Never stop learning

ConfusedHeadscratchSo, on today’s ride, I had an issue with gear changes. The rear Derailleur would not shift down from one particular cog. So it was onto the repair stand when I got home.

I looked at the rear Derailleur, looked fine and moving fine. The hangar looked straight and true. So the process of elimination was almost complete and I moved on to cabling. I shifted to the highest gear and made some slack in the cable system. The rear housing looked fine, cleaned it off and applied some oil to the cable.

“When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking.” — Arthur Conan Doyle

The bike still did it. Would not shift down over the second highest cog. Thinking I’d checked almost everything, and it was down to a cable tension issue I was considering ripping out the whole system and re cabling. But before that I thought I’d just try adjusting the barrel adjuster at the top of the down tube. Low and behold, the bike shifted fine after slacking that off slightly. So with no cable tension, I removed the cable from the adjuster, and there was a shed load of grit in there. It must of been thrown up by the front wheel during a rather wet ride I had a couple of days back.

Sprayed a good helping of GT85 in the adjuster, oiled it over and reassembled. It was shifting like a dream again.

So the whole moral of the story, is one of trouble shooting the system, work backwards, don’t head down blind alleys and you’ll get there.

Silly Point scoring..

I recently read on one of the cycling websites, a little game that can be used to liven up rides, but would be a great way to give the commute some spice.

In general, you award yourself points for burning off certain categories of riders, or traffic.

Generally, the food chain looks like this, with scooters being the ultimate challenge and electric bikes the lowest.

  • Scooters
  • Roadies with shaved legs*
  • Proper rapid singlespeeds (hard men and women, messengers, tarty shiny fixies)*
  • Roadies with hairy legs*
  • Faux singlespeeds (fakengers, dirty/functional bikes, silly spinny little gears)*
  • Touring bikes (mudguards)*
  • Fast hybrids*
  • MTBs on skinnies*
  • MTBs on knobblies
  • Bromptons/collapsing bikes
  • MTB full-sus on knobblies
  • Shoppers
  • Shoppers with wicker baskets
  • Electric bikes

*Pedal adjustment factor: Flats: +1. Toe Clips: 0. Clipless/SPDs: -1

  • 6 essential rules
  • No dangerous manoeuvres. Don’t be a danger to others or yourself. Falling off causes pain to you and others around you, and you lose your points!
  • Don’t ride like a dick/vulva, we’re all just trying to get somewhere!
  • No passing at lights, junction, crossings, etc.
  • All passing on open roads only.
  • Filtering in traffic is null and void (you’ll know deep down if you’ve dropped someone fairly, turning off immediately afterwards is cheating)
  • Pavement passes – either you or the target is void
  • Show no pain – unless your face is just like that

So that’s just a little game you can play to liven things up. Let me know in the comments if you have any thing you do to entertain your self on the bike.

Elemnt Screens

Going around the various forums, one of the common questions I see, is “what fields should I have?” when setting up a GPS computer.

I’d previously done this type of post for my garmin so I’d thought I’d do one for the screens on my elemnt.

First Page

The first page is pretty much on screen most of the time. It contains all the critical information.

 

  1. W 5 sec, this simply shows my 5 second average power.
  2. KPH, is my current speed. I’ve found d myself looking at power more than speed recently, so speed is relegated to second field.
  3. BPM, current heart rate I have my heart rate zones displayed on the left hand LED display.
  4. RPM, my current cadence
  5. KM, Distance travelled
  6. Elevation, current elevation above sea-level.
  7. DEG-C current temperature

I don’t need much else on that screen. Using the zoom function on the elemnt, the 4 top items are the ones that are most important and on screen in a zoom state.

Climbing Screen

The climbing screen is pretty much the default. I think I just added RPM and BPM datafields.

There is the default Elevation display at the bottom of the screen.

 

 

 

 

 

Course Screen

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Similar to the Main screen, this screen shows all the important metrics, along with a KM to go display for the currently loaded course and a ride time display too. As the Elemnt lacks the timed course feature on the Garmin, we have to remember the time we are out to beat and do it manually.