To Zwift Or Not To Zwift

Is that even a question?

I mean, I said goodbye to Zwift a few years back as I grew weary of perpetually riding “in” a cartoon world.

Coincidently, I returned to riding cartoon worlds this year when RGT clearly was out of beta and gaining traction.

But in RGT’s realm, you can hardly speak of worlds, or anything even close to Zwift – other than the… cartoons – as it has but a few options.

However, that trial was short-lived, as Wahoo acquired RGT and dubbed/integrated it into SYSTM (along with the Sufferfest they required earlier – nothing is sacred anymore).

And Wahoo (SYSTM) is a hard pass for me, but I can see why it’s a great ecosystem for many.

Today, Zwift reached out…

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Daemon

In 2020, I traded my Sensa for a Trek.

I got the Domane SL 5, which is just above entry level for Trek 😂

(It wasn’t even € 3,000 at the time, they are more expensive now…)

When I got my SpeedMax CF8 a year later, which came with electronic shifting – and “wireless” at that – I was sure I’d never go back to mechanical shifting.

Okay, yes, I got my Sonora MTB this year and it has mechanical shifting, but that was just an extra “fun bike”, costing less than the fork for my SpeedMax…

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GoPro 911

A while ago, I was recording a round-trip through my backyard with my GoPro HERO 9, to be shared with those of you who would like to create a Real Life Video (RLV).

If you are on an indoor cycling platform that supports using your own, like Rouvy or BigRingVR that is.

I had a route in mind that would be just under two hours, which would be more than enough for most indoor sessions.

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If It’s Not On Strava, It Happend All The Same

At the end of our “holiday” on Tenerife, I’ve written my usual recap.

Before we went there, I posted on Strava that we were (going there) and that I would let my Strava subscrption expire after we got back.

I’ve cancelled the auro-renewal, put all my activities in “private” mode and am currently contemplating on whether or not to delete my account altogether.

However, I have probably more posts with links to Strava entries – that are no longer working anyway – than I figured beforehand.

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Garmin Varia RCT715

Despite Ray’s critical review of the Garmin Varia RCT715 – which actually reflects how I feel about EVERY Garmin product when they dump it into the market and fix blatant errors and design flaws with “updates” after that – I got myself this rear radar / camera combo anyway.

You can read that review here.

Last Saturday, I first used it during my Gran Fondo.

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