Gear Break: Wahoo TICKR X, Rumba Helmet, Flite Saddle, Jack Wolfskin, KOM Cycling & Qhubeka Assos


Gear Break: Another mixed bag of gear: Wahoo TICKR X heart rate monitor, Sena Rumba street-style helmet with audio, connectivity, and protection, Flite Boost Kit Carbonio Superflow ‘MVDP Edition’ saddle, Jack Wolfskin ideal layers for spring & summer biking, KOM Cycling indoor media display cycling desk and Qhubeka ‘Bicycles Change Lives’ jersey by Assos available for pre-order.

Wahoo TICKR X HRM – $79.99


Last year, Wahoo updated both the TICKR and TICKR X heart rate monitors. But supply chain issues due to COVID may have made it difficult to find one. Both TICKR and TICKR X were redesigned with a new look and updated firmware that enhance their connectivity, power, and comfort. According to Wahoo:

  • A new, slimmer shape and integrated strap design make the latest TICKR and TICKR X the lightest heart rate monitors available at only 48g/1.7oz (pod and strap together).
  • Both TICKR and TICKR X can now simultaneously pair up to three Bluetooth devices, in addition to ANT+ connections.
  • With an eye toward making TICKR easier to use, the LEDs are now at the top of the pod body, so users can easily check to make sure their devices are connected and recording data.
  • By increasing the battery life by nearly 50%, both the TICKR and TICKR X now allow up to 500 hours of use on a single battery.

My strap and pod weighed in one gram less than spec

I don’t know if it’s the thinnest HRM pod, but it’s definitely not very thick

What makes the TICKR X different from the TICKR is that it’s more than just an HRM:

  • TICKR X can also transmit enhanced running dynamics to compatible smartwatches via ANT+, giving runners real-time access to their cadence, vertical oscillation, and ground contact time.
  • TICKR X also offers runners a proprietary Running Smoothness® score through the Wahoo Fitness app, helping to improve their efficiency and form.
  • TICKR X can also store up to 50 hours of workout data, which will sync to your smartphone via the Wahoo Fitness app.
  • TICKR X also offers the ability to transmit indoor cycling cadence to the Wahoo Fitness app.
xpedo cxr pedalbanner with Brian McCullough


Chuck Peña PEZ sez: “If you just need an HRM for heart rate, then the regular TICKR will do just fine. But PEZ readers who are both cyclists and runners will probably find the TICKR X’s running features useful. Being able to run untethered to a device and download data afterwards is a nice convenience too. I was a runner in a previous life, but not anymore so can’t attest to how the TICKR X works for running. But I can report that as HRM straps go it’s very comfortable (for the record, I’m not a fan of wearing HRM straps) and works exactly as you would expect for cycling. Which is to say that it pairs easily with my cycling computer (Wahoo ROAM so via the ELEMNT app on my iPhone) and the different cycling apps I use: Zwift and RGT on Apple TV, The Sufferfest and Xert on iPad. I’m also using the TICKR X to connect to the Elite HRV app to measure my daily morning heart rate variability.”

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Sena Rumba: Street-Style with Audio, Connectivity, and Protection
Sena’s 3 NEW Smart Cycling Helmets and Headsets including the new hip, street-style Rumba (MSRP $99)


The Sena Rumba multi-sport Bluetooth® helmet is designed for bicyclists, skaters, and anyone else looking for some style and tech to go along with their protection. Dual-certified for use by cyclists and skaters alike, the Rumba features Sena’s proven communication tech built right into the helmet, allowing riders to stay connected on the ride. Whether you’re skating or cruising your BMX, the Rumba keeps you connected!

  • Rumba sports 2-Way HD Intercom with an effective range of up to 400 m (0.25 mi), perfect for communicating with a friend…no cellphone or data usage needed
  • The helmet features integrated speakers and a microphone
  • Smartphone pairing via Bluetooth® 4.1 lets you play music, listen to GPS navigation, and take phone calls
  • Dual-certified helmet, suited for use by bicyclists and skaters alike

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2-Way Bluetooth® HD Intercom Keeps You In Touch with a Friend
With 2-Way Bluetooth® HD Intercom, there’s no need to shout to get a second rider’s attention. Two users can pair their Sena Bluetooth-enabled helmets to one another and enjoy conversations within an effective range of up to 400 m (0.25 mi). With up to 8 hours of talk time, you’ll have no worries about dropping out on the conversation. Communication is possible thanks to Rumba’s built-in intercom system. The microphone located on the helmet’s brim transmits your voice clearly to other helmets thanks to Sena’s Advanced Noise Control, diminishing wind noise. Experience a hands-free communication method without cellphone service or data usage!


