Monthly Archives: January 2016

After a wet suit, the open water swimmer’s best friend …

PIC_20160123_183303

When I go for my long open water swims, I have two concerns (and drowning isn’t one of them!):

  • Will the boaties—particularly those towing water skiers—see me (a black wet suit with a white/yellow cap isn’t that visible); and,
  • What do I do with my car keys?

Enter the ‘Real Swim Bag’ which solves both problems. This is one of those inventions which is so obvious I don’t know why they aren’t common place.

It is a dry bag which contains two bladders. You inflate the bladders and it floats like a buoy. There is a small belt that goes around your waist.  It is completely unobtrusive and you don’t notice it when you are swimming.  My wife Lis advised that it was very visible from the beach—especially as it was moving (slowly) across the water.

The are only $NZ 50 (about US$35) from www.realswimadventures.com. I can’t recommend it highly enough. If you do any open water swimming get one. You won’t regret it.

Stabilizing the Gamin 1000 Dynamo Power Cable

A short post on powering your Garmin 1000 from the dynamo while riding. Often, the micro-USB power cable works loose losing power. Here’s my solution.

The first step is to get a right angle micro USB cable like this:http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/321370444583

Then use the rubber ‘bands’ that come with your Garmin and loop one of them around the GPS and the flat side of the micro-usb cable. I have one of those silicon covers for my Edge 1000 which serves to hold the cable in place. If it slips put a bit of tape on the top side.

This arrangement makes the cable really firm in place and yet easy to remove when you want to pop your Garmin off to go shopping.

PIC_20160120_073611

PIC_20160120_073634

Postscript: Worked great for a few rides but I’ve done one modification. I used a file to put a groove into the back of the plug which serves to hold the rubber band in place firmly.