May 2015

Fitbit & Strava Agree To Swap Data

by editors on May 12, 2015

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Popular fitness tracking device manufacturer Fitbit today announced a partnership with Strava in a deal that has the two companies giving users the ability to automatically share their fitness data between the two ecosystems.

Once users connect their Fitbit and Strava accounts any activity logged on Fitbit will be posted to Strava and any activity posted to Strava will end up on a user’s Fitbit timeline.

This comes as a welcome surprise to Fitbit Surge GPS watch owners who only last month got the ability to easily track bicycle rides on their devices. On the launch of the new bike feature many Fitbit Surge users felt that tracking a bike ride without being able to post it to Strava defeated the whole purpose of tracking the ride in the first place. That appears to no longer be a problem.

Strava already syncs with many GPS enabled devices and now a legion of Fitbit users will have to opportunity to see their activities tracked and ranked against Strava’s competitive disciples.

The only downside is for those who like keeping their two fitness timelines separate. Some use Fitbit for tracking casual activities like walking, sleeping, and dietary intake while saving Strava as a record of serious training efforts. Once the two apps are connected users will no longer have the ability to keep the two timelines apart.

In the end Strava gets a whole new set of compatible devices and Fitbit gets access to loads of location based fitness data while the users get a smoother way to combine their activity tracking timelines.

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Felton’s Mountain Biking vs. Wilderness

by editors on May 11, 2015

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We’re not the biggest fans of major label bicycle magazine “columnists.” Their boring “had a great thought on my last ride” stories are dull, boring, redundant, say the same thing over and over, are repetitive, and terribly boring. That said, Bike Magazine’s “web monkey” Vernon Felton has pulled together a nice piece on the politics of riding bikes in “wilderness” areas. It’s too long (of course), but it covers most all the angles in the battle for wilderness access by mountain bikers. You should read it.

Here is Felton’s conclusion:

Screw this ban on mountain biking. If you feel the same way, let your representative in congress know about it. Speak up. You see, while I respect IMBA and the hell of a lot that they actually do for mountain biking, here is where I disagree with the organization: I think we mountain bikers have numbers on our side. I’m willing to wager that the vast majority of Americans, know nothing about this ban on mountain bikes and wouldn’t approve of it if they did. So be vocal. Push. That’s what worked for the people who got us kicked out of the wilderness in the first place. Let’s give it a try ourselves for a change.

Our position for years has been: if horses are allowed, we’re allowed. We ignore the signs. And so far that’s only resulted in occasional reprimands (even in Yosemite, gasp). But it would be nice if we could finally get the law on our side. . . for once.

[Link: Bike Mag]

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Phil Gaimon Loves Milk & Cookies

by editors on May 11, 2015

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Everyone’s favorite bike writer Phil Gaimon (Pro Cycling on $10 A Day) has a new Diamondback Podium that is nicely kitted with milk and cookies thanks to his work with the UnitedHealthCare Children’s Foundation.

“We developed this cookie bike to donate to the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) for a charity auction, and to raise awareness of Optum p/b KBS, Diamondback and the UHCCF’s shared commitment to health & wellness,” said Diamondback’s Marketing Director Steve Westover. “In future races Phil will ride a version of this so that we can keep the awareness of “Earning your cookies” and leading a healthy and active top of mind throughout the year.”

Wonder if those graphics are scratch ‘n sniff. . . we hope not. Close-up after the jump. [click to continue…]

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GCN’s 10 Riders To Watch In The TOC

by editors on May 7, 2015

This little gem from the Global Cycling Network might as well be titled The 10 Amgen Tour of California Riders That You May Have Heard Of Before and it features a voice over by some new guy, with no English accent, who can barely read. Is this someone GCN just pulled off the street? Okay, that was a rhetorical question. We all know who it is and we’re just joking.

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REI Green Lanes $100K To PeopleForBikes

by editors on May 5, 2015

Peopleforbikes-LogoBig box outdoor retailer REI has reportedly given PeopleForBikes $100,000 in support of their Green Lane Project to help US cities build better bike lines and makes streets safer. Work is currently going down in six cities: Atlanta, Boston, Denver, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, and Seattle.

The grants are designed to help the cities advance their protected bike lane infrastructure and build public support and ridership for low-stress networks. Grant recipients will engage their local REI store in the project and provide a clear plan for measuring success. . . “Thanks to REI’s support, we will be able to demonstrate the many benefits that come to a city when it invests in safe, accessible places to ride,” said Martha Roskowski, PeopleForBikes vice president of local innovation. “These grants will help our focus cities become better places to live, work and play. ”

For the official word from PeopleForBikes, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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