The Paceline Podcast #50

The Paceline Podcast #50

One of the first interviews on The Paceline was with Velofix. The mobile bike shop company was just getting started. In matter of months, Velofix and the concept of roaming bike repair facilities has taken off. We have the latest on the expansion.

It’s great when kids step away from the gaming and texting and internetting, but an exercise bike for kids? A major toy maker has come up with a way for the little ones to spin without leaving the safety and security of home.

Fatty is trying to decide whether he needs to cut back on food or data or both. We have an update on Fatty’s weight loss challenge and we hear rumblings of what could be called a “data diet” in his future.

Judge Padraig is getting his score sheet prepared for another edition of the North American Handmade Bicycle Show. We check in with the show’s chief, Don Walker.

The Paceline is supported by: Health IQ. The people at Health IQ believe in cyclists and believe that healthy people should be rewarded with lower life insurance rates. Check them out here.



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  1. Jeff Dieffenbach

    I always ride with my Garmin (Edge 810) visible–road, CX, MTB, fat. Here’s how I use it:

    ROAD/ADVENTURE: For longer rides where I don’t know the route, I’m in map mode with turn-by-turn enabled. On the podcast, you didn’t touch on the value of mapping. For me, as much as I like the data on and after the ride, it’s the mapping that offers me the most value.

    Even on longer rides, I’ll switch to a data page occasionally, mostly to get the time (I’d love it if Garmin allowed the time to be displayed on the map). I generally don’t want to know remaining distance, but may occasionally check that too.

    For bigger/longer climbs, I have a climbing page that shows elevation, grade, cadence, and heart rate. I can maintain up to 150bpm for reasonably long periods–that’s the key metric I’m looking at. I want to spin as fast as I can, but that’s generally limited by grade, so cadence is a curiosity. Like Fatty, I like watching the altimeter increase, especially on steep grades.

    CX: Two numbers here: ride time and heart rate (I don’t have a power meter). I’m looking at how hard I’m going and how hard can I afford to go. I care about cadence, but don’t monitor it–that’s purely by feel.

    MTB AND FAT: Here I’m almost entirely about the map. I don’t have cadence on either of these bikes (nor power). I don’t wear my heart rate monitor when I’m riding MTB and fat, so that’s not an issue either. I don’t care about speed, and time generally isn’t an issue. Even if I know the route well, I like to see it on the map.

  2. mrt2

    RE: offseason weight, I can relate. I have weighed well over 250 (sometimes over 275) for almost 8 years now. I would love to lose 20 or 25 lbs during the summer riding season and continue to lose weight through the fall and winter, and I would love to get my “fighting” weight near 200 lbs again. And I ride regularly (3 to 4 times/week) from April to November..

    I wonder if in some ways, the cyclical nature of cycling in the Midwest contributes to the problem. In my adult life, the time when I actually had my weight under control (210 to 215 lbs for about 3 years without experiencing winter weight gain) was a stretch from 2004 to 2007 or 2008 when I was not riding much at all, but rather, doing a regular gym regimen 5 days/week, rain or shine, winter or summer. The problem is, such a regimen isn’t much fun, and eventually motivation lags due to boredom.

    Cycling is a lot more fun, but I wonder if getting used to a certain level of calories and carbs especially when riding, say, 8 hours/week results in a certain rebound as the hours on the bike drops down to 0, as no matter how one tries, most of us can’t stand chaining ourselves to a spinning bike or elliptical trainer 6 to 8 hours/week.

    Now, it is in some ways all about food, but again, our best efforts to maintain a certain regimen are undone by winter boredom.

    For those of use who struggle with winter weight gain, it is a bit like Camus’ Myth of Sisyphus. I apologize if I sound like I am making excuses. No matter how bad the winter weight gain is, I do get back on the bike and work to ride myself into shape, because it beats the alternative.

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