Back to Garmin

I’ve been using a wahoo elemnt for a while now, and the Garmin 520 has Sat all forlorn on the shelf.

Today however saw it dusted off, and remounted after the elemnt mount broke. It’s a bit of a bad design. You can never have it just tight enough on the bar not to slip. Which meant I tightened it, only to pull the brass press fit screw thread out.

But going back to the garmin, made me realise that there is actually stuff I’d missed that the elemnt hasn’t got. And the opposite too. I missed some of the features of the Elemnt.

So, in no particular order here is what I miss when using the 520

  • Screen and font size. The elemnt screen is huge compared to the garmin, and easier to glance at to get the information quickly
  • Button location. The buttons on the garmin are awkward, and located oddly
  • Maps. Maps are a hell of alot easier and clearer on the elemnt.

That’s just what comes from the top of my head. I’m sure there’s more.

Things I miss when using the Elemnt

  • Recovery advisor, Vo2 and auto FTP. A small and insignificant feature set, but one I like to have.
  • Varia light control. I’ve got a full set of Varia lights which obviously don’t work with the Elemnt. Yet. With See.Sense working on their Ace light set, it might get supported.
  • Beeps and other bongs. The Elemnt is mute when compared to the 520, with a much smaller speaker.
  • Not having to correct speed spikes after autopause. Seriously wahoo, that’s annoying

Again, just off the top of my head.

But weighing up the pros and cons of each unit, it’s clear to me that the elemnt is the first computer I reach for when getting ready.

Ding Ding!

I don’t use a bell, I just don’t like the way they look on the bike and find them to be impersonal and demanding to people. I do ride cycle paths, often busy ones. But I prefer the verbal “Excuse me, coming past on your right/left” I find more people just step to the side with a thank you as I pass. Whereas with a bell, they stop dead and turn around to look.

Occasionally I get “you need a bell” or some other banal comment as I pass.

However, now I’m getting annoyed with people, I have bought a “Knog Oi” bell. Which is the only answer to not having an ugly dum bell on the bars, the Knog basically hides it self away, to be used as and when required. Its the best solution I can find.

Light up!

It’s that time if year again. Time to dig out the lights, although some say you should always run lights. And there has been times I’ve not noticed a cyclist due to having a backdrop of dark.. Or dappled light.

So you get your lights out the cupboard, find a charging lead and hope their still holding a charge. Mine where, but the volt 300 just dos’nt really cut it for me now. I’ve got a Garmin varia system as well, but tend not to use it since switching over to the wahoo elemnt.

So off to buy a new front light. But as is always the case with me, I came back with two. I stayed with cateye, and decided on VOLT 800 for my main light, which I rely on too see, and a swanky set of See.Sense icon+ lights for my too be seen lights.

One thing I really like about the volt is a double click no longer sets the light to epileptic inducing strobe, instead it switches the output to high mode. This is much more sensible. The high mode is great for the unlit cycle paths, even the medium setting of 400 lumens will do on them, but it’s good to have the 800 lumens setting to fall back on.

These see.sense lights are something special, they have a certain level of intelligence being able to sense light and motion. So brighten in dark areas or car headlights, junctions and slowing down. They are my permanent lights, now the days are shorter and more gloomy. They pack one hell of a punch in the output. Some might say they are stupidly bright, but brighter the better too be seen in the day light.

My lighting system now features two front lights, a flashing light and a solid on the front, and a flashing and solid light on the back.

Bloody Joggers

I like to think I’m a considurate cyclist. I slow down on shared use paths, I say hello and thank you.

But one thing that boils my piss is joggers wearing earphones in the middle of the sodding path.

If your going to wear earphones, stay to the side, or listen at a volume that still lets your hear when someone is shouting excuse me behind you.

On today’s ride, I shouted several times, with no response. It wasn’t until I Litterally shouted “on your right” and the jogger finally got the message. Albeit with a hell of a fright.

I don’t want to be rude, I don’t like being rude. But please considure others when your jogging along in your own little world.

Back Pain

On my recent rides, I’ve been suffering with a bad lower back. It tends to come on gradually after 10-12 miles. I tried everything from seatpost, seat height and angle to stem and handlebars. Nothing helped.

But recently I bought a new pair of shoes. A rather punchy pair of Sidi Kaos.

And what you know, backpain gone. Not even a twinge. To make really sure, the next ride I did in my old shoes and the backpain was back in an instant.

I’m not sure exactly what the issue was, but different shoes cured it.

I tried a few different shoes before the sidi, but all just didn’t work for me.

Fizik R5b had the cleat mounts really, and I mean stupidly forward. There was just no way I could get the cleats central.

Giro shoes I tried, but they where all incredibly narrow.

The Sidi are snug, but very very comfortable for me. Initially I had pain in my right-foot due to foot roll. However fitting superfeet black and two specialized wedges sorted that out. So generally very happy with the Sidi just got to get a long ride into them yet, they’ve only done 40 miles so far.