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Using and living with the Wahoo Elemnt Bolt

October 29, 2017 Posted by Lenore Koch

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I’m using Ride with GPS for route planning and no, I don’t know a lot about it. I’m also using the free version at the moment and maybe that’s restricting my route planning too much. Does anyone have any thoughts on that? Should I give yet another company money?

I created a loop route, saved it, then decided I wanted to change it. Are you able to delete points or sections of a route in the free version? Or is that something you have to pay for. I wound up giving up and deleting the whole route.

You don’t really need to have a rwgps subscription.

You can delete the white circles (what rwgps calls “control points”).

When you open the route page, the page is in “extend a route” mode.

To go into “change the route” mode, click on ” add/remove control point”. To go back into “extensively a route” mode, click on “follow” roads.

When I go back to an existing route, I created a habit of immediately clicking on “add/remove control point”. (That avoids the confusion of having the page in “extend a route” mode when you plan to change the route.)


Click on a control point to remove it (when in “change a route” mode).

Click on the red line to add a control point.

Drag the red line to move it.

Think of control points as a way to pin the route on the map. When you drag the red line, it will only change location between control points.

Don’t add/create control points at intersections.

Click a little ways after the turn.

Don’t use too many control points. You don’t need to add them after every turn.

(Don’t remove all of the control points to “clean things up”.)

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Monstercross / Trekking distance bike

October 19, 2017 Posted by Lenore Koch

I want a disc-equipped bike I can throw a front bag on and take on brevets. I also have to admit that I like being different (though not enough to abandon comfort). I also like big, squishy tires (at least as an option).

I’ve looked at Wolverines and NFEs (which are close, but a little tall for my short legs) and various other gravel bikes, but I like the idea of ti, partially because it’s corrosion-proof (and the weather sucks in WA), partially because I like the flex of steel frames, and largely because it’s cool and spaceship-like.

I also like perceived bargains (I say “perceived” because I’m the kind of guy who buys a $45 frame and hangs $1500 of crap on it). Enter all those Lynskey eBay deals. One of them is a Pro 29 MTB frame, complete with the awesome/grogeous/ridiculous twisted Helix tubes. With the addition of rack/fender mounts added at the factory (to maintain warranty), I can probably get the frame for under $1k. It seems like it could be badass as an all-day, fat-ish tire rider that would do really well off-road if I wanted to bomb down gravel trails or fire roads.

With a top tube that long (24″ or so ETT at a Medium), I imagine I couldn’t put drops on it, but that’s not a deal-breaker. I generally like trekking bars, and I’m now old enough that I don’t care if I get looks. And I rarely use the drops unless my hands are hurting or I’m in a terrible headwind.

It sounds like an awesome project and a funky bike, but I also don’t want to be $2500 into something that has so many “not quite right” things that I don’t love riding it all the time.


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Training bike vs "competition" bike

October 16, 2017 Posted by Lenore Koch

I like using the dill pickle handlebar bag, it fits on my carbon roadie without a problem. Lightweight, modern materials so it’s waterproof, and rackless. It’s not huge so you can’t carry a change of clothes but it’s got room for arm/leg warms and a whack of bars. IMO it’s not enough weight to affect the handling, it also has an optional map case which is good if you use cue-sheets. I don’t carry tubes or tools in my pocket, those go in tiny under-the-saddle bag.

Bikepacking type saddlebags work well on almost any kind of bike with a seatpost it seems, I’ve never used one so I have no idea what they are actually like. The only time I use a bigger saddle bag now is on 600K and longer rides where I am carrying a full change of kit. I’ve got a fendered touring bike but I do a lot of rainy brevets in the summer on my roadie without fenders, I get soaked either way around here… it’s not bad when it’s above 20C.

I’ve only been at the rando thing for 3 seasons now but I’ve moved toward carrying less and less stuff in general.

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Need a new GPS for randonneuring?

