From lights that auto adjust brightness, to smart trainers and high-def cameras, there are countless ways to add a little high tech flare to your next ride. Here are some of our favorites for this holiday season. Now we just need someone to make a bike that will power and charge all these gadgets.
What if you had a bike light that you can see with and make you more visible to drivers. And what if it could record up to 10 hours of HD video of your riding fun — or misadventures. The Cycliq Fly12 does all that with an integrated 400 Lumen light and HD camera. Price: $349 | More info at cycliq.com
Rokform Pro Series Bike Mount Kit
Don’t risk having your phone fall out of your pocket on the road or trails. The Rokform Pro Series Bike Mount features a dual-retention lock system, which encompasses both their quarter turn RokLock mounting technology, as well as guaranteed RokSafe magnet mount that installs directly to the stem. Other features include durable 6061 T-6 aircraft grade aluminum that is CNC machined in the USA. Add the included Rokform lanyard for an additional layer of protection and your phone is not going anywhere. Period. Price: $99 | More info at www.rokform.com
Wahoo Fitness Kickr Trainer
Indoor training can be a drag. And historically, indoor trainers have not provided a realistic pedaling feel. But the Wahoo Fitness Kickr changes all that with a direct-drive trainer that simulates pedaling inertia and hill-climbing resistance, and will interface with most popular on-line training platforms. Recent improvements include more accurate power measuring, reduced noise level, higher gradient simulation that now goes to 20 percent, and 2000 watts max power. Price: $1200 | More info at www.wahoofitness.com
Garmin Virb Ultra 30 Camera
The original Garmin Virb was a version 1.0 effort that was hardly a threat to GoPro’s dominance in the space. But the new Ultra 30 is a significant leap forward in performance and technology. It is a 4k, audio recording powerhouse with image stabilization, voice control, and live streaming as seen here. Price: $400 | More info at virb.garmin.com
Fey Tech G4 Pro Gimbal
The problem with most POV cameras and phones is the output is so shaky that the video is unwatchable. Gimbals are the silver bullet to this plague, as three independent motors work feverishly to maintain the position of the camera lens even on the bumpiest trails. And it does it all in a package that’s not much bigger than a selfie stick. Price: $219 | More info at www.feiyu-tech.com
Bontrager Ion 100 R Light
Gadgets do not have to be fancy or expensive. Sometimes, miniaturization and execution are just as important. Such is the case with this new light from Bontrager that weighs only 17 grams, yet puts out an honest 100 lumens. It is about the same size as an iPhone charger yet it puts out a nice beam pattern that you can actually see with. It comes in red and white and includes a 9-gram universal mount. And finally, it is smart with sensors so when in flash mode and a car headlight shines on it, the Ion 100 will detect the light and flash wildly to enhance its visibility and protect the rider. Price: $40 | More info at www.trekbikes.com
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