Built + Mobile Social in Portland

After SXSW, we’re back in Portland for another Built and Mobile Social.

Built

Built is a series of talks by people who create and is on the main stage at the Portland Bike Show at 11:00 am on Saturday 9th, 2011.

Want to Make and Tell with us? Get your talk in.

Mobile Social

After Built and later that evening, we’ll ride along the waterfront and end up at Spirit 77 for a schwag giveaway and more party favors.

Want to get in on the MoSo action? Contact us to sponsor.

Gear

We’ll have our gear with us in a booth and our cameras on. See you there.

iBike Dash + Power: iPhone Bicycle Computer

I heard that iBike Dash is on the Today Show this morning, in a gadget review segment, and their power meter for iPhones will be in Apple Stores later this year. That’s great news for cycling enthusiasts and for the crew at Velocomp. I’ve been using an iBike for 2 years now. Back in 09, Andrew wrote

Roadie Tech Type #1: “Hey - what if they made the iPhone a Power Meter head unit?”

Roadie Tech Type #2: “Never happen - iPhone will never support ANT+

Roadie Tech Type #1: “But that would be awesome if it did”.

and iBike has.

iBike Dash+Power: Battery

They’ve combined their power-meter electronics, ANT+ sensors and battery into a waterproof cases that communicates with an iOS app.

iBike Dash+Power: Battery

It works well. I’ve had it on test for a few months now and will race with it this season.

Sturdy Mount

iBike Dash+Power: Stem Mount

A stem cap mounting system with lock bolt means the case is secure. Sealed and with no holes for headphones, no where for water to get in.

Interface

Nice UI with lots of options and customization. The previously tedious iBike setup time is about a half hour.

ibike

Expect 3 - 4 hours of battery life with the screen set to not dim and full brightness. The extra battery in the Dash case adds another hour and you’ll need it.

iOS Apps

iBike Dash+Power: Reboot

As I’ve found with any iOS app, there are some bugs. I think that’s developers learning how to code for the OS and we’ll see improvements and more stability in follow-on releases.

Map My Tracks’ OutFront and iBike’s app will both crash when you put them in the background and then use another app that accesses the GPS functions. Specifically, what I mean is, I’m out on an epic ride – like the videos I shot from Kauai with the Biologic iPhone Mount – and I want to share the awesome with a geolocated tweet or photo. I can and the apps crash. Sometimes the entire OS crashes.

Considering sharing and just riding, Biologic just released an app for their iPhone case and I reviewed it last week. We retail the Biologic case in our store and it works very well for riding and sharing. It has ports for the cameras, headphone jack, and advanced battery management. It does not crash when using other GPS-enabled apps.

The Dash+Power is focused on training and racing. It has no ports and only one home screen button. It retails for $749.00 with the ANT+ sensors and battery. We sell the Biologic case for $64.99.

Disclosure: iBike provided us the Dash+Power for review and we retail the Biologic iPhone Case. Map My Tracks sponsored the Mobile Social SXSW 11.

Lost

There was a bicycle there once, not a cut cable…

Uploaded by MacGBeing | more from the Bike Hugger Photostream.

Three’s a Crowd

Three's A Crowd

Springtime in Amsterdam from @amsterdamize. We’ve only ridden there in the rain, snow, and cool weather. Hopefully another time, we’ll ride in the sun too.

Where’s the Bridge?

I was riding with The Crunge playing on headphones and stopped at an intersection near the Viaduct construction when I heard a pile driver synced to the beat, on the 4s.

D'yer Ma'ker

It was like a Zeppelin remix of their funk experiment with an industrial-concussive kick drum. At first I thought it was part of the song I’d never heard before. Then it got louder as I rode by. The time signature changed too, like the song, when the boom from the pile driver echoed against the buildings.

Whap! whap! whap! “Where’s the bridge?”

Sometimes on a ride, it’s about the sights and sounds, and the smells of a city. The bike takes me to so many interesting places and a reason I keep riding it.

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