What’s Up Doc? Marmotte Hochkönig!

Bugs BunnyThose of you more or less frequently visiting this blog – I’m not judging, but I can’t even… – may have started to wonder if the rebel is still alive.

Well, I can assure you: he is. It’s just that he didn’t feel like there was anything noteworthy to write a new post about.

While this may leave you quiver in anticipating of what it is that he deems important enough to break the silence for, let me give you first time visitors the chance to walk away right now: just navigate away from this page and spare yourself wasting more time of your already busy lives.

You’re gone? Good, the rest of you hard core minions: please do continue to read…

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April 20th, 2017|Categories: Other Cycling Trips|Tags: , , |

Midweek In Hochsauerland

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After our previous trip to the Hochsauerland area, I promised to come back one day for more cycling and last week we made good on that promise.

Like last time, we rented a cottage in Medebach, which is in ‘High Sauerland District’, the area where the highest ‘mountains’ are located.

And while these, or any other climb around here, will not make it onto my ‘been there, done that‘ list, they offer enough altimeter gains to help you finish a Strava climbing challenge in no time… (more…)

September 28th, 2016|Categories: Other Cycling Trips|Tags: , , , |

Up Next: Hochsauerland

hsk-medebachNow that September seems to be done throwing record-breaking temperatures at us, it’s time for our next trip to the ‘hilly’ area of Hochsauerland, Germany.

If the trip to the Vosges was any indication of my abilities to handle that sort of terrain, I’d do well to plan my cycling adventures a little less enthusiastic, lest I’ll end up in the back of the van again.

As it seems these ‘climbing abilities’ – pitiful at best anyway – have diminished further, even the hills in the Vosges proofed enough to finish me. In my defense, I’d like to point out that the average grades on the ‘friendly rolling’ hills there are often close to 10%.

However, the hills in Hochsauerland are not as high as in the Vosges and the climbs are – in general – a lot shorter… (more…)

September 15th, 2016|Categories: Other Cycling Trips|Tags: , |

Editing Fly footage

I recently bought both of Cycliq‘s Fly cameras: the ‘I have your back’ 6 and the ‘Your eyes up front’ 12. I’ll post a review on them in the near future*, but this post is about editing Fly footage to compile awesome (looking) clips to share.

The Fly6 doesn’t offer any connectivity other than attaching the unit to your computer, or take out the micro SD card and stick that into an adapter.

The Fly12, which has Bluetooth and WiFi, has an accompanying app, which – imho – needs improvement for it to become (more) useful. Besides, at the time of writing, the app is Apple only…

So far, the only reason I have found to use the app, is to be able to add the tram line overlay. Perhaps the Strava & map overlay may prove to be more useful than the overlays I have been able to put on my footage with the help of other software, but it will still be a pain to trim your clips using the phone app. (more…)

July 14th, 2016|Categories: Other Random Crap|Tags: , , , , |

Action Cam Rebel

These days you see more and more riders with an action cam mounted somewhere. Camera prices have dropped and the technology has advanced to a level that lets you shoot footage that is actually worth watching.

This can be used to show that you weren’t bluffing about dropping the hammer during that group ride or Strava KOM segment, but – more importantly – it might serve as proof in case you are confronted with motorists’ less desired behavior.

Whether such footage will put an end to the ‘your word against mine’ debate remains to be seen. At the very least, it can be used to (publicly) expose such behavior, which is what we’re seeing a lot of right now.

Cycliq, maker of the Fly6 rear view and the Fly12 front view camera, has a section of their website reserved for not only that, but also the more funny and sometimes painfully hilarious footage shot by cyclists from around the globe. (more…)

July 13th, 2016|Categories: Other Random Crap|Tags: , , , , |
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