Chasing the Computer

It started maybe a year ago. I had managed to amass so many bikes that it was getting too expensive to keep computers on all of them and logistically it’s was a hassle trying to share a computer between bikes that had various wheel and tire sizes. So my answer was to take the 3-5 computers that I had on various bikes, and throw them in my toolbox.  Perfect solution I thought.

Guess what?  It was the perfect solution and I don’t miss them a bit, in fact I think it has made riding much more enjoyable. No longer do I care if I am only 7 miles into a 24 mile loop, because I don’t actually know that I am only 7 miles in to the loop. Same goes for how fast, or slow I am moving, what my heart rate is, and to some extent what time the clock might display. Don’t know, don’t care, just enjoying the ride.

If I want to do some hardcore training I could strap on the Wahoo Tickr and dig back into the drawer after one of the cycling computers, but I haven’t yet. And if I really really want to reflect on my ride, I might use the Endomondo app to track my ride, and the Relive app is kind of fun too, but the phone stays in the pack, not mounted to the handlebars.

Certainly there are exceptions like using Trailforks for navigating unfamiliar territory or trails, but overall not chasing the cycling computer has made riding more enjoyable and enjoyment is what it’s all about isn’t it? 🙂

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Garin

Poor as my writing might be, I still like to write. I’ve written a blog or two in the past, but at one point or another they each became a chore rather than a joyful pastime. C.S. Lewis said, regarding writing, “Write about what really interests you, whether it is real things or imaginary things, and nothing else.” I will be following Lewis’ advice so this blog, which bears my name, will remain a joyful pastime. Hope you like bikes.

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