CES2017: LeEco Smart Road & Smart Mountain bikes

LeEco is a technology company, not a bike company. But at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas this week they’re bridging that gap with their new Android-powered cycling operating system designed to integrate with the bike offering navigation of your ride & tracking performance. Dubbed the next generation of Smart Bikes, the new BikeOS debuts in two complete carbon bikes – the LeEco Smart Road Bike & Smart Mountain Bike – both of which fit in LeEco’s goal to more seamlessly link our web connected lives from your phone to your bike and even to autonomous cars…

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LeEco is a technology company, not a bike company. But at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas this week they’re bridging that gap with their new Android-powered cycling operating system designed to integrate with the bike offering navigation of your ride & tracking performance. Dubbed the next generation of Smart Bikes, the new BikeOS debuts in two […]

Posted in Commuter, Gadgets & Hacks, Mountain Bike, Road Bike25 Comments

Zwift Mobile app out of beta and onto iOS devices for easier virtual training

Screenshot from Zwift mobile

We’re in the middle of a trainer renaissance thanks to technology. What used to be an unbearable method of off season punishment for only the most dedicated cyclists, has turned into a sociable video game with real world benefits.  Zwift wasn’t the first company to peddle virtual training, but their integration of the social element has seemingly struck a chord with many cyclists who are taking to trainers due to weather, time constraints, or simply looking for more structured training.

Zwift started as a data heavy computer program that meant you were forced to have a semi permanent trainer set up, or spend a good deal of time setting up for each session. Now, with the introduction of the mobile app, you can be up and running in no time, no matter where you are…

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We’re in the middle of a trainer renaissance thanks to technology. What used to be an unbearable method of off season punishment for only the most dedicated cyclists, has turned into a sociable video game with real world benefits.  Zwift wasn’t the first company to peddle virtual training, but their integration of the social element […]

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The SpeedX Unicorn replaces the horn with first production integrated power meter

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES2017) is just around the corner, which means it’s time to geek out. Both on bike, and on the electronics that more and more companies are stuffing into those bikes. After launching their Leopard aero road bike with a built in computer and smart technology, SpeedX is back with the aptly named Unicorn. Taking that same built in head unit and adding a crank based power meter, the company is making the claim of the world’s first production bike with an integrated power meter.

But the Unicorn is more than just numbers. The frame has been designed to offer the best ride possible making it look pretty appealing – at least to the overwhelming number of people who allowed it to meet its Kickstarter funding goal in just 75 minutes…

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The Consumer Electronics Show (CES2017) is just around the corner, which means it’s time to geek out. Both on bike, and on the electronics that more and more companies are stuffing into those bikes. After launching their Leopard aero road bike with a built in computer and smart technology, SpeedX is back with the aptly […]

Posted in Gadgets & Hacks, Kickstarter, Road Bike10 Comments

Found: Make your own 3D printed disc brake pad spacers

All images from Thingiverse.

Little things like this are easy to lose (if they even came with your bike), but they can save the day when you’ve gotta remove the wheels to travel with your bike. One accidental squeeze of the levers and you’ve gotta find something to pry the pads apart enough to get your rotor back in place. While a flat head can do the job, it could also damage the pads, so better to avoid the issue in the first place by simply inserting something that’s better looking than a scrap piece of corrugated cardboard (which also works, BTW, but only as preventative maintenance). Thingiverse has you covered with the plans to print your own, you just need a 3D printer (or a friend or makerspace with one).

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Little things like this are easy to lose (if they even came with your bike), but they can save the day when you’ve gotta remove the wheels to travel with your bike. One accidental squeeze of the levers and you’ve gotta find something to pry the pads apart enough to get your rotor back in […]

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Token cinches down Thread Fit bottom brackets to solve your Press Fit woes

Token wants to eliminate all of the downsides of Press Fit bottom brackets with their new Thread Fit setup. They aren’t the first company to come up with the idea of threading a bottom bracket back into your modern Press Fit bike, but with a modular system, a couple of bearing options, and a wide range of frame & crank compatibility, they are trying to make it easier on both bike shops and individual cyclists looking to get rid of creaking and bearing drag (as well as brute force to install BBs.) They’ve also got a trick new thru-axle concept, all after the break…

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Token wants to eliminate all of the downsides of Press Fit bottom brackets with their new Thread Fit setup. They aren’t the first company to come up with the idea of threading a bottom bracket back into your modern Press Fit bike, but with a modular system, a couple of bearing options, and a wide range of […]

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Gear Roundup: Killer tools, cleaners and kits to make everything easier

Bike maintenance is sometimes a bit of an afterthought, so anytime it can be made quicker, easier or more efficient, we’re all ears. Walking around the shows this year, we found a number of innovative tools and cleaners that do just that, starting with the InnoBike 105 High Tech 4-in-1 chain care. Not only does it clean and lube the chain in one application, they say it also removes rust and crud. Even better, both the dropper and aerosol spray bottles use a brush applicator tip so the product goes only where it should, and not all over your frame…

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Bike maintenance is sometimes a bit of an afterthought, so anytime it can be made quicker, easier or more efficient, we’re all ears. Walking around the shows this year, we found a number of innovative tools and cleaners that do just that, starting with the InnoBike 105 High Tech 4-in-1 chain care. Not only does […]

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Outbraker doubles up, puts full anti-lock control over both brakes in a single lever

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We first saw Outbraker’s power adjusting system at Interbike 2015, test riding it to see how it completely eliminates brake lock. It does it by effectively introducing a secondary master cylinder that lets you adjust where the flow cutoff is, which means it can apply power up to the point of full braking, but just before lock up. For commuters and newbies, that could mean just grabbing a handful of brakes and getting maximum stopping power with no skidding or loss of control. Now, they’ve got a dual system that controls both front and rear brakes with a single lever…

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We first saw Outbraker’s power adjusting system at Interbike 2015, test riding it to see how it completely eliminates brake lock. It does it by effectively introducing a secondary master cylinder that lets you adjust where the flow cutoff is, which means it can apply power up to the point of full braking, but just […]

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Review: Poler One Man Tent is big & roomy, but a bit heavy

Poler One Man Tent review

A while back, I joined Blackburn for one of their adventure camps where we rode in, camped and rode out. We journalists had it easy – our camping gear was shuttled in for us. But the new Rangers for that year? They packed it all in and out on their own. We still had to pitch our tents, though, and for that they provided us with the Poler One Man Tent…

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A while back, I joined Blackburn for one of their adventure camps where we rode in, camped and rode out. We journalists had it easy – our camping gear was shuttled in for us. But the new Rangers for that year? They packed it all in and out on their own. We still had to […]

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2016 Strava Insights: data mining another year’s worth of riding worldwide

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Every winter Strava goes back through the ride data that their millions of users around the globe share on the social cycling platform. This year they’ve put together their 3rd annual End of Year Insights report looking into what trends, changes, and surprising facts pop out. With more than 9.6 activities shared every second over the last 12 months, that’s an 80% increase over last year, and clear sign that the if it’s not on Strava, it doesn’t count mentality is here to stay…

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Every winter Strava goes back through the ride data that their millions of users around the globe share on the social cycling platform. This year they’ve put together their 3rd annual End of Year Insights report looking into what trends, changes, and surprising facts pop out. With more than 9.6 activities shared every second over the last 12 months, […]

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