Posts in the category Gadgets

Timex’s One GPS Is Fully Connected, Are Cycling GPS Units Next?

Partnering with AT&T, Timex has just released a sports watch that is directly connected to the outside world. Most of our devices can connect to things via Bluetooth, ANT+ or NFC, but that means you always have to carry your phone with you for the device to communicate through.

The Timex One GPS+ does all that, but without your phone. Pretty cool for sure, but primarily intended as a wearable for running or other on-your-feet sports, it leaves a wide open question. When do cyclists get the same? Check out what this thing can do, and what it could mean for your ride after the jump…

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EB14: Roundup – Clever Caliper-Mounted Brake Lights, Blinky Lights, Dynamos & Other Power Sources

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There were no shortage of blinking, flashing, strobing and generally similar lights around the show floor, but a few stood out. Above, iDX had these brake lights that attache between the arms on a standard road brake caliper. The one above had a constant on or blinking setting, but the ones below used the caliper’s motion to activate the light, creating a real time brake light without the fuss and expense of accelerometers or needing any wires…

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PBE14: Velo Orange Has a New Black, New Disc Touring Hubs & Giant Water Bottle Cage

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Velo Orange has gone dark with their new Noir hammered fenders and Grand Cru seatpost and stem. The black versions complement their black leather tape and saddle and help complete the look for stealthier commuter bikes.

Shown above on their Pass Hunter touring frame, the noir fenders are simply a black anodized version of their VO Hammered 45mm alloy fenders for 700c wheels. They include black hardware, too, and fit up to a 35mm wide tire. Kit comes with the alloy wire stays, bolts, brackets and everything else needed for front and rear install. Retail is $65.

On the front of the bike is the new Six Pack Rack. It’s an add-on cage for several of their standard mini front racks and is sized just right for a sixer of your favorite beverage.

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Drift Stealth 2 Camera Offers Half the Size, All of the Battery Life

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We love the new Sony Action Cam Mini, but if there was one downside to the camera it would have to be its battery life. The new Drift Stealth 2 can’t quite compete on size, but the diminutive camera looks like it will more than make up for it in battery life. At just over 3″ in length, the Stealth 2 is Drift’s smallest camera yet and packs an impressive amount of features into the tiny package.

If you’re looking for one of the longest run times on a single charge, you’ll want to check out the Stealth 2 next…

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OnBeep Onyx Communicator Lets You Talk like a Trekkie on your Bike

OnBeep Onyx communicator is a bluetooth walkie talkie that uses WiFi or your cellular data to connect 15 friends in real time

Born from the founders’ experience as first responders and their use of 2-way radios, the OnBeep Onyx is an instant-on, real-time communication device. The twist? It’s even easier to use, works with any modern smartphone and works across any cellular data network or WiFi.

Weighing just 46g, the Onyx clips to your jersey or hydration pack’s shoulder strap. It connects to the OnBeep app on your iOS or Android smartphone via Bluetooth, letting you talk with an unlimited number of your friends and relations instantly and securely. Just push the button on the device to talk, same as you would with a walkie-talkie, then release when you’re done. There’s a headphone port that works with any set with an inline mic should you choose not to have your friends’ voices broadcast publicly, plus volume controls and on/off switch.

The video below shows it in use in a more domestic setting, but we’re thinking it’d be pretty awesome for a day on the mountain or out riding with the family…

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IB14: Updated Yurbuds Inspire Line Makes it Easier to Stay Safe While Plugged In

 

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A lot of people listen to music while riding or running. That isn’t going to change. But how they listen to their music might with products like the new Yurbud Inspire range. Designed to allow the listener to hear 100% of the ambient noise around them, the latest versions of the Inspire ear buds should make them easier to use while guaranteeing not to fall out.

If you’ve been known to ride with a single ear bud in place, the Yurbuds may leave you inspired…

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Kodak Takes 360º Degree Look at Action Cam Market with new PixPro SP360

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In early 2013 it was announced that JK Imaging would be releasing new products licensed under the Kodak name. Since then there have been a number of digital cameras, smart lenses, and action cams released – though the new PixPro SP360 might be the most intriguing. In an increasingly crowded marketplace, differentiating yourself from the GoPro juggernaut can be a difficult thing. That is, unless you can film with a 360º filed of view.

That’s precisely what the SP360 offers along with an ultra-wide 214º degree mode as well. The Kodak cube has some interesting features, but is it enough to make a splash in a pool of action proof cameras?

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Saris Announces Trade In Program For Power Meters & A Chance To Win Ultimate Indoor Cycling Experience

Saris-CycleOps-ContestSaris Cycling Group, owners of Saris racks, CycleOps and Powertap have announced two new programs. Through November 30th, you can trade in an old and ineffective power meter for up to 30% off of a new Powertap wheelset. Additionally, there is a photo contest to show your training space, tag your photo with #MyCycleOpsStudio, and potentially win a brand new indoor cycling setup.  Learn more about both programs after the jump…

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EB14: Roundup – Random and Beautiful Saddles, Stems & Related Accessories

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As usual, there’s simply too much to see at Eurobike to stop and talk with everyone about every product. So as we’re dashing through the halls, we’ll snap things that catch our eye for roundups. Not that they’re any less cool than the brands we dedicate full posts to. On the contrary, there’s often quite a bit of ingenuity to be found in the recesses and shared 10×10 booths. Here’s the first of many roundups to come from Eurobike 2014.

The Bpeople Unica saddle is a simply gorgeous melding of premium, vegetable dyed Italian leather and carbon fiber. Saddle weight is claimed at just 138g. The frame is 4K woven carbon fiber, shaped with a center relief channel on a 263×140 shell.

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