Wednesday, August 31, 2011
I bought my Cateye Strada Cadence last year when I bought my bike. Generally I like it. It keeps track of my mileage and average speed. For training purposes it also shows your cadence and has a nice little arrow to show whether you are above or below your current average speed. It has a simple interface that is fairly easy to setup and operate. This is a wired model, so you will have to run a wire from the stem of your bike down to chain stay, with the included sensors. All in all fairly easy to get up and going. The other nice thing is the price, you can easily get these units for around $30.
So as I was riding, about a month ago, I look down and the Cateye is missing!!! ARGH! This was about 20 miles in to a 30 mile ride. I road back a little ways, knowing that I had checked it within the last mile or so, and never did find it. I had noticed that it had seemed to not be clicking into the holder unit as tightly as it had in the past. Here is where I get to praise Cateye. I wrote them an email stating what happened. Within a day I get an email response from a customer rep named Jeff. The email states that they are sorry for my situation and they are sending me a new unit for free!!! No questions asked, just great customer service!!! Within two days I received my new Cateye. I tried to put it in the old holder and noticed it was still loose, so I will hook up the new holder and wire. All that can be said is, wow! Cateye customer service rocks. This is most certainly a great buy if you are looking for a simple to use device with great customer service.
My next bicycling computer will most certainly be GPS based. I have to admit I have been spoiled by using my friend's Garmin 500 while figuring out what to do about my Cateye. If Cateye would come out with a GPS model I would be most curious in trying one out. Do you hear me Cateye!?! Now that I see what kind of Customer service Cateye has, I would also be interested in using some of their other non-computer products.
Thank you Jeff at Cateye. Job well done Sir!!!
CC-RD200 | CATEYE:
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Saturday, July 16, 2011
Friday, July 15, 2011
Friday, July 8, 2011
Brent and I have exactly one week until we go on our grand tour of Trempealeau, Wisconsin. We have been adding the miles and making final preparations for our trip. Last week was one of my best cycling weeks ever. In 7 days I covered 140 miles! In the next 7 days I hope to cover a few more miles and let my body get just a little recovery in before we log some big miles in the rolling hills of West Wisconsin. I have to admit I am a little nervous about the hills, but I know I will be able to eventually get over them. Now all we have to do is to pack, and pray that the weather is great, or at least decent! I'm not sure we have a proper name for this tour yet, Brent suggested Tour De Wiss, but I'm not so sure on that. Any suggestions? We will be riding six different loops over three days while we are there. For the fun of it we are calling them stages. Anyway, I am really looking forward to this trip. I will have my bike in the shop early this week just to make sure everything is in working order before we go on the trip.
Here is the group ride I did with the Elkhart Bike Shop this Wednesday:
- Have Bike, Will Travel - Trempealeau County Wisconsin (pursuitoffit.com)
Monday, June 20, 2011
Hello friendly readers, it has been a while. As you may have noticed I have been slightly absent from the Pursuit of Fit for a while. Life ganged up on me a bit and I was in a spot I needed to focus on me and my family. I needed to vent and I needed a release and to my surprise that seemed to happen the most in the saddle of my trusty bike. I have logged miles, there is no doubt. Memorial day weekend through that week was my largest mileage week ever at 132.83 miles moved. That included the 2011 version of the Indy Mini Marathon where I turned in a respectable 2:19:12 with no real training and honestly, no real interest. Running really lost its flair after the marathon last April. Luckily riding has become a first love to take running's place.
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
As I have been recovering from my hand surgery Brent has been logging some serious miles. He has been training with our fellow cyclist and bike racer Andrew. After watching a couple of crit races this year he has been bit by the racing bug and will try his first crit race tomorrow. We have a couple of friends racing tomorrow, so I will be there cheering Brent and them on. Also I will have my camera taking pictures and will live blog some of the action. Good luck Brent, Andrew, and Kris. (Brent will be in the cat 4/5 race).
EcoFest Criterium | Register Online at TrueSport.com
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
One of my Christmas items that I received this year was a new saddle for my road bike. Now that I have spent five months time with this saddle I feel like I can give it a proper review. The ProLogo Choice saddle has a very interesting look. It has consistently been one of the most asked about items on my bike. But, as we all know, bike saddles are more about comfort than looks. ProLogo makes road saddles in three profiles; round, semi round, and flat. The Choice saddle fits in the semi round profile group. It also has four different versions; TS, TI 1.4, Gel TI 1.4, and Choice Max. The version I received is the TS.
