Published on December 22nd, 2012 | by Greg0
Santa’s Biking Gear: Cannondale IQ400 Biking Computer And Teramo Helmet
Most New Yorkers have put their bikes away. Not us: we continue to make our way about on two wheels throughout some of the winter, despite the cold and snow and sleet. And over the last month or so, we’ve been testing this biking gear duo from Cannondale.
The Cannondale IQ400 is a fully-featured wireless “cyclecomputer”. We dig the motto: “You keeping ‘em spinning. We’ll keep count.” With most important functions you could want, including speed, cadence, and distance tracking, as well as a calorie counter and clock, it doesn’t include elevation, temperature or GPS but does offer a backlight. There are no heartrate connection options though, which was a pity.
Wireless mounting can be a bit troublesome, but here it was pretty simple. Setup doesn’t require a bunch of tools, and using it won’t require a giant manual, though you will still need to add the sensors with zipties. On the flip side, you can’t download or transfer the information, or really save it over multiple sessions, and there are no graphs or other display options. We found it a bit difficult to read- the unit seems fairly large, but the text style makes it a bit hard to see at first. The display is really vertically stretched.
For a biking computer that includes sensors and offers accurate tracking, this is the easiest option to setup that we’ve seen. It isn’t perfect, but does a solid job at $80.
If you’re looking for a bit of protective gear, we recommend the Cannondale Teramo Helmet. This is one of the sexier biking helmets that we’ve seen recently, with lots of ventilation, and is available in three color styles. Ours was matte black, with some grey detail striping and a fairly subtle logo, and felt front-forward but comfortable. If you’re used to older helmets or cheaper ones, then a lighter one like this can take some getting used to- it feels like you’re wearing very little, and the wind whips freely through your head.
But we loved the light weight- it’s always a balance, but this one weighs practically nothing at only 272 grams! 23 separate air channels mean that your head won’t get hot, and the easy-fit adjustment fit worked well, allowing us to dial in the desired tightness. It might not quite reach carbon fiber-level weights, and we’ve seen better/more comfortable straps, but the Teramo is as stylish as we’ve seen from a serious helmet. At only $120 or so, it’s much less expensive than anything we’ve seen in this class- and is our top pick for a last-minute gift for any cyclist. They’ll love the shape, style, and it’s hard to beat the price. Available now, in two sizes (small/medium, and large/XL).