Posts in the category Gadgets

IB14: Garmin Vector Pedals Now Measure Cleat Pressure Offset & More, Plus New Connected Forerunner 920XT

Garmin Vector power meter pedals now measure power stroke and cleat pressure offset and time seated and standing

At Eurobike we saw the new single-sided Garmin Vector S power meter pedal option, which tweaked the left sensor’s system to send a doubled up signal to the head unit and approximate total power for both legs from a single meter at about half the price.

At Interbike, they showed us the new Cycling Dynamics updated for the Vector and their cycling computers. The new screen interprets data from the pedals in a new way, showing your Power Phase (how strong you are at each point in the crank’s rotation), compare time spent seated versus standing and see how your power is hitting the pedals with their Platform Center Offset reading.

All three metrics will appear on a single screen and show up in Garmin Connect upon syncing the device with your computer after the ride. A software update will be available later this year for both the pedals and Garmin’s head units to bring it all to life…

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GoPro Hero 4 Black Serves up Double The Performance, Touch Screen, 4K & More

GoPro 4 Hero

Like Moore’s Law, GoPro has now made a habit of doubling their camera’s performance every year. For this model, they’ve upped the ante once again by raising the resolution of their premiere model to 4k.

The previous flagship model could only shoot 4k at 15 FPS, but the new Hero 4 manages 4k at 30 FPS, and 1080p at 120 FPS. That high rate resolution, high frame rate , means you should expect buttery smooth slow mo in the next wave of mountain bike edits.

The bigger news is improved UI. Everyone who was ever struggled with the unnintuitive old two button system, rejoice. The GoPro Hero 4 has a context aware mode, can be connected to a smartphone or remote via built in WiFi and Bluetooth, and has advanced manual modes.

The new manual mode is called Protune and lets you adjust color, ISO limit, white balance, sharpness, and exposure in both video and photo modes. There is also an automatic low light mode that intelligently changes frame rates based on conditions.  READ MORE ->

IB14: Carry your Chainsaw, or Mount a Trailer with New Products from Old Man Mountain and the Robert Axle Project

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Quite a few people looked at the display above and laughed, poking fun at the idea of ever needing to carry a chainsaw on your bike. Then there were the people who instantly got it – the very same people who usually do the often thankless job of clearing the trails for the rest of us. In addition to clearing trail of downed trees, many of these unsung heroes also like to ride bikes, and when the suspect tree is miles into the trail system, the idea of carrying a chainsaw on your bike begins to make a lot more sense.

For those looking for a effective method of chainsaw transport on the bike, the Old Man Mountain rack is a good option. Anyone that would rather throw their saw in a trailer with their other trail building tools should check out the new axle adapters from the Robert Axle Project next…

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IB14: PrestaCycle Introduces Complete Preset Torque Collection, Limited Edition PrestaLever II, More

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Thanks to a number of light weight parts, torque wrenches have become common place among mechanics’ work benches, especially those capable of low Newton-Meters. Individual hand held torque wrenches have been around for awhile and many of them are based on the Torqkey – an auto release, preset torque mechanism first introduced to the bike scene by Ritchey Components. Now PrestaCycle is stepping up with their own branded Torqkeys that will sold in 7 different torque presets.

Capable of running different bits, the PrestaCycle torque wrenches will be some of the cheapest available…

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IB14: Jet Black’s New Premium Z1 Pro Fluid & Whisper Drive Magnetic Trainers, Plus New Training App

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Jet Black’s new Z1 Pro model is the successor to the Z1 and gets the largest stock flywheel ever at 6.6 lbs, more than triple what it was before. There are heavier aftermarket flywheels out there, but they say this is the heaviest one that comes standard on any trainer. A heavier flywheel gives it a much longer coast down times for a more realistic feel.

It’s a fluid trainer, so it’s quiet, particulaly with it’s oversized gel roller, and gives you less tire wear. Beyond the flywheel and gel, the closure mechanism is all new and rather nifty…

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IB14: Lazer Reveals Premium Budget Helmets, Wasp Air w/ Electronic Head Tilt Sensor & More!

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For 2015, Lazer is heading up the news with a few new low-cost helmets that bring a lot of their top comfort and safety systems, including a $70 MIPS helmet!

Shown above, the Blade (black) and Magma helmets give you 22 huge vents combined with their Rollsys retention system and in-mold construction. They’re essentially the same helmet save for the visor on the Magma. Both retail for $90, and weights are 250g without visor. They start shipping in Spring 2015.

Head past the break to check out the inside, plus lots of other cool new things below…

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New Contour Roam3 HD Action Cam Swims in Great Features at a Low Price

Out of the box, the new Contour Roam3 can dive to 30 feet without any special case, hence the non-cycling, water-themed launch video above. And, they’re claiming it has the best video and audio performance of any of their cameras, capturing 1080p video at 30fps.

It keeps all the other features Contour’s camera’s are known for, including the small form factor, laser leveling/sighting, rotating 270º lens with 170º field of view, 1/4-twenty mount, and the simple sliding on/off switch. This one also gets a 5MP quick shot feature that uses a single button to toggle between video and stills, a long life battery (3-3.5 hours, good since it’s built in) and a locking feature for the switch so it won’t get accidentally turned off. It even includes an 8GB memory card in the box.

The best part? It’s just $199. Click through for pics and full spec list…

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IB14: Mio Targets Cycling with the new Velo Heart Rate Watch

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Wrist mounted heart rate monitors are nothing new for Mio, but the company is more cycling specific features into a new device to better target the two wheeled set. Called the Velo, the wrist strap uses the same continuous technology that monitors your heart rate using LED lights and an electro-optical cell that can sense the volume of blood under the skin (similar to other products like the Lifebeam helmet). That means you get your heart rate without the need for a strap across your chest.

What sets the Velo apart from their other HRMs is the new bridging capability which can read your ANT+ and BLE speed and cadence sensors. From there the Velo can connect to your phone, providing all of the necessary metrics in one place. Set for retail at $129, the Velo does not have a built in display and will be available in November.

Looking for a fitness tracker that will also keep track of your heart rate? Check out the new fuse next…

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IB14: Wahoo TICKR X HRM Gets Real, Revolutionary Workout Motion Capture Leaves the Phone Behind

Wahoo fitness tickr x heart rate runing strap (2)

As the third introduction to their Bluetooth Hear Rate Monitor line up, Wahoo is giving the device its own memory. Calling it the TICKR X, the built-in memory means the device will be able to track heart rate,
calorie burn, and duration of workouts up to 16 hours long without the strap connected to your smart phone. The strap also includes Wahoo’s advanced motion capture technology that was first introduced on the TICKR Run. In addition to the Running Smoothness feature that uses an algorithm to track your running form, the sensor includes the ability to measure indoor cycling cadence without any additional sensors. Apparently more activities will be added to the strap’s repertoire in the future as well.

The TICKR X also acts as a standard HRM when connected to any smartphone via Bluetooth LE or any device that is ANT+ compatible. Additional features include the Wahoo Burn and Burst training program as well as a double tap feature built into the strap. A double tap in disconnected mode will add markers to the workout that can be reviewed afterwards. The feature can also be used in online mode to control music play back or laps. Compatible with Apple iPad and iphone, the TICKR X also works with Android devices with Bluetooth 4.0 and Android OS 4.3 or higher. The TICKR X will retail for $99.99.

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