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Favicon DC Rainmaker 05. Dezember, 16:38 Uhr

It’s been just over three months since Fitbit announced their Ionic GPS smartwatch, and about two months since they started shipping it out into the wild.  The watch is generally seen (by themselves and others) as critical to Fitbit’s revival in the wearables scene, competing with the likes of mid-range watches from Garmin, Apple, and others.  It contains GPS, contactless payments, music...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 04. Dezember, 20:18 Uhr

This past Saturday was the 4th annual DCR Open House.  It’s when I open up the doors to the DCR Cave (and Bertie’s Cake Studio) and we also organize a morning run around the best sights Paris has to offer.  Here’s the recap of this annual event! The Morning Run: First up was a test of how badly you wanted to get a workout in.  Saturday morning saw the temps drop to the coldest points since last...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 17. Dezember, 21:39 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...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 05. Dezember, 15:49 Uhr

It’s been one year since COROS burst onto the scene with their COROS Linx Smart helmet.  The main appeal of the helmet was that it had not only jawbone conduction speakers built into the straps (which don’t block outside noise), but it also had a wind-protected microphone.  Oh, and it was Strava orange.  Or Zwift orange.  Or Dutch orange I suppose.  Either way, orange. Actually, it also came in...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 04. Dezember, 10:31 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...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 30. November, 20:06 Uhr

It’s been exactly three months (plus a day) since Garmin announced their latest power meter, Vector 3.  With that unit they introduced a slew of both technology features and non-technology new aspects.  From a physical standpoint they got rid of the dangling pods off the side of the unit; everything is now internal.  They also went away from a 3rd party manufactured pedal, and built the whole...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 11. Dezember, 10:58 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...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 04. Dezember, 12:01 Uhr

Brrr…it got chilly here in the city this weekend, which I suppose only makes it appropriate for winterish things like holiday parties and Christmas trees.  Here’s what I’ve been up to the last few days! 1) A lunch date: The Girl and I made an excruciatingly long trip from the DCR Cave & Bertie’s Cake Studio on Friday for lunch.  We walked about…30 meters…to a newish restaurant next door.  I...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 08. Dezember, 16:00 Uhr

Today, Garmin released their running power app that they announced back in October.  The functionality requires a Garmin RD-POD, Garmin HRM-TRI, or HRM-RUN strap.  It also requires the latest Garmin watches, specifically either a Fenix 5, Chronos or a FR935. While Garmin might say otherwise, the reality is that it’s meant to compete with both Stryd and RunScribe running power.  And in many ways...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 26. November, 13:54 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...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 16. Juni, 13:30 Uhr

Late last summer at Eurobike, Stages announced a new product line from the company with the addition of their Dash bike computer.  But in many ways it’s more than just one product line, but rather an entire collection of products.  See Dash is just as integrated into the Stages Link site, where you can create workouts to send to the Dash as well as configure data pages for the Dash.  Same goes...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 14. März, 13:20 Uhr

Just about one year after Wahoo started shipping the Wahoo ELEMNT, they’re back at it again with a new and smaller variant – the Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT.  Now like their competitors, this unit isn’t designed as a successor, but rather simply another option with a different size for those who want a smaller unit.  Some folks want a bigger display – and the existing ELEMNT is still there for ya. The...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 23. November, 05:00 Uhr

Happy Thanksgiving!  For those of you in the US, I hope you’re prepping the Turkey for a good Thanksgiving today, or for that turkey trot!  For everyone else – welcome to…Thursday. Of course these next few days are unique in that today kicks off Black Friday Sales in not just the US, but in many other countries, especially across Europe (ignore the fact that it’s still Thursday and tomorrow is...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 13. Juni, 16:17 Uhr

In what may seem like a sea of Fitbit models, the Fitbit Alta HR attempts to strike the balance between what folks want as a straightforward activity tracker, while making some nods towards basic workout support.  I’ve been wearing a unit now for about two months – tracking my moves 24×7.  So I figured now’s a good time to dive into how well the unit works and where it stands against the...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 22. November, 16:52 Uhr

(Before we start, you can find my massive Black Friday 2017 deals post here, expect a massive churn on that post over the next 5 days, as we go through both Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  This guide attempts as best as possible to take into account pricing there, though I’ve also made it clear where specific price points may change recommendations.) Exactly one year later to the day, it’s time...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 21. November, 17:44 Uhr

It’s been just shy of three months since Wattbike announced their new Atom unit, which was designed to compete with higher end smart trainers like the Tacx Neo and Wahoo KICKR.  Up till now, Wattbike’s indoor bikes have been rather pricey – upwards of £2,250.  But the Atom significantly dropped that price down to £1,499, and more importantly added a flotilla of features not even found in their...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 20. November, 15:30 Uhr

