It’s been a long time since electronics weren’t a regular part of every athlete’s life. It started with lights and then computers. Now you can get even get a radar unit. Getting the right electronics for your favorite cyclist is tough – but here are a few suggestions.
Bar Fly 4 TT- Time Trial/Tri Mount- $39.95
The Bar Fly 4 TT mount features a computer mount up top and a camera\light mount on the bottom. The top computer mount is Garmin, Polar, Wahoo, Mio, and Magellan compatible. The bottom features the ubiquitious GoPro/Finned mount. Looking to clean up your bike electronics? Check out a new mount from Bar Fly.
Bontrager Ion 800 R – $99.99
A new light always makes a great gift and the Ion 800 R is one of the best there is. The Ion 800 R is the big 800 lumen brother to the 700 R we tested earlier this year. Featuring up to 20 hours of run time (or 1.5 hours in its brightest setting), the 800 R will make sure that you not only see what’s in front of you but that everyone around you knows you are there.
Garmin Varia Rearview Radar – $199.99 – $299.99
Unfortunately we weren’t born with eyes in the back of our head. But knowing what is coming up behind you can save your life on the road. The Varia Rearview Radar is the world’s first cycling radar that warns riders of vehicles approaching from behind up to 153 yards (140 meters). Varia works independently and wirelessly integrates with compatible Edge cycling computers or the available Varia head unit. The radar unit also doubles as a tail light unit which brightens and flashes to notify approaching traffic of a cyclist ahead. Looking to know your rider is just a bit safer? A Varia Rearview Radar can make sure of that.
Wahoo Elemnt Computer – $329.99
Is it time for your athlete to upgrade from the simple cadence and speed display your LBS threw in with the bike? The Elemnt packs a punch with Bluetooth Smart and ANT+, KICKR Smart Trainer Controls, and turn-by-turn navigation. Programmable LED QuickLook Indicators provide a quick way to see if you’re on-pace with important performance metrics like speed, cadence, and power.
Cycliq Fly12 – $349
Riding with a camera has become pretty routine for us here at AeroGeeks. You simply never know what can happen on the road, and having a running diary of the ride’s events can be a difference maker if it all goes wrong. The Fly12 combines a 1080p camera with a 400 lumen light. It then adds a battery with up to 10 hours of battery life and a mobile app that lets you download your videos as soon as the ride is over.
Quarq Qollector – $349
If you know an athlete that spends lots of time on the roads by themselves, you may want to drop a Quarq Qollector in their stocking. Qollector captures ANT+ data such as power, heart rate, gear selection, footpod stride rate, altitude, location and speed and then transmits it via AT&T 3G technology. Impact-resistant and waterproof, Qollector has a 24-hour battery life – saving your phone for real emergencies. About the size of an energy bar and weighing just 115 grams, Qollector can be mounted on the frame, seatpost or stem.
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