ShredMate recently introduced a GPS sensor designed for your mountain bike, but as it turns out, this ain’t no ordinary trip computer. As well as recording your riding speed, distance and route, the ShredMate will also tell you how hard you were railing a berm, how many jumps you’ve pulled on your ride, and how big (or little) those jumps were too. Sounds fun, but is it just a novelty? Or something more than that? We put one in the hands of our resident humanoid robot, David Hayward, to find out. Over to David.
DATA! At the advent of smartphones, it became even more personal. From exercise, to nutrition, transport, location, education, sleep: startups told us everything was poised to reveal hidden patterns and revolutionise our lives. And while these tiny piles of digital excreta have their uses, it didn’t quite turn out like that. Before long, the impersonal mass of Big Data became the true centre of profit for vast platforms like Amazon and Facebook.
Nonetheless, as any of you who play video games can attest: doing things to make a number go up (or down) can be pretty fun!
Enter ShredMate: A little bike computer that works with your smartphone to record some extra numbers for you, namely airtime and g-forces.
At first, this feels a bit 90’s, as you zip tie a big sensor to your fork leg and put a magnet on one of your spokes. That’s where any resemblance to decades past stops though, with no wires snaking upward and no handlebar mounted display. It’s a wireless sensor that does some of the clever stuff, then sends it to your phone. It runs on one CR2032 battery, included in the box.
From there, you turn it on by spinning the wheel – an LED on the sensor flashes for the first few turns (though that’s easily missed in direct sunlight). Pair it with your phone in the app, agree to the terms and conditions, and then input your wheel size.
Whenever you want to record, wake the sensor, load the app, and press the cheerily titled “Let’s Shred!” button.
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