• Elk Mountain Ride

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    If you’ve got limited time then ride hills or do intervals. If you’re weak climber ride hills. Well I’m both so I try to ride hills lots (well often but not as often as I’d like). I also live far enough out in the Fraser Valley of BC that I’ve either got flat or mountains.…

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  • Does a Bike Fit Make a Difference?

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    As I [recently mentioned](http://back2cycling.com/2011/05/06/fitting-the-ride-or-how-my-old-position-sucked/) I got a proper bike fitting. I’ve always been an advocate of getting a proper fit on a bike while skipping it myself. I just figured after riding for 15+ years I had the bike fit fine, boy was I wrong. ### What Changed As I said in the fit we…

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  • Finding the Right Mail Client – Mailplane

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    For a while now I’ve been using [Sparrow][sparrow] to access my email both work and personal since they’re on Gmail or Google Apps. Unfortunately a recent update that added support for other IMAP client has slowed Sparrow down lots and meant I’m in the market for a new email client again. I’ve wanted to try…

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  • Tracking Your Climbing Performance, A Strava Review

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    I recently published a [review of RunKeeper](https://curtismchale.ca/2011/04/26/runkeeper-review/) during which I concluded that it really was mostly useless to me as far as tracking cycling performance. ### Good Strava’s big feature that set’s it apart from other offerings is their focus on climbing. Strava categorizes climbs on your route and will find out who is the…

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  • Fitting the Ride – Or How my Old Position Sucked

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    As I [mentioned recently](http://back2cycling.com/2011/04/27/experiencing-pain/) I’ve been experiencing some pain on 100km+ rides and I certainly don’t want to stop riding them. Knowing that my fit job was totally a personal endeavour and thus probably not nearly as nice as it could be I set out to get a professional bike fitting and was sent to…

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  • Beautiful Morning Ride

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    Oooops, totally meant to post this on Tuesday to go with the ride in question. While I’ve read Joe Friel’s blog on training for a while his recent posts on LHT tests have piqued my interest so I decided to get out and try it. I’ll admit up front that I don’t have a perfect…

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  • Experiencing Pain

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    With a great sense of accomplishment I rolled in to my home after a wicked 112km ride. I enjoyed 1200m of climbing and some awesome scenery and then climbing the stairs for a much needed shower it hit, knee pain. Figuring it was really just left over tired from a long day I thought little…

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  • RunKeeper Review

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    If you’re training with any amount of seriousness you start tracking the distance, time, heart rate and anything else that you can. For a while now I’ve used RunKeeper to do all my tracking and workout comparison so let’s take a look. The Good RunKeeper starts off with a great design and lots of information.…

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  • Switché – Cleaning up ⌘ – Tab

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    For a while now I’ve been using Apple’s Spaces to keep myself organized while I work. Typically I have one space I’m working in and one space with all of my communication tools (Adium, Skype, Linkinus, Echofon). I need to keep those tools on for client communication, asking questions and some break from the isolation…

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  • Mavic Aksium Review

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    **UPDATE April 17, 2012:** I’ve now done a [5000km review][5000] of the wheels. The short version is I repeat what I think below and highlight a problem. While I haven’t blogged about each time I’ve broken a spoke, I’ve been through almost 10 spokes in the last year. Most of the spokes I’ve busted have…

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