Posts in the category Commuter

IB14: Sigma Takes Data Center to the Cloud, New Sync’d Smart Watch & Buster Commuter Light

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Thus far, Sigma’s Data Center has been a program that sits on your desktop, keeping all of your historical training data trapped on a local machine. Soon, though, a new Data Center 4.0 will move to the cloud, so once a workout has been synced from your device to Data Center, that workout data will appear on any device running Data Center.

To take full advantage of that, there’s a new Android Data Center app that’ll let you plug your rox10 into tablets or phones that have a mini USB and download ride data directly to the tablet. An iOS version of the app will launch simultaneously, but you’ll need an ANT+ dongle to read data from the Rox units or sync them with your computer first. Once that’s done, all of your training data will be more portable.

Rox 10.0 GPS cycling computer will get a much welcomed firmware update that allows you to further customize the screen, putting 1-6 of your favorite metrics onscreen at a time. Currently, the top section of the computer’s screen is fixed to show cadence, power, heart rate and one other metric, with speed and other usual suspects down below, and a button-activited scrolling metric on the bottom for things like time, distance, temperature, etc. We’re looking forward to setting ours up the way we’d like, and you’ll be able to do that from the Rox or through Data Center 4.0.

For multisport athletes, Sigma’s jumping on the “smart watch” category with the new RC Move…

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Found: Overlap Bikes Belts Out Clean, Quiet Road, Urban & Fixie Bikes

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The startup of small bike brands is alive and well in Europe. The latest is Overlap Bikes from Portugal, bringing us single speeds, fixies and internally geared bikes. Their unique approach is that they are only using Gates Carbon Drive belts for the drivetrain, citing the cleaner and quieter operation. Starting with just two stock models with options, they have already ventured into some very neat special editions…

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IB14: Wheels Manufacturing Eccentric Bottom Bracket Gets Official

We spotted the new Wheels Manufacturing eccentric bottom bracket in prototype form this summer, and now it’s official. The precision milled part will fit BB30 and PFBB30 frames, converting any into a singlespeed bike.

The Enduro ABEC5 angular contact bearings fit a 24mm spindle, with versions for Shimano definitely and SRAM GXP. The outer pieces are machined from aluminum and use steel bolts to snug it into the frame and hold position. It’ll fit both 68mm and 73mm BB shells.

Around $125 retail, price will be finalized and production started for November delivery. More pics below…

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Abus Locks Up Value with new 410 Ultra Line of U-Locks

Ultra410HB140Just because you can’t afford the top of the line lock doesn’t mean you don’t deserve security. For ABUS that means the introduction of their new 410 Ultra series – a complete range of locks packed with the German lock maker’s technology at affordable prices. Meant to fill out their 400 series of U-Locks, the 410 Ultra locks are available in 4 different styles each with an optional Cobra Cable.

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IB14: Niterider Sentinel Blinky Light Creates a Bike Lane w/ Lasers!

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The new Niterider Sentinel is a 2watt/30 Lumen tail light with all the usual blinky functions you’d want to help people see you from behind. The bonus feature is the laser emitter on the bottom that creates a long, wide virtual bike lane around you, encouraging drivers to give you your space.

Retail is just $49.99. Because of the lasers, it’s regulated by the FDA and DOT, and you won’t want to aim it at your eyes. It’s USB rechargeable with run times up to 36 hours. See how the lane markers blink into existence after the break…

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Carrera Partners with Brooks for Special Edition Folding Helmets, Introduces new Colors

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The Carrera Folding helmet is modern as it is retro. Inspired by the old leather “hairnets,” the design fuses modern helmet technology with a flexible core allowing the helmet to “fold.” While it doesn’t really fold, it does compress to about 80% of the full size allowing it to fit more easily in bags, lockers, etc.

In addition to adding new colors for the coming year, Carrera has teamed up with Brooks to offer two special collaboration projects – the J.B. Special and the J.B. Classic. Built on the Carrera folding platform but with classic Brooks touches, the helmets will certainly appeal to anyone perched on the rivets of a leather saddle…

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RearViz Offers Uni Mount Wearable GoPro Mount & Rear View Mirror

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Australian company RearViz has two new wearable products designed to increase safety on the road and catch video for later use. Their first product, the patent pending RearViz (product name same as the company) is a rear view mirror that you wear on your body. An interesting alternative to the helmet mirror, the angle of the mirror is adjustable to fit your body.

The Uni Mount mounting system for GoPro cameras uses a similar body attachment system, and allows full 360 degree adjustability to aim the camera.  Available in different sizes and compatible with accessories for other items, see the details after the break…

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Ted Biker, er, Baker Introduces Fashionable Ready to Wear Bicycle Commuter Collection

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Giro’s New Road collection started bridging the gap between pure roadie spandex and something more coffee shop appropriate. And Levis, Outlier, Makers & Riders, Beta Brand, Bluffworks and more have introduced office-ready garments that work as well on the bike as off.

But you know bicycle commuting has started it’s glorious path toward mainstream when the major fashion houses start creating entire collections around the activity. Fortunately, Ted Baker’s modern British eye has turned to it before such department store brands as Hilfiger, setting the (handle)bar pretty high for others entering the space.

Click through for a sampling and video teaser of the collection…

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Warm, Bright, Reflective, the Pactimo Fall Collection Has it All

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As both the season and day light wind down, there is a lot of talk about lights. Indeed, lights are very important both to allow you to see and get you noticed by drivers, but clothing can also play an important role in visibility. Brightly colored threads help you stand out in the day while reflective panels make you pop against a car’s headlights.

Even though many riders acknowledge the need for visible clothing, for many cyclists style comes first for better or for worse. When Pactimo set out to create their Fall line for 2014 their goal was simple -  create a collection of clothes with attention grabbing colors and smart reflective panels that don’t look like you’re wearing a safety jacket.

Combined with Pactimo’s value for the money and fit that we love, and you have some very interesting, very attention grabbing Fall cycling gear. See what makes the new gear shine next…

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