SOC16: Electronics round up – Niterider, BarFly and K-Edge mount up new lights and computers

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Sometimes, electronics on your ride are inevitable. Like if you want to go for a night ride and don’t have the night vision capabilities of the local wildlife. In the case of Niterider, there are a few new additions to existing products that will make mounting and using those electronics a bit easier. Not only has Niterider added the ability to control certain lights without moving your hand from the bar, they’ve also added the ability to adapt to evolving handlebar standards…

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Sometimes, electronics on your ride are inevitable. Like if you want to go for a night ride and don’t have the night vision capabilities of the local wildlife. In the case of Niterider, there are a few new additions to existing products that will make mounting and using those electronics a bit easier. Not only […]

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Pure Fix unveils three track racing Keirin setups

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We previewed Pure Fix’s 6061 Keirin Pro frameset at Interbike last fall, and now the brand has pulled the curtain off of three complete builds of the bike. Each of the three builds starts off with a track-specific alloy race frame ready to hit the banks of a velodrome, or the sketchy urban turns of events like last weekend’s Red Hook Crit. In either case the Keirins deliver race performance at three options under a grand. Take a close look at the bikes after the jump…

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We previewed Pure Fix’s 6061 Keirin Pro frameset at Interbike last fall, and now the brand has pulled the curtain off of three complete builds of the bike. Each of the three builds starts off with a track-specific alloy race frame ready to hit the banks of a velodrome, or the sketchy urban turns of events like last […]

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Pioneer power meters now just $499 for single leg, adds Shimano 105 compatibility

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The non-drive side power meter gets new (removable) branding.

Pioneer has just introduced their most affordable power meter option yet with a new way to use the single-leg sensor…on your own crank arms.

Originally, they sold the left or right sensor preinstalled on the crank arm, which meant you ended up with a spare after replacing the arm that was already on your bike. Now, they’re letting you simply send in your existing Shimano Dura-Ace, Ultegra or 105 11-speed crank arm and have their hi-def power meter sensor professionally installed for just $499.

That’s $130 less than the original cost for a non-drive Dura-Ace crank arm, and $60 off the Ultegra price. The 105 option is new, and brings their power measurement to an even lower overall system price point. Basically, the prior investment in the additional arm was simply returned as savings to the consumer…

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Pioneer has just introduced their most affordable power meter option yet with a new way to use the single-leg sensor…on your own crank arms. Originally, they sold the left or right sensor preinstalled on the crank arm, which meant you ended up with a spare after replacing the arm that was already on your bike. […]

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Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Experience the epic of British Coumbia with the Singletrack 6 – Ride Western Canada and take part in the multi-day cross-country mountain bike adventure this summer. TransRockies has just confirmed the dates and locations of this year’s six-day BC epic set for July 23-28. The event delivers back-to-back big mountain stages with separate timed descents through the heart of the beautiful Canadian Rockies. This year the race ventures deep into the interior, taking stops in Fernie, Cranbrook, Kimberley, and Golden. Register now via Singletrack6.com, and read on for more week’s end news bites…

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Experience the epic of British Coumbia with the Singletrack 6 – Ride Western Canada and take part in the multi-day cross-country mountain bike adventure this summer. TransRockies has just confirmed the dates and locations of this year’s six-day BC epic set for July 23-28. The event delivers back-to-back big mountain stages with separate timed descents through the heart of the beautiful […]

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Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Liv says yes to empowering women cyclists – There’s this specific moment every cyclist faces. It’s the moment you decide whether to meet your fears, or retreat; a battle of determination or mind-over-matter. Liv’s “Actually, I Can” campaign aims to inspire through stories of women who have used bikes to change their realities; everything from affecting social change to just accomplishing personal goals Liv-Cycling.com

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Liv says yes to empowering women cyclists – There’s this specific moment every cyclist faces. It’s the moment you decide whether to meet your fears, or retreat; a battle of determination or mind-over-matter. Liv’s “Actually, I Can” campaign aims to inspire through stories of women who have used bikes to change their realities; everything from affecting social change to just accomplishing […]

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SOC16: Power measurement enters third dimension with new 4iiii Precision 2.0 meter

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Introduced at Interbike 2014, the 4iiii power meter has come a long way very quickly. Originally planned as a DIY add on, they showed an even smaller unit at Sea Otter last year and introduced their factory installation option. Now, they’ve done away with the end user installation option and are offering two ways to get their power meter on your bike, both still starting under $400.

Even better, they’ve improved the accuracy of their power measurement by adding a third method of strain gauge measurement to the system. Called 4iiii Precision 2.0, they’re touting it as a “3D crank power meter” because it uses three strain gauges to measure the arm’s bending, shearing (pulling the pedal hole away from the spindle center) and axial deformation, with the latter accounting for odd angles of forces acting on the pedal (like if your knees bow way outward and your pedal isn’t being driven downward in a perfectly straight line…

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Introduced at Interbike 2014, the 4iiii power meter has come a long way very quickly. Originally planned as a DIY add on, they showed an even smaller unit at Sea Otter last year and introduced their factory installation option. Now, they’ve done away with the end user installation option and are offering two ways to […]

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Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Brighten up your bike. Throw some flowers on it – 3D printing can give us key bike parts like custom titanium dropouts, ti lugs, or even just component prototypes. But why not something a little less technical, and more whimsical? Wouldn’t it be cool to carry a plant in your pocket? That was the thought of the Atlanta-based industrial designer behind the Wearable Planter line for the last 5 years. Now they come to the bike, on your handlebar, or even strapped to your seattube or fork blade. Where else would you find this sort of thing, but on Etsy.com

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Brighten up your bike. Throw some flowers on it – 3D printing can give us key bike parts like custom titanium dropouts, ti lugs, or even just component prototypes. But why not something a little less technical, and more whimsical? Wouldn’t it be cool to carry a plant in your pocket? That was the thought of the Atlanta-based […]

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Polar V800 GPS watch pairs with GoPro for controls & video stats

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One of the early pioneer of wearable fitness tech, Polar has paired up with the GoPro Developer Program to add action cam integration functionality in the V800 GPS watch later this year. While the V800 already tracks a wide range of cycling, running and swimming training, plus 24/7 activity and sleep, the new connection will link the GPS device with the growing number of GoPros filming everything from training to races…

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One of the early pioneer of wearable fitness tech, Polar has paired up with the GoPro Developer Program to add action cam integration functionality in the V800 GPS watch later this year. While the V800 already tracks a wide range of cycling, running and swimming training, plus 24/7 activity and sleep, the new connection will link the GPS device with the […]

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Verve RevUp drops the magnets for Infocrank power meter cadence sensing

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We’ve been testing Verve’s Infocranks  in the harshest conditions you could drum up for a power meter, from rough gravel roads to the mud and pressure washers of cyclocross. But the only real issue after several seasons of testing had been with the magnets needed to ensure accurate cadence reporting. Now up-to-date and accurate cadence measurement is a huge deal in power meters. Since the Infocrank actually measure stress in the cranks and equates torque out of that, it needs cadence (or its analogue of angular velocity) to calculate power. Now Verve after working on the issue for a couple of years, both in the lab and with their pro-team testers, have managed to get accurate cadence data with the existing sensors in the crank and without the use of magnets. Check out the details below and how to get this over the air update now…

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We’ve been testing Verve’s Infocranks  in the harshest conditions you could drum up for a power meter, from rough gravel roads to the mud and pressure washers of cyclocross. But the only real issue after several seasons of testing had been with the magnets needed to ensure accurate cadence reporting. Now up-to-date and accurate cadence measurement is […]

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