Polar launches special edition V800 GPS watches, including new performance upgrades

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Pairing with multi-time world triathlon champion Javier Gomez Noya, Polar has created a special signature edition package of their flagship GPS watch geared towards the multi-sport athlete. The Gomez Noya special edition watch comes with a more stealthy all-black bezel and either a black wristband of a vibrant red version. Plus the kit adds everything you need for your own swim, bike, run adventure. In addition to the aesthetic update, the special edition watches bring with them updated functionality, including new 3rd-party GPX track integration, expanded route and explore functions, and more customization with its built-in performance analytics. The new V800 also will now work with a new running training program that Polar also announced today.  Check out the details on the signature edition V800 & Running Program after the jump…

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Pairing with multi-time world triathlon champion Javier Gomez Noya, Polar has created a special signature edition package of their flagship GPS watch geared towards the multi-sport athlete. The Gomez Noya special edition watch comes with a more stealthy all-black bezel and either a black wristband of a vibrant red version. Plus the kit adds everything […]

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SOC16: Electronics round up – Niterider, BarFly and K-Edge mount up new lights and computers

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Sometimes, electronics on your ride are inevitable. Like if you want to go for a night ride and don’t have the night vision capabilities of the local wildlife. In the case of Niterider, there are a few new additions to existing products that will make mounting and using those electronics a bit easier. Not only has Niterider added the ability to control certain lights without moving your hand from the bar, they’ve also added the ability to adapt to evolving handlebar standards…

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Sometimes, electronics on your ride are inevitable. Like if you want to go for a night ride and don’t have the night vision capabilities of the local wildlife. In the case of Niterider, there are a few new additions to existing products that will make mounting and using those electronics a bit easier. Not only […]

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Handsfree audio and rider-to-rider communication with Terrano X

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There is no doubt that more and more electronics are creeping into our everyday lives, and riding bikes doesn’t seem to be an exception. With more devices accompanying bikers on the road and trail, it seems we need more ways to safely manage their use. The new Terrano X wireless communication device aims to be one solution, linking cyclists by bluetooth to their mobile phones, but also going one step further and linking rider to rider.

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There is no doubt that more and more electronics are creeping into our everyday lives, and riding bikes doesn’t seem to be an exception. With more devices accompanying bikers on the road and trail, it seems we need more ways to safely manage their use. The new Terrano X wireless communication device aims to be […]

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Optimal traction on the fly with White Crow tire pressure adjusting hubs

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Let’s start with the idea that the White Crow hubs let you adjust your tire pressure as you are riding along.  That, in itself is no simple feat, but you might also think that it couldn’t possibly be worth all of the extra complexity (and probably weight too) just to be able to let air out of the tires while riding along. But of course it is much more nuanced than that.

With the growth of fat bikes (and maybe even plus-sized tires) for a lot of trail riding and racing, the difference in a few PSI, or even a 1/2 PSI in a fat bike in a race, can make a huge impact on grip, especially over loose surfaces. Plus, White Crow not only lets you lower or reinflate your tires on the go, it also uses a dual chamber system, much like we’ve seen recently with ProCore that actually lets us run even lower pressures without the risk of pinch flatting or burping a sidewall. So, how does it do it…

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Let’s start with the idea that the White Crow hubs let you adjust your tire pressure as you are riding along.  That, in itself is no simple feat, but you might also think that it couldn’t possibly be worth all of the extra complexity (and probably weight too) just to be able to let air […]

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Ride of the future? Colin Furze builds a working Hoverbike

Forget e-bikes, where we’re going, we won’t even need wheels. We’ve covered some of Colin Furze’s bonkers inventions in the past like the pulse jet powered bike, but this really may be his wildest creation yet. Apparently inspired by Ford UK’s #unlearn campaign, the Hoverbike started as a suggestion from the internet. With no prior experience for building flying machines or any idea whether it would actually be able to fly or be controlled, Collin set off to become the Wright Brothers 2.0. And it actually worked! Just imagine what the future holds if a self proclaimed plumber in his shed can come up with something this functional…

Want to see how it was created? Check out the build after the jump…

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Forget e-bikes, where we’re going, we won’t even need wheels. We’ve covered some of Colin Furze’s bonkers inventions in the past like the pulse jet powered bike, but this really may be his wildest creation yet. Apparently inspired by Ford UK’s #unlearn campaign, the Hoverbike started as a suggestion from the internet. With no prior experience […]

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Aaron Baker’s monstrous Honey Badger mountain bike trike by Adaptive Reactions

Photo: Michael Darter
Photo: Michael Darter

Aaron Baker was a motocross athlete who was paralyzed in training in 1999. When he crashed, Baker broke cervical vertebras 4, 5 and 6, rendering him quadriplegic. Despite virtually zero chance of regaining any function below the point of injury, Aaron focused his mind and energy on regaining function and now walks intermittently with cane assistance.

