Posts in the category Gadgets

Contest: Win One of Three Lezyne Mini GPS Units from Art’s Cyclery!

ArtsCyclery_LezyneGPS-ImageContest Details: Fill in your email address and answer all four survey questions to be entered to win a Lezyne Mini GPS from Art’s Cyclery. Three winners will be chosen from the respondents with the correct answers. Hint: You can find the correct answers if you read about the Mini GPS in the paragraph below.

The Lezyne Mini GPS is compact, powerful and ideal for the cycling minimalist. It’s the smallest cycling GPS computer in the world and weighs a feathery twenty nine grams. Using the Mini GPS is easy; simply turn it on, press start and go for a ride. No additional sensors or cables are required. Ride data is presented on a sharp, easy to read, semi-customizable display and saved as a .fit file for later analysis on the Lezyne GPS Root website. The GPS recording system is optimized to record up to one hundred hours of ride data, and is custom tuned to remain efficient in low-signal areas. Housed in a stylish aluminum bezel, the computer features a simple three-button operation and is micro USB rechargeable for up to ten hours of runtime.

Survey closes 11pm EST on Friday, July 3, 2015. Click past the break to enter!

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Garmin gets tiny with new Edge 20 / 25 GPS cycling computers – updated

garmin edge 20 and 25 miniature GPS cycling computers

While the idea of losing your GPS cycling computer might seem ironic, the new Garmin Edge 20 and Edge 25 units are small enough to get lost despite their ability to help you find your way.

Both models share the diminutive 40x42mm footprint and 25g weight. They track both GPS and GLONASS satellites to keep your position pinpointed even under light tree cover or between tall buildings. The location data provides it with speed, distance and ascent, too. The Edge 25 adds ANT+ to pair with heart rate, speed, and cadence sensors to capture more data. Update: It seems to be software limited from what Garmin has informed us, that it will not record power meter data. This may be as a result of then needing a lot more internal memory to store significantly more dense and frequent data generate by power measurement, something their bigger units are more capable of. The Edge 20 and 25 store just your most recent 10 rides on the device. It’ll also adds Bluetooth LE to sync with your phone, allowing you to stream your ride through Garmin Connect so others can live track you. After the ride, that connection lets you upload your ride data and share it on Connect, too. And Strava and others, too.

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New Orbea Digit manual dropper seatpost is a game changer

Orbea Digit Dropper Seatpost offers manual height reduction with fixed upper and lower positions for perfect fit every time

Every once in a while a product comes along that makes so much sense you wonder how it hadn’t ever been done before. The new Orbea Digit Dropper Post is just such a product, making it quick and easy to lower your seatpost to a preset position at the top of the hill. Then, even more importantly, it lets you bring it right back up to your preferred climbing position just as quickly, hitting the perfect spot each and every time.

It works via a slotted channel on the back of the post with upper and lower limit set screws. You simply open the quick release collar and slam it up or down. The slotted channel keeps the saddle pointing straight forward, and the set screws ensure it goes only as low as you want and returns to the correct height. Officially, it offers up to 250mm of drop in 50mm increments. Technically, you could probably get almost 300mm if you don’t use the top set screw, with total amount of height reduction limited only by frame design.

Action video showing how it works below, drop on in…

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Long Term Review: Stages Cycling crank arm power meter

Stages Power long term power meter review with actual weights

For the past two-and-a-half years, I’ve been testing the Stages power meter on and off, letting a few friends try it out between my own testing.

It’s a seemingly simple device, just stuck on the inside of your non-drive crank arm to measure left leg power by way of the crank’s deformation. Each model is calibrated to the specific crank arm it’s being attached to, and it’s all done in their own Colorado facility. While several lower priced options have been announced that allow for user installation, Stages’ says they’re not terribly concerned about things that aren’t even shipping yet. And they say they’re now among the largest cycling power meter brands by unit volume, especially when you include their indoor stationary cycles. That, along with pro team endorsements and usage, should say something about their quality.

My own experiences have spanned a couple years worth of firmware development that’s seen some marked upgrades and improvements, all with very few issues. For any piece of electronics on a bike to last that long without failure or problem is very good, and I’d recommend it highly with just a couple caveats…

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Father’s Day Roundup: Perfect Gifts for your Pedaling Papa

ORp smart horn fathers day

Perhaps your dad is still killing it on the bike. Maybe you’re looking for ideas to pass on to your family for yourself (hint hint). Whatever the situation, if there is a father in your life that is into bikes there are a number of cycling related promotions that should leave him happy.

