The 14 mph Ride

 

The 14 mph Ride from James .

This is a video of an old ride I called The 14 mph Ride. It was a great ride with some good friends and we had a blast. We even had someone who just latched on for the fun. My Garmin said we had a 14 mph average pace. Now, if you judge a ride’s fun factor by the speed this may seem like a boring ride. But is the fun factor directly proportional to your speed? The faster you go the more fun it is?

Click on Strava to see the map.

Part two, On Your Left,  here.

Part three, The Blanco Chase, here.

Remember the first time you rode a bike? You may not have gone over 10 mph but you felt like you were flying! It was effortless compared to walking. It was freedom! Admit it, you were hooked after that. Now, you’re training, eating right, getting the right gear – and maybe even shooting for Strava Segments. Either way you’re probably either looking for a top speed or a high average. Or maybe not either one. Maybe the speed you find fun is the speed at which you can talk to friends while you do something good for your heart. To each, his own, right?

Everyone has a different idea of what speed is fun. Whether it’s a pace of  15 mph or 20, or even 30, it doesn’t matter. Your top speed can be 25 or 50, again it doesn’t matter. It’s all about feeling like you did when you first got a bike. That feeling that you were flying!

So what fires you up? Speed? Distance? Climbing? I don’t know if speed is the most important for you or not but we all know speed is fun.  If you have the right speed, the right distance and the right amount of climbing you’re going to have fun. In the right ratio they can even make for the perfect ride. Add in great weather and good friends and you get another day in paradise.

 

Saturday Night Home Movies

 

Lord of the (Chain) Rings Part II from James on Vimeo.

Ok, I’ve played enough with this thing already. I need to post some bike videos that have bikes! I have tons of video of rides here in San Antonio with some great friends that I’m finally going to post.

Strava map.

In fact that was the whole purpose of this blog. I needed some place to collect them all. They’re nothing special, that’s why I call them Home Movies. You know, the kind your family forces you to watch when you would really rather be somewhere else. There’s no exotic scenic views, no death defying jumps, no bloody crashes. It’s really just plain old home movies. It’s just a camera taking pictures on the move without me having to do much. Sounds easy, right?

Well there’s a lot more work involved than I thought. Maybe not as much as with still pictures. Those require an eye for a good shot. I have many friends that take great pictures but I just can’t seem to get the hang of it. There’s an art to it that I just don’t have so this will have to do.

I hope you see yourself in there somewhere. If not, and you were on that ride, just be patient. I’ll post one eventually. Like I’ve said before, it may take me a while and you may not get to see it but your great grand kids are going to love it.

 

Chest Mounted Camera Test

 

Chest Mount Test from James on Vimeo.

I have some mountain bike and gravel bike video with the camera mounted to the seat post and the handle bars. It’s very shaky. This video mounts the camera on a chest strap. The video is not bad with this system but obviously I can’t use the old Garmin Elite since it is cigar shaped. The video was taken at McAllister Park. I ran into a couple of guys from the Storm club which was convenient since I needed a reference. One thing about this chest mounted camera is trying to get the angle right. It’s hit or miss and can change as you ride so you have to keep track of it.

Strava map.

The bigger question is how do I mount the rear facing camera? The seat tube works ok on the road but I ride a hard tail and I don’t think it will work out on the trail. I like that view better as it shows the suffering on the riders face and we know cycling is about suffering, right? Anyone have any ideas? Oh, and can you guess the trail?

 

Camera Test Comparison

 

Camera Test Comparison from James on Vimeo.

I am using this blog to post my cycling videos but here I am again posting another video with no bikes! The reason is that I’m paranoid I’m going to lose something since I don’t have the hang of this yet. Time will make it easier, I know.  This is one more for me to practice on.

I have been asked several times what camera I’m using. My first video camera was the Garmin Verb Elite that I got back in 2014. It was originally attached to my seat post for a rear view but now that I have a new camera, it is on the front. The new one, a Garmin Verb Ultra 30 is now on the rear.

This video is a test of the stabilization of the two cameras. When I stand up during a climb the bike rocks back and forth. You can see it in the first part of the video with the old camera on the front. The second half of the video shows the new camera. When the bike is moving side to side the camera makes it look like the rear wheel is moving side to side instead and the picture is much more stable. Pretty cool! Just so you know, the camera and editor have many functions available, none of which I understand yet. I guess the challenge will be to see if an old dog can be taught new tricks. And in dog years I’m 441 years old. So give me a break…..

 

Skateboard Madness

 

 

Skateboard Madness from James on Vimeo.

I was out doing a solo ride one day and happened to have my camera with me. It’s mounted on the seat post and aimed back. It was a climbing workout so when you go up you have to come down. I was half way down one of the longer climbs when I noticed something in my rear view mirror. (Yes, I have a rear view mirror damn it. You can make fun of me later.) Anyway, I saw something in front of the car behind me and when i looked further I noticed it was someone on a skateboard!

Strava map.

If you think going 35 mph is fast on a bike, imagine what it feels like on the skateboard. And we have brakes. Watch how he stops at the end. I asked him how fast he’s gone on that thing. Mid 30s in San Antonio and in the 40s in Austin. Pure madness as far as I’m concerned. I does seem fun though, doesn’t it?