Posts in the category Gadgets

MagZip is the Zipper All Cycling Jackets Need Right Now


OK brands, pay attention. This is the zipper you need on your next generation of cycling jackets. It’s called MagZip and it works with one hand.

I’ve fumbled with cycling vest and jackets with one hand (in vain) while riding too many times to count, and I have an almost 100% failure rate. I’ve either ended pulling off to zip up a jacket or tried doing it with both hands off the bar, which is somehow much harder than it should be considering I can ride no handed just fine when I’m not trying to do anything with my hands. I’m sure I’m not alone.

The MagZip could solve all of that. It uses tiny neodymium magnets to pull the base of the zipper together and position it in perfect, closed alignment. Then, it can simply be pulled up with one hand. Brilliant, but it took quite few years to develop. Video and more below…


Cool Commuter Gear: Square U-Lock, Windmill, and Bespoke Multitool

Vier Lock closed

Vier Lock: Why Didn’t I Think of That

Some cool new commuter gear found its way across our desk this weekend just in time for your back-to-school shopping. We have the world’s most compact U-Lock, a nifty wind generator light, and a crowd designed multitool from Brooks.

The new Vier Lock may be the head slappingnest why-didn’t-I-think-of-that product release we’ve seen. Their four-piece, square lock disassembles into a convenient burrito-sized package that can slide under your saddle, drop in your purse, or get stuffed into your cargo pants with somewhat more ease than its U-shaped bretheren. READ MORE ->

Sneak Peek: CrankPump Plays Hide the Inflator, Bottom Bracket Mounted Co2

The best way to make getting a flat worse is not being prepared to fix it. There are a number of mini pumps ans inflators out there designed to make the process as easy as possible, but a new company thinks they have a better idea. Named CrankPump, the company’s name is a bit misleading since instead of hiding a pump inside your bike’s bottom bracket, the gadget allows you to stash a co2 inflator.

CrankPump seems like a sure fire way to have access to inflation when you need it… Updated


Kickstarter: Klamp Offers A Better Way to Mount Action Cameras, Cycling Computers & More

Klamp Kickstarter SketchesShooting video with a POV camera can be a lot of fun, but catching the right angle can be difficult. Not only do the cameras come with a only a  couple of sticks, but they’re limited in range.

Klamp is a modular mounting system for action cameras, cycling computers, and other accessories, which makes it easy to not only mount devices in unusual places, but allows you to capture unique angles, and then easily swap to a different position.


New Watteam PowerBeat Charges Up Left-Right Power Measurement on Any Crankset for $499

watteam powerbeat affordable bicycle power meter for any crankset

Nothing gives power to the people like a power meter that’ll fit any crankset and costs a fraction of competing units. That’s just what Watteam has done, surging to market with their new PowerBeat power meters.

Using a processing unit with built in transmitter wired to a strain gauge, the PowerBeat measures the effort put into each pedal stroke on each side. That means true, independent left and right side measurement. Each side weighs just 24.2g, yet it’s packed with features like dual ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart (LE) data transmission and a combination of strain gauges, gyros and accelerometers. It’s all housed in a weatherproof construction with user replaceable batteries.

The best part? It’ll mount to any crank arm -carbon, alloy, old, new, whatever- and it costs as little as $499…


Knog Qudos Action Sports Camera Light Makes Your GoPro a Night Owl


The new Knog [qudos] action sports camera light brings new life to your GoPro, Sony or any other video taking device with a GoPro-compatible mount option.

Designed to shed light on your after dark and low light activities, it burns up to three Cree LEDs inside a waterproof alloy housing. It comes with a dual mount as shown, positioning it directly adjacent your camera, or use a 1/4-twenty/GoPro adapter to put it on a tripod or extension pole for angled light effects. They even include a cold shoe mount for DSLR and traditional video cameras.

UPDATED: Pricing and Video added at bottom.

Illuminate your shots with more info below…


New Sony HDR-AS20 Action Cam Get High Def, Full Features & Budget $200 Price Tag

Sony HDR-AS20 Action Cam HD extreme sports video camera

Almost a year after bringing out the HDR-AS30V with it’s GPS tagged video capture and slick dashboard, the new Sony HDR-AS20 drops the price $100 while keeping everything but the location tracking.

For just $200, you’ll get full HD recording in several modes, SteadyShot electronic image stabilization, a 170º Carl Zeiss lens and backlit Exmor R CMOS sensor with 28Mbps capture. Other standout features include stereo microphones, waterproof case and built-in WiFi. That means remote control with its iOS or Android app or the optional wearable video screen remote. Basically, it’s the same camera as the AS30V without the GPS, making it an incredible deal if you can live without the satellites knowing where you shot your film.

Available this August. It’s the same size as the GPS model, so presumably it’ll work with all the same accessories already available. Full PR after the break…


Exclusive Hands-on Review of the new Verve Infocrank Power Meter


As we introduced them to you this spring, Verve Cycling is now delivering the production version of their new power metering crankset, the Infocrank. The power meter can now be ordered online, and is shipped consumer-direct from either their EU, US, or Oceania distribution hubs. Then through a network of worldwide Affiliates, they can work with you to make sure you take full advantage of the power meter’s training capabilities.

Having recently finished final beta testing and now been delivered to early supporters, we had the unique opportunity to borrow a set of the power metering cranks directly from Verve Cycling’s president for just over a week to see what customers could expect. Bryan Taylor lent us his personal Cervélo R3 with the Infocrank installed while he was traveling on business, giving us a chance to go through the new setup process with the included O_synce Navi2coach GPS computer, as well as to pair it with a standard Garmin Edge computer. We tested out the cranks on a few regular mid-length group and solo road rides, as well as giving it a go on some gravel, and even a bout on the indoor trainer. The goal was less about testing the accuracy of the power meter (a point where Verve seems to excel, btw) and more about how a rider might set up and actually use the Infocrank.

Come past the break for the full details and real world weights.


Pyle Enters the Expanding Action Camera Market with the eXpo HD


Pyle Audio, known for affordable home and  car stereo components are throwing their hat in the action sports ring with a HD camera aimed directly at the GoPro. Their eXpo HD action camera should provide high resolution photos and high quality video with premium features and a lot of include accessories at a price point that would normally have you reaching down at least to the second tier products from more established companies.

Have a jump past the break for more pics, tech info, pricing, and what is included when you buy.