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Published on July 7th, 2014 | by Greg

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Wahoo Fitness RFLKT+: A New Breed Of Bike Computer

Now that most people are carrying around a small pocket multi-purpose computer in their pockets, it’s great to see unique devices and accessories springing up to make use of them. The initial generation were variants on traditional themes- speakers and docks replaced radios, that didn’t extend functionality greatly into new areas. But newer models have taken things in many new directions, including today’s gadget.

The Wahoo Fitness RFLKT+ started, as so many nifty things have, with a Kickstarter project that helped make the new bike computer possible. Now, it’s available to the general public, and the premise is simple: it turns your iPhone 4S or newer into a server, and works as a terminal of sorts, running off of your smartphone. This means you can save your phone’s battery (and keep it safe) instead of using it directly, and unlike completely separate bike computers, you’ll be able to save your data and keep it handy even when you’re done riding. Of course, you’ll need to keep your phone nearby for the system to work- and we found that even putting it in a backpack might be too far to work properly depending on conditions.

The RFLKT+ attaches easily to your handlebars thanks to the multiple included mounts, and makes an immediate impression thanks to the extra-large screen (they call it the highest screen to computer ratio on the market, which is probably true since there are limited electronics inside). The mounts did feel a bit flimsy unfortunately, so during bumpy rides it required attention and adjustment. There’s a backlight though, which helps especially in the morning and other times there can be glare, and we loved how easy the screen was to read, no squinting required. Because it’s working off of your phone, it’s easy to control your music, and it’s compatible with other apps, like Cyclemeter and Strava. And it’s IPX7 certified, which means it’s totally weatherproof. Finally, it uses a basic coin cell battery, which is easily replaceable, and the “+” edition can connect to ANT+ devices as well for heart rate monitoring integration.

Overall, the RFLKT+ comes in at a surprisingly low price point, and is a solid new entrant to the market that takes a different direction to bike computers. It’s available now, online and in stores for $130, and a great buy for any cyclist who regularly carries an iPhone 4S or newer phone with them on trips.

 

 

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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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