1upPOWERbahn recreates accurate pedal forces and road load for cyclists so they can obtain the benefits of real riding indoors. Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on January 30, 2014.
About this project
THE 1upPOWERbahn TRAINER
1upPOWERbahn is dedicated to recreating Natural Resistance™. It delivers an authentic ride simulation in the comfort of your home or training center. It is truly rare and uncompromising in its ability to simulate real pedal forces, and real road loads so that your indoor training transfers effectively to outdoor riding. With a compact aluminum frame, designed for functionality and adjustability to fit any bike, along with its convenient Lock-n'-Load operation, it is lightweight, easy to use, and transportable, even on a plane. This intelligent frame design combined with POWERbahn Natural Resistance™ advances the state of the art of cycle trainers.
THE ANSWER TO CURRENT TRAINERS
The problem with current cycle trainers is that they do not feel like real outdoor riding. They do not simulate the momentum riders normally experience outside because the flywheels are too small, and/or their brakes apply linear constant resistance, which is unlike real riding. Some have tried to simulate inertia (the tendency to resist forward motion) but they can't simulate momentum (the propensity to stay in motion) which is what makes cycling pleasurable and efficient. Real resistance outdoors varies with pedal forces exerted by riders, and when cyclists don’t exert much pedal force e.g. at the dead spots in the pedal stroke (top and bottom-dead-center) momentum assists them naturally. POWERbahn Natural Resistance™ simulates momentum by monitoring pedal forces, and modulating resistance continuously (1000x per second). Constant resistance by comparison irritates riders, because it causes lactic acid to build up in muscles, due to its application of load in the wrong parts of the pedal stroke. Higher lactic acid prevents riders from reaching the power levels they’re really capable of when they ride outside, and POWERbahn equates indoor and outdoor riding with patented generalized equations of motion to simulate the momentum of real riding.
PROVIDING THE RIDER WITH THE EXPERIENCE (AND BENEFITS) OF OUTDOOR RIDING
The unpopular truth is riders typically generate more power, achieve higher heart rates, expend more calories, and metabolize more fat outside. 1upPOWERbahn therefore was designed from the start to allow riders to obtain the benefits of real outdoor riding. This is called transference in physiology, which says that training must mimic real riding in order to have optimal effects. For the sports scientist, training produces specific responses and adaptations, and such training has specific patterns of muscle recruitment and coordination, so the training mode of indoor cycling for example must mimic the precise pedal forces and pedal velocities of real riding outside throughout all 360 degrees of each pedal stroke, at every instant. 1upPOWERbahn modulates resistance at a rate beyond humans' capacity to kinesthetically detect the variations (1000x/sec.) and the net effect is a reliable simulation of outdoor riding and associated momentum.
SIMULATING NATURAL AND REAL MOTION
The 1upPOWERbahn trainer automatically rewards lighter riders with greater speed (virtual velocity) during climbs, as it adapts resistance to each rider based on their weight so the 1upPOWERbahn trainer is inertially correct. While typical trainers have a fixed flywheel mass that may feel too heavy for light riders, and too light for heavy riders, the 1upPOWERbahn trainer adjusts it’s effective/virtual mass so it feels right for every rider in every cycling situation including hills, down hills, and the transitions in between (changes in momentum).
The momentum each rider typically experiences outside is a function of their weight and velocity, and 1upPOWERbahn utilizes the technology of several issued US patents to simulate momentum indoors. Momentum provides riders with a real biomechanical advantage, as it helps move riders feet through dead spots in their pedal stroke (top and bottom-dead-center) which are unavoidable. 1upPOWERbahn uniquely simulates realistic momentum, and in doing so reduces riders' perceived level of exertion, which helps to maximize their power output, and allows them to ride for far greater periods.
AN OUTDOOR EXPERIENCE... INDOORS
Competitive cyclists and their coaches know that the power they produce outdoors is as much as 15% greater than the power they generate indoors. POWERbahn™ is the first & only indoor cycling system that equates indoor and outdoor riding with patented equations of motion to simulate the momentum of real riding.
