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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 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...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 31. Oktober, 11:00 Uhr

Sometimes, I do sports that are actually not swim-bike-run.  Be it skiing, or…ok, I guess that’s it.  Actually, I scuba dive, which I suppose is still technically swimming.  Or swimming done rather poorly. So poorly that you’re never-endingly sinking to the bottom of the oceans. In any case, like any other person, I do a wide assortment of things that I find interesting.  One of those things...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 05. November, 19:35 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 06. November, 05:00 Uhr

Somehow, the weather is still fantastic here in Paris in November.  It’s cooled down a bit in the last 24 hours, but overall, I can’t complain much.  Lots of sun, blue skies, and still largely short sleeve workout weather. 1) Running with the Samsung Gear Sport Lately, there’s a lot of prep work involved in going for a run.  From the 3-4 GPS watches to the 4-6 running footpod doohickies, as...

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 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 30. Oktober, 13:59 Uhr

Today Polar announced the ability for app developers to access data within Polar Flow, via their new ‘Polar Open AccessLink’ API.  An API (Application Programming Interface) is what allows applications and platforms across the internet to communicate with each other.  For example, when you upload a workout to Polar and that magically pushes it to Strava, Polar is using Strava’s API’s.  The same...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 02. November, 04:00 Uhr

Today Epson announced a flotilla of new watches.  Not just one watch, but five different GPS watches from $99 to $399.  They’ve got everything from smartphone notifications to activity tracking, and most models have optical HR too.  Plus, they get into the triathlon realm with a $249 triathlon watch that’s got all the core functions most triathletes need. This, of course, isn’t Epson’s first...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 20. November, 05:00 Uhr

Here’s what went down over the weekend here at DCR HQ!  Speaking of DCR HQ, don’t forget that we’re just under two weeks away till the Annual DCR Cave Open House! Be sure to register! 1) Delivery Friday! Friday turned out to be a strong convergence of delivery peoples in my general direction.  I had a box from my US mail forwarding addressing bringing various goods over.  Then I had my...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 03. November, 16:54 Uhr

It’s that time of year again! Time for you to start planning your trek to the 4th annual DCR Cave Open House!  Yup, it’s gonna be the fourth open house already – how time flies since we did all that construction!  Here were the first, second, and third DCR Open House events! The open house is on a Saturday evening for folks that want to come check out the DCR cave, and just in general have fun...

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 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 18. Mai, 18:18 Uhr

My day at Stage 10 of the Giro was jam-packed. It basically couldn’t get any more packed.  I arrived into the small town where the stage was starting from around 10:30PM the night prior, and by 4:17PM the next day I was already ‘briskly’ rushing back to the airport to catch my flight. Thus, over the course of about the 8 or so hours there I walked some 17,000 steps checking out bikes and...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 17. Mai, 12:00 Uhr

Yesterday I spent the full day at the Giro d’Italia checking out all the sports tech goods the pro teams had on hand.  In the case of this stage, it was an individual time trial – which means that each rider starts individually, one after another.  While that rider will ‘only’ ride 39KM solo, the entire procession of all pro riders takes about 5 hours from start to finish. This gives me tons of...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 16. Mai, 04:00 Uhr

And by now…I mean like 5 months ago. But no matter, I’m finally getting around to telling you about it in some manner that might be noticeable.  Or even semi-formal. But wait – what’s the DCR Analyzer? You know in my in-depth reviews (you do read those, right?) where I’ve got all these fancy charts that compare one power meter to another (or 4 others)?  Or one heart rate strap to another or...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 26. Oktober, 12:59 Uhr

Sitting on the list of things I’ve been meaning to write about for about a month, is a nifty and little known tidbit: At the ANT+ Symposium this year, Garmin announced that 3rd parties could start to leverage Garmin’s previously proprietary Cycling Dynamics metrics within their own products.  Be it power meters or head units (or watches), all of which no longer requiring Garmin Vector to get...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 14. Mai, 11:14 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 18. Oktober, 22:15 Uhr

A bit of backstory: This past summer BSX ceased sales of their BSX Insight monitor to focus on their LVL hydration sensor.  In addition to discontinuing the Insight product line, they also laid off the sales and marketing staff associated with the product line, and further informed all retailers of the discontinuation. However, at the same time, the company promised (to retailers) that they’d...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 09. Oktober, 17:59 Uhr

A year ago when BSX announced they were launching a new product – LVL – it seemed like the company might have shifted from a relatively niche market of muscle oxygen sensors, to what would have been a far more widespread and profitable category: hydration sensors. While athletes would see hydration sensor technology as useful for training or racing, the actual applications here are far wider...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 12. Mai, 14:23 Uhr

Last summer (2016) amidst Suunto announcing the Spartan series, they made note of a planned optical heart rate enabled version that would be released down the road.  Fast forward to this past January (2017) and at CES they did just that – the ‘Wrist HR’ lineup, often just abbreviated as WHR.  This lineup took the existing Suunto Spartan Sport and added a Valencell optical heart rate sensor into...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 22. Oktober, 04:00 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 10. Mai, 15:50 Uhr

Over the last few years, ROTOR has been slowly increasing both the quantity of power meters they make – as well as the types of power meters they make.  It first started with the original ROTOR Power LT some three years back, and then two years ago they introduced the left-only variant, INpower.  However, last spring they announced the dual left/right variant- 2INPower, which they started...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 20. September, 15:28 Uhr

As Interbike kicks off you’ll see a slew of both mainstream as well as smaller companies try and get your attention with new products.  Some of these will be products that you genuinely find useful and plan to buy, and others will just be ones you sit and marvel at with either fascination or child-like intrigue. It’s that second emotion that covers a new app released today for Strava that...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 19. Oktober, 11:42 Uhr

Earlier this week The Sufferfest rolled out a pretty significant change to its indoor trainer app.  The platform has been around for a number of years, but has really honed its focus in the last 1-2 years and reinvented itself.  In doing so it’s become quite a competitive indoor option to leading apps like TrainerRoad and Zwift. The main change was shifting to something they call ‘4DP’ – for...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 08. Mai, 13:11 Uhr

A few weeks ago GoPro sorta-announced a new action cam.  Sorta being the operative word here.  Unlike most GoPro announcement occurrences, this was more of a formalized naming and acknowledgment of existence.  It included roughly as much information as an upcoming birth announcement, with about the same timelines and details.  Yes, we know it’s a baby, and its gender.  Oh, and it’ll be born...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 18. Oktober, 16:37 Uhr

It’s been about 6 weeks since Garmin first announced the new Vivoactive 3 GPS watch.  This watch builds upon the Vivoactive HR by adding in more features including things like contactless payments with Garmin Pay, as well as structured workouts.  It, of course, retains the sports-focused features of previous models as well as the Garmin Connect IQ app platform. Over these last 6 weeks I’ve been...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 18. Oktober, 14:11 Uhr

(Hey folks, DCR here. It’s incredibly rare that you see guest posts here, but today I’ve got a special one, from Shane Miller of GPLama fame.  As you probably know, he’s deep into all things sports tech as well, and he’s been doing cool Strava Insights pieces on YouTube for a while.  We figured taking a closer look at Kona this year and the devices being used would be super cool.  With that –...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 07. Mai, 21:59 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 17. Oktober, 16:00 Uhr

Over the last month or so you’ve probably seen a few action clips of mine using a funky length of 50 meters of cable and a doohicky zip across it like something out of crazy ziplining video.  That is Wiral, and as of today, they’ve launched on Kickstarter. So what is it, and what’s it for?  It’s known as a cable cam, and enables you to attach a camera to it (GoPro, cell phone, some lighter...

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