Today at Eurobike, Garmin announced a new affordable power meter option – the Garmin Vector S. Garmin has basically taken their Vector pedal set and packaged a single pedal as a power meter. This is a move following in the footsteps of companies like Stages by offering a left only option. This brings us to an affordable price point of $899, comparable with their competition. Now what is really cool, is should down the road you want to upgrade to the full Vector system, you can purchase the right pedal for $699.
So what do you get for your $899 investment:
– 1 left sensing pedal with Garmin Vector (the pedal looking thing)
– 1 right pedal with no sensor (just to match the left)
– 1 Vector communications pod (the silver pod looking thing)
– 2 cycling shoe cleats (for left/right)
– Some o-rings
– Some metal washers
– 1 ANT+ mini-USB stick for firmware updates/configuration
This morning two forces have joined together for the better. Garmin Connect and the popular site Strava can now be synced, allowing your activities to be show up on both sites with less work.
This is something that has been called for by the masses for awhile. While there have always been third party workarounds, this now streamlines the process and hopefully eliminates some headache.
This is a super brief guide on how to get your Garmin Connect activities to automatically sync to Strava.
Step By Step Guide to Syncing Garmin Connect and Strava
1) First head over to Strava and login (you do not need to be a premium member)
2) Click on the large orange Upload button in the top right of the screen. You will go to the screen below. Notice where it says, “Enable seamless syncing…” Click where it says, “Get Started”
3) Next it will take you to this screen. You want to click where it says, ” Get Started”
4) Then you will get this screen. Of course you want to click “Connect with Garmin”
5) Which then takes you to the screen where you will authorize the process. You may have to login to Garmin Connect. After that it will ask you to “Allow Strava Access” Click on “Allow”
6) Now you should click on the large orange Upload button on the top right again and tget this screen. If setup was successful you will get this screen. You also still have the ability to upload directly from your devices.
We were first turned on to Skechers earlier this year by our friend and fellow triathlete Reilly Smith, along with input from professional triathlete Jim Lubinski (give this guys Podcast a listen – great stuff). On their recommendation we picked up a few pairs around the beginning of May, and since then have logged some 125mi in the Ride 3. So far we are in love with these shoes! They have a great deal of cushion to put in the miles while being light – rare for a distance shoe.
For the shoe gurus here are some tech numbers –
Weight: 8.4 oz;
Heel-to-toe drop: 4mm w/o insoles, 8mm with insoles
Like many people we were skeptical at first. Skechers has in the past been known as a casual shoe company. What could these guys know about running shoes? Well they seem to know a bit something and more. The Ride 3 has an incredibly soft and supple upper, while the sole provides adequate cushion. One of the characteristics we most appreciate about the Ride 3 is the ample amount of room in the toe box. Our tester had a wide forefoot and found this to be more comfortable than most shoes they have worn, especially as the feet swell over long miles.
The outsole is primarily constructed of a proprietary blown rubber called Resalyte® with GOimpulse sensors. These GOimpulse pods seem to be strategically placed providing longevity to the outsole, and they function quite well for providing feedback. Being accustomed to race flats, the lower than standard drop of 8mm (insoles were used – 4mm without insoles) in our case wasn’t a problem. Also noticeable in the Ride 3 is the M-Strike technology, present in all the GoRun line. The M-Strike technology helps achieve a more mid-foot strike, helping get you through the gait phase faster.
We love the Skechers GoRun Ride 3 so much we are now alternating a second pair into our run routine. Great mileage shoe, lightweight, flexible, and at $80 the price is right.
We have spent nearly half a season now on the ISM® Adamo Attack saddle, logging some nearly 3,500 miles on it.
ISM® or Ideal Saddle Modification™ is the genius of Steve Toll. Triathlete Magazine voted the ISM® Attack their 2013 Best in Class, and for good reason! The idea was simple, most saddles were uncomfortable so lets remove what makes them uncomfortable. We had been riding traditional road saddles for years, and upon switching the the Attack saddle we had no idea what to expect.
Two things are obvious about the ISM® Attack – the saddle is split, and a few centimeters are missing from the nose. While it may seem odd, this is what makes this saddle comfortable. It took us some miles to get this saddle dialed in, but once we had the position right and our sit bones (those things on your pelvis other saddles have ignored) had time to become accustomed to their new task we were very pleased. The first obvious result was the improved comfort – no longer were we putting pressure on those important parts of our body. This became even more evident after riding one of our road bikes some days later not equipped with an ISM® saddle. That experience left us wondering how we ever managed those long hours in the saddle.
One of the additional benefits besides comfort with the ISM® saddle is the increase in performance and power. This is achieved through what we can only attribute to the ability to rotate your pelvis further forward and the saddle holding you more square, meaning that you are shifting left or right on the saddle and effectively changing your bio-mechanics.
While ISM® currently offers 13 other saddles than the Attack, we chose the Attack because it had the narrowest transition from front to back, allowing for more fore/aft movement. This was important since we put a lot of miles on our triathlon bike and live in a mountainous area. The Attack measures 270mm long and 110 mm wide and is available in Black, White or our their new USA color theme.
The ISM® Attack is good enough it could possibly change your life. While the Attack may not be the right shaped saddle for you, ISM® without a doubt probably has a saddle for you.