Posts in the category Gadgets

EB14: Park Tool Simplifies Internal Cable Installation, Plus a Toolbox Full of New Tools

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Depending on the frame, internal routing can be a mechanics worst nightmare. Fortunately Park Tool is here to help with their new IR-1 internal cable routing kit. Comprising of 3 different 250cm cables with strong magnets at one end, and unique fittings at the other for electronic wires, shift/brake housing, hydraulic lines, or cables at the other. Using the supplied external guide magnet with reversed polarity from the cables, the guide cables should feed right through the frame and snap into place with the guide. Then simply pull the wire/housing/cable through the frame and you’re set. While probably not the first company or individual to think of this, the IR-1 being readily available as a kit through Park Tool is sure to make a lot of mechanics’ lives much easier.

The IR-1 may be one of the most exciting new tools for 2015, but the rest are certainly worth a look after the break…

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IB14: PatchNride Gets Official, Flat Tires Will Never Be The Same

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We first caught wind of the PatchNRide system back in June when the company first announced that they were taking pre-orders with video featuring some high production value but not a lot of answers to how the system actually works. It turns out that was on purpose, since the company didn’t want to reveal all the details until the system was completely ready and the patent applications were all sorted out. Now a few months later, PatchNride was on hand at Interbike showing exactly how the system works and just how easy it is.

From what we’ve seen, PatchNride will be a game changer, especially for the world of tubulars. Seal up the details, next…

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IB14: TrainerRoad Puts Full Platform on iOS, Developing Group Training Features

TrainerRoad has added an iOS app that lets you run their entire platform of training software directly from your phone.

TrainerRoad is a subscription based training system that lets you use prebuilt workouts or build your own, then have the effort wirelessly sent to your Wahoo Kickr or Computrainer. Those two offer the best integration, which lets the software automatically control your trainer to keep the power output on track with the workout. More features after the break…

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IB14: Brim Brothers Toes the Line with First Wearable Power Meter

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If you haven’t noticed by now, with products from companies like 4iiii, Stages, Garmin, and more, power meters are currently in a race to affordability, usability, and compatibility. As far as we know, to this point power meters have always been mounted somehow to the bike. Whether it is the hub, the crank, the pedals, one way or another it’s mounted to the machine rather than the man.

Brim Brothers looks to change that with their Zone DPMX shoe based power meter. Sandwiching the force sensor between the cleat and the shoe, the Zone sets the control pod on top of the toe for a rider based solution to power. Clip in after the break for more…

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IB14: Power Meters Hit $400 with New 4iiii Innovations Crank Arm Units

 

4iiii Precision crank arm power meter for 400 dollars

4iiii has dropped the cost of entry to power measurement to an all time low of just $399 while promising incredible accuracy.

Their new 4iiii Precosion Power Meter sticks onto the back of your left side crank arm, similar to Stages’ units, except it’s smaller and can be installed by the end user. It comes with a pod and calibration kit, and if you want a second pod (or third or fourth or fifth), those are $350 each. That allows you to add a second one to your crankset and get true left/right, or just add them to other bikes and use the original calibration kit. Or, if you have a bunch of friends or a friendly bike shop, you really only need one calibration kit.

Power through for more on the tech…

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EB14: Knog Lights Up Your Life, Gives Locks a Code, and Is Working on Lights for Germans

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Based on the performance of their LED bicycle lights, Knog’s newest products aren’t such a stretch. Sure, their new expose smartphone light isn’t exactly bicycle specific, but it bridges the gap between bicycle lights and consumer electronics. The expose series launches alongside their Qudos action camera light system which allows you to film with your GoPro, even in the dark.

Knog may be brightening up their light portfolio but there are some new bike specific products as well….

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EB14: Xpedo Charges Up Thrust e Power Meter Pedals

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For many cyclists, the idea of pedal-based power meters is very appealing. Easily transferable from one bike to the next, the pedals allow for the use of any wheel combination and multiple bikes. Xpedo attracted a lot of attention when they introduced their first power meter pedal at the Taipei Show called the Thrust e. Now offering more information including price, riders can decide if the Thrust e is right for their power needs…

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Dream Park Builder App Lets You Create Your Fantasy BMX Park

Dream Park Builer App PhotoDream Park Builder gives you control of nearly 200 unique ramps, rails, and more as you create the BMX/skate park or pump track you’ve always wanted. It’s super simple to use, and you can share screenshots of your park with your friends. Check out the video below…

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Zwift Bringing Massively Multiplayer Online Cycling Video Game to Indoor Trainers

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We’ve got streaming videos with real time resistance changes. Heck, we’re even getting 3D trainer videos. But Zwift is looking to take it all to the next level with a live, real time massively multiplayer cycling game that lets you race, er, train against a lot of other cyclists at once.

If Strava gamified real world cycling, Zwift’s launch will do the same for indoor riding like nothing before it. Using a team of software engineers, video game developers and avid cyclists, they’ll use their “Zengine” to process all the bits to turn your winter training into something a little more competitive. Might be time to hook up the kids’ bikes to it next time they wanna play video games, too. Now, if they’ll just let us customize our rides with rocket launchers and oil slicks, things could get really interesting…

The beta goes live on September 30th world wide, stay tuned for more details.