Strava meets Python

I use strava to register my rides where I mark my commutes. Once a year I need to identify the commuting ratio for tax reasons.

Strava has an api which is well documented, so please check that out here. The code below will get rides between two dates and calculates the ratio of commutes and private rides.

I’m going to update the code with generators to manage the paging, add some error handling on the requests and clean things up a little, as soon as I get round to it.

Find the code here.

Stan’s Race Sealant Works!

So I had preloaded my Veloflex Vlaanderen tubulars with the new Stan’s Race Sealant. This wasn’t as easy as it sounds, since the sealant will clog up the valve stem when using the slightest bit of pressure, it is that good.

This morning after a wet cobblestone commute, I noticed a little bulge on the tyre when locking the bike in the parking at work. My first assumption was that I must have hit a sharp cobblestone with the sidewall and it had torn the protective coating. But it is the sealant that has fixed a puncture! Never noticed it. No noticable pressure drop anyway at minus 0.3 bars. No sealant sprayed all over my bike and legs. Just fixed the puncture. Very exciting.

Now I’ll keep riding these tubulars as long as I can. Only when the temperatures drop sub zero, I’ll be riding the Conti Winter contacts.

The Wahoo Elemnt BOLT

It’s small, light, has long battery life, buttons work in the rain, very clear display and the list goes on and on. Now it seems Wahoo also supports Linux and I don’t mean by the open source community, but they have clear instructions on their site. I had a garmin 1000 edge before. I know, right…

Lights Please

After 6 years of commuting, on and off-road, I think I have spent more money on lights than on cycling clothes and shoes. From cheap Chinese light-in-a-box helmet mounted ones that work very well to über-expensive CatEye external battery crap lights. The best compromise I found is an 80 euro USB rechargable, easy-detachable Trelock LS-950 with 6 levels of brightness and an lcd display to display its battery life.

This light comes with a fabric strap and a clip mechanism that pulls it to tension around the handlebars. Works great on round bars but not so well on my new monocoque aero bars on the Chiner.

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