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Posted by on Feb 27, 2019 in bikes, gear and gadgets, slider | 0 comments

Waiting for Castelli

Waiting for Castelli

Two weeks ago I posted a question on Twitter. I asked Castelli which of their current gloves would be the equivalent of my old worn gloves which I clearly need to replace. Where you’d expect a swift reply to this simple question, none was posted, so I decided to start a thread about it and see how much time it would take Castelli to get back to me. Here we go…. Ciao @CastelliCycling, I need some help. As you can see, it's time to replace my old winter gloves! Could you tell me which current gloves would be the equivalent of my old gloves? I don't need real thick gloves, because I already have the Estremo. Grazie! pic.twitter.com/8pPBkkS11u — Don Bici (@Don_Bici) February 12, 2019 @CastelliCycling Earth calling Castelli…. ???? https://t.co/ynK5jKExUE — Don Bici (@Don_Bici) February 14, 2019 @CastelliCycling Still waiting for an answer! https://t.co/0yuNGp2Ip6 — Don Bici (@Don_Bici) February 18, 2019 @CastelliCycling It looks like you need someone to run your Twitter account. Make me an offer I...

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Posted by on Feb 27, 2019 in bikes, gear and gadgets, cycling and bike pics, slider | 0 comments

Photoshopping Polar bottles – part 2

Photoshopping Polar bottles – part 2

In Photoshopping Polar bottles – part 1 I showed you the process of making two of the Polar Bottle-themed images I had posted on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook since I became an official ambassador for Polar Bottle USA. In this post I’ll be showing you how I made the other two. TIP: click on an image to view the larger version. A juggling act I got the idea for this image when reading about juggling family, work and cycling. I thought that juggling lots of Polar bottles would be nice, so I started photographing my water bottles from different angles. This would help with getting the sun light from the correct angle, when rotating the bottles in the image. I also needed an image of me in a juggling position, so I asked my girlfriend to take lots of pictures so I would have enough to choose from. I decided to go with this one: Next, I added extra space above the barn, added some clouds and did some...

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Posted by on Feb 12, 2019 in bikes, gear and gadgets, cycling and bike pics | 5 comments

Photoshopping Polar bottles – part 1

Photoshopping Polar bottles – part 1

Last year I became an official ambassador for Polar Bottle USA. I’ve been using Polar bottles since I started cycling in sunny Sicily and for me they are hands down the best water bottles to use in warm weather conditions. I keep them in the freezer overnight and take them out one hour to two hours before my ride. This way the water will stay cold for up to 3-4 hours. I have posted several Polar Bottle-themed images on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and because several people were wondering how they were made, I decided to show you how I photoshopped them. TIP: click on an image to view the larger version. Thanoooooooooooooooos!!! The first Photoshopped image was inspired by Marvel’s Infinity war. I didn’t like the movie as much as many did, but I did like the “Thanos dust effect”, so I decided to get myself “Thanosed” (not a word, but you know what I mean). I asked my girlfriend to take several pictures of me so I...

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Posted by on Dec 3, 2018 in bikes, gear and gadgets | 0 comments

The Garmin Edge 1030 and thick winter gloves…

The Garmin Edge 1030 and thick winter gloves…

As you may have seen, I’m on a holiday in The Netherlands and I brought my winter cycling kits with me. During a ride I got a message on my Edge 1030, telling me that the Virb battery was low. Because this message was blocking the entire screen, I tried to click it away with my Castelli Estremo glove, but alas, nothing happened. Clicking or swiping didn’t do a thing. Instead of taking off the glove I came up with a pro tip: Pro tip: thick gloves and @Garmin Edge 1030 are not a good match. You can swipe or press all you want, but nothing will happen. Stop this madness, use your tongue instead (probably not a good idea when the Edge is still on your handlebar mount…)! pic.twitter.com/sURraeIjaK — Don Bici (@Don_Bici) October 31, 2018 The guys at Garmin got back to me and told me to try and changing the touch sensitivity of the screen. Hi Don! Love the pro tip, but there could be a...

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Posted by on Sep 19, 2018 in bikes, gear and gadgets | 0 comments

My review of the Garmin Varia RTL510 radar tail light (update)

My review of the Garmin Varia RTL510 radar tail light (update)

In my review of the Garmin Varia RTL510 radar tail light I wrote about the issues I had with the radar draining the battery of my Edge 810. Now that I have the Edge 1030, it’s time for a quick update. Garmin Edge battery life when using the radar: The biggest issue I had when using the radar was the short time it took to completely drain the battery of my Edge 810. This is what I wrote about it in my previous post: As mentioned above, one of the cons is definitely the fact that using the radar drains the battery of my Garmin very fast! I’ve tested the battery life with and without connecting the two VIRB cameras, but it’s clear that it’s the RTL510 that causes the battery level to drop in an alarming rate. After 1.5 hours om the bike, the level will drop to about 67% and about three hours into a ride my Garmin has less than 40% left. When I did a...

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Posted by on Jul 27, 2018 in bikes, gear and gadgets, slider | 2 comments

My review of the Garmin Varia RTL510 radar tail light

My review of the Garmin Varia RTL510 radar tail light

As I mentioned in my post Testing my two Garmin Virb Ultra 30 cameras, I’ve been thinking more and more about the safety aspects of riding my bike, since I was hit by a car from behind last January. Due to wind noise, I didn’t notice the car until he hit me. I would have noticed that car much sooner, if I’d already had a Garmin Varia RTL510 radar tail light. I recently bought one and I love it! In this review I’ll let you know why and I’ll show you what’s in the box, how you attach the radar to the seat post, how to connect the unit to your Edge, how and when the radar works (and when it doesn’t) and the pros and cons of the RTL510. If you’d like to buy one, you can get just the light or a bundle containing the light and a small display. I chose to buy the light and control it with my Garmin Edge 810. Let’s unbox the...

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