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

04/9/2021 12:08
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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.


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

Cycling Gear Comparison Chart


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.


Data Sheet:

#selleitalia #takeyourflite #mathieuvanderpoel

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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Catching Up with Shifting Gears’ Eamon Lucas

04/9/2021 0:05
Eamon Lucas

Rider Interview: After a year of… not much due to covid, US rider Eamon Lucas is back in Belgium and looking forward to more wins and a professional contract. Ed Hood catches up with Eamon from his Belgian base in Brugge to hear about life since pre-covid lockdown.

Eamon Lucas
Back in Belgium

It was March 2019 when PEZ soothsayer, mentor and kermis guru, Vik alerted us to an American dude burning up the kasseien in the Flatlands of Flanders, one Eamon Lucas by name. The Californian is a versatile man; he was on the US junior squad, is strong against the watch, has ridden ‘fixie crits,’ stage races and season 2019 saw Heartland wins in, Maldegem-Kleit, Izegem, Oostrozebeke, Osstkamp, Langemark, Marke and Eermegem. We duly, ‘had a word’ with the man.

His winning streak continued through the season, generating interest from several professional teams, a pro contract looked likely for season 2020 – then along came Covid and in common with riders all over the world, at all but the highest level of the sport there were no races for him to ride. But the man is back, newly married, with even bigger hair; and he’s serious, complete with wife, pooch and all their worldly possessions he’s returned to Belgium with just one goal – to sign a professional contract.

More wins on the way

Time for another chat we figured:

PEZ: Season 2019 was a good one, Eamon with numerous good wins in Flanders but the last thing you said to us back then was; ‘Season 2019 is about signing a Pro Contract, end of story,’ what happened?
Eamon Lucas:
Yeah, 2019 was a kick ass year, I had good results and ended up doing testing at the Mapei Sports Centre in Italy and returned my best numbers ever. I was on the radar with the Cofidis and Trek teams; I just needed to post some more good results at the start of 2020.

PEZ: But in 2020 along came Covid?
Yeah, I came back to Europe on February 16th and performed strongly both individually and for the team in the five races I rode – then came the pandemic and I had to pack up shop and head back home to the US. The Belgian Federation wasn’t allowing foreign riders to participate due to the regulations covering Covid.

Training time

PEZ: How has your preparation over the winter of 20/21 gone?
It’s been really productive; I stopped early in 2020 with less volume in August and September then had October off.
In November I reconnected with Neal Henderson of Apex Coaching and Consulting, he coached me when I was u23, he’s a highly respected coach; among his results is preparing Rohan Denis for his successful world hour record attempt in 2015; he also coaches Sam Bennett. I’ve put in 8,200 kilometres since November 1st 2020, gone vegan and am feeling good – very much ready to race! I’m in Bruges right now with my wife Marissa and Gimli, our Yorkshire Terrier so I’m serious about what I need to do this year.

PEZ: How was travel from the US to Europe during these crazy times?
It was pretty smooth, we had a test 72 hours before our flight then a rapid test at the airport before we boarded with four suitcases, two back packs, two bike bags and a dog!

Ready for the season

PEZ: And Bruges is home now?
They call it ‘Brugge’ here, but yes and we’re within 100 metres of the square which features in the movie; so it’s one bad ass location!

PEZ: Are you back with the Shifting Gears team?
Yeah – it’s a Specialized Concept Store here in Bruges and we have a strong line up; I was out riding with my team mates yesterday. I was with them in 2019 when I had my best results, it was a strong team with guys like Hans Dekkers who was with Garmin and Landbouwkrediet. I get a salary, bikes, clothes, nutrition. . . But I’m allowed my own personal sponsors – Oakley, Clif Bar and Polar watches – a wonderful network of support.

Riding for the USA

PEZ: Who are your other training partners?
Timothy Dupont of Bingoal Wallonie Bruxelles, your readers would probably remember him from winning Nokere Koerse a couple of year ago; then there’s Johan Jacobs from Movistar who’s Swiss but is based in Belgium and Johan Museeuw’s son, Stefano who’s with BEAT Cycling. Most of the Deceuninck guys live within 30 kilometres of here, I’ve met up with Yves Lampaert and Tim Declerq – that dude is a machine!

PEZ: Give us an insight into your training.
Last week was pretty ruthless, 22 hour, 700 kilometres [that’s 31.8 kph average, ed] it rained every day and it was windy and cold – but if you don’t like the Flanders lifestyle then best go home. . .

Eamon Lucas
In California

PEZ: How’s the 2021 race programme looking.
I’d like to tell you more about it but I’ll know better at the start of April, things begin to ease off then, for example, indoor dining will be allowed again. I think people here in Belgium have been respectful of the government restrictions; it was like that back home in Monterey, too – but in LA and San Francisco I think things were a little more ‘gnarly.’

PEZ: Will there be time for any of those, ‘fixie crits’ in your schedule?
If I have a week open in my schedule and there’s one to be ridden in France, Italy or maybe the UK then sure, it’d be fun.

Eamon Lucas
After race interview in Belgium

PEZ: Why keep coming back to the wind and rain, leaving that California sun and surf behind?
It’s the dream, man; paying the bills by riding the bike and I’m still on the trail of that elusive dream, a contract with a professional team. I have the numbers and here, I have the opportunity.

PEZ: Do you have an agent to help with the pursuit of that dream?
I don’t have an agent but I have folks in my corner and this April the chase starts all over again.

Eamon Lucas
Lucas wins in Izegem

# Vik will be monitoring Eamon’s progress, always good to see a young man, ‘just doing it.’ And Vik and I hope to get back to the Flatlands later in the year and have a beer with the man. #

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