The Bryton Rider 330 Costs Less Than Other GPS Units, But Mostly Disappoints

Bryton Sport is a Taiwanese company that recently introduced a line of GPS units to the US market. The company leans heavily on marketing itself as a lower cost competitor to established companies like Garmin, while still delivering the same quality and functionality. Unfortunately I found Bryton delivered a mostly mediocre experience at only a slightly lower price …

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Garmin Edge 520 Review

The Edge series of GPS units from Garmin runs from the diminutive “20” which has only the most basic features, up to the “1000” that rocks a 3-inch color touchscreen. Tested here, the Edge 520 is right in the middle of the line, retailing for $300. Specs While the Garmin Edge 520 may be small …

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Polar Introduces GPS Watch with Built-in Heart Rate Monitor for Just $149

Finding a decent cycling GPS, let alone one you can wear on your wrist, priced under $150 is difficult. Yet somehow, Polar is offering the new M200 for $149, and it includes a built-in heart rate monitor. Officially, the M200 is “designed for runners” but even mountain bikers will appreciate the features this watch offers. For starters, it’s a GPS so …

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A $37 Cycling GPS: Trywin D1 Review

Does $37 for a cycling GPS sound too good to be true? With name-brand cycling GPS units starting at $130 and selling for as much as $500 (or even more), mountain bikers may be tempted to take a chance on an inexpensive GPS unit found online. I was curious too, so I purchased the Trywin D1 from Amazon.com and took it …

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PowerTap G3 Rear Disc Hub and Joule GPS+ Review

PowerTap G3 Rear Disc Hub The PowerTap G3 Rear Disc Hub is exactly what it sounds like: it’s a power meter embedded in a disc brake-compatible mountain bike hub. The hub weighs 350g, which is a little on the heavy side for an MTB hub by about 100g, but it’s significantly lighter than some other power …

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Pokemon Go Mountain Biking

On Sunday, Greg and I received a message from former Singletracks writer and Southern Wheelworks owner, Dustin Gaddis, “Pokemon Go & MTB trails. Seems like an article begging to be written.” I was vaguely familiar with the game, having just read an article earlier in the day about a girl who discovered a dead body …

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4 Ways To Use Strava that Don

Bob Ward wrote a great article recently titled, “Why Strava Sucks the Soul out of Mountain Biking.” I thoroughly enjoyed his article, agreed with his position, and thought that it was a very valid opinion to hold. In case you missed it, I’ve written about why you shouldn’t race your mountain bike before, and I think …

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Opinion: Strava Sucks the Soul out of Mountain Biking

Editor’s Note: Bob Ward has been riding mountain bikes since 1985. Over the years he’s authored three guidebooks, owned and operated a mountain bike tour company, and much more. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his alone and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Singletracks.com. I was out riding one of my local singletrack …

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Polar M400 Lifestyle Watch Review

I have owned a couple of Polar products and been pleased with them. The company appears to have a healthy relationship between industrial design and functionality that is rare. Consider the M400 here, alongside a wrist-mounted spaceship from a fruit-based gadget company. You’ll notice that the Polar has some of the same swoopyness without looking, …

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The Strava Effect on Mountain Biking

In case you haven’t heard of it, Strava is a website/mobile app that allows you to share information about your mountain bike rides using GPS data collected during the ride. The social network is built around the idea of tracking your fitness progress and challenging friends (and even strangers), which makes the whole thing pretty …

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The 10 Best Apps for Mountain Biking

The smartphone is the single most ubiquitous piece of technology today. These days, everyone from your 80-year-old grandma on down to your 12-year-old nephew is walking around with their head down, tapping away on their iPhone. While some have decried the smartphone as a distraction from real life and the natural world around us, these ever-present …

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