Posts in the category Gadgets

Polar’s V650 GPS Cycling Computer Finds Its Way to the Marketplace

Polar V650 GPS cycling computer

Cycling computers have come a long way since the rudimentary devices that just measured speed, distance and calculated a few averages for you. Now, it seems there’s an arms race to see who can offer the most data collection and integration with training apps or software.

Last September we previewed the Polar V650, one of Polar’s newest offerings. Now that it’s hit the market, here’s an updated look at the full feature set and promo video…

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Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits and Pieces

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Contest

  • Play the Bell 2015 Spring Classics Sweepstakes – Get ready for some epic racing and follow Team LottoNL-Jumbo through 8 races and 36 days. Click now to enter the Weekly Prize Drawing and play the Bell Spring Classics Challenge for bragging rights plus an additional chance to win the Grand Prize, a trip to California to ride with Team LottoNL-Jumbo!

Racing and Ride Event News

  • Champion System has joined forces with the We Stand United Cycling Club – Champion System will be the Official Title Sponsor of the “Champion System Roubaix Race Series powered by Sheepshead Cycle”. The series will kick off on Thursday, April 2nd and will run until the last Thursday in July. For more information on the events please go to WSUnited.org or register for the event at bikereg.com.
  • The Bootlegger 100 Proof Dirt Road Ride – On April 25th Lenoir, North Carolina will host the ride. It will start and end in downtown Lenoir and travels through the beautiful and scenic Wilson’s Creek Gorge. There are two routes – 100 mile or 100 kilometer dirt road ride with 8000+ feet of climbing (100 mile route). Visit the event’s Facebook page for more details.
  • North Carolina Bikers Sweep US Open Fat Bike Beach Championships – The inaugural US Open Fat Bike Championships were held in Wrightsville Beach on Saturday, March 14th. Racers from four states competed in three divisions covered distances of 24-miles, 16-miles, and 8-miles to accommodate expert, sport, and beginner skill levels. Click here to see photos from the event.
  • The Encino Velodrome announces a long term sponsorship agreement with Pure Fix CyclesPure Fix was named the official bike sponsor of the Encino Velodrom provide their Keirin track series and Keirin Pro track series bicycles for the Encino Velodrome’s new rider and rental program and shall also be named the Official junior bike sponsor with their Micro series 650c wheeled fixed gear bikes for Encino Velodrome’s junior program. The Encino Velodrome is one of the oldest velodromes in the United States and was established in 1961.
  • Meet the Scott-ODLO and Scott-3Rox teams in California! - Bikerumor readers are invited! The entire Scott ODLO team will be in California from April 8-18. This includes Nino Schurter, Thomas Frischkenecht, Jenny Rissveds, Marcel Wildhaber, and Andri Frischknecht. In partnership with Oakley, Scott will be hosting a pro night on April 9th from 6-9 PM at Bike Religion in Dana Point, CA. The Scott-3Rox team which includes Geoff Kabush, Derek Zandstra, Cam Jette, Marc-Antoine Nadon, Mikaela Kofman, Erin Huck, and Teal Stetson Lee, will all be there.

Advocacy

  • Tern Bicycles Partners with EKOCYCLE to Make Sustainable Living Cool – The goal of the EKOCYCLE initiative is to help consumers recognize that items they consider waste may be a part of a lifestyle product they can use tomorrow. It also encourages demand and use of recycled materials and reinforces the importance of recycling finished products. Tern has introduced two limited-edition folding bicycles created for EKOCYCLE™ and will be available at Harrods U.K. along with more than 150 EKOCYCLE lifestyle products, including clothing, accessories, home interiors, technology and active lifestyle products from more than 10 brand partners. tern bicycles.com

Nutrition

  • Infinit Performance is having a sale on their nutrition formulas –  Buy one custom formula and get the second at 50% off. Use the code SPRING 15 at checkout at  infinitnutrition.us.  It’s only available for a limited time and Infinit’s Mocha Mint MUD is Going Fast! – A refreshing blend of premium ground flax, natural coffee, high quality whey protein isolate with a hint of natural mint and chocolate.

Gear

  • Quality Bicycle Products to Distribute Robert Axle Project Thru-Axles – The Robert Axle Project started in June 2013 and has since sold axles (12mm thru-axles that allow attachment of trailers to bikes) to customers in over 28 countries. The addition of QBP as a distributor will allow bike shops to order any number of axles direct as needed. Chris Kratsch, President of The Robert Axle Project adds, “We look forward to having the ability to support local and independent bike shops by partnering with QBP. Visit the Robert Axle Project at robertaxleproject.com for more information.

TPE15: All-New Lezyne GPS cycling computers track down killer design, amazing prices

Lezyne GPS cycling computers launch

Lezyne is finding its way into an all-new category with a trio of GPS enabled cycling computers, including the smallest such device ever, anywhere.