Choice TS has a microfiber cover and is 270 x 123 mm weighing in at 214 grams. This is the lightest of the Choice line up. This is probably due to the minimal padding compared to the other models. The holes in the saddle are designed to provide ventilation on hot days to your, ummm sensitive areas. Honestly I have not noticed the "ventilated" difference, but maybe on a smaller person then myself it may have an effect. These Prologo saddles also contain the Prologo Clips system, which allows for all kinds of Prologo accessories to be attached to the saddle. Overall I have been very pleased with this saddle. I will always be up for trying to find that "perfect" saddle (any manufactures that would like us to review their product, please do not hesitate to let us do so!!!). So if you are looking for a semi round saddle with good looks, very affordable price, and decent comfort, then I would highly recommend getting one today. [If you do decide to purchase one, please click on our Amazon link and help us out. Thanks!!!]
Monday, May 16, 2011
You might remember that in November last year I broke my hand in a mountain biking incident (read about it here). When the bone healed, it did so slightly misaligned. It was more of an annoyance than painful, but I decided to procede with getting it fixed correctly. Things like playing ball with my son and being able to shake hands was difficult. So after CT scans and talking things over with my doctor, we decided that surgery was the best option for getting my hand back to normal. On Friday I had that surgery. They just blocked my arm, so I was awake for the surgery ( I was blocked from viewing the surgery by a tent like sheet). It is really wierd though to see your hand and arm, and no matter how hard you try you can not move it!!! They placed two screws in my bone to hold it in the correct position. So I will have a few weeks of not being able to ride my bike. My doctor did approve me using my trainer though. It is 60 days until Brent and I go on our Wisconsin bike trip. So I will continue to log miles on the trainer, and I will ramp up my running in preperation for this years Sunburst 5K. Just because you are limited is no excuse to not keep going!!! I am hoping to be really focused during this time of hand recovery. Plus Brent has told me "no excuses for not keeping up in Wisconsin!" So he has thrown down the gauntlet, and I will not fail!!!
Monday, April 11, 2011
At 2:10 I arrived at beautiful Winona Lake to get signed in and receive my swag. White running gloves. Very nice. I have always been given shirts and other odd things so a pair of legit running gloves was a nice change of pace. As I met my teammates, mostly for the first time, I could tell this was an enjoyable group and we were going to have a good time at this run. The plan was to shoot for 90 minute, 10 mile loops. I knew from the beginning I was going to struggle with that 90 minute formula for a couple reasons. First off, the furthest I had run in quite some time was 5.5 miles and secondly, when I launched, at best would be around 9 p.m., so I would be dealing with the dark.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
Here at Pursuit of Fit we have not blogged about professional cycling. It's not that we have not wanted to, but it has not really fit into our mission of covering our goals of becoming healthy and fit individuals. That being said there is nothing like a good bike race to get you motivated to put more miles on your bike!!!! Last year I began watching a couple of cycling road races, and after watching the Tour Of Flanders I was hooked. It is because of this race that I now watch and follow professional cycling. The Tour of Flanders combines short steep hills with stretches of cobblestone paths. The race is considered one of the great spring classics, and for good reason. It covers 262.3 km, has 15 named hills and is just brutal. I have always been in awe of people that take on epic challenges. These professionals take a little over 6 hours to complete this race. First of all '6 HOURS ON A BIKE'!!!!! Then combine the hills and being beaten up by the cobblestones, it is cold, think if it rained (which it has on occasion). Finally really look at that 6 hour ride time, that works out to an average speed of 40.799 km/h, AMAZING!!!! Some of those hills have a max gradient of 20%, holy gravity!!!! I would be rolling backwards. 40.799km/h works out to 25.339 mph. So the next time your on a flat, nice smooth road, and averaging 18mph, just imagine 15 hills, bumpy pave, and an extra 8mph worth of effort, ouch!! So the great thing is that I just found out that Versus is covering the race again this year (I'm sure probably just the highlights), but at least I will get to see some of it. So do yourself a favor, if you have never watch professional cycling before, turn on Versus this Sunday April 3 at 4pm est, and watch De Ronde Van Vlaanderen! ...... Click on the link below for last years highlights:
Cancellara wins Tour of Flanders - Versus
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
So I was talking with my good friend and co-worker Trevor, and he says to me, "Hey, wanna try a 50 miler!?!" My swift response, "NO!!!!" yet the more he talks about it, the more interesting it becomes. It is a trail race at Winona Lake on the mountain bike trails. The biggest kicker is that you can enter into relays so Trevor and I have entered in with 3 others so all we have to run is 10 miles apiece. Mind you, I have only run one time since my 5k on the snowy golf course, but still, It's not like is could snow in April in Indiana..... I think. So we get our 5 guys that all say YES to this hair brained idea. Then Trevor says to me, "You run at night a lot, how well does your headlight work?" I respond curiously, assuming that he is planning on starting to run after hours and he says "Oh no. the race doesn't start until 2:30 p.m., so by the time the fifth guy starts, it could be 10 o'clock at night and the runner are responsible for their lighting." AWESOME!!!!! For some reason, NOW I am more than interested. I requested the last leg of the race, with no argument from the team.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
This is just a real quick post to mention that the weather has finally warmed up enough in northern Indiana to ride outside!!! Last night four of us from the bike shop went out for the Wednesday night group ride. It was a blast!!! I/we are so ready for spring to be here, and to be outside. Here is the data from Brent's garmin, from last nights ride:
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Brent and I have been planning for some time now to take an extended weekend biking trip. Last year we talked about taking such a trip, but just ran out of time. Then Bicycling Magazine ran this article on Trempealeau County Wisconsin. As we read and re-read the article, it became more clear to us that this might be a great area for us to try our first cycling trip. We acquired brochures in the mail, which is mandatory for any traveling excursions, plus as much as I love technology, there is nothing like a good travel brochure!!!
