Brightspark headlight and turn signal equipped grips hit Indiegogo

Brightspark, hand on grip

About a year ago I noticed I was writing about a ton of different commuter bike lights, and since then the onslaught of new ideas and concepts for bicycle lighting systems just keeps coming. One of the latest ideas comes from the folks at Brightspark, who have created a pair of grip-integrated units that provide both front lighting and turn signals.

The Brightspark lights aim to keep your hands on the grips and your eyes on the road, so they’ve incorporated vibrating alerts to assure you a button has been pushed, and to remind you to switch off your turn signals. Bikerumor first spotted the Brightspark lights at Interbike last year, but the news today is they’ve just launched their crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo…
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About a year ago I noticed I was writing about a ton of different commuter bike lights, and since then the onslaught of new ideas and concepts for bicycle lighting systems just keeps coming. One of the latest ideas comes from the folks at Brightspark, who have created a pair of grip-integrated units that provide […]

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Friday Roundup: Cycling Odds & Ends

  • Win tons of goodies in the Obsessives: Get Out There Giveaway from Kitsbow – We’ve seen this before, bike clothing maker Kitsbow is dreaming of spring and has gathered a bunch of on & off the bike gear from cycling and outdoor rec companies to put together a huge cache of gear to outfit you next adventure bike escape from the daily grind. There’s kit from Kitsbow themselves, Big Agnes, Yeti, Biolite, Verve coffee, Blackburn, Silca, Camelbak, Light & Motion, GU, GoPro & the National Park Service for this super giveaway. The only question left will be where it takes you? While mostly it’s a winner-take-all deal, one runner up will also get a nice package. Enter from now until Mar 21 over at Kitsbow’s website, then get ready to Get Out There. Kitsbow.comCheck out where you’ll ride in 2017 after the break…

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Win tons of goodies in the Obsessives: Get Out There Giveaway from Kitsbow – We’ve seen this before, bike clothing maker Kitsbow is dreaming of spring and has gathered a bunch of on & off the bike gear from cycling and outdoor rec companies to put together a huge cache of gear to outfit you next adventure […]

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Styling by day, visible by night. Find your way(?) with new Showers Pass Atlas jacket

We’ve seen some interesting map pattern reflective designs from Showers Pass in the past with their Hi-vis Torch jacket with its own built-in LEDs in the cuffs. But while that jacket was all about being seen at any cost, their latest waterproof Atlas jacket blends a bit more low-key styling that still pops for excellent visibility while riding or even on foot at night. Now you can blend incognito style in while tooling around during the day, and still be seen at night…

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We’ve seen some interesting map pattern reflective designs from Showers Pass in the past with their Hi-vis Torch jacket with its own built-in LEDs in the cuffs. But while that jacket was all about being seen at any cost, their latest waterproof Atlas jacket blends a bit more low-key styling that still pops for excellent […]

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Just in: Watteam Powerbeat G2, latest DIY dual-sided power meter iteration, with actual weights

Just as it showed up in our mailbox we got an email from Watteam telling us that the second generation of their do-it-yourself Powerbeat crankset-based power meter is shipping out to customers. After its commercial introduction in 2016, Watteam paused further deliveries when they identified an issue with their sensor’s temperature compensation. This new fine-tuned version uses a redesigned set of glue-on G2 sensors and is powered by an improved algorithm, giving cyclists better accuracy across all weather conditions and also the chance to measure pedal smoothness and torque efficiency. Take a closer look as we compare these with the first generation, see how they are supporting all their early backers, and get some actual weights after the jump…

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Just as it showed up in our mailbox we got an email from Watteam telling us that the second generation of their do-it-yourself Powerbeat crankset-based power meter is shipping out to customers. After its commercial introduction in 2016, Watteam paused further deliveries when they identified an issue with their sensor’s temperature compensation. This new fine-tuned […]

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Dakine goes bigger with expanded Drafter, Builder mountain bike pack lines & more…

It might still be powder season for those at Dakine HQ under Mt. Hood, but with a spring thaw in the sights they’re got an expanding line of packs to haul water, snacks & gear on your next trip off-road. Most of us are already looking to a new season of mountain bike riding, and Dakine has reworked a number of their packs. The mid-sized 12l Drafter gets both smaller & larger updates plus built-in back protection, the Builder’s pack gets a bunch more hauling capacity to get more gear farther from the existing trailhead, and there’s even a new tailgate Pick Up Pad DLX for a new crop of trucks with modern features…