THE TRAINER SPECS
• Proven, robust, & stable frame.
• Aluminum construction – Lightweight @ just 29 lbs and corrosion-free.
• Foldable & collapsable frame for easy transportation.
• Largest roller diameter @ 3-inches provides:
- quietest operation
- lowest tire wear
- largest contact patch for no-slip operation
- Fits Road bikes: 700c, 650c, 24″, 16”
- Fits Mtn bikes: 24″, 26″, 650b, 29″
• Convenient lock’n-load functionality provides
- single-step bike load and unload operation
• Wirelessly transmits power (Watts), speed, and cadence to Bluetooth Smart and ANT+ compatible devices
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT 1upPOWERbahn:
In appreciation of your support we would like to offer you some keepsakes that have been custom designed for 1upPOWERbahn.
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A "Thank You" postcard for helping to launch our new and innovative technology.
Pledging $19 & up
We offer the innovative Clean Bottle, with removable top and bottom for easy cleaning
Pledging $29 & up
Custom embroidered socks with 1upPOWERbahn logo
Pledging $49 & Up
Stay warm while riding with these breathable all black arm warmers with red and white striped wrist and our 1upPOWERbahn logo on the forearm.
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Stay warm while riding with these breathable all black knee warmers with red and white accents and our 1upPOWERbahn logo on the calf.
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This jersey has been custom designed just for 1upPOWERbahn. Features include fully sublimated graphics, a fitted "European" cut, and high visibility colors to help keep you safe on the road.
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The jersey and bib have been custom designed just for 1upPOWERbahn. Features include fully sublimated graphics, a fitted "European" cut, and high visibility colors to help keep you safe on the road.
Pledge $319 & Up
Everything from this kit has been custom designed to be as comfortable as possible. Every inch has been carefully considered for the benefit of the rider, from the choice of material to use of color. Why not show your support for the company that is bringing you the first trainer with the real feel of an outdoor ride indoors?
Pledge $1199 & Up
Own the industry's first trainer to bring the real feel of outdoor riding indoors. Designed from the ground up, this trainer is built to provide realistic force feedback and Natural Resistance to the rider for efficient training and optimal transference to outdoor riding.
Risks and challenges
Kickstarter projects have some risk in delivering new and innovative products. Fortunately, the 1upPOWERbahn trainer and components are made by folks who have been in the cycling and fitness industries for some time, consistently delivering hardware for 8 years, and electronics for 20 years.
The 1upPOWERbahn project, however, is new, and there are some business risks. These risks may sound academic, but they are real and include things like the price of raw materials, labor shortages, and fuel surcharges. These are out of most peoples' control, but the good news is, we have estimated these risks for the 1upPOWERbahn project, and we have sustained them for years in the past, and we plan to weather any future storms.
Regarding product specific risks, we have minimized them by not only prototyping the hardware and electronics, but by testing them endlessly with elite riders, and obtaining production-ready status so we could pull the trigger when ready. We decided early-on that we would stand ready for production immediately upon completion of a successful Kickstarter campaign.
We know that if we hit our Kickstarter funding goal, we will be able to deliver the 1upPOWERbahn cycle-trainers, continue to operate our business, and grow well into the future.
While we are skilled and experienced in manufacturing, sourcing components, and logistics due to our previous products, we point out here in Risks and Challenges that as with any new project, until all of these tasks are functioning for a new project, they remain risks in getting a 1upPOWERbahn cycle-trainer to you.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
1upPOWERbahn currently transmits power, speed, and cadence wirelessly to ANT+ bike computers so riders can see and can record the same data they normally do while riding outdoors.
The 1upPOWERbahn trainer also transmits speed and cadence, or power wirelessly to Bluetooth Smart devices such as smartphones and related apps commonly available on iTunes and Google Play.
1upPOWERbahn is forward compatible with planned Apps, which leverage our patented simulation of momentum and equations of motion, which allow the 1upPOWERbahn trainer to accurately replicate any grade from GPS data and/or geotagged video, as well as specific cycling or racing scenarios, such as headwinds, tailwinds, rolling resistance/surface, drafting and more.
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