Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Brighten up your bike. Throw some flowers on it – 3D printing can give us key bike parts like custom titanium dropouts, ti lugs, or even just component prototypes. But why not something a little less technical, and more whimsical? Wouldn’t it be cool to carry a plant in your pocket? That was the thought of the Atlanta-based industrial designer behind the Wearable Planter line for the last 5 years. Now they come to the bike, on your handlebar, or even strapped to your seattube or fork blade. Where else would you find this sort of thing, but on Etsy.com

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Brighten up your bike. Throw some flowers on it – 3D printing can give us key bike parts like custom titanium dropouts, ti lugs, or even just component prototypes. But why not something a little less technical, and more whimsical? Wouldn’t it be cool to carry a plant in your pocket? That was the thought of the Atlanta-based […]

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Polar V800 GPS watch pairs with GoPro for controls & video stats

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One of the early pioneer of wearable fitness tech, Polar has paired up with the GoPro Developer Program to add action cam integration functionality in the V800 GPS watch later this year. While the V800 already tracks a wide range of cycling, running and swimming training, plus 24/7 activity and sleep, the new connection will link the GPS device with the growing number of GoPros filming everything from training to races…

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One of the early pioneer of wearable fitness tech, Polar has paired up with the GoPro Developer Program to add action cam integration functionality in the V800 GPS watch later this year. While the V800 already tracks a wide range of cycling, running and swimming training, plus 24/7 activity and sleep, the new connection will link the GPS device with the […]

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Shoot for better performance with red (and green) Baron Xert apps on your Garmin

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The sports science software developers at Baron Biosystems have debuted a few new apps that add improved functionality and a bit of easy to read color to the newest crop of Garmin head units. Available through Garmin’s own Connect IQ app store the Xert system adds new live power data analysis tools to your existing GPS, including several new performance metrics that will help improve training and athletes a live data stream to help better time attacks and recovery in a race situation. Check out the details on the three separate apps, and Barons’s overall Xert power training program after the break…

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The sports science software developers at Baron Biosystems have debuted a few new apps that add improved functionality and a bit of easy to read color to the newest crop of Garmin head units. Available through Garmin’s own Connect IQ app store the Xert system adds new live power data analysis tools to your existing GPS, […]

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GoTENNA lets you text & map on your smartphone even when there’s no signal

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Headed out in the woods, backcountry, or middle-of-nowhere gravel roads and worried about how you’ll communicate with your riding buddies when the cell towers no longer reach you? GoTENNA has you covered.

The device pairs with your smartphone via Bluetooth Low Energy (BTLE) and then uses its 2-watt digital VHF radio to broadcast text messages and your location to individuals, groups or anyone within range. The device works offline, and has a 24 hour battery life (on standby), and even comes with free offline maps downloadable through its app. Range is claimed at up to four miles in the wide open great outdoors and about one mile in an urban environment.

Text messages transmit immediately, just like when using your regular chat client, and even have delivery confirmation and message retry. It’ll also use your smartphone’s GPS to locate you and let you share that with others. Or, request their positions.

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Headed out in the woods, backcountry, or middle-of-nowhere gravel roads and worried about how you’ll communicate with your riding buddies when the cell towers no longer reach you? GoTENNA has you covered. The device pairs with your smartphone via Bluetooth Low Energy (BTLE) and then uses its 2-watt digital VHF radio to broadcast text messages […]

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Lumos finalizes their light-up commuter backpack concept with the Aster

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Last October, Bikerumor showed our readers preliminary renderings of some nifty light-up backpacks from Lumos, an India-based company who has already released a line of backpacks with solar panels to charge your mobile devices. Since then, the company has refined the design of their cycling pack, which features several light-up panels and LED’s to ensure motorists can easily see you in the dark.

