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Favicon DC Rainmaker 14. September, 12:54 Uhr

Over the course of the summer we’ve seen both Garmin and Favero roll out new pedal power meters.  In Garmin’s case they’ve got their third generation Vector 3 pedals, while in Favero’s case they have their Assioma units, which are effectively 2nd generation BePro pedals. Meanwhile, PowerTap has had their P1 pedals in the market for over two years now – effectively raking in the cash over their...

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 17. September, 18:14 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 11. September, 11:11 Uhr

Earlier this summer Elite announced the Direto, a direct drive trainer that’s fully integrated into the likes of Zwift and TrainerRoad. Priced at $899 it was initially targeted at the mid-range price market, but over the course of the last few months the target audience has widened to likely best some of the higher end trainers as well.  And ultimately, I think it’s probably the ‘trainer to...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 21. September, 08:13 Uhr

Today at Interbike, TrainerRoad and Garmin showed off a new capability that allows you to view your Garmin Vector Cycling Dynamics data in real-time on TrainerRoad via their app.  This would mark the first time any company has been able to leverage these Garmin metrics in real-time.  Further to that, the two companies talked about their somewhat recent expansion to allow you to upload training...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 19. September, 14:42 Uhr

As Interbike kicks off today, so does some power meter news.  The first to move is WatTeam with some new models, new modes, installation services, and reduced pricing.  Oh, and some new algorithms.  All of which combined make for some incredibly compelling news from the company wrapping up its first year of shipping products. Note that most times we don’t see power meter news till Wednesday,...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 20. September, 16:35 Uhr

One of the greatest parts about living in Europe is just how easy it is to travel from country to country.  In less time than it would take to drive or take a train from Washington DC to NYC, we were able to zip up to Amsterdam for our first weekend away sans-baby. But more than that, this would also be our last weekend away before a bit of an expansion. 1) There’s Peanut 2 on the way! First,...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 11. September, 17:26 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 timer saver on a daily basis.  Finding hotels that are close to the convention halls is both tough and expensive, whereas the convention center actually provides a massive RV campground a mere 100...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 21. September, 11:00 Uhr

When the VIRB 360 was announced this past spring, it was one of the first single-device 360* action cameras to actually produce higher than 4K resolution video files that looked good.  Previously, even 4K 360* action cameras didn’t look all that spectacular, because the 4K resolution was stretched over that entire 360* view, so your effective resolution floated between 720p and 1080p. With the...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 12. September, 16:35 Uhr

It’s been about three months since Favero announced their next generation power meter pedals, the Assioma.  These pedals would build upon the BePro units of two years ago, doing away with the complicated installation process while also adding in Bluetooth Smart support and a companion app.  Like the previous generation, they’d have a dual sensor solution (Duo), and a single-pedal solution...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 06. September, 12:25 Uhr

Sometimes, beauty is only skin deep. And unfortunately in the case of the Vivomove HR – that’s never been more true. But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves.  The Vivomove HR is the second iteration of Garmin’s dabble in classic timepiece looking watches, which they kicked off last summer with the original Vivomove.  These watches were Bluetooth Smart connected, but mostly looked like a...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 04. September, 08:25 Uhr

Today Wattbike has introduced their first consumer-focused smart stationary bike.  And unlike some of the other ideas floating around – this one is actually real, here today, and with production underway.  So much real that a unit has been sitting in the DCR Cave for a few weeks now. And while it’s easy for some to dismiss a stationary bike as not a real bike and trainer (I’d often do the...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 20. September, 18:55 Uhr

Today at Interbike, 4iiii has announced a new product lineup of power meters, the 4iiii Precision Podiiiium.  But because I can’t stand to write Podiiiium throughout this entire article, I’m calling it Podium.  You can thank me later. The new unit builds on the existing Precision dual sided lineup that’s been around for about a year, you may remember my in-depth review of it last winter.  The...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 12. September, 18:33 Uhr

Today Apple announced their 3rd generation Apple Watch, simply named Apple Watch Series 3.  This new watch is nearly identical in form factor to their 1st and 2nd generation Apple Watch, but now packs in cellular capabilities as well as a far faster processor. Alongside that, Apple formalized changes coming in their watch operating system (WatchOS), which include new sports features like...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 10. September, 07:30 Uhr

It’s been a while since I’ve written about a random ride in an epic spot.  But in years past in the deserts of Jordan, or the coast of South Africa, or the Pyrenees, I’ve been lucky to sneak in some amazing rides.  And this past week, while working my way back home from Eurobike, I set aside a few hours (ok, a lot of hours) for a climb up the majestic Grosse Scheidegg in Switzerland.  All of...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 18. September, 15:10 Uhr

