Kinetic Fit, new web training app to help get through the rest of winter

Kinetic Fit, new web training app to help get through the rest of winter

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A little more than a year ago Kinetic created add-on power measurement for their fluid trainers with their Bluetooth-powered inRide pod that then communicated with an iOS or Android app to monitor your speed, cadence, and power. We took a look at the setup and its initial integration with the Sufferfest back last fall, but now Kinetic has completely revamped their free app with the new Fit to provide deeper training tools, better integration, and all of the features that weren’t ready in the previous inRide version. Jump across the break with us for a closer look and to see why they’ve teamed up with the Tour of Sufferlandria to raise money for the Davis Phinney Foundation starting this weekend…

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Video: TrainerRoad presents “The Chase – An Inside Look at What It Takes to be the Best”

Looking for a little inspiration to up your own training? TrainerRoad, who makes online training software that talks to your smart trainer and/or generally makes your indoor time more effective, followed one of the top amateur cyclists to see what it takes to compete at the top level without a full ride on a pro team. And, you know, a family, job and real world obligations. Here’s their blurb about the documentary:

For more than a year, one of the fastest amateur cyclists in the country right now, Justin Rossi, allowed TrainerRoad to film his life leading up to his most important race: the 2015 National Time Trial Championships. After losing by a mere nine seconds the year before, he had something to prove and they had a camera. If you’ve ever wondered what life looks like when you commit yourself 100% to achieving a goal — this is it.

Check our review of TrainerRoad here, or just demo it from their homepage. And check their blog on Monday for a deeper dive into this vid’s production.

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Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • SUF Camp: Train like a pro with fellow Sufferlandrians – OK, so we mentioned the national team training camp run by the Sufferfest a couple of months back. But now we have an update that only 8 spots are left, and that the price has dropped down about 15% to $4950 for the entire, once in a lifetime week-long package starting June 12 in Aigle, Switzerland. Head over to their site for full details how to get the real pro experience. And don’t forget the fourth annual Tour of Sufferlandria is coming up in just a week or so. 9-days from Feb 6-14 to bang out a winter base from the comfort of home, with donations going to a good cause at TheSufferfest.com

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Today’s Plan watches your devices to create customized training plans

Today’s Plan watches your devices to create customized training plans

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Joe Friel’s well-explained tomes not withstanding, my head explodes at the mere thought of figuring out my own training plan. And compiling and reviewing my rides with any hope of extracting useful info? Not likely. Or, at least, not with enough depth to affect meaningful change in my “training”. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

Fortunately, Today’s Plan does all that for you. And now they’ll even review upcoming events and give you a customized training plan specifically for that race, group ride or whatever. Create an account, tell it what you’d like to accomplish, and it’ll spit out a plan (which you can edit based on real world responsibilities) and provide that plan online and through it’s app. You can then sync the workouts to a Garmin cycling computer or use the app to stay in target zones.

Screenshots, video and more below…

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Hydrate Mate electronically monitors water levels and consumption in any hydration pack

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Hydrate Mate water monitor, runner checking data

UK based ultra runner and product designer Andrew Saville likes to run with hydration packs, but all too often found himself far from home and surprisingly low on water. Currently there are no hydration packs that indicate their water levels or your consumption (without looking inside), so Saville invented the Hydrate Mate to conveniently provide this crucial data.

The Hydrate Mate is a small device that attaches to any hydration pack and measures how much water you’ve drank, and how much you have left. Your Bluetooth-linked smartphone displays your water level so you can check your supply by reaching into your pocket instead of removing your backpack.

For cyclists, the big question is: Where do you put your smartphone when you ride? If it stays in your pocket, the Hydrate Mate would make checking your water reserves a little bit easier. However, if you empty your pockets into your hydration pack this device provides a pointless and overcomplicated redundancy. The Hydrate Mate is seeking funds through Indiegogo, and their campaign is open until Feb. 24th. If your phone lives at your hip pr at your bar, gulp down the details below…
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Found: StravistiX extension for Google Chrome makes your Strava ride data way more awesome

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stravistix google chrome extension plugin to enhance your strava ride data with new metrics

Formerly known as StravaPlus, the recently updated StravistiX extension for Google Chrome takes all your Strava data and creates a cornucopia of new data sets, comparisons, charts, graphs and more to make the most of your metrics.

Once installed, simply go to your Strava homepage as normal (on Chrome) and you’ll start to notice a few new buttons and options. On the Activity Feed, the “Go To Flyby” feature (shown above) from Strava Labs is conveniently below each activity, whether it’s yours or someone you follow. Click on one of your own activities and the real fun begins…

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Review: Wahoo KICKR SNAP- A Top Notch Training Tool For Tight Spaces (or Budgets)

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I’ve always chalked my lack of enthusiasm for folding/wheel-on trainers up to the general unpleasantness of indoor winter training and seasonal affective disorder. It’s not fair to the genre of trainer because, frankly, there are so many reasons why this type is ideal for some users. When I was younger, short on space, and moving every few months, having a trainer that I could stow under my bed or easily throw in the back of my car was critical to my success and sanity. Also, when you are short on bikes, nothing beats having a trainer you can easily throw your bike on in poor weather for a quick workout, and just as easily pull it off for a longer ride without too much fiddling. But it’s seemed like the development dollars for trainers have been reserved for people who could invest in dedicated space, and dedicated training bikes.

I first had the opportunity to sample the KICKR SNAP this past summer and I was blown away by the ride quality. Could it be that the folding, wheel-on trainer finally got the treatment it deserves?
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First Impressions: Stevens Arena carbon track racer, plus actual weights

First Impressions: Stevens Arena carbon track racer, plus actual weights

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It isn’t so often that we cover proper track racing bikes here, but out of our European office we do have great access to a pair of velodromes in the city of Prague. Afternoon track sessions in the winter are a good way to fight off the cold, dark days. One of our home velodromes is a 153.8m/505′ long indoor wooden oval, that opens its doors to us once a week to test gear and get in some much-needed training. We first saw the Stevens Arena as it was being piloted to a Track Worlds Scratch win by Marianne Vos several years ago, all the way back in 2011. But as a stiff and aero contender that we still see popping up on the track, we thought we would take a closer look. So far we’ve only had a few weeks with the bike, but we’ve built up some solid first impressions on the boards, and are looking forward to doing some proper indoor riding to add onto the tail of our cross season…

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Team Sky scraps wind tunnel for in-depth “real world” tech to get aero

Team Sky scraps wind tunnel for in-depth “real world” tech to get aero

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If you’re not first you’re last, and shaving every single sliver of time off your effort is critical in racin’. Especially when the riders at the top of their game sometimes have less than 1 or 2% separating their abilities. Though good equipment is crucial, nothing is more varying than the athlete’s position on their equipment and they need to get that dialed so that their output produces the best possible performance.

Check out the insightful video past the break that takes you behind the scenes of Team Sky’s “outside of the box wind tunnel” approach…..

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