Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Celebrate new gear with Kitsbow & win in Obsessives #Roadventure Giveaway – To go along with the launch of their new road collection, Kitsbow has teamed up with 10 co-sponsors to create the Obsessives #Roadventure Giveaway. The prizes are the ultimate kit for your #roadventure. Among other items, winners will receive: Kitsbow road kit, a Santa Cruz Stigmata CC frame, a SRAM Red CX drivetrain, Strava Pro membership, a Smith Overtake helmet, and more. Check it out and sign up before Apr 15 Kitsbow.com

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Celebrate new gear with Kitsbow & win in Obsessives #Roadventure Giveaway – To go along with the launch of their new road collection, Kitsbow has teamed up with 10 co-sponsors to create the Obsessives #Roadventure Giveaway. The prizes are the ultimate kit for your #roadventure. Among other items, winners will receive: Kitsbow road kit, a Santa Cruz Stigmata CC frame, a SRAM Red […]

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Zwift takes training to new heights with Watopia mountain expansion track

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Hopefully by now, most of you are spending time on the trainer because you want to, not because the weather outside means you have to. Of course, if you have a trainer hooked up to Zwift, spending hours pedaling in place isn’t so bad any more. We’ve already spent a good amount of time this winter riding through Zwift’s virtual environment with a CycleOps Powersync trainer and can vouch for its ability to kill trainer induced boredom. Sure, nothing will replace the real thing, but Zwift makes you focus on the numbers and the riders in the environment around you rather than the clock so it makes training sessions much more enjoyable, and likely more beneficial.

Now for those of you who have already ridden 100’s of laps around the Richmond circuit, Zwift is introducing their newest track. Set to take you high into the mountains, the latest expansion will give you about 24 miles of new scenery to play with…

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Hopefully by now, most of you are spending time on the trainer because you want to, not because the weather outside means you have to. Of course, if you have a trainer hooked up to Zwift, spending hours pedaling in place isn’t so bad any more. We’ve already spent a good amount of time this […]

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Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Win a ride in the Alps during the Tour de France – To celebrate the upcoming 103rd Tour de France, Zwift has partnered with Thomson Bike Tours and created the #ThompsonZwiftChallenge. One lucky winner will be sent to climb the iconic mountains of the French Alps and watch the thrilling racing action of the Tour’s final week, plus get a year subscription to Zwift to get in shape for it. Ride 103km and sync to Strava to enter. Check out more at Challenge.ThomsonBikeTours.com

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Win a ride in the Alps during the Tour de France – To celebrate the upcoming 103rd Tour de France, Zwift has partnered with Thomson Bike Tours and created the #ThompsonZwiftChallenge. One lucky winner will be sent to climb the iconic mountains of the French Alps and watch the thrilling racing action of the Tour’s […]

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TPE16: Updated Xpedo Thrust 2.0 power pedal is getting close & Wellgo Cadence pedals now available

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Xpedo has been taunting us with their dual-sided power pedal for some time now, but the price has kept many interested. Before releasing it into the wild, they decided to make some final and rather significant tweaks. Also, if power isn’t your thing, Wellgo’s new Cadence pedal is now available too. Check the low down on both below the fold…

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Xpedo has been taunting us with their dual-sided power pedal for some time now, but the price has kept many interested. Before releasing it into the wild, they decided to make some final and rather significant tweaks. Also, if power isn’t your thing, Wellgo’s new Cadence pedal is now available too. Check the low down […]

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The Sufferfest adds two new videos, offers free trial of Training Centre app

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With all the online virtual training worlds hitting The Cloud, the notion of a training video is becoming quaint. The Sufferfest’s iPad app pushes their videos into the future with features like real-time feedback, instant streaming of their complete catalog and even the ability to cache the vids for offline viewing. And, if you have a smart trainer or Bluetooth or ANT+ speed/cadence sensors, you can link your actual performance the video to better match your effort to what they prescribe. The app debuted in December with a $10-per-month subscription fee to access all of the videos, but now they’re letting you try it free for seven days.

