Posts in the category Gadgets

Rie:sel Designs debuts artsy Dic:ker fenders for fat bikes

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Rie:sel Designs has done some pretty colorful fenders before. And wheels. Now, designer Henry Kosel has a bit bigger canvas to draw on with the Dic:ker. It’s essentially the same as their standard mountain bike fenders, except for fat bikes. The name, dicker, is German slang for fatty (but is also used for dude or bro).

Versions are available for the fork and the saddle, protecting your front and back sides from splatter. And they’ll do it in style, with the wildly colorful print shown above and a few more muted styles…

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Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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  • Plans are Underway for the World’s First Bicycle Superhighway. The city of London is thinking way beyond bike paths and protected bike lanes. As posted on EcoWatch.com, Transport for London which is the city’s transportation agency, last week approved the world’s first bicycle superhighway. London’s bicycle superhighway would run alongside the banks of the Thames River for more than 15 miles.
  • You love your fat bike more than anything, so give her something she deserves. Now for a limited time, all fat bike axles are discounted at 15% off when you use the coupon code CHUBBYCHASER at the Robert Axle Project. Choose from their hitch mount axles, B.O.B. Trailer axles or bolt-on replacement axles. But hurry, the sale ends on February 16th!
  • The unofficial start to Colorado’s cycling season, the annual Subaru Elephant Rock Cycling Festival, which features a range of road and mountain bike events and is entering its 28th year, announced new courses today for its signature Century course and the increasingly popular all-day mountain bike event, the Subaru Sunrise Sunset. Riders can register now at elephantrockride.com/register/ and take advantage of early registration discounts, just $70 now for the century and metric century (62 miles) courses (until February 28), compared to $85 on event day, June 7, 2015.
  • SCICON Bags, a leading manufacturer of bike bags, bike protection and saddle bags, has just unveiled their new website. Visit sciconbags.com to see their latest offerings.
  • Did you know? You may have experienced some weird stuff going on with your wireless computer that’s perched alongside your LED light on your handlebars. You weren’t imagining things, and that’s because LEDs create electronic noise which interferes with the function of wireless devices. All of SIGMA Germany’s lights are equipped with an “electronic shield” that prevents the light from interfering with your other electronics. Dealers may be interested in the Spring Promo Sale that SIGMA is having until the end of February on their bike lights.
  • H+I Adventures, one of the world’s leading mountain biking adventure companies, has undergone a total rebrand, featuring a new visual identity, online presence and tagline (‘The Art of Adventure’) that inspires adventure travellers to hop in the saddle. The contemporary website helps riders easily discover their ideal mountain bike holiday, and features 2016 holidays that are available to book now.
  • Do you have a GoPro and want to capture footage from your favorite trails at night? Light and Motion has developed the SideKick as the solution to do just that. The Sidekick is the perfect companion light for GoPro cameras. It is the smallest, lightest, most powerful light ever designed to mount with a GoPro. You now have the opportunity to become a backer of this project, via a Kickstarter campaign, and reserve your exclusive hand machined aluminum Sidekick – shipping next month! But hurry, the campaign ends Saturday, February 14th!
  • Anyone old enough to remember the CoreStates PRO Championship knows that Philadelphia can host one heck of a bike race. On February 11th Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced that Philadelphia’s annual professional cycling race has been renamed the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic and will be produced by race operator g4 Productions. The Cycling Classic, which will be on Sunday, June 7, 2015, will feature an amateur course ride and men’s and women’s professional races. Information on the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic is available on its website PhiladelphiaInternationalCyclingClassic.com. Professional teams will compete in UCI races, including the only US Women’s World Cup in the nation!
  • Do you live in Washington, D.C. or Manhattan and want to send flowers to someone special in a unique way? UrbanStems offers beautiful handcrafted bouquets, delivered for free by bicycle. Treehugger reported on the sustainable company and their unique way of doing business.
  • Marin Mountain Bikes is recalling about 400 children’s bikes in the U.S. and 50 in Canada due to handlebars separating resulting in a fall hazard.
  • PeopleForBikes will partner with the 2015 National Bike Challenge. This nationwide program aims to inspire more Americans to ride bikes more often. The 5-month challenge runs from May 1, 2015-September 30, 2015. To learn more and to register for the National Bike Challenge, visit nationalbikechallenge.org.

SRM Nears Launch of PC8, Introduces Electronic Indoor Trainer/Fit Bike

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When power meters are your bread and butter, you want to get it right. That seems to be the case with the newest version of the SRM Power Control, the PC8. First spotted as far back as Sea Otter 2013, SRM announced production of the new unit during the 2014 US Pro Challenge. As it turns out, something as small as the style of buttons has caused the delay in production but SRM assures us the new gadgets will be released in March.

