Danny MacAskill can’t slackline like the rest of us…

And by that of course we mean that he doesn’t flail around like an idiot trying to balance one foot in front of the other on a piece of nylon webbing that is violently shaking back and forth. No. Instead he just rolls up to it on a trials bike, and rides across as if it were normal. He says he’s gonna rig up another slackline to play some more. Next, we are waiting for him to at least manual across it.

Just a further reminder that Danny MacAskill may not actually be human. Oh, and that it’s probably worth killing some time and watching the raw feed of video clips that he posts to his Facebook.



And by that of course we mean that he doesn’t flail around like an idiot trying to balance one foot in front of the other on a piece of nylon webbing that is violently shaking back and forth. No. Instead he just rolls up to it on a trials bike, and rides across as if […]

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The iOmounts Nomad and iOstand XT find new purpose as riders take to Zwift and virtual training

Two years ago, iOmounts sent over one of the very first Nomad smart phone mounts. It was so new that it wasn’t even a production piece, but a 3D printed sample. The mount worked as advertised, but as many commenters pointed out, mounting your pricey phone to your bar with any sort of mount seems a bit risky.

But two years ago, there was another product that was just in the early development stages – Zwift. In February of 2015, Zwift still hadn’t opened the program to the general public, but that move was just around the corner. Fast forward to the present, and it’s safe to say that the introduction of Zwift has revolutionized how cyclists go about their indoor training. It’s also had a big impact on what gear is needed for your training sessions, with devices like smart phones and tablets becoming an integral part of the virtual experience.

It was during one of my own Zwift sessions where I was balancing the phone on my window sill, that it occurred to me that the magnetic iOmounts Nomad would be the perfect accessory to my training sessions. Apparently I wasn’t the only one who thought so – the Nomad was already listed for sale on the Zwift store, and even in a matching Zwifty orange…

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Two years ago, iOmounts sent over one of the very first Nomad smart phone mounts. It was so new that it wasn’t even a production piece, but a 3D printed sample. The mount worked as advertised, but as many commenters pointed out, mounting your pricey phone to your bar with any sort of mount seems […]

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The Robert Axle Project rids Focus bikes of R.A.T. axle for trainer and trailer compatibility, adds Surly Gnot Boost options

Photo c. The Robert Axle Project

There you are, all your friends are on Zwift, you finally got your fancy high dollar trainer, and you go to mount your bike – only to find your thru axle won’t fit the trainer. This isn’t always the case depending on the bike and trainer models you own. But in the case of Focus bikes equipped with the R.A.T. (Rapid Axle Technology) thru axle, there aren’t many options. Since the R.A.T. thru axle uses a rotating T-post, it isn’t as simple as just machining a new thru axle that will fit into a trainer or one that can tow a trailer.

Instead, The Robert Axle Project came up with a new end cap that bolts onto the drive side of the bike. Now they could just create a new axle with standard threads, allowing the whole set up to easily fit inside a standard trainer…

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There you are, all your friends are on Zwift, you finally got your fancy high dollar trainer, and you go to mount your bike – only to find your thru axle won’t fit the trainer. This isn’t always the case depending on the bike and trainer models you own. But in the case of Focus […]

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Track rides directly to Strava now with Android Wear 2.0 devices

Thanks to a new Android Wear 2.0 operating system update a select few smart watches are getting improved functionality this week, with more devices joining in over the next few months (read about it over at Engadget.com or TheVerge.com.) One of the big draws for tech happy riders like us is more autonomous capability from the small devices. Cyclists and runners alike will be able to track & upload the activities directly to Strava without having to get out their mobile phones. For now Wear 2.0 is only available on the LG Watch Style, with the Watch Sport coming tomorrow, but Strava is ready and this clean and simple operation will make it to other devices like the Polar M600 this spring.

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Thanks to a new Android Wear 2.0 operating system update a select few smart watches are getting improved functionality this week, with more devices joining in over the next few months (read about it over at Engadget.com or TheVerge.com.) One of the big draws for tech happy riders like us is more autonomous capability from the small devices. Cyclists […]

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Polar updates M600 with Android Wear 2.0, plus swimming metrics

Polar has just announced updates for its premier M600 smart watch adding compatibility with Android’s newest forthcoming Android Wear 2.0. The latest Android Wear update gives BOTH Android and iOS users access to the Google Play store via the Polar watch so that they can download and activate Android apps directly onto the M600 without having to go through their phones. There are several other new features like improved battery life, swim functions and more. Check the details after the jump…

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Polar has just announced updates for its premier M600 smart watch adding compatibility with Android’s newest forthcoming Android Wear 2.0. The latest Android Wear update gives BOTH Android and iOS users access to the Google Play store via the Polar watch so that they can download and activate Android apps directly onto the M600 without having to go […]

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Smart Workouts with Xert & Baron Biosystems

Baron Biosystems is one of those companies I see pop up in the newsfeed every once in a while with something that seems at times over my head technically, but upon closer look could benefit a lot of riders out there. They are essentially a sport’s science company so a lot of what they do is software development, designed to improve training and the real performance on athletes. If you are serious about improving yourself, their workout designer is definitely worth a further look.

