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Week in Tech: Purple Paul, Ottolock, hydration monitor

Paul brings purple back, a super-light bike lock, BSX monitors your hydration, and Yakima lets you camp on top of your car.

Here’s the Week in Tech — all the gear news, tips, and announcements you need and none of the marketing gibberish you don’t.

What Prince would ride if he bought Paul Components

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Two words: purple anodized. For the next six months, Paul Components will be releasing purple anodized aluminum components into the the bike world in small batches. With limited stock, you better jump on these throwback beauties, because Paul won’t be doing another run until “purple is back in fashion again.” (Isn’t that ALL the time?) You can order seatposts, Moon Units, QRs, Klampers, and bottle openers at the moment, and stems will be available soon; brake levers, chain keepers, CX levers, and disc adapters are available in limited quantity. They’re all manufactured in Chico, California.


Otto gets secure with feathery Ottolock

Photo: Otto

At 115 grams, the Ottolock might as well be the toe strap that secures your saddle bag. In fact, it can do just that. But when you’re rolling to the coffee shop, this diminutive cinch lock punches above its weight with a multi-layer steel band design that keeps your bike secure on the bike rack. Otto says bolt cutters aren’t enough to rip through the 18mm-wide stainless steel bands coated in a durable plastic called Santoprene. Stow it in a pocket, pull it out, thwart thieves. Pretty nifty. Hop on Kickstarter to check out the project.


Cadence Collection and State Bicycles are givin’ it away now


Free stuff alert: Cadence Collection has collaborated with State Bicycles to offer a giveaway package valued at $2,500. The package includes a State Bicycles Pulsar 29er frameset with a SRAM NX group, a Ritchey Logic cockpit and wheelset, a Bell Zephyr helmet, Cadence kit and cap, and more. DKLEIN, Cadence’s founder, collaborated with State Bicycles on the distinctive black and white design. The deadline to enter is October 12, so don’t be late.


Are you hydrated right now? How about now? How about now?

Photo: BSX

BSX Technologies made a name for itself when it introduced the Insight, a wearable lactate threshold monitor. Now it’s giving you even more real-time information with the LVL, a real-time hydration monitor that essentially tells you if you need to take a bidon from the team car (or your bottle cage, whichever is closer). The wrist piece works with head units like Garmin, Wahoo, and Stages, so riders can get alerts when it’s time to hydrate. It will even calculate how much you need to drink to get properly hydrated. This one’s still in the Kickstarter phase, so you can be one of the first to quench your thirst.


Yakima creates a camping room with a view

Photo: Yakima

Meet the SkyRise, a rooftop tent that folds down into a low-profile unit when you’re driving. It stays attached to your rack and installs with no tools, making setup quick an easy. It comes in two sizes: medium, which fits three adults, and small, which fits two. The tent itself is made from a fire-resistant Ripstop 210D Nylon. It’s got a mesh roof panel for ventilation and catching the night sky views. A foam mattress is included and has a waterproof bottom. Both sizes will be available in Spring 2017; size medium will run $1,349, while the size small can be had for $999.