If you are someone who likes to check Strava segments before the next ride, or someone who likes to explore new rides online before venturing out, you’ll be interested to see some reconnaissance videos I have put together and continue to grow in number. It’s way better than clicking a thousand times through a Google map street view.
You can see and search all the segments I have recorded on Pinterest here
Or, check the map above, see the segments and follow the links below.
1. Sydney Harbour Bridge
2. Battle Boulevard
3. Parriwi Rd
4. Taronga Zoo KOM
5. Monavale to Church Point
6. McCarrs Creek Rd
7. Bobbin Head West
8. Bobbin Head South
9. Wakehurst Parkway North
A. Burnt Bridge Creek Deviation
B. Wakehurst Parkway South
C. Pymble Hill
D. M2 Westbound
E. Lane Cove Cycleway
Hope you enjoy the videos. Let me know if there are any segments you want added. I know I have to do Akuna Bay, West Head, Brooklyn and Berowra, and I am also have a set of bike paths and some Lower north Shore hills.
In post #18, “So what do I want for Christmas” I was torn between asking Santa for new Specialized road shoes or a Garmin Virb. As you know I chose the shoes but the profound thing is they ended up being involved in me missing some time on the bike (that is I pinched a nerve in my foot) which I am happy to say is nearly all resolved due to refinements.
Now that I am on the bike again and getting out there, I am enjoying my new shoes and my new Garmin Virb – yeh!!!! Yes, I couldn’t help myself and bought one with a bike mount for the handlebars and started taking video and pics like the one above on the road to Church Point.
This year I have come to terms with the fact that racing is not where I am heading and that exploring on my bike is, so I have found the Virb is adding to that experience. In addition to me enjoying being out there on the road, appreciating the visual world I live in, feeling the wind in my face as it cools my sweat and having the time alone with my thoughts, I have now found a way to continue the ride when I get home.
As you may have noticed I really enjoy combining technology with riding. Continue reading
As a person who has been in IT and computers for more than 25 years, technology has been one of the biggest motivators for me to continue cycling. Even if you are not into technology, for self-motivation you have to try it!
It’s rare that you will ride without your phone on you so why not use it for your advantage. After hearing about a few options, I downloaded a couple of apps and tried the first one – Runtastic Road Bike.
When you start your ride, you open the app, click “start” or “ride”, put your phone in your pocket and off you go. You can “pause” it if you stop midway or just “stop” when you are done. The key thing is these apps use features on the phone such as GPS to record your time, distance, average speed, top speed, elevation up (meaning how much you rode up hills) and elevation down, plus you can see the whole route and track it on a map.
For those who want to get fitter, many also calculate calories that you have burnt which means if you know you have burnt 500 calories in the morning, you can eat the yummy stuff at night without feeling guilty (and you’ll probably be way ahead of everyone else).