It's that time of the cycling year; with the Worlds underway, the end of the season is just around the corner, and for all you tech lovers out there, the steady stream of new bikes has dried up. But don't despair just yet, as here's our round-up of the best tech from last week.
Wiggo’s custom-painted Pinarello Dogma F8 for the Tour of Britain
There’s no question where the bike of the week award is going, as we got up close and personal with the Pinarello Dogma F8 that Bradley Wiggins was riding at the Tour of Britain. We’re luck enough to have a Dogma F8 in for test at the moment, but Wiggo’s one is a little more special, with a paintjob celebrating the many achievements of his career.
Gold roundels along the top tube celebrate his numerous World Championship and Olympic successes, as well as his win in some French bike race in 2012. The rest of the bike is covered with gold details and Union Flags, while the Zipp 404 wheels also come with gold decals. Wiggins was also using the new wireless SRAM Red eTap groupset, making this one of the first wireless bikes to be raced on British soil.
Eye-catching new clothing from Lumo
Another little something that caught our eyes, and will also hopefully catch yours, is the new range of Lumo clothing. We first spotted Lumo on Kickstarter back in December, but since then it has gone on to become the most successful cycling clothing project in the crowdfunding website’s history.
There are currently two jackets and one rucksack in the range, all of which include hidden integrated LEDs that can be switched on when riding after dark, with Lumo claim that the LEDs can be seen from a pretty impressive 400m away. Availability is set for later this month, but won’t come cheap, with the backpack priced at £225, while the two jackets are £300 and £450.
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Ride the World Champs in your living room
What do you, me, and Mark Cavendish all have in common? Answer: we won’t be riding in the World Championships. But whether you had to pull out through injury like Cav, or just plain aren’t good enough, you’ll still be able to “ride” the course from the comfort of your own living room, as Zwift lets you ride a virtual recreation of the Richmond course for the next week.
In case you didn’t know Zwift is a computer program that hooks up with your turbo trainer, power meter, or speed sensor through Bluetooth or ANT+, with your effort controlling an on-screen rider cycling around a virtual environment. The company has created the 10 mile Richmond circuit using US Geological Survey data and Google Earth, and it will be available to ride until the 27th September, the date of the men’s road race.
Everything you need to know about Strava Live
Finally we took an in-depth look at Strava Live, telling you everything you need to know in order to capture as many KOMs as possible. The new software allows owners of the Garmin Edge 510, 520, 810, and 1000 cycling computers to view Strava segments in real time, matching their current effort against their PR, the KOM, or one of their mates/rivals.
If you have a compatible computer then all you need to do is install a software update through Garmin Express, then link up your Strava account. You then star segments on Strava, which then appear on your computer, giving you a 200-300m warning as you approach them so you have bit of a run-up to hit the segment at full speed.