The PowerTap PowerCal is a bit if an odd device. A heart rate meter, which also estimates your wattage output when cycling. In such a small package, the PowerCal might be the definitive travel equipment for Zwift, but for the need of one MAJOR question, how does the power reading compare with strain gauge derived power meters? It sounds like we need a Zwift Gear Test!!! Continue Reading →
Power meter vs. Power estimator. Does it matter? Rather than a strain gauge, the Elite Rampa uses a power estimator, Elite have previously championed the optical power meter with the Drivo, so what effect does that bring to the Elite Rampa? We look at power accuracy as we try to answer the common question “How does it Zwift?” in this latest Zwift Gear Test! Continue Reading →
Within the cycling world, Tacx is one of THE biggest manufacturer names NOT associated with the production of a bike frame. Tacx is a hardware company making components as “simple” as jockey wheels and drinks bottles, through to state of the art turbo trainers, built using input from global leaders in the field of electromagnetics. I have been lucky enough to have Tacx open their factory doors to me and my camera this month, to get an insight into how a tech giant continues to flourish in a highly competitive market, whilst being a proudly family owned, and consumer focused business
The Lumos Smart Bike Helmet has cracked the issue of easily putting safety lights on your bike, while keeping them in direct line of sight for drivers – build them directly into the fabric of the helmet. But then the company has decided to up the ante by adding in smart brake lights and indicators too!
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In 2015 the Wahoo KICKR was the turbo trainer I opened my wallet for. Since then, I’ve been able to test most of the smart turbo trainers on the market. But over the last two years, competition Wahoo has faced have really upped their game. So in 2017, is the new Wahoo KICKR (Gen 2) enough of an update to compete against the latest smart trainers? Let’s find out in the latest Zwift Gear Test! Continue Reading →
A lot of people like the idea of Zwift Running, but don’t already have the hardware such as a foot pod/cadence sensor, and are a little reticent to buy expensive hardware to try out the system. AppyAppster have just released “Treadmill Smart Speed – Designed for Zwift Runs” which may allow a low-cost entry to Zwift Running for some people
There is a LOT of training advice online, and a lot of “arm chair” coaches. I think I have a pretty good handle on my training but will freely agree I’m swimming in a sea of available data from gadgets today. The opportunity to be put to the test by Dr Garry Palmer at SportsTest came up. It turns out there is a lot more to life than FTP test numbers, and for my physiology, my training left a lot to be desired… Join me for a review where I learnt a LOT, and have benefitted even more! Continue Reading →