Now that our GPS Root website has been live for a bit, we’re getting plenty of positive feedback along with a few suggestions for improvements. Additionally, we’re continuing to enhance the user interface for a more dynamic experience and easier navigation.
Here are some of the more recent updates that have been added to GPS Root.
Strava Sync: Users can now seamlessly sync with the popular training and activity website from our GPS Root database. Single rides can be pushed through manually, or rides can be set to automatically upload to Strava whenever new files are added.
Dashboard Totals: On the dashboard of GPS Root, an overview of rides totals can now alternated between Overall, Yearly, Monthly and Weekly with the click of a button.
FAQ and Videos: More support has been added to GPS Root. Tutorial videos for the Mini GPS have been added, highlighting its features and functions. Furthermore, an in depth FAQ was put together and posted on the site covering many GPS questions about our devices.
There are also plenty of “works in progress” happening over GPS Root. For Example:
Improved Map and Graph Features: Subtle user-friendly enhancements are continuing to be added to both the map route and data graphs. The default view of the map now displays “Terrain” and the overlaid data points can be viewed as “Points” or “Solid Line” depending on user preference. Additionally, the data graphs can be switched between “Average Smoothing” and “Exact Input” that the device records.
Online publication Fat-Bike.com, “Born of a love for FatBikes and all things FAT”, pitted our very own Micro Floor Drive HV against two other contenders in the market, The SKS Spaero Double Action and the Topeak Mountain Morph, for their first ever shootout. The shootout judges each pump on weight, ergonomics and the number of cycles it took to reach 7 PSI, and is complete with personal accounts and plenty of charts to map out the results.
“At the end of the test, I put the Lezyne Micro Floor HV in the frame pack on my fat-bike and retired my Mountain Morph to my Krampus frame bag. That’s a pretty telling summary of this trail pump shoot-out. We declare the Lezyne the winner, with the Topeak coming in a close second and the Spaero a somewhat distant third.”
To celebrate Bike Month, we’re keeping it local! We have an incredible cycling scene in San Luis Obispo that features an impressive collection of organizations and coalitions that make May a very special month. Nearly everyday boasts multiple events aimed to promote cycling safety, awareness and fun in our area and beyond.
Here are some of the events we’ll be a part of:
Morro Bay Ride: We’re planning to give a quick safety talk about the importance of bike lights, followed by a fun ride around the city.
Bikefest: In the Village of Arroyo Grande, we’ll be hanging around Branch St. Deli sipping some frosty beverages and talking shop.
Bike to Work Week: While many of us already commute to the office by bike, we’ll be encouraging our entire team to pedal in during this week.
National Bike to Work Day: We’ll be serving up gallons of juice from 7am-9am for the SLO Airport Area breakfast, and giving away some sweet Lezyne swag.
SLO Tweed Ride: Because, sometimes it’s fun to dress up on bikes and travel back 100 years.
Urban Enduro: Another fun evening ride that’ll include a little urban, and a little singletrack. Stay tuned: there’ll be a chance to win a set of Lezyne lights here.
Cal Poly Bike Month Fair: Many of our employees are Cal Poly alumni, so look for us to have a presence there along with their cycling team.
Each week during Bike Month we’ll be giving away a set of KTV Drive lights through our local bike coalition to help promote rider safety and the importance of visibility. In cooperation with the coalition, we’re encouraging the month-long #LetsGetVisible trend. Check out the contest here.
The Tour of California kicks off this weekend and will once again pass through our backyard at the race’s midway point. As the most prestigious U.S. stage race, the field is stacked and features a powerful international presence. Kicking off Sunday, May 10 (Don’t forget: it’s Mother’s Day) the Tour winds it way from Sacramento, through the Golden State and finishes around the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Along the way, it will traverse some of California’s most notorious climbs like Mt. Hamilton and Mt. Baldy, and test the GC contenders during the high-altitude timetrial in Big Bear. Stage 8 has us the most excited; it will bring the peloton from Avila Beach to Pismo Beach, passing by our headquarters less than a kilometer away.
