I love my tech and I’m loving cycling. I’ll hopefully be loading up my panniers, riding off into the hills and stopping to do some work with mother nature and this bundle of tech as my office.
1. Pebble Time Steel – I backed the original Pebble on Kickstarter, I bought a Pebble Steel. I backed the Pebble Time Steel on Kickstarter too. You could say I’m impressed with Pebble! A fully waterproof smart watch with 14 day battery life and voice replies. I’ve also backed the Pagare Smartstrap which allows you to load up contactless payment cards without the need to carry them. Just present your watch strap to the contactless reader. Done. Displays Strava ride stats as you cycle, music info, messages and a whole lot more. Works with Android or Apple phones too.
2. Sony Smartwatch 3 – Inbuilt GPS, Strava and Voice commands for navigation. “OK Google, navigate home by bike” and it will obey 🙂 Google Maps turn by turn nav is great on your wrist (it vibrates when approaching a turn so you don’t have to look at it constantly and speaks if connected to headphones) also has HRM, Bluetooth and Wifi Works with or without phone oh and it has 4gb storage for Music. Sort of waterproof too, 1m for 30mins which is enough to survive any British downpours! For £90 it’s a bit of a bargain to be honest!
3. UE Roll speaker. Fully Waterproof, shockproof with great sound to boot. It can become an on-bike Hi-fi thanks to it’s military grade bungee. Battery lasts about 16 hours too.
4. Asus C201 Chromebook – Sure it’s no Macbook but it weighs under 1kg, has a screen that is visible in direct sunlight, a battery that lasts 13 hours and it costs under £200.
5. Fuel 2 – “The Worlds smallest mobile phone charger.” This teeny 2nd gen Jerry can will provide 20-40% charge into your phones battery. Which hopefully is enough to get you home or at least call for help.
6. Oneplus X – In my opinion, easily the best 4G, Dual Sim phone money can buy. I have Three and BT Mobile Sims in mine (one personal, one work) and I’m yet to find anywhere I haven’t had a signal on one of them – also used as a mobile hotspot to provide internet to Chromebook. For under £200 brand new, off contract they are a premium handset without the premium.
7. Jabra Pulse – Bluetooth Headset with HRM and coaching. Sound is great, HRM seems very accurate, battery lasts ages (haven’t charged it in over 2 weeks and it’s not beeping at me yet!) Personally, I turned off the Jabra coach and just use the Strava voice prompts. The mic seems to cut out a lot of wind noise too as I was riding the other day and able to have a conversation without any issues.
I'm a 40 something, decidedly unfit (but trying to get fitter) travel agent from Sunderland, now living on the County Durham / Gateshead Border. I've bought a Trek FX+ Ride+ e-bike off eBay. These pages are just a collection of my cycling related ramblings.