Today Zwift released their long-awaited Apple TV edition, allowing you to get riding on the platform with a relatively small investment compared to a full desktop computer or expensive tablet.  The Apple TV variant has been under external testing since last spring sometime, but today it’s now available for everyone. I’ve been using it lately for my rides and overall it’s pretty darn good –...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 09. Juni, 19:54 Uhr

It’s that time of year again for the best night in Paris.  For the last four years in Paris we’ve been lucky enough to attend the famed Dîner en Blanc (Dinner in white) event, which is a massive flash-mob like dining event held in a unique and amazing location each year in the city.  The event is traditionally held in early June, with its exact location kept secret until minutes before you...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 08. Juni, 13:57 Uhr

As might be obvious these days, publishing a study on wearables is the fashionable thing to do.  There seems to be a new major (or at least noticed in the mainstream media) wearable study published every month.  Sometimes more often.  And that ignores the likely hundreds of smaller and never picked up wearable studies that probably occur each year in all manner of settings. And in general –...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 17. November, 12:01 Uhr

There are approximately four ways you can start off writing about the Zwift price increase, depending on which way you want to spin the increase.  I’ve used two of them thus far in my post, but to recap, your four options are: A) Zwift increases price $5 B) Zwift increases price 50% C) Zwift increases price $60 a year D) Zwift announces price increase, delayed 12 months for existing users In...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 07. Juni, 08:50 Uhr

Just over a week ago Polar announced their latest wearable – the Polar A370.  This new unit took the hardware of the Polar A360 that was released about 18 months ago and plopped in a few new features like continuous heart rate (the first Polar unit to offer such) and rebroadcasting over standard Bluetooth Smart HR protocols (also the first Polar unit to do so).  Not to mention more advanced...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 15. November, 15:43 Uhr

Today Cycliq announced their two latest products – the Fly6 CE and Fly12 CE (CE = Connected Edition).  For those unfamiliar with the company’s past products, both of these units are combination bike lights and cameras.  The Fly6 is the rear-facing unit, while the Fly12 is the front-facing unit.  The name ‘Fly6’ originally came from the phrase ‘on your 6’, as in, behind you.  Oh, and their ‘Duo...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 14. November, 12:02 Uhr

Normally on my ‘5 Random Things’ posts after each weekend I highlight a blend of tech gadgets that may have gotten unboxed, initial trials with new gizmos, and just random life things.  These things are generally about living in Paris, but they also follow wherever I and the rest of the family happens to be in the world. This weekend – there were no sport tech gadgets unboxed.  Nor any workouts...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 04. Juni, 22:12 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...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 02. Juni, 19:35 Uhr

Earlier this week bePro announced their 2nd generation power meter.  Well, actually, they didn’t.  A company called Favero announced something called the Assioma, which is the successor to the bePro power meter pedals announced almost exactly two years ago.  See – while most folks know them as the bePro pedals, the company isn’t bePro at all – but rather Favero.  And these new pedals carry with...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 09. November, 05:00 Uhr

It’s that time of year again! The now annual 20% off sale.  Now technically, it’s semi-annual since it happens now and in the spring.  But I don’t think anyone’s complaining about the chance to buy a brand new just released trainer for 20% off. No matter what you call it, there are some amaze-balls deals in here.  And while my title says all trainers and almost all power meters, the reality is...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 08. November, 22:07 Uhr

Once again, it’s time for the annual power meter buyer’s guide!  It’s where I round-up every cycling power meter on the market, and talk through what’s happened in the last year.  I give my opinions of every single power meter on the market, as well as some general guidance on choosing a power meter. I’ll note that when I first set out to update/write each of them I thought to myself “It seemed...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 28. Mai, 21:30 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...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 28. Mai, 15:50 Uhr

Last week was giveaway time! A rather respectable 7,467 of you entered the giveaway to pick up anything you wanted with a $500 credit to Clever Training for a gadget of your choice.  Which appears to smash the previous single-giveaway entrant record around these parts.  Well done folks, well done! As is usually the case, I hopped over to my lovely friend, Random.org, and stuck in the total...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 07. November, 16:13 Uhr

Over the last 6 weeks I’ve been wearing the Apple Watch Series 3 Cellular edition to see how well it works not just in daily use, but more importantly sport and fitness use.  This review is all about sport and fitness, since there’s a gazillion other places you can read about general stuff like looking at the pretty apps screen above.  Or just general apps.  Or talking to Siri.  Of course, I’ll...

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