What can we learn from the Garmin ransomware attack?

For almost a week, Garmin users were unable to access their Garmin Connect accounts. This meant they couldn’t upload workouts or automatically sync activities to Strava! Sure, it’s easy enough to do the old way with a USB data cable, but that’s beside the point. We all know now that Garmin were cyber attacked by…

2020 Resolution Ride #2 – Country Ramblings

Having been distracted by the new trail bike recently, I was quickly running out of available days to knock out a solid metric century ride this month. It was going to have to be today. I knew this Saturday most of The Herd were away doing triathlon things (ewwww) so it was to be a…

Is Strava keeping tabs on you? #EscapePlan

These days, everybody seems to be constantly connected to their mobile devices. Our movements tracked, each photo we take GPS logged, hell the Strava app even knows when I get to work in the morning! I’m not sure how as I have Location Services turned off unless the app is open, but oh it knows.,…

Six reasons you SHOULD NOT use a powermeter

Road.cc recently published an article titled “Six reasons why you should use a power meter.” Now I must confess I ride with power pretty much 100% of the time. That said, I would never recommend anyone buy one. So in rebuttal to that article, here are my six reasons you SHOULD NOT BUY a powermeter……

Garmin IQ “What’s My FTP” App Review

In the world of training with power, it seems FTP is king. Sure, it’s certainly not the be all and end all of power metrics, but it’s one that almost all people who train to power (or just ride around with power) seem to care about. Trouble is, FTP tests suck. Like properly suck. The…

So you want to buy a powermeter?

So you’ve been riding a while. Getting faster and stronger. You’ve spend a bit of cash on a nice bike and some flash kit. Now you’re thinking about powermeters. Some of your stronger mates have them. The pros all use one. Why not you? Surely getting a powermeter will turn you into a pro? You’ll…

Strava: Friend or Foe?

Strava has copped a bit of flack recently. Privacy issues such as the heatmap debacle revealing secret military bases and reports of thieves using Strava data to steal expensive bikes from people’s houses (unconfirmed) are becoming a concern. Add to that the Facebook information scandal saga and privacy – or lack of – is high…

Throwback: The first ride I uploaded to Strava!

Today we take a trip back to 2012. I’d been “road cycling” for a little while already on a flat-barred Hybrid, but was starting to take it a little more seriously. Moving on from my Cateye wheel-magnet based cycling computer, I’d just got my hands on a Garmin Edge 200 thanks to a competition prize….

First Ride: FulGaz Training App

A lot has changed in the indoor training world over the past couple of seasons. No longer is it the norm to hammer out intervals in a dingy shed, staring at numbers on your Garmin while bolted to a turbo that’s louder than a jet engine. These days there’s quiet direct drive trainers, smart turbos…

Wahoo Elemnt Bolt Problems! :-/

Well, damn. My six week old Wahoo Elemnt Bolt cycling computer has failed on me. After having trouble with my old but otherwise very reliable Garmin, I decided to try out something new with the Wahoo device. Six weeks of recording rides without issue then one morning I go to hit start and…. At first I…

Forgetting average speed and finding my climbing legs

I used to be a major average speed junkie. In many ways I’m still a recovering average speed addict. Oh you went out for a ride? How far? What was your average speed? Questions often asked and often answered like they mattered. Sure, comparing your average speed can be useful, it can show progress or…

Exploring the Tasman Peninsula on two wheels

Last weekend I had the opportunity to take my bike down onto the Tasman Peninsula for a ride along the coast and into the hills. It was one of those rare and perfect early winter evenings. Still mild enough to have the legs out, not a drop of wind and hardly a car to contend…