A few weeks ago as part of Garmin’s trifecta announcement of new Vivo-labeled products, they announced the Vivosport (along with the Vivomove HR and Vivoactive 3).  In many ways the Vivosport got overlooked as it lacked the fashionista flashiness of the Vivomove HR, while also lacking all the bells and whistles of the Vivoactive 3 (like contactless payments). But the Vivosport actually has a...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 31. August, 11:19 Uhr

Today Garmin announced a swath of new Vivo-branded wearable devices.  You’ve got the Vivoactive 3, which I’m covering here – but also the Vivomove HR and Vivosport, which you’ll see in another post.  Those two are updates of the existing Vivomove and Vivosmart 3 (yes, the one that just came out 5 months ago). But as I was saying – this is all about the Vivoactive 3, and the changes here are...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 07. September, 16:12 Uhr

Over the past couple of years, Polar has been continuing to iterate on their optical HR sensor design.  While Garmin and Fitbit (for example) have mostly kept to the same design and slowly iterated and improved it with minor changes, Polar took a different approach.  They made a slew of widely different sensors in a whole pile of devices.  Earlier this year we saw them clearly make a...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 30. August, 08:00 Uhr

It’s that time of year again – new trainer season.  Or more precisely, just about the end of new trainer announcement. Wahoo’s been busy this summer between the new KICKR SNAP announced last month, as well as the new Wahoo ELEMNT MINI announced earlier this month.  But now, here at Eurobike, we’ve got two further announcements, including a new Wahoo KICKR as well as the CLIMB accessory for...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 30. August, 08:00 Uhr

While this Eurobike is a bit quieter when it comes to major new trainers, we do have one item that’s definitely unique coming out of the Wahoo camp: An incline simulator. The new Wahoo CLIMB will raise and lower the front of your bike to match the incline the trainer is currently simulating, allowing you to actually feel the climbs in Zwift, or just to leave your bike forever in a –10% descent...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 19. März, 18:18 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. August, 00:17 Uhr

In a move that took a mere 3 hours, PowerTap has responded to Garmin’s new Vector 3 pedal debut by matching their price.  The Vector 3 pedals were announced earlier today at a price of $999, which was $200 less than the existing PowerTap P1 pedal price of $1,199.  That price has remained constant since the PowerTap P1 pedals announced over two years ago.  PowerTap also lowered the P1S...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 01. September, 18:16 Uhr

While you may not know it, we’re just at the edge of an indoor bike revolution.  Or, at least we are according to some people.  No matter whether or not that happens we’re seeing bike trainer companies and others alike starting to develop products in this market.  The first of which this week to flaunt their plans was Tacx, with the new Tacx Neo Smart Bike.  In a nutshell, the company has taken...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 29. August, 11:00 Uhr

After over three years, Garmin has updated its flagship GPS navigation computer with a new edition – the Edge 1030.  This new large-screen style unit features a longer battery life along with a new external battery pack option.  Not only that, it adds in Bluetooth Smart sensor support, FirstBeat Training load metrics, Rider to Rider messaging, and more. I’ve been riding with the unit for quite...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 29. August, 11:00 Uhr

Today Garmin announced their third generation of power meters, Vector 3.  This new unit brings sweeping changes both easily seen outside, but also internally as well.  In fact, I’d argue the internal changes are far more important than the new pod-less design on the outside. I’ve been riding with them for over a month now – and have a pretty good grasp on where things stand with the latest...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 28. August, 13:00 Uhr

Today Fitbit launched their first legit smartwatch with 3rd party apps, wireless payments, and music support onboard.  That’s all in addition to a revamped optical heart rate sensor, refreshed GPS platform, new coaching services, and a boatload of smaller features and plenty of accessories. And because they were in the doubling down mode, they also launched new wireless Bluetooth headphones...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 28. August, 07:14 Uhr

Today Stages (finally) announced their long seen but never sold dual left/right power meter, the Stages LR.  This new system simply adds in right-side measurement to what has long been Stages left-leg only product line. Of course, long-time power meter followers know that this isn’t a product out of thin air. In fact, it’s been running Team Sky bikes for a number of years, all in the public...

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 13. März, 18:14 Uhr

Last week was giveaway time!  You had all week to get in your giveaway entry, and because of my desire to spend some days riding never-endingly in the sun, I’m catching up this week – and that includes pulling the winner!  Think of it like an early St. Patrick’s Day present. A very solid 6,095 of you entered the giveaway to pick up a new power meter from Clever Training, specifically one of the...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 23. August, 13:00 Uhr

Today Wahoo checked off another box on the ELEMNT & ELEMNT BOLT series, by adding in support for executing structured pre-programmed workouts on both cycling computers.  In addition, they also added in support for controlling 3rd party trainers via ANT+ FE-C – meaning they can finally control non-Wahoo trainers. Both items were seen as somewhat of the ‘final frontier’ of Wahoo being more...

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