At first, SRM wanted to use electronic (not mechanical) buttons that functioned similar to the screen on a smart phone. Over the course of testing however, it was determined that too many factors such as gloves, mud, water, etc. would cause difficulties with the buttons. Understandably, not being able to easily use the buttons could be a big problem especially if you’re a pro using the PC8 during a race – or in the case of Rohan Dennis, breaking the hour record.. Because of those factors, the PC8 will be going back to the old school “clicky” buttons to make it as user friendly as possible.

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Purely Custom’s new XY Tool easily recreates your bike fit across multiple bicycles

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If you’ve ever had a professional bike fit done, some of the most important numbers are your saddle’s relation to your handlebars and your bottom bracket. But getting those numbers back where you want them after changing parts, especially your saddle, or matching up your “B” bike to your “A” bike can be a bit tough. We’ve tried doing it with levels, plumb lines and tape measures, and it’s cumbersome to say the least.

Now, Purely Custom has introduced their new XY Tool, which should make all of that an absolute breeze. Using metal slides with etched measurements and built-in bubble levels, the device makes it super easy to get your saddle position dialed and figure out what stem length you need. Adapters help measure stack and reach, too. At $295, it’s aimed at the professional, but man do we want one…

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GoPro pushes firmware update, adds new time lapse, burst & slow motion capabilities

Looking to eek a bit more performance out of their latest cameras, GoPro has just released an update for their HERO4 Black and Silver edition sports cameras.

The update, available through the app on your smartphone or online, adds new settings that allow for more creativity in post-production editing. Things like enhanced slow motion (via higher frame rates), automatic time lapse video creation and auto rotating when using the camera upside down simplify the process of making killer videos…

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Predator Cycles’ Razorback number plate holder updated, now with more carbon!

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Just got a few grams left before you meet the UCI minimum weight? Perfect. Predator Cycling’s new Razorback 2 carbon fiber number plate holder is all you need, and it’ll keep your marker flat, stable and in plain sight.

The piece is updated for 2015 to have a hexagonal bolt section to improve crush strength should you be a bit overzealous in the number plate installation. The flat end of it goes under your rear brake caliper, between it and the frame. Check it out on the bike below…

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Efneo Gearbox Cranks Through Indiegogo, Offers Secret Deal

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As you probably know, the Efneo gearbox is not the first company to turn to planetary gearing as a replacement for a front derailleur. Truvativ tried it with their HammerSchmidt, FSA offers it in their Metropolis Patterson Transmission, and other companies like Schlumpf have packed two gears into one for years. So what makes the Efneo crankset unique? Instead of the usual gear with an overdrive function, Efneo has managed to cram three different gear ratios into a compact crankset. Since the project was first announced, and launched on Indiegogo, the gearbox has attracted a lot of attention, but not enough funding to reach its goal.

To get there, Efneo is offering a secret deal that really isn’t much of a secret anymore…

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Review: Kurt Kinetic Road Machine is a solid, quiet, premium fluid trainer

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In the age of connected “smart” trainers that relay your data directly to a computer (and soon directly into the cloud), a standard fluid trainer doesn’t seem nearly as exciting. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be darn good, and there are ways of making it talk to your devices, after all.

The Kurt Kinetic Road Machine is their top level static trainer. The Rock and Roll, which sways with your movement, is still their top model, but it’s $200 more and it doesn’t pack down easily for travel. Their line was overhauled in 2013 to improve compatibility with larger (mountain bike) tires, improve fit and finish of the knobs, and pack them completely assembled so you can jump right on as soon as you open the box. The resistance unit was unchanged, though, which is fine because it’s stellar.

Looking for a high end fluid trainer that keeps it simple? Spin on in and check out the details…

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BikeBar prevents roof rack wobble worries, keeps your bike stable

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The BikeBar was designed to provide lateral support for roof rack systems.

For many of us, travelling with your bike(s) is a common experience. Whether you have to drive to the nearest trailhead or just enjoy road tripping to explore new riding zones, roof racks make it easy to load up and hit the road. However, none of the current offerings stabilize your bike side-to-side, allowing it to wobble left and right when you hit a pothole, make an evasive maneuver or head off road.

After a few unpleasant personal experiences with various bikes popping out of roof racks while travelling, multi-discipline rider Kris Pepper decided to employ his background in industrial design to solve the problem. Enter the BikeBar, an adjustable bar that provides lateral support to your roof-mounted bike, preventing any potential in-transit damage to your bike or vehicle.

Brace yourself and head past the break to check out the BikeBar’s design and setup…

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