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bloaker

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Found it!
Not a trail beer. It was a beer on a roadish ride. I was on the side of the road at the top of Shonan-Village.

Annually - I don't drink Alcohol from New Years Eve to my Birthday (yesterday).
It is a mental/physical reset that I have been doing the past 5 years.

So...

Went out for my b-day dinner. Had to go somewhere I knew had high chairs and something my kids would eat. So.... KUA`AINA burger is was. Didn't want my first beer in Japan to be a Kona, and since I don't drink soda, I ended up drinking orange juice like my kids. :D
I ordered a cheddar Avacado burger set. It comes with fries and onion rings.

End result - Ate the burger, 2 onion rings and a few fries and felt full.
Headed home and we had cake... more full and more Sugar than I have had all year combined most likely.
Put the kids to bed and then hopped on the bike for a 35+km ride just to feel better.
I took the Fargo on 27.5x3" wheels, so I could hit curbs, potholes, steps, and whatever else I fancy.
I also dropped a Lagunitas Sumpin' Easy Ale in my frame bag. Around 27k or so, I decided to head to the top of a hill and have my first beer and enjoy the fantastic weather.

Nice end to the birthday celebration.
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luka

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so the beer mystery is solved. phew

just did 3 sets of 2 minutes straight pump for your quads @andywood shared in the training video before. I think you're supposed to only do it once, but I rested 60 sec in between and did it three times. afterwards was like:

 

andywood

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so the beer mystery is solved. phew

just did 3 sets of 2 minutes straight pump for your quads @andywood shared in the training video before. I think you're supposed to only do it once, but I rested 60 sec in between and did it three times. afterwards was like:

I've been doing the three videos daily as a routine. Session 11 today. Takes less than 20 minutes and can be done after a ride or on its own.

Early days but I'm noticing a difference already both in terms of my ability to execute each exercise and the tone of my body, particularly the upper and core.

Andy
 
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Karl

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My Garmin Edge 1000J, "Michiko", and I have been together for a while.
Rubber cement from tyre patch kit. Worth a try... maybe...

She's long out of warranty. Garmin Japan have a fixed fee of ¥27,000 for repair/replacement. I can get a replacement rear case from eBay for around ¥6,000, but it will be white (EU version) rather than the original red. Or upgrade... but there are no features in the newer models that I want or need.
My Wahoo Bolt lost the button gaskets on both sides. I used electrical tape to hold them in place. Not very elegant but it worked, I guess. I don't think I rode it in the rain much though, so not sure how waterproof it was, and that unit died within two years of purchase... but better than nothing.
 
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Half-Fast Mike

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All is not lost
I'm currently performing surgery using a variant on @kiwisimon's wheeze - using the grey low-temp stuff as my colleague (and former TCC denizen @FarEast happened to have some and I only need a tiny amount). Cures in a hour at room temp., they say. I hate waiting...
 

joewein

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Distance measurement is just a metric in a vacuum that has little meaning....
Sure, going farther is better than shorter - if on the same route (in most cases) - however not knowing the terrain, bike, etc... it is just a metric.
Right, but I was complaining not just about Strava messing up my distance when I pass through a route with lots of tunnels, I was also complaining about it messing up my elevation (i.e. terrain).

If it's worth recording, it should be worth not messing up the numbers.

Satellite reckoning works much better for latitude / longitude than for elevation. Any device without a barometer (or whose barometer Strava chooses to ignore) will come out with inflated numbers. I no longer enter any Strava climbing challenges because they basically reward the riders with the noisiest GPS recording. With elevation gain there is no level playing field ;)
 
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stu_kawagoe

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replaced by Strava's own calculations that are routinely inflated by 20% or more
I didn’t know they did that. I’m quite into elevation on my rides so I’ll have to keep my eye out from now on.

When I bought my bike computer I had to pay Strava to get the live segments timer to show up when I was on rides. I like it for climbing as it makes things a bit more fun racing against myself. I’ve never really got into competing against others. A limiting factor for me with the live segments is my computer is pretty basic so I can’t unlock some of the more sophisticated features🙁
 
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bloaker

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Right, but I was complaining not just about Strava messing up my distance when I pass through a route with lots of tunnels, I was also complaining about it messing up my elevation (i.e. terrain).

If it's worth recording, it should be worth not messing up the numbers.

Satellite reckoning works much better for latitude / longitude than for elevation. Any device without a barometer (or whose barometer Strava chooses to ignore) will come out with inflated numbers. I no longer enter any Strava climbing challenges because they basically reward the riders with the noisiest GPS recording. With elevation gain there is no level playing field ;)
No issue with that complaint. I have been irritated on my local to my house rides seeing occasional HC segments (auto generated) that are actually tunnels.

I was more pointing to the fact I have accumulated more miles this year (to date) than I did in 3 of the last 5 calendar years.
This is my road/virtual rides racking up miles where I still have more seat time in several of those years than I do this year.
MTBs are slow going when pedaling uphill on rocky terrain.
 
