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Monday, 21 November 2016

Fitness Equipment Teardowns thanks to the FCC

If you're like me you love to see the inner workings of things. Seeing what's inside your new mobile phone, or what's inside your new bike computer, or what's inside your carbon bike frame.

Most of the time we only get to see the insides of our equipment through accidents or failure. And that's not good. Thanks to YouTube there's many channels we can search that'll give us equipment tear-down videos.

But what about the items that nobody's taken apart yet? Like the Wahoo Elemnt or say the Tacx Flux? Wait... nobody even has one of those yet. Do you risk pulling the tools out and having a look inside yourself when it arrives? Could be risky!

Enter the FCC.


The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent agency of the United States government, to regulate interstate communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. Wikipeda

HWTek have a great overview over on their site, in summary:

Even without knowledge of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), you will probably recognize this symbol. No matter what country you are in right now, there is sure to be several devices around you which all bear this mark – turnover your laptop/keyboard and see. The FCC is a US government agency which governs limits for Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) to ensure the amount of radiation emitted from a device is not harmful to people, or disruptive to other devices.

If you're buying anything in fitness tech field with Bluetooth Smart, ANT+, or anything with electronics in it, there's a really good chance it has been FCC certified and is listed on the FCC website. Product FCC registration entries are also a goldmine of tech details...... and.... product teardowns!

Link: FCC Equipment Authorization Search

What to expect under the FCC search results:

Application documentation, external photos, RF exposure reports, test setup photos, and the two most interesting ones.... Internal photos and user manuals. User manuals for products that may be released but not available? That IS a goldmine of good information to me!

Note: The photos are primarily focused on the electronics and radio components, so working out how things work is up to the viewer. The user guides listed in the entry come in handy for this.

What's inside your Wahoo Elemnt?

FCC ID: PADWF112



The insides of a TACX Flux:

FCC ID: 2AAMI-T2900







What else did I find that was interesting?

The Tacx Neo and a FitBit were worth a look..... as is a 1000s of other things. Let me know what you find!

TACX Neo

TACX Neo

FitBit


Saturday, 29 October 2016

Cutting Up Expensive Carbon Bikes with Raoul Luescher



I dropped into see Raoul Luescher from Luescher Teknik to see what we could do with the noisey seatpost on my Giant TCR build. While I was there I had Raoul tell us about his recent Instagram posts that had me intrigued. He's cutting a LOT of carbon bikes in half and sharing the results.

In this video Raoul shows us a LOT of expensive things cut in half, discusses the build quality, talks about how to safely cut carbon fibre components, and a lot more. He's an encyclopedia of knowledge and can explain the technical concepts of carbon in ways that's easy to undertand for us not-so-composite savvy people.

Some background on Raoul:

Raoul has also been involved with composite materials for over 25 years. He has been employed by Boeing Aerospace, Defence and the Australian Institute of Sport. He has extensive experience in quality control of composites, manufacturing and design. Raoul has designed and built many composite items, including items used in the Olympic games, the Malvern Star range of carbon bicycles which won an Australian Design Mark and the groundbreaking BC composites Tammar mountain bike enduro rim. He has worked with national, Olympic and professional athletes in a technology and equipment advisor role and is passionate about sports performance.


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Links:
Raoul's Instagram
Luescher Teknik  /  http://carbonbikerepair.com.au

Cycling Maven Videos Featuring Raoul:
Carbon Fiber - The Truth
Carbon Wheels - The Truth I
Carbon Wheels - The Truth II


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Bikes and components in this video: Specialized, Trek, Giant, Focus, Pinarello, Lightweight, Cannondale, Wilier.
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Sunday, 16 October 2016

Strava Insights - 2016 Melbourne to Warrnambool Ride Names


 Nathan Elliott celebrates his victory (Con Chronis / Cycling Australia)

While looking at all the uploaded 'Melbourne to Warrnambool' rides via some Strava API tools I've whipped up, I had a chuckle at many of the ride names.... here they are.

How many can you spot that you know?

