Think you can cut it like a pro? Schwalbe makes it easier with new Tread Cutter

SAMSUNG CSC

Schwalbe Schwalbe_TreadCutter

If you peek behind the tape at just about any professional downhill event, you will surely spot a familiar tire that looks way more worn than it should be considering it is on a sponsored rider’s rig. Often that is intentional as riders and their mechanics are looking for every bit of speed they can get. We’ve regularly spotted pro mechanics behind the race van  amongst a pile of chopped rubber tread blocks with some headphones on, taking on the mind-numbing task.

But now Schwalbe introduces the first tread cutter made specifically for mountain bike tires, and it’ll make mechanics’ and DIYers’ lives a little easier…

Continue reading “Think you can cut it like a pro? Schwalbe makes it easier with new Tread Cutter”



If you peek behind the tape at just about any professional downhill event, you will surely spot a familiar tire that looks way more worn than it should be considering it is on a sponsored rider’s rig. Often that is intentional as riders and their mechanics are looking for every bit of speed they can get. […]

Posted in Clothing-Gear-Tools, Gadgets & Hacks, Mountain Bike13 Comments

ANT+ gives a heads up on new device communication profile for EXtended (heads up) Displays

ANT+ EXD

ANT+ EXD

ANT has just developed the first ever universal wireless profile standard that defines communications between a fitness device and an extended display. That is a pretty important step with the recent introduction of compact heads-up displays like Garmin’s Varia Vision and many others. Just like with the typical ANT+ protocol, a set standard of communication is needed to ensure compatibility between different manufacturers and with the current tech we already own. The ANT+ Extended Display profile (EXD) will undoubtedly be a major contender based on their might and existing position in the industry.

Check out how it works and what it will do after the break…

Continue reading “ANT+ gives a heads up on new device communication profile for EXtended (heads up) Displays”



ANT has just developed the first ever universal wireless profile standard that defines communications between a fitness device and an extended display. That is a pretty important step with the recent introduction of compact heads-up displays like Garmin’s Varia Vision and many others. Just like with the typical ANT+ protocol, a set standard of communication is needed to […]

Posted in Concept, Gadgets & Hacks, Industry NewsLeave a comment

SOC16: Power measurement enters third dimension with new 4iiii Precision 2.0 meter

4iiii Precision 2 cycling power meter

Introduced at Interbike 2014, the 4iiii power meter has come a long way very quickly. Originally planned as a DIY add on, they showed an even smaller unit at Sea Otter last year and introduced their factory installation option. Now, they’ve done away with the end user installation option and are offering two ways to get their power meter on your bike, both still starting under $400.

Even better, they’ve improved the accuracy of their power measurement by adding a third method of strain gauge measurement to the system. Called 4iiii Precision 2.0, they’re touting it as a “3D crank power meter” because it uses three strain gauges to measure the arm’s bending, shearing (pulling the pedal hole away from the spindle center) and axial deformation, with the latter accounting for odd angles of forces acting on the pedal (like if your knees bow way outward and your pedal isn’t being driven downward in a perfectly straight line…

Continue reading “SOC16: Power measurement enters third dimension with new 4iiii Precision 2.0 meter”



Introduced at Interbike 2014, the 4iiii power meter has come a long way very quickly. Originally planned as a DIY add on, they showed an even smaller unit at Sea Otter last year and introduced their factory installation option. Now, they’ve done away with the end user installation option and are offering two ways to […]

Posted in Gadgets & Hacks, Sea Otter Classic, Training1 Comment

Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

bike-flower-vases-3

  • Brighten up your bike. Throw some flowers on it – 3D printing can give us key bike parts like custom titanium dropouts, ti lugs, or even just component prototypes. But why not something a little less technical, and more whimsical? Wouldn’t it be cool to carry a plant in your pocket? That was the thought of the Atlanta-based industrial designer behind the Wearable Planter line for the last 5 years. Now they come to the bike, on your handlebar, or even strapped to your seattube or fork blade. Where else would you find this sort of thing, but on Etsy.com

Continue reading “Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends”



Brighten up your bike. Throw some flowers on it – 3D printing can give us key bike parts like custom titanium dropouts, ti lugs, or even just component prototypes. But why not something a little less technical, and more whimsical? Wouldn’t it be cool to carry a plant in your pocket? That was the thought of the Atlanta-based […]

Posted in Advocacy, Commuter, e-Bike, Gadgets & Hacks, TrainingLeave a comment

Polar V800 GPS watch pairs with GoPro for controls & video stats

Polar-V800_paired-with-GoPro_DH-stats

Polar-V800_paired-with-GoPro_DH-stats

One of the early pioneer of wearable fitness tech, Polar has paired up with the GoPro Developer Program to add action cam integration functionality in the V800 GPS watch later this year. While the V800 already tracks a wide range of cycling, running and swimming training, plus 24/7 activity and sleep, the new connection will link the GPS device with the growing number of GoPros filming everything from training to races…

Continue reading “Polar V800 GPS watch pairs with GoPro for controls & video stats”