October 16, 2017 Posted by Lenore Koch

I browsed across the randon mailing list this weekend, and the Electronics forum here. Lots of griping about Garmin 800/1000 software stability got me remembering and thinking.

I bought my 800 shortly after the 810 came out, largely because it was cheaper and I didn’t see the need for smartphone integration in the 810. The “Buy a Wahoo” contingent places a great deal of emphasis on how you don’t need a computer to download a RWGPS route, you can do it from your phone.

My (retrogrouch) response to that is, “So what?” I have yet to drive a couple of hours, and possibly stay overnight in a motel, only to decide suddenly, “I’m going to ride this brevet” at 4:00-7:00 in the morning.

I can foresee a need to upgrade if an LBA decides to use group tracking from Strava or the like to monitor progress of the randonneurs, but I haven’t heard of that happening yet. So far I’ve dealt successfully with the foibles of “Goofy, the Garmin.” Is there something I’m missing just because I’m not sufficiently addicted to my smartphone? Or is somebody trying to sell new Wahoos or buy used Garmins cheap?

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Help with handlebar bag and rack selection

October 9, 2017 Posted by Lenore Koch

As expensive as it is to install such a setup, I’m inclined to install a rack like this one with an integrated decaleur:….-decaleur.html

But it seems that only old school looking bags use this setup. More modern looking bags attach to the handlebar directly, like this one:…ndlebar-bag-dx

I’m on the fence. I can install the latter style bag for something like $100. It’d be attached to the handlebar, so I’d have to use an extended mount to get it way from my cross levers and Garmin. The extended mount would allow for some height adjustment. Without a front rack, I’d have to figure out how to mount it without interfering with my headlight, which is currently mounted on the “brake boss” on the front of the fork. This gets me about 8-9 inches of potential room below the handlebar before I block my headlight.

Or I spend 3x that or more, install rack, move headlight to rack, and then I can probably use whatever handlebar bag I want since the rack/decaleur will keep the bag away from my cross levers and Garmin on its own and I wouldn’t have to mess with my already crowded handlebar, which currently has the switch for my headlights and Garmin out front mount taking up a lot of real estate.

I wish someone would make a modern, synthetic bag that uses a rack/decaleur setup. $200-300 for an old school looking handlebar bag is hard to swallow, even with as great as it would be to have the room that the boxy old school bags have, it might be overkill on size and it’s definitely expensive.

But these handlebar mount bags all use plastic mounting, which I do not like at all. Riding hundreds of miles relying on a piece of plastic to hold my gear does not sit well with me at all.

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Doing more with your Century!

October 9, 2017 Posted by Lenore Koch

A couple of weeks ago I wanted to do a Century ride but also needed to do a fundraiser in my workplace so I made a cycle-a-thon out of the whole thing. It was the first time I’d ever organized a fundraiser and my employer was great about it.

We had a volunteer from Cambodia intern with us and he and I talked about conditions in his country a lot. when he left I told him I would try to raise some money on my end if he set up the aid part on his. His church already does this work so it was a good fit. With Canadian Thanksgiving coming up I thought it would be a great time to put my plan into action! Here’s one of the posters I put around work:

I called it a Six City Century Ride because my route took me on a big loop through six municipalities in the Fraser Valley: Mission, Maple Ridge, Fort Langley, Aldergrove, Abbotsford and Chilliwack.

Yesterday I did the Century in 9 hours with about 8 1/2 of that riding. It’s Cranberry harvest time here with cool and cloudy conditions and two monsterous rain squalls in the last 10km’s that had me standing on the side of the road because I could not see where I was going. My my new endurance bike, a 2016 Norco Valence Tiagra worked great and I’m look forward to using it in for more Randonneuring in 2018. Here it is waiting out a squall yesterday (maybe I should get fenders):

I had some ups and downs during the two weeks I was fundraising and more than once asked myself how I get myself in these situations. I really hate asking people for stuff. But there is a quote by Earnest Hemingway that I like to remember that goes something like “Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk – That will teach you to keep your damn mouth shut.” One day I’m going to get it.

