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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A week in review: The Öhlins fork lives, Garmin’s Varia has your back, Transition Carbon Patrol, & much more

A week in review: The Öhlins fork lives, Garmin’s Varia has your back, Transition Carbon Patrol, & much more

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It’s been a busy week with the end of the year approaching fast. Some of the big news this week came from Öhlins who has been poking around for some time sticking their cartridges in other’s squishy forks, finally spills the details on their new fork. Plus MET’s glowing new lid, road tubeless wheels from Novatech, a first impression of Garmin’s rear radar system for your bike, plus much more.

Shoot past the break to see this last week’s coverage, plus a little different perspective of the holidays by guest celebrity and opossum crooner of The Revolting Cogs fame and mis-fortune……

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The Sufferfest updates cycling training app to improve your suffering w/ live feedback, cached videos

The Sufferfest updates cycling training app to improve your suffering w/ live feedback, cached videos

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If you’ve been using The Sufferfest’s streaming video subscription plan, you’re indoor misery is about to get a lot better. Coming at the end of the month is an all-new version built with the help of a former Trainer Road developer that’ll sync with your heart rate monitor, cadence sensor and other external devices and show that data on screen.

And that data will be color coded so you know at a glance if you’re on target, running hot or falling off the back. All that’s going on while the video shows up bigger and better than ever, even letting you cache videos on your device for those times when the Internet service sucks (like, when you’re a Time Warner customer…) or non-existent (also sometimes as a Time Warner customer). The app also adds smart trainer control, adjusting resistance based on the video’s workout, or calculated estimated power for non-smart trainers using a database of known resistance coupled with the cadence and speed data from your Bluetooth sensors.

When you’re finished suffering, it’ll let you upload your activity to Strava and TrainingPeaks. It even syncs your accomplishments within The Sufferfest app across all of your iOS devices. The streaming plan runs just $10 (£8) per month, available at TheSufferfest.com.

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Quick Review: Travel Trac Comp Mag+ budget trainer from Performance Bike

Quick Review: Travel Trac Comp Mag+ budget trainer from Performance Bike

Performance Bike Travel Trac Comp Mag-plus magnetic trainer review

We’ve tested a number of very high end trainers of the smart and not smart varieties recently, with more in the queue. But like everything else at the top of the the market these days, their prices continue to stretch past what most of us consider “affordable”.

At the opposite end of the spectrum are entry level trainers like the Travel Trac Comp Mag+ from Performance Bike. It’s cheap, but like everything else at the bottom of the market these days, it’s taken trickle down tech to provide a lot of features of trainers that used to cost much more. That’s not to say it’s for the serious cyclist looking for a premium training tool, but it’ll get the job done for anyone just looking to keep the legs in shape through the winter or if you need something simple for pre-race warmups…

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Kinomap updates UI & adds Skuga, a Strava KOM-synced app to control your Wahoo trainer

Kinomap updates UI & adds Skuga, a Strava KOM-synced app to control your Wahoo trainer

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Kino map is updating their user interface to make it easier to navigate. With more than 3,000 videos uploaded now, they had to better categorize the videos so you could find what you’re looking for quicker and easier. New categories like “warm up” and “mountain bike” will combine with UCI race and specific event footage to narrow it down much quicker than just looking at duration or mileage. This will let them soon create “events” that match pro stage races like Tour Down Under in the future. They’re also adding suggested videos based on other rides you’ve done, helping you train for specific types of riding.

Separately, they’ve launched Skuga is a new standalone app that lets you re-ride your own Strava rides indoors while automatically controlling the resistance of smart trainers from Wahoo and Tacx.

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Tacx Neo direct-drive smart trainer could be The One

Tacx Neo direct-drive smart trainer could be The One

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The Tacx Neo is the latest smart trainer to hit the market, and it may just be the sleekest, smallest and best looking one to date.

By using a true direct drive design without any belts, transmissions or gears, it’s able to fill a minimal space that folds up small enough to slide behind some couches. Yet it’s able to produce up to 2,000 watts of resistance and, by using the the ANT+ FE-C protocols, any compatible app can control the resistance to simulate real world riding.

Check the video and tech specs below…

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Polar M450, V650 cycling computers now sync ride data to Strava

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When they introduced the budget GPS M450 cycling computer this summer, plans were to have Strava integration up and running by October. Well, that date came and went, but looks like compatibility with everyone’s favorite device agnostic performance measuring service is finally here for it and several other Polar GPS computers and watches.

Available today for the M450 and V650 computers and M400 and V800 watches, you’ll need to update the devices through Polar Flow to make it work. Then, after a ride (run, whatever) has been uploaded to Flow, you can set it to automatically send that data to Strava, too. You can even send past workouts to Strava using Flow’s export function. Of course, unless you’ve ponied up for a premium sub, you’ll still see more data about your ride in Flow, and you can even let your coach peep in on your progress, too.

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Bkool gets into the spirit with Christmas holiday scenery for 3D virtual cycling simulator

Bkool gets into the spirit with Christmas holiday scenery for 3D virtual cycling simulator

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First it was virtual weather. Then it was Halloween “weather”. Now, it’s Christmas time and the scenery inside Bkool’s 3D virtual worlds couldn’t be merrier.

Starting December 17, 2015 through January 7, 2016, any session ridden with their virtual weather turned on will see the holiday theme throughout the route. Grinches can turn off the weather for normal scenery. Check more screenshots below…

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A week in review: New bikes from Alchemy, Reeb, & Canfield Bros, Cateye’s 6K lumen lite, & Interbike heads East?

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We had an awesome week with all kinds of rad fun stuff piling on our desks. Canfield Brothers’ Balance gets better, Reeb is now canning gears in the new TyREEBdonkadonk, and check out the sweet holiday gift ideas/wishes from Jayson, Steve, Cory & yours truly. Also, Zach, our head editor and fat bike aficionado exposes what he’s been dealing with the last several months after what was a simple everyday crash turned no so simple and the crazy road to his recovery.

Fill up your coffee or grab a stout depending on what time of day it is (if that even matters), and thumb through our extensive coverage from last week…..

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