Aside from the on-board illumination, the initial designs have radically changed and the two models are now one which will come in two different sizes. The renamed Aster is now raising funds on Indiegogo to go into production. If you do daily battles with traffic and want to feel a bit more obvious out there, the Aster may be right up your alley- aside from the front, side and rear lighting the packs include turn signals and an automatic brake light so drivers know exactly what you’re up to…
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Last October, Bikerumor showed our readers preliminary renderings of some nifty light-up backpacks from Lumos, an India-based company who has already released a line of backpacks with solar panels to charge your mobile devices. Since then, the company has refined the design of their cycling pack, which features several light-up panels and LED’s to ensure […]

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Omata One dials up gorgeous analog speedometer in a purely modern GPS cycling computer

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Developed with Seiko by a team that includes former Nokia product designers and Fabian Cancellara as an advisor, the Omata One analog cycling computer blends the best of what’s new with a classic interface. Much like driving a classic car or a desirable watch, there is something satisfying about a beautifully designed analog gauge. If you’ve ever looked down at your digital cycling computer and wished for something a little more along those lines, you may want to check out the new Omata One.

The GPS, ANT+ and Bluetooth 4.0 equipped head unit captures all of the important data to fill in your Strava profile, but only displays speed, distance, ascent and ride time. All of the data is shown through analog needles on its watch-like face, keeping it simple to read at a quick glance…

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Developed with Seiko by a team that includes former Nokia product designers and Fabian Cancellara as an advisor, the Omata One analog cycling computer blends the best of what’s new with a classic interface. Much like driving a classic car or a desirable watch, there is something satisfying about a beautifully designed analog gauge. If you’ve ever […]

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Wahoo ELEMNT GPS cycling computer adds Di2, eTAP gear display & muscle oxygenation data

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The Wahoo ELEMNT just started shipping this week, but already they’ve added a new trick to its bag. Or, tricks (plural) to be more precise. The device will now hear from your Shimano Di2 or SRAM eTAP group and display gear selection on the screen. You’ll need Shimano’s D-Fly wireless transmitter for it to work with that group, but SRAM’s eTAP group should work with it right out of the box.

And with ANT+, Bluetooth Smart and WiFi, it should talk to just about anything else you’ve got, too. That includes the newest of performance biometric measuring devices capturing Blood Oxygenation. Also known as SmO2, there’s also a spot for showing tHb (total hemoglobin). Thus far, that means devices from BSXinsight and Moxy Monitor, but others are out there or coming. That metric shows how quickly your muscles are recovering from an effort and when they’re fully gassed up for the next interval. Hit the links for a more detailed explanation. Retail is $329.99 for the ELEMNT computer.

There’s also a slick new RPM Speed sensor and more…

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The Wahoo ELEMNT just started shipping this week, but already they’ve added a new trick to its bag. Or, tricks (plural) to be more precise. The device will now hear from your Shimano Di2 or SRAM eTAP group and display gear selection on the screen. You’ll need Shimano’s D-Fly wireless transmitter for it to work […]

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Zwift takes training to new heights with Watopia mountain expansion track

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Hopefully by now, most of you are spending time on the trainer because you want to, not because the weather outside means you have to. Of course, if you have a trainer hooked up to Zwift, spending hours pedaling in place isn’t so bad any more. We’ve already spent a good amount of time this winter riding through Zwift’s virtual environment with a CycleOps Powersync trainer and can vouch for its ability to kill trainer induced boredom. Sure, nothing will replace the real thing, but Zwift makes you focus on the numbers and the riders in the environment around you rather than the clock so it makes training sessions much more enjoyable, and likely more beneficial.

Now for those of you who have already ridden 100’s of laps around the Richmond circuit, Zwift is introducing their newest track. Set to take you high into the mountains, the latest expansion will give you about 24 miles of new scenery to play with…

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Hopefully by now, most of you are spending time on the trainer because you want to, not because the weather outside means you have to. Of course, if you have a trainer hooked up to Zwift, spending hours pedaling in place isn’t so bad any more. We’ve already spent a good amount of time this […]

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Hexlox offers simple security for your components with theft proof magnetic plug

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If you’re the type of person to worry about someone stealing your components as much as the whole bike, take note. Hexlox has an answer. Over the years, many techniques and devices have been developed to keep those pricey parts safe. From custom hardware to jamming wax into the bolt head, it’s probably been done before. But most likely it hasn’t been with the ease of use, or the security of Hexlox. As if by some sort of magic, magnetic plugs can be inserted into bolt heads and only removed if you have the right key…

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If you’re the type of person to worry about someone stealing your components as much as the whole bike, take note. Hexlox has an answer. Over the years, many techniques and devices have been developed to keep those pricey parts safe. From custom hardware to jamming wax into the bolt head, it’s probably been done […]

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