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DC Rainmaker
30. Dezember, 13:23 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
15. Januar, 18:30 Uhr

While most of the cycling focus this week may be on the Tour Down Under in Australia, the reality is that most sports tech companies are busy cookin’ away trying to get products ready for the spring, when most cyclists (aside from Australians) wake up from hibernation and see what the non-Watopia world looks like (feel free to insert your own world switching joke here). For some of these...

DC Rainmaker
03. Januar, 00:45 Uhr

We’re starting off the New Year with something from the old year. I bought the TreadTracker a year ago, and I’m finally getting around to posting about it. Fear not, what’s old is new again. And, for many of you mid-winter, what’s old is still very relevant (since there’s nothing else like it). The TreadTracker is essentially a Bluetooth Smart footpod that doesn’t require a foot. Instead, it...

DC Rainmaker
08. Januar, 02:41 Uhr

It seems that Withings finally has its mojo back. After they were bought by Nokia, they entered what was more or less the dark ages for the company. We saw little to no innovation, and in fact, moving backwards in some product areas. It simply wasn’t a good fit. However, last year Withings bought themselves back. Or rather, Withings original founder bought the company back from Nokia. And, it...

DC Rainmaker
10. Januar, 00:27 Uhr

Each year at CES people invariably ask me what’s the most interesting thing I’ve seen on the show floor. Some years, there’s many options to choose from. This year? Not so much. Still, my answer this year oscillates between this crazy bread machine, and the PowerWatch 2 GPS. Which isn’t to say that civilization needs either, or that either will be successful as products (actually, pretty sure...

DC Rainmaker
11. Januar, 00:26 Uhr

Sitting innocently enough in a booth for Tile-competitor Chipolo sits a 4iiii dual-sided power meter. To say it’s out of place in this booth at CES would be an understatement. But, it’d also be missing the point of a fascinating effort that 4iiii has undertaken: Adding theft tracking to their power meters. And it would ignore the almost more interesting work they’re doing just adjacent to that...

DC Rainmaker
14. Januar, 10:34 Uhr

The easy title for this post would simply be “Suunto adds TrainingPeaks support”, but that’d be both confusing and only half-correct. First, Suunto as a company has actually long sync’d to TrainingPeaks from their Movescount platform. That’s the platform that up until last year was Suunto’s primary online platform. But with the introduction of the Suunto 3 and then Suunto 9 watches, Suunto has...

DC Rainmaker
14. Januar, 10:45 Uhr

With CES behind us, I’ve wrapped up and published almost everything that I plan to talk about from CES 2019 on the site already. While it was a bit of a quieter year for sports tech and wearables at CES, that doesn’t mean it was a quiet show for me. I also took that week in Las Vegas to meet with companies from around the country that took the opportunity to catch-up on other matters, including...

DC Rainmaker
16. Januar, 20:00 Uhr

In the indoor cycling space, it’s becoming clear that money is a key easy button to success. Lots of money that is. We have Zwift with its $165.5 million, or Peloton with its $994.7 million (yes, $1 billion dollars). Of course, there are companies like TrainerRoad and The Sufferfest that substitute cargo ships of VC money for longer experience in the space. Or those like KinoMap that simply go...

DC Rainmaker
17. Januar, 17:34 Uhr

Two days ago Suunto announced plans to retire their online training platform, Movescount, sometime around Summer 2020 (~18 months from now). Instead, users will use the newer Suunto online platform (previously called Sports Tracker – no relation to SportTracks). That’s the platform that Suunto has been pushing since the launch of the Suunto 3 watch a year ago, and then this past summer with the...

DC Rainmaker
31. Dezember, 11:29 Uhr

Last week I held the “You Didn’t Get What You Wanted $500 Gadget Giveaway”.  It was an opportunity 5,289 of you with perhaps good intentioned, but uncalibrated loves ones, that didn’t get you the gadget you wanted over the holidays, to obtain your desired gadget lust.  Or, just a chance to win some good ol’ fashioned free stuff! As is usually the case, I hopped over to my lovely friend,...

DC Rainmaker
07. Januar, 12:50 Uhr

Today Garmin begins their journey with cellular enabled wearables, announcing the first such device, the Vivoactive 3 Music Cellular/LTE. Actually, technically it’s called the Garmin Vivoactive 3 connected by Verizon, leaving zero doubts about who exactly it’s available for. And while pricing somehow isn’t yet available, the exact feature differences are clear – and I’ve had a very brief chance...

DC Rainmaker
04. Januar, 15:07 Uhr

Most times I buy or receive products I’ve got a mental expectation of how that product will probably turn out. And most times, it’s correct. Sometimes a product hits it out of the park well beyond my expectations (the original Scosche Rhythm+ for example), and sometimes a product that you expect will do well craps all over itself (Wahoo ELEMNT MINI Bike Computer). But for the most part, things...

DC Rainmaker
18. Juli, 22:23 Uhr

Bontrager has introduced a new far smaller and much cheaper variant of their popular Flare RT connected bike lights.  These $59 individual front and rear lights connect via ANT+ to supported head units to automatically turn on when you start a ride, and turn off when you end a ride.  You can also control functionality, like light modes, from the head unit itself. Bontrager is hardly new to the...

DC Rainmaker
28. Dezember, 20:58 Uhr

This past year has been a pretty substantial one for new sports tech products. Across nearly all categories we either saw piles of new devices to choose from, or saw a few really good new devices stand out from the rest in their respective markets.  Be it wearables or bike computers, action cameras or drones, and trainers or power meters. Virtually every category I cover saw some really good...

