Posts in the category Training

PowerTap Extends Warranty to 2 Years on Powermeters Worldwide

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As one of the original names in power measurement, PowerTap has been refining their hub based power meters for over 15 years now. They are proud to point out that quite a few of their first wired PowerTap hubs are still in use along with their successors, but in order to offer even more peace of mind to the consumer they are extending their warranty.

Originally 1 year in many countries, all PowerTap hubs now carry an industry leading 2 year warranty in all countries. The warranty is good on any PowerTap G3 or Gs hubs.


Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

  • The 2014 Heck of the North, a 100 mile gravel cycling classic in Two Harbors, Minnesota, will be held Saturday, October 4th. Video above of last year’s ride.
  • Voting is now open for the Central region of the Bell Built grants program. Voting ends May 4th, winner will be announced May 5th. Congratulations to the winner for the West Coast: Flagstaff Biking Organization, who will use the winnings for building beginner and intermediate trails at the Fort Tuthill Bike Park in Flagstaff, AZ.
  • Dero has announced the two finalists in the Dero Dream Bike Room Contest. Bike Texas of Austin, and the Green Building Alliance of Pittsburgh are vying for the chance to win $7,500 in bike storage solutions from Dero and an additional $1,000 to decorate a bike room of their dreams. Vote for the winner here until April 30th.
  • Buy a foot of trail for $5 through the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship program and be entered to win a Santa Cruz bike of your choice.
  • Next weekend, former President George W. Bush will be hosting the 4th Annual W100K Mountain Bike Ride on his ranch in Crawford, TX.
  • Intense Cycles announces the 2014 IntensApalooza, July 11-13th at Mammoth Mountain, CA.
  • Winston-Salem, NC, has landed an elite cycling center which is in the running to become an official U.S. Olympic Cycling training center.
  • Reliance Foundry, a North American supplier of commercial bike racks, is awarding $5,000 in biking equipment to the cyclist who “can most cleverly articulate how biking to work has changed their life, or how they think cycling to work could change their or their coworkers’ or employees’ lives.” Read more about the contest and how to enter here. Submissions must be made by May 14th.
  • Bike Tours Portugal, a luxury bike tour operator, is offering 30% off their Blue Coast tour for June 21-28th. Their small group tours are supported by a trailer outfitted with bike supplies, luggage storage, a bathroom, and a kitchen where their private chef will fix your meals during the day.
  • The League of American Bicyclists has announced 80 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Businesses.
  • In celebration of  Earth Day, Timbuk2 has announced their Life Cycle program, an environmental responsibility program to reduce, reuse, repair, recycle, and reimagine Timbuk2 bags.
  • It’s not too late to celebrate Earth Day with DeFeet. Their offer of 25% off site-wide is good until April 27th with code EARTH at checkout.
  • A little light reading for your weekend with: A Practical Analysis of Unsteady Flow Around a Bicycle Wheel, Fork and Partial Frame Using CFD. The Cliff’s Notes version: the aerodynamics of a wheel changes in relation to what it’s fixed to; fork and wheel combo is important; or, nothing is what you think it is…

Verve’s new InfoCrank Power Meter


Announced as early as last spring and shown as recently as Sea Otter, Australian specialists Verve Cycling have opened up a pre-order process for their new power metering cranks. Dubbed InfoCranks, the 110BCD forged aluminum crankset offers a light weight and reasonably (or rather more) affordable way to get left-right balance power data. At a price between 30-50% less than most of its direct competitors, it certainly could make power metering a bit more accessible to the masses.

Join me after the break for release schedule, pricing and some more info…


SOC 13: Wahoo’s Universal TICKR HR Monitor Shipping, RFLKT iPhone Bike Computer gets a +

Wahoo RFLKT + HR Strap iphone computer

If you’re looking to track your heart rate, but only want to use one strap for all of your devices, Wahoo has you covered. Thanks to the aptly named TICKR, you can connect to either ANT+ or Bluetooth Smart compatible devices (including Trek and Giant integrated computers) all with the same strap. Designed to work with a number of fitness tracking apps like Strava and Endomondo, TICKRs also work great with Wahoo’s own Wahoo Fitness app and the new Burn or Burst training plans that are built into the app. The dual band HR strap has LED lights that let you know it’s working, while the more advanced TICKR Run and TICKR X (coming soon) will have features like speed/distance on a treadmill, built in memory, and more. The standard TICKR is available now for $59.99.

Wahoo is also now shipping the RFLKT+ which has all the same features as the standard RFLKT, but adds an Altimeter. The computer also serves as a connection between your phone and ANT+ sensors, meaning you can use ANT+ devices even if your phone is only equipped with Bluetooth. For those unfamiliar with the RFLKT, it basically reflects the data on your smart phone to the computer screen on your bike. You can control all of the functions directly from the handlebar mounted computer, while leaving your phone tucked away in your jersey pocket or bag. The RFLKT+ retails for $129.99, while the standard RFLKT is still $99.99.

