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  1. Good evening Hubbers, Those more familiar with Cycleops/Saris products, especially the Magnus model, have you ever spotted the LED light flashing at 3Hz? The manual gives the detail for 1Hz, 2Hz and 4Hz (none of them good), but there's no mention for 3Hz. What possibly could it mean?
  2. Get ready to RUMBLE! We know you are tired of riding shoulder to shoulder with Aussies and Kiwis - that is why starting this Wednesday 19:35, its time for you South African Zwifters (Zaffas) to come out fighting! Wednesday night kicks off our “Fight Night” on Zwift, a 1- 1 ½ hour race (dependent on the course) specifically for us South Africans. Yes, we are going to have to let in a couple of Aussies, Kiwis and any nationality that doesn’t understand the difference between now, just now and now now……but we really want that screen filled with South African flags! How? I’ll get to that now now. Our Chief Torturers from our national PainCave.co.za clubs will join you in this race series and ensure there is at least some pain. The PainCave “Fight Night” race runs for 25 weeks with your best 10 races counting towards final standings and possibly even some great prizes courtesy of BuyCycle.co.za and paincave.co.za The format of the race series will be based on age and not watts/kg. If you don’t have access to a smart trainer at home, head off to www.paincave.co.za and book a slot at any of our studios for the Wednesday night “Fight Night” – there will be a couple of FREE slots available at each studio (first come first served……chat to them now!) https://zwift.com/events/view/64197 We will be adding more details over the next couple of days and weeks….so keep on heading back to check the latest news. This is a series organised and run by Zaffas for all you Saffas! NOTE: While Zwift is sorting out European GDPR regulations for Zwiftpower.com we will not be able to display a leaderboard. We are however confident that this will sorted out soon. So no prizes until this is sorted out, only bragging rights. Be quirky, be fun, be lekker. Enjoy the race!
  3. The H2. Long-known as a company of cyclists crafting bicycle accessories for cyclists, the Madison, Wisconsin-based manufacturer exemplified this dedication with enhancements to the overall ride experience. From improved power accuracy (+/-2% for H2) to an even more realistic ride feel to internally integrated cadence sensors, the H2 and M2 boast eyebrow-raising bragging rights over their predecessors. This next generation of CycleOps smart trainers also touts a headless mode that simulates a standard fluid trainer when ridden unpaired, as well as state-of-the-art cooling technology, extends the life of internal components and ensures accurate ride data even during the hardest of workouts. Additionally, the new H2 and M2 smart trainers are sporting a new, sleek look. The yellow traded for a cool palette of greys and blacks, glosses and mattes, to create a look that compliments every pain cave and every bike. The M2. “The H2 and M2 smart trainers are the result of combining all the best features of their predecessors with continuous technological and hardware innovation,” said Heather Fortune, Director of Marketing. “It’s all part of our dedication to creating the most realistic and entertaining way to train indoors, and we’re excited to bring the next generation of CycleOps smart trainers into training spaces across the globe.” For up-to-date information on when the H2 (ZAR 17 495.00) and M2 (ZAR 8 495.00) smart trainers will be available near you, please contact your local CycleOps distributor. Deals & Financing: Get a FREE 3-month Zwift subscription with the purchase of every H2 trainer valued of R699.00.OR
  4. Good afternoon i would like some advice regarding Indoor trainers and the Various apps that are on the market . i have a Tacx smart neo running the Rouvy app . my wife and I both use the trainer but now i was wondering is there another way that i could purchase another trainer and we could then ride together using the same app ? Woul i be able to get a less expensive trainer and say ride on a mobile phone using the app and she would ride on the neo and we ride together ? what would be a decent trainer that wont cost too much that could do this ? Thanks
  5. The combination of cold winter mornings and live coverage of the Tour de France makes training indoors the go-to for many cyclists and triathletes alike. Not only can you leave the thermals and toe caps off, but your indoor session can be just as effective (in certain cases, more effective), than training outdoors. There are a huge variety of training apps and aids out on the market, all designed to make your training easier, keep you entertained and make you want to train indoors. Although we are spoilt for choice with all the aids out on the marketing, let’s face it; training indoors isn’t nearly as exciting as getting out there. We know all the tricks in the book; from racing other cyclists online right through to watching the Tour in hope that it will inspire you to push through the next interval set. Although indoor training is mentally tough, there is one key factor that can change it for you. Music. The beat that drives your legs forward, the lyrics that transport you from the confines of four walls, the emotions that come from a few minutes of beautiful noise. Listening to music while you’re training can help your fatigue, boost your mood and helps you feel less pain. Choosing the right type of music for your training is what stands between you and the finish line. We want to know what your top three songs are for training indoors! Every week for the course of three weeks, we will award a pair of CycleOps socks to the best liked song list. At the end of the three weeks, we will award a CycleOps Winter Training Package to the overall top liked list. Turn up the music, close your eyes and let the beat take over. Submissions should be made in the following format, Artist, Song and Album (if known). The winner for each week will be announced every Monday (10th, 17th & 24th July 2017) with the grand price being announced on Tuesday the 25th July 2017
