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The Velohottie has been taking pics of cycling related things for me to ogle over. Unfortunately, my imagination has me imagining everyone riding $7000 Bianchis and Colnagos. My imagination has been known to wander, but Austria and German are not the cycling utopias I imagined… well at least her photos are not showing me what I fantasize about.

Take a look:

usingnen, germany, austria, linz, eurail, eurorail, commuter bikes, city bikes, bike sharing

usingnen, germany, austria, linz, eurail, eurorail, commuter bikes, city bikes, bike sharing

usingnen, germany, austria, linz, eurail, eurorail, commuter bikes, city bikes, bike sharing

All of these bikes could have come from a big box department store, or crappy sporting goods center in America. Where are the flashy names, pretty bikes, or hell, even the sharing bikes I hear so much about? My expectations were high, but I still feel disappointed with the bikes, not the photos.

usingnen, germany, austria, linz, eurail, eurorail, commuter bikes, city bikes, bike sharing

Well, this bike is pretty cool. It too has fenders and a rack, but it just looks a little cooler. The crank is a dead giveaway that it is a crap bike, but I still think I would commute on it if I had to…. šŸ˜¦

On a drive to a friend’s today, I saw better bikes loaded into vehicles on Rt.33 (the highway) than I did in all of these photos so far. There was a Toyota with three MTB’s, one being a Top Fuel EX, and a Cannondale Scalpel. I can’t remember what the third was, but it was a Cannondale also.

She has also been taking random pics of other things that I thought would share.

Here is a MTB trail in Germany (Usingnen?) The guy with his back facing the camera has some kind of indistinguishable dual suspension MTB, with Schwalbe tires on Mavic rims, and a Rock Shox fork. The bike is pretty serious with hydraulic brakes, a remote seatpost, and computer/GPS mounted on the stem… Wish I knew what the frame was…

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usingnen, germany, austria, linz, eurail, eurorail, commuter bikes, city bikes, bike sharing

 

Here’s some other things that she took photos of, like bike lanes, trinkets, and signage~

usingnen, germany, austria, linz, eurail, eurorail, commuter bikes, city bikes, bike sharing, germany bike lanes, stencils

 

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This post is a rebuttal to Robot’s post on Red Kite Prayer, titled Measuring.

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I heard somewhere that the average age that kids are receiving their first cell-phones in 2009 was at age eight. Age eight is third grade; I didn’t get a cell phone until I was 19, in 2004… and I came from a family that had CompuServe in 1993.

I recently bought the Garmin 500 when it first came out. Most of us know what it manages to record but if you don’t, here’s a list:

  • Speed
  • Distance
  • Time
  • Location
  • Temperature
  • Calories burned
  • Altitude
  • Gradient
  • Climb and Descent
  • Cadence (With Cadence/Speed Sensor)
  • Heart Rate (with HRM)
  • Power Output (with Power Meter)

For such a little device, this is a ton of data for one person to process. The Garmin even has multiple screens, so you can make sure you are not staring at too much data at one time.

It is a nifty little gadget.

One can be devoured by the amount of info given by this device, and could even obsess over it. There was about two weeks where I was the gizmo dude tinkering and loving that I could tell you how long we were climbing, and if it was hotter at the summit than it was at the base. Yeah, it was great.

None of this comes as a surprise, because my generation has technology engrained into their DNA. I was still in diapers the first time I played Mario. I was learning HTML before I hit puberty. Our high school photography class was passed over the option to learn/teach digital photography because it was still too expensive, and not yet a commonplace practical skill to learn; it comes to find out we were the last year at our school to develop film in a dark-room.

This shows that data is seen as something that was emerging for my generation. There were options before these developments came out, but why not try the new way? Maybe it is okay to embrace our digital overlords of CPU wizardry. I think these statements are all true, contingent that you know how to perform such tasks without a scapegoat, easy technological way first. I can estimate my cadence, I can guess the grade while riding, and I can tell time by the sun to a pretty high accuracy.

I can’t tell you where exactly in the woods I am if we went out riding and got lost.

I can with my Garmin.

