Posts in the category Gadgets

Put All-Day Power in Your Pocket With the Go Puck

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The amount of electronic devices we carry around these days would likely surprise even the most creative science fiction writers of the past. As more and more cyclists are taking GPS, POV cameras, and smartphones on rides, tech companies are chomping at the bit to make using, carrying and powering these devices easier for us.

At a young age, auto racer Blake Fuller and a small crew started developing a lighter weight battery for his car. They wound up replacing his 45lbs. battery with an 11lbs. unit, and founded a company called Braille Battery. Several years ago, Fuller was travelling with his new iphone when he decided Braille Battery’s technology could be adapted into compact, portable power banks for mobile devices. The Go Puck was then designed to provide multiple phone charges in a small enough package to be very portable, or even wearable…
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The Sound of Rapha: as Heard through Custom Bang & Olufsen H6 Headphones

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The latest piece of unapologetic luxury to come from the Rapha camp isn’t specifically cycling gear, but it is something you will use on the road. That is, if you frequently take to the road to travel between events. It’s probably safe to assume that most of us are fans of music, whatever your tastes may be. Whether you’re warming up on the trainer, trying to drown out the noise on a plane, or simply looking to isolate your brain for a bit, a good pair of headphones can be welcome distraction.

Leave it to Rapha to team up with Bang & Olufsen to create a pair of headphones worthy of the Rapha name, and a large portion of your wallet…

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Review: Feedback Sports Velo Wall Post – Minimalist, folding, wall-mounted bicycle rack

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Feedback Sports makes some of our favorite workstands, so it’s no surprise their bicycle storage products are top quality, too. Such is the case with the Velo Wall Post, a folding beam that holds your bike by the saddle or wheels with room for another set of wheels, helmet or myriad other gear. And it does all this with minimal footprint, making it the perfect addition for cramped city living since it folds up to the wall when not in use.

We first spotted it at Interbike last fall, where they showed off its integrated lock loop, allowing you to run a cable lock through the base to secure your bike. It took a while before we installed our test sample, but now that they’re available and shipping (and with some friendly prodding from them), we found a spot for one more bike on our walls…

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I, Camera: Meet Lily, the Everyman’s Autopiloting Follow Cam Drone

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It wasn’t long ago we started seeing shots in action sports movies filmed by drones that were automatically following athletes, which wasn’t too shocking as budgets have also taken to the sky for top-tier action sports films. It is a bit surprising to say that this novelty is already within reach of the general public.

Meet Lily, the world’s first self-piloting follow cam drone. With the tracking device on your body you simply hit the on switch, toss Lily into the air and it fires up its propellers, finds its balance and starts filming you. When it’s time to come down, Lily lands gently in your hand.

The lily project started in 2013 in the basement of a robotics lab at UC Berkeley. Now with funding secured and a team of five designers and engineers assembled, Lily is ready for production….
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Drop some Weight, Pick Up Power with new Powertap G3 Disc hub

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The need for power isn’t just a roadie thing. With more and more mountain bike racers looking to wattage for training purposes, the off road power meter market is experiencing a similar evolution as road. For Powertap, that means taking their already popular mountain bike hub based powermeter and dropping a big chunk of weight. Compatible with both quick release and thru axles dropouts, the New Powertap G3 rear disc hub clocks in at more than 30% lighter than the previous model…

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G-Savr tether prevents your Garmin, GoPro learning to fly

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While Garmin cycling computers come with a tether nowadays, G-Savr’s aftermarket option steps it up with an adjustable, easily removable version that’ll work with a variety of electronics.

The body of it’s a soft webbing fabric with adjustable slide that uses a locking cam to keep snug up any slack. The end of it has a clip that allows the high strength cord to loop through the Garmin’s eyelet or a similar hole on any other device (example below).

G-Savr’s Nate Freed says it’s cheap insurance against your $500 (or more) piece of hardware launching off its mount due to rough riding, broken tabs or other equipment failure.

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RideAir compressed air canister fills tires immediately without CO2 waste

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We’ve all been there. Ready to roll out for a ride, either with just enough time to squeeze a good one, or the rest of the group waiting or just running late to work or whatever, and as soon as we’ve hopped on the bike, the telltale squishy feeling lets us know our tire is too low to ride.

Likely all of us have a floor pump handy, but there are certainly times when we’d rather have something that got the job done in a couple seconds and got us back on the road. Particularly for commuter and other more casual pursuits where exact tire pressure isn’t as important as just getting going. And for that, RideAir was created.

It’s a high pressure canister that stores enough compressed air to inflate a road bike tire to 90psi, and it’s easily refillable…

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Sena Goes A/V With Their New 10C Video Camera and Bluetooth Intercom Device

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While Sena may not be a well known brand to cyclists, you might know the name if you also ride motorcycles or ATVs. Sena produces Bluetooth communication devices and video cameras for power sports applications, and they’ve just announced a helmet mounted video camera/Bluetooth headset unit called the 10C.

According to Sena, the 10C is the world’s first combined motorcycle communication and camera system. The 10C can be installed on a bike helmet with its adhesive mount, opening up some cool new possibilities for cyclists. The unit not only allows you to communicate with up to three other people, but you can record your voices on top of your video image for a fully narrated clip. The camera also hosts a video tagging feature that only records a short clip when you hit the button, making it easy to come home with a no-edit highlight reel.

The 10C was just introduced to consumers at the 2015 Overland Expo West in Flagstaff, Arizona. Click below the break for more info…
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No Key, No Hassles With The Noke Bluetooth U-Lock

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As smartphones are becoming more and more integral to our daily lives, their long list of applications is growing by the day. While it might seem frivolous to have a bike lock that’s activated by your phone via Bluetooth, the Noke has some cool advantages and unique features. First and foremost, you’ll never lose a set of keys or forget a lock combination again.

The brains behind the Noke U-Lock is Fuz Designs, a company that found success with their Noke Bluetooth padlock last year. They’ve adapted the idea into a bike lock that’s produced a great response on the company’s fifth Kickstarter campaign, raking in over $400,000 so far.

Read on to unlock all the details…
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