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Eric Plath

Eric Plath

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Eric Plath's Bio

The most important thing to understand about me is that I am a hard-worker in everything I do. Whether it be in the workplace or on the paths (both road and dirt).

Sports drives me to be the very best I can be and stay with the very best even if I don't feel 100% all the time.

If I can push for that last little bit to make them work a little harder then I have done my job

Eric Plath

Eric Plathwrote a review of on March 19, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I was researching both the Tacx Neo and Wahoo Kickr smart trainers. Both are quiet, but for me the Wahoo had a high pitch noise while riding that was not loud, but I was annoying to me. Others may not have the same noise concerns. Ultimately, I decided on the Neo.

Please note, the Neo does not come with a rear cassette. I ordered a new cassette and chain to eliminate any potential noise from mixing old and chain drivetrain components. And I would recommend doing so if your chain is a season or two old. If you decide to use your current rear cassette, it will need to be removed and installed on the Neo.

After getting the Neo out of the box and reviewing the set-up. I was not super clear with the instructions and required a little internet searching to confirm which spacer was required for my 10 speed Shimano drivetrain. Depending if your bike has 9, 10, or 11 speeds, each requires a different spacer to get the cassette in the proper place. Thankfully all the spacers are included. I did notice some chainline issues and some extra noise from the rear derailleur not aligning perfectly, a few turns of the barrel adjuster provided enough adjustment to get it to not rub.

Next, remove the rear wheel and route the chain over the cassette and tighten the Neo’s skewer. Properly tighten and make sure the bike is securely attached to the trainer.

Also, it is recommended to update the trainer’s firmware. Simply download the Tacx Utiity app, sync it to the Neo and within a few minutes the software is updated.

There are numerous software options available to provide real world resistance and interactivity. Zwift, Sufferfest, Cyclops Rouvy, TrainerRoad, Tacx Training, and the list goes on. You can run them on your smartphone, tablet, or computer and connect to the Neo via Bluetooth/ANT+.

I installed the Zwift app on my iPad and created an account. Make sure Bluetooth is turned on, and Zwift will guide you through the steps of pairing to the trainer. It is simple and reliable to connect them.

In Zwift you appear at the side of the road, and when you start pedaling you now are riding in a virtual world with other riders from around the. Since the Neo is a smart trainer it calculates your speed and power output even if you do not have a power meter.

As you pedal how does it feel? Amazingly like riding a bike outside. Obviously, riding indoors will never be a perfect simulation with the wind in your face, the scenery, and freedom.

But you can either ride the Neo with or without being plugged into an outlet. If it is not powered it will provide a static level of resistance, but it will not change resistance as it would powered and synced with a smart trainer software such as Zwift.

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Eric Plathwrote a review of on February 7, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

The ability for my wife to track her sleeping patterns throughout the week is very important, as it helps her determine what she needs to do to improve the sleep she is getting or keep doing what she is doing so she is able to train day in and day out without any potential issues along the way. She wears this wherever she goes and will continue to use it as a trusted guide each and every day of her life.

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Eric Plathwrote a review of on December 4, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Use the powder in moderation. The ability to go out for a workout without restriction is amazing. The taste is pretty awful, but as long as you take a quarter to half scoop for every 20 oz. of water you will be just fine and the taste will be pretty dulled down. While the cost/oz is a lot I promise it will last you quite a while as long as you use it in moderation. This is my daily go-to for anything that I am doing for a workout and you won't get the crash feeling that many other drink mixes will give you.

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Eric Plathwrote a review of on December 4, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

Overall my wife still likes the shoe, but feels the support has been stripped a little compared to last years model she had. If the kayano stays with this construction we will probably need to review alternative options moving forward

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Eric Plathwrote a review of on March 14, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I have been using a Garmin Edge 705 since 2009. The unit still works great but lacks some key features of the newer models. So decided it was time to upgrade to a newer Garmin bike computer. I researched what models would fit my needs and after much research landed on the Edge 520.

I purchased the bundle which included the out front bar handlebar mount, cadence sensor, and speed sensor, and the device. Everything is simply smarter and better. The way the sensors attach is wonderful. The cadence sensor attaches to the crank arm with rubberized bands. And the speed sensor wraps around the hub. No more zip ties mess around with or to scratch up your bike’s paint. Installation literally took 10 minutes and it was done.

When powering up the Edge 520, it is incredible how fast it turns on and locates the satellites. The initial set-up is easy and intuitive and you are able to set-up the data fields the way I wanted. Pairing the cadence and speed sensor is easy as long as you follow the instructions. The heart rate sensor did not want to pair at first, but after repeating the process a second time it worked. No issues since. The biggest feature that my previous Garmin lacked, was the ability to wirelessly sync the device to Garmin Connect without having to connect it to a computer and download the ride data. The Edge 520 allows your smartphone with the Garmin Connect app to sync your ride data via Bluetooth. It makes it very quick and easy to see your ride information post ride. You can set it up so if your phone is ringing, a message will appear on the Edge 520 to alert you.

I am still learning all the features and training tools, but really impressed with everything about the device. It is reliable and simple to use, but has powerful features.

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