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Power Your Bike Computer with Your iPhone

Power Your Bike Computer with Your iPhone

Image source: wahoofitness.com

For the serious cyclist, a new bike computer, powered by the iPhone, could be the gadget you’re looking for to take your training to the next level.

The Wahoo RFLKT+, based on the company’s original RFLKT device, uses the iPhone’s computing power and GPS to provide the muscle, and the device’s ability to receive data from ANT+ cycling accessories, to become what the company calls “the most powerful bike computer on the market”.

The RFLKT+ connects wirelessly to an iPhone (which can stay tucked in your jersey) and converts the data coming from any ANT+ accessories (such as a power meter, a heart rate monitor, or any in-frame sensors) to a Bluetooth 4.0 signal that the iPhone can read seamlessly. RFLKT+ also displays the sensor data on its screen, including GPS info, as well as allowing you to control your music, all from a small handlebar-mounted device.

“You already ride with your phone in your jersey pocket that has GPS, social capabilities, and always on internet, why do you need to buy a GPS enabled bike computer? The RFLKT+ provides you all of the functionality of a GPS enabled bike computer – in some cases more – for $130-150 vs. over $300 for the competition.” – Wahoo

The device is built to use in any weather and on any terrain, and its small size and weight (2.4″ by 1.6″ by .5″, weighing just 2 ounces / 36g) allows it to be able to be mounted on the bike in your choice of configuration (stem, bar or quarter turn). RFLKT+ is powered by a single coin cell battery, which is said to be able to power the device for a whole year before needing to be replaced, and will help greatly increase your iPhone battery life by keeping the phone’s screen off while still using its computing power.

The RFLKT+ also includes an integrated barometric altimeter, and when used in conjunction with the Wahoo fitness app, can upload the data from your rides directly to your choice of training sites, including Strava, Runkeeper, Training Peaks, Garmin Connect, MapMyRide, Ride with GPS, and more.

This little gadget could also be perfect for other fitness activities, such as running or other workouts, or anytime you want to hook up your ANT+ sensors. Just fresh out of a successful crowdfunding campaign, the RFLKT+ should retail for about $150 when it’s available to be purchased.

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