Ed’s blog: Ep. 2 – Wind, rain and a cool yellow computer

There’s something liberating about riding in the wind and rain.  I suppose people have a love-hate relationship with the elements at their rawest.  Having been born and raised in England I think I resigned myself early to the fact that in order to ride my bike I was either going to have to spend hours in my garage staring at the wall with my wind trainer, or embrace the fact that it’s just rain, it’s just wind, and just get on with it.  

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There’s something liberating about riding in the wind and rain.  I suppose people have a love-hate relationship with the elements at their rawest.  Having been born and raised in England I think I resigned myself early to the fact that in order to ride my bike I was either going to have to spend hours in my garage staring at the wall with my wind trainer, or embrace the fact that it’s just rain, it’s just wind, and just get on with it.  

The Lezyne Mega XL GPS, photo Ed Wright / RoadCycling.co.nz

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Ed’s blog: Ep. 1 – Wattbike vs Fitbit vs Moov

 

Today I get to grips with the Lezyne Mega XL GPS from our friends at Southern Approach.  It’s so hard to do the thing justice in our video because there’s so much that goes into it.  It is dubbed as the best cycling GPS for you, and it doesn’t take long to work out why.  The larger 240×400 pixel screens – that you can orient horizontally or vertically – display up to 10 data fields across five pages on the Mega XL and maps from anywhere in the world can be downloaded and transferred to the Mega GPS devices using Lezyne’s GPS Root website or GPS Ally phone app. Once users save and load an area, they can create routes, search for destinations, or find their way home without a live data connection. 

The Mega XL GPS has become a staple wherever we’ve gone on the bike with so much information available, photo Ed Wright / RoadCycling.co.nz

The battery time, at 32 hours, is excellent, and is as much like Suri in your car as a cyclist is likely to get.  Along with directional information that boils it down to telling you not just your next turning but the next street name, the Mega XL also provides ability for riders to receive incoming phone calls, text messages and notifications from social media.  Sync it with Strava, TrainingPeaks, or Today’s Plan to follow Strava Live Segments and custom, structured workouts and you have an awesome recipe wrapped up in a tiny yellow computer.

Our journey towards the Hobbiton Movie Set Gran Fondo is gathering pace, with the weekend following the Gravel and Tar Classic which takes place the weekend prior.  These two events give us plenty to get excited about (before we even mention that Elite Road Nationals and the New Zealand Cycle Classic are also January-bound).  Mike Greer Homes Womens Cycling are set to light up the summer with their new look team.  They have confirmed that they will be one of the teams taking on the inaugural UCI 1.2 Gravel and Tar La Femme race which we will of course be at on the 19th.  We reflect on our time talking to Patrick Harvey; always an inspiration!

Sit back, relax and enjoy episode 2!

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