Riding indoors sucks, but a new startup called Zwift is looking to change all that. The company has created a massive multiplayer online game which allows riders from around the world to meet and ride together in an immersive 3D world.
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Have you ever wished your chamois was a bit narrower or a touch wider? If you fall into either camp, Endura is providing a solution through their new FS260-Pro SL bibshort. Developed through their collaboration with team Movistar and the gebioMized dynamic saddle pressure measurement system, the shorts are the first that we’re aware of with multiple chamois widths and leg lengths in the same size short.
Similar to choosing a saddle based on the width of your sit bones, each individual sized short will have three different width chamois based on what width saddle you are riding. The thought is that the proper width chamois will position the padding appropriately and cover the pressure points without being too wide and becoming diaper like. Endura takes the custom fit concept a step further and actually offers two leg lengths for each size as well with standard and long. Endura has found that the longer legs offer better compression properties, but they also work better for taller riders.
Manufactured from Italian Power Lycra with Coldblack technology and UPF 50+ rating to keep riders cool, the shorts use Endura’s Continuously Variable Profile 700 series pad and a 3D Mesh upper to offer a pro level fit. Any of the sizes, widths, and lengths will retail for $169.99 each.
Well known for their durable, black kit, Endura is also diving into a bit of color for both road and mountain. Check it out next…
Last month I discussed the nutritional aspects to help recovery from injury and exercise-induced muscle damage. In this Part 2, I’m going to examine the modalities available to facilitate recovery, timing of their use and what’s best for a dude vs. a woman. The purpose of this review is to allow you to recover faster, garner training adaptations a bit quicker; thus allowing smarter training and fitness gains.
As I mentioned, right next door to my office a new niche recovery lounge has opened up (RechargeSportSF.com) attending to the most under-emphasized aspect of training: Recovery. The focus at places like Recharge is to offer bigger ticket items for recovery such as compression boots, water circulating compression for cooling-compression, cold laser therapy, and some EMS (electrical muscle stimulation such as the MarcPro).
A question often asked is why make these available to the general public? Why not just reserve them for the top end professional athletes whose livelihood relies on specific performance outcomes? Primarily because these modalities work and they should be available to everyone who trains hard, works hard, and then has to face the stress of real life (read: kids, job, family, travel, mortgage, Interbike…).
Jet Black’s new Z1 Pro model is the successor to the Z1 and gets the largest stock flywheel ever at 6.6 lbs, more than triple what it was before. There are heavier aftermarket flywheels out there, but they say this is the heaviest one that comes standard on any trainer. A heavier flywheel gives it a much longer coast down times for a more realistic feel.
It’s a fluid trainer, so it’s quiet, particulaly with it’s oversized gel roller, and gives you less tire wear. Beyond the flywheel and gel, the closure mechanism is all new and rather nifty…
It’s easy to think there’s not much going on in the world of sock technology, but the folks at Swiftwick continue to keep us on our toes. Whether you’re trying to recover after a big race or wanting to keep your legs fresh during a long flight, compression socks can be a welcome friend for many cyclists. Even though the Swiftwick range already offers compression in most of their cycling socks, the new Recovery + is their first FDA certified Medical Class II compression sock. It’s also the first medical compression sock to be made from post-industrial recycle material in standard Swiftwick fashion.
Squeeze out the details on compression plus new colors for the Swiftwick range next…
Pioneer showed offer several improvements to both the system and the packaging to make them a more viable option among all manner of cyclists.
For starters, you can now add their dual-sided power meter to your existing crankset. Originally, the sold a complete Dura-Ace 9000 or Ultegra 6800 crankset with power meter preinstalled for $1,850 or $1,550 respectively. Now, you can purchase the components on their own for $1,299. They come with a return shipping box, a “birth certificate” that you fill in with your information and they complete with the full installation procedure details. You send it in, they clean and prep the cranks, install it in their California-based clean room, and return it. The process will be facilitated by your local bike shop, and Pioneer will keep them posted on progress. Return time is estimated at 7-10 business days depending on how far you are from California.
The power meter is compatible with any ANT+ cycling computer, but to display all of Pioneer’s advanced metrics, you’ll still need to buy the SGX-CA500 computer for $300. Or, you could get the new bundle…
Wrist mounted heart rate monitors are nothing new for Mio, but the company is more cycling specific features into a new device to better target the two wheeled set. Called the Velo, the wrist strap uses the same continuous technology that monitors your heart rate using LED lights and an electro-optical cell that can sense the volume of blood under the skin (similar to other products like the Lifebeam helmet). That means you get your heart rate without the need for a strap across your chest.
What sets the Velo apart from their other HRMs is the new bridging capability which can read your ANT+ and BLE speed and cadence sensors. From there the Velo can connect to your phone, providing all of the necessary metrics in one place. Set for retail at $129, the Velo does not have a built in display and will be available in November.
Looking for a fitness tracker that will also keep track of your heart rate? Check out the new fuse next…
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.
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.