Posts in the category Gadgets

Flexroute Cable Management System Provides No-Crush, No-Rub Mounting

Flexroute cable management system, clamp

If you’re looking to secure a cable to an odd-shaped tube, prevent frame damage from slippery zip-ties, or accommodate a dropper post cable on a bike without guides the Flexroute Cable Management System has you covered. Hawken Components and Cobra Products Inc. have teamed up to offer you a cable securing solution that provides a few advantages over the old traditional zip/cable tie.

The Flexroute rubber clamps affix cables to any shape of tube on your frame or fork with no risk of crushing the housing. They’re also designed to conform to tubes and not slip, preventing damage to your frame from a housing or bare zip-tie shifting around.

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Fortified Bicycle catches a thief, launches secure seat post collar as Payback

Fortified Payback secure locking seat collar clamp

After hearing of a friend’s bicycle saddle being stolen, Fortified Bicycle’s founders jumped on the case and helped him recover it. It’s a familiar story for them in that the theft of a friend’s bike lights prompted them to launch their original products a couple years ago. Only this time, they video taped the thief’s capture!

Aptly called Payback, their new kit includes a seatpost collar with proprietary bolt pattern and tool. It also includes one or two seatpost bolts to secure the saddle to the post, making both parts virtually unstealable. They’re so confident that they’ll buy you a new seat if yours is stolen after installing the Payback.

Check the video of the thief getting busted and more details below…

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SRAM Reduces Pricing for All Quarq Power Meters

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At one point, if you wanted power there weren’t many options to choose from. Now though, there are a number of players in the power meter market and all of them are competing for your business. Just recently, Powertap announced their latest round of products which included their C1 chainring based power meter that will be priced somewhere around $700. If it’s any indication of how things are shaping up for future power meter pricing, today both Pioneer and Quarq have announced reduced pricing for their own chainring or spider based units.

When it comes to the unit itself, Quarq uses a spider based measurement system that includes a built in accelerometer to measure cadence without a magnet. Powered by a CR2032 battery, Quarq power meters carry an IPx7 waterproof rating and two year warranty including free firmware updates. Able to measure power on both legs, the units now include 10K temperature compensation and connectivity through the Qalvin App.

New Pricing after the break…

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Biologic and Tern’s New Gadgets, Rear Carriers and EKOCYCLE Bikes

Biologic's revue front and rear LED bike lights

If your bike is set up with utility in mind it’s always nice to have a wide selection of racks, baskets, smartphone mounts or other handy gadgets to customize your ride for its intended purpose, whether it’s bringing home groceries or GPS mapping a potential touring route.

Urban transport specialists Tern have released some new accessories for riders moving more than themselves, including a new heavy-duty basket and rear carrier rack that can accommodate a child seat. They’ve also shown support for the EKOCYCLE movement with two new folding bikes built with recycled materials. As for electronics, Biologic has recently announced their new Revue front and rear lights (seen above) and a protective case for the iphone 6 and 6 plus with modular mounting options.

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Hope Eliminates Hub Standard Compatibility Issues with new Futureproof Hubs

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It appears that consumers aren’t the only ones flustered by all of the new hub spacings. The need to continually modify products to fit the latest crop of bikes and increasing number of SKUs is enough to drive any component manufacturer a bit crazy. After introducing a few new hub options at Frostbike, Hope thinks they have the answer to any future developments with their Futureproof Hubset. Instead of using end caps to match up with different width axles, the Futureproof hubs actually expand the inner section of hub shell with air pressure. The system provides the advantages of wider flange spacing from a single hub, all the way up to 200mm wide.

Yes, the Futureproof Hubs are the new Reebok Pump of mountain biking…

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Wahoo Fitness Partners with Ride with GPS for Turn Based Navigation on RFLKT and RFLKT+

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It looks like Wahoo RFLKT and RFLKT+ users are getting an Easter egg a little early this year. Thanks to a newly announced partnership with Ride With GPS, the Wahoo cycling computer will now be able to display turn by turn directions. Already unique in that the RFLKT is simply a reflection of apps running on your smart phone, the nature of the design allows new features to be added such as GPS navigation. In order to take advantage of the new feature, users will need a RFLKT or RFLKT+, a compatible smart phone (iPhone 4s and newer and Android 4.3 and newer), as well as an account with Ride With GPS.

Once you have all the needed ingredients, you can start making your own GPS routes…

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That’s One Hot Ride- Weltevree’s Portable Wood Fired Dutch Tub

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After seeing the above photo, I’m sure we’re all thinking the same thing: Finally! A hot tub that I can tow around with my bike! The Netherlands’ Weltevree wishes to share with you ‘the essence of outdoor bathing’ with their portable wood-fired Dutch Tub.

The Dutch Tub is designed to allow outdoor bathing wherever you can bring it, and of course find 211 gallons of water to fill it up, and some wood to burn.

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Sea Lantern Debuts Flame Angel Solid-State Sport and Video Lights

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Brisbane, Australia’s Carl Thom is passionate about exploring the world, and capturing his highlights on video. Thom wanted a versatile, durable light that could handle all of his hobbies from scuba diving to mountain biking, so he turned to Kickstarter with his design for the Sea Lantern Flame Angel.

Aside from its robust metal body, the Flame Angel’s key component is Sea Lantern’s new PPEC+ switch, which has no moving parts to ensure long-term waterproofness and durability. The product is already getting a good response, having just launched on Kickstarter yesterday.

Check out the Sport and Video models and their different body options below…
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Berliner Fahrradschau 2015: An Eclectic Mix of Cycling and Lifestyle Products

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Another year of Berlin’s consumer Bike Show kicked off this weekend highlighting a lot of the urban and lifestyle segments of the bike industry that sometimes get glossed over with new derailleur and suspension tech. That means a lot of classic city bikes, many e-bike applications, internally geared hubs, and belt drives, plus more cargo bikes than you can shake a stick at. Over the next week or two we’ll try to roundup a bunch of things that we spotted that stood out from the crowd and the free flowing Henrick’s Gin and Tonics and German beers.

Read on for a modern take on a classic, city bikes and great finishes, some custom bags, and an e-bike to sneak on some group rides…

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