Notable Products from Cycle Mode International 2017:
3 $tocking $tuffers We Want
First, we promise that this will be the last article about Cycle Mode. Honestly, it's Friday and we're running low on the inspiration part of things so, forgive us. We may be tired, but tis the season and we definitely know what Santa needs to get us!
No, we don't really care that that is not how Christmas or the jolly old man works...The three items are based on nothing but our writer's desires. Yes, we could have added more items, like a nice Giro noggin protector (helmet) or ceramic bearings but again, it's Friday. Please cut us some slack.
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They may not make you look nearly as bad-ass as Mad Max, but Naroo sports masks are like, way more practical. These aren't the kind that mimic high-altitude training; rather, Naroo sports masks are geared for those seeking protection from the elements, including UV rays, freezing temperatures, or pollen. There's a wide variety of masks with each model serving slightly different purposes. For example, the X9 and the baklava type of masks are primarily for winter sports usages. Alternatively, the X1 and N1 models are made of a thinner fabric more appropriate for summer use and blocking UV rays.
We'll be honest, some of them look a little silly but if you're the type of person who wraps up their scarf around their face during the winter, or knows how much warmer your face is with even just a surgical mask on...we'd be willing to pay for some better solutions and the Naroo Sports Masks seem to be a worthy investment. Prices range from ¥9,800 to ¥1,980 with the average being about ¥5,000.
We'll be the first to admit that there are a lot of power meters out there. The sheer variety is somewhat overwhelming and we haven't figured it all out yet - let's be honest, we're no DC Rainmaker. So without going into super nitty gritty details and specs, we are dying for a power meter that is easy to install and transfer. Strong preference for something sleek that isn't going to break, meet a mysterious death, or record dodgy data. We know that power is the most reliable way to assess our performance and adjust our training accordingly.
Much to the delight of pedal-based power meter fans, Garmin released the Vector 3 earlier this year. It installs like any other pedal which means it will easily transfer between bikes. The Vector 3 measures total power, left/right balance, cadence, and other cycling dynamics that can be analyzed through integration with the Garmin cycling ecosystem (such as the Edge cycling computers). It uses 2 LR44 batteries per pedal and offers battery life of up to 120 hours. We haven't put these to test yet but were able to give them a light spin (without cleats) at Cycle Mode in Tokyo - a set of pedals will set you back a cool ¥129,800. Or you can purchase just one pedal for ¥79,000. Phew.
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We like fancy new toys, and Garmin is really good at making them. This is the mother of all bike computers, complete with navigation, connectivity, and performance features. We're not usually impressed with 3.5 inches (ladies, amirite?) but the 1030 does everything you need a bike computer to do, on top of things you didn't even know you wanted. It pairs with Bluetooth Smart sensors and has a whole trove of functions that the more serious cyclists and triathletes will approve of. They're only selling the 1030 as a set in Japan with a HRM chest strap and mount...for the steep price of ¥86,000.
If you have no sense of direction, the preloaded Garmin Cycle Map provides turn-by-turn directions so you don't get lost and wind up in North Korea (unlikely). Those of us chasing QOM/KOMs will adore the real-time Strava segment listings - basically, the unit shows you nearby Strava segments and data on those segments as you ride - it's amazing(ly distracting). It also comes pre-loaded with apps like Training Peaks, Strava Routes, and Best Bike Split but if you're not into it, you can customize the device with free apps, widgets, and date fields from the Garmin Connect IQ store.
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Cycle Mode is Japan's premier event for those interested in cycling - for fitness, recreation, or competition. Cycle Mode International 2017 took place at Makuhari Messe in Chiba Prefecture from November 3rd through 5th.