I can’t keep a perfect 90rpm cadence by thought/estimation alone.

I can with my Garmin.

I know how my body feels while going up a climb, but I couldn’t tell you my heart rate.

I can with my Garmin.

I know, I know, I’m starting to sound like a TV commercial… I’m just trying to get the point across that sometimes data does make a ride easier. If I know I have fifteen miles left to ride, and no water left, that’s okay. I know I can make it home. The comfort of knowing how many miles are left, or where I am exactly, or even how fast I would need to go to get to my destination at a certain time really does remove some of the thinking involved with riding; this way you can focus more on the ride, your friends, and the scenery around you.

I am not a professional, but these little pieces of data act as secondary entertainment, and security nets. It is also great to be able to view and share rides with others using Garmin Connect’s route mapping features. There have been TOO MANY times since I have purchased this thing that I went: “oh, I didn’t know we passed so close to THERE…” Which in turn, created a similar, but shorter/longer/steeper/calmer/safer ride by knowing what roads, elevations, stores, or options were available.

I’m sure Robot of Red Kite Prayer could agree with me on some of these statements, but I really think it is an issue of changing of the guards. A generational gap, so to say. It won’t be long before I am passed by in technological terms by another generation. It is just the way things go.

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In attempt to show people all of the lovely areas to ride in the of West Virginia, I plan on putting placemarks all over a custom Google Maps page.

Right now, with the help of MTBR, and Garmin; I have about 100 locations scheduled, with at least one or two trails/routes listed for each place. I think this is going to take a lot of time, but the end product will be fantastic.

Once I have the tab at the top of the page, it will allow everyone to comment and post locations for me to add!

Quick sample pictures:

West Virginia Trails and Routes

Trails and Routes

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Velominati’s post about non-paved road riding made want to get on the mountain bike. Yes, riding the 29’er is pretty shameful to do in perfect road riding weather, but I couldn’t help myself… I just had to go out for a few hours. Trying to decide exactly where to ride at was nearly as difficult as climbing some of the local mountains. Either the trails were too far, or I had spent so much time on them in the Fall and Winter that riding them would have been as lame as riding one of these:

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All issues aside, I needed to be on the 29er, and find a new trail to ride around on… but where? How do you, the readers, find new trail systems to ride on?

  • Ask friends or your LBS?
  • Exploration?
  • Check Internet/Garmin/Forums/The Google Maps?
  • Use Other Types of Trails?

I have heard stories of people finding trails using Topo Maps, following jeep trails and gas wells. With this technique, and a bit of freestyle exploration, I was able to find some pretty sweet gas well routes that resulted into ATV trails going into the woods. If there was ever a honey pot of local trails… this would be it!

velominati bike blog mountain bike trail finding garmin GPS

After a ride or two, I have been able to map out just a fraction of the entire trail network on just one side of the forest. I’m guessing there is around ten miles of rideable trails, but with the amount of the paths going up and down a 200+ foot climb would make it a hell of a ride if you tried to do it all at once. This trail system is going to take a while to fully explore, but I think I’m willing to take the time to document it for local MTB’ers.

It all goes to show you that spending some time, and taking an educated guess can really pay off. Having ten or more miles of trail less than a mile away from home is such an amazing gift. I’m very glad (and very lucky) that such elaborate trails were found.

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It has been an interesting week here at wvcycling.net

In review, we have posted about:

Monday – Snow Chains / Tire Chains For Your Bicycle!

Tuesday – How to Go Bike Camping!

Wednesday – Driving To a Ride Location: What Do You Bring?

Thursday – Fallingā€¦ for a fellow rider

Friday – Contest: Freebies for Grabs

Saturday – Saturday Post: Got a Got a Got a Got a Garmin

with 596 views on Monday (highest) and well, a lot less on Saturday’s post. I’m just hoping everyone was out doing something or on the trainer that day…

Random, but really… Can you believe it is 2010 already? Just a little bit ago, I was in the woods with friends:

Stonecoal Wildlife Reserve Ride #1

Stonecoal Wildlife Reserve Ride #2

Location? Here:View Larger Map

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