Mid-Week Mini Gear Guide
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It’s Wednesday, which means it’s our new Mid-Week Mini Gear Guide, straight from the Peloton Service Course. This week we have three items; two for the dedicated racer and one for those who want to relive their ride in video – the Omnium Portable Trainer from Feedback Sports, the PowerTap P1 Pedals, the Camile Camera/Cyclocomputer from Mini Wing.
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The Omnium Portable Trainer utilizes a straightforward fork-mount design that is ideal for those traveling (heavy-duty tote bag included) to races or live in quarters with limited space. Internal Progressive Resistance (IPR) from the Omnium delivers a true road feel while minimizing the common trainer sounds. There is absolutely no assembly required according to Feedback, just simply unfold and mount your bike to the front QR, whether it is standard, 12 x 100, 15 x 100 or 15 x 110 (boost) thru axles. Wheel sizes from 600 to 700c will work and no maintenance is required because the bearings come pre-greased and sealed. The total package weight is only 13.2 lbs (5.99 kg) and folded dimensions are 66 cm x 18 cm x 20 cm for those looking to stash this under their bed until the rain comes.
The PowerTap P1 follows the recent trend of power meters moving away from historically high price-points and crank spindles. The latest from Power Tap gets closer to where your power pistons are connected to the drivetrain, the pedals, and at a more digestible price. Like other pedal based power systems they are easily swapped between bikes, offer quick ANT+/Bluetooth Smart pairing with your head unit and provide consistent, uninterrupted, dual-sided power measurements. The pedals come calibrated from PowerTap’s US manufacturing facility and require you to the zero offset the calibration to ensure maximum accuracy before each ride. Each pedal uses one AAA battery and PowerTap claims watt accuracy readings within 1.5%. What about the increased stack height? The P1 comes in at 14mm, which is approximately 3-5mm taller than most pedal systems on the market. An important note, the P1 pedals use a proprietary, 3-bolt keo-style cleat, so your current cleats are not compatible no matter how much they look like they might fit.
430 g/pair with batteries $1,200: powertap.com
The Camile R100 from Mini Wing is a small cycling camera with integrated GPS capabilities. Five color options are offered in this sleekly designed computer measuring in at 6.2 cm x 4.35 cm x 1.6 cm and weighing a paltry 57 grams. The green LED screen provides simple, easy to read metrics although the options are a bit limited; speed, distance traveled and time of day. For some riders this may be enough to leave the Garmin at home. The Camile supports 720 and 1080p recording quality with 32G of storage, as well as the option to take still photos and create time lapses from their Android/iOS app. Fitted with a 140° wide-angled lens and electronic image stabilization, the Camile is a breeze to mount and connects to your smartphone through WiFi for sharing your ride through various social channels – but not Strava just yet.