Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Tech Support

This weekend and yesterday, I took the new tri-bike out for short rides in Prospect Park.  The bike is amazing.  It adds something between 1 and 2 miles per hour to my pace.  Yesterday, I found myself time-trialing past pace lines, which was a very odd feeling (given that it violates the laws of physics).

My problem is much more mundane.  I haven't put a cycling computer on the new bike yet, so I've been using MapMyRide on my phone to get data about the workout.  It works pretty well, giving me distance, 5 mile splits and average speed.  The problem is that the default setting seems to be to post everything I do to Facebook.  So, each time I finish a workout, I have to go to my Facebook page and delete the ride (and the friendly supportive comments) from my timeline.  I know, you say, just change the privacy settings. Well, I have.  I keep setting them to just me, and with each new ride, they seem to reset to "friends."  I'm sure I'm doing something wrong, and I'll figure it out, but for the moment, I'll just have to apologize to everyone for what must appear to be even greater than usual exercise exhibitionism. . . .


  1. I solve that particular problem by not Facebooking. The more substantial problem of Google's picking up everything I do is a different issue.

    I'm a big fan of my Garmin 500. It can be moved easily between bikes so I can maintain a good record of total mileage. It is also easy to upload data to Garmin Connect, which so far as I know does not have a Facebook interconnection function.

    And, glad to hear everything is as promised with the new bike! Let us know a month from now whether you've gotten sick of looking at your front tire to the exclusion of everything else.

  2. I particularly enjoy first seeing potholes _after_ I've ridden through them . . .

  3. I've been wearing my Garmin 310 on my wrist to monitor heart rate. I can see my wrist just fine while riding in aero . . .

  4. I'm not on Facebook for precisely these sorts of reasons. It is also a fad. Hahahahahahahahahaha. Even my kids (who are on le livre des visages are de friending people and trying to get back down to that magic number of 150.)