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07. August, 19:29 Uhr

A reasonably productive weekend the last few days have been (well, except on the pizza oven list). Especially for some upcoming new products. Here’s what I was up to nonetheless! 1) Arts and crafts project: A couple weeks ago the DCR Cave/Studio construction folks received something on some giant pallets. They were the double-wide pallets. I’m actually not sure what arrived on them, I just saw...

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10. August, 11:36 Uhr

Earlier this week a well kitted out van drove from Copenhagen to Amsterdam. Upon arriving it unloaded an indoor smart bike that in a few years might be the leading option in indoor smart bikes if you use Zwift. Or, it might fizzle. This post is a first look at a piece of hardware that Zwift believes is so innovative that they’ve licensed the hardware technology inside of it. Ultimately in a...

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16. August, 15:39 Uhr

Today Bontrager announced the Edge 1030. Wait, Bontrager? Don’t you mean Garmin? Nope, I mean that company owned by Trek but not named Trek – that’s Bontrager. See, they’ve partnered with Garmin to offer a slightly unique Edge 1030 model that’s only available through Trek channels (meaning their dealers, their online store and sometimes some other random places).  This model is fundamentally a...

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03. August, 12:37 Uhr

This week Xert, a training analysis/log platform rolled out their latest Connect IQ app – Segment Hunter.  While the company’s main thing in life is their adaptive training platform (which I’ve reviewed here), they’ve actually put together a growing collection of Connect IQ apps which run on Garmin’s app development platform.  An example being the popular ‘What’s my FTP?’ app that dynamically...

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14. August, 11:29 Uhr

After nearly a year, Wahoo has finally started shipping the Wahoo CLIMB to customers. Real-life, actual paying customers. For those not familiar, Wahoo’s CLIMB is a ‘grade simulator’, which basically means it makes the front of your bike go up and down, replicating the climbs and descents of your nearby hills (or in my case living in Amsterdam now, the meanest of canal bridges). Of course,...

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31. Juli, 21:07 Uhr

Let’s get something out of the way right up front: The Suunto 9 is the Suunto Spartan V2. Or next-gen Spartan Ultra, or whatever you want to call it. Except Suunto changed the naming system this go around – and now it’s called Suunto 9. Thus, if you’re looking for Suunto’s top-dog watch, this is the one you’re looking for. Despite the significant shift in naming though (for the better), think...

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06. August, 09:19 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...

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19. August, 19:08 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...

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09. August, 12:49 Uhr

There’s a pretty good chance you’ve never heard of Magene, nor Gravat (or the Gravat2).  But that’s OK, now you have. There’s also a pretty good chance you’re not going to buy this product. Not because it’s got any issues, but rather, because you don’t live in a region where it’s offered and supported. But that doesn’t mean this review isn’t worth a read (or at least a skim). There’s no doubt...

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12. August, 18:51 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...

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01. August, 10:03 Uhr

Today Strava announced two changes to their platform. One change makes little sense, while the other makes plenty of sense. The change that makes no sense will have no meaningful impact on you as a consumer, but will cause all heartache for companies in the cycling/running industry.  While the change that actually makes sense may make it more appealing for you to give Strava your cash. Also,...

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17. August, 12:38 Uhr

Over the last week FulGaz, the indoor trainer app that lets you ride outdoor routes indoors, released their Apple TV variant of the app. This is notable for a few reasons.  First, they’ve become the second app to do so after Zwift last fall. And second, whether or not you’re an Apple or Android household, Apple TV represents the least expensive way to get a dedicated trainer computer/setup up...

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02. August, 16:42 Uhr

Earlier this morning Zwift lit up their newest course, the UCI Innsbruck World Championships, in Innsbruck, Austria.  This course has been known since earlier this summer, with more details spilled at Eurobike last month – including the exact routes that would be modeled in Zwift.  I even went out and did a ride on the real-life route, just for the heck of it. Since then I’ve had a couple of...

