Kinetic adds Smart Control to Rock & Roll and other trainers

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Minneapolis, Minnesota based Kinetic has just pulled the curtain off a new electronically-controlled and web connected resistance unit for their indoor trainers that brings a new level of training capabilities to their unique line-up. Known for their unique Rock and Roll trainer that requires a cyclist to balance the bike as they train, rocking back and forth to better simulate an on-the-road feel and work on a wider set of stability muscles, Kinetic will now connected resistance training to this and other stationary trainers. The new Smart Control resistance unit is a step up from their current top-of-the-line Smart setup that previously included power calculation and output to mobile devices, but now Smart Control takes it a step farther by adding interactivity to the training experience…

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Minneapolis, Minnesota based Kinetic has just pulled the curtain off a new electronically-controlled and web connected resistance unit for their indoor trainers that brings a new level of training capabilities to their unique line-up. Known for their unique Rock and Roll trainer that requires a cyclist to balance the bike as they train, rocking back and forth to […]

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Interview: Jeremiah Bishop says dropper posts make roadies faster & how he’ll cheat (the wind) at Leadville

Leading out the peloton at Leadville in 2015. (Photo from Jeremiah Bishop, by GlenDelmanPhotography)
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In marathon races and events like Leadville, team tactics are crucial, but aerodynamics might prove to be the magic bullet.

Every once in a while we get a call from Jeremiah Bishop. Bishop’s one of the longest running pro mountain bikers out there, having remained at a top level for well over a decade and continually finding new ways of pushing himself. I’ve raced  with him (or, more accurately, seen him racing) at various events over the years, and not only is he ridiculously fast, he’s also supremely approachable and always has an interesting story on what he’s up to with training, racing or coaching.

So, a few weeks ago, he reached out to talk about how he’s gunning for a new course record at the Leadville Trail 100 this year. But with so many pros trying to one up each other there, he knew he’d have to do more than have the performance of his life. He’d have to come up with some new tricks…

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Every once in a while we get a call from Jeremiah Bishop. Bishop’s one of the longest running pro mountain bikers out there, having remained at a top level for well over a decade and continually finding new ways of pushing himself. I’ve raced  with him (or, more accurately, seen him racing) at various events […]

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Review: Red White’s ‘The Race’ bib shorts

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Red White is a bit of a rarity as a cycling company, in that they focus only on a single product – bib shorts. Or maybe better said would be on two versions of one product, as they have developed and evolved their shorts to specifically serve two long distance cycling niches. Both versions of their cycling bib shorts are designed for endurance riding, with the thinking of rides lasting for more than say 4 or 5 hours or more than 120km.

The first version was just called “The Bibs” for really long trips and ultra-endurance events (like Paris-Brest-Paris), and now they have a second “The Race” targeted more for faster paced riding or of more reasonable length competition. We got a pair of each for long term testing back mid spring, and now 2 months on we’ll look at our thoughts on the newer The Race shorts, and will follow-up later with more head-to-head and durability review of both shorts later this summer…

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Red White is a bit of a rarity as a cycling company, in that they focus only on a single product – bib shorts. Or maybe better said would be on two versions of one product, as they have developed and evolved their shorts to specifically serve two long distance cycling niches. Both versions of their cycling bib shorts […]

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Strava Beacon offers peace of mind through restricted live tracking

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Strava wants to make athletes a bit safer while out exploring trails or just putting time in on the road training solo. So the newest addition to their Strava Premium features is the new Beacon tool that lets you share your real-time location information with a limited select group of contacts, either friends or family who want to keep an eye on you from home. Available through their mobile app, Beacon makes it easy to give your loved ones some peace of mind while you are out exercising on your own, without having to sacrifice your online security by opening up your location publicly. Check out how it works after the break….

