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2015 Buyer’s Guide: High-speed data

Want to make your next ride more high-tech? Here are five futuristic devices that provide deep data, make you safer, and more

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$600, Garmin.com

Dramatically improved mapping capabilities are the highlight of Garmin’s new top-of-the-range 1000 computer. It’s tied into Garmin Connect more efficiently as well. Of course,it has the usual suite of capabilities, connecting to both your power meter and phone, cleanly displaying all the ride data you could ever ask for, and storing away GPS rides for uploading later.

$119, IceDot.org

If you have a significant other 
who worries about you while 
you’re riding, the Crash Sensor is a must-have product.Thanks to accelerometers in the sensor, the Crash Sensor will notify your smartphone when you suffer an impact; a countdown begins. If you are unable to terminate that countdown, your emergency contacts will be notified via phone call or text message of your whereabouts.

$600, ReconInstruments.com

Google glass for your bike? A computer for your face? The Jet provides a heads-up display in front of a pair of high-performance cycling glasses, connecting to your Garmin, your power meter, Strava, and more. They’ll give you turn-by-turn directions, help you pace intervals, and even tell you when the next Strava segment is coming up.

$300, Shimano.com

WiFi connectivity gives you full control over the Shimano sports camera by way of an app on your smartphone; it even enables you to see what the camera is seeing on the phone’s screen. Shimano
 has been active in the pro racing world, mounting its cameras onto the bikes of sponsored riders, providing fans with some of the most breathtaking race footage ever. The camera itself is excellent — 1080p HD, plenty of battery life, crystal clear image quality, and excellent anti-shake technology — but it’s the potential behind these cameras that excites us most.

$170, Cycliq.com

The lure of a taillight is simple. It blinks red, cars are more likely to see you, collisions are avoided. But what about when the worst happens? What recourse do you have after a crash? Enter Fly6, a blinking red light
 with a camera at its center that records every moment. When it runs out of memory, it simply overwrites the oldest footage, so you always have your most recent ride available for playback.