For a company that’s outwardly focused on non-electronic devices, the move to computers may seem a stretch. But, word on the street is their lights make up a rather significant portion of the company’s sales, and those LED lights led them into electronics, so this was a logical next step. As product manager Kyle Casteel explained, “We already had the engineers and the resources, and they were looking for a new challenge.”

What makes their entry into the category noteworthy isn’t necessarily the features, which are very good, but rather the price and the size, which are phenomenal…

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PowerTap Recalibrates with New P1 Pedal and C1 Chainring Power meters

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Already the leader in hub based power meters, PowerTap is ready to take a pull at the front of the power market once again. To get there the Wisconsin based company is simultaneously launching new branding, an improved website, but most importantly – two new power meter platforms. Entering their product line along side of the current hub based power meters like the G3 and GS, PowerTap is looking to cover all of the power bases with the new P1 pedal based power meter, and the C1 chain ring based unit.

Adhering to the PowerTap ethos of accuracy, simplicity, and value, the new options will make PowerTap one of the only companies to offer power measurement at 3 different positions on the bike…

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Cycliq’s Fly12 Looks After You, Your Bike and Itself with New Alarm Feature

Cycliq Fly12 headlight/video camera with alarm

Australia’s accessory brand Cycliq wants you to be safe while you ride, and now they’re going to help keep your bike safe too. The company first made waves with their Fly6 rear light/camera combo, and after requests from Fly6 buyers they designed the Fly12 front-facing unit to match, which BikeRumor covered last month.

On the first day of the Fly12’s Kickstarter campaign, a consumer suggested a built-in alarm would be a nice addition. Well, ask and ye shall receive- Cycliq listened to their customers once again and added a smartphone-controlled alarm and app feature to all their Fly12’s. The product’s successful Kickstarter campaign finished just days ago and Cycliq is now focused on meeting their projected delivery times, which are expected for around this year’s Interbike show (September).

To find out how the new alarm feature works, click past the break…
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Double Take: The Clinch D10 Folds Up With Dahon’s Slick Lockjaw Hinge

Dahon clinch D10 in riding position

Upon first look, its silhouette still gives the Dahon Clinch D10 away as a folding bike but you may have to peer a bit closer to find the hinge mechanism itself. No stranger to manufacturing folding bikes, Taiwan’s Dahon has created a high performance folder with one of the cleanest hinge systems seen yet.

Dahon’s Lockjaw hinge technology is designed to hold tight but be almost unnoticeable when in riding position. The Clinch D10 recently won the company a 2015 Taipei Cycle Design and Innovation award, and as a result their winning bike will be on display at this year’s Taipei Cycle Show, from March 18-21st.

Click past the jump to see how the Clinch D10 folds up…
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Powertap Teases new Products – Crank and Pedal Based Power Meters on the Way?

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Somewhat quietly released on the first day of NAHBS, PowerTap just introduced a new video that likely teases some upcoming products. Highlighting their 17 years of innovation and product development in regards to power measuring devices, PowerTap chronicles their history starting with the Tune PowerTap up to the most recent PowerTap GS.

Now, the company is giving a little taste as to what’s to come – which by the looks of things includes a crank based and pedal based power meter…

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Updated Shimano STePS brings fully automated Di2 shifting with E-bike power assist – new updates

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Last year Shimano introduced an E-bike system on the European markets called STePS, as direct competition to the similar Bosch crank-based motor. Now a year later Shimano is taking it a step further and integrating the STePS drive motor with its Di2 internally geared hubs to offer a system with full automatic shifting. Shimano has rated the updated E-bike systems for “Light Off Road” use, which generally means trekking on gravel and forest roads but not actual mountain biking. But it is interesting that the bike they featured in the press release looks to have a true MTB tire and a low-riser bar. The system has apparently been beefed up for better shock absorption and has been updated to an 11-speed chain and chainring to add “compatibility for its 11-speed mountain bike rear derailleurs.” That sounds like something that could have more potential than Shimano is letting on.

Read on past the break for more info, and where we think it could lead…

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Reviewed: BKool Trainer Pro + Simulator

BKool out of the box

Most of us have a real love-hate relationship with our trainers. They are an exercise in futility: who wants to pedal his hardest for an hour just to go nowhere, alone, dripping in sweat, with this annoying droning in your ears? Yet they make us so strong.

Fortunately, more and more brands are finding ways of making it more entertaining, and BKool’s latest attempt at keeping you motivated is a definite upgrade from the first generation we tried. Here’s where they succeeded and where they’re still improving.

The BKool Pro Trainer retails around $700 and comes with the trainer, power adapter, riser block and compact ANT+ USB adapter.  You can add ANT+ cadence and heart rate monitors as well. You then download their indoor riding simulator, pick your workout, add ghosts or bots to ride against and you’re off… READ MORE ->