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I had debated about what type of computer to get for my tri-bike. I was looking at the Garmin Edge 305, Cateye V3, and the polar CS 100 B. The Garmin Edge 305 looked interesting, but I had read a bunch of reviews from people who had issues with it. That it would just suddenly reset randomly. The polar CS 100 B. was the cheapest but other people and also reported that the sensor would sometimes not work. I finally settled on the Cateye V3 which was more expensive than the CS 100 but cheaper than the Garmin Edge 305. Thus far I’ve been pretty happy with the Cateye V3. It has some idiosyncrasies that have taken a bit of getting used to from my other bike computers. For instance, if I’m out for a ride to and I stop to take a break for maybe five or ten minutes, and get back on the road, the bike may stop registering speed and cadence. When this first happened I thought the bike computer and the wireless speed cadence sensor had gotten out of sync, so I would go through the computer and work on resyncing them. I had believed this was a problem with the computer and I contacted Cateye, they told me to send back the old sensor and they’d ship me a new one. So I shipped the old one back and they shipped me the new one I hooked it up and found I had the same issue. What I eventually found was the computer that read the sensor had been going to sleep. And if I pressed one of the buttons on the computer it would wake up and start reading the speed and cadence again. Another issue I have had is with the speed cadence sensor shifting very slightly to where the pickup’s start contacting the magnets. But that is probably an issue of installation and I just need to go back and redo it and clamp it down tighter to the chain stay. But overall I have been very happy with the Cateye V3 bike computer. I enjoy having the heart rate monitor, which makes it very useful for training rides and keeping myself in specific heart rate zones.

These tires came stock on my Jamis Comet triathlon bike. I had never heard of Hutchinson tires. One of my first long rides on the bike, I had a flat tire. I replaced the tube, and continued on my way. The next day, the tire was flat again. I removed the tube, and found a puncture in about the same spot as on the first tube. I didn’t feel anything inside the tire, but I found a small metal sliver embedded in the palm of my hand. Maybe this came out of the tire?
The tires seemed to hold up for my next ride or two, them another flat. I considered replacing the Hutchinson Quartz tires with Specialized Armadillo tires which are supposed to be pretty much bomb-proof. But then I read the Armadillos are slow tires. I started researching tires, and had Bontrager Race Lite Hardcase tires recommended as being fast yet fairly puncture resistant. I planned to buy the Bontrager Race Lite Hardcase tires at some point.
I have since had more flats on the Hutchinson Quartz tires. This last flat came after a short 10 mile ride. A little while after I got home, I found the rear tire soft. I examined the tread of the tire and found a small pebble embedded in the tread. This couldn’t be the cause of my flat tire, could it? When I pulled the tube, and examined the location of the puncture related the tire, it was the same location. My flat had been caused by a frigging pebble!
Basically, these Hutchinson Quartz tires are flat magnets. If you like getting flats, buy them! Personally, I hate getting flats, and would never buy Hutchinson Quartz tires for my bike. Heck I doubt I will buy any Hutchinson tires. I have never had so many flat tires in my life! As far as I am concerned, these tires suck! I just ordered a pair of the Bontrager Race Lite Hardcases, and will be swapping out my tires when I get them.

