Biking with GPS

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by Frank Steele on Nov 10, 2006 at 6:58 AM

Ask MetaFilter | help me equip my bike with gps | Ask MetaFilter

There’s a good post over at MetaFilter asking about using GPS on bikes. The original poster was interested in a GPS solution to fight theft (LoJack on two wheels), which is still pretty impractical.

But the post does mention some interesting applications and products. There’s the Garmin Edge 305, a GPS with cycle computer and heart rate monitor in a unit small enough to strap to your stem (or its little brother, the no-heart rate Edge 205).

Of course, you can just use a handheld GPS, as well. Once you’ve got a route in the GPS, you can track your rides and share them through MotionBased (here’s a MB example ride).

Addressing the original question, I found this article at Popular Science about using mologogo and a prepaid cell phone. I’m just not sure how you could effectively hide the cell so it doesn’t invite the theft the original poster was trying to prevent.

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Paper of record on the Campy Record crowd

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by Frank Steele on Nov 10, 2006 at 5:18 AM

New York Times | You Paid How Much for That Bike?

The New York Times looks at the high-end bike market, especially in Manhattan.

The article focuses on boutique custom-bike shops, one (Signature Cycles) whose fitting studio is open by appointment only.

The current top end of the top end, according to the times, is about $23,000 for a carbon time-trial bike sold at Signature Cycles that comes with handmade German wheels at $5,500 a set. Judging from the Signature site, above, I’m guessing that’s a Seven Diamas, but who is making $5,500 wheelsets? Even the pro-level Corimas, Zipps, and Rolfs seem to run circa $900/wheel or less.

The lead is a woman who bought a $9,000 bike as she neared 39 so she could learn to ride. First question: Who doesn’t learn to ride a bike as a kid? Second question: Isn’t that a beautiful leap of faith?

The Hugger ethic even makes an appearance:

Dr. Levine bristled slightly when it was suggested that people like him may be a little, um, obsessed with what is, after all, just a bicycle. You do feel a connection with it, he said. But I don’t think anyone in our group takes it to a psychotic, unreasonable extent. He paused. But my wife might disagree with that.

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Cleaner Performance

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by Frank Steele on Nov 09, 2006 at 11:13 AM

Treehugger | Performance Bicycle Rides With the Wind

Bicycle catalog specialist Performance Bicycle of Chapel Hill is making an effort to use renewable power at all its locations. They’ve partnered with Renewable Choice to purchase clean fuel credits equivalent to more than 5,000,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity, which reportedly equates to more than 7,000,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emission reduction.

Performance Bicycle | Renewable Energy

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Best wishes to Sheldon Brown

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by Frank Steele on Nov 09, 2006 at 9:48 AM

Bicycle Design | Captain Bike

James at Bicycle Design points out that Sheldon Brown, one of the most helpful and knowledgeable bike experts on the internet, is suffering from neurological problems that have pushed him from two wheels to three.

Brown is keeping a health journal on his condition, and the current diagnosis is maybe Multiple Sclerosis. If you’ve considered riding or sponsoring a rider in an MS 150 ride this year, maybe this will provide a little extra motivation.

If you’ve never experienced Brown’s bike pages, here’s a good place to start. Here’s his Bicycle Glossary, here are repair tips, and here’s his fixie page.

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Travel with Bicycles

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by Byron on Nov 09, 2006 at 8:22 AM

When we were planning our trip to Spain, I found the Travel with Bicycles (Air/Rail/Other) site that provides a wealth of data on traveling with your bike.

Interestingly, when we were in the airport, we saw cyclists that just handed the airline their bikes with not packing at all.

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Photo of the Day

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by Byron on Nov 08, 2006 at 8:49 AM

These two are ready for the commute.

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Another Hugger

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by Jason Swihart on Nov 07, 2006 at 11:27 AM

We’re proud to announce the birth of our newest baby Snow Hugger. Manned by me, Snow Hugger is Bike Hugger’s colder, more mountainous cousin: a blog for ski and snowboard enthusiasts.

I’ll be enlisting some of my fellow aficionados to help me post from ski shows, demo equipment, and try out the slopes. We’re going to share our tips, hacks, and experiences, and if you’re a skiing, snowboarder, or other snow enthusiast, we want to hear yours.

Oh, and Byron has promised to own the snow tube beat.

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PezCycling in Girona

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by Byron on Nov 07, 2006 at 8:02 AM

A Pez-Fan was either ahead, behind us, or nearby in Girona! Check Thom Fox’s report on his rides in Girona, the food, and more. Tom stayed at BeauneImports and hooked up with BikeCat. A few miles away, we stayed at the Moli de Mig and rode with maps provided by Cicloturisme.

Read more about our trip and see the photos. We agreed with Tom, Girona is cycling nirvana.

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The Number Lance

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by Byron on Nov 05, 2006 at 8:58 AM

Pam was checking out the NYC marathon and noticed that Lance’s number is “Lance,” not like 1 or 00, just “Lance.” She also thought he sort of ran like a girl (on that, I’d win an award for running like a girl).

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