New Garmin 1000 Cycling Computer Talks to Di2, Smartphones & Your Friends

Garmin 1000 cycling computer with mapping software and smartphone connectionWhen the latest Garmin 810 and 510 debuted in January 2013, they introduced mobile syncing to bring live ride tracking, weather alerts and instant uploads. Now, the new Garmin 1000 adds phone/text alerts to the party and pairs with the new Shimano Di2 wireless transmitter to capture your gear selection.

Being a top end Garmin piece, maps are naturally part of the deal. It bundles in a the same complete maps package (with free updates!) as their Touring editions, but lets you plan routes on the go. Punch in your desired ride distance and it’ll suggest up to three cycling-friendly round trip routes with elevation profiles. Should you decide to head home early, just tell it to find the quickest way home (or anywhere else) and it’ll guide you with turn by turn prompts.

And if your route has segments recorded from other Garmin Connect users, it can even time you against those and show real-time results so you know how you stack up.

Add in all the usual functions like time, distance, altitude, heart rate and compatibility with any ANT+ device like power meters, speed/cadence, etc., plus the ability to remote control the VIRB camera, and you have one heck of a digital companion…


Peaks Coaching: Put Some Training in Your Training Races

by BJ Basham, PCG master coach

Peaks Coaching Group Training RacesThe start of the season is here, and the early spring training race series are beginning. Many riders see these inexpensive crits and road races as the start of the racing season, and they approach the training races the same as they would any other event in the calendar. This is fine to a point, but ideally training races should act as an extension of your normal training program to help prepare you for the big events in the heart of you racing year.

How do you get the most out of a training race? Pace yourself past the break to find out… READ MORE ->

Wahoo Fitness Adds Android App, Turns Billions More Smartphones into Cycling Computers


Wahoo Fitness, which has built its marketing around being an iPhone powered fitness equipment provider has just expanded its bag of tricks with a new Android OS app.

It’ll work on any device running Android version 4.3 or newer and that allows Third Party App Access to the device’s Bluetooth 4.0 (Smart) radio. It’ll sync up with the company’s TICKR, BlueHR, BlueSC (Speed/Cadence sensor), RPM and KICKR trainer. If you’re still reading, we’ll assume a) you’ve not used their app before because b) you don’t own an iPhone. Quick summary: Their app is a pretty full featured cycling (or running) computer for outdoor workouts, letting you track all the same metrics you normally would…assuming you have Bluetooth sensors on your bike and/or body. It’s also the brains of their KICKR trainer, which is a remarkable piece of equipment.

And when you’re all done, you can upload to your choice of Strava, RunKeeper, MapMyFitness, Nike+, TrainingPeaks or GarminConnect.

Pics and links below…


Kinetic Unfolds into the World of Rollers with new Prototype

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There are a lot of reasons for why you should train with rollers, but ease of transport and portability typically isn’t high on the list. That is probably why for Kinetic’s first set of rollers, they have focused not only on making a quality training tool, but one that is incredibly easy to fold up and take with you to your next race, training session, or whatever. Thanks to the tri-fold design, the aluminum roller frame folds up to a size that is more compact than their Road Machine trainer and will fit in a new trainer bag. This one here is just a prototype, but from the looks of it, it is incredibly simple to fold up and stow making it a great choice when portability is key.


Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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  • Chris King will open registration on April 1st for it’s three 2014 Gourmet Centuries. Three ride destinations to select from and each will have gourmet food prepared by renowned chefs selected by Chris DeMinno – if you’re a foodie, these rides will not disappoint! Bend, OR, June 14th; Portland, OR, July 26th; Sonoma, CA, October 18th.
  • Cycology Gear has introduced three new t-shirt designs: Bike Partisan, Life Spent Leaning on Bars & One Track Mind, and as always, free shipping worldwide!
  • Revolights is taking pre-orders for it’s Revolights Arc on Kickstarter for $79.
  • Who knew that the future of retail could be shaped by the trials of the independent bike shop? There’s a new book out called Leading Out Retail: A Creative Look at Bicycle Retail and What All Retailers Can Learn From It, written by Donny Perry, Global Development Manager for Specialized Bikes.
  • Calfee is having an open house on Tuesday, April 8th, at their facility in Selva Beach, CA, from 3-8pm. They’re inviting everyone to come by for a look, a drink, and to stay for the sunset on their private beach. Bring the family and a picnic!
  • Registration for the Chiltern Cycling Festival in Amersham, UK, on July 13th is filling up fast. Check out their website for information on all five rides – there’s something for everyone.
  • Cyclehack aims to make cities more cycle friendly by reducing barriers to cyclists via a two-day cycle hack event June 20-22nd. Suggest your cycle hack and it it will be entered in their catalogue for everyone to use.
  • Art’s Cyclery has introduced a web series called Cross Training For Cyclists led by co-owner Eric Benson who has an M.S. in Kinesiology.
  • Test ride a Felt bicycle from now until April 15th at a Felt dealer and fill out a short questionnaire about your ride and you will be entered in Felt’s Ride To Hawaii – with 561 prizes to be given away, including one trip for two to Hawaii to spectate at the 2014 Ironman World Championships.
  • Dmitry Solominsky is riding his bike solo from Seattle, WA, to Yorktown, VA, this summer to raise awareness and funds for Hope For The Warriors. To find out more and to donate, go here.