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DC Rainmaker
13. Oktober, 20:11 Uhr

Once again, it’s time for the big dance that is Kona. Or more technically – the Ironman World Championships. It’s when the fastest long-course triathletes in the world gather on a small island to collectively consume more electrolyte-filled drinks and gel packets in a day than more cities could ever down. But like past years – I’m most interested in the data, specifically, the power meter...

DC Rainmaker
03. Oktober, 21:00 Uhr

For the last two months I’ve been happily listening to music while I’m running. And finally, now you can too. It wasn’t that I couldn’t listen to music before that point. Certainly I had plenty of devices that supported music while running, including Garmin ones.  But at the end of the day I’m a huge Spotify user, and as such – that’s what I’m gonna leverage for music. Being 2018, I’m well...

DC Rainmaker
11. Oktober, 11:00 Uhr

When it comes to looks, you’re either going to love or hate the new Garmin Instinct watch. There’s not likely to be much middle ground. If you like the looks of Casio watches, you’ll probably be pretty excited about this unit. Whereas if you prefer less 1980’s style, you’ll probably end up skipping this unit.  In which case you can return to your regularly scheduled programming. If however this...

DC Rainmaker
12. Oktober, 04:33 Uhr

There’s been a handful of non-headliner tech tidbits this week in the world of sports tech that are worthwhile mentioning and chatting about. Of course, given this is Friday, the post length is required to be short. Apparently people have shorter attention spans on Friday. Or maybe that’s just me. Either way, onwards we go. Polar Vantage Series Updates Plan: It’s no secret that the new Polar...

DC Rainmaker
02. Oktober, 04:00 Uhr

It’s that time of year again! Time for you to start planning your trek to the 5th annual DCR Cave Open House!  Yup, it’s gonna be the fifth open house already – how time flies! Here were the first, second, and third, and fourth DCR Open Houses. But this year’s is different. Quite a bit different. First, the Cave is now a staggering 30x larger than before (yes, really), and more importantly:...

DC Rainmaker
14. Oktober, 18:41 Uhr

The Week in Review is a collection of both all the goodness I’ve written during the past week around the internet, as well as a small pile of links I found interesting – generally endurance sports related. I’ve often wondered what to do with all of the coolness that people write, and while I share a lot of it on Twitter and Facebook, this is a better forum for sending it on to y’all. Most times...

DC Rainmaker
09. Oktober, 04:00 Uhr

It’s that time of year again – the “Swim/Bike/Run Gear I use List!”.  Well, ok, it was that time of year like 3 years ago.  Thankfully as part of The Girl’s new duties, she prodded me enough to get my list done, and tomorrow you’ll see her list. Yup, a daily-double. Actually, that’s just a back to back header. Who knows. It’s funny, in many ways the core of my training stuff hasn’t changed a...

DC Rainmaker
08. Oktober, 04:00 Uhr

The above has been my playground…err..work spot, for the last week. Of course as you saw this weekend in my ANT+ Symposium post I’ve been up in Banff, Canada (within the province of Alberta) for the annual sports technology conference. 1) The ANT+ Symposium Certainly the main reason for me to fly to Canada wasn’t to go elk watching, but rather to attend the ANT+ Symposium. Of course, I wrote...

DC Rainmaker
10. Oktober, 04:01 Uhr

Hey there, this is The Girl writing to you today. As promised, I have put together an updated Gear I Use Post for you. So, if you are interested, take a moment to scan the lists of all of the things I love and keep on my team to keep me training and fit! Many of you have shown interest in what gear I’m using these days, as I am now (finally) back on the road to logging miles, pushing weights,...

DC Rainmaker
06. Oktober, 13:18 Uhr

It’s that time of year again – my annual state of sports technology presentation at the ANT Wireless Symposium.  This year marks the 8th year that I’ve given such a presentation at the event, which includes the vast majority of sports technology companies (even one surprising new one this year I’d never have expected to make the long journey to Banff). As always, this annual event caps off the...

