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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 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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Posted by on Jul 6, 2018 in bikes, gear and gadgets, slider | 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 Apr 11, 2018 in bikes, gear and gadgets, slider | 2 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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