Always one to have fun with their promotions, ORP is putting an ORPstache on their smarthorn for Father’s Day. The combination dual decibel horn and multi-mode beacon light is available in fun colors that you can dress up with one of the entertaining ORPstache stickers. As an added bonus for Father’s Day, ORP is including the new Remorp remote control with every ORP purchase through their ORPland webstore.
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Let your Thumbs do the Riding with Pro Cycling Video Games for Xbox One or PS4/PS3

Coach says you need a rest day but still can’t get enough of road racing? Thanks to the latest crop of cycling inspired video games from Focus Home Interactive you can make your way through the peloton without ever leaving the couch. While companies like Zwift are introducing video game inspired training software, the games from Focus are more traditional in that your thumbs replace your legs to race along some of the most famous roads in cycling.

Offered in two different versions, the Le Tour De France 2015 will be available for PS4, PS3, and Xbox one while Pro Cycling Manager will be PC only. Le Tour De France 2015 is exactly what you would expect from a title like that with a virtual tour through the 21 official stages of the tour along with the Criterium International and Criterium du Dauphine. We’re not exactly sure how pro cycling will translate to a video game but we’re at least curious enough to want to find out…

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The Cydekick Frictionless Bicycle Generator Powers Lights and Mobile Devices

Cydekick bicycle generator, full bike shot

When Nicolas Zamora’s friend left a bike at his house for safe keeping, they probably didn’t realize it was going to become a rolling science experiment. Thankfully this experiment didn’t involve any chopping or reshaping, instead Zamora’s friend will get their bike back fully intact with a frictionless, on-board generator installed.

Zamora and Bethany Hamm, the creators of Spinetics Inc., wish to promote healthy and green bicycle transportation by making it more convenient. The Cydekick was created to provide eco-friendly electric power for your mobile devices as you ride, without producing any drag for your legs to contend with.

The pair have completed all sub-assembly level testing, and should have a fully functional prototype within the next few weeks. Their Kickstarter campaign will begin raising money to put the Cydekick into production on July 30th…
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Sigma makes cycling computers simple & fun w/ new MySpeedy

Sigma_MySpeedy_Aloha_basic-cycling-computerKids, commuters and cruisers sometimes like to know their speed, distance and ride time, too, but most cycling computers on the market are total overkill. Or, if they do provide just the basics, they’re encumbered by wired sensors and generally pretty ugly.

The new Sigma MySpeedy combines the basic metrics casual cyclists want in a wireless system that looks good and adds a bit of fun to the system. Available in Herbie, Dots, Camouflage, Sweety, Evil Eye, Stars & Stripes, Aloha, Skull, and Pow exterior designs, the screen can be customized with a number of faces (smily, skull, etc.) that welcome you to your bike as soon as your motion wakes it up.

A single CR3032 battery provides more than four years of speed, ride time, ride distance and total distance on a large, easy to read screen. Only one function is shown at a time, too, so a quick glance is all you need…a nice safety features as kids get used to the idea of looking down while riding.

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Kuai Multisport Biometric Headset puts a personal trainer in your ear

Kuai biometric multisport headset

Even with tech devices getting smaller and smaller, it requires a collection of them for athletes to take multiple biometric measurements while training. The creative minds behind the Kuai headset are an athletic bunch of tech-sector businessmen who wanted to make it simpler and less cumbersome to collect a wide range of biometric data, so they invented the Kuai. The headset allows athletes to train smarter, safer and achieve performance goals more efficiently with real time coaching by combining the heart rate, foot strike (for running) and other biometric sensors into a lightweight, wireless headset.

The designers are calling the Kuai the world’s first biometric headset designed for all sports. Earlier this year we covered The Dash earbuds from Bragi which offers many of the same features, but are apparently quite far behind schedule with production. The Kuai headset is very close to fruition, with the research and development phase complete.

The team at Kuaiwear has working prototypes, and live demos will be held at Ironman 70.3 Boulder on June 13th. All that’s needed now is the funding to go into production, so their Kickstarter campaign goes live today with a great discount for early supporters…
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