Posts in the category Training

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.

EB14: New Quarq Elsa RS Power Meters for Shimano 4-Arm Hollowglide Chainrings

Quarq Dura-Ace DA9000 power meter crankset

Quarq has added another option to their crank spider based power meter offerings. Already stocking units for a variety of SRAM cranksets (including the new XX1 mountain bike version) Specialized and Cannondale, now you can add Dura-Ace DA9000 to the mix.

The unit gets all the new technology introduced with the XX1 model, including the multipoint temperature calibration to keep it accurate from 0º to 130º F (-17C to 54C) and accelerometer based cadence measurements. Those combine with their usual features – OmniCal (maintains accuracy regardless of chainring selection) and Power Balance (captures left and right side strokes independently).

You will have to swap to their ExoGram hollow carbon crank arm, but if you’ve already got the Shimano crankset, then at least you won’t have to buy new chainrings. Yes, SRM has offered 11-speed DA power meter cranks since last fall with a version of Shimano’s crank to maintain the aesthetic, but they’re double the price…

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EB14: Garmin Vector Power Meter Pedals Go Single Sided, Not Quite Half the Cost

Garmin Vector S single sided pedal based bicycle power meter

With disruptors like Stages and upstarts like Watteam bringing power meter prices to more attainable levels, the bigger companies are reacting. Quarq dropped the chainrings to bring their crankset units in a little cheaper, and now Garmin’s simply cut the number of sensors in half.

The Vector S, which presumably stands for “single-sided”, drops the drive side power meter sensor and transmitter, leaving the left hand pedal to do all the work. The firmware is tweaked so the single pedal doubles the power output reading, then sends that number to your ANT+ compatible cycling computer. You lose the distinct left/right leg power measurements, but you save about $600.

It’s sold as a set, including the drive side pedal, Available for pre-order now for $899. That’s compared to the $1,499 for the dual sided system. An upgrade option will let you add the right hand power meter pedal in the future, too. Another pic and more details below…

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EB14: Quarq XX1 MTB Power Meter Gets Official, Teases New Features for All Models

2015 Quarq XX1 crankset power meter

Quarq has officially launched their XX1 power meter spider for all SRAM 1x mountain bike cranksets. It’s available as a chassis, built onto an XX1 level crank arm using a new mounting interface and other new features.

It adds in “multipoint, active temperature compensation” that’s pulling from 10,000 data points to calibrate it as it’s cycled from 0° to 130° F. That provides a baseline setting for temps within that range. So, outta the box it knows what the calibration should be for any temperature you’re likely to ride in, staying accurate for the whole ride, season to season.

Power through for more new features that’ll carry over to all their power meters…

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Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

  •  Universal Sports will be covering the Vuelta a España starting this weekend.
  • Don’t miss Rebecca’s Private Idaho: August 31st Rebecca Rusch will lead two, fully supported gravel rides through the beautiful mountains of Ketchum, Idaho, with an after party that will pay you back for the hurt you just took climbing 6,500ft in nearly 100 miles. (There’s also a shorter option of 56 miles.)
  • Take the Campanoglo Grande Giro Challenge - join the Campagnolo Riders Club on Strava and challenge yourself to ride at least 1000km in 30 days – 1/3 of the distance of a Grande Giri: The Tour de France, Gira d’Italia, and Vuelta a España combined.
  • The USA Cycling Professional Criterium National Championships will be held during the 2014 High Point Cycling Classic on September 4-6th. The three day festival includes an art exhibit featuring the bikes of 5 leading custom frame builders, swap meet, vintage bike show, and of course, the races…
  • Did you know Rapha will repair your kit if you have a crash? Repairs can take up to 4 weeks, but it’s nice to know you don’t have to throw away an expensive kit with tears in it.
  • CGTrader, a 3D model marketplace, is holding a 3D Printed Bicycle Accessories Challenge. Winner receives a FlyKly pedal assist smart wheel and the opportunity to sell your accessory to FlyKly customers and promotion on CGTrader. Submissions must be made by October 8th.
  • Sport Chalet is celebrating their redesigned website by offering six Adventures of a Lifetime sweepstakes. One, a 10 day cycling adventure through New Zealand.
  • Our friends and monthly contributors at Peaks Coaching Group are excited to announce new affiliate groups based in Brazil: coached by Cris Solak, and Japan: coached by Takashi Nakata; and their continued international expansion coaching two pro teams in India: Team Trek Foxfire and Team Specialized.