I bought a Cycleops Fluid 2 trainer to replace my Cycleops Wind trainer. The Wind Trainer was free (someone had put it out to the curb), but worked well, other than being loud. But since I am going to be doing a lot more spinning, I decided to invest in a better (and quieter) trainer.
I read alot of reviews, and the Cycleops Fluid 2 trainer sounded like what I wanted, so I ordered it. At close to $250, it wasn’t cheap. So hopefully it would be worth it.
It came quickly, and I was excited to put it together. The directions were reasonable. Not sure if I used them much as it was pretty straight forward to put together. I replaced the skewer on my Trek 1000 with the one that came with the trainer. It is designed to fit into the trainer clamps better. I can still ride the bike with it if I want to though.
I like how fast I can set up the bike on it, and how quickly I can remove it. The clamp system is much nicer than on my older Cycleops Wind Trainer. All I have to do position the bike, flip one lever to clamp the bike in place. Then flip another lever to clamp the roller part to the tire. No adjusting like on the older trainer.
After getting the trainer all set up, I was ready to try it. I wasn’t scheduled to spin that night, but I wanted to play with my new toy. I ended up spinning for 45 minutes I think. I was amazed at how quiet it was. With my Wind Trainer, I needed to crank up the TV volume to be able to hear it. With the Fluid 2 trainer, I can leave to volume pretty much where it normally is. The fan I use to keep me cool is often as loud as the trainer.
Another difference is in the resistance. It seems like the Fluid Trainer has more resistance. So far I think most of my spinning has been with the small ring. I haven’t tried it with the Spinervals DVDs yet. I can only imagine the resistance when I try to do big ring/12. I might have the roller clamped to the tire tighter than it was on the wind trainer. I think I followed the directions properlly when I set that up. I may revisit that, and verify that it is set up properly.
So far it is a real workout to get the bike up to about 16-17mph on the fluid trainer. With the wind trainer, I routinely got the bike up into the low 20s, and could keep it there for a while. And on the road, I can average faster speeds. I averaged over 18 mph for the century ride I did a couple weeks ago. So I am guessing the resistance is a little stiffer than real life, but then I may have the roller clamped to the tire too tightly.
Overall, I really like this thing! I am sure I will get alot of use out of it! I used it last night for about 45 minutes, and may use it tonight for an hour or so.

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SUMMARY: The movie is mostly in French with English subtitles. I enjoyed it. I would have loved to have seen more downhill mountain bike racing like in the beginning scenes.

I stumbled over this movie while looking for something else at Amazon.com. You gotta love the recommendations sometimes. First, be aware that this movie is mostly in French, but there are English subtitles. The main character is a pro mountain bike racer. She races downhill. There is a great scene in the beginning of the movie showing the downhill racing. She hesitates for two seconds at the start gate before going. She ends up losing the race by two seconds. She gets fired from the team by the manager who thinks she is too old.
She moves in with her brother and gets a job as a bike messenger. But she often gets distracted in her love of riding the bike. She also meets this older guy who runs a bike shop. He is a former pro bike racer (Tour De France, Giro De Italia). They kind of start a weird friendship. He tells a stroy of how he passed up a beautiful girl to win a race and never saw her again. This was his life’s regret. The girl racer ends up meeting someone. It’s an interesting cycling movie. I would have loved to have seen more of the downhill mountain bike racing like at the beginning.

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Crank Brothers Speed Lever

SUMMARY: Not as useful as I had hoped.

I bought my CrankBrothers Speed Lever a few days ago, and have changed 4 tires with it. I had read about this tool in my bike repair book. The author said it was really good. I read some other online reviews, and most said it was a good tool. So when I bought two new tires for my road bike the other night, I wanted to pick one up and try it. The store where I bought the tires didn’t have it, but another local bike shop did have one of the speed levers.
When I got home, I quickly read the directions, and tried to remove the tire from the rim, and couldn’t get the tool to slide. The directions said that if the tire/rim fit is tight, you maybe need to lube up the tire with soapy water or spit. So I used spit. I managed to get the tire, and replaced it with the new tire. In order to get the new tire on, I was forced to use a rounded fork handle in addition to the tool.
I change two more tires last night. This time, I have a bowl of soapy water. I wetted down the tire with soapy water, and used the Speed Laver to get the tire off the rim. When mounting the new tires back onto the rims, I was again forced to use a fork handle to get the last bit of the tire onto the rim.
So if the tire is tight on the rim, the tool doesn’t work well. The tool didn’t break, but I was a little concerned that it would break when I was pulling on it. It’s a great idea. Maybe if they made a metal version for shop use only. One that you could really crank on.
I may pick up a set of Park Tool tire levers. I will keep the Speed Lever. Who knows, maybe with more practice, I might actually be able to get the thing to work by itself.
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