Here’s the Week in Tech — all the gear news, tips, and announcements you need and none of the marketing gibberish you don’t.
Blackburn jumps into frame bags
Blackburn Design has long had its hands in the bike packing and touring market with panniers and bike bags. Now the outdoor gear company has released its first ever frame bag, designed for long adventures and all-day leisurely rides. The Outpost frame bag includes tailored compartments and pockets for easy storage as well as an expandable bottom compartment that accommodates even more gear. Thanks to Velcro straps that can be fastened to multiple latch points, the Outpost bag’s adjustable mounting system works with bikes of all shapes and sizes. The frame bag is available in two sizes, medium ($60) and Large ($65).
Lindarets Boostinator kits upgrade wheels to Boost
Lindarets announced the launch of its Boostinator kits that allow existing non-Boost wheels to be mounted in Boost-standard frames and forks. Each kit consists of a hub-specific axle and end caps, and for rear wheels the kit includes a rotor spacer with a set of six bolts. In keeping with Boost specifications, the disc and cassette are shifted outboard, allowing brakes and derailleurs to function as designed. The Boostinator kits are available now for DT Swiss rear wheels, with DT front, Hope rear, and White Industries rear models arriving shortly. The kits are priced from $25 to $40 with domestic shipping included.
New GU flavors: Cucumber Mint and Chocolate Coconut
GU Energy Labs announced the release of two new flavors to its energy gel and Roctane energy gel product lines. Cucumber Mint gels, developed for training in hot and humid conditions, contain 450mg of amino acids, 125mg of sodium, 20mg of caffeine and 100 calories. The calories come from both simple and complex carbohydrates to help maximize absorption and utilization while diminishing stomach distress. The Chocolate Coconut Roctane Ultra Endurance gels were developed for longer or particularly difficult races and training. This flavor includes 1425mg of amino acids, 125mg of sodium, 35mg of caffeine and 100 calories.
Heads Up: Solos smart glasses hit the scene at CES
Kopin Corporation adds to the smart glasses craze with the company’s Solos glasses for cyclists. Solos smart eyewear allows cyclists to access and share performance data on a heads-up display in real-time wirelessly from smartphones or wearable fitness devices. The glasses are designed with aerodynamics in mind and include anti-slip temple and nose pads for added grip during high-intensity training.
Bikes on a plane: How 189 bikes made it to Tour Down Under
The first major race on the pro cycling calendar kicked off this week at the Santos Tour Down Under. Held in and around Australia’s capital city of Adelaide, the TDU requires some of the longest travels of the year for the mostly-European-based pro peloton. Nine pro teams with seven riders each traveled to Australia using Scicon bike bags. Each of these 63 riders requires three bikes for racing, totaling 189 bikes packed away in Scicon bags. And we complain about traveling with just one bike…