  6. But things change, and as new generation bikes give us the ability to accurately measure actual work/energy output, so the indoor cycle training model has moved towards a new ‘power’ standard, with customised programmes based on individual objectives and capability. New era indoor bikes like the CycleOps Phantom series come with hosts of features that not only allow accurate measurement of all training parameters, but also with additional powerful training management capability. To take the boredom out of indoor rides the system offers impressive ‘virtual reality’ capability. The CycleOps people talk about ‘get out there in here’ and it’s true, since they are among the first in the world to have developed studio-based Virtual Reality software. The first concept studio in Rivonia has already attracted its own brand of dedicated and loyal VIPER’s, as they call themselves, each of whom has an individual programme based on his/her own goals and aspirations, whether that is to improve race performance or simply to have some fun while losing some weight. The beauty of the concept is that because each programme is customised, there’s room for all. To this we have added 15 plus studio’s either privately owned or under licence agreement. There’s fun and challenge too – for example, next month, to coincide with the Tour de France, VIP will run its own King of the Mountains indoor challenge over a three week period, with many different ‘virtual’ routes available, plus other attractions. The more enthusiastic VIPER’s also have the opportunity to influence the (totally unbiased, of course) judges by dressing appropriately for the occasion, or simply bribing them with goodies like cupcakes, French baguettes and champagne!!! The scientific basis of the VIP concept is quite simple. You may have a desire to go faster or longer, or both, or you may simply want to use exercise to help with a weight-loss programme. But until recently you didn’t really know how to match your exercise programme to the objective. For example, going faster requires the ability to deliver energy quicker i.e. kilojoules in a given time – or more watts, since a watt is a Joule per second. Going longer requires an ability to sustain an energy delivery rate, which is a bit different. People wanting to lose weight need to operate within fairly narrow (low, in fact) energy delivery rate zones in order to harness the body’s fat-burning capabilities. Very much a ‘horses-for-courses’ approach and one size certainly doesn’t fit all. Top professional cyclists can deliver nearly 1 600 kJ/hr (equivalent to over 450 W) of output (Fabian Cancellara, at this year’s Olympic Time Trial), whereas the average (male) VIPER can probably only manage about 500-600kJ/hour. The beauty of CycleOps VIP technology is that your performance is totally measurable and you can easily track your progress with many software tools, from simple Smartphone free apps such as Strava, to highly sophisticated tools as found in TrainingPeaks.com. Each workout is uploaded within seconds of finishing, for review with the VIP guys over a cappuccino straight afterwards if you like. Despite all the hype about ‘new’ watt-measuring bikes, the technology is not new. As early as 2005 CycleOps had launched its Pro 300 indoor bikes, forerunner of the Phantom, incorporating independently verified accuracy of PowerTap technology. Of course, there are other indoor bikes out there with similar claims, but CycleOps was among the first to come up with a system that was accurate and consistent enough to measure and manage the wide range of data that modern indoor workouts generate, often within very narrow target power bands that simply cannot be managed by traditional heart rate or other monitoring methods. The CycleOps Phantom bikes are works of art. Top-of-the range Phantom 5 offers full resistance automation and Virtual reality options, with technology that is surprisingly easy to access. It is simply a question of logging into your profile and selecting the workout for the day. If you aren’t on a specific programme then you simply choose a workout or route that appeals, and off you go. The bike automatically sets the resistance according to the measured outputs you are generating for your weight and level of capability. For more specific programmes there are other training modes that allow you, for example, to ride specific slopes or gears, or target the ideal energy burn rate for optimal fat loss. Similarly, you can simply train at a target power that will allow you to reach a goal time! The VIP Hub offers both ‘classes’ and ‘free-ride’ options. ‘Class’ slots are grouped into 1 hour blocks in the early mornings opening at 05:00am and evenings closing at 19:00pm - but each participant can still ride a different workout, with different parameters and different video content, since each Phantom has its own tablet display. During off-peak hours, it’s simply a question of booking a bike online for the hour (or more!) before you have to fetch the kids from school - or while you wait for the traffic to calm down. The studio also has TV’s tuned to topical general interest events and a great sound system, so that there is still a happy ‘vibe’ and opportunity for social interaction for those so inclined. The instructor is no longer a ‘drill sergeant’ but more of a roving ‘advisor’ who manages by walkabout, offering guidance and tips.Programmes are customised through a simple evaluation procedure that every new recruit goes through on becoming a VIPER. This involves an indoor bike set-up to ensure that the position on the bike is optimised to ensure minimum risk of injury or discomfort, plus a short ‘live’ session during which the member’s ‘Functional Threshold Power’ (FTP) is measured. The term sounds complicated, but this is simply a way of measuring each person’s maximum rate of energy delivery. FTP is a key measurement that allows the VIP team to design the ‘right’ programme for each individual and to regularly measure and adapt the programmes. For the serious athlete, short term targets can be incorporated into longer term training programmes or training strategies for specific events. CycleOps VIP membership options range from Corporate or ‘group’ deals, and are structured on an unlimited monthly basis or 10-pack ride basis– which many prefer – for a given programme or block of workouts. The beauty of the software is that booking and payment is all online, while the cappuccino afterwards is held by many to be some of Jozi’s finest !! The CycleOps VIP Training Hub not in your neighbourhood ? Interested ? Entrepreneurs contact us HERE for various ownership options.
