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Our gad­get master im­parts yet more tech wis­dom. This month it’s all about cy­cling, cof­fee and cheap TVs

AGaGu’s chafed thighs know that the health ben­e­fits of cy­cling are pow­er­ful in­deed. Tak­ing to two wheels is one of the best ways to im­prove your car­dio­vas­cu­lar fitness while also tak­ing in lung­fuls of ques­tion­able air, ab­sorb­ing skin-red­den­ing vi­ta­min D, and swal­low­ing clouds of protein-rich tiny in­sects.

But if you just can’t face an­other coc­cyx bat­ter­ing, and the draw of spend­ing thou­sands on a cou­ple of welded-to­gether pipes and a bit of rub­ber doesn’t force you to stack up the miles, turn to this favourite method of mo­ti­va­tion: turn it into a game, Mary Pop­pins style.

The real spoon­ful of cy­cling sugar is fit­stuff tracker Strava (iOS/An­droid). Com­bin­ing its route-map­ping met­rics with a stand­alone GPS mod­ule that you can switch on and for­get about – Garmin’s Edge 1030 will track up to 20 hours on a charge – turns ev­ery ride into a mis­sion. You’ll set your own scores, col­lect your dis­tance,

The real spoon­ful of cy­cling sugar is fit­stuff tracker Strava; its route-map­ping met­rics turn ev­ery ride into a mis­sion

do your time. And if you con­nect with fel­low mud­guard abusers, you’ll be able to weigh your own pal­try ef­forts against their im­pos­si­bly bril­liant re­sults.

Go­ing pre­mium with Strava is by no means re­quired, but if you’re tak­ing your ped­alling some­where ex­treme (or merely like to boast about your ac­tions) you’ll be grate­ful of its bea­con mode, which shares your live lo­ca­tion with a bunch of chums. It also gives you ac­cess to real-time seg­ments, al­low­ing you to fight your own ghost over those tricky or mo­ti­vat­ing sec­tions of a ride

– that’s worth for ex­tra money.

ABOVE Try some friendly com­pe­ti­tion for mo­ti­va­tion. Well, it starts friendly…

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