We asked riders on Facebook for their opinion of the Recon Jet for mountain biking.
89% would not wear a product like this while riding.
11% would use a product like the Recon Jet.
The story we posted this morning:
There is little doubt that Recon Instruments is targeting roadies for their $499 Heads-Up Displays (HUD) Recon Jet, but you can be sure that some of them will find their way into the dirt.
The company explains that the Jet uses wireless connectivity to third party devices (via ANT+ and Bluetooth) so the rider will have access to critical information including heart rate, cadence and power output. The Recon Jet keeps the user connected by displaying caller ID and text messages hands-free and available at a glance. Athletes can upload and view information from their social networks direct from Recon Jet during activity, seamlessly and hands free.
Really? You need to keep connected to social media when you are trying to stay connected to an awesome trail? The main reason we mountain bike is to get away for the seemingly constant barrage of "social media." There is a place for social media (check out our Facebook page
), but it is not when you are cruising along anything as intense or beautiful as the Backbone, Snodgrass or Poison Spider Trails. It took us a long time to get used to carrying a Smartphone along on our rides, but at least that can be concealed in a hydration pack or jersey pocket. It doesn't have to be attached to your face.
Riders obsessed with tracking their heart rate, power output and ride progress are the most likely to adopt HUD glasses (we like calling them DUPE glasses, Display Under People's Eyes), but this is a tiny group of professional athletes. We can't imagine wearing a Recon Jet for trail riding.
Not even George Hincapie can make the Jet look cool. If you want more information on the Jet, click here. Just don't wear one on the Saturday morning group ride unless you have thick skin. You will be the brunt of a lot of kidding. Rider Fred McGill from Facebook sums it up for the majority saying, "I no longer even have a computer on the bike. Throw the phone in my pack with Strava on and look at the results later. Much more enjoyable ride that way."