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A Блог about travel, technology and the life at a slower pace. The journey is as important as the destination.

TPU inner bicycle tires test and review

For TPU inner bicycle tires, I found out a little over few months ago.

It happened entirely by chance - I read about TPU tires from a comment by Ivan - a fellow cyclist, under a post in one of the cycling groups on Facebook.

I had just received my new set of Continental GP 5000 tires, and the post on Facebook was precisely about a topic that is extremely important for every cyclist - tires. :)

The colleague had posted a picture of two tiny, thin, green inner tubes and explained that he had recently gotten them and hadn't even tested them yet.

Later, another fellow cyclist, Dimitar, strongly recommended these new TPU tires to me in the Facebook chat. He said he had been using them for a year and a half:

YouTube Podcast. The New Frontier of Podcasting

YouTube's foray into podcasting is not just a new feature; it's a whole new realm for creators.

With its vast user base, YouTube is an ideal platform for podcasters to amplify their voice and reach a global audience.

YouTube is not just expanding its content repertoire with podcasting; it's redefining the podcasting landscape by integrating it into its video-centric platform.

Here’s what makes podcasting on YouTube a game-changer:

  • Integrated Global Platform: YouTube's 2 billion-strong audience is a diverse mix of individuals who are already consuming video content. By adding podcasts to the mix, creators can tap into an existing community that's ripe for audio-visual storytelling.
  • Enhanced Discoverability: Podcasts on YouTube benefit from the platform's sophisticated search and discovery algorithms, which can increase visibility beyond traditional podcast platforms.

YouTube's data suggests that podcasts with video elements outperform audio-only content. This is a nod to the platform's visual-centric audience who engage more with content that has a face or story to tell visually.

Here’s what you can expect:

  • Video Podcasts: Podcasts with hosts appearing on camera have shown to receive double the views compared to those with static images.
  • Automated Video Creation: For RSS feed submissions, YouTube will automatically generate a video using the provided MP3 and image, crafting a seamless audiovisual experience without extra effort from the creator.

MIUICamera Leica for AOSP ROMs like Lineage OS

I have spend the last few weeks testing and experimenting with many different MiuiCamera Leica Mods with the main focus on the Android Opensource Project (AOSP) based ROMs like the famous Lineage OS.

At the moment I have build and I'm using my first custom Android ROM which is based on Lineage OS version 20 with a custom build kernel: Lupo-kernel which I have configured and compiled strongly focused on the super endurance battery life with good overall phone performance.

More details about the custom ROM Lineage-OS UNOFFICIAL version and the Linux kernel I use I'll write in a next Blog posts.

This post is focused on the latest MiuiCamera Leica Mods available at the moment: version 4.9 and version 5.0

In general the famous Lineage OS OFFICIAL come with a vague semblance of a photo program that is far beyond the capabilities of the Redmi Note 10 Pro Camera full hardware capabilities and potential.

If you are Inspired of the Mobile Photography and you are using a good Camera phone produced from Xiaomi like Redmi Note 10 Pro you definitely have to use together the MiuiCamera (Leica) AND the best Google Camera Mod (GCam) available at the moment which definitely is GCam LMC 8.4 Camera Mod from Hasli.

ChatGPT: Engaging Bicycle Blog Visitors

The Artificial intelligence is the new Internet... :) - a strange statement, but I absolutely agree with it! :)

By this statement, I mean the fact that after the official launch of ChatGPT at the end of 2022, we faced a truly significant change of second order and embarked on a new path.

Personally, I believe this change is comparable to the emergence and penetration of the Internet in the mid to late 1990s.

Very few people still realize and fully comprehend the new fundamental change that is already an undeniable fact.

Artificial intelligence is here to stay and grow with us, there is no going back!

The capabilities of Artificial Intelligence at this early stage of its creation and development are IMPRESSIVE.

Only a few of us can even imagine the fundamental changes in our lives and daily routines that the emergence of Artificial Intelligence will bring.

Garmin Edge 540, 840 and 1040 - Cool features from the Interface

Several months already has passed unnoticed with the new Garmin Edge 540!

For a few months now, my faithful old Garmin Edge 530 Mando is navigating from the handlebar of its new owner.

In this review, I will describe in detail what different and new features are present in the interface of Garmin Edge 540, 840, and Edge 1040 - the cool new things that are missing in the interface of Edge 530, Edge 830, and Edge 1030 Plus.

This article is NOT another list, dry statistics, and enumeration of the news, but I will share what personally excites me the most and what new things I use daily while riding. :)

ClimbPro Free Climbing - a cool tool for climbs! :)

I wrote extensively about the news in the new ClimbPro two weeks ago.

Garmin Edge 530 short review and conclusions

Garmin Edge 530 review by a randonneur, initial brief conclusions.

Why does my new Garmin have the nickname Mando?

Weather Forecast for a brevet with

Detailed Weather Forecast for a brevet with