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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Stages measures out dual sided power meter for USA Cycling Project ’16, Partners with Today’s Plan

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Stages project 2016 track crank dual sided power meter

Currently, Stages Cycling has 28 different power meter options with 160 individual SKUs to match every crank size of every model they carry. Yet, none of those are a dual sided power meter. And while Stages is still investigating the benefits of a dual sided power meter for consumer use (there are no plans for one at the moment), they did just partner with USA Cycling to create exactly that – a dual sided power meter for a left hand drive carbon track crank for their Project 2016.

This isn’t your ordinary power meter though. Due to the Vision Metron’s design, a spider based power meter isn’t possible, and the team didn’t want to use pedal or hub based meters. And even though most consumer head units are only capable of sampling data at 1x per second, Team USA has an ace up their sleeve. Thanks to a partnership with IBM, they are able to use data at a much higher rate which is important since they need higher resolution for the 4.5 minute event.

That’s where the prototype Stages dual power meter comes in. Capable of transmitting data at 64hz, the system provides the data they need – only they need a super computer to process it…

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Currently, Stages Cycling has 28 different power meter options with 160 individual SKUs to match every crank size of every model they carry. Yet, none of those are a dual sided power meter. And while Stages is still investigating the benefits of a dual sided power meter for consumer use (there are no plans for […]

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Ride the Zwift Pretzel Mission on a Virtual Canyon Ultimate, win the real thing?

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It’s probably no secret that spending some time riding Zwift will result in real world benefits out on the road or trail. I’m living proof – after an injury last year, the program has been a huge help in getting my fitness back to where it needed to be. And while the training simulator will eventually pay dividends if you put in the miles, now Zwift is offering something a little more tangible.

After announcing that they would be searching for the next Canyon//SRAM team member with the Zwift Academy project, the company is teaming up with Canyon yet again. This time it’s to offer a Canyon Ultimate CF SLX 8.0 to one lucky rider. But this won’t be a simple ‘enter your name here,’ – you’re gonna have to work for it. Specifically, you’ll need to complete the Zwift Canyon Ultimate Pretzel Mission which will take you across 44.8 miles of virtual terrain including 4373 ft of climbing, all without leaving your trainer…

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It’s probably no secret that spending some time riding Zwift will result in real world benefits out on the road or trail. I’m living proof – after an injury last year, the program has been a huge help in getting my fitness back to where it needed to be. And while the training simulator will […]

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Wahoo signals Turn by Turn update for ELEMNT GPS

 

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With any new electronic device there are bound to be some early hiccups, but that’s what updates are for. Now, with the latest firmware update for the Wahoo ELEMNT, one of the best new GPS computers is getting even better. While the ELEMNT has delivered on many of its promises like being extremely easy to use and read while riding, other features like the ability to follow turn by turn directions were lacking. Thanks to the WF42-628 update that is changing – as long as you use RideWithGPS. We’re assuming as the device continues to evolve the ability to use other programs will be added, but for now the RideWithGPS program is the only one that will be supported by the ELEMNT’s system.

In addition to showing the street names and distances on the screen for the next turn, the ELEMNT will also use its built in LED lights to signal left or right turns at the top of the GPS. This is just one out of a laundry list of new features and fixes added to the ELEMNT, so if you’ve run into an issue with the new unit, chances are good it has been addressed. Check out the full list of included updates and patches for the ELEMNT after the break…

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  With any new electronic device there are bound to be some early hiccups, but that’s what updates are for. Now, with the latest firmware update for the Wahoo ELEMNT, one of the best new GPS computers is getting even better. While the ELEMNT has delivered on many of its promises like being extremely easy […]

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Pioneer adds Training Assist, mating virtual coach w/ crank-based power meter

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After a series of price drops that brings their hi-def power meter system’s starting point down to a very beginner-friendly $499, Pioneer is adding training features to help those power noobs take advantage of the new resource.

Pioneer Training Assist is a free firmware update for their SGX-CA500 that helps anyone learn to train with power. It then takes advantage of their Cyclosphere “app” to provide post-ride analysis, so you can make sense of the data.

“We’re fortunate that we’ve got the technology, mobile app and cloud system on the back end to show all of the information a rider needs for us to offer training guidance,” says Pioneer’s Russ Johnston. “It makes it easy to offer and end to end solution for the rider.”

To start, you simply set up your training plan on their smartphone app, sync it with the cycling computer, and roll out…

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After a series of price drops that brings their hi-def power meter system’s starting point down to a very beginner-friendly $499, Pioneer is adding training features to help those power noobs take advantage of the new resource. Pioneer Training Assist is a free firmware update for their SGX-CA500 that helps anyone learn to train with […]

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Pedal while you work with Cycli under your desk

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I’m not sure that this isn’t going to cause some other issues at work, but a new under-desk cycling trainer is said to make it easy to stay fit or get into shape while you stare at spreadsheets all day. The Cycli pedaling trainer just sits on the floor under your desk and you pedal away to get the benefits of being active while still chained to your computer at work.  Plus it adds in a social app & some gamification feature to get you competing with friends and coworkers over who can ride the most during their 40 hour desk job. Cycli is a Kickstarter project, so you will have to wait til it make it through the crowdfunding and production process to get in shape, but having blown past their funding target you could be pedaling at work by the end of the year…

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I’m not sure that this isn’t going to cause some other issues at work, but a new under-desk cycling trainer is said to make it easy to stay fit or get into shape while you stare at spreadsheets all day. The Cycli pedaling trainer just sits on the floor under your desk and you pedal […]

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Cycli lets you race friends online…while sitting at your desk

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While it might develop better muscle memory to use a standard trainer and something like the Wahoo standup/cycling desk, not every employer is keen on a complete rework of your gopher hole cubicle. For those needing a more stealthy way to spin the legs at work (or sitting on the couch binge watching Netflix), there’s Cycli.

Already past their Kickstarter funding goal, Cycli is a small, Internet- and socially connected portable stationary cycle. Sync it with their smartphone app via Bluetooth and you can share your rides with friends or even compete in real time…

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While it might develop better muscle memory to use a standard trainer and something like the Wahoo standup/cycling desk, not every employer is keen on a complete rework of your gopher hole cubicle. For those needing a more stealthy way to spin the legs at work (or sitting on the couch binge watching Netflix), there’s […]

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