Posts in the category Gadgets

Kickstarter Roundup: Hauler Convertible Messenger Bag/Seat Bag & Quick-Kaps Wheel Locks

There are plenty of ways to get your stuff from point A to B on a bike. You could stuff it in a backpack or messenger bag, but that puts the weight up high and possibly gives you a sweaty back. You could get racks and panniers, but those add weight to your bike and aren’t as easy to carry once you get to your destination.

Developed by two MSU Denver students and avid riders, the Hauler will be made in the U.S. by Green Guru of upcycled materials like spent inner tubes and scrap cordura. It has a sturdy frame inside that holds the bottom flat while velcro straps attached to your seatpost and saddle rails. They’re lined with inner tubes to keep them from slipping around. The roll top closure eliminates Velcro or zippers, and removable shoulder straps keep it tidy while on the bike. Packages for the Hauler start at $100 during the crowd funding stage, and smaller donations get you smaller handlebar and seat bags from Green Guru.

You’ll have the option of the colorful one shown here made from fabric remnants or an all-black version with a few inner tube panels, as well as other goodies to thank you for your support. This one’s well on its way to being funded, check it out here.

If you need something to keep your wheels from leaving your bike while locked up, click through for another novel invention…

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Hands On with the New Sony Action Cam Mini – It’s all in the Wrist

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Let’s be real for a moment. You can have the most feature packed action camera around, but if it isn’t easy to use you’ll end up with a bunch of boring footage that’s probably either of the ground or the sky. The introduction of the smart phone app and wireless capabilities was a huge step forward in terms of being able to properly capture the actual action, but they still leave things to be desired – connecting can be troublesome, and you still have to do something with your smartphone once you start riding. To keep you from having to constantly dig into your bag to fish out your phone, many cameras are paired with wrist or handlebar mounted remotes that allows you to control the recording.

Even so, wouldn’t it be more convenient if the same functions were available in a single wrist mounted remote?

That seems to be what Sony is thinking and is exactly what they offer with the new Action Cam Mini AZ1. In addition to the live view remote, the camera is 30% smaller than the original AS20 and the replacement AS100V. The smaller size means you can stick it just about anywhere to create some creative videos while simultaneously controlling it from your wrist. Sony brought us out to Northern New Jersey for a crash course in the new camera which included mountain bikes, mountain coasters, and even archery.

After just a day playing with the Action Cam Mini, we can’t help but think GoPro has some serious competition…

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Rotor Spins Out a CNC’d Garmin Cycling Computer Mount

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CNC machined from 7075 T6 alloy and compatible with all Garmin Edge cycling computers, Rotor’s new computer mount promises to be very light. Technically, they won’t be available until next year, but VeloServices UK has their hands on about 20 of them, selling for £29.99 (incl. VAT). Handlebar clamp diameter is 31.8mm, and it’s good for road or mountain bike use. No weight is claimed yet.

What’s Rotor’s interest in this segment? Well, they’re pretty pro at machining things out of aluminum, as evidenced by their 3D+ crank arms, and you’ll need somewhere to put your computer so you can read the power output from their Rotor Power and new Power LT cranksets.

IB14: Garmin Vector Pedals Now Measure Cleat Pressure Offset & More, Plus New Connected Forerunner 920XT

Garmin Vector power meter pedals now measure power stroke and cleat pressure offset and time seated and standing

At Eurobike we saw the new single-sided Garmin Vector S power meter pedal option, which tweaked the left sensor’s system to send a doubled up signal to the head unit and approximate total power for both legs from a single meter at about half the price.

At Interbike, they showed us the new Cycling Dynamics updated for the Vector and their cycling computers. The new screen interprets data from the pedals in a new way, showing your Power Phase (how strong you are at each point in the crank’s rotation), compare time spent seated versus standing and see how your power is hitting the pedals with their Platform Center Offset reading.

All three metrics will appear on a single screen and show up in Garmin Connect upon syncing the device with your computer after the ride. A software update will be available later this year for both the pedals and Garmin’s head units to bring it all to life…

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GoPro Hero 4 Black Serves up Double The Performance, Touch Screen, 4K & More

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Like Moore’s Law, GoPro has now made a habit of doubling their camera’s performance every year. For this model, they’ve upped the ante once again by raising the resolution of their premiere model to 4k.

The previous flagship model could only shoot 4k at 15 FPS, but the new Hero 4 manages 4k at 30 FPS, and 1080p at 120 FPS. That high rate resolution, high frame rate , means you should expect buttery smooth slow mo in the next wave of mountain bike edits.

The bigger news is improved UI. Everyone who was ever struggled with the unnintuitive old two button system, rejoice. The GoPro Hero 4 has a context aware mode, can be connected to a smartphone or remote via built in WiFi and Bluetooth, and has advanced manual modes.

The new manual mode is called Protune and lets you adjust color, ISO limit, white balance, sharpness, and exposure in both video and photo modes. There is also an automatic low light mode that intelligently changes frame rates based on conditions.  READ MORE ->

IB14: Carry your Chainsaw, or Mount a Trailer with New Products from Old Man Mountain and the Robert Axle Project

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Quite a few people looked at the display above and laughed, poking fun at the idea of ever needing to carry a chainsaw on your bike. Then there were the people who instantly got it – the very same people who usually do the often thankless job of clearing the trails for the rest of us. In addition to clearing trail of downed trees, many of these unsung heroes also like to ride bikes, and when the suspect tree is miles into the trail system, the idea of carrying a chainsaw on your bike begins to make a lot more sense.

For those looking for a effective method of chainsaw transport on the bike, the Old Man Mountain rack is a good option. Anyone that would rather throw their saw in a trailer with their other trail building tools should check out the new axle adapters from the Robert Axle Project next…

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IB14: PrestaCycle Introduces Complete Preset Torque Collection, Limited Edition PrestaLever II, More

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Thanks to a number of light weight parts, torque wrenches have become common place among mechanics’ work benches, especially those capable of low Newton-Meters. Individual hand held torque wrenches have been around for awhile and many of them are based on the Torqkey – an auto release, preset torque mechanism first introduced to the bike scene by Ritchey Components. Now PrestaCycle is stepping up with their own branded Torqkeys that will sold in 7 different torque presets.

Capable of running different bits, the PrestaCycle torque wrenches will be some of the cheapest available…

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IB14: Jet Black’s New Premium Z1 Pro Fluid & Whisper Drive Magnetic Trainers, Plus New Training App

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Jet Black’s new Z1 Pro model is the successor to the Z1 and gets the largest stock flywheel ever at 6.6 lbs, more than triple what it was before. There are heavier aftermarket flywheels out there, but they say this is the heaviest one that comes standard on any trainer. A heavier flywheel gives it a much longer coast down times for a more realistic feel.

It’s a fluid trainer, so it’s quiet, particulaly with it’s oversized gel roller, and gives you less tire wear. Beyond the flywheel and gel, the closure mechanism is all new and rather nifty…

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IB14: Lazer Reveals Premium Budget Helmets, Wasp Air w/ Electronic Head Tilt Sensor & More!

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For 2015, Lazer is heading up the news with a few new low-cost helmets that bring a lot of their top comfort and safety systems, including a $70 MIPS helmet!

Shown above, the Blade (black) and Magma helmets give you 22 huge vents combined with their Rollsys retention system and in-mold construction. They’re essentially the same helmet save for the visor on the Magma. Both retail for $90, and weights are 250g without visor. They start shipping in Spring 2015.

Head past the break to check out the inside, plus lots of other cool new things below…

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