DC Rainmaker
29. September, 08:52 Uhr

The Week in Review is a collection of both all the goodness I’ve written during the past week around the internet, as well as a small pile of links I found interesting – generally endurance sports related. I’ve often wondered what to do with all of the coolness that people write, and while I share a lot of it on Twitter and Facebook, this is a better forum for sending it on to y’all. Most times...

DC Rainmaker
19. April, 16:07 Uhr

Today Quarq announced their latest creation – the TyreWiz, which monitors your tire pressure on your bike.  These small sensors attach to Presta tire values, so basically most bike tires that this target market would care about (mountain, road, fat bikes).  From there the unit then transmits your tire pressure second by second to your head unit, be it a Garmin device or a Wahoo ELEMNT/BOLT, or...

DC Rainmaker
28. September, 09:05 Uhr

Woot – finally, they’re here!  Well, mostly here. You can order them, which makes them virtually here: The DC Rainmaker Cycling Kits! You first saw them almost three months ago starting in posts and YouTube videos back at Eurobike (seriously, it’s been three months?).  Both myself as well as The Girl sporting them.  But in reality, the process has been much longer, including nearly 6 months of...

DC Rainmaker
19. April, 01:00 Uhr

A few minutes ago AeroPod launched for purchase on Kickstarter, though, the company is hardly new to the aero field.  In fact, one could argue that nobody as has much experience (manufacturing or practical) with aerodynamic sensors in the industry than Velocomp.  After all, they’ve been making aerodynamic driven cycling products for a decade, most recently with their PowerPod. The $299...

DC Rainmaker
18. April, 16:55 Uhr

As a techie-geek I suppose there’s some expectation that I’ll be most impressed with the higher end gear. The stuff that has all the bells and whistles, and usually costs more.  But here’s the funny thing – out of the pile of Garmin new gear announcements today, I’m most impressed with the little Edge 130.  Not because it’s not powerful, it really is.  But because it’s the least expensive...

DC Rainmaker
18. April, 11:00 Uhr

Yes, it’s a bike radar. But no, it’s not the first bike radar Garmin has made. And yes, I can hear the comments about ‘why not buy a $15 mirror’ already being furiously typed into your keyboard. Except here’s the funny thing I learned in the 3 years since Garmin released the last radar: People actually like it. Or more specifically, people that bought one like it and find value in it. I don’t...

DC Rainmaker
18. April, 11:00 Uhr

Today’s multi-pronged release of cycling gear by Garmin is probably the company’s most decisive yet at fending off competitors to its lucrative head unit business. And in some ways, they’re probably even undercutting their own high-end head units to stave off competitors.  For starts, we’ve got the new Edge 520 Plus. That takes the previous $249 Edge 520 and adds full-blown mapping to it...

DC Rainmaker
27. September, 11:08 Uhr

It’s been almost precisely one year since I last posted about the Minoura Kagura DT (aka the LST9200). Almost all of which I had an unopened box of a Kagura DT sitting patiently in a corner. First in Paris, and then loaded into a moving truck and relocated to an Amsterdam storage unit. Then again relocated to the new DCR Cave in Amsterdam. Of which during that entire time the trainer sat...

DC Rainmaker
18. September, 17:00 Uhr

In some ways, Pioneer can be easy to forget about in the power meter scene, though I’m honestly not sure why. They’ve consistently delivered a new round of products every year at Interbike – almost as consistent as Apple can be counted on to deliver new iPhones in September. Each year Pioneer tends to announce new crank-arm models, and roughly every other year they drop the price. All while...

DC Rainmaker
27. September, 13:53 Uhr

Today TrainerRoad announced and released their next set of features to their platform, which edge it closer and closer to a full-fledged training log platform than just a trainer control platform.  This transition of course isn’t new. It began in earnest back this past spring when they added a bunch of training analytic pieces to their site.  But most of those pieces were about historicals, not...

