04 May 2011

Bike-commute day 18—gym and home

Chuck emailed me soon after I posted this morning's commute, "Is the new gadgetgizmo broken already?"

I can't answer yes or no. The gizmo works great ...some of the time. When it failed—again—during my afternoon ride, it did so again while there was fairly heavy cloud cover. I also noticed that it dropped into autopause once while I was standing on the pedals, leaning forward. I'll try to reposition the mount, move it more forward, but I can't do anything about the cloud cover. Except ride only on clear, sunny days. See the bike leaning against the wall? Maybe that's my steed on the majority of days in Dayton, waiting for the sun.

The essential question remains: should the 705 be so sensitive, so reliant on a GPS signal at a given moment that it must autopause so readily and frequently?

Ride conditions
Temperature: 50 to 54°F at 17:36
Precipitation: none
Winds: 0 to 5 mph from the southeast
Clothing: 2-layer top, skinsuit; ankle socks. open-finger gloves.
Bike: Trek 850 hybrid
Time: about 01:06:00 for about 16 miles
Bikeway users: 5 cyclists, 5 pedestrians
3rd Garmin day. Playback.

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