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Don’t want your iPhone braving the elements on a bike ride? With this new wireless display from Wahoo Fitness, you won’t have to: It’s weatherproof and works with iPhone cycling apps.

RFLKT

Cyclists that ride with an iPhone may be interested in the RFLKT from Wahoo Fitness, which debuted on Wednesday. The device, pronounced like the word “reflect,” is aptly named because it’s not quite a cycling computer by itself.

Instead, Wahoo bills it as an “iPhone powered bike computer,” which is a very accurate description: the small device acts as a second screen and interface for iOS cycling apps.

That means the RFLKT by itself is simply a display with a Bluetooth radio inside. But when paired with an iPhone 4S or iPhone 5 and a GPS application used to track cycling activities, you won’t need to pull out your phone to see speed, cadence, distance and other data on your rides. Here’s how Wahoo describes it:

“The RFLKT wirelessly receives all App data and ride info from the iPhone 4S and/or iPhone 5 via Bluetooth Smart. Equipped with control buttons, cyclists can operate their favorite iPhone cycling App, toggle between screens, start/stop intervals and even control iPhone functionality such as music playback all from the RFLKT, while the iPhone remains safely in a jersey pocket or bike mounted compartment. RFLKT’s sleek profile and lowly 2 ounce weight, make it virtually unnoticeable when mounted, while the coin cell operated battery has a life of over one year and requires no charging. “

You could always mount your iPhone to your bike’s handlebars to accomplish the same thing, but I like what the RFLKT offers because I don’t want my iPhone out in the elements when weather is iffy.

With this weather- and shock-proof wireless solution, the iPhone can be bagged — a plastic sandwich bag is perfect for this — and placed in a protective pocket. And there’s no functionality loss because the Bluetooth connection between the RFLKT and the phone is two-way, meaning you can still manage lap times and such in your app. Take a look:

Wahoo Fitness is selling the RFLKT online for $129.99 and is the device is open so that it could be used with practically any cycling app — Wahoo has its own, of course. That’s great, but it will depend on third-party developers to add RFLKT support for their app so if you use different exercise tracking software title now, you may have to wait a bit and hope that your favorite app supports this new gadget.

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  1. I’m a huge fan of cycling, you personally know this. In terms of cost, it’s not too steep (though $30-$40 less would be ideal). The device is touted as an iPhone cycling tool. Why can’t it just be a BlueTooth cycling tool that works with Windows Phone and Android also? Here’s my confusion with the marketplace on mobile solutions: All of the phone manufacturers offer lots of solutions to open a gigantic door for third-party app and hardware designers. Why would Wahoo (or anyone for that matter) limit themselves to selling their devices strictly for iPhone? I used to use an iPhone, I’ve now switched back to Android. Why can’t my fitness stuff be less exclusive? I see this a lot in the marketplace and wonder what made them choose between “A lot of people own iPhones” and “A lot of people own Smartphones”.

    1. The Bluetooth Low Energy API is not in the general Android Kernel. WahooFitness API has to sit on top of those, and they will be out very soon with support for Samsung phones as they are getting support directly from Samsung on this. Then we can have RFLKT support (as well as general ANT+ and Bluetooth LE) in certain Samsung phones.

      Meanwhile, RFLKT is now for sale. So far there are two apps that interface with it: Wahoo’s own and iMobileIntervals (which supports display and control of music and intervals in the remote display). http://imobileintervals.com/app

    2. As it happens, a lot of people who have iPhones ride bikes. Later this product and others will work with other platforms.

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