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TheAussieinJapan

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I’m happy to buy the Strava team a coffee each month so to speak as it’s probably one of my most used applications.

For me it’s a positive influence to see how my fitness and any weight loss have improved my riding and being able to compare to other riders in the same weight category as well as overall.

Route wise I know there lots of other apps/services but the heat maps of Strava help me to find out more where others have ridden.
 
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baribari

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Right, but I was complaining not just about Strava messing up my distance when I pass through a route with lots of tunnels, I was also complaining about it messing up my elevation (i.e. terrain).

If it's worth recording, it should be worth not messing up the numbers.

Satellite reckoning works much better for latitude / longitude than for elevation. Any device without a barometer (or whose barometer Strava chooses to ignore) will come out with inflated numbers. I no longer enter any Strava climbing challenges because they basically reward the riders with the noisiest GPS recording. With elevation gain there is no level playing field ;)
The only truly accurate way to measure elevation gain is based on map elevation, AFAIK.
 
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kiwisimon

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I’m happy to buy the Strava team a coffee each month so to speak as it’s probably one of my most used applications.
I just deleted my account. I use Garmin connect and training center. I stopped comparing my self to others a few decades ago. I now just compae myself to myself. Instead of segments I just use my regular rides and look for longer trends with heart rate and times over my standard courses.
 

luka

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for me, strava is just a tool to manage the wear on my parts. you can easily see when you replaced what on each bike, and have a better idea about replacing it, or inspecting it etc. it's also useful to have weekly and monthly total distance ridden, just as a general idea about volume. and that's about it, for all I care. so I'll keep on using it, the free version, until and unless they start charging for that too, or take away those basic options as well
 

OreoCookie

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I liked that feature, too, although it has become a bit useless, because I have a dumb trainer and while I am spending 6-8 hours on my indoor trainer each week, I log exactly 0 km. I don't really care about my kilometers, but it'd be nice to include this wear on my cassette and chain in some way. (Although that would complicate tracking the usage of my tires, I presume.)
 
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bloaker

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I liked that feature, too, although it has become a bit useless, because I have a dumb trainer and while I am spending 6-8 hours on my indoor trainer each week, I log exactly 0 km. I don't really care about my kilometers, but it'd be nice to include this wear on my cassette and chain in some way. (Although that would complicate tracking the usage of my tires, I presume.)
Cant you put a speed sensor on the wheel and add a Ant+ dongle to your computer or just use your head unit?
 

pedalist

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I'm using Strava mainly for the socialising aspect, connecting with people (who I actually know in the non digital world) and getting inspired by their rides.
I'm using a Polar M450 (?) and it gives all kinds of numbers on Polar Flow (Polar App) I never look at. But if I ever want to get into structured training, I'd be all set, I guess. Anyway the maps on Strava are a little nicer I think (haven't tried Komoot yet).
Bottom line: I'm not signing up for the time being and move the socialising aspect back to pen and paper (since face to face contacts are supposed to be kept to a minimum at the moment). Anyway, I understand that Strava is a company and therefore have to make ends meet and I hope they will since I know many people who are enjoying and have been paying for their service already.
 

OreoCookie

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Cant you put a speed sensor on the wheel and add a Ant+ dongle to your computer or just use your head unit?
I have my speed sensor on my front wheel, so I could actually do that. Thanks! It's be nice, though, if there were an indoor mode where you don't wear your tires and brake pads on Strava (because I don't), but put wear on the chain, chain rings and cassette.
 

joewein

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The only truly accurate way to measure elevation gain is based on map elevation, AFAIK.
Yes, but there are instances where map elevation is less precise than barometric elevation when you have a log of your ride (latitude / longitude coordinates from satellite signals, say every second or every 5 seconds) and you check that against a digital terrain map.

It starts with limited precision. That digital map isn't going to give you the elevation of every single square meter on this planet and the GPS log will not locate you down to the exact square meter every time.

So let's say you're riding up a rindo that zig-zags it's way up a mountain. If you're off by a couple of meters each way, your map elevation could could easily lose or gain a couple of meters. Or if the map elevation is only the average elevation of a 10 m by 10 m square that you ride through, it's going to be equally imprecise even if your GPS location is spot on.

Another problem are bridges and tunnels. The satellite radar map-based terrain elevation may be correct, but you're going over that gorge or under that mountain.

Barometric elevation deals much better with all of the above situations whereas map elevation will give you more precise results on flat terrain as it's not affected by weather and temperature changes.

Anyway, my o_synce barometric results agree pretty well with fellow riders' Garmin results. The problem is that Strava uses the Garmin's barometer total but it discards the barometric total of my device.
 

luka

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@joewein how about after every long ride (where elevation total matters) you upload a manual entry of no distance, just minus whatever the elevation difference you get between strava and your device? that could keep your weekly or monthly totals more sensible and manageable?