  7. During the ‘spinning’ craze, power measuring bikes were unheard of and the only indication of how hard we’d worked was the size of our sweat pool at the end of a session. Tailoring workouts for different purposes wasn’t an issue, since it was generally assumed that the higher the heart rate or the bigger the sweat pool, the better the work out was. The spinning instructor was king (or queen) and what he (or she) said, went….. It was fun for some, but because of wide variations in individual needs or ambitions, not always right for everybody. Click here to view the article
  8. Feature overview:Claimed noise level at 20 mph is 64 decibels Quick release (130mm & 135mm) and Thru-axle compatible (142mm & 148mm) Dual ANT+ FE-C and Bluetooth 4.0 technologies 9 kg flywheel with electromagnetic resistance Rated to handle 2000 watts at 20 mph and up to 20% climbing grade simulation Weighs in at 21.3 kg +/- 3% accurate power readings Virtual training software compatible Retail price: R21,995.00 At just over 21 kilograms, the Hammer is a heavy piece of equipment. The built-in handle does it’s best to make the machine maneuverable. I was able to haul the Hammer around the house as well as to the office and back in relative comfort. Being a cyclist, my upper body and core strength really are not what they should be, but I managed without much fuss. Aesthetically, I found the Hammer to be somewhat industrial but pleasing to the eye. It did not look out of place in my spare room / workout studio / bike storage facility. With the legs folded away, the Hammer can be stored out of harm's way or out of sight, should you invite normal human beings around, and don’t want to have to explain your eccentric habits. Setting up Getting started with the Hammer is simple. Before jumping on, you will need to deploy the support legs which slide out from the sides of the trainer. Doing so reveals the front wheel block which sits tucked away neatly within the belly of the machine. The legs can be further adjusted with dials to ensure perfect stability. The Hammer is a direct drive trainer. This means that you replace the rear wheel with a cassette that is mounted to the trainer. This makes the trainer quieter, removes tyre wear, and improves the feel of the trainer experience. A cassette is not included. Once the bike is on the trainer, it is time to plug in the power and connect to the CycleOps Virtual Training app for calibration. Connecting to the CycleOps Hammer on my Android phone via Bluetooth was effortless but finding the calibration setting took some fiddling around the app. Hint: It appears when you select to start a ride. Calibration should take around a minute as you pedal up to around 30 kmph for 20 seconds, then allow the device to spool down. The Hammer measures your speed and power output. As the Hammer can communicate via ANT+ and Bluetooth, it will happily pair to your computer, smartphone, or bicycle computer. Any other training metrics will have to come from other sensors. So if you want your cadence and heart rate (or any other measurable), it will need to be supplied via a third party sensor to your training device.In my case, I used my MacBook Pro to run Zwift. The Hammer connected via the built-in Bluetooth, but to connect my Garmin cadence and heart rate sensors to the MacBook, I had to use an ANT+ dongle. Training on the Hammer Other than briefly trying out the CycleOps Virtual Training app, I spent most of the review period riding around in Richmond, London, and Watopia on Zwift. In Zwift, I used the standard workouts in ERG mode as well as taking on other Zwifters in races.So what’s all the fuss about smart trainers? Smart trainers not only measure your power but they are able to receive instructions from software to control the trainer's resistance. This can be useful in two ways: ERG mode and simulation mode. Firstly, for precise training. When in ERG mode the trainer is set to a target power number for the rider to obtain. In this mode, you can simply stay in one gear while the trainer adapts to the required resistance. For structured training, this mode can help you precisely hit power numbers in a way that you simply cannot out on your bike. In workouts, where your trainer software is aiming to hit a power target, the Hammer prefers to place you in a power band (around 15 watts within that target) rather than at the exact power number. This requires the rider to fine tune their effort to hit the target number. Some other