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Edward W.

Edward W.

Austin Texas

Edward W.'s Passions

Road Biking

Edward W.'s Bio

I like dogs, bikes and video gaming.

Edward W.

Edward W.wrote a review of on April 8, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

At this writing I have used this device for about an hour so I might change my mind. That said, first off, it was very easy to mount this to my Uvex 104 Sunglasses. It was also easy to adjust the screen so that it was easily visible without obstructing my view. The device readily paired with my Edge 520, programming the display was also straightforward (didn't need to RTFM).

While I do not intend to write a detailed review (as others have done so already, e.g. http://www.dcrainmaker.com/2016/01/garmin-varia-vision-hud.html), I will say that I found the device to be very helpful and easy to use while riding. So far what I have found most useful is to be able to easily track my cadence, speed, power and heart rate simultaneously.

This allows me to better pace myself (not work to little nor too much) to the extent that on the first hour out, on a day that I really did not feel like riding, I was able to improve my best 20 minute average power without *feeling* like I did.

Some will say that it is easy to look at the cycling computer when riding, but I find that there are plenty of cases when it is not so easy (like being in the drops in a decent or standing climbing at my limit and any especially at night). I find that being able to look at the display in such cases to be very helpful. Additionally, I find the display to completely readable in both bright day light (heading into the sun) or at night -- much easier to see than the Edge 520 display.

tl;dr -- I believe that for me, the Varia Vision will be a very helpful training aid and will improve my riding performance.

EDIT: The software update to 2.40 (that I was *NOT* allowed to decline) wiped out the Varia Vision setup. I don't think this is appropriate for a $400 device (plus the $300 for the Edge 520 that the Vision requires). If I spend $700 on a gadget that is not absolutely required to ride, I think that I should expect a bit better behavior. Some people don't spend $700 on their entire bikes...

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Edward W.wrote a review of on May 15, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have the original version of these Ti X1 pedals. Bikes have come and gone, but these pedals have been the most constant bit of gear in my kit. While they were expensive, the cost per year has been very low. Of course, the reason I've kept using them is that I like the way they work, they are easy to get in and out of, comfortable to ride on and require only occasional maintenance (greasing). I also like the low stack height possible (given shoes with appropriate mounting points like Sidi or DMT). I don't foresee changing pedals until Garmin releases a power measuring pedal in the Speedplay form factor (I'll definitely be on a pair of those if and when that happens).

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Edward W.wrote a review of on February 22, 2014

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The last Vittoria CX's I used were great tires except that they had latex tubes which do not hold pressure well. Losing significant pressure over the course of a few hours is very arguably (to be charitable) not worth the few grams of lesser weight. If these are still latex then I would not recommend them.

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Edward W.wrote a review of on January 16, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I have so far worn this once with a Castelli Iride long sleeve base layer on a ride that started at 40DF and ended at 60DF. I was extremely comfortable throughout the range. I am 140 lbs and 5'6" and found the medium to fit well. It is easy to get on and off. I really like the one piece aspect as well. It has the expected Castelli fabrication/fabric quality. I am certain that this will be my go to outfit till the end of this winter. I think it would make sense to have the summer version as well.

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Edward W.wrote a review of on January 12, 2014

Very easy to use
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Connex master link works very well (when installed in the proper orientation). This link can be easily disconnected without tools but will not disconnect in normal use. It is an clever design. This allows easy removal of the chain for a thorough cleaning which will increase the life of the chain, cogs and rings. I have used this link with a Connex 10S1 and with a Dura Ace CN-7901.

Tip: if the chain seems to jump out of smallest cog, then the link misoriented. If the link is on the run of chain above the chain stay, the mounting holes will resemble a "V" or look like a heart; also the mounting holes of the outer link plate will be the leading portion of the link as the pedals are turned in the forward direction. This orientation will insure that the "bump" side of the link is not the side that contancts the rings/cogs. If this bump is on the side that contacts the cogs, then the chain will tend to jump in the 11 tooth cog. Here is view of the link correctly installed:

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Edward W.wrote a review of on January 11, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

While the Connex 10S1 chain is aesthetically pleasing, light weight and apparently of good design, it simply does not shift as well as a Dura Ace CN-7901 chain especially when the drive train configuration is at or near the derailleur gearing limits. For example, with a rear cog that is 28 teeth or larger the Connex chain will not shift as reliably. There is testing that tends to corroborate this (seach for Shifting_Performance_Test_New_Chains.pdf).

Even if the Connex 10S1 chain shifted as well as the less expensive Shimano Dura Ace CN-7901, it is questionable whether the claimed extra life warrants the extra expense (almost double that of the CN-7901).

I will say that the Connex master link works very well (take care to install it in the proper orientation).

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