DC Rainmaker
27. Dezember, 18:41 Uhr

One of the coolest things about the indoor trainer industry is how many apps there really are. Sure, you know the big-name ones that seem to dominate the news cycle. But there’s tons of really tiny apps that you (or even I) may never have heard of. But then there’s those apps that sorta sit in the middle in terms of subscribers. And one of these apps has persisted longer than anyone else out...

DC Rainmaker
16. Juli, 10:29 Uhr

Stages may have just stumbled on making one of the best deals in GPS bike computers – the newish Stages Dash L10.  Of course, that’s actually not the two units that most cycling media outlets, including myself, will probably feature in their headliner images.  And if I had more hours in the day, I’d write separate posts for them.  But I lack that time, and in the case of the L50 and M50 units –...

DC Rainmaker
16. Juli, 11:24 Uhr

Now technically the deals last a bit longer than today, into the first half of tomorrow too – but that’s a bit more of a technicality than anything.  What matters here is the deals themselves.  Like most flash in the pan Amazon deal days, there’s some fantastic deals to be had. But also, a lot of has-been stuff too.  And even more importantly is understanding that the deals don’t all last...

DC Rainmaker
26. Dezember, 15:59 Uhr

I’m sure many of you received various sports gadgets over the last few weeks as part of the holidays.  But for those unlucky elves who received only a half-eaten gel packet in their Christmas stocking from their not-so-significant others, I’ve got a festivus of a present for you: This giveaway. The winner will get a $500 credit to CleverTraining.com, my most excellent partner in this giveaway...

DC Rainmaker
25. Dezember, 05:00 Uhr

So, you just got a new gadget under the tree (or, perhaps for some other Festivus in the last while). Congrats! Now, you’ve gotta figure out how to channel your inner sports geekdom to get the most out of that device. I used to write a post like this in past years a long while ago. But then I got too busy eating all The Girl’s Christmas desserts. But this year it’s back in action – so if you...

DC Rainmaker
24. Dezember, 20:17 Uhr

Transporting home our Christmas tree has become an annual tradition of ours since moving to Europe. And this year we continued it after our move from Paris to Amsterdam. Except, you know…a bigger bike equals a bigger tree. But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves. In case you’ve missed previous years, you can find them all here (click on a picture to go to that year): The tradition is...

DC Rainmaker
24. Dezember, 11:47 Uhr

Last weekend we headed up to northern Finland for four days with another family. Both our sets of kids are all only a few days apart in age. But since we were busy defrosting from that trip last week, I didn’t get a chance to write about it till now. Enjoy! 1) Hello Snowy Runs! The night before we caught our flights to Finland I frantically hit up the local running store, just prior to closing....

DC Rainmaker
22. Dezember, 17:01 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
21. Dezember, 14:44 Uhr

While the Tacx NEO 2 was the last product of the year that Tacx announced – a mere 45 days ago – it’s actually shipping already, unlike its bigger brother the long-awaited Neo Smart Bike.  Part of that reason, as you’ll see, is likely due to the fact that the Neo 2 has relatively minor changes in comparison to building an entire indoor bike. In some cases, keeping changes to a minimum might not...

DC Rainmaker
20. Dezember, 05:00 Uhr

Just a super-duper quick public service announcement for those that don’t follow on Twitter, or for some reason don’t read the weekly newsletter (written by The Girl). But this Saturday morning we’ll be hosting a simple Amsterdam Santa Claus themed fun run.  At the DCR Open House a few weeks back a few of you commented that it’d be fun to do stuff like this more frequently.  So, now is a good...

DC Rainmaker
09. Juli, 12:31 Uhr

I’ve written many in-depth reviews over the years. Trainers, GPS watches, action cams, drones…and yes, even a blender once (I still have the blender, it’s awesome). But, never a fan. But there’s a first time for everything, and today is that day.  A review of a fan.  And to be more precise, a really expensive fan. But, a fan that’s connected via ANT+, Bluetooth Smart, home automation tie-ins...

DC Rainmaker
19. Dezember, 12:22 Uhr

It’s been four months since Polar announced their new Vantage series of multisport watches. This series is currently comprised of two watches, the Vantage V and Vantage M. The V is the higher end multisport watch, meant to be a direct replacement of the nearly 5-year old V800.  While the Vantage M focuses on the mid-range, and carves out a bit of a new segment for Polar, it is meant to compete...

DC Rainmaker
08. Juli, 22:29 Uhr

While much of the attention in the Tacx booth today at Eurobike was on the soon to ship Tacx Neo Smart Bike, there was also a lonely trainer swirling around quietly in the corner – the new Tacx Flux 2 Smart.  This unit squeaked just in time to the show to be able to be put up on a pedestal (literally) – but wasn’t yet in riding condition. Still, it’s worthwhile taking a look at the specs and...

DC Rainmaker
08. Juli, 06:30 Uhr

Wahoo was busy today announcing a full slate of three new products, including the new full high-end Wahoo KICKR 2018 edition, Wahoo Headwind, and what this post is about, the Wahoo KICKR Core.  You can click on the Headwind post shortly, and later today you’ll find my complete In-Depth Review of the full KICKR 2018.  Until then though, here’s what’s new on the less expensive KICKR CORE...

DC Rainmaker
08. Juli, 06:00 Uhr

I anticipate the cheapest sports technology gadget I’ll release a review or early look on here at Eurobike 2018 will cost about $60. But perhaps I’ll end up finding something that fits into my realm for cheaper.  What I don’t expect though is to find anything more expensive than Elite’s stunningly beautiful Fuoripista indoor smart bike/trainer.  This Italian stallion comes in at a mouth-drying...

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