trainers are more precise and assist the rider to hit the exact power reading. The Hammer’s approach is more similar to intervalling on a real bike. There are advantages to hitting the right numbers but I liked the Hammer’s more variable feel as it requires a bit of concentration to maintain the power number. The transition between hard intervals and recovery phase was relatively smooth, with only a few seconds of spinning out before the trainer readjusted to the much lower power output levels. While ERG mode creates the perfect artificial training experience, the second use does the opposite in that it attempts to simulate the feeling of riding outdoors. Simply put, the smart trainer can adjust to the gradients and conditions of a virtual course as if you were riding it outdoors. Zwift is the stand out example. When you hit a climb or rough terrain in Zwift, you immediately feel a ramp up in resistance as you would in the real world. With the rise of games like Zwift that, to some extent, try to replicate the experience of riding a bicycle outdoors, the riding feel of the trainer has become an important consideration. There are certain constraints to the realism factor, such as being in your living room and motionlessly staring at a screen, but as riding feel goes, the Hammer was impressively realistic. The Hammer packs a large 9 kg flywheel which is controlled with electromagnetic resistance. This combination is central to the smooth feel of the trainer and a good sensation of inertia. When free riding and racing in the Zwift, the Hammer was sensitive to climbs and descents, doing a good job at delivering a realistic representation of what I was viewing on the screen. It is worth noting that CycleOps’s own Virtual Training app is feature filled, and as manufacturer apps go, it is highly useful as a standalone training solution. Indoor trainers can be noisy, causing annoyance to the rider, co-habitants, and even neighbours. The latest batch of direct driver trainers has made great strides to reduce this irritation. The Hammer is not silent but the noise it produces is far less invasive than on wheel trainers and direct driver trainers before it. During high power intervals, the deep hum is loudest but it is no louder than the sound of the bike's drive train. Those in the next room will hear your workout but only the most sensitive will be disrupted by it. In the end The CycleOps Hammer is an excellent trainer holding its own amongst the top trainers in this category. While smart trainers are certainly not cheap, devices like the Hammer certainly add a whole new level to your training and when plugged into an application like Zwift, they simply cannot be beaten. ProsEasy to use Smooth adjustment of power Good connectivity Good simulation of real life feel ConsGetting into the smart trainer game doesn't come cheap.
  9. The Hammer is a direct drive bike trainer with unparalleled bike compatibility and device connectivity. Bikes with thru-axle widths of 142 or 148, as well as quick release axle widths of 130 or 135 can be easily mounted to the Hammer, future-proofing compatibility for new bike purchases during the life of the trainer. Integrated dual ANT+ FE-C and Bluetooth 4.0 technologies connect The Hammer to more devices and riding applications, including popular training software such as CycleOps’ own VirtualTraining, Zwift, TrainerRoad and more for an immersive and entertaining ride. Even more impressive is the Hammer’s ability to replicate real world inertia. The heart of the Hammer is its 9 Kilogram precision-balanced flywheel, while its soul is the innovative, fast responding electromagnetic resistance. The result is a direct drive trainer with rapid response resistance, maximum power and the sensation of rolling on smooth asphalt. Its robust design and direct frame-to-trainer contact allows the Hammer to stand up the toughest of riders, up to 2000 watts at 32 kph, and the ability to simulate grades up to 20%. Retail price for the Hammer is $1199.99 USD. “We’ve been producing some of the best virtual trainers since the dawn of this technology,” says CycleOps President, Jeff Frehner. “We care deeply about providing the best, most entertaining bike training experience possible. We are excited to get the Hammer into the pain caves, basements and training spaces of all types of cyclists.” For up-to-date information on when the Hammer will be available near you, please contact the South African distributor Bicycle Power.