DC Rainmaker
26. September, 08:42 Uhr

As expected, most of the cycling electronic-related gizmos and gadgets were announced back at Eurobike in July. Still, there were some holdouts. Both announcements that didn’t quite make the July dates and slipped till now, as well as some companies that were simply targeting Interbike from the very start.  And then there’s those updates on products announced at Interbike.  Got all that?...

DC Rainmaker
16. April, 16:04 Uhr

This could alternatively be titled – ‘Pre-Sea Otter Cycling Event $500 Gadget Giveaway!’  Or, it could be titled ‘Crap, I meant to post this on Friday and therefore this is your consolation prize for it being a Monday…nobody likes Mondays. Except, the second one is too long for the title.  And the first one is confusing for those that don’t know what Sea Otter is.  Thankfully, everyone knows...

DC Rainmaker
11. April, 04:00 Uhr

Virtually every day I use action cams to get shots for all assortment of things: In-Depth reviews, general posts, Strava pics, and even Instagram (ok, I suck at being daily there, The Girl is far better). Over on YouTube I’ve seen a lot of questions on what specific accessories I use often, or even what Micro-SD cards I use.  So I put a bit of a video together primarily for YouTube, but then...

DC Rainmaker
20. September, 13:00 Uhr

It’s that time of year again. Like clockwork it’s the annual drop from GoPro of new action cameras. This year they’ve launched three new cameras – the Hero 7 Black, Silver, and White.  These three new cameras will replace all existing cameras in their lineup with the exception of the GoPro Fusion 360° camera. This review is all about the new Hero 7 Black, which is their top-end camera (the...

DC Rainmaker
18. September, 16:00 Uhr

And just like that, Kinetic has joined the direct drive trainer flotilla. But unlike everyone else, their trainer actually rolls. Or tilts I suppose. I guess it could roll if you fall off it. Kinetic has taken their popular Rock & Roll series of trainers that spans back more than a decade, and upgraded it to the digital (and direct drive) era. The new R1 trainer supports all the protocols...

DC Rainmaker
18. September, 17:00 Uhr

Today Wahoo and Pioneer announced a bit of a partnership that will bring Pioneer’s advanced power meter pedaling metrics onto the Wahoo ELEMNT and BOLT head unit lineup. These metrics have long been only available on Pioneer’s head units, and roughly rival what Garmin has done with Cycling Dynamics (though, I’d argue Pioneer’s are far more detailed). In addition to this Wahoo-specific...

DC Rainmaker
17. September, 05:26 Uhr

This week’s 5 Random Things has had a serious locale shift, as I’m in Tahoe for Interbike, which relocated to Reno/Tahoe this year in an attempt to…well…just not be in Vegas. While the official show-floor hasn’t opened yet, I spent the weekend up in the mountains enjoying everything the area has to offer. 1) Wrapping up at the wind tunnel First up on the list was finishing the day at...

DC Rainmaker
24. September, 09:46 Uhr

Last week at Interbike, Tacx announced the Flux S, making it the second Flux trainer announced in almost as many months.  The first Flux trainer was announced this past summer at Eurobike, the Flux 2.  The Flux 2 was designed to be a beefier upgrade to the original Flux trainer that came out two years ago.  It added a number of internal specs including accuracy and the ability to simulate...

DC Rainmaker
04. April, 17:52 Uhr

I’m a Spotify person. Sure, there are many audio services, but the one I listen to virtually the entire day (and at night with the kids) is Spotify.  Largely because it works anywhere I am in the world, without funky restrictions.  Regrettably though, when it comes to sports wearables, none of the majors offer options there.  Not Garmin (Deezer/iHeartRadio), nor Fitbit (Deezer/Pandora), nor...

DC Rainmaker
13. September, 10:00 Uhr

After just shy of five years since Polar’s last multisport product was announced – the replacement for it is finally here: The Vantage series. This series actually breaks the product line into two models, the Vantage V being the higher end touchscreen edition, and the Vantage M being the mid-range non-touchscreen product. Feature wise, they are nearly very similar, both supporting full...

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