The newest innovation though is the development of Smart Workouts. Rather than working with static power zones and pre-set intervals, they’ve developed a mathematical model to measure your power & heart performance on the fly, and adjust your training accordingly in realtime to maximize training benefit. They say it is a better way to ensure that each workout is more consistently difficult for you, enabling you to get the most benefit each time you train. It essentially becomes an automatically adjusted training plan with each new effort, and is available in their latest Xert app for Garmin Connect IQ, Android, or desktop…

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Baron Biosystems is one of those companies I see pop up in the newsfeed every once in a while with something that seems at times over my head technically, but upon closer look could benefit a lot of riders out there. They are essentially a sport’s science company so a lot of what they do is software […]

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LifeTrak Zoom HRV makes heart rate & heart rate variability tracking simple on & off the bike

Pretty much the basic starting point for any form of training is heart rate tracking. On the bike the majority of us cyclists use a heart rate strap to communicate to wrist or bike mounted computers, and depending on which type of device maybe to transition over to a bit of cross training as well. But beyond just logging your heart rate to see training time in target zones (and doing so only during exercise), a few companies are also looking at heart rate variability (HRV) to better estimate training load and our body’s ability to recover.

LifeTrak is taking HRV tracking one step further with their wearable Zoom HRV that is designed to be worn 24/7  (or maybe 24/5, we’ll get to that) no matter what activity you do. It can even offer combined heart rate and cadence data on the bike when using a leg strap. Paired with their app it offers heart rate measurement however you exercise, then continuous tracking while you go about your daily activities and even while you rest & recover. Together, all of the data promises a better way to evaluate fitness, track your efforts, monitor recovery, and plan when to get back to training…

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Pretty much the basic starting point for any form of training is heart rate tracking. On the bike the majority of us cyclists use a heart rate strap to communicate to wrist or bike mounted computers, and depending on which type of device maybe to transition over to a bit of cross training as well. But […]

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Pioneer adds Garmin Mount (sort of), might be first to ship Dura-Ace 9100 power meter

Pioneer Dura-Ace 9100 power meter crankset

Pioneer Dura-Ace 9100 power meter crankset

Pioneer announced their power meter for the new Shimano Dura-Ace 9100 series last fall and are set to deliver by March 2017, which would be long before Shimano’s expected summer release. And Pioneer’s system carries the same $1,500 price point (including cranks and dual leg power), but provides their trademark force vector measurement. Pioneer originally planned for a November release, but supply issues with the crankset have delayed availability.

In other news, they’s also updated the data set available through the mobile version of Cyclo-Sphere, now giving you a glimpse of your power-of-time output with a comparison to prior 90 days, letting you see at a glance if you’re improving. That, and they designed a better clamp that lets you mount their cycling computer to any standard 1/4 turn Garmin mount…

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Pioneer announced their power meter for the new Shimano Dura-Ace 9100 series last fall and are set to deliver by March 2017, which would be long before Shimano’s expected summer release. And Pioneer’s system carries the same $1,500 price point (including cranks and dual leg power), but provides their trademark force vector measurement. Pioneer originally planned […]

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Take a virtual volcano ride vacation with new Zwift expansion

As if your Zwift workouts weren’t leaving you sweating already, now there’s a new reason to perspire. A volcano. Ok, so there isn’t any actual heat radiating off the pixelized lava, but it does add some new fun to the world of Watopia. Added as an extension of the current Watopia, the volcano adds three new route options to the mix (Volcano, Volcano CCW, and Volcano Flat) and can be added in to current Watopia laps or raced on a short circuit of its own. Measuring just 2.6 miles (4.1km), the Vocano circuit should make for a fiery location for some crit style training…

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As if your Zwift workouts weren’t leaving you sweating already, now there’s a new reason to perspire. A volcano. Ok, so there isn’t any actual heat radiating off the pixelized lava, but it does add some new fun to the world of Watopia. Added as an extension of the current Watopia, the volcano adds three […]

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