  10. After decades of technological innovation, five evolutions of smart trainers and millions of pedal strokes, Wisconsin-based indoor bike trainer manufacturer, CycleOps, announced a new kind of indoor riding experience – the Hammer. Designed for cyclists looking to advance into the next generation of virtual trainers that seamlessly integrate with a variety of smart devices and are compatible with virtually every training application. Click here to view the article
  11. If you’re anything like me indoor training can be a bit of a chore, but often the sensible option to supplement training through winter. Even with a decent trainer and the distraction of TVs or iPads, I quickly get bored and uncomfortable. Enter the CycleOps PowerSync and their Virtual Training software. Click here to view the article
  12. The CycleOps PowerSync is an electronically controlled resistance trainer. It’s able to simulate changes in gradient, yep, it can ‘make’ hills. And is programmable to create workouts or just increase / decrease resistance at the touch of a button or the tap of a screen. The PowerSync incorporates a power meter accurate to +-5% using the same technology found in the famed PowerTap variety. Coupled with the CycleOps Virtual Training (CVT) software your virtual cycling world expands. CVT allows you to choose from a multitude of interval, profile (hill) and heart rate based workouts, participate in realtime (or delayed) online races and go “out” on virtual video-based rides. Given my predisposition to avoiding indoor training I was keen to put these new tools to the test. Initial ImpressionsThe CycleOps PowerSync is a sturdy looking unit. Although I was testing on a very smooth surface, it has eccentric levelling feet which allow it to be stable on uneven surfaces. The mounting and operation is much the same as other trainers I’ve encountered. The bike is fixed to the trainer via the rear axle using a specially shaped steel quick release skewer. Adjustments can be made to suit the specific rear axle width The solid bolt-action fixing lever secures the bike in place The good news for mountain bikers is that there is a thru-axle adapter available, however it only supports 120, 130, and 135mm axle spacing and unfortunately no 29" wheels. For that you’d need to look at it’s bigger brother, the PowerBeam Pro, although you'd still be limited to a maximum axle width of 135mm. I tested the PowerSync with a standard 700c road bike and a 26" mountain bike (with a semi-slick tire). Both were easy to mount and had ample space on the rolling surface. The roller should fit tyres up to 2.25" depending on the profile and tread, although I'd opt for a smooth tire on the back from a noise reduction perspective. Models: ANT+ vs. BluetoothOur test unit is the ANT+ version and arrived with an ANT+ iPad dongle. This you’d have to purchase separately if the device you’ll be connecting to doesn’t natively support ANT+. There is also a Bluetooth model available, which although you would have an easier time connecting to, wouldn’t be as widely compatible with the majority of current sensors which are ANT+ based. Accessory: Climbing Riser BlockAmong the various accessories available from CycleOps is a Climbing Riser Block which our unit arrived with. This provides both stability and 3-levels of incline with the option to stack multiple blocks for greater inclines. Mounting a bike Mounting your bike on the PowerSync is pretty straightforward. You’ll first need to swop out your snazzy proprietary skewers or thru-axles for the relevant trainer compatible version. In the box you’ll find a standard quick release skewer included, but the thru-axle adapter would need to be purchased separately. The roller contact surface is smooth and visibly wider than most trainers I’ve used. It’ll comfortably support a wide mountain bike tyre, although for any bike a smooth, trainer specific tyre is recommended. With the bike mounted and power connected we’re just about ready to go. On the bikeGetting on the bike I first noticed the sturdiness of the setup. Although in part this was thanks to the climbing block, even without this accessory the PowerSync felt impressively stable thanks to it’s wide stance. The climbing block added noticeable stability upfront, to the point that I was more than comfortable to get out of the saddle and put a far more pressure on the bars than I'd dare to before. When the wheels start turning you’ll notice a blue led below the roller which lets you know you’re powered up and ready to connect to the app or another device. CycleOps Virtual Training Installing and setting up the CycleOps Virtual Training app was quite simple and intuitive. The app is available for IOS, Android and PC. For testing we used the IOS version on an iPad with the ANT+ iPad dongle. Although the app is a free download there is a $6 monthly subscription fee to maintain full access to all features, but you can start off with a free trial. Once you’ve registered with CVT and entered your profile details you’re good to go. You can then choose from various options for your indoor workout: Free Ride As the name implies in this mode you can decide how you want to ride. You get to adjust your target resistance as you’d like to either structure your own ad-lib workout or just ride. Profile Training If you’re keen to test your legs on a specific routes or just get some simulated hill training this mode will let you follow a real-world route virtually. The app adjusts the resistance automatically to simulate the ups and downs of the actual route. When I first jumped on the PowerSync I was sceptical about how this would feel. I chose my route, the Col d’Izoard, pressed go and hit the Pyrenees. This route is one of many that includes a video feed. When the video mode is enabled a video of the actual route will play based