The Lezyne-sponsored Optum Pro Cycling p/b KBS team will be fielding a talented and very motivated squad at this year’s Tour of California. They’ll have 2015 Redlands winner and GC contender Phil Gaimon leading the charge, along with guys like Will Routley (last year’s KOM winner) and recent Tour of the Gila stage winners Mike Woods and Ryan Anderson in the hunt for stage wins. The team will also field a women’s squad for the coinciding three-day women’s stage race. The women’s team has also been racking up the podiums this year and has the depth to contest for every stage and jersey on offer.
Throughout the week we’ll be on scene working with the Optum squads as they compete for glory. Furthermore, they will be the first team to race with our GPS computers at the Tour of California. During select stages, we are planning to work with one or two of the Optum riders and recap the day’s battle. Here we’ll dive into their race data; analyzing their efforts and other interesting statistics through our GPS Root website.
There’s obviously been a lot of buzz about our new GPS line, and Mike Cushionbury of Dirt Rag Mag is the latest to speak up about this exciting new release! Mike gives a rundown of the product line, and got his hands on a GPS Mini, which he took out for a spin on San Luis Obispo’s Madonna Mountain and returned with anticipation for its official release.
“Lezyne has made a bold move. The company is well known for creating beautiful, machined aluminum pumps and tire levers. It’s since grown exponentially to include bottle cages, tools and lights. Now, in its ninth year of existence the brand is unabashedly going head to head with GPS leader Garmin…Overall, Lezyne has created a GPS with a lot of promise, and promises. I like the simplicity, the size and the interaction it’s claiming. It’s a GPS I’m excited about.”
Sea Otter was going off this last weekend, and Pinkbike was there to catch and report on all the action. Our booth got a little love as did our full line of GPS devices on hand for everyone to check out, but the ultra-compact Mini GPS seemed to get all the attention!
Pinkbike says, “Lezyne announced their new line of GPS computers at the Taipei Cycle Show, and had the full line on hand at Sea Otter. The Mini is the smallest unit, weighing only 30 grams with a claimed 10 hour run time. In addition to recording GPS data, the computer can display time, distance, speed, and elevation. MSRP: $139.99 USD.”
We here at Lezyne are obviously, truly excited about the release of our GPS line, which will be shipped out very soon! Bike Magazine has a nice review on the GPS Mini, the smallest of the three devices that will be available. The elegant Mini GPS is compact, powerful and ideal for the cycling minimalist. Simply turn it on, press start and go for a ride. Essential ride data is presented on a sharp, easy to read, semi-customizable display and logged for later analysis. The display also features auto-scrolling ride info, custom lap presets and an optional auto start/stop function. An optimized GPS recording system stores up to 100 hours of data and can be easily accessed via flash drive technology. Rides are saved as .fit files for cross-compatibility with third-party interfaces like Strava™ and TrainingPeaks®. Housed in a stylish aluminum bezel, the computer features a simple three-button operation and is micro USB rechargeable for up to 10 hours of runtime.
“The Lezyne Mini GPS is the smallest stand-alone GPS unit we’ve seen, but the California-based brand has big goals. Ever since GPS units started making their way onto bicycles, there’s been one clear market leader: Garmin. There are some other nice units out there, but Garmin is slaying it with a whopping seven cycling-specific computers starting at just $130. Lezyne recently announced the release of three new computers in an effort to grab a piece of the global positioning pie, starting with the Mini GPS.”
Join us at the Laguna Seca Raceway, April 16-19, for the 25TH annual Sea Otter Classic bike festival. We’ll be set up in booth number 423 along with our latest collection of goods—and likely a few swag items to hand out. Additionally, our new line of GPS computers will be making their first public appearance at the event, including the worlds smallest cycling computer: the Mini GPS. Also, be sure to cruise by at 3:00pm on Friday, April 17 to meet gravity rock star Cedric Gracia where he’ll be hanging out, signing posters and greeting fans.
We are so pumped to have New Zealand native and fearless shredder Kelly McGarry as our newest Lezyne ambassador. As an all-around adrenaline crusader, McGarry has become one of extreme sports’ most likeable guys and biggest huckers. He’s built his reputation as one of the world’s premier gravity mountain bikers with his long locks, big smile and go-huge attitude. Be sure to stay tuned: we have some wild plans in store with Kelly and his 70-foot-gap-flipping mentalness.
Read more about Kelly at his Lezyne ambassador page here!