Monthly Archives: May 2016

Garmin’s Varia Vision introduces a great new way to save $400

Specifically, don’t buy the Garmin Varia Vision.

Attaches to your glasses and projects information from your Garmin bike computer (not included)

Attaches to your glasses and projects information from your Garmin bike computer (not included)

Can also display information from a rear-facing camera (not included), which would seem to make a mockery of their claim that this thing decreases distractions.

Can also display information from a rear-facing camera (not included), which would seem to make a mockery of their claim that this thing decreases distractions.

The problem with Premium Rush (2012)

I rewatched the 2012 David Koepp / Joseph Gordon-Levitt movie Premium Rush last night, and noticed one problem. It wasn’t the comically dated flash mob at the end. It wasn’t the couple of times Gordon-Levitt teleported, once from the West Side to the East Side, another time from 105th Street back up to 110th. It wasn’t the time the guy on the fixed-gear bicycle kept up with a geared bike down the big hill in Central Park, nor the bizarre ongoing argument over whether or not one should have a brake on a fixed-gear bike (you shouldn’t, it adds nothing). No, the problem was the moment, about 1/3 of the way through the film, when corrupt cop Michael Shannon walks out of his stationhouse, sees a bicycle chained to a pole, and recognizes it as Gordon-Levitt’s.

Non-riders never notice bikes in that kind of detail. There is no way he would have noticed that this bike is the same as the one he had been chasing down Broadway 20 minutes earlier. No way.

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Burning rubber in indoor cycling

I was on my newish Wahoo Kickr Snap trainer last night and pulled my rear wheel out of alignment (presumably in Beast mode on a virtual climb in Zwift, the alternative, that I failed to adequately tighten the skewer, is obviously an absurd hypothesis). No big deal except that I didn’t notice for half an hour, instead thinking that my mounting difficulty turning the pedals and the stink of burning rubber were the result of a technical flaw in the trainer resulting it its crashing into highest resistance and staying there. I was dreading the debugging process, as isolating the component responsible promised to be time-consuming, and if the problem was in the trainer itself, a hassle to get replaced as well.

Only when the rear wheel was so jammed that I could stand on the pedals in my lowest gear and not move the rear wheel did I dismount and examine the situation closely. A veritable Sherlock Homes, I could not help but notice the burnt rubber shavings that had accumulated to the left of the rear triangle where the wheel had been rubbing the inside of the frame. The sidewall of the tire was sticky all the way around where it had been melting itself with friction.

What's that smell?

What’s that smell?

Don’t Text and Fart

While this may be a little outside the core competency of Wheeled Thing – it is something we know all too much about.

While reading an article titled “Japanese tourism board writes pamphlet to remind Chinese visitors to not fart or burp in public” on the website Shanghaiist, I was served an ad with the headline, “Stop the Texts, Stop the Wrecks

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Don’t Text and Fart

That leads to two questions:

  1. Was this ad served because we should not burp and fart while texting and/or driving?
  2. What kind of tips do you need not to text and drive?  I mean, I could use some tips to prevent farting and burping, but if you are driving, don’t text – how hard is that?