Saturday, 17 June 2017

Tacx Magnum Smart - First Ride (Fully Automatic Treadmill Smart Trainer)


One of the newer innovations in the indoor training space for both cycling and running. What's the experience all about for a first-time user? Well, I found out last week at Tacx HQ in the Netherlands.

Tacx Magnum: First Ride (Fully Automatic Treadmill Smart Trainer)


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Sunday, 28 May 2017

Zwift New Zealand and Australian Tour 2017


This was the third year running Zwift have ventured 'Down Under' before the winter season really kicks in. This time Auckland was added to the itinerary. I was invited along to each of the events to talk tech, smart trainers, Zwift, and all things bike. Here's the wrap of each stop on the tour!


Auckland, NZ. May 22nd 2017 - Allpress


Sydney, Australia. May 24th 2017. Rapha CC


Melbourne, Australia. May 26th 2017. Rapha CC


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Monday, 8 May 2017

Strava Data: Boston and London Marathons 2017


Below is the data exported from Strava on the same day as the events were run. Some activities don't show a device or M/F, so the totals are ballpark. Finish times/zones/HR/etc is all possible to mine, today I'm looking primarily at the devices used by athletes to upload to Strava.

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Boston Marathon 2017 Strava Data:

~3600 activities from 30,000 event starters.

 528 Garmin Forerunner 235
 463 Garmin Forerunner 920XT
 339 Garmin Forerunner 220
 316 Garmin fēnix 3
 247 Garmin Forerunner 230
 224 Garmin Forerunner 735XT
 219 Garmin Forerunner 620
 184 Strava iPhone App
 146 Garmin Forerunner 630
 138 Garmin Forerunner 225
  94 Garmin Vívoactive
  86 TomTom GPS Sport Watch
  61 Garmin Vívoactive HR
  59 Suunto Ambit3 Peak
  59 Garmin Forerunner 910XT
  35 Garmin Forerunner 35
  31 Suunto Ambit3 Sport
  30 Garmin Forerunner 25
  25 Garmin fēnix 2
  25 Strava Android App
  24 Apple Watch
  23 Suunto
  22 Garmin Forerunner 310XT
  22 Garmin Forerunner 10
  21 Garmin fēnix 5
  20 Fitbit Surge
  19 Polar V800
  16 Garmin Forerunner 935
  14 Polar M400
  14 Garmin Forerunner 15
  12 Garmin Forerunner 610
  10 Garmin fēnix 5X
  10 Garmin Forerunner 210
  10 GPX
   7 Garmin fēnix 5S
   7 Garmin Forerunner 410
   6 Suunto Ambit2 S
   6 Suunto Ambit2
   5 Garmin Forerunner 405
   4 Garmin Forerunner 110
   4 Fitbit
   3 Suunto Spartan Ultra
   1 Suunto Spartan Sport
   1 Suunto Ambit2 R
   1 Suunto Ambit
   1 Soleus GPS
   1 Microsoft Band
   1 Garmin epix
   1 Garmin Forerunner 305
   1 Garmin Edge 510

2390 M
1080 F

24.99% Strava Premium


London Marathon 2017 Strava Data:


1235 Strava iPhone App
 921 Garmin Forerunner 235
 653 TomTom GPS Sport Watch
 618 Garmin Forerunner 220
 502 Garmin Forerunner 920XT
 500 Garmin fēnix 3
 405 Garmin Forerunner 230
 346 Garmin Forerunner 620
 321 Garmin Forerunner 735XT
 270 Garmin Forerunner 225
 256 Strava Android App
 218 Garmin Vívoactive
 199 Garmin Forerunner 630
 191 Garmin Vívoactive HR
 141 Garmin Forerunner 35
 118 Fitbit Surge
 115 Garmin Forerunner 25
 112 Garmin Forerunner 910XT
 111 Apple Watch
  84 Garmin Forerunner 610
  63 Garmin Forerunner 10
  62 Suunto Ambit3 Sport
  55 Suunto Ambit3 Peak
  54 Garmin Forerunner 310XT
  48 Garmin fēnix 5
  43 Suunto
  42 Garmin Forerunner 110
  39 Fitbit
  30 Garmin Forerunner 935
  30 Garmin Forerunner 15
  28 Garmin Forerunner 410
  25 Garmin Forerunner 210
  24 Garmin fēnix 2
  21 GPX
  17 Polar V800
  17 Garmin fēnix 5S
  16 Polar M400
  13 Suunto Ambit2
  13 Garmin fēnix 5X
  13 Garmin Forerunner 405
  12 Suunto Ambit2 S
   9 Garmin Forerunner 305
   8 Suunto Spartan Ultra
   4 Suunto Ambit
   4 Garmin Forerunner 205
   3 Suunto Spartan Sport
   3 Suunto Ambit2 R
   3 GPX File
   2 Sony SmartWatch 3
   1 Suunto Traverse
   1 S Health
   1 Polar M600
   1 Microsoft Band
   1 Garmin fēnix
   1 Garmin epix
   1 Garmin Edge 810
   1 Garmin Edge 510
   1 Garmin Edge 25
   1 Garmin Edge 200

5364 M
2330 F

20.05% Strava Premium



Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT - First Look




Just over 12 months down the track from the Wahoo ELEMNT hitting shelves comes the Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT.

Addressing the unique needs of the performance-driven rider, ELEMNT BOLT pairs the ELEMNT’s groundbreaking ease of use and powerful performance with a form factor designed to blend as seamlessly with your bike as it does with your training and racing.

In a nutshell, Wahoo have taken the consumer feedback from the original ELEMNT and packed it into smaller, lighter, and according to their press releases, a more aerodynamic package. 





I've been lucky enough to have some hands on with the ELEMNT BOLT just a few hours prior to the official announcement.... let's see how it stacks up: 

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Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Bicycle Wheel Balancing: Marginal Gains or a 'Must Do'?


Car wheels are balanced, motorcycles too. Have you ever thought about what an unbalanced road wheel does to your bike?


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