That free trial period (just cancel before the first week is up if you don’t like it and there’s no charge) includes full access, including their two newest videos: Power Station and The Way Out

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With all the online virtual training worlds hitting The Cloud, the notion of a training video is becoming quaint. The Sufferfest’s iPad app pushes their videos into the future with features like real-time feedback, instant streaming of their complete catalog and even the ability to cache the vids for offline viewing. And, if you have a […]

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Brim Brothers wearable power meter makes going from bike to bike just a click away

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Power meters come in all shapes and sizes nowadays, but they’re all attached to the bike. That makes transferring it from bike to bike a pain in the tookus. They crept their way from the rear hub, to the crankarms, and on to the pedals, but Brim Brother’s Zone DPMX power meter leapt right off of the pedal and onto the shoe!

Check out details and rather comfortable price points after the break…

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Power meters come in all shapes and sizes nowadays, but they’re all attached to the bike. That makes transferring it from bike to bike a pain in the tookus. They crept their way from the rear hub, to the crankarms, and on to the pedals, but Brim Brother’s Zone DPMX power meter leapt right off of […]

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Review: Garmin gets safer – Edge Explore 1000 w/ incident detection and Varia radar integration

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Testing Garmin’s first unit with “Incident Detection” sounded like a fun experiment, and I even considered taking and ghost riding one of the lesser used bikes in my possession to set it off. Ultimately, I didn’t need to stage a crash as my riding took care of that for me, but I’m happy to say the crash incident detection works – even if it’s not a huge crash. Adding to the Edge Explore 1000’s list of features is integration with the Garmin Varia radar detection device. After my first experience with the Varia, this is exactly what it was missng…

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Testing Garmin’s first unit with “Incident Detection” sounded like a fun experiment, and I even considered taking and ghost riding one of the lesser used bikes in my possession to set it off. Ultimately, I didn’t need to stage a crash as my riding took care of that for me, but I’m happy to say the […]

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Kinetic Fit, new web training app to help get through the rest of winter

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A little more than a year ago Kinetic created add-on power measurement for their fluid trainers with their Bluetooth-powered inRide pod that then communicated with an iOS or Android app to monitor your speed, cadence, and power. We took a look at the setup and its initial integration with the Sufferfest back last fall, but now Kinetic has completely revamped their free app with the new Fit to provide deeper training tools, better integration, and all of the features that weren’t ready in the previous inRide version. Jump across the break with us for a closer look and to see why they’ve teamed up with the Tour of Sufferlandria to raise money for the Davis Phinney Foundation starting this weekend…

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A little more than a year ago Kinetic created add-on power measurement for their fluid trainers with their Bluetooth-powered inRide pod that then communicated with an iOS or Android app to monitor your speed, cadence, and power. We took a look at the setup and its initial integration with the Sufferfest back last fall, but […]

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Video: TrainerRoad presents “The Chase – An Inside Look at What It Takes to be the Best”

Looking for a little inspiration to up your own training? TrainerRoad, who makes online training software that talks to your smart trainer and/or generally makes your indoor time more effective, followed one of the top amateur cyclists to see what it takes to compete at the top level without a full ride on a pro team. And, you know, a family, job and real world obligations. Here’s their blurb about the documentary:

For more than a year, one of the fastest amateur cyclists in the country right now, Justin Rossi, allowed TrainerRoad to film his life leading up to his most important race: the 2015 National Time Trial Championships. After losing by a mere nine seconds the year before, he had something to prove and they had a camera. If you’ve ever wondered what life looks like when you commit yourself 100% to achieving a goal — this is it.

Check our review of TrainerRoad here, or just demo it from their homepage. And check their blog on Monday for a deeper dive into this vid’s production.



Looking for a little inspiration to up your own training? TrainerRoad, who makes online training software that talks to your smart trainer and/or generally makes your indoor time more effective, followed one of the top amateur cyclists to see what it takes to compete at the top level without a full ride on a pro […]

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