Wednesday , 20 February 2019

Cycling Gadgets Whats Hot

There are a whole bunch of wireless cycling gadgets that you can add to your bike, to first give you some protection, but also to record what others around you are doing.

Here are my impressions, after immersing myself in thisbudding ecosystem of sensors, apps and social networks:

Wahoo Fitness RFLKT+ Monitor Wahoo Fitnesss RFLKT+ ($130) acts as a Bluetooth-paired second screen for the iPhone. Its small and simple, displaying information like heart rate and speed. I liked the RFLKT for its customizability. It also saves your iPhones battery: Your screen stays off while it works. I had issues connecting the RFLKT to my phone. Wahoo suggests putting the phone in your cycling jerseys right pocket for the best connection.

Garmin Edge 1000 Computer For customized, turn-by-turn cycling directions and the ability to connect a lot of different sensors, the best option out there is probably a Garmin GPS-equipped bike computer. The Edge 1000 retails for $699 with a complete accessory package. An innovative speedometer straps to the wheels hub using a simple strap. The cadence meter works the same way and the heart-rate monitor was easy to take on and off. For as much as it costs, the Edge could do better. I had some technical hiccups when syncing. But for serious cyclists, theres no better bike computer out there.

LifeBeam Smart Helmet The $249 LifeBeam helmet records your pulse using an optical sensor on the forehead that can monitor blood flow. The one I tried displayed nicely on my RFLKT computer. This is the kind of gadget I love because its not adding to the equipment I need. You do have to remember to charge your helmets battery. The company says its planning to add an auto-start feature on future models. In July, it plans to release a version with longer battery life. The heart-rate monitor is built into a Lazer-brand helmet, which I found comfortable. But my sunglasses didnt fit with the helmets design and kept getting pushed down

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