Editor’s Note: This post was written by RoadBikeReview contributor Josh Patterson.
Curmudgeons and luddites, beware: This gift guide is for the techies and data dorks who enjoy the latest and greatest gadgets. We’ve included a small but mighty cycling computer, devices to keep tabs on tire pressure, as well as power meters, and training tools to help you reach your cycling goals.
If you want to ride smarter, not harder, Quarq’s Tyrewiz is worth a look. These smart valves provide real-time tracking of tire pressure to keep you rolling as efficiently as possible. The Tyrewiz kit includes two pressure-monitoring Presta valves that can be paired with your smartphone as well as Garmin and Wahoo devices. The companion app allows users to set acceptable ranges for tire pressure and can send alerts when pressures are above or below this range. Admittedly, you don’t need this technology to tell you when you’ve flatted, but finding the perfect tire pressure will save precious watts.
Stages Cycling Power Meter
If you’re looking to move up from mid-pack, the first step to improving your performance is training with power. Stages Cycling offers single and double-sided versions that, in addition to measuring wattage, use an integrated accelerometer to track cadence. Stages crank-based power meters are available for Shimano, SRAM and Campagnolo drivetrains for your road, mountain, cyclocross or gravel bike.
More Info: stagescycling.com
Aftershokz Trekz Titanium
Riding with both earbuds in can limit your spatial awareness. Riding with one earbud out can be awkward. Aftershokz bone conduction headphones sit in front of your ears, allowing you to enjoy your favorite beats without impeding your ability to listen for approaching vehicles and other cyclists. Trekz Titanium was designed with athletes in mind. They’re sweat-resistant, and the wrap-around design sits low on wearer’s head to prevent interference with helmets.
Wahoo ELEMNT Mini
Many cycling computers are the size of smartphones. If you’re the type of rider who wants a slimmed-down device that won’t give you data overload, Wahoo’s ELEMNT Mini is the way to go. The ELEMNT Mini’s customizable screen can display the metrics that matter most: speed, average speed, distance, etc. When paired with your smartphone, it can also be used for live tracking and is able to display call and text alerts. At the end of your ride, the ELEMNT Mini will wirelessly sync your ride data to your favorite fitness tracking apps. Keep it simple: you’re riding your bike, not launching the space shuttle.
Strava Summit Subscription
Strava Summit replaces Strava Premium as the company’s subscription-based platform. Summit takes an à la carte approach by offering users their choice of services. There are three premium packages to choose from: Training, Safety and Analysis. The Training Pack provides leaderboards, live performance data, customized goals and training plans. If you want peace of mind on your rides, the Safety Pack includes Strava’s Beacon tracking service and personalized heatmaps to find routes frequently used by other cyclists. Fans of big data will appreciate the power and workout analysis as well as Strava’s fitness and freshness scores found in the Analysis Pack. Riders can also buy all three packs as a bundle.
More Info: www.strava.com
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