Thursday, September 22, 2011

Garmin GPS for the Bicycle

 Interestingly enough and talking about gadgets, I have just discovered the Garmin Edge 200 GPS, which comes loaded with a bunch of other functions.  This GPS-enabled cycling computer tracks time, distance, speed, location and calories burned.  The Edge 200 features a high-sensitivity GPS receiver with HotFix® satellite prediction to calculate your position faster. That means when you turn it on outdoors, it finds satellites quickly so you can get on with your ride. It also alerts you if you’re moving but the timer is not running. Edge 200 has an Auto Pause feature so it will stop the timer when you’re not moving, then restart automatically when you’re rolling again. You also can set alerts for distance, time or calories to make it easier and more fun to achieve your goals. (
At a price of around $149, this nice gadget will make it much easier to travel the world. You can also be part of a network network of cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts at Garmin Connect. Once your ride is done, upload it to the site to see the path you traveled on a map, analyze it, share it and view more detail like elevation. Use Garmin Connect’s new Course Creator feature to plan new rides or convert a past activity into a Course. (Taken from As if that was not enough, Garmin also has two more GPS devices for bikers. Here they are:

At a price of about $249.99, the Edge 500 tracks your distance, speed, location and elevation with high sensitivity GPS. Add an ANT+™ compatible heart rate monitor, speed/cadence sensor or compatible power meter for a finely-tuned analysis of your ride. (

This is the mother of all bike gadgets. With a $449.99 tag, this super biker's computer has a built-in basemap and tracks your distance, speed, location and ascent/descent. Use it with an ANT+™ heart rate monitor¹, speed/cadence sensor¹ or compatible power meter² for a finely tuned analysis of your ride.
On top of all that it will give you a complete set of data, directions, maps, and a touchscreen. This is what we needed to conquer the world. Who cares about the bike, yank the GPS off the bike and keep walking :)



Electric Bike and Ebike in a Box

Shadow Ebike

I just came accross a couple of new interesting items. The first one is a Canadian-made electic assisted bike. The interesting part of it is that... well, there are a few interesting things about it. One is that the motor is enclosed in the front wheel, the second is that the motor runs on a 24 volt battery, which can be recharged from home as well as when you ride the bike. It also can charge all your USB powered devices.  Interesting is also the fact that it is a wireless bike.


The Shadow Ebike is made by canadian Daymak, however it looks like it is sold out.
 The company is taking your information to let you know when they will have an inventory.

As I was looking for more information on the Shadow Ebike, I also ran into another one of their products; the Ebike in a box. take a look by clickin on the link or on the picture.

You can also download their brochure from this link. I guess they also come with different prices depending on the kind of battery they come with. Prices range from $500 to $900+.


Monday, September 19, 2011

Minneapolis Bikes on the Train

As we were coming back from Orlando, we had a few hours of lay over in Minneapolis and took the train to down town to not waist the whole five hours at the Airport. These are some pictures we took of the racks and the bikers taking the train with their respective vehicles. I cannot complain since here in Anchorage you could take the bus and mount your bike in the front, but the Minneapolis metro seems more friendly for some reason.

As opposed to the southern states, the north states such as Minnesota, Washington, Massachusetts, etc seem to have seen the importance and difference between traffic and transportation. The State of Alaska approved a $180 million bicycle plan for the city of Anchorage's bike infrastructure last year and we are already starting to see the improvement. All bike paths are being cleared of snow during the long winter months. One who wants to commute by bicycle could perfectly do it. In my case the extreme cold is what stops me from traveling five miles to work and back. I don't have the snow or/and ice excuse anymore.