iBike Coach. More power to your pedals.

There’s one thing you can honestly say about pedal bikers, they’re a hardy lot. What with having to put up with dodging unobservant car drivers, dealing with bad weather, punctures, the odd tumble and a sore rear not to mention the expense of buying a bike in the first place. You have to ask yourself, is it all really worth it? Clearly it is, if you believe the ever increasing bike population stats, so its all down to fitness I suppose. There seemed precious little technology could do for them apart from making bikes lighter. That was until Velacomp developed the iBike Dash last year, a dedicated bike computer that logged your distance, time, heart rate and temperature and gave you GPS routings and everything.

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Following on from this they’ve released the iBike Coach a software app upgrade for the iPhone 4 and 3 which works in conjunction with the IBike Dash offering enhanced tutorials, easier set up, more colourful screens and music control.

The iBike app update now includes an ‘always on’ feature which allows you to continue to monitor your data even when the IBike app is not running via the iBike Dash electronics. The two applications then simply synchronise when the Bike app powers up and your data gap harmony is restored.

John Hamann, CEO of Velocomp, says, “Cyclists naturally expect that their cycling computer information will always be correct and accurate. And iPhone and iPod touch users naturally expect to have full access to all of their apps, whenever they want. With our new ‘Always On’ technology, both of these critical expectations are met”.

iBike Coach includes a water and shock resistant case that works with any iPhone and a universal mount that securely attaches the case to any bike. It also includes 6 months free membership to www.strava.com and online social fitness site that lets cyclists all over the world log, share, compare and compete with each other’s personal
fitness data.

iBike Coach $69.95

iBike Dash Cycling Computer

It seems there is no end to the versatility of your iPhone as entrepreneurial creatives continuously find more opportunities to harness its resources in ways its original designers never thought possible.

Now cyclists get the benefits with an app and hardware combo that provides personal fitness coaching as you pedal.

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Developed by Velocomp, a leader in cycling computers and power metres, the iBike Dash app provides real time speed, distance and ride time calculations in combination with the built in iPhone GPS, as well as monitoring your heart rate and calories burned using on board sensors. A ‘smart phone booth’ provides safe and snug housing for your iPhone and protects it from water and road shock, so you’re all set to pedal your way to health and fitness.

The app allows for full touch screen control even when you’re wearing cycling gloves and will provide odometer readings of your progress, whilst the calendar feature will keep track of your weekly performance so you’ll quickly be able to see how you’ve improved. There’s even a built in virtual coach who’ll help you pace yourself properly as you grind out those last few miles.

Handily, Velocomp has included a rechargeable quick swap battery in the phone booth to give you an extra seven hours talk time, just as well as the unit is fully compatible with any standard Bluetooth headset device.

If you’re not interested in fitness, but just looking for a robust way of safely fitting your iphone onto your bike instead, the iBike Phone Booth bicycle mount will tick that box for you. It uses the same materials you find in bike helmets so plenty of protection there, and provides the same water and shock protection as the iBike Dash.

The iBike Dash Cycling Computer is available now at £199 from Apple stores worldwide.