Just as Clark Kent becomes Superman, your iPod Touch or iPhone can transform into the dynamic iBike Dash + Power just by popping into a 'phone booth.' In this case, it's a weatherproof holster that mounts quickly and securely to your handlebars or steer tube. But beyond merely protecting your device from the elements, it houses special electronics that easily allow you to track trip and workout info in real time.
The iBike app receives signals from sensors and displays user-configurable info, including your trip and graphical interval workout data. Taking advantage of the iPhone's GPS capabilities, you can see real-time maps and download your actual bike route. And depending on your iPhone's memory, you can store up to six million miles of ride data at one-second intervals — it records info even as you swap in the included spare battery, change to a different app or take a call (using a Bluetooth headset) mid-ride.
What sets the Dash + Power apart from the Dash CC ($169) and Dash CC Deluxe ($329) are its circuit board and special accelerometer, wind and elevation sensors that enable it to measure and report your power. That includes both FTP (Functional Threshold Power) and DFPM (Direct Force Power Meters) power. And it's in addition to wind speed, hill slope, elevation, speed, cadence, time, distance, laps, GPS coordinates and heart rate — both numerically and with respect to your zone, using the included strap.
The iBike Dash + Power is compatible with Ant + sensors. It offers heavy-duty fitness testing. It can store multiple bike profiles. And you can download your ride data to a Mac or PC with their desktop application.