Posts in the category Gadgets

First Look: Morsa’s Modular Accessory Mounts Put Anything & Everything In One Place

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Morsa is a new brand, starting out with an interesting take on the accessory mount for handlebars. Their mount is an entirely modular system, starting out with a single mounting arm for 31.8mm handlebars, that extends about 4″ forward. This arm has a track on either side that can accept a wide variety of mounting adapters for the most popular ride gadgets.

The injection molded carbon/nylon mounts are also made in the USA. Owner Jeff Bobbitt  wants to build Morsa into a brand that delivers excellent quality and design, where the needs of the customers drive their decisions. Coming from a background as an IndyCar suspension engineer, he is the designer and engineer on his products, and puts the greatest amount of his time into research and design to deliver the best product possible.

J&B Importers has already picked up the line in the USA, as well as 3Sixty Sports in New Zealand. Take a look inside to get our thoughts from mounting them up and taking a first ride…

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Found: Crank Tip Promises Less Fatigue & Greater Power w/ Unique Dual Swingarm Pedals

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Free power and less fatigue. That’s every roadie and triathlete’s dream, right? As far back as 1898, inventors have been looking toward the design of the pedal as a means of improving performance on the bike. Looking quite a bit more advanced than that first Ramsey Swinging pedal, the Crank Tip Racing Pedal promises reduced fatigue and increased power all with a simple change of your pedals.

Utilizing a dual swingarm design, the pedal is able to float laterally during rotation. It’s this back and forth movement that Crank Tip claims is responsible for a biomechanical advantage capable of reducing a rider’s heart rate by “5-10 beats.” Slide into the details next…

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German Bike Company Lightweight Ventures Into Smartphone Cases, Made From Carbon Fiber Of Course

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With CES in full swing, its been somewhat common to see tech companies offer some cycling related products. But how about when it comes the other way, and a cycling company uses their technical abilities to make electronic accessories?

Famous German company Lightweight is launching their new line of SCHUTZCHILD covers for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6plus and Samsung Galaxy S5. People who use the new generation of iPhone or Galaxy are now able protect their phones with a full carbon fiber cover of only 7g weight and a wall thickness of only 0,5mm. The Lightweight logo can be found at the back of every SCHUTZSCHILD, printed in the same way they do for all of their wheels.

Jump past the break for the specs…

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Connected Cycle debuts GPS-enabled bicycle pedal, tracks your bike whether you’re on it or not

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Connected Cycle has just debuted the world’s first GPS-enabled bicycle pedal, and there’s more to it than just tracking your location.

The pedal records speed, route and incline and saves that information for upload to the cloud. It even estimates calories burnt for each ride. All of that information is then available on your smartphone through their own app (which isn’t showing up in the App Store as of this post, but screenshots are below).

The device theft-resistant by design thanks to a specially coded key needed to remove it. Even better, it can help locate your bike if it goes missing. Whether you’re the one riding it or not, it’ll push its location to the app so you can catch up to your bike. Even if you just forgot where you parked it last night.

The icing on the cake? Well, that could be various colors that’ll be available, but the self-charging design that powers itself as you pedal is just a bit sweeter…

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Garmin Goes Big into Wearables, New Vivoactive Smartwatch, Fenix GPS Watch, Epix GPS Mapping Watch, more

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Television and films over the years have had some lofty expectations to what the future of tech would hold. From flying cars, to clothes made out of metal, most of the entertainment industry’s prophecy has failed to materialize. However, when it comes to your wrist – we are entering the realm of Dick Tracy and his two -way wrist radio.

I’m talking about the smart watch, of course. A gadget that couldn’t have existed without the rise of the smart phone. You may still be on the fence about wrist mounted technology, but thanks to Garmin there are a number of new options to consider. Starting with the new vívoactive, Garmin has a new touch screen smart watch that will appeal to a wide group of active individuals. Along with the vívoactive, Garmin has also introduced the new Fēnix 3 multisport GPS watch, epix rugged GPS mapping watch, and the new vívofit 2.

Whatever your activity or your style, Garmin has some very interesting options to wear your heart rate on your wrist, among other things…

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Sony Goes 4K with New Full Featured X1000V Action Cam, Full HD with New AS200V

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After reading about the new Action Cam Mini AZ1 from Sony, you weren’t alone in thinking their smallest camera was now their best. But as things typically go in the electronic world, the latest and greatest does last for long. Don’t get us wrong, the Action Cam Mini is still one of our favorites for its diminutive size and incredible ease of use. It’s just that thanks to Sony’s introductions at CES, the Consumer Electronics Show, the mini is no longer top dog in terms of hardware.