  • #M2W16  
  • #M2W2016. D Grade. 3rd Place.  
  • 0.73 Warnie  
  • 101st Melbourne to Warrnambool  
  • 200km chop off before a wild train appeared  
  • 2016 Melbourne To Warrnambool. 83rd Overall, 5th For C Grade. Hardest Day Ever With Megger Winds  
  • 2016 Melbourne to Warrnambool    
  • A Melb2Warny to forget  
  • Absolutely epic day Melbourne to Warrnambool 2016    
  • Chop off or drop off.  
  • I finished...... was the objective in the end  
  • In the Warny break again. Dropped from the Warny break, again. But still managed 28th #smallmercies  
  • M2W  
  • M2W - Master of my own demise  
  • M2W - that was one Epic & tough day! Super happy 2nd Woman!! & 200km champ!! Woot woot  
  • M2W 16  
  • M2W 2016, A puncture, 2 gears for 220k's and brutal winds.  
  • M2W Long day!  
  • M2W done & dusted. Great day, with much suffering. 27 yrs since the first, and I reckon it's time...  
  • M2W third female :)  
  • M2W ✔️ offie starts now.  
  • M2W-16  
  • M2W. Brutal.  
  • M2W16  
  • M2W16 - unbelievably hard day. Support crew on point.  
  • M2W2016  
  • Mel2Warny - windy AF  
  • Melb to Warrnambool  
  • Melb2Warnie 2016 - B gr 14th - 100th overall - Off time 7:45:57 - smashed in the crosswinds after...  
  • Melbourne - Warnambool  
  • Melbourne - Warrnambool  
  • Melbourne 2 Warrnambool  
  • Melbourne to Warnambool  
  • Melbourne to Warnambool DNF  
  • Melbourne to Warnie  
  • Melbourne to Warnie!!!!! RED KNOB up for the win!!!  
  • Melbourne to Warny. as the dutchys say, "Op de Kant"  
  • Melbourne to Warrnambool  
  • Melbourne to Warrnambool #NRS16  
  • Melbourne to Warrnambool - 1st Place :)  
  • Melbourne to Warrnambool - 23rd. Made the split with avanti but cooked at 200km  
  • Melbourne to Warrnambool 2016  
  • Melbourne to Warrnambool done  
  • Melbourne to Warrnambool in terrible winds  
  • Melbourne toWarrnie  
  • Melbourne-Warnambool 2016   
  • NRS  The Warny  W.I.N.D  
  • One big ride  
  • Ricky Bobby took a solid 3rd in B grade!!!! I took a spare rear wheel in the cross wind to Cressy...  
  • Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda, Didn't - M2W16  
  • The Longest Windiest Warnie!  
  • The warny. 9th. Absolutely cooked  
  • Warnie  
  • Warnie -31st  
  • Warnie. 1st. BOOM  
  • Warny 2016  
  • Warny- ideal conditions for a day of suffering.  
  • Warrny  
  • m2w who would have though Id pluck a podium in a road race in B grade  
  • m2w16  
  • melb to warnie  




Thursday, 6 October 2016

Power Meters: The Basics


What exactly is a strain gauge? How does it work? What are the challenges faced by power meter manufacturers? And what are they doing about accuracy now a lot of people have more than one power meter?


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Links:
Strain Gauge Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strain_gauge


Keywords: SRM, Quarq, Stages Cycling, PowerTap, 4iii, Wahoo Kickr, Tacx, Elite Cycling.
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Friday, 30 September 2016

WAHOO KICKR: Basic Maintenance

Wahoo Kickr: Basic Maintenance

- Freehub service.
- Shim greasing.
- Drive belt inspection. (*Wahoo will supply at a cost if needed... )
- Optical sensor cleaning.

Covering a number of basic servicing procedures I do on a regular basis to keep out Wahoo Kickr trainers in good working order. My original Kickr is over three years old now and is still my go-to trainer for indoor workouts (Intervals, Zwift rides/races, etc).

I’ll do another video on advanced maintenance in the near future covering topics such as belt replacement/tensioning and power calibration.


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