Posts in the category Training

Strava Updates Mobile App to Auto-Pause at Stoplights & Display Weekly Goals

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Strava inches ever closer to having its mobile app all but replace a dedicated cycling computer, assuming you’re willing to put your smartphone front and center on the handlebar.

In May, they added routes and segments, letting you see those targets in real time as you rode along and create routes to hit as many of them as you can per ride. Once created, the routes would display on your phone, tracking you along the map as you ride…which makes it easier to nail down specific mileage or altitude gains, or just explore new roads without getting lost.

Now, they’ve added a feature common to cycling computers: Auto Pause. No longer will your moving time be much shorter than your total workout time, leaving you with blanks every time you hit a traffic light or stop to snack or relieve yourself. For premium members, you’ll also be able to see your weekly goals displayed right from the app.

Strava’s app is also integrated with Apple’s new iOS 8, letting you start and stop recording through a new Notification Center widget, eliminating the need to navigate to the Strava app during a workout. The
widget also displays real-time activity information including elapsed time, speed or pace, and total distance traveled. This new version 4.2 is available now for iOS, and coming very soon for Android via Google Play.

IB14: Wahoo TICKR X HRM Gets Real, Revolutionary Workout Motion Capture Leaves the Phone Behind

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As the third introduction to their Bluetooth Hear Rate Monitor line up, Wahoo is giving the device its own memory. Calling it the TICKR X, the built-in memory means the device will be able to track heart rate,
calorie burn, and duration of workouts up to 16 hours long without the strap connected to your smart phone. The strap also includes Wahoo’s advanced motion capture technology that was first introduced on the TICKR Run. In addition to the Running Smoothness feature that uses an algorithm to track your running form, the sensor includes the ability to measure indoor cycling cadence without any additional sensors. Apparently more activities will be added to the strap’s repertoire in the future as well.

The TICKR X also acts as a standard HRM when connected to any smartphone via Bluetooth LE or any device that is ANT+ compatible. Additional features include the Wahoo Burn and Burst training program as well as a double tap feature built into the strap. A double tap in disconnected mode will add markers to the workout that can be reviewed afterwards. The feature can also be used in online mode to control music play back or laps. Compatible with Apple iPad and iphone, the TICKR X also works with Android devices with Bluetooth 4.0 and Android OS 4.3 or higher. The TICKR X will retail for $99.99.

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IB14: SportCrafters HardDrive Prototype Reinvents the Magnetic Trainer

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Since the lowly mag trainer was first introduced, there hasn’t been a whole lot of new developments to the tech. SportCrafters’ prototype trainer is set to change that. While the SportCrafters proto isn’t the first to offer progressive resistance, it’s appears to be one of the first mag trainers to offer fluid like feel without the, uh, fluid. Not only is the resistance improved, but the way the resistance is applied to the rear wheel creates a system that is both easy on tires, and nearly impossible to get it to slip.

With the goal of making the trainer competitive with the top models on the market, SportCrafters is honing in on the new design with plans for production by 2015.

Details plus a video of it in action after the break…

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IB14: Wearable Tech – BSX Monitors Lactate Threshold & Jaybird Reign Monitors the Rest

BSXinsights wearable lactate threshold monitor for athletes

Until now, ascertaining your lactate threshold was either done in a lab using needles, or guestimated using power/heart rate and perceived effort. BSXinsights has changed all that with the world’s first wearable, non-invasive monitor that’s not only affordable, but arguably better than the lab tests.

First off, why measure lactate threshold? Because it’s a hard number that lets you know if you’re improving your capability for work. Your power output is what you’re doing, the lactate is what your body’s capable of doing. Once you know that number, you can use power and heart rate to increase your threshold and, thus, your total output.

Here’s how it works…

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Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

  • Cool time-lapse video, above, of one year of commuting to work by Ben Rennert owner of Winnebago Bicycle in Oshkosh, WI.
  • The Kaw Valley Bicycle Club of Topeka, Kansas, is hosting the Bruce Whaley Spirit Ride on Saturday, September 20th.
  • Registration is open for the 2014 North Carolina Bike Summit in Greensboro, NC, October 10, 11, & 12.
  • Take Road Holland’s survey and get a code towards $30 off your next purchase of $50 or more.
  • Bike Pure today launches Bike Pure Cycle Tours, bicycle tours aimed at cyclists of all capabilities. Tours are available in Europe and Australia and coincide with major races, such as 2015′s Tour Down Under and the Spring Classics.
  • The National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) announced at Interbike that Idaho and Nevada are the two newest states in its growing interscholastic cycling program.
  • As a special promotion for the 10th Anniversary of the Amgen Tour of California, fans will be able to enter a Sweepstakes Series with prizes, such as a SRAM Force CX1 groupset, awarded on the 10th of each month leading up to the 2015 Amgen Tour of California through June 2015.
  • Light & Motion is promoting the launch of their commuter light, the Urban 2.0, by giving away weekly commuter prize packages. Enter to win here.
  • A month ago we showed you the upcoming Zero race bike from UK’s Genesis. The Madison Genesis Team has been racing it at the Tour of Britain this week, and have some good behind-the-scenes video reports up on Vimeo
  • The Sufferfest’s newest training video is The Elements of Style - Efficiency & Awareness, six drills to improve form, posture, and efficiency. Developed with Wade Wallace of CyclingTips.
  • Orbea is recalling their Avant bike models equipped with hydraulic disc brake forks as a crack can develop in the forks. They request that anyone with these bikes to stop using them immediately and contact them, or your closest Orbea dealer, for a replacement fork. Check their dedicated page to see if your bike is effected and how to proceed.

IB14: TrainerRoad Puts Full Platform on iOS, Developing Group Training Features

TrainerRoad has added an iOS app that lets you run their entire platform of training software directly from your phone.

TrainerRoad is a subscription based training system that lets you use prebuilt workouts or build your own, then have the effort wirelessly sent to your Wahoo Kickr or Computrainer. Those two offer the best integration, which lets the software automatically control your trainer to keep the power output on track with the workout. More features after the break…

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IB14: Brim Brothers Toes the Line with First Wearable Power Meter

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If you haven’t noticed by now, with products from companies like 4iiii, Stages, Garmin, and more, power meters are currently in a race to affordability, usability, and compatibility. As far as we know, to this point power meters have always been mounted somehow to the bike. Whether it is the hub, the crank, the pedals, one way or another it’s mounted to the machine rather than the man.

Brim Brothers looks to change that with their Zone DPMX shoe based power meter. Sandwiching the force sensor between the cleat and the shoe, the Zone sets the control pod on top of the toe for a rider based solution to power. Clip in after the break for more…

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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.

Power through for more on the tech…

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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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