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Thursday

LaBicicletta Video

I had forgotten I recorded this off my phone. Its a cool ad during the Tour de France coverage. I was blown away watching this on versus this past summer. Enjoy.

Monday

A lot of miles on my Kurt Kinetic Trainer



At this point in my cycling comeback, I can't believe how "time crunched" I am ? Even during the summer months, I've spent most of my time riding indoors. I'd say 80% of the summer has been riding indoors. :-( I didn't plan it this way but my schedule and my location do not allow me to enjoy cycling outdoors as much as I'd like to. I prefer riding on country roads as opposed to the city. So during the work week, getting home and trying to get out to those beloved country roads are close to impossible. I live and work just above the city core and commuting on a bike is simply too dangerous. I tried it and riding in a busy metropolis is not fun due to how poorly people drive in my city. I"m sure I'm not alone as there must me a lot of you "time crunched cyclists" out there. I just thank my luck stars for my Kurt Kinetic trainer as its the one item in my cycling aresenal that has gotten the most use. Kudos to Pam and the team at Kinetic as I've logged A LOT of miles on this thing, and it hasn't showed me any sign of breaking or cracking.

Thursday

Garmin Vector pedal power meter


I've been a long time fan of Garmin since the days of the Street Pilot GPS back in 2001.
They made a great transition into the world of cycling and have changed the way we view computer data on the bike with their Edge series. Only if you were living under a rock, would you be oblivious to that fact that training for cycling nowadays is all about power , joules and wattage. The world of cycling training used to be heart rate, and now it is ALL about measuring power.

Its an interesting and yet radical approach bringing the tech to the pedals ? With the war between Dura Ace, and Speed Play, now there's Garmin ? Garmin are definitely a company that tends to do proper R&D, so if this vector is anyting like their edge series computers, this is going to be the start of a revolution in power meters and the big guys like SRM and CycleOps should be taking notice.

The system works through the pedal spindle which in fact is the data transmitter. This data is sent to the ANT+ head unit which would be your Garmin Edge 500 or 800. The actual power is measured through the deflection of the pedals through each power stroke. I like this approach as they are able to see imbalances between left leg and right leg. Most of us know what our dominant leg is, so it will be interesting to see if this unit would be able to show that difference ?

Garmin are breaking into two cycling markets. The power meter market and the pedal market. What we the consumer do not know, is how the pedals stack up by themselves without any sensor/spindles. How do the pedals work by themselves ? Only time will tell.

It will be interesting to see if their own Garmin-Cervelo team will remove their speed play pedals and SRM units in favour of this ?

Do the long established SRM and CycleOps now have some real competition in this Garmin unit ? The true test as always however, will be the pro peloton. Right now, that is SRM dominant. Only time will tell with its durability factor. Will it survive the pave of Arenberg ? Will it survive the abuse of the pro level cyclists ?

The Garmin Vector is a new shift in power meter measuring. At a hefty $1,500 price tag, we'll see if it can stack up against the big two. I for one am excited about this and will be following their progress for the 2012 season.










The $acrifice$ a cyclist has to make.


In order to even stay atop my bike and last an entire mountain pass (passo) in Italy, I'm going to have to change my crankset from a 53 x 39 to a 50 x 34. I thought I could get away by simply changing a chain ring. But that is not the case. I wasn't anticipating replacing the entire crankset, but apparently I have to fork out more $$ to do so.




So similar to Contador, I too will be in a 34 to do battle with the Stelvio. Just another one of the $acrifice$to make to ride in Italy.

Wednesday

The Stelvio Pass is calling




Passo dello Stelvio aka Stelvio Pass is calling

As many know, I'm more partial to Italy than France when it comes to grand tours and cycling. You can read that in previous blog posts. The late great Fausto Coppi made it famous for his battle during his tenure at the Giro that they dubbed this climb "Coppi Peak." During World War I the road was built to link Austria to Italy and supposedly, you can still get a glimpse of the trenches that were dug during this time. The only downside is that due to its iconic status its quite popular with cyclist, motorcyclists and cars. I will be tackling it from the North West side for sure. The Stelvio is Italy's answer to France's A'lpe D'Huez. I hope my 34 x chain ring will allow me to dance on the pedals like Contador in the ascent through the 48 hairpin turns.