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29. Juli, 15:54 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...

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18. Februar, 15:53 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...

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16. Februar, 09:07 Uhr

It’s been a long time coming.  For Stages, the development path of Stages LR has been over three years till it started shipping last month, with most of it in the public eye in the most watched bike on earth: Chris Froome’s.  Of course, Stages got its start prior to Team Sky with their left only power meter (now rebranded Stages L), but it wasn’t till their sponsorship of Team Sky that the...

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26. Juli, 12:52 Uhr

Each year the number of companies at Eurobike focused on aerodynamic offerings continues to expand, though, as of the end of the show none of them had shipped a product to any paying consumers.  But in the two weeks that have elapsed since the show, and in the weeks ahead – that’s already changing. Notio, for example, held their first delivery events in Montreal just over a week ago, and...

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25. Juli, 11:43 Uhr

As is customary the last few years, I rent an RV and drive down to Eurobike for the week-long festivus.  The main reasons I do this is that it’s both cheaper than most hotels, as well as being a huge time saver on a daily basis.  Finding hotels that are close to the convention halls is both tough and expensive (especially this year with the move to mid-July versus the last three days of...

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24. Juli, 14:40 Uhr

This won’t be a long post, but darn-it, I went out and rode a beastly loop of the new Austrian course, and thus I’m determined to make something of that time spent in the saddle.  Thus, here we go. As you may know, Zwift has two new courses planned for the upcoming months.  They’ve kinda announced these via various social media teases, but if you missed it you’ll soon get a New York City course...

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13. Februar, 05:58 Uhr

Every once in a while there’s a run of a few days where a handful of sports tech items are worthy of discussion in more detail than a passing ‘Week in Review’ mention, but less detail than a full standalone post.  Today is one of those times. Usually of course, this is just my excuse to chat/spout about a few things I thought notable.  And often so in response to a small avalanche of...

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22. Juli, 20:41 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...

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21. Juli, 11:52 Uhr

Like clockwork, Wahoo announced a new KICKR trainer at Eurobike this year – the KICKR 2018. Following an Apple-like release model, Wahoo has refreshed their high-end KICKR trainer each year, usually adding minor tweaks along the way that in culmination end up being fairly important if one skips a few years.  And in some ways, this year’s change was probably the biggest yet: They made it...

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08. Februar, 22:30 Uhr

Today officially marks the launch of Zwift running.  Of course, such a date is merely a formality. Or rather, mostly an opportunity to gather a bunch of press, running companies, and celebrities in NYC to…err…run on treadmills.  That’s because of course Zwift running has been available in one form or another for quite a while, though only more recently becoming truly easy to access. Still, it’s...

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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...

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07. Februar, 23:41 Uhr

As of today, Garmin finally has their first sensor that actually broadcasts via Bluetooth Smart (in addition to ANT+).  Vector 3 was of course announced last August at Eurobike, and then started shipping back in October (my in-depth review dropped in November).  That was slightly behind initial plans to ship in late September, but in the tech industry being only a few weeks late isn’t unheard...

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06. Februar, 11:26 Uhr

Last year about this time I tried out the original AIRhub while down at the Tour Down Under.  That product is essentially a front wheel that provides resistance that you can control from your smartphone via Bluetooth Smart.  It has a bunch of different modes, including some that pair to your power meter and heart rate sensors via ANT+.  In effect, the wheel can apply enough wattage resistance...

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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...

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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 –...

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05. Februar, 03:52 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...

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02. Februar, 09:57 Uhr

Last weekend I held the $500 gadget giveaway.  I considered it somewhat of a celebration of Australia Day, where I currently am.  A whopping 6,809 of you entered over the weekend – which once again one-ups the last record for a single-device giveaway. Boom, #winning!  Well, one of you will be #winning anyway.  The rest of you will be…umm…enjoying your weekend that’s arriving shortly? As is...

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