Cycling videos with Data!

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I recently bought a Garmin Virb and shorlty after I bought a GoPro hero 6, these let me show speed, inclination and distance data amongst other things. I found the video to be far too compressed with the Garmin, though it does store a huge amount of data, the video from the Gopro is far better but it contains less data. But all the important stuff is there.

  •  This is the GoPro at 1440P, though it can do 4K 60, but even my monster PC struggles at that high a resolution, 4K 30 is excellent, but I find 2.7P 60 to be really nice and hardly a downgrade on clarity.

  • This is the Garmin Virb, the video is nowhere near as crisp and clear, but man it’s easy to use and has incredibly well rounded software.

  • And this one again from a GoPro hero 6

How using an E-Bike changes you

As you no doubt know, I’ve had an electric bike for over two years now, and it’s left a fantastic impression on me physically and mentally too.

About me, I’m 47 years old, I’ve smoked for over 30 years, I live in Halifax West Yorkshire (a VERY hilly town), I also suffer with depression and have done for 20 years. I bought this bike because I’d started cycling again the year before I tore my knee cartilage, and I struggled getting any power through my knees.

A few months after buying the Carrera Crossfire-E I had my knees fixed, and soon after I was back to normal.

So now you know I’m a prime candidate for using an e-bike, and so far I’ve done 2,000 miles on it. But how has it changed me?

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Finally some good weather and Telemetry data

The last good day was way back in January, and while I did go for a ride, it was just to discharge the battery for the upcoming cold months, I didn’t want it sat there with a full charge, after all, that kills Lithium Ion batteries fast!

I’ve also got a new camera, a Garmin Virb X, this records 1080p and GPS data from a ride, so I can now show you my speed, distance, pitch, roll, g-force, gradient and a whole hell of a lot more.

The layout I’ve used is…

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Cycling tips

These are all good points, be seen, use lights and hi-vis clothing, ride sensibly etc… but the fact that so many riders don’t give a shit about other road users shows why cyclists are hated.

My advice, never ever pass a HGV on the left, I have a class one licence and I’ve seen it so many times and nearly hit a few riders myself, the left hand side is called “The Blind Side” for a damn good reason, you can’t see shit in a car, bus and expecially a HGV… so don’t do it unless you want to die.

Lastly, ride a bike like you drive a car, don’t filter or filter as little as possible, don’t ride on the pavement, don’t be selfish, and you should be around for many more years.

 

The dreaded crossfire-e power cut – FIXED!

I’ve held off updating the blog with the fix for the power cut-out on the Carrera Crossfire-E, I wanted to be sure that I wasn’t just fooling myself and to make sure it stays fixed. 300 miles later and I’ve had zero cut outs.  

Way way back in April 2016 when I got this bike and experienced my first power cut I noticed that a zip-tie was around the cable and the frame. But just before going on my holiday to Fort William I gave my baby a damn good clean and service. During the service I removed the rear wheel and chain for a really deep clean, then reattached everything and put on a new zip-tie, a green one.

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Thank you Halfords

Just before my holiday to Fort William I emailed SR Suntour and asked if they have an update for 2016 and earlier bikes, to swap the display from KM to Miles, they didn’t and stopped working on updating the firmware some time ago. They did suggest that I contact Halfords and ask if they’ll swap the display to a 2017 model for me as it’s compatible with earlier bikes.

So I went to my local store and they didn’t hesitate to order one, unfortunately they only ordered the display and not the LCD holder, and while the display arrived in time for my hols, the holder didn’t.

But by the time I came back they had arrived and I’ve now got the display and buttons for a 2017 bike and they work perfectly, man it’s so nice to have miles per hour and miles total instead of KM.

So a big thank you to Halfords (Halifax)  for sorting this out for me, and free of charge too.

 

Looking after Lithium Batteries

Battery care.

To be honest I’ve learned over the years that batteries perform better at room temperature, this actually isn’t the case with Li-ion batteries, they like to be really cold, especially when you store them for a few months. So seeing as a new battery pack can cost hundreds of pounds I did some quick research and this is what it boils down to.

1. You should only charge a lithium battery to 100% when you need to use the battery for extended periods that day or the day after. Try to keep the charge between 20% and 80%
2. NEVER NEVER NEVER let the battery drain below 10%.
3. Around the 30 cycles, (one cycle is 80%-20% of battery power) discharge the battery as low as you dare. So at the 5% mark give it a good long charge.
4. Store the battery at 40%, DO NOT charge it to 100% and store it. Storing the battery is for 3 months or more.
5. Freeze the battery! I know right, it doesn’t make sense. Freeze the battery at roughly 30% charge in a carrier bag so it can breath a little.

To summarise.
Keep the battery level between 80% and 20% for normal every day use. Discharge the battery every 30 charges, and store it for long periods at 40% charge. If you can freeze it when you store it then even better.

Li-ion should last for 300-500 charges, and if you follow the above then it should last nearer the 500 charges.
Source: http://batteryuniversity.com/learn/article/how_to_prolong_lithium_based_batteries

My Cycling Accessories

I have a multitude of extras on my bike, lights, camera’s, gel seats and more, so here is a complete list of all my accessories that I couldn’t live without.

  1. Gel seat cover – Ebay
  2. suspension seat post (must be 31.6mm)- Amazon
  3. Lezyne Superdrive front light – Halfords my review here.
  4. Cateye Rapid rear light – Halfords
  5. Water bottle – Halfords The cage I got from Asda but it’s not listed on asda.com, it’s a velkro tied cage and it fits on the top strut on the frame, no bottle cases boss’s needed.
  6. Ion Air pro – Wireless Camera originally bought from currys, found on Amazon
  7. Rear Camera – Gopro Hero 1 From Halfords, now found on amazon
  8. Front and Rear Mudguards – Bought from asda and not available on Asda.com