on your speed. You can either stream the video if you have a decently fast connection or download it beforehand. Sure enough as the road kicked up the going got tough. There is a slight delay between the on screen gradient change and what you feel as the resistance gets applied progressively. I was impressed by the difference. The uphills really do make you work and quickly had me searching for more gears as if on a real-world climb. Virtual Partner If you want a bit of company or some added incentive you can enable Virtual Partner. This feature allows you to select a previous ride from other users and compare your efforts. I did a ride around Gordon's Bay with Dipslick using a ride he'd recorded in 2014. You’re also able to quickly create your own routes based on your own GPS files, however this must either be done via the Virtual Training website or the Desktop version of the software. You can also create your own video routes via the desktop, but this is a little more complex. Workouts Power based training is said to be the most efficient and effective and the CycleOps PowerSync makes this easy for you. The Virtual Trainer allows you to select from various existing workouts or create your own. Each workout is based on a specific metric, either: Power, Power / Weight, % FTP or Gradient %. While you could do the same with a standard indoor trainer and power meter, the visual representation of the workout and on-screen cues thanks to the app take a lot of the thought out of it, allowing you to just ride. For anyone serious about their training or just wanting to make the most out of typically limited training time this is a most valuable feature. You can choose from various pre-existing workouts from other users The onscreen graphs and cues make interval training "easy". Or you can quickly craft your own workouts. Online Race Real time online races are one of the cool-factor features of the PowerSync and CVT app. Perhaps it’s a bit of nostalgia back to my misspent youth playing multiplayer computer games, but for me this is a great way to not only make indoor training more interesting, but create added incentive and commitment. Much like entering a real-world race it becomes all the more difficult to back out once you’ve put your name down. The races take place in real time on a predetermined course and use the data from your trainer to pit you against the other participants. You can compete with real people on the same course, at the same time from anywhere in the world. A group of Hubbers have been avidly running weekly races for some time now. FTP Test Thanks to the PowerSync’s built in power meter you're also able to perform a Functional Threshold Power (FTP) test. This test will allow you to establish your capability and then tailor your workouts based on the results. It also lets you benchmark performances and track progress. Be warned though - an FTP test is not for the faint hearted! The on-screen display mid-test Results from my somewhat feeble first attempt. Without the app: Connecting to a head unitIf you just want to ride or forgot to charge your iPad you can also simply connect to a compatible head unit. Most power meter compatible units will allow you to read power-data from the PowerSync, but wouldn’t allow you to set resistance as you could from the app. For this you’d need the PowerTap Joule GPS head unit which can control resistance. My Garmin Edge 510 had no issues connecting to the PowerSync and pulling in the available of power specific data. ConclusionThe CycleOps PowerSync indoor trainer is certainly not an entry-level trainer nor does it come with an entry-level price tag. Thanks to the workout tools and virtual riding / racing capabilities the CycleOps Virtual Trainer app makes riding indoors a pleasure, until the road kicks up that is. If you’re wanting to be a little more focussed and efficient with power-based training or you’re simply looking to spice up your indoor riding it might be worth stretching the budget for. The CycleOps PowerSync is available from Bicycle Power Trading either via their dealers in your area or direct on their website. Retail price: R11,595 Manufacturer's specificationsANT+ (Model 9912) or Bluetooth Smart (Model 9913) compatible. PowerTap power meter equipped for +/- 5% accurate power readings. Some assembly required. Features clutch knob for perfect roller to tire tension each ride. 2" resistance unit roller allows for 650b, 700c, 26", and 27" wheel sizes. Does not fit 29ers or 650c wheel sizes. Precision-machined alloy roller reduces tire wear and slippage. Noise level at 20 mph is a quiet 69-70 decibels. Electronic resistance unit allows for programmable workouts. Controlled resistance lets you set your slope, power, and other metrics. Eccentric leveling feet allow for easy adjustment on uneven surfaces. Comes on the CycleOps foldable Classic frame with spring loaded, bolt-action lever. This trainer is designed to fit common road and mountain bike frames with included steel quick release skewer and has three settings for rear dropout spacing: 120mm, 130mm and 135mm. Trainer tire recommended. CycleOps VirtualTraining compatible. The PowerSync is intended to be used with an iPad or Android tablet running the CycleOps VirtualTraining application and does not come with a computer. Cadence sensor and ANT+ stick sold separately
  13. Good morning Hubbers :-) Trust you all had a great weekend of Vitamin D and riding :-) :-) We sure did. I would like to find out if any of you rode last years 947 with a GoPro or the likes of and took video of the route? I would like to get the video and the GPS file linked and uploaded to CycleOps Virtual Training as we would like to provide a competition for all hubbers on this course. Prizes to be confirmed, but just saying there are some new toys launched from CycleOps and ......... We will leave you guessing :-) Thanks in advance :-)
