Found: StravistiX extension for Google Chrome makes your Strava ride data way more awesome

stravistix google chrome extension plugin to enhance your strava ride data with new metrics

stravistix google chrome extension plugin to enhance your strava ride data with new metrics

Formerly known as StravaPlus, the recently updated StravistiX extension for Google Chrome takes all your Strava data and creates a cornucopia of new data sets, comparisons, charts, graphs and more to make the most of your metrics.

Once installed, simply go to your Strava homepage as normal (on Chrome) and you’ll start to notice a few new buttons and options. On the Activity Feed, the “Go To Flyby” feature (shown above) from Strava Labs is conveniently below each activity, whether it’s yours or someone you follow. Click on one of your own activities and the real fun begins…

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CES Cycling Tech Roundup – Intel, Suunto, IBM x Under Armour, Bell, GoPro, Oakley & More!

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Follow-me drones have popped up recently, but few mention any sort of obstacle avoidance and none have explicitly stated they’re able to follow along through the woods at speed without smacking into a tree. Now, Intel is poised to change the game dramatically with their RealSense technology. Shown at CES in two different form factors, the 360º awareness allows them to navigate real world obstacles and adjust in real time to changing conditions.

The video above shows them flying through the woods, click past the break to see it follow a real, live mountain biker…plus, the keynote video about RealSense for drones along with lots of other great new tech from Oakley, Suunto, IBM, Under Armour, Bell, GoPro and more…

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Cerevo XON Orbitrec to integrate smart sensors into 3D printed Ti & carbon road bike

Cerevo XON Orbitrec to integrate smart sensors into 3D printed Ti & carbon road bike
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images courtesy of Cerevo

Japanese consumer electronic’s specialists Cerevo (Consumer Electronic REVOlution) are actively trying to develop into the fledgling smart sports segments with a new XON line that will take on everything from point-of-view cameras to smart snowboard bindings. What caught our eye is their XON Orbitrec bike concept that will integrate all manner of ride telemetry sensors into the bike itself, much like the Canyon Projekt MRSC connected concept bike we saw about a year and a half ago. But while that Canyon is still a ways off (even though the stem mounted smart computer should be available this spring), Cerevo is claiming that they will release both the integrated bike and a stand-alone version of the full sensor package this year that could be added on to existing bikes. See what the Orbitrec or the bolt-on Ride-1 can do after the break…

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Paul Comp adapts your discs, cantis, and thumbies

Paul Comp adapts your discs, cantis, and thumbies

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Sometimes it really is the little things that are really appreciated. Paul Comp has been dedicated to developing simple, functional, american-made components from their Chico, CA home for several decades. And as the new year gets under way they’ve add a few small bits of machined goodness to solve some more common (and less so) setup problems. What that amounts to are new solutions to matching whatever size disc brake rotors you choose for any frame, a now complete front and rear set of canti brake stops, and a new pair of thumbshift mounts for use with Shimano bar-end shifters for more gearing options. Check it all out after the break…

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Wavetrans bicycle transmission provides seamless CVT-style shifting

Wavetrans bicycle transmission

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If you’ve ever driven a snowmobile or a car equipped with a CVT transmission, you’ll know how smooth the engines feel as they shuffle through their “gears”. With the creation of the Wavetrans bicycle transmission, that kind of smoothness could find its way onto your bicycle.

The Wavetrans is an electronically controlled drivetrain with a single front ring that expands or contracts to provide the equivalent of six different gears. The innovative concept claims to offer several benefits versus traditional derailleur setups. It provides a seamless feeling while you shift, can be shifted under load, operates quietly and smoothly, won’t double shift like derailleurs can, digitally displays what gear you’re in, and the inventor claims the chain will never fall off.

Currently only one prototype exists and actual production is a ways off, but it’s certainly an interesting idea. Video and more details below…
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Review: Bryton Rider 310 affordable GPS tracking cycle computer

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Bryton Rider 310, budget GPS cycling computer, on Bryton o-ring mount

Just two weeks ago we introduced you to the two new simple, powerful, and low-cost GPS computers from Bryton, but we have actually been testing out the more advanced Rider 310 since the end of November 2015. The 310 is Bryton’s take on the most simple, budget GPS data collection possible to track your rides, but backed up with enough sensors and communication capability to track more advanced metrics like cadence, heartrate, altitude, and power via Bluetooth and ANT+, 70 in total. (Update: The Brytons do have Bluetooth LE Smart, but only for pairing a mobile phone to share data, not for attaching sensors.) For about a month and a half we’ve put aside a more complex map-based computer to see what we thought of a simpler interface…

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New Sony AS50 action cam steals the best 4K tech features; costs just $200

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sony as50r 4k action cam with live view wrist remote

Personally, I love my Sony Action Cams. They’re incredibly easy to use, produce great video color and have easily swappable batteries to keep the filming on track no matter how many takes you need. That, and the Live View wrist-mounted remote is amazing, helping ensure the angle is right and easily start/stop the camera regardless of where it’s mounted. And now, they’ve made it even better.

The new AS50 looks to replace the entry level AS20, but keeps the $200 price point while bumping the feature set darn close to it’s highest end X1000V 4K model. The AS50 gets 4K recording, 4K stills and SteadyShot image stabilization. It also gets adds an 11.1 megapixel back-lit CMOS sensor, which should drastically improve low light capture and overall fine detail. To get closer to the action, there’s a new 3x Smooth Zoom and field of view angle adjustment, swapping between the usual wide angle and a new narrow view.

Controlling all of it are new, more intuitive buttons and an improved wrist remote, too.

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Nikon captures everything with new KeyMission 360º 4K action cam

Nikon KeyMission 360 degree 4K action sports camera at CES2016

Nikon KeyMission 360 degree 4K action sports camera at CES2016

It’s a different approach than the Bell 360Fly helmet/cam combo launched earlier today, but the effect is similar: 360 degrees of video capture in glorious 4K ultra hi def.

The new Nikon KeyMission 360 puts a spherical lens front and rear, capturing a very immersive set of video and still images that should open up more exciting uses for action sports cameras. Remember that killer video you shot with the camera angled just a bit too low? And remember how you kept tilting your head up as you watched the replay, trying desperately to see further down the trail? You can kiss those types of goofs goodbye with the Nikon offering, and that may be reason enough to see what the camera experts are bringing to the bike.

Other features include a rugged, shock- and water-proof housing with electronic vibration reduction applied during playback to smooth your video. More details are being announced at CES tomorrow (Wednesday, Jan 6th) on various models. For now, more pics, video sample and the press release can be seen in standard def below…

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Bell integrated 360fly gets the wide view with fully panoramic helmet camera

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We first saw the 360fly and then caught wind of Bell’s intention to fully integrate the 360° panoramic camera into its helmets this past fall, but now we’ve already seen the partnership producing results. Bell today released a bunch of shots of their first smart helmet/cam integration at CES in Vegas with their forthcoming Bell Super 24 360fly helmet. Availability is still a while off, but we have some more real details, plus three other helmets that will get 360fly integration for other disciplines after the jump…

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