While doing my daily surfing on the web, I came across some news out of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. What was the news, you may ask? iBike Powerhouse from Velocomp
. To me it is an iPhone cycling gadget heaven. Using your iPhone / iPod along with their software and hardware, it turns your iPhone to a powerful bike computer including power meter. Along with that you get a new case and mounting system that’s waterproof plus the ability to include an extra battery for longer ride times. All this for the price of $269.
Hard to believe that you can get a power meter system for $269 with no other hardware to install on your crank or hub. Usually some sort of power tap will cost over $1000. Well above of what the average or club cyclist can afford. After checking out their comparisons of several different power taps and their system, it seems to be very accurate. There is also a calibration step you have to do before each ride, but that’s acceptable to me. Take a look at iBike Sports
FAQ section for details of the comparison and accuracy of their power meter.
For those that want to read the press release, you can find it at the PR Newswire. Drop by the PR as a lot of information is provided there.
Having not touched nor seen it with my own eyes, I can tell this is something I will definitely get as soon as it comes out. Here are some of the features that it has:
- Supports ANT+ Bike and Heart rate sensors
- Waterproof case
- Case holds extra battery (sold separately)
- Case houses ANT+ antennae
- Case houses Power sensors
- Software fitness plan(s) designed by cycling coach Hunter Allen (see press release for more information)
- Software for the PC and MAC to analyze your ride and export data
What I really like about the system is the software. It takes a baseline of your current condition and creates a plan for you to follow, depending on your goals. As you progress through the plan, the software adjusts the plan depending on your progress. It is an interval based training system where all the calculations as to how long, number of intervals and the intensity is worked out for you. All you have to do is stay with in the displayed zone. What you basically have is a coach that goes along with you on your rides. Sweet! Here is a good video of it at the 2012 CES. I can’t wait to go out cycling and have a structured plan to help me achieve my goal of dropping weight and not ride haphazardly with no plan other than ride more miles. Granted this may not be for everyone, but it fits my goals nicely. I can buy the different training plan(s) for $9.99 each as needed.
As far as to when it comes out, I found no mention of it at the iBike Sports website, but I did read an article stating early Spring 2012. Hmm, well I wished it was sooner, but I will have to be patient and wait. I can safely say that this is my iPhone cycling gadget heaven that I am looking forward to getting.
Let me know what you think. Are there other fans of this yet to be released product?
Photos Courtesy of iBike Sports.