Am­per­age for the ride

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - RAPID FIRE -

You can cap­ture data from de­vices – power me­ters and smart train­ers – broad­cast­ing via Blue­tooth Smart with your 12 Po­lar V800 watch ($ 620, po­lar. com). And let’s say you mix up your train­ing a bit in the win­ter – with a fat bike on which you can only track your heart rate, a cross-coun­try ski or even the odd run (we won’t judge…much) – then the con­ve­nience of the watch is great for track­ing all that work and send­ing it to Strava or Train­ing­peaks.

The small, unas­sum­ing 13 Quarq Shock­wiz ($ 541, quarq.com) can help you ride bet­ter on the trails. It takes mea­sure­ments from your air­sprung sus­pen­sion to help you tune it just right.

Dur­ing the dark­est part of the year, find light. The 14 Bon­trager Ion 350 R ($ 67, bon­trager.com) and 15 Flare R tail light ($ 80) can have you cov­ered com­ing and go­ing. The Ion can cast 350 l umens onto the trail or road ahead of you from your hel­met or han­dle­bars. Dur­ing the day, the Flare R can make you vis­i­ble to a driver 2 km away.

The new 16 Kryp­tonite Al­ley F-650 and 17 Av­enue R-50 COB ($ 150, kryp­tonite­lock.com) come bun­dled in a kit. The F-650 will light up any al­ley with its 650-lu­men high beam. It also has five other set­tings so you can match the light to the con­di­tions. The rear light, with its chip-on-board tech­nol­ogy, has

a higher lu­men-per-watt ra­tio than other led set­ups. It’s small and pow­er­ful. The 18 Garmin Edge 1030 ($ 780, garmin.com) has more pow­er­ful nav­i­ga­tion ca­pa­bil­i­ties than pre­vi­ous com­put­ers by the Olathe, Kan.-based com­pany. Trend­line is the com­pany’s route-rec­om­mend­ing sys­tem, which is built with data up­loaded from rid­ers. Trend­line can send you on a ride, of a length of your choos­ing, based on pop­u­lar routes. It’s a great fea­ture for ex­plor­ing a new area. What­ever you want from a bike com­puter, the new 19 Gi­ant Neostrack GPS ($ 250, gi­ant-bi­cy­cles.com) has it. It’s fea­ture-rich in a no-non­sense way. The com­puter can pro­vide you with left/right power read­ings, an ftp test, Di2 in­for­ma­tion and nav­i­ga­tion. It can con­nect with both ant+ de­vices and Blue­tooth Smart ones as well.

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