Tech of the Week: secret Garmin tricks, clever new computers, the crowdfunded smart bike and more

We pick out the biggest tech stories from the last seven days

What you didn’t know about your Garmin

garmin edge 1000 strava live segments

The most read tech story on Cycling Weekly this week was our look at some of the less well known features that your Garmin has up its sleeve, including a way to automatically tell your emergency contacts if you’ve crashed and the Strava Live segments (as shown in the picture above) which are sure to provide a bit of extra motivation.

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However, our favourite features come through apps that you can download from Garmin’s Connect IQ app store, which can do everything from turn your Garmin into a speedometer to telling you how many beers you’ve earned on your ride.

New Xplova computer is more than just a computer

acer xplova x5

If you want even more functionality than a Garmin Edge 1000 can offer, then how about the new Acer Xplova X5. When it is released in the autumn, this new GPS computer will measure all of the metrics currently covered by the Garmin, all of which are displayed on a pretty cool way on its colour touchscreen, but also has another trick up its sleeve.

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There is also a camera built into the front of the Xplova X5, which you can set to automatically record three second clips whenever your heart rate ramps up or you pass a notable landmark. You can then stitch these together to make an easily shareable video for social media when you get home.

How to find the perfect shorts for summer

With summer just around the corner, it’s time to put the bib tights away and kit yourself out in a fresh pair of bib shorts. But if you’re not sure what to look for, then why not take a look at our complete guide to cycling bib shorts.

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This is one piece of kit that it’s really worth spending a bit of money on, as the more you splash out, the more confident you can be that you’ll get a good quality pad that will be comfortable even during those super long rides at the heigh of summer.

SpeedX smashes it targets

speedx smart aero road bike 1

We first spotted the SpeedX “smart aero road bike” on Kickstarter back in March, and could see that it was an interesting concept. After all, it comes with the same integrated cabling that is seen on the likes of the Specialized S-Works Venge ViAS and the Trek Madone, but also has an integrated cycling computer, and a pricetag that starts from £1,000.

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But we didn’t expect it to take off quite as much as it has, raising more than $2,300,000 in crowdfunding by the time the campaign closed on Friday, making it one of the most successful cycling campaigns that Kickstarter has ever seen.

Bike computers go hands free (nearly)

haiku bike computer gesture control

I make no apologies for this GPS-heavy edition of Tech of the Week, as this Haiku computer is also more than worthy for inclusion. It doesn’t have the same functionality as the Xplova X5 or your Garmin, instead it’s how you operate it that caught our interest.

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Instead of prodding away at some buttons or a touchscreen, you just have to wave your hands over the top of it to move between different screens. Genius.