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Strava wants to make athletes a bit safer while out exploring trails or just putting time in on the road training solo. So the newest addition to their Strava Premium features is the new Beacon tool that lets you share your real-time location information with a limited select group of contacts, either friends or family […]

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Wahoo adds live Strava segments to ELEMNT cycling computer

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The Wahoo ELEMNT keeps getting better. It’s already just about the easiest GPS cycling computer to set up pre ride, sync post ride, and now it’ll provide real time Strava Segments during the ride.

In the ELEMNT’s typical ease of use fashion, getting a Strava Live Segment to show up on the screen is as simply as starring a segment on Strava.com. Then, as you ride, a special screen pops up when you encounter a marked segment and shows you progress. Additional parameters like speed, power, heart rate, etc., can be added to that screen, too. Just customize it through the smartphone app and you’re off to the virtual races…

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The Wahoo ELEMNT keeps getting better. It’s already just about the easiest GPS cycling computer to set up pre ride, sync post ride, and now it’ll provide real time Strava Segments during the ride. In the ELEMNT’s typical ease of use fashion, getting a Strava Live Segment to show up on the screen is as […]

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Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Wall Street Journal says riders are tearing up le Tour’s unwritten rulebook – It seems that as a result of both a younger generation of pro cyclists coming up and the deeper penetration of cell phone cameras, on-board GoPros, and more TV coverage a lot of the unwritten gentleman’s agreements that have long ruled over the running of the Tour de France are going out the window. WSJ.com

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Wall Street Journal says riders are tearing up le Tour’s unwritten rulebook – It seems that as a result of both a younger generation of pro cyclists coming up and the deeper penetration of cell phone cameras, on-board GoPros, and more TV coverage a lot of the unwritten gentleman’s agreements that have long ruled over the running […]

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Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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Just an easy Afternoon Ride at the Tour with Michael Valgren et al. – Some of our friends over at Strava sent us over a whole slew of pro rider links from this year’s Tour de France. A lot of pro riders are on Strava for some of the same reasons as you or I. But looking at some […]

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Shimano kicks out new Enduro, Trail, XC & Road shoes, plus new footwear for winter & Tri

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Last year Shimano went all out on the 25th anniversary of the first SPD shoes and pedals with a huge expansion of their trail and road shoe offerings. Well it certainly doesn’t look like they are slowing down a year later with even more new kicks on the way building on a lot of the same technologies.

We saw earlier today some of the classy new shoes that Shimano has in the pipeline for the road touring crowd as part of their Explorer Transit collection, but at the same time they are overhauling their mountain bike shoes with new top end version targeted specifically at XC, Trail & Enduro. That’s not to mention a new top end road shoe, and some more affordable options for men and women triathletes and winter training both on and off-road…

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Last year Shimano went all out on the 25th anniversary of the first SPD shoes and pedals with a huge expansion of their trail and road shoe offerings. Well it certainly doesn’t look like they are slowing down a year later with even more new kicks on the way building on a lot of the […]

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Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • WinWithTinkoff.com, a Tour de France sweepstakes project – Scicon bags is managing a contest campaign for the Tinkoff team throughout the Tour with new prizes available each day. With every Tour stage another of the team’s sponsors will show up with a new prize up for grabs. The list of brands putting in prizes is pretty big, with the total haul available valued at about 9000€. So far there’s been a heartrate strap, a pair of Oakleys, a Contador signed helemt, a carbon bar, special Contador edition Keo Blades, and a signed World Champion jersey. Today’s prize up for grabs is a fast rolling CeramicSpeed setup with a set of oversized pulleys, a UFO-treated chain, and a bottom bracket. Join in and enter to win every day at WinWithTinkoff.com

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WinWithTinkoff.com, a Tour de France sweepstakes project – Scicon bags is managing a contest campaign for the Tinkoff team throughout the Tour with new prizes available each day. With every Tour stage another of the team’s sponsors will show up with a new prize up for grabs. The list of brands putting in prizes is pretty big, with the total haul […]

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