across the board and I picked up another percent or two when I upgraded the wheels. I think this was a combination of placebo, weight, aerodynamics (mainly rider position), and the modern fit. The newer bike is also much more comfortable, despite, and maybe even partly because of, the greater drop.
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The costs have come down considerably with the electric / foam models. Almost no building time. Much cheaper radio equipment too. I used to spend 3-500 on a smaller airplane. Each. I had 5 or 6. Then I started getting into "pattern". Trippled my airframe cost per plane. Due to size and performance requirements.
I miss flying R/C, but there's no way I could get back in to flying powered models at the moment because I don't have the space for charging infrastructure and storage.

Now what I really want is a nice F3K discus launch glider. But talk about an expensive airframe
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Originally Posted by rjones28
You can record your epic walks.
A reviewer indicates the GPS tracking is only modestly accurate. So the walk measurements might be a tenth of a mile off.

The more fundamental question is, do I need walk tracking? I roughly know how far I'm walking. Do I need a sleep monitor (whatever that is)? Will it help my sleep? Do I need a step counter? No.

Seems the only real reason to get this over a basic watch is to have some numbers to look at when I'm bored.

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Originally Posted by Mojo31
Please don't encourage him. It'll be your fault when he posts videos of his walks and in-depth leaf analysis as he walks by different trees.
It'd be a change from the Google Maps street view content he's been posting.
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Originally Posted by rjones28
It'd be a change from the Google Maps street view content he's been posting.
One of the coolest things on the Internets.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
A reviewer indicates the GPS tracking is only modestly accurate. So the walk measurements might be a tenth of a mile off.

The more fundamental question is, do I need walk tracking? I roughly know how far I'm walking. Do I need a sleep monitor (whatever that is)? Will it help my sleep? Do I need a step counter? No.

Seems the only real reason to get this over a basic watch is to have some numbers to look at when I'm bored.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxCeACtiwIw
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Originally Posted by rjones28
It'd be a change from the Google Maps street view content he's been posting.
Yes, but change for the sake of change is not always a good thing. Since it will be a new thing for him, he might very well post more. Be careful what you ask for.
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Originally Posted by datlas
I am no longer a GCN fanboy but I still sometimes watch their videos.

There is a recent one where Si rides a couple courses with his 10-year old bike and his current one, and in both cases he was about 3KPH faster on the newer bike.

As a retrogrouch, I like to think it's 99% the engine, and I reconcile the moderate difference in the video based on sample error, placebo effect, more aggressive (aero) body position, and possibly aero wheels.

Any thoughts?
If it's the bike according to them, that stokes demand for new bikes. Follow the money.

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Originally Posted by DougRNS
If it's the bike according to them that stokes demand for new bikes. Follow the money.
Rabble rouser
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Not me.

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Not me.

Don't blame the dog.
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