That distinction now belongs to the all-new FDR-X1000V. Running a bit larger than Sony’s previous full size action camera, the X1000V is the first Sony Action Cam to film in 4K resolution. Fortunately, the X1000V is more than just better resolution. Instead it brings much of the usability found in the Mini that we loved so much and more. Better sound. Better control. Basically, a better camera in all regards.

Don’t care about filming in 4K? You may still be interested in the replacement for the AS100V – the new AS200V. Yes, it’s a lot of numbers and letters, but it also means full HD capability, better image stabilization, and more control…

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Exclusive GoPro Video Channel Introduced on LG Smart TVs

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You love action cam videos. You love making them, and watching others as they huck big gaps on a mountain bike, cartwheel or get hit by a deer on their road bike, or any other activity that can be filmed with the action camera. Now, rather than surfing Youtube, fans of the GoPro footage will have their own channel – provided they have a 2014 or newer LG Smart TV.

Utilizing the new GoPro Channel App, TV owners can launch the new channel filled only with GoPro videos. The new channel makes use of the smart technology found on the 2015 and 2014 4K Ultra HD, OLED and Full HD TVs. While the app doesn’t currently support 4K video, GoPro “anticipates” that future updates to the app will open up the potential of those fancy TVs.

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Samsung Gear VR and CycleOps VirtualTraining Team up for Oculus Rift Based Virtual Reality Cycling

 

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Recently there have been a number of virtual training programs introduced that aim to make spending hours on a trainer more bearable. Why? Because riding indoors is terrible. Having something to bridge the gap between mind numbing suffering and engaged fun could be the secret to making those trainer sessions actually fun, or at least tolerable.

Perhaps the biggest recent product introduction came in the form of Zwift, a program that makes training into an online video game where you race your friends. How do you one up what appears to be the perfect blend of training and gaming? Two words: virtual reality.

With the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show kicking off in to full speed tomorrow, Samsung and CycleOps are announcing their foray into virtual training. Together, the Samsung Gear VR and CycleOps VirtualTraining program will let users train in stereoscopic realism….

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Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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  • The 3rd Annual Tour of Sufferlandia is on! The Greatest Grand Tour of a Mythical Nation in the Whole Wide World starts January 24th and finishes on February 1st. Taylor Phinney of BMC Pro Cycling Team is the Honorary Starter. Last year’s event had 4,000 participants and raised $65,000 for the Davis Phinney Foundation.
  • Tour De Troit is kicking off 2015 with the first of six running and cycling events with the 3rd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Bike Ride on January 19th. The free, family-friendly ride honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and repeats part of the historic 1963 March to Freedom path, which ended with Dr. King’s first delivery of the “I Have A Dream” speech at Cobo Center. Riders can register online by clicking HERE or on-site on Mon., January 19.
  • 2015 Xentis wheels are now landed and shipping through Stage-Race. Use coupon code “FreeShip” at checkout for free FedEx shipping in the US and Canada all January long in our online store.
  • The 2015 Breck Epic will feature 20 miles of new singletrack. Held this year on August 9-14, the Epic features a unique cloverleaf format; riders to begin and end every stage within Breck’s town limits. With three and 6-day options available, the Epic is also designated as MTB Stage Race World Championships and sends each category winner home with a world champion’s jersey. Interested? Visit www.BreckEpic.com. And bring your big ring. The new official lodging and host property for the Breck Epic is now Beaver Run Resort. The new partnership brings enhanced lodging and dining opportunities for the race community and an incredible base of operations for riders traveling with families.
  • Check back with the Friday RoundUp for an announcement regarding the new Outlier Offroad Festival (powered by SRAM) which is slated just after Interbike next September in VAIL. Think something Sea Otter-ish/Crankworx-ey coming your way with long-format XC racing, Enduro, Colorado-style gravel gran fondo and a lift-served consumer demo featuring all of next year’s bikes from the best brands in the biz.
  • Now’s your chance to test out some of the best lights in the business. Two Light & Motion demo vans will be criss-crossing the country all year visiting dealers. They’ll be holding clinics on the product line and night-ride and night-run demo events. Visit lightandmotion.com for more information.
  • Culprit Cycles is having a special promotion ending on January 3rd, 2015 on many of their demo and complete bikes. Start the new year with a bike custom painted for you! While supplies last. For more information on the deals they’re offering visit their Facebook Page or visit culpritbicycles.com.