Intelligent Design with Smartphone Compatibility
Rumba’s speakers are built inside the helmet, a design that enables the user to be aware of ambient noises on the road. The two-button control setup, located on the left side of the Rumba, operates functions like volume adjustment, intercom pairing, and phone pairing. The audio system provides more than just a way to communicate. By pairing your smartphone to the Rumba via Bluetooth® 4.1 connectivity, you can listen to music, hear GPS navigation, and take phone calls streamed right into the helmet!


Stylish and Secure Multi-Sport Smart Helmet
Rumba sports numerous vents on its shell, enabling airflow that keeps your head cool. An adjustable nylon chin strap couples with the spin-lock sizing adjuster to comfortably fit and stabilize the helmet on your head. This smart helmet features dual-certification by CPSC and ASTM, making it suitable for use by bicyclists and skaters alike.


Simple Pairing and More with the Sena Utility App
Take control of your Rumba using the Sena Utility App on your smartphone. With it, you can adjust settings on the fly, like selecting from 1 of 11 languages for voice prompts and even viewing the helmet’s Quick Start Guide. Utilize the app’s Smart Intercom Pairing to scan a QR code and instantly pair devices together for quicker intercom access.

The Rumba is available in Medium and Large sizes and in Matte Black color.



  • Weight: 500 g (M size)
  • Operating Temperature: -10˚C – 55˚C (14°F – 131°F)
  • Storage Temperature: 15˚C – 30˚C (59°F – 86°F)


  • Size: M / L
  • Color: Matte Black
  • Injection molded ABS helmet shell with EPS liner
  • Nylon Chinstrap
  • Ventilation (8 vents)


  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • Headset Profile (HSP)
  • Hands-Free Profile (HFP)
  • Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP)
  • Audio Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP)


  • Working Distance: Up to 400 meters (0.25 miles) in open terrain
  • Supports up to 2 riders


  • Noise Cancellation: Advanced Noise Control™
  • Codec: Built-in SBC Codec


  • Talk Time: 8 hours
  • Charging time: 3 hours
  • Type: Lithium Polymer Battery
  • Charging Temperature: 0˚C~40˚C (32˚F~104˚F)


  • Electronics: CE, FCC, IC
  • Helmet: CE EN 1078, CPSC 1203, ASTM F1492-08


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Flite Boost Kit Carbonio Superflow ‘MVDP Edition’: A Unique Saddle Signed by the Dutch Star


The relationship between Selle Italia and Mathieu Van der Poel, Alpecin-Fenix team champion, is strengthened through an active partnership: on the eve of the Tour of Flanders, the Italian company launches an exclusive saddle designed together with the Dutch champion.

On occasion of the 105th edition of the Ronde Van Vlaanderen, the race that saw Mathieu Van der Poel add his name to the last edition’s roll of honor, Selle Italia launches a saddle developed directly with the young Dutch talent.


“This collaboration helps further consolidate the personal and professional ties between our company and Mathieu,” stated Giuseppe Bigolin, Chairman of Selle Italia. “The opportunity to collaborate with athletes of his calibre is a source of great inspiration and pride for us. Selle Italia’s racing DNA has forever allowed the development of innovative, cutting-edge products and ensured the best possible support for the great champions of this sport”.


A relationship that began five years ago, that between the Italian company and Mathieu Van der Poel (Alpecin Fenix), and which is set to become even more intense during 2021, enriched by an important element: the development of a Mathieu Van der Poel “branded” version of Flite Boost, that is, with a dedicated logo and graphics.

The Flite Boost is Mathieu Van der Poel’s choice for both his cyclocross and road bike: a model featuring a short and compact shape, particularly aerodynamic and comfortable, now part of the thirty-year history of the Flite collection by Selle Italia, and which has accompanied the athlete during his numerous endeavors and victories, most recently in the Strada Bianche 2021.


To celebrate its collaboration with the Dutch athlete, Selle Italia has created a Flite Boost specifically dedicated to him, featuring a design resulting from a direct alliance between Mathieu and the company’s style centre: a collector’s model developed in white, just like the Flite Boost Mathieu normally uses when racing, with a square logo and the lettering MVDP – the champion’s trademark – applied to the saddle and created “ad hoc” for the athlete.


It’s a Flite Boost with Carbon rail (+10mm) featuring special packaging, displaying Mathieu Van der Poel’s cycling history and successes, and all the technical details of this unique collector’s model.