  14. Rooted in their dedication to providing all types of cyclists with the best tools to help them achieve their goals, the Wisconsin-based indoor bike trainer manufacturer, CycleOps, unveiled their newest smart indoor bike trainer – the Magnus. Click here to view the article
  15. At the heart of the Magnus is technology stemming from almost fifteen years of manufacturing electronic trainers. The smart trainers of today give the rider the ability to be in full control of their indoor training experience. This is made possible with integrated dual ANT+ FE-C and Bluetooth 4.0 technologies, allowing any cyclist to connect to their favourite virtual training software program, such as CycleOps VirtualTraining and Zwift, and workout how they want, with the technology they want, when they want. The experience is optimized with the faster-than-ever electromagnetic resistance, providing rapid-fire response to every change, from 0 to 1500 watts – without sacrificing maximum power. The sleek, shrouded resistance unit is supported by the CycleOps Classic Series frame. Hand-built from sturdy steel, the Magnus’ frame will include CycleOps’ proprietary clutch knob – a feature that ensures the perfect amount of tension between the trainer’s roller and the rear tire of the bicycle. The Classic Series frame is compatible with 120mm, 130mm and 135mm rear drop outs, 142mm thru axles are supported with the purchase of the CycleOps Classic Series 142mm thru axle kit.The Magnus raises the bar for smart trainers without raising the price - or the noise level. “After the success of the PowerBeam and PowerSync, we knew we couldn’t stop there,” said CycleOps President, Jeff Frehner. “From optimizing the radio frequencies to the guts that make these trainers do what they do, we evaluated our traditional smart trainers from the ground-up to create a machine that both delivers a good workout and is a heck of a lot of fun to ride." Local retail on the CycleOps Magnus is TBC with availability expected towards the end of 2016.
  16. After 3 months of exclusively riding on my VR Trainer I'm afraid to admit that I've pretty much used up all the interesting programmes and imagination that I posses. As it's still a few months before my shoulder will be healed enough to be allowed out onto tar I fear that I'll lose interest in the pain being inflicted on me by my VRT. Anyone got some suggestions to spice things up a bit through different power based workouts or specific intervals that are: a) a bit different b) beneficial c) FTP or PPO rather than heart rate or perceived effort based d) don't drag and seem longer than they are Please share your favourites.
  17. ENHANCE YOUR RIDE ! TRADE IN AND UPGRADE TO A NEW CYCLEOPS TRAINER Trade-in any used indoor bike trainer and receive up to 20% off a new CycleOps device. We’ll gladly take your old trainer – any brand – off your hands. From now until June 30th is your time to upgrade. -BRING YOUR RIDE INSIDE- “We’ve been producing some of the best virtual trainers since the dawn of this technology. We care deeply about providing the best, most entertaining bike training experience possible. We are excited to get CycleOps into the pain caves, basements and training spaces of all types of cyclists.” Jeff Frehner – President CycleOps “We’ve taken our knowledge and history of trainers and raised the bar for the 2016 Season.” Jeff Iverson– CycleOps Project Manager REPLACEMENT MODELS INCLUDED IN THE TRADE-IN DEAL Mag Fluid2 SuperMagneto Classic PowerSync This trade in offer is exclusively available through Bicycle Power Trading. CycleOps Product Current MSRP Price with CycleOps Trade-in Price with non CycleOps product trade-in CycleOps Mag R3 495.00 R2 796.00 R2 970.75 CycleOps Fluid 2 R5 695.00 R4 556.00 R4 840.75 CycleOps Super Magneto R6 595.00 R5 276.00 R5 605.75 CycleOps PowerSync R14 995.00 R11 996.00 R12 745.75 Here’s how: Contact our customer service team. You can reach them at info@bicyclepower.co.za or 011-023-2777 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 4:00p.m. and let them know what you want to trade in.Get your discount code.A customer service representative will provide you a discount offer on any selected CycleOps trainer. They’ll also provide you with a return authorization number.Courier us your old trainer. Use your return authorization number to ship us your old unit. Please make sure that the return authorization is attached to the parcel.We dispatch to you for FREE. Once we get your old trainer we will dispatch your brand new CycleOps product with our trusted couriers as soon as we receive PoP for the agreed amount. Terms & Conditions In addition to our standard terms & conditions of sale, this CycleOps Trade-In program includes the following terms & conditions: Definition: “trade-in unit” is the approved home trainer (as outlined below) which is returned to Bicycle Power Trading cc by you (the customer) to allow a discount against a new CycleOps product (as listed above). Valid only for customers within the RSA. 0% Finance is not available in conjunction with this program. Date of promotion: 20th May 2016 – 30th June 2016. Only forms submitted within these dates will be processed. Some products may be out of stock, we aim to keep lead-times to a minimum and will advise you on any delay. Upon receipt of the trade-in unit and dispatch of your new CycleOps product, your trade-in unit becomes property of Bicycle Power Trading cc. As per our standard terms and conditions of sale, you have the right to cancel the contract for the purchase of any of these items within a period of 7 working days, beginning with the day after the day on which the item is delivered. After this period has ended, the trade-in unit will either be destroyed and recycled, or refurbished and resold.