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It might still be powder season for those at Dakine HQ under Mt. Hood, but with a spring thaw in the sights they’re got an expanding line of packs to haul water, snacks & gear on your next trip off-road. Most of us are already looking to a new season of mountain bike riding, and Dakine has […]

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Strava app updated for Apple Watch Series 2, tracks rides without an iPhone

First it was Android Wear, and now it’s Apple Watch getting the untethered ride tracking through Strava. iOS users can update the app to the latest version and, if you’ve got the Apple Watch Series 2, it’ll push the update to your wrist and let you track your rides using only the watch…no iPhone needed.

From the press release: “Athletes can now take full advantage of the watch’s GPS capabilities by recording their time, pace, distance, speed and heart rate without their iOS device. Apple Watch Series 2 joins more than 100 other GPS devices that work seamlessly with Strava.”



First it was Android Wear, and now it’s Apple Watch getting the untethered ride tracking through Strava. iOS users can update the app to the latest version and, if you’ve got the Apple Watch Series 2, it’ll push the update to your wrist and let you track your rides using only the watch…no iPhone needed. […]

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Sportful Giara & HotPack NoRain kit you out to explore, plus more summer kit available now

With eyes on warmer weather ahead, Sporful just rolled their Summer 2017 line out to retailers. We saw some of their top WorldTour racing kit coming to you back at Eurobike with the race-proven R&D Cima line and packable Stelvio rain jacket. Off the racing circuit, they’ve got even more to satisfy the general riding public. A new Giara line developed with a slightly more relaxed fit and toned down look to meet the needs of riders out on all-day adventures that want performance without a kit screaming ‘Euro Pro’. At the same time, Sportful has something new in their popular, super packable HotPack range. A new HotPack NoRain Ultralight rain jacket gets Sportful’s lightest ever fully waterproof fabric to take away any remaining excuse for being unprepared for a surprise thunderstorm. Get a closer look at it all, after the jump…

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With eyes on warmer weather ahead, Sporful just rolled their Summer 2017 line out to retailers. We saw some of their top WorldTour racing kit coming to you back at Eurobike with the race-proven R&D Cima line and packable Stelvio rain jacket. Off the racing circuit, they’ve got even more to satisfy the general riding public. A new Giara line developed with […]

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Review: Blindingly bright Capo Padrone SL Wind Jacket & Bib Tights reflect cold weather and light

At first glance, the Capo Padrone SL kit doesn’t seem all that bright. It has a few day-glow yellow pieces of trim, but it’s mostly dark gray and black…until the lights hit it. Even sunlight from indirect angles can illuminate it, but when headlights come straight on? Vegas lights. Roll on down for some bright photos.

Bundled in with the safety of high visibility is warmth to work down into the 40’s (F) with a good base layer. When it drops into the low 40’s and colder, I slipped on a de-chamoised pair of shorts as extra cover for the upper legs through waist and the pieces worked great at blocking freezing cold and wind…

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At first glance, the Capo Padrone SL kit doesn’t seem all that bright. It has a few day-glow yellow pieces of trim, but it’s mostly dark gray and black…until the lights hit it. Even sunlight from indirect angles can illuminate it, but when headlights come straight on? Vegas lights. Roll on down for some bright […]

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Next gen Sigma Rox 7.0 & 11.0 GPS computers available now, plus killer upgrade deal

Sigma’s ROX computers have been around for quite a while, offering GPS-enabled ride tracking in a more classically compact cycling computer for those riders not looking to have a huge mapping screen strapped to the bar. Displaying the most common ride metrics and with competitive pricing, the ROX line-up has offered solid value for cyclists looking to track their rides. The latest generation debuted back at Eurobike last autumn added on more customization of the data screen, Strava segment integration, and wireless connectivity in the top model. The two new devices – the ROX GPS 7.0 & ROX GPS 10.0 – are now available, and to reward return customers Sigma is offering a 30% off deal for the new computers. Check out the features of both and how to get in on the discount after the break (even if you are new to the ROX)…

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Sigma’s ROX computers have been around for quite a while, offering GPS-enabled ride tracking in a more classically compact cycling computer for those riders not looking to have a huge mapping screen strapped to the bar. Displaying the most common ride metrics and with competitive pricing, the ROX line-up has offered solid value for cyclists looking […]

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