Here is what the Tempealeau County Bike Club has to say about the cycling in their county, "Mississippi River ValleyIt's pretty, sure enough. For the past hour, we pedaled through a patriotic anthem's worth of scenic cliches— spacious blue skies, amber waves of grain, even a fruited plain or two—and from this vista there is lots more of the same, bathed in late-afternoon sunlight."
I for one am very excited and ready to try it out. Who knows it might just be a really good marketing job. Either way we will be cycling for the weekend, in a place that is not Indiana. We have our trip scheduled for mid- July. That gives us exactly four and a half months to train properly for this outing. So here are the trip preliminary plans:
- We will be doing six of the seventeen available loops
- Trip will be 4 days
- Cycling will cover approximately 196 miles
- Cycling will include climbing of approximately 13,070 feet
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
Talk about an unplanned event. Not the race organizers, ME!?!
I have not run in a good 3 weeks. That was a slow 4 mile outing learning about my Garmin 305 GPS watch. Well low and behold I was told about the Frosty 5k 2 days before it was happening. I am in pretty good "biking shape" but I have lost a lot of my running ability. It was a nice cheap $20 entry fee but it wasn't that I knew people so much running it that interested me. It was the course. Running in the snow around Sim's Oak Hills Golf Course. Even golfing there can be a challenge. You can park in the fairway and lose your golf cart in some of the "potholes" they have in the fairways. The thought of running there was kinda fun.
Friday, February 11, 2011
This post is mainly just an excuse to try the new blogger app on Android. As you can see from the first picture we have had a ton of snow this year in northern Indiana. I cannot remember the last time I have road my bike on the road. The last time I road that wasn't on the trainer was when I broke my hand trail riding. Now that being stated I have had an excellent time stiring the eggbeaters on the trainer this winter. In January I had over 144 miles on my stationary trainer. An excellent time you say? Actually yes. Brent and I have been able to join a couple of indoor group rides, where we watch training videos and share in the training with other people. The nice part about training like this is that you get to work on specific techniques. I feel like I will be so much better at the beginning of this spring then what I was at the end of last fall. So grab your trainer, find a group, and have fun waiting for the snow to melt.
Friday, February 4, 2011
I love my bike. I love that it's carbon. I love that it looks like it's moving 62 kph all the time. I love it so much, it makes me speak of things using the metric system.
CC.com price / Amazon price
Stem / Cannondale / C2 / 128 grams
Ritchey WCS 4 Axis OS / 122 g / 6 g
$75 / $51
$60 / $60
$115 / $79
$180 / $162
$90 / $70
$355 / $249
$95 / $79
$159 / $85
$67 for both / $36 for both
$120 / $85
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Asics DS Trianer 14, 260.49 miles, active but aging
Monday, January 24, 2011
Last week I took a business trip to Daytona Beach. I know, I know, sounds exactly like a business trip right? With air travel, convention setup, and working the convention, I was only able to get out and run/walk once. So a nice run along an ocean walk in sunny Florida ----- Ya Right!!! How about 45 and windy!!! Ok so nicer than -6 in Indiana, but still not typical Florida weather. Immediately I could tell that I have been doing a lot more bike riding than running. But with running by the ocean, early morning with no one around, it was rather peaceful. In addition it made for a great opportunity to test the Google My Tracks app on my phone. So there I was, running along, feeling good about myself, smelling the ocean breeze.....and, wait for it........BACON!!!! Come on Jeff keep running, breakfast isn't for another couple of hours......Conrad Hilton was up cooking though. Man what a distraction. That man makes some seriously good smelling bacon. After a few minutes I was able to regain my focus and complete my run. Over all it was fun, and the change of scenery was an added bonus. And yes I did order bacon at breakfast.
From My Tracks Phone App
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Thursday, January 13, 2011
Well the holiday season was good to me. I hope you all had great holiday's also. Typically, when I am into a hobby, I am overwhelmed by it. It's all I do and think about. This year was no different. This post is just an informative post to let you in on future posts that will be, umm, posted.
- Introducing heart rate monitoring and more! (runkeeper.com)
- Win a Basis Heart Rate Monitor Watch (valued at $199) (techvibes.com)
- Garmin GPS Watches for Runners: The Perfect "Personal Training" Guide (brighthub.com)