In all I raised $640 and still have paypal donations to tally and am very grateful to my co workers and Employer for making this thing happen. I suppose this could be in the Charity sub forum but I’m not seeking support as much as just sharing a cool thing I was able to do with my increasing enjoyment of distance riding.

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New Rider Here… Help with a eventual bike purchase

October 4, 2017 Posted by Lenore Koch

Hello Everyone!

I am a very new rider and owner of a bicycle. I have been a long time runner (marathons and half’s) but as I close in on 40 the ole body doesn’t like the pounding of running. A long time ago I heard of folks riding a bike across the USA and I thought that was really cool but I still prefer running

So now fast forward about a decade (or two!), I want to stay fit and well swimming laps at the Y just doesn’t seem appealing.

So I got a bike (hand me down aka $ free ). It is a Trek 850 Antelope. I started riding it this week, first time on a bike since oh Bush was President…. the first one

I have been reading about these long rides like centuries and RAGBRI and such. These sound so cool. So I would like to eventually ride a century at some point next year. I don’t really have any interest in racing, did enough of that through running over the years. No interest in Triathlons either. Also commuting to work isn’t an option.

So any suggestions about a “road” bike that I should look out for? I am fortunate that my city has a used bike shop that is non for profit, so bikes are coming and going there. I saw a really cool Trek 1100 that was a 57cm frame (I am 5ft 10in, 165lbs). Would be buying new be the best idea for a first purchase? There is a LBS here in my city. I have read about Treks but am open to any brands though.

I did get a helmet already that does fit. I know to stay away from big box store bikes like Walmart/Dicks/Target etc.

Any websites, blogs, threads on here, books etc…any advice I am good with.

I know this was a open ended question, basically I am good with any advice here

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Trans Am Bike Race 2018

October 4, 2017 Posted by Lenore Koch

Who’s in? Anyone else here planning on doing the race?

Anyone done the race and have advice?

Something you wish you’d known, or brought with you, or left at home?

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Largest handlebag you can recommend… that is compatible with aero bars?

October 3, 2017 Posted by Lenore Koch

For long rides and brevets, I used a medium size front bag (Lone Peaks Alta) mounted with a Klickfix mechanism to handlebars of my road bike, worked great:

Lone Peak H100 Alta Handlebar Bag ?

Then I added aerobars, and could no longer use the front bag I had purchased. Other traditional boxy rando front bags (e.g. rack mounted) also appear to go above the level of the handlebars and therefore prevent use of aerobars (unless the aero bars are much tilted upwards at the front, which I don’t do).

Something that uses cloth straps and hangs down below the handlebars would work, something like this (I think):

Outer Shell Adventure – Drawcord Handlebar Bag

But that bag is small.

Does anyone have suggestions for a front bag/handlebar bag compatible with aero bars? Looking for the one with the greatest capacity.

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Indian Pacific Wheel Race returns in 2018

October 3, 2017 Posted by Lenore Koch

Dammit, I came on here to post the announcement… and was beaten to the post

Good to see it’s on again and that they’ve had a look at what happened this year and tried to improve things. Also good to see that Mike Hall’s mother is supportive. Let’s not forget another rider was also hit and seriously hurt.

They’re starting the race at 6:22 which is when Mike Hall was killed. A very nice touch. However, it was also good to see the continuing acknowledgement of the ‘Overlanders’ which, for those not familiar with early Australian cycling history, were the incredibly brave young men in the 1800′s and early 1900′s who took to their bikes to conquer this vast country, often when there were no roads, no reliable water sources and, believe it or not, hostile aboriginals. It’s worth reading the new book, Tour de Oz which describes the first circumnavigation of Australia… and his competitors who went the other way around.

But back to this race. The relay concept is an interesting one. Be interesting to see how it pans out… and no, it’s not like the RAAM teams competition where you have supported teams swapping every so often to keep the rider going.

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