AS TRENDS COME and go, simple design stands the test of time. And nowhere is that more evident these days than in urban mobility. With everything from autonomous cars to dockless pogosticks vying to be the next big thing, the bicycle continues to shine as the most efficient, practical, and reliable solution to urban mobility. Many cities are taking note, building infrastructure and expanding facilities to accommodate the bicycle as an everyday mode of transportation while improving urban livability.
The new Wahoo Elemnt Roam is Wahoo’s latest GPS cycling computer. Though it has new navigation features and a new color screen, the Roam is, at its microprocessor heart an Elemnt. That means easy setup and customization from Wahoo’s companion Elemnt app; compatibility with both ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart sensors (including FE-C trainers, Pioneer’s power meters, and muscle-oxygen sensors); third-party integration (Best Bike Split, Ride With GPS, MTB Project, Strava); live tracking (other Elemnt users and preselected contacts), routes, navigation, and turn-by-turn directions. Elemnt computers also offer structured workout guidance and subscribers to Training Peaks and Today’s Plan can sync plans to their device.
While only a select few of us will ever take in the view from atop a podium, we can all rejoice in the fact that no cycling skill is impossible to master. To that end, we asked coaches, mechanics, top racers, and other experts to help you improve your ride, whether you’re trying to set a century PR or just figuring out how and when to push that little lever on your handlebar. Here are the best bike-riding tips and advice they offered us.
14 simple tips that will have you riding better than ever
LeBron James, cycling superstar? He is, perhaps, in the eyes of kids at that much-discussed Akron school for at-risk students the NBA star opened last week. Each student, in addition to tuition-free education in a state-of-the-art public school facility, also gets a bike, in a more than symbolic nod to James’s association of his own childhood bike with the freedom it afforded him.
Biking apps like Ride Report and Strava are being used by transportation planners to determine where biking infrastructure should be focused.
In dozens of cities across the country, biking apps like Strava or Ride Report have become in-depth sources for data, informing planners where cyclists not only want to be riding, but where they feel safe.
These partnerships between public transportation departments and private technology firms are taking the place of manually counting bicyclists, surveying riders or even outright guessing, leading to the sort of data-based decision-making around areas like the placement of bicycle infrastructure, non-motorized master plans and other forms of transportation public policy.
Adventure Cycling’s third annual Bike Travel Weekend, June 1-3, 2018, is your chance to either try your first overnight bike trip or inspire your friends to get hooked on bike travel. Bike Travel Weekend