One of the early pioneer of wearable fitness tech, Polar has paired up with the GoPro Developer Program to add action cam integration functionality in the V800 GPS watch later this year. While the V800 already tracks a wide range of cycling, running and swimming training, plus 24/7 activity and sleep, the new connection will link the GPS device with the […]

Posted in Gadgets & Hacks, Training, Video1 Comment

Shoot for better performance with red (and green) Baron Xert apps on your Garmin

Baron-Biosystems_Xert-power-training_MPA+color-coded-power

Baron-Biosystems_Xert-power-training_colored-Garmin-app

The sports science software developers at Baron Biosystems have debuted a few new apps that add improved functionality and a bit of easy to read color to the newest crop of Garmin head units. Available through Garmin’s own Connect IQ app store the Xert system adds new live power data analysis tools to your existing GPS, including several new performance metrics that will help improve training and athletes a live data stream to help better time attacks and recovery in a race situation. Check out the details on the three separate apps, and Barons’s overall Xert power training program after the break…

Continue reading “Shoot for better performance with red (and green) Baron Xert apps on your Garmin”



The sports science software developers at Baron Biosystems have debuted a few new apps that add improved functionality and a bit of easy to read color to the newest crop of Garmin head units. Available through Garmin’s own Connect IQ app store the Xert system adds new live power data analysis tools to your existing GPS, […]

Posted in Gadgets & Hacks, How To, Training7 Comments

GoTENNA lets you text & map on your smartphone even when there’s no signal

gotenna-bluetooth-vhf-digital-radio-for-offgrid-smartphone-communication

Headed out in the woods, backcountry, or middle-of-nowhere gravel roads and worried about how you’ll communicate with your riding buddies when the cell towers no longer reach you? GoTENNA has you covered.

The device pairs with your smartphone via Bluetooth Low Energy (BTLE) and then uses its 2-watt digital VHF radio to broadcast text messages and your location to individuals, groups or anyone within range. The device works offline, and has a 24 hour battery life (on standby), and even comes with free offline maps downloadable through its app. Range is claimed at up to four miles in the wide open great outdoors and about one mile in an urban environment.

Text messages transmit immediately, just like when using your regular chat client, and even have delivery confirmation and message retry. It’ll also use your smartphone’s GPS to locate you and let you share that with others. Or, request their positions.

Continue reading “GoTENNA lets you text & map on your smartphone even when there’s no signal”



Headed out in the woods, backcountry, or middle-of-nowhere gravel roads and worried about how you’ll communicate with your riding buddies when the cell towers no longer reach you? GoTENNA has you covered. The device pairs with your smartphone via Bluetooth Low Energy (BTLE) and then uses its 2-watt digital VHF radio to broadcast text messages […]

Posted in Gadgets & Hacks3 Comments

Lumos finalizes their light-up commuter backpack concept with the Aster

Lumos Aster commuter backpack, side

Lumos Aster commuter backpack, side shot

Last October, Bikerumor showed our readers preliminary renderings of some nifty light-up backpacks from Lumos, an India-based company who has already released a line of backpacks with solar panels to charge your mobile devices. Since then, the company has refined the design of their cycling pack, which features several light-up panels and LED’s to ensure motorists can easily see you in the dark.

Aside from the on-board illumination, the initial designs have radically changed and the two models are now one which will come in two different sizes. The renamed Aster is now raising funds on Indiegogo to go into production. If you do daily battles with traffic and want to feel a bit more obvious out there, the Aster may be right up your alley- aside from the front, side and rear lighting the packs include turn signals and an automatic brake light so drivers know exactly what you’re up to…
Continue reading “Lumos finalizes their light-up commuter backpack concept with the Aster”



Last October, Bikerumor showed our readers preliminary renderings of some nifty light-up backpacks from Lumos, an India-based company who has already released a line of backpacks with solar panels to charge your mobile devices. Since then, the company has refined the design of their cycling pack, which features several light-up panels and LED’s to ensure […]

Posted in Clothing-Gear-Tools, Commuter, Gadgets & Hacks1 Comment

Omata One dials up gorgeous analog speedometer in a purely modern GPS cycling computer

omata analog speedometer gps cycling computer

OMATA_Photo_1851_SMALL

Developed with Seiko by a team that includes former Nokia product designers and Fabian Cancellara as an advisor, the Omata One analog cycling computer blends the best of what’s new with a classic interface. Much like driving a classic car or a desirable watch, there is something satisfying about a beautifully designed analog gauge. If you’ve ever looked down at your digital cycling computer and wished for something a little more along those lines, you may want to check out the new Omata One.

The GPS, ANT+ and Bluetooth 4.0 equipped head unit captures all of the important data to fill in your Strava profile, but only displays speed, distance, ascent and ride time. All of the data is shown through analog needles on its watch-like face, keeping it simple to read at a quick glance…

Continue reading “Omata One dials up gorgeous analog speedometer in a purely modern GPS cycling computer”



Developed with Seiko by a team that includes former Nokia product designers and Fabian Cancellara as an advisor, the Omata One analog cycling computer blends the best of what’s new with a classic interface. Much like driving a classic car or a desirable watch, there is something satisfying about a beautifully designed analog gauge. If you’ve ever […]

Posted in Clothing-Gear-Tools, Gadgets & Hacks38 Comments