Now, he owns and operates an adaptive gym, C.O.R.E., and has built this bad-ass fat trike mountain bike. The official name is Stinger, but Aaron nicknamed it the Honey Badger thanks to the way he rides it – getting nasty over the trail and kicking up on one or two of the three wheels.

Built by Reactive Adaptations, you can check out the details below…

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Aaron Baker was a motocross athlete who was paralyzed in training in 1999. When he crashed, Baker broke cervical vertebras 4, 5 and 6, rendering him quadriplegic. Despite virtually zero chance of regaining any function below the point of injury, Aaron focused his mind and energy on regaining function and now walks intermittently with cane […]

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Zirbel Velocity Racer twist shifting to control Di2, EPS, or even eTap electronic shifts

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Zirbel Bike out of Switzerland has developed a new multi-function grip shift-style twist shifter to control electronic drivetrains. The Velocity Racer shifter is targeted at road bikes with bull horn bar setups, but has also been installed in flat bar setups. Not content with compatibility with one system, Zirbel have developed versions to control Shimano Di2, Campagnolo EPS, and even SRAM’s wireless eTap drivetrains. Then on top of that, each single twist shifter also has the ability to control both front and rear derailleurs with its multi-directional movement. Check out videos of how it works and more after the break…

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Zirbel Bike out of Switzerland has developed a new multi-function grip shift-style twist shifter to control electronic drivetrains. The Velocity Racer shifter is targeted at road bikes with bull horn bar setups, but has also been installed in flat bar setups. Not content with compatibility with one system, Zirbel have developed versions to control Shimano […]

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Be seen with tiny, stick-on FLECTR spoke reflectors

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Reflectors aren’t usually something to get to excited about. They tend to be get taken off of new bikes after making noise, getting broken, or just being more annoying and less cool than useful. But riding at night, and especially while commuting, it does really pay to be seen. The team behind FLECTR was tired of bulky, failure-prone solutions so they came up with an almost weightless and aerodynamically invisible alternate that they claim is effectively indestructible. So now they’ve taken their Flectr reflectors to Kickstarter, and have already blown past their funding goal with a few weeks to still get in on the deal…

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Reflectors aren’t usually something to get to excited about. They tend to be get taken off of new bikes after making noise, getting broken, or just being more annoying and less cool than useful. But riding at night, and especially while commuting, it does really pay to be seen. The team behind FLECTR was tired of bulky, […]

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SRAM eTap joins Shimano & Campagnolo to talk to Garmin computers

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Now cyclists riding the top-tier electronic groups from all of the three big drivetrain manufacturers have gotten wireless ANT+ communication with Garmin’s newest Edge 520 and 1000 cycling computers. SRAM Red eTap users can now see their current gear selection and shifter battery life directly on their Garmin head unit. SRAM had promised such functionality from the beginning, and it was no surprise with its already wireless transmission that it won’t need special parts like the Shimano & Campy versions. No firmware update is even required for eTap itself. Users will just need to go to Garmin Express to update their Edge cycling computers for the added connectivity.

SRAM now joins Shimano, who was the first to really integrate ANT+ connectivity into Di2 with their D-Fly more than 2 years ago, but as it required an extra transmitter we haven’t seen it on every Di2 setup already out on the road. And then Campy got the ball rolling again when they added a wireless transmitter to EPS and put out the MyCampy app for smartphones last fall with broader functionality. And now just last week Shimano stepped it up again with the launch of XT Di2 that brings added controls to all Di2 systems (road & mountain) that will let you have such varied function as controlling the Garmin with integrated buttons in the (road) brake/shift levers, seeing derailleur trim on the fly through the GPS, and ultimately plans to link electronic suspension settings.



Now cyclists riding the top-tier electronic groups from all of the three big drivetrain manufacturers have gotten wireless ANT+ communication with Garmin’s newest Edge 520 and 1000 cycling computers. SRAM Red eTap users can now see their current gear selection and shifter battery life directly on their Garmin head unit. SRAM had promised such functionality […]

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