Posts in the category Training

Fitbit Surge GPS fitness watch gets cyclist-friendly, now Jens Voigt Approved!

Fitbit Surge GPS fitness tracker sports watch adds Jens Voigt as brand ambassador and product tester

In late September, the Fitbit Surge (which they claim is the #1 selling GPS watch in the U.S., per NPD) got a software update that further pushes the product into the cycling category.

The update added a timer and stopwatch, helping count down fractions of a second for sprint and interval work. It also extended battery life, letting it run up to 10 hours with GPS turned on and up to 7 days overall. And that includes capturing heart rate data directly from the wrist, too, no need for a chest strap. Then, sync it with Strava and all of your run, bike and other workouts will automatically show up there, too.

And now that Jens Voigt is their newest “performance” Fitbit ambassador, maybe they’re working on an update that’ll scream “Shut Up Legs!” once you hit zone five. Or, at least the new colors coming in November will scream at you…


Zwift virtual training turns on the paywall, adds Workout mode in beta


Been itchin’ to try Zwift while it’s in free Beta? Better hurry. Starting October 29th, 2015, it switches to paid mode, setting you back $10/month everywhere (or £8 in the UK, VAT included). Founding members that signed up before September 25th will carry over all their virtual goodies, achievements and experience points to the paid plan.

They’re also launching Workout Mode in Beta, allowing you to go beyond the casual (or competitive) group riding on the 3D-rendered virtual Zwift Island. Structured workouts will give you a chance to push yourself to improve without the guesswork. Check out details and screenshots of the workout program below…


A Week in Review: An E-bike that Will Make You Drool, What & Why Specialized Reinvented Spacing, and New Hoops from Enve

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We had some fantastic items come across our desk this week as well as some meaningful fundraisers for a couple of pretty awesome guys that need our help. From the best looking, as well as the strangest looking e-bikes from Italjet and Gi FlyBike, new fork and technology from Suntour, what Canfield Bros just whipped up, and a glimpse at Boeing’s new “lightest materiel” which could make its way down to our more grounded needs.

Take a step back in time to take a gander at what we brought you last week, because if my calculations are correct, you’re about to see some serious sh……


Elite offers Lower Cost Direct Drive Trainers in the US & UK through exclusive online dealers


In our Interbike coverage we wrote briefly about Elite’s new Turbo Muin Smart B+ direct drive trainer that offers an immersive online riding experience and progressive resistance based on speed, connected to all of your ANT+ and Bluetooth devices. While it is still a lot less than the 1300€ Real version with its electronically controlled resistance, not everyone is ready, willing, or able to drop 550€/$750+ for the Turbo Muin Smart B+. So for those with slightly more down to earth budgets for riding indoors, Elite has partnered with Performance and Nashbar in the US and Madison in the UK to offer pared down versions that keep the same direct drive and progressive fluid resistance without the built in electronics.  Join us after the break for a closer look and US/UK pricing…


Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces


Women’s Cycling

  • StrongHer: A Stage for Women who Ride -Strongher is a movement to connect professional and grassroots cycling worlds and unify all global women’s cycling initiatives under a shared and common goal, to create a stage for women around the world to perform. Presented by Marianne Vos in London last weekend and backed up by support from Shimano, the goal of Strongher is to continue the development of women’s cycling, giving women a stage to perform and just getting more women on bikes. Vos wants Strongher to increase the exposure of female professional athletes and give amateur women the confidence to start racing, or even to just get out more on the bike. Strongher will work both on an individual level, like via the site and a newly developed app to connect women  to events, and at a larger scale to work with organizations to create new races for professional cyclists. Find out more and join the movement at


IB15: Minoura Rolls in With Hybrid Rollers and Elite Smartens Up Their Turbo Direct Drive Trainer

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Though many see a trainer as…. well, a trainer, the offerings from Minoura and Elite are at the far end of the spectrum in this category of sweat inducing torture devices. Everyone has a different reason for liking particular features of a trainer and here are two that stand out from the rest.

Roll on through the break and see if any of these make you want to sweat…..


Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces


Mountain biking AMA

  • Mountain Bike Pioneers webcast with Mike Sinyard – For the fourth in Mission Workshop and Bike Magazine’s Ask a Founder series, Mike Sinyard of Specialized will take user suggested questions on the early days and growth of mountain biking. Join in by asking Mike a question on twitter using #AskSinyard. Tune in live on Saturday, Oct 10 at 7PM PST on There is limited space to join live at Mission Workshop in San Francisco, so email if interested to secure a spot:


IB15: Kopin Solos looks forward with miniature heads up display for cycling sunglasses

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Kopin, a brand calling themselves the world’s leading supplier of wearables and micro displays, has primarily focused on high end and military applications for many years.

More recently, as the cost of those displays has come down, they’ve found ways to commercialize those displays with some of the 3D virtual reality headsets making their way to market. For athletes, that also includes products like the Recon Jet, for which which they made the screen.

As these consumer products started taking off, they asked themselves “What are the changes in user behavior around devices?”

The answer would help them adapt the devices to modern users. That meant smaller sizes and better battery life. And for most folks, it meant their smartphone was tagging along for the ride. So, they could focus not on recreating a miniature computer, but on their their specialty: Micro displays.

The result is Vista, which is about one quarter the size of anything else out there. And they’re putting it on their new Solos sunglasses…


Polar V800 updated with swim tracking & Android app alerts


Polar’s V800 sports watch has been updated to see Android app alerts on screen and track open water swim workouts via GPS.

Already syncing with iOS apps to provide call and text alerts, among other things, the V800 now does the same for Android users. Update the watch through Polar Flow and get your smartphone app current and you’ll be able to preview emails and text messages, see calendar events and even social feed notifications – if you really want to, that is…it’s up to you to pick which things you want to see on the watch. Each time an alert passes to the watch, it’ll vibrate quickly to let you know.

From a performance standpoint, triathletes now have two more reasons to love the watch. In a fairly quiet running change since it launched last year, the V800 added a charging port cover. Our test unit and another we’ve seen both suffered from water damage at the battery, causing the case to deform and lose its ability to stay connected to the charger. Polar has added a cover that makes it more waterproof. Second, it’s now able to track open water swims, capturing swim distance, time and pace, stroke rate, heart rate, and calories, then displaying all that data in Flow afterward.

Want more? How ’bout a new blue wrist band color…