Gadget Roundup! Recharge with Bontrager, Kinetic, and Pyle


The integration of modern technology with today’s cycling industry has made riders safer, stronger, more secure, knowledgeable, and reminiscent. This week’s roundup we’re covering many of these categories with Bontrager’s new daytime running lights, updates to Kinetic’s training app, and Pyle’s new 4k action cam. Get all the latest past the break…

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photo c. Trek

Bontrager’s new light system focuses on daytime riding, part of the day when most people ride and most accidents happen. They claim that accidents involving bikes can drop by 33% simply by using daytime running lights. You may remember the Flare R from last years write-up, and with it comes a complete lineup to offer both day & night visibility. Making lights ideal for day includes flash modes that vary in patterns/brightness, and a lens that better focuses light. Additionally, they offer cyclists at least 500 m of visibility and up to 2 km. The lineup includes the Flare R, Flare R City, Ion 800, Ion 350, and Ion 100.

Use : General specs : Pricing

  • Flare R (left): Open road, 65 lumens, battery save mode,up to 23 hrs – $60
  • Flare R City (mid left): City, 35 lumens, 2 day, 2 night modes, up to 20 hrs- $40
  • Ion 800 (right): Open road, 270° of visibility, up to 20 hrs  – $100
  • Ion 350 (2nd from right): City/Path/Trail, 5 light modes, up to 10 hrs – $60
  • Ion 100 (mid right): City, auto-adjusting brightness,  up to 15 hrs – $40

photo c. Kinetic

Kinetic’s training app, Kinetic Fit, got a big update this past week that allows subscribers to stream videos from your smart device. YouTube, videos/movies saved on the device, and videos saved on DropBox will all be compatible, plus you can play them on the big screen with Chromecast and Apple TV. Naturally, the app also provides riding data such as power, cadence, speed, distance, heart rate, etc.  A six month trial comes with any Smart Controller trainer, while a one moth trial comes with any Smart trainer purchase. Without a membership you’ll still get power, calories, distance and time. Otherwise memberships purchased for $10 a month, or $70 for a year.

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photo c. Pyle

Pyle has begun to roll out their 4k HD Action Camera. It includes a 16 megapixel CMOS sensor, 120 frame-per-second recording rate, 2″ LCD touch screen, Wi-Fi control via smartphone, micro SD slot, and removable battery. Furthermore, it gets a waterproof case, wireless controller, charging cable, handlebar mount, base mount, adjustable clip, and fastening strap.  It holds a price tag of $80 and can purchased through Amazon or their web store.

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Daniel Keough
Daniel Keough
6 years ago

Please Please stop using the term “accidents!” Kids have accidents in their pants. Oopsie. When people are distracted, driving too fast, careless, etc. the word “accident” not only tells us nothing, it take away any blame, any responsibility from the party(parties) involved.
The Associated Press and many police agencies now use the term “crash.”
Crashes, collisions are preventable.