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Published on December 22nd, 2012 | by Greg

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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).

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.



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