Posts in the category Training

IB14: Wearable Tech – BSX Monitors Lactate Threshold & Jaybird Reign Monitors the Rest

BSXinsights wearable lactate threshold monitor for athletes

Until now, ascertaining your lactate threshold was either done in a lab using needles, or guestimated using power/heart rate and perceived effort. BSXinsights has changed all that with the world’s first wearable, non-invasive monitor that’s not only affordable, but arguably better than the lab tests.

First off, why measure lactate threshold? Because it’s a hard number that lets you know if you’re improving your capability for work. Your power output is what you’re doing, the lactate is what your body’s capable of doing. Once you know that number, you can use power and heart rate to increase your threshold and, thus, your total output.

Here’s how it works…

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Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

  • Cool time-lapse video, above, of one year of commuting to work by Ben Rennert owner of Winnebago Bicycle in Oshkosh, WI.
  • The Kaw Valley Bicycle Club of Topeka, Kansas, is hosting the Bruce Whaley Spirit Ride on Saturday, September 20th.
  • Registration is open for the 2014 North Carolina Bike Summit in Greensboro, NC, October 10, 11, & 12.
  • Take Road Holland’s survey and get a code towards $30 off your next purchase of $50 or more.
  • Bike Pure today launches Bike Pure Cycle Tours, bicycle tours aimed at cyclists of all capabilities. Tours are available in Europe and Australia and coincide with major races, such as 2015′s Tour Down Under and the Spring Classics.
  • The National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) announced at Interbike that Idaho and Nevada are the two newest states in its growing interscholastic cycling program.
  • As a special promotion for the 10th Anniversary of the Amgen Tour of California, fans will be able to enter a Sweepstakes Series with prizes, such as a SRAM Force CX1 groupset, awarded on the 10th of each month leading up to the 2015 Amgen Tour of California through June 2015.
  • Light & Motion is promoting the launch of their commuter light, the Urban 2.0, by giving away weekly commuter prize packages. Enter to win here.
  • A month ago we showed you the upcoming Zero race bike from UK’s Genesis. The Madison Genesis Team has been racing it at the Tour of Britain this week, and have some good behind-the-scenes video reports up on Vimeo
  • The Sufferfest’s newest training video is The Elements of Style - Efficiency & Awareness, six drills to improve form, posture, and efficiency. Developed with Wade Wallace of CyclingTips.
  • Orbea is recalling their Avant bike models equipped with hydraulic disc brake forks as a crack can develop in the forks. They request that anyone with these bikes to stop using them immediately and contact them, or your closest Orbea dealer, for a replacement fork. Check their dedicated page to see if your bike is effected and how to proceed.

IB14: TrainerRoad Puts Full Platform on iOS, Developing Group Training Features

TrainerRoad has added an iOS app that lets you run their entire platform of training software directly from your phone.

TrainerRoad is a subscription based training system that lets you use prebuilt workouts or build your own, then have the effort wirelessly sent to your Wahoo Kickr or Computrainer. Those two offer the best integration, which lets the software automatically control your trainer to keep the power output on track with the workout. More features after the break…

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IB14: Brim Brothers Toes the Line with First Wearable Power Meter

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If you haven’t noticed by now, with products from companies like 4iiii, Stages, Garmin, and more, power meters are currently in a race to affordability, usability, and compatibility. As far as we know, to this point power meters have always been mounted somehow to the bike. Whether it is the hub, the crank, the pedals, one way or another it’s mounted to the machine rather than the man.

Brim Brothers looks to change that with their Zone DPMX shoe based power meter. Sandwiching the force sensor between the cleat and the shoe, the Zone sets the control pod on top of the toe for a rider based solution to power. Clip in after the break for more…

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IB14: Power Meters Hit $400 with New 4iiii Innovations Crank Arm Units

 

4iiii Precision crank arm power meter for 400 dollars

4iiii has dropped the cost of entry to power measurement to an all time low of just $399 while promising incredible accuracy.

Their new 4iiii Precosion Power Meter sticks onto the back of your left side crank arm, similar to Stages’ units, except it’s smaller and can be installed by the end user. It comes with a pod and calibration kit, and if you want a second pod (or third or fourth or fifth), those are $350 each. That allows you to add a second one to your crankset and get true left/right, or just add them to other bikes and use the original calibration kit. Or, if you have a bunch of friends or a friendly bike shop, you really only need one calibration kit.

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IB14: Polar V650 Bluetooth Enabled GPS Cycling Computer, New Keo Power Pedal Options & More!

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Polar’s been slowly moving into the mainstream, first switching from their proprietary wireless data transmission protocol to Bluetooth 4.0, and now they’re poised to allow direct Strava uploads. It’s all starting with the new V650 GPS cycling computer and updates to their Keo Power pedals.

The new V650 gets a color touchscreen, GPS recording and built in barometric pressure sensor for more accurate altitude data. That last bit not only keeps your climbing tally correct, but allows for better real time ascent and descent data while riding. It also captures temperature, and you can set it to show whatever you want on the screen.

Better yet, the software is completely upgradeable, meaning it’ll update as new features and technologies are added. Oh, and it has a light on the front to help you be seen by motorists…

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EB14: Xpedo Charges Up Thrust e Power Meter Pedals

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For many cyclists, the idea of pedal-based power meters is very appealing. Easily transferable from one bike to the next, the pedals allow for the use of any wheel combination and multiple bikes. Xpedo attracted a lot of attention when they introduced their first power meter pedal at the Taipei Show called the Thrust e. Now offering more information including price, riders can decide if the Thrust e is right for their power needs…

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Peaks Coaching: The Four Types of Pacelines

by Thomas Prehn, PCG Consultant

Peaks Coaching Group Four Types of Pacelines

The paceline is a rather honorable facet of bicycling, in that everyone shares the work of breaking the wind. Riders rotate positions in a line, each one taking a turn at the front where he or she pulls into the wind before swinging off. There are four basic types of paceline riding formations, and each one has its own practical application. Click through to find out more… READ MORE ->

Zwift Bringing Massively Multiplayer Online Cycling Video Game to Indoor Trainers

zwift real time massively multiplayer online cycling video trainer game lets you race friends live on the internet

We’ve got streaming videos with real time resistance changes. Heck, we’re even getting 3D trainer videos. But Zwift is looking to take it all to the next level with a live, real time massively multiplayer cycling game that lets you race, er, train against a lot of other cyclists at once.

If Strava gamified real world cycling, Zwift’s launch will do the same for indoor riding like nothing before it. Using a team of software engineers, video game developers and avid cyclists, they’ll use their “Zengine” to process all the bits to turn your winter training into something a little more competitive. Might be time to hook up the kids’ bikes to it next time they wanna play video games, too. Now, if they’ll just let us customize our rides with rocket launchers and oil slicks, things could get really interesting…

The beta goes live on September 30th world wide, stay tuned for more details.