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Jack Wolfskin: The Ideal Layers for Spring & Summer Biking $24.95
Great new layering options for spring and summer riding from Jack Wolfskin. This 40-year old German brand is known for producing high-quality apparel that would be great when riding trails.

tech tee

Tech Tee – Available in Men‘s & Women‘s. The Tech Tee has a comfortable soft feel using a moisture-wicking material ideal for high output riding. This lightweight, highly-functional shirt is perfect for a long day on the trail or shuttle laps from the car. Additionally, it uses stay-fresh properties, an antimicrobial fabric ideal if you’re on an extended trip.

You’re up early and out on the trail, wearing your TECH T for your morning run. Even in the sweaty heat of summer, this T-shirt stays fresh. The lightweight fabric has a pleasantly soft feel and is fast wicking, so it’s perfect for high-output activities.

● Weight: 102 g (size M)
● JERSEY PLAIN Q.M.C. S.FRESH: light, soft, jersey knit fabric with stay-fresh properties and active moisture management
● MSRP $24.95
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KOM Cycling: Indoor Media Display Cycling Desk – $89.99


Game Changer with a Simple Solution
The KOM Cycling Indoor Media Display bike desk workstation is a must have for all serious cyclists looking for an indoor training solution during cold winters, or for a way to warm up before a race. Designed with ease of use in mind, you can easily reach your water bottle or phone thanks to two conveniently placed holding water bottle slots.


Adjustable Heights and Anti-Slip Surface
The KOM Cycling Media Display easily adjusts heights and features a non-slip rubberized surface to protect your devices from slipping. It’s perfect to use for your favorite indoor training workouts and is the perfect add on for an indoor spin bike.


Lightweight and Portable Functional Design
This KOM Cycling bike trainer media display offers the sturdy, secure device holder cyclists want. It features an unparalleled lightweight design and durability, thanks to an aluminum tripod base and plastic desktop with a rubber grip surface.


Multi Functional to Maximize Productivity
Use the bike trainer desk to maximize productivity while cycling or even as a standing desk to give your body a break from sitting all day. Thanks to the large surface area you’ll have plenty of room for all of your devices, as well as a water bottle or cup of coffee. And, the portability of this desk means you can easily switch between using it as a freestanding desk or trainer in just seconds


What are the desktop dimensions?
The desktop dimensions are 24″ x 13″ and features 2 water bottle locations, 3 tiered device slot with cable management, and an anti-slip surface.

What is the Min and Max height adjustment?
The KOM Cycling indoor bike desk can adjust from 34″ to 50″ with a simple clamp release located in the center support beam.

Is the Indoor Media Display available on Amazon?

“Must-Have” Bicycles Change Lives Jersey Available for Pre-Order


The eagerly anticipated Qhubeka ASSOS Bicycles Change Lives limited-edition jersey, featuring exclusive artwork from the ASSOS Bicycles Change Lives design contest winner, is now available for pre-order and has already seen an incredible response within just hours of its release.

“The patterns and colors of the African fabrics have inspired the design of the jersey, with the hand serving as the icon of the Qhubeka Charity.”Gianluca Tirassa, design contest winner.

The limited-edition jersey will retail for €150 with €60 of every purchase going directly to the Qhubeka Charity, supporting our team’s purpose of changing lives with bicycles.

The jersey is exclusively available at for pre-order and the Assos flagship stores in Lugano, London and Frankfurt, arriving 3rd May.

For every five Qhubeka ASSOS limited-edition jersey’s sold, one life will be changed forever through the donation of a bicycle to the Qhubeka Charity.

“We created this competition to provide more bikes for the Qhubeka Charity whilst at the same time raising awareness of their goal to move people forward with bicycles. We’re delighted with the response we received so far. The winning design really captures the message behind the charity and we’re looking forward to seeing the beautiful jersey out on the road!”Derek Bouchard-Hall, ASSOS CEO

“The fan interest and engagement in designing this jersey was overwhelming and to see the campaign come to life in such a beautiful and meaningful design that has the hand up on the front with such incredible colors and detail, makes it truly unique and a must-have item.”

“I can imagine riders going on training rides and smiling when they see another person in the same jersey knowing that they are connected by a common purpose to mobilize people on bicycles in South Africa. By owning one of these you are truly changing lives with Bicycles.” – Douglas Ryder, Team Qhubeka ASSOS Team Principal

Since its inception Team Qhubeka ASSOS has raised over €5 million for Qhubeka, sharing in its core belief that bicycles change lives by providing hope and opportunity.


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