  18. The Future Of CycleOps Is Near........ We've been hard at work at our world headquarters in Madison, Wisconsin, forging an indoor bike trainer that's unlike any that have come before it. Here's a sneak peek.
  19. HI to all , I've had my Jetblack M1 trainer for a year now , but lately with an FTP of close to 300w I feel it doesn't provide enough resistance. I am looking at upgrading to a trainer with a exponential power curve and 400w resistance at 40km/h in the 2000-3000ZAR price range second hand. Anyone have any ideas? Thanks
  20. I'm having a problem with the Cycleops Virutal Trainer app and their support is pretty useless. I am unable to upload my rides to their servers for some reason. I have a gzip file on my tablet. I want to upload to Strava but Strava doesn't accept gzip. Any ideas what I can do? Thanks in advance.
  22. AssemblyThe instructions to assemble the PowerSync left me a bit puzzled but I managed to put it together without much fuss. I had the trainer up and running within 10 minutes of unboxing. To attach your bike to the trainer, you need to use the supplied QR skewer. The PowerSync is designed for rear axle spacings of 120, 130, and 135mm. The PowerSync is compatible with 650b, 700c, 26", and 27" wheel sizes but not 29ers or 650c sizing. If all you have is a 29er, then you'll have to go for another CycleOps trainer like the PowerBeam Pro which supports the larger wheel size. Features The PowerSync stand is a familiar A-frame structure. A built-in PowerTap power meter sensor promises accuracy within 5%. The main unit is designed to communicate with devices through ANT+ or Bluetooth Smart (not both), so pick wisely.The neat thing about this electronic trainer is that the resistance can be controlled by software, allowing for the simulation of various route gradients or training programme intensities. The CycleOps VirtualTraining comes with pre-existing and user generated training programmes and routes (some with video of the road ahead). You can even compete against your friends and strangers. A number of Hubbers have already been using the VirtualTraining software. Read about their experiences here. The CycleOps PowerSync retails for R11,595. Manufacturer's specificationsANT+ (Model 9912) or Bluetooth Smart (Model 9913) compatible. PowerTap power meter equipped for +/- 5% accurate power readings. Some assembly required. Features clutch knob for perfect roller to tire tension each ride. 2" resistance unit roller allows for 650b, 700c, 26", and 27" wheel sizes. Does not fit 29ers or 650c wheel sizes. Precision-machined alloy roller reduces tire wear and slippage. Noise level at 20 mph is a quiet 69-70 decibels. Electronic resistance unit allows for programmable workouts. Controlled resistance lets you set your slope, power, and other metrics. Eccentric leveling feet allow for easy adjustment on uneven surfaces. Comes on the CycleOps foldable Classic frame with spring loaded, bolt-action lever. This trainer is designed to fit common road and mountain bike frames with included steel quick release skewer and has three settings for rear dropout spacing: 120mm, 130mm and 135mm. Trainer tire recommended. CycleOps VirtualTraining compatible. The PowerSync is intended to be used with an iPad or Android tablet running the CycleOps VirtualTraining application and does not come with a computer. Cadence sensor and ANT+ stick sold separately The CycleOps PowerSync is available from Bicycle Power Trading either via their dealers in your area or direct on their website.
  23. The CycleOps PowerSync is an indoor trainer with an onboard power meter to accurately measure your training efforts. The trainer is operated by your iOS or Android device via the VirtualTraining software. We'll be buzzing away in the early mornings of winter to bring you a full review of the PowerSync trainer and VirtualTraining software in July. Click here to view the article
  24. Hi all fellow Hubbers! Anyone out there using the Cycleops PowerBeam Pro ANT+ coupled to an Ipad with the Virtualtraining App having any issues with the data link? Since the upgrade to iOS8 by Apple, I am experiencing losses in connection between the App and my IDT on a regular basis. It hapens at different occassions during any Interval or Freeride session. Loses connection completely so no Power, HR or Cadence figures. I then have to shut down and reset the whole system before resarting my session. Extrememly frustraing!! Dave at Bicycle Power Trading has been very helpful in trying to resolve this issue. We have replaced the PowerBeam unit itself, the ANT+ dongle, and the firewire connector, but still no luck. I have even gone as far as removing and reinstalling the app, and no better. It has come to the point were it may be I have a defective iPad. Before investing in another iPad I would like to know if anyone having similar issues? Any ideas? Is there another app available with similar features that can link to the Powerbeam? Thanks all Keith
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