Posts in the category Training

Sufferfest’s The Rookie Gets On-Bike Footage from Team Giant-Shimano, Then Talks Nutrition

David at The Sufferfest has been busy. First, he’s just put together a new trainer video called The Rookie, which takes advantage of the new on-bike cameras in events to bring you a whole new perspective of suffering. Then,

The Rookie follows a young Sufferlandrian rider in his big break with Team Giant-Shimano at a top race, punishing his (your) legs through 55 minutes with 3×10 minute intervals to build speed, strength and stamina. Silly teaser above, actual video footage below, which shows off some of their new graphics and animations to help keep you on track. Plus their take on nutrition…

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Jabra’s New Earbuds Can Hear Your Heart Through Your Ears

Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless Earbuds

The Sport Pulse Wireless ear buds from Jabra are wireless, have premium sound and other features similar to other high-end ear buds. But these can actually measure your heart rate through the ear buds, and transmit that information back to your phone, for use in their tracking app.

Measuring heart rate has been traditionally done through a chest strap, but new wireless technologies are starting to change that, and very fast. Also in ear phones, SMS Audio can do the same thing, and Lifebeam can measure from your helmet. Jabra promises more than just measuring the heart and playing music…

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IB14: Sigma Takes Data Center to the Cloud, New Sync’d Smart Watch & Buster Commuter Light

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Thus far, Sigma’s Data Center has been a program that sits on your desktop, keeping all of your historical training data trapped on a local machine. Soon, though, a new Data Center 4.0 will move to the cloud, so once a workout has been synced from your device to Data Center, that workout data will appear on any device running Data Center.

To take full advantage of that, there’s a new Android Data Center app that’ll let you plug your rox10 into tablets or phones that have a mini USB and download ride data directly to the tablet. An iOS version of the app will launch simultaneously, but you’ll need an ANT+ dongle to read data from the Rox units or sync them with your computer first. Once that’s done, all of your training data will be more portable.

Rox 10.0 GPS cycling computer will get a much welcomed firmware update that allows you to further customize the screen, putting 1-6 of your favorite metrics onscreen at a time. Currently, the top section of the computer’s screen is fixed to show cadence, power, heart rate and one other metric, with speed and other usual suspects down below, and a button-activited scrolling metric on the bottom for things like time, distance, temperature, etc. We’re looking forward to setting ours up the way we’d like, and you’ll be able to do that from the Rox or through Data Center 4.0.

For multisport athletes, Sigma’s jumping on the “smart watch” category with the new RC Move…

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Clothing Roundup: Get Ready for Cool Weather with Hincapie, Bellwether, Funkier & Pere Performance

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Depending on where you are in the country, the cool weather of fall is either coming very shortly, or has already arrived.  Here in Minnesota, we have already been riding with frost in the mornings.  Proper gear is essential to be comfortable riding, and as riders
all over stretch the seasons, lots of new cold weather gear is hitting the market.

Bellwether has been around since 1973, leading the way back then with some of the first lycra/nylon cycling shorts. They have been through some rough patches, and are now trying to re-establish themselves with a new line of products. Coldfront is the windproof side designed to minimize exposure, and Aqua-NO is waterproof so you can ride through the worst conditions. There is a large line of new products, but the riding jackets and gloves featuring the new technologies are leading the rebirth of the brand.

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Kinetic Announces New Consumer Website with 30 Days of inRide Contest

Kinetic inride appKnown for their bright green trainers, Kinetic is beefing up the digital side of their business with an all new consumer website and redeveloped inRide App. Designed to help consumers get the most from their trainers or find the right model to fit their needs, the new page makes it easier to find product info, technical documents, training advice, videos and more.

Also on the electronic side, the company has revamped their inRide power-meter application designed to work with any of their trainers. The system includes bluetooth sensors for speed and cadence as well as heart rate which communicate through the improved app for iOS devices.

As a way to get the word out about their new website and reworked inRide app, Kinetic is running the 30 Days of inRide contest where they will give away an inRide bundle every day for 30 days. Follow the instruction here and correctly answer the questions for your chance to win.

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IB14: Stages Adds XTR M9000 & FSA Road Power Meter Cranks, Major Support Updates Coming to App

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Stages Cycling continues to add more options for their single-sided power meter attachment, the latest being models for current FSA road cranksets and the all-new Shimano M9000 XTR group. The latter will be available in January and retail for $899. Since it’s on the non-drive side, it can go on any of the 1x, 2x or 3x setups.

For road, a lot of bikes come spec’d with FSA cranksets, and now you can match them up with either MegaExo (24mm) or BB30 crank arms. Stages offers their power meter mounted to the FSA Energy Alloy non-drive crankarm and the BB30 model will fit any modern BB30 FSA spindle. The MegaExo one will fit current MegaExo carbon cranksets, but only 2014-and-newer alloy models. Their website has full details on the product page. Retail on these is $699.

Their app is also being updated to add a lot more support options and FAQ’s to help get your system set up properly with whatever cycling computer you’re running. More on that, plus a history of their prototypes, below…

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EB14: Varibike Goes Off-Road, Mountain Bike with Your Feet, Your Hand, or Both

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In spite of appearances, the fork on this bike is not backwards. This is a Varibike – the bike you can pedal with both your hands and your feet. The German company has been around for a few years now and is expanding their line of bizarre looking bikes. Why all the extra equipment? Studies have shown that the system allows riders to put out up to 31% more power while increasing endurance. It also allows rider to get a better workout in a shorter period of time, which is beneficial if fitness is your main goal for cycling.

Having offered a few pavement oriented bikes in the past, Varibike is now expanding into offroad riding as well as more performance based pedaling. Connect the dots on the drivetrain next…

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Elite Real Turbo Muin Direct Transmission Trainer Makes You Faster

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The first direct-transmission, fluid resistance, electronically controlled trainer was teased last year. Turns out, it’s also connected and comes with some rather smart software. It’s the Elite Real Turbo Muin, and it’ll finally be available this November.

For (gulp) $1250, you can get the cutting edge of trainer technology, letting you create and oversee your workout in real time through the My E-Training app. Controlled by ANT+ or Bluetooth wireless technology, My E-Training allows for imported videos, GPS imports, video racing, web racing and more. Elite says that with all of the combined features of this unit, it perfectly simulates outdoor training.

Ready to give up the leg warmers and embro?

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Peaks Coaching: Winter Power Training

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Yeah, I know. We don’t want to think about the W word yet. Winter’s a long time away yet! But I believe in preparation, and what you do this winter can really make or break your season in the coming year, so there’s no time to lose in planning to reach the next level. There are some vital components to creating a very good winter training program, and of course using a power meter is a big part of that. Once you are rested, recharged, and ready to go from your season, your winter should contain at least two important components: focused indoor training workouts using wattage and cadence, and solid workouts in the sweet spot zone. Click through to find out why… READ MORE ->