Garmin Varia Vision could be the heads up display cyclist have been waiting for

garmin varia vision heads up display for cyclists works on any pair of sunglasses on left or right

garmin varia vision heads up display for cyclists works on any pair of sunglasses on left or right

The heads up displays we’ve seen on the Recon Jet and Kopin Solos have been impressive, but they’re locked into a proprietary sunglasses frame and lens combo. Garmin’s about to change the game with their new Varia Vision by allowing you to mount it on either side of any pair of shades you want.

Combine that flexibility with its ability to provide all manner of performance metrics, navigation, competitive progress and safety alerts from its Varia rearview radar system, and it could be the category killer.

Look ahead for video, images, specs and more…

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Smarter bikes everyday, Vanhawks Valour leads the way & watches your back

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There looks to be no slowing down of the trend to more and more connected bikes on the roads, and the VanHawks Valour is the most recent to hit the streets. We had a quick look at the bike a year and a half ago when it was just a Kickstarter in its designers eyes, but just before the holidays the first shipment of bikes was making  its way out to US customers, so now it’s time for a closer look. Touted as the first smart bike, the Valour is packed full of all kinds of sensors and pairs with your smartphone to help navigate through the city streets, log all sorts of ride data, and keep both its rider and itself safe. Roll past the break for a closer look at all of its tech…

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Roundup Review: Wired & wireless sport earphones from Etymotic, Audio Technica, BlueAnt, QAK and Scosche

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Not everyone uses headphones while riding, but for those of us who do, finding that perfect pair of ear buds that stay in place, allow for appropriate ambient noise to filter through and remain comfortable throughout the ride can be a long search. Here are five sets from brands big and small that had a pleasant tune while offering distinct pros and cons, making it likely there’s something here that’ll work for you whether you’re a roadie, a mountain biker or general fitness enthusiast that mixes cycling in with weights, Crossfit, running and more.

Along with the three wireless Bluetooth sets and two wired sets, I’m giving some kudos to Bud Straps, shown at bottom right in the pic above. They’re a simple, soft elasticized strap that clips on to wired ear buds so they dangle close at hand when not in use. I didn’t use them so much while riding, but at the gym or even at work, they keep the cord much more manageable. Honestly, when they first came in I thought they were silly, but now I use them all the time.

Dial past the break to hear about ear buds from Etymotic, Audio Technica, Qak, BlueAnt and Scosche…

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UN-Boost Your Bike with D.Fender’s Spacer Kit for 142mm Rear Hubs in 148mm Frames

UN-Boost Your Bike with D.Fender’s Spacer Kit for 142mm Rear Hubs in 148mm Frames

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What do you do if your new frame uses Boost spacing, but your wheels don’t? Before you shell out for a new rear hub, D.Fender might have a simple solution. There are a number of factors to consider before you mount up that 142mm rear hub, but it’s worth a look…

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The Integrated Bike Rack and Features of the Hoodworks GearGate Will Make you Want a Truck!

The Integrated Bike Rack and Features of the Hoodworks GearGate Will Make you Want a Truck!

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If you’ve ever teetered on whether or not you wanted a truck, this little doozie of a tailgate from Hoodworks may just knock you off that ledge. Loaded with some bike friendly features, the GearGate puts a lot of the things you need in one place and adds a few other handy items to boot. In total there are a lot of the very well thought out… as well as heart breaking features of the HoodWorks GearGate…..

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Mokacam Promises the Smallest 4K Action Camera without a Big Price

Mokacam Promises the Smallest 4K Action Camera without a Big Price

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Something very small is currently making big waves on Indiegogo. As the latest entry into the POV camera market, the Mokacam is taking aim at the big boys of the industry, boldly throwing around the term ‘GoPro killer’ in their marketing material. Whether you agree or not, the Mokacam certainly boasts some impressive specs and clever innovations.

The camera’s body is tiny (the Southern California based creators claim it’s the world’s smallest 4K camera), the resolution is huge and it offers a multitude of features without getting overly complicated. There’s an external screen available, and the Mokacam’s built-in magnet can fix the camera directly to metal surfaces or accommodate additional magnetic snap-on battery packs.

With 10 days left of their Indiegogo campaign the Mokacam is definitely generating a huge amount of interest, as it has already raised over seven times their funding goal of $50,000. Click past the break for all the details, including the Mokacam’s surprisingly low price tag…
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Droppertastic! Lindarets’ ReMount for Shimano, SRAM brakes lets you stick the lever where you want it!

Droppertastic! Lindarets’ ReMount for Shimano, SRAM brakes lets you stick the lever where you want it!

Even for those running a 1X setup and plenty of real estate on the bars, sometimes getting that dropper lever in just the right place and out of harms way is not all that easy. There have been some nifty conversions like Problem Solver’s not so quick fix to turn a SRAM shifter into a dropper lever, but ReMounts has a few solutions up their sleeves that are simple and inexpensive.

Drop past the break and check out where all you can put that pesky little lever now…

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The Stikk Gets a Grip on Adjustable, minimalist Lighting

The Stikk Gets a Grip on Adjustable, minimalist Lighting

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For some commuters, the style and appearance of their two-wheeled steed is of utmost importance. Commuters must be functional bikes, but they can be pretty easily customized into something fun or ultra-stylish too. German cyclist and industrial designer Fabian Ludwig is one of those particular people- He wanted to create a minimalist light that would illuminate your path without disrupting your bike’s appearance, so Ludwig created the Stikk, a low profile LED light that’s integrated into a bar end cap.

We’ve seen a similar handlebar-lighting concept in HueRay’s illuminated grips, but there’s a key difference- while the HueRays will make you more visible to motorists, they don’t actually project light like the Stikk. While functional prototypes are already complete, the Stikk light’s campaign on Kickstarter needs a little more help before it goes into production. Click past the break to ‘see the light’…
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A week in review: The Öhlins fork lives, Garmin’s Varia has your back, Transition Carbon Patrol, & much more

A week in review: The Öhlins fork lives, Garmin’s Varia has your back, Transition Carbon Patrol, & much more

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It’s been a busy week with the end of the year approaching fast. Some of the big news this week came from Öhlins who has been poking around for some time sticking their cartridges in other’s squishy forks, finally spills the details on their new fork. Plus MET’s glowing new lid, road tubeless wheels from Novatech, a first impression of Garmin’s rear radar system for your bike, plus much more.

Shoot past the break to see this last week’s coverage, plus a little different perspective of the holidays by guest celebrity and opossum crooner of The Revolting Cogs fame and mis-fortune……

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