JoynMe

I stumbled across what I think could be a useful tool for putting together group rides for LORO and maybe even eventually MORE> Check out Joynme. It’s a social media tool build to help organize events and it seems lots of folks have been using it to organize group riders.

I think this has a lot of potential to throw together impromptu rides. I setup a LORO group and added a widget to our page.

http://www.logoffrideon.com/blog/loro-joyneme-page/

Let me know what you think.

Kickstarter – Monkey Light Pro

I’ve a pretty big fan of kickstarter these days, I’ve backed a bunch of non bike related projects so far but I may have to back one of the many very cool bike related projects that keep popping up. This campaign Monkey Light Pro is a very cool use of technology. It’s a bit pricey but damn is it cool, I’m sorely tempted to back them. This could be a very fun toy. I bet my buddy Pete could have some real fun with this one. The idea of turning a wheel into a rolling billboard or otherwise funny animation is pretty cool Check out the video that shows this thing in action.

Cross post Garmin Connect rides to Strava automatically

I’ve been using Garmin cycling computers since the 705 came out a while back. I love the idea of tracking as much detail as possible about every ride and additing location data to HR just made alot of sense to me.

The one feature I had always wanted was wireless uploads or Bluetooth connectivity. When the Garmin Edge 810 came out this year offering both I sold my 800 and upgraded in short order.

The live tracking and weather alerts are awesome features by themselves but not having to connect a USB cable to upload rides is the killer feature for me. It’s just one less thing I need to remember to do, and I don’t fall a week or two behind on my uploads this way. The only problem I ran into is the Garmin only sends your rides to Garmin Connect. Now the Garmin Connect service is pretty good and has actually gotten better over the past year or so, but there are better sites out there. I had started using Strava last year and hadn’t been even using Garmin Connect. I like the social nature of Strava and I like to use it to see how I improve over the course of a season. I could care less about someone’s KOM segment but seeing I just had a personal best is pretty compelling in my opinion.

With no way to upload wirelessly to Strava I had abandoned the features and social sharing of strava in favor of convenience. I certainly don’t expect Garmin to enable integration with other sites so I had just settled for using connect again. I essentially gave up on Strava.

Last week on the MORE forums someone mentioned a website that could auto post your rides from Garmin Connect to Strava. The site is simply called Garmin Connect Sync and I am happy to report it does exactly what it says, and easily at that.

As far as I can tell the site uses API’s from Strava and Garmin to send data from Connect to Strava. I did need to provide my login info to Strava but they claim that won’t always be the case. I was personally ok with it, as I don’t have any personal data other than rides on Strava. It’s still something users should consider before jumping in.

Yesterday I did a spin around Schaeffer Farms after work, Here is the Garmin version. A short time later the site did it’s magic and sent it over to strava Strava Version and I was getting comments and kudos from my buddy Pete. I didn’t even realize it had done it’s job until I got emails from Strava about receiving kudos for the ride. The best part was there was NO action required on my part to get the ride uploaded. When I stopped the Garmin Live Activity it simply uploaded the ride to Connect and from there Garmin Connect Sync did its job and sent the ride to Strava. I love this sort of integration, where technology actually saves us time. True, it may only be a few minutes saved but when you do that hundred times or more over the course of a year and the end result is a real time savings. Let’s say 5 minutes per upload at 150 times per season. That’s 12.5 hours saved in a year, think about that for a minute. What could you do with an extra 12 hours of free time? This is the sort of automation and fiddling that Merlin Mann would approve of.

If you have an Edge 810 and you use strava check out the site. If you’re the running type apparently the site also works with RunKeeper. You can also follow @garminsync.

My Somewhere Over The Rainbow

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Warm weather is finally here, although yesterday felt like we skipped right over spring and moved into summer. Yesterday after work I got out to Schaeffer for the second time this season. Schaeffer will always be one of my favorite trails, it was the place I essentially learned to mountain bike and was my home trail for a few years when I lived in Germantown.

Trails and the ride were both perfect yesterday. I need to relax a bit so I fired up Pandora pulled up my “mellow” station and went for a spin on what I always think of the Jason and Bob loop. Head out yellow to the field/blue, cut across the field to the four way, do the loop there clockwise, back to the four way straight through take all right turns until you get to the white trail classic half pipes and back to the car. With all the new stuff out there I don’t do this version as much as I used to but it’s still a fall back favorite after work loop. About an hour long loop with a little bit of everything I love out there.

I know some of my riding friends don’t like to ride with music, they think it takes away from their ride somehow. I personally find the opposite to be true and if I have the right soundtrack on I’m actually more connected to the bike and trail.

Now if I were blasting Linkin Park and screaming around the trail like a jackass that would be different, but that’s not how I ride with music. Yesterday I was listening to mostly classical stuff which helped encourage the mellow mood I was chasing. Hitting the classic half pipe section while an instrumental version of Over The Rainbow played was the highlight of the ride. Had me smiling ear to ear and put me in the perfect mood. (This will always be my favorite version of that song though. I’m still in a good mood from that ride a day later.

The 1st NoVa Epic June 2, 2013

NoVa Epic

I don’t think word has really gotten out about it just yet but Northern Virginia is having their very own Epic this year. I think it’s great to see these types of rides being put together across the MORE riding area.

The ride is June 2nd so it’s just around the corner. I think I’m going to try and do the 40 miler this year. I’m still on the fence about the MoCo version this year but I am looking forward to being part of the first year of this ride. I missed out on the first MoCo event and regret that, I think it will be fun to get in on something like this as it starts up what is sure to become a great annual event. Here’s the link to the BikeReg page for it:

Nova Epic Registration

Great Share The Road Message from AAA

I’ve seen some great and truly inspiring bike advocacy videos over the years like This One, or this One. This week I came across one that really struck a personal chord. While short it is incredibly affective in doing something I think many similar attempts fail to do. What makes this video special is it really drives home the point that we’re not cyclists we’re people.

I absolutely love the fact that the driver pulls into his driveway with bikes waiting, grabs his little girl and goes for a bike ride of his own. Admittedly now that I have kids of my own playing on the whole father daughter/son thing like this really grabs me. Having been hit once myself also tends to make me sensitive to the issue. I’m just thankful that incident occurred well before I had the kids.

I think this video gets the point across without being indignant or preachy; which in my opinion too many of our share the road messages can come across as. Sure we have a legal right to be out there but having the right alone and just throwing that right in drivers faces doesn’t keep us safe. Reminding them that we are also drivers, we are also people and we are not so different from them… Now that’s a positive way to make the point and a way to win hearts and minds; which in the end will make us all safer. Great stuff, whomever designed this spot deserves an award. This is enough to make me go renew my lapsed AAA membership.

In the end we’re all just people no matter how we choose to get around, four wheels or two. Let’s all slow down, enjoy life, give one another some space and be safe. Share The Road.