Camile puts GPS and Video into one clean & simple package

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There are more and more GPS and digital video devices coming to market for cyclists every year. So each new product has to differentiate itself from the rest by delivering better performance or lower pricing, or even both. Upstart Chinese consumer electronics company MiniWing has a solution by combing the digital recording and GPS into the Camile, a single device with a simple design and easy-to-use interface. They are bringing the Camile to Indiegogo to get over that first product manufacturing hump and bring the new tech to market quickly. Take a closer look after the break…

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Shimano updates STePS + Di2 e-bikes with auto shifting firmware

Shimano updates STePS + Di2 e-bikes with auto shifting firmware

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Shimano finally announced today the release of a new firmware update for e-bikes running their STePS system and the Di2 Nexus hubs. Shimano had introduced us to the possibility of automatic, electronic gear shifting on their drivetrains almost a year ago, but when we talked to STePS users and industry insiders who were spec’ing the systems, no one really had heard anything suggesting real world availability of the automatic transmission setup. That has changed now with public v2.11.1 firmware available from Shimano. Let your mouse automatically take you across the break to see how it works and self-learns when it should shift based on your riding style…

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Train on Zwift, Go Pro with the women’s Canyon//SRAM Racing Zwift Academy Project

Train on Zwift, Go Pro with the women’s Canyon//SRAM Racing Zwift Academy Project

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Were your parents always telling you that playing video games was a waste of time? Well, here is proof that it actually can amount to something. Well, if you’re talking about Zwift. And if you’re really, really fast.

Zwift of course is the online training game which turns your efforts onto the trainer into a digital competition between you and other Zwift riders all over the world. In addition to keeping you fit and sane as you pedal your way through the winter, it also appears that Zwift could be your ticket to go pro…

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Mineral’s Mini-bar and Barstow tools keep your ride stocked in case of mechanical

Mineral’s Mini-bar and Barstow tools keep your ride stocked in case of mechanical

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One thing many riders appreciate is simplifying the process of their ride. A lot of that involves making sure we have the proper gear for said ride, because forgetting the simplest of things can make or break that experience you were longing for. Tools are one thing you should always have with you, but swapping them between bikes or even just plain forgetting them in your front seat will do nothing for that loose bolt or broken chain. Mineral has a couple of somewhat different, but simple alternatives with their Mini-bar and Barstow tools that may be worth looking at….

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Trekz Titanium headphones from AfterShokz conduct your tunes in without blocking your ears

Trekz Titanium headphones from AfterShokz conduct your tunes in without blocking your ears

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AfterShokz with their patented technology that conducts sound though the bones in the cheek into your inner ear has an update of the headphones that we looked at a couple of years back. The new version called Trekz Titanium just came to market after an Indiegogo campaign that raised over $650,000, and continue to claim to be the safest way to listen to music, since their method of sound transmission leaves the ears open to hear what is going on around you. And to boot, the new Trekz update drops the wires of previous iterations and gets a better, more finished look overall. Take a closer look and see how they work after the break…

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Hydrate Mate electronically monitors water levels and consumption in any hydration pack

Hydrate Mate, runner checking data

Hydrate Mate water monitor, runner checking data

UK based ultra runner and product designer Andrew Saville likes to run with hydration packs, but all too often found himself far from home and surprisingly low on water. Currently there are no hydration packs that indicate their water levels or your consumption (without looking inside), so Saville invented the Hydrate Mate to conveniently provide this crucial data.

The Hydrate Mate is a small device that attaches to any hydration pack and measures how much water you’ve drank, and how much you have left. Your Bluetooth-linked smartphone displays your water level so you can check your supply by reaching into your pocket instead of removing your backpack.

For cyclists, the big question is: Where do you put your smartphone when you ride? If it stays in your pocket, the Hydrate Mate would make checking your water reserves a little bit easier. However, if you empty your pockets into your hydration pack this device provides a pointless and overcomplicated redundancy. The Hydrate Mate is seeking funds through Indiegogo, and their campaign is open until Feb. 24th. If your phone lives at your hip pr at your bar, gulp down the details below…
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Asheville CX Randoms – I9 Death Trap, Boyd Eternity Hubs Shipping, & ultimate Honda Element Bike Camping Build Out

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Boyd Eternity hubs shipping actual weight industry Nine Death Machine goworx fifth element camping coversion (7)

Like any great cyclocross venue, the CX Nationals expo area was a bit of a party. In addition to food, warm beverages, and warm up tents, there were also a number of companies with things to show – some serious, some not so much.

Industry Nine has their products pretty well buttoned up now that their Trail S wheels are on the scene, so the big draw in their booth was something a little more… deadly?

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Garmin buys PulsedLight LIDAR: is better accident avoidance & more on the way?

Garmin buys PulsedLight LIDAR: is better accident avoidance & more on the way?

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About six months ago after having bought iKuba, Garmin put out their version of the technology in the Varia rearview radar system. We started riding with it just a few weeks ago, and can already see how it could make some people feel a lot safer riding on busy roads. The Varia system works by having a wireless radar detection system that mounts on your seatpost and senses  vehicles approaching from behind (140m/460′ range), then communicates that to either a basic head unit, a more advanced ANT+ Edge cycling computer like the 1000, 1000 Explorer, 520, or 25, or soon the Varia Vision heads-up display. But the radar solution requires a fairly bulky secondary detection device that takes the form of a big tail light (but doesn’t offer much in the way of visibility) and is limited in what it can show.

Now Garmin has made another tech acquisition, snatching up the Bend, Oregon based PulsedLight who design and produce optical distance measurement gear using LIDAR tech.  What makes them and their intellectual property unique is that first it uses lasers (and lasers are cool), which can offer better resolution than RADAR (roughly read as: accuracy) for detecting objects with a greater range, and that PulsedLight has developed optical measurement devices significantly smaller and cheaper than their competition.

What does Garmin plan to do with the new technology? Beam past the break with us for some more details on the tech, where PulsedLight see it going, and some more speculation…

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HxR Easy Shift crank is here for shifting on the fly, no pedaling required

HxR freewheel crankset shift while moving no pedaling (4)

HxR freewheel crankset shift while moving no pedaling (4)

Ever wished you could have dumped a few gears before you reach that quick little riser? Or maybe you just want to be able to shift whenever you feel like it, without having to worry about when or where?

That is the idea behind the new HxR Easy Shift Crank. While the idea itself isn’t new (trials bikes, old Schwinns, etc. have used a similar concept for years), HxR seems to be one of the first to apply the concept to a 1×11 enduro drivetrain. Built to hold up to the abuse of today’s trail and enduro rigs, the Easy Shift crank is a product of France based HxR components and is finally ready to hit the trail…

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