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Posted by on Jul 6, 2018 in bikes, gear and gadgets | 0 comments

Testing my two Garmin Virb Ultra 30 cameras

Testing my two Garmin Virb Ultra 30 cameras

Since my last accident I’ve been thinking more and more about the safety aspects of cycling. There were no witnesses of the accident in January, so it took a lot of time and effort to prove that the driver actually hit me. I’m pretty sure that we wouldn’t have had any discussions if I had a video of what actually happened that day. At that time I only had one camera, but I forgot to bring my bike mount from Sicily, so when I went out for a bike ride I had no camera on my bike. Because I was hit from behind, a camera on the front would not have been enough to show what had happened or to avoid discussions. That’s why I decided I needed a second camera to film everything behind me. There are several mounts on the Garmin website, but for attaching a camera to your seatpost, there’s only one option, the Virb tube mount. This mount is as bulky as it looked on...

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Posted by on Jul 5, 2018 in miscellaneous, training | 0 comments

Coming back from an accident – learning from my mistakes

Coming back from an accident – learning from my mistakes

Last January I was hit by a car while cycling on a small country road. This was the second bike accident in 2.5 years that left me badly injured, so again, I had to start a rehabilitation process to get back into shape. After the first accident I made many mistakes that didn’t help me get back into shape, so this time I decided to change my approach. I’d like to share with you what I think I did wrong the first time and what has helped me so far during the current rehabilitation process. After the first accident I wanted to get back into shape too fast. First of all, I overdid the exercises my physiotherapist gave me, because I thought my body could handle it. This worked well in the beginning, but after a week progress stopped and the pains started to increase. It was really frustrating to realize that by doing too much, I had actually taken several steps back which cost me much more time....

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Posted by on Apr 11, 2018 in bikes, gear and gadgets | 0 comments

A day at FF Wheels

A day at FF Wheels

I’ve been meaning to write this blog post for a long time now, but the guy who hit my bike with his car kinda threw a spanner in the works (and me to the asphalt). This blog post is not about the accident, but about he excellent service at FF Wheels. A few years ago, my coach advised me to buy a power meter. I decided I wanted a hub version, so I’d have the possibility to use the wheel on both my bikes. I wanted stiff wheels and after some online searching, I found a set of FF Wheels with a Powertap power meter. These FSR wheels looked amazing and had excellent reviews, so I ordered them right away. This turned out one of the best bike related purchases! The FSR wheels are indeed stiff and fast and I’ve been using them on a daily basis in sunny Sicily. This means that I’ve ridden over 40,000 km with this wheel set. Then, one day, I noticed a small...

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Posted by on Jun 9, 2017 in bikes, gear and gadgets | 2 comments

The Garmin Virb Ultra 30 – first impressions and some issues

The Garmin Virb Ultra 30 – first impressions and some issues

I’ve been posting many, many pics of the beautiful views I have during my bike rides in sunny Sicily, both on this blog and on social media. A few months ago, I decided I wanted to add a Youtube channel, so you guys would have an even better idea why many people, including myself, love cycling on this magnificent island. I chose the Garmin Virb Ultra 30 over the GoPro action camera for two reasons: 1. I can record a video or take a picture using my Edge 810 2. I can overlay data like grades, speed, elevation, etc. If you’d like to read a more in-depth review of the Garmin Virb Ultra 30, please check out this excellent review by DC Rainmaker. This blog post is about my first impressions after starting to use the Virb and about some issues I had with this camera regarding battery life and online video quality and how I solved them. The set-up: Garmin sells a handy Virb and Edge combi mount,...

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Posted by on Apr 25, 2017 in training | 0 comments

Training with cycling coach Marco Hintz

Training with cycling coach Marco Hintz

In December, I wrote about starting to train with a coach again, but you haven’t seen any update yet. Here’s what happened: After the accident, I wasn’t able to cycle much until spring time, so last season it took me (what seemed like) ages to get back into shape and back at more or less the level I was before my bike came into contact with a dog, which landed me in the hospital. So, this time I really wanted to train in the winter time and actually book some progress. When it comes to training, you can buy a plan online or train with a coach. I prefer training with a coach to using a plan on my own. A coach comments on your workouts, reads and understands the data (power, HR, cadence, etc.) from your rides and can adjust your coming workouts based on that information. A coach can also be a good motivator, which will help you stick to the plan. I hoped Marco Hintz would...

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