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W&OD Trail Riders - Do the power lines affect you?(12 posts)

W&OD Trail Riders - Do the power lines affect you?Fez
Aug 2, 2002 6:58 AM
I have Polar Xtrainer Plus with Coded transmitter. I pretty much could not get a signal the entire time between Vienna and Leesburg. Anyone else affected by the gigantic power lines that pretty much go the whole length of the trail?

And I saw a couple riding on Colnagos yesterday. Nice bikes. Are you here on this board?
Would not suprise me at all ...Humma Hah
Aug 2, 2002 7:10 AM
Wireless HRM's are notorious for screwing up under power lines, and I'd expect wireless cyclocomputers might well do the same.
I don't use a wireless cycle computer for that reason, butFez
Aug 2, 2002 7:16 AM
a HRM has to be wireless, and its a bummer when you pretty much can't get any reading your entire ride.
Yup - HR monitor and wireless computer are useless there (NM)Gregory Taylor
Aug 2, 2002 7:47 AM
In and out...Dark Sonix
Aug 2, 2002 8:09 AM
My computer (Sigma wireless) goes in and out for a few sections of the WOD. Maybe I lose it for about 2-3 miles at the most during a 75 mile out and back from the Custis trail in Arlington.
My Sigma wireless would go in and out no matter where I took it.djg
Aug 2, 2002 9:34 AM
I've actually had pretty good luck with Vetta Wireless computers, even in the shadow of the power lines on the W & OD.
No, but ground hogs do. That couple was prob. pmf1 and wife nmPaul
Aug 2, 2002 8:16 AM
Matching bikes - my wife would love that! (nm)Fez
Aug 2, 2002 10:03 AM
re: W&OD Trail Riders - Do the power lines affect you?curlybike
Aug 2, 2002 1:06 PM
That is very common on that stretch of path, either no reading or max reading. Several different modeld will read 220+ in that area. I refuse to use wireless computers so I can't speak to that. I ride that area frequently on a yellow HH racing with yellow rims. Yell, if you see me, just don't sneak up on me to yell. I am old and might have a heart attack.
Vetta VHR 50 - no problems nmjose_Tex_mex
Aug 2, 2002 2:53 PM
Never mind heart monitors!aeon
Aug 2, 2002 6:37 PM
Man you're lucky if it only messes with your HRM's... whenever i take my mountain bike up the high voltage lines near my house, the saddle rails shock the inside of your thighs!!
Ever see a flourescent bulb at night under the wires?jose_Tex_mex
Aug 2, 2002 7:28 PM
There's such an EMF if you bring a flourescent light with you and stand under the towers at night the will light up a bit.
Scary.