HACK: AMain Doubles up on Sprint Switches with Shimano Di2 hack

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amain shimano di2 sprint switch shifter hack install how to

If you give something to most cyclists, inevitably they will find a new way to use it. Shimano already offers a fairly versatile shifting set up with their Di2 electronic drivetrains. Thanks to the extra ports on the shifter, you can run the climber’s switch which is a dual button shift pod to be mounted at the bar top, or the sprint switch which are two small shift buttons to be located in the drops. Both auxiliary shifters operate the rear derailleur making it possible to shift up and down the cassette without moving your hands. But what to do if you don’t like the form of the climber’s switch up at the bar?

Inspired by the mechanics of the Etixx-Quickstep at the 2015 Paris-Roubaix, AMain figured out a way to make a dual (quad?) sprint switch set up that allow you to shift both at the drop and at the tops, all with the minimal form factor of the smaller buttons…

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Kinetic Fit, new web training app to help get through the rest of winter

Kinetic Fit, new web training app to help get through the rest of winter

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A little more than a year ago Kinetic created add-on power measurement for their fluid trainers with their Bluetooth-powered inRide pod that then communicated with an iOS or Android app to monitor your speed, cadence, and power. We took a look at the setup and its initial integration with the Sufferfest back last fall, but now Kinetic has completely revamped their free app with the new Fit to provide deeper training tools, better integration, and all of the features that weren’t ready in the previous inRide version. Jump across the break with us for a closer look and to see why they’ve teamed up with the Tour of Sufferlandria to raise money for the Davis Phinney Foundation starting this weekend…

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Unleash your Specialized Enduro with a Bike Yoke to upgrade its shock

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From the same German engineer that developed the tech in most travel adjust forks, many dropper posts, several oval chainrings, and several other suspension systems floating around the market these days comes a new solution for riders tooling around on Specialized Enduros. No longer stuck with the proprietary shocks with a suspension yoke incorporated into it, this new company BikeYoke has an aftermarket solution that lets you run any number of standard 1/2″ eyelet shocks so you can better tune the suspension performance of the bike to your riding style. The first run will be shipping by the end of next month, so slide past the break with us to find out how to upgrade in time for hitting the trails this spring…

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SRM drops pricing on PowerMeters, plus new limited lifetime warranty

SRM drops pricing on PowerMeters, plus new limited lifetime warranty

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The power meter price wars have begun and customers are beginning to reap the rewards. German stalwart and pioneer of the power measurement game SRM have just announced a big shift in their pricing for the American markets. Effective immediately their prices drop about 30% across the board. SRM says they have been working for months to optimize how they do things to get their prices down in reaction to customer and bike shop feedback, and finally have come away with a substantial price drop that will help them stay competitive with the numerous other options on the market now. Jump past the break for a rundown of some of their pricing, plus a look at the new limited lifetime warranty…

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Wahoo spins out a standup desk for use with their KICKR, SNAP trainers

Wahoo spins out a standup desk for use with their KICKR, SNAP trainers

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Looking to make a little more of your trainer sessions? Or maximize your work time? Wahoo has just the tool to add to your training arsenal – A stand up desk.

The Wahoo Fitness Desk has a one-button adjustable position, switching from sitting to standing heights (33″ to 48″ / 88.8cm to 121.9cm). The surface has a grippy texture to keep your laptop from sliding off, plus a built-in tablet and smartphone stand and cable ports.

If you’re asking “why?”, think training apps. With the growth of training platforms like Zwift, Bkool, Sufferfest, TrainerRoad and more, the ability to stick your laptop directly in front of you makes a lot of sense. The frame is steel and has wheels to make moving it easily. More pics, specs and pricing below…

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GoPro doubles your fun by streaming its angle through Periscope’s real-time video app

GoPro doubles your fun by streaming its angle through Periscope’s real-time video app

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If you think the global Interwebs absolutely needs to see your goings on in real time, now you can at least be a peach and let them see the action rather than just your mug talking into the camera.

GoPro and Twitter have joined forces so you can step it up a notch by letting you add your GoPro camera’s angle to your smartphone’s live Periscope feed. And you can switch between the two cameras with a simple push of a button. Pop on in and up your broadcasting game…

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Is the Jet Roll Hypersonic X-15 the lightest tool wrap around?

Is the Jet Roll Hypersonic X-15 the lightest tool wrap around?

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Even for cyclists who aren’t professed weight weenies, we all seem to like cutting grams where we can. In spite of the attention bike components receive for their weight, often the accessories we bring with us on the ride get a free pass. Seeing as how many riders are shocked to find out how much their bike actually weighs once it hits the road, if you care about the grams on your bike, you should care about the grams of your ride kit.

That goes for your flat kit too. And if you wrap your flat kit up in one of the many popular tool rools on the market, that wrap should be subject to the scale as well. Always looking for the next way to reinvent the tool wrap, JET Roll is back a it with what has to be one of, if not the lightest tool wrap on the market…

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Found: Internal hack to convert SRAM MTB 10 speed to 11, without replacing shifter or rear derailleur

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SRAM 10 speed to 11 hack rapide shifter derailleur 1x (1)
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It looks like Rapide has opened the door to some interesting drivetrain modifications. If you have a 10 speed SRAM mountain drivetrain, with an inexpensive part you could upgrade to 11. Without replacing the rear shifter or derailleur. You will have to perform a little surgery to your shifter, but it looks like a fairly simple swap. You’ll also still be limited by the constraints of your current rear derailleur as far as cassette size, but with cassettes like Shimano’s 11 speed XT 11-40 or even 42t, this could lead to some creative gearing…

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The world’s most advanced (aero!?!) bamboo bicycle races in, DIY frame kits follow close behind

The world’s most advanced (aero!?!) bamboo bicycle races in, DIY frame kits follow close behind

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Bamboo Bicycle Club produces a wide variety of DIY bamboo frame building kits for people that want to build their frame themselves. Although they are not usually the ones building the frames, they decided they wanted to show off a little by illustrating what was possible with the renewable resource. The bike they made out of bamboo is unlike anything that had ever been done before.

Shoot past the break to see the sweet bamboo aero road bike they built to display in the Cycle Revolution exhibition in London’s Design Museum as well as the many frame kits available to do-it-yourself’ers…

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