Bryton Rider 450 review

Bryton Rider 450 Review: Best Value Cycling GPS?

Boom. Bike computer review time. In this case, the Bryton Rider 450.

The Bryton Rider 450 is a fully-fledged bike GPS device. It uses the magic (science) of satellites to track and record your rides, taking feeds from other sensors secreted about your bike (cadence, power) or your person (heart rate strap).

Once your ride is completed, it sends the data file to the Bryton Active smartphone app and, if you’re that way inclined, on to Strava.

You can also use the device to upload and follow routes, in an attempt not to get lost on twisty turny unknowny roads.

So, very much a bike GPS computer in the Garmin Edge/Wahoo ELEMNT mould. But how does it compare? Most importantly, should you buy one? Read on MacDuff…

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Bike Gears: How Do They Work?

Gears are a pretty fundamental part of the modern bicycle.

In fact, as the handlebar-moustache-sporting, Victorian gents amongst you will know, the introduction of gear rings and chains spelt the end for the Hi-wheel (the Penny Farthing to you and I) and other direct drive bicycles.

By varying the size of the chainring at the front and the sprockets (or cogs) at the back, cyclists could generate greater speeder without having to spin the pedals at ever-increasing RPMs (or balance precariously above gigantic front wheels).

In this post, I’m going to give an introduction to bike gears. Since this is a blog about road cycling, I’ll stick to talking about derailleur gears (i.e. the ones seen on road bikes). Conveniently, this means I can avoid having to admit that I really don’t understand how hub gears work (what? ah…).

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Bryton Rider 750 review

Bryton Rider 750 Review: Colour Touchscreen GPS At A Garmin-Beating Price?

Behold my full review of the Bryton Rider 750 bike GPS, brought to you in ALL the formats:

  • Mega video review; and
  • Full blog post with all the details (currently in note/bullet point form but I will build it out)

Good news: you don’t have to read/watch all them. Just pick the one that suits you best.

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How To Upload Routes Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT

How To Upload A Route To A Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT

In this blog post, along with an accompanying, short video I explain how to upload a GPS cycling route to the Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT bike computer.

For the example in the video, I used RideWithGPS as the mapping software, and in fact, someone else (the organiser of the Spring Forward Sportive) had created the route.

All I did was to sync it with the Wahoo ELEMNT smartphone app and, from there, sync it with my own GPS device. Simples!

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Trek Domane with Campagnolo Zonda C17 wheelset

Campagnolo Zonda C17 Wheelset Review: My Quest For A New Pair Of Road Bike Wheels

I have a habit of using things until well after they’ve stopped working properly.

Partly this is my profound Yorkshireness (deep pockets/short arms), partly inertia. Unless something gets really annoying, I’m unlikely to do anything about it.

Early in 2018 (yes, this is a long term review!) my rear wheel got so annoying I finally decided to do something about it.

I needed to buy myself some new road bike wheels.

Cue the intro music.

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Wahoo ELEMNT vs ELEMNT BOLT

Wahoo ELEMNT vs ELEMNT BOLT – What Are The Differences (And Which Is Better)?

So my current bike computer is close to giving up the goat. And the ghost.

I’ve been waiting for this moment for some time. Having been in new bike GPS purchase mode almost constantly for the past 4 years (who isn’t?), it’s time to thrust my short Yorkshire arms into those deep Yorkshire pockets and ‘level up’ my electronic bike bling.

What’s that? The Garmin Edge is not the only show in town, you say? (Shurely shome mishtake.)

But it is true, we have a new(-ish) biketech contender in town in the form of Wahoo Fitness, with what finally can be described as their ELEMNT range of bike computers (until recently they just had one model). And based on my research THEY ARE GOOD!

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Strava vs MapMyRide Which Is Best

MapMyRide vs Strava: A Detailed Comparison

Imagine the blog post. Strava vs MapMyRide, in some sort of app-ocalyptic battle to establish which is best ride tracking software. A fight to the last breath gpx waypoint. Well, ideate no longer. This is that blog post.

And I can save you the trouble of reading it: Strava is better than MapMyRide. Considerably better.

It looks better. It is easier to use. It smells better*.

(*Okay, slipped that one in. They smell the same.)

For 99% of use cases, Strava provides a better experience, with the ability to record, store and then present back to you more interesting data.

The reason it is not better 100% of the time is because, yes dear reader, I am fallible, and it’s possible that I’ve missed off a crucial use case. No doubt that person will let me know in the comments.

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Best Road Bike Pedals 2020

Best Road Bike Pedals 2020: The Sportive Cyclist’s Somewhat Ultimate Guide

Fitting the right set of pedals to my road bike has improved my enjoyment of cycling immeasurably. As they say, er, pedals maketh the man bike.

For too long it seems I used the wrong pedals. In the end I developed chronic pain in my knee, I couldn’t ride for more than an hour, and the muscles in my right thigh shrank (fact!).

When I got the right pedals (and the left ones), the pain went almost overnight.

In this post, I’m going to attempt to provide a guide to pedals in general and then sort out the best road bike pedals in 2020.

So strap clip in and lets go for a ride (with words…)

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