POA Cycling Club on Strava

Discussion in 'Hangar Talk' started by MickYoumans, May 22, 2018.

  1. FastEddieB

    FastEddieB Final Approach

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    I had to take nearly a year off due to wrist/elbow surgery almost exactly a year ago. Just getting back into bicycling and motorcycling*. Up to a 14-mile loop in the rolling hills of E TN west of Knoxville. Fortuitously, I live right on a marked bicycling route, around mile 16:

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    My ride is a 2013 Cannondale Synapse.

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    As I get stronger, I’ll invite anyone in E TN to join me for rides, and I’ll look into Stavra.


    *Saturday I rode my Buell over 400 miles. 300 miles on the Blue Ridge Parkway with the balance slabbed from Asheville to Lenoir City, TN. Great to be back in the saddle!

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  2. Sac Arrow

    Sac Arrow Touchdown! Greaser!

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    I'm Jonesing for a new bike. Maybe a current Specialized Tarmac, something with a decent groupset, disc brakes, through-axles, and carbon rims. I don't really want to go with electric shifters, but that is probably going to be the only option in the class of bike I'm looking. We'll see. My current ride is a 2012 model Tarmac mid-compact, which was at the time the entry level Tarmac with a SRAM Axis groupset. I got a set of Mavic Krysrium Elite rims off Ebay, and those turned it in to a pretty decent roadie.

    In other words, I got passed by a fat guy the other day.
     
  3. FastEddieB

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    Downloaded Strava and joined the POA group.

    Used it for yesterday’s ride:

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    Two relatively steep grades kicked my ass enough I had to walk for just a bit. Heart rate maxed out at about 170 bpm when I dismounted. But this too shall pass - I’m just getting started. In living in FL, rides of 30 to 60 miles were not unusual, but hills change everything!

    I had been using “MapMyRide” by UnderArmour. Strava is similar, but has a few nice features. $60/year seems a bit steep, but I’ll let it run for a year and see if it’s worth it.

    Speaking of which, can anyone point me to an online user’s guide? Specifically, is there a way to get it to display heart rate from my Apple Watch? I think I gave it all the necessary permissions but don’t see it yet.
     
  4. Hang 4

    Hang 4 Pre-takeoff checklist

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    Ed,

    You can use the free version of Strava and get most of the functionality. You can also by ala carte bits at $2/month. On the heart rate point, I wouldn't put much value in the apple watch heart rate, it's not very accurate, particularly when you get higher heart rates. You can pair it with a bluetooth heart rate monitor. I have one from Wahoo Fitness that works very well. They also have a phone app that pairs with and you can upload your workout into Strava. That will have heart rate, speed, climbs and if you have the sensors on your bike, cadence and power.

    The "segments" on Strava are fun to push yourself a bit, especially if you are by yourself. There's a short, increasing grade climb near my house where the fastest time is about 30 seconds. I have a blast trying to beat that time, I'm only a couple seconds off.
     
  5. MickYoumans

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    Ed,
    I have Strava on my Apple watch and record my rides with it. I just look at Strava on my watch to monitor my heart rate. It may not be as accurate as a dedicated bluetooth heart monitor, but it is sufficient for my needs. At the end of my ride, when I save the Strava data, it also uploads the heart rate data too.

    I also use MapMyRide on my iPhone because I like their 'dashboard' while riding so much better than the limited info on the Strava iPhone record screen. You can configure the MapMyRide dashboard just about any way you please. My cadence sensor pairs to MapMyRide and is displayed on the dashboard.

    I just use the freebie versions of both apps.
     
  6. MickYoumans

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    I've been staying pretty busy on a project in Ontario and also dealing with some health issues with my wife. I haven't done much posting here but I have managed to stay active with my cycling. The POA Cycling Club has grown a good bit this past year. A year ago we had 16 members and now we are up to 28. We really have an active bunch of cyclists. I try to post pictures with my rides and encourage everyone else to do the same.
     
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    Thanks to Mick for all the cudo's!!
     
  8. Bill Jennings

    Bill Jennings Touchdown! Greaser! PoA Supporter

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    Still a fair weather commuter, so always at or near the bottom of the leader board. Still fun to watch, though.
     
  9. Hang 4

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    Mick,

    Thanks for setting this up. It's a great push to get out there.

    Thanks for the kudos as well.

    Kinsley
     
  10. Lachlan

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    Not on Strava; one of my brothers is big on it. I have a couple rides right from home with 2375’ vertical in 25 miles, and just a hair under 2500’ vertical in 30 miles. I ride them regularly, several times/week. I love road riding. Mountain biking is more fun, though.
     
  11. FastEddieB

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    Shout out to Mick for suggesting this.

    I seem to be riding about twice a week. At my age, 3 days recovery seems like a good idea.*

    The hills here are not as grueling as N GA, but still get my attention.

    Yesterday I started nibbling at the 28.9 mile route I posted above. I just went about 6 miles out on very hilly roads to Melton Hill Dam, then back on US321:

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    It’s cool how Strava identifies “segments” that seem logical:

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    I assume the segments were created by other Strava users. I can check my performance against others, but right now that’s pretty humbling.

    Again, I’m just getting started, but still welcome any POA members to join me for E TN rides, if you’re so inclined.