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My review of the Garmin Varia RTL510 radar tail light

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

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...

Testing my two Garmin Virb Ultra 30 cameras

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

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...

Coming back from an accident – learning from my mistakes

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

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...

A day at FF Wheels

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

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...

The Garmin Virb Ultra 30 – first impressions and some issues

Posted by on Jun 9, 2017 in bikes, gear and gadgets | 4 comments

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...

Training with cycling coach Marco Hintz

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

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...

Working with a coach again

Posted by on Dec 8, 2016 in training | 0 comments

Several years ago I trained with a coach and wrote several posts about it on this blog. In that period I made quite the progress and I found working with a coach much fun. Last winter I didn’t train much after the crash and it took me quite some time to come close to pre-crash level again. Now I want to train and feel it is time to work with a coach again. So, I’m stoked that my buddy and professional cycling coach, Marco Hintz, has an opening in his busy schedule and that he wants to coach me! Marco lives in Colorado and loves sports: he swims, he...

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