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DC Rainmaker
02. November, 16:07 Uhr

It’s that time of year again: Indoor trainer season. Though in reality, that’s actually not terribly true these days. With indoor training apps and the entire experience becoming more and more immersive, more and more people are using them all year round.  And the new trainer announcement season itself has stretched from late spring to just this morning (with two new entrants in the last 24...

DC Rainmaker
13. November, 14:04 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. This year was legitimately a quiet year in power meters. At least terms of substantial new...

DC Rainmaker
09. November, 17:14 Uhr

Today WatTeam has decided to cease production of power meters while they focus on looking for a strategic partner to carry their low-cost power meter concept forward. Said differently, they’re looking for a bigger brand to buy out the technology and likely pivot to working exclusively with crank arm and bike manufacturers instead.  Interestingly, they will however continue to support existing...

DC Rainmaker
27. 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...

DC Rainmaker
16. November, 14:50 Uhr

(Before we start note that obviously Black Friday is around the corner and as such we tend to see good deals on gadgets. As well as the big sales, some of which end this Saturday night. I’ve tried to note in this guide where products often go on sale, and account for it accordingly.) Each year around this time I publish my complete guide of sports tech recommendations, covering a wide range of...

DC Rainmaker
06. November, 19:17 Uhr

It’s time. Because, well, it’s been a long time since the last time. And more importantly, because it buys me some time back tomorrow writing a post, since I’m spending the majority of this week finally moving into the new DCR Amsterdam Cave, now that construction has largely wrapped up.  So that means things like building shelves, assembling furniture, unboxing an entire moving truck worth of...

DC Rainmaker
01. November, 14:58 Uhr

Squeaking in just under the wire for the 2018 Trainer Guide is the just announced Tacx NEO 2 Smart Trainer, the successor to the top of the line and now three-year-old Tacx NEO Trainer.  This new model brings a handful of improvements, including new pedal stroke analysis, left/right balance transmission, and better internals, including components that are supposed to open the door to new...

DC Rainmaker
04. November, 20:51 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...

DC Rainmaker
08. November, 11:02 Uhr

Like clockwork, 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,...

DC Rainmaker
30. Oktober, 12:44 Uhr

It’s been a bit over a month since Tacx first announced the Flux S, which despite looking similar at a distance to the also newly announced Flux 2, is indeed different. Aside from price (the Flux S is $749USD and the Flux 2 is $899), the Flux S is slightly lesser spec’d than the Flux 2.  Effectively it’s a minor refresh of the original Flux from two years ago. Of course, we’ll get to all the...

DC Rainmaker
31. Oktober, 11:00 Uhr

Got two and a half quick tech tidbits for you today, as I keep my head down focused on a flotilla of trainer posts for the next 48 hours. All trainers…all the time.  Until then, some non-trainer news that will definitely make runners happy! Garmin FR645 gets Spotify: While everyone was excited about Spotify back on the Fenix 5 Plus series a few weeks back, many more of you are just as excited...

DC Rainmaker
14. Mai, 18:40 Uhr

(This is the second post in the ‘Is it a viable Zwift competitor’ series, the first being VirtuGO earlier this year. Like Disney’s Star Wars plans, this titled series may continue until the next millennia without any real plot twists). Like with the first installment of this series, my goal here is to find out where each of the growing number of Zwift competitors stands from a features,...

DC Rainmaker
14. Mai, 06:00 Uhr

It’s that time of year again – the semi-annual VIP 20% off sale! As with last fall and last spring, there are some amaze-balls deals in here.  And while my title says all trainers and many power meters, the reality is that this applies to boatloads more devices/products too, especially if you think outside the box. Historically speaking we see the biggest sports tech sales clustered in two...

DC Rainmaker
13. Mai, 18:38 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
10. Mai, 17:42 Uhr

Do you know what happens when you remove GPS and style from the Fitbit Ionic? You end up with a Fitbit Versa. Which is probably the easiest way to describe the two watches. Certainly, the Fitbit Versa can be stylish in the right hands (or wrists), but ultimately the main differentiator is the lack of GPS compared to it’s more expensive sibling.  Both have music storage onboard as well as 3rd...

DC Rainmaker
09. Mai, 13:47 Uhr

In the growing battle of not just trainer platforms, but training log platforms, TrainerRoad just took a big step forward.  As one of the original pioneers of device-agnostic indoor training apps, they now allow you to account for your outdoor training within their platform.  Not only that, but you can start doing some training load analysis from within their platform as well, including some...

DC Rainmaker
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...

DC Rainmaker
07. Mai, 10:24 Uhr

There’s been a handful of interesting announcements or things this week that didn’t (or don’t) quite need their own post, but I wanted to briefly touch on since I’ve seen some questions on them.  These cover everything from the crazy circular sale of Withings back to itself, my time speaking at the HRV Summit last week in London, Favero’s super cool white paper on power meter accuracy, and...

DC Rainmaker
06. Mai, 05:01 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
25. Januar, 10:21 Uhr

Within the trainer app realm, much is made of the giants – Zwift and TrainerRoad.  And rightfully so, they’ve grown their respective customer bases over years with boatloads of happy customers.  At the other end of the spectrum is a flotilla of smaller apps, akin to local bike shops, that do well in their own right.  They aren’t the same as Zwift or TrainerRoad, and each has their own...

DC Rainmaker
14. Oktober, 18:41 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...

DC Rainmaker
03. Mai, 11:00 Uhr

For those that have been around the DCR block long enough, you’ll know that I’m always looking for tracking solutions for my worldly activities. Especially ones that don’t depend on having a mobile phone nearby, and even more so for ones that don’t depend on cellular service at all.  I’ve long since played with various satellite trackers, be it on remote islands in the Pacific Ocean, or in...

DC Rainmaker
13. Oktober, 20:11 Uhr

Once again, it’s time for the big dance that is Kona. Or more technically – the Ironman World Championships. It’s when the fastest long-course triathletes in the world gather on a small island to collectively consume more electrolyte-filled drinks and gel packets in a day than more cities could ever down. But like past years – I’m most interested in the data, specifically, the power meter...

DC Rainmaker
12. Oktober, 04:33 Uhr

There’s been a handful of non-headliner tech tidbits this week in the world of sports tech that are worthwhile mentioning and chatting about. Of course, given this is Friday, the post length is required to be short. Apparently people have shorter attention spans on Friday. Or maybe that’s just me. Either way, onwards we go. Polar Vantage Series Updates Plan: It’s no secret that the new Polar...

DC Rainmaker
11. Oktober, 11:00 Uhr

When it comes to looks, you’re either going to love or hate the new Garmin Instinct watch. There’s not likely to be much middle ground. If you like the looks of Casio watches, you’ll probably be pretty excited about this unit. Whereas if you prefer less 1980’s style, you’ll probably end up skipping this unit.  In which case you can return to your regularly scheduled programming. If however this...

DC Rainmaker
30. April, 18:14 Uhr

In many ways, the Jetson’s vision of cycling Tomorrowland seems to always involve some form of heads-up display.  And numerous companies over the last half a decade or so have tried to get us there. From smaller entities like Recon Instructions (bought and then shut down by Intel), to larger ones like Google. And that even ignores attempts by 4iiii, Oakley and Garmin too. But none of them have...

DC Rainmaker
10. Oktober, 04:01 Uhr

Hey there, this is The Girl writing to you today. As promised, I have put together an updated Gear I Use Post for you. So, if you are interested, take a moment to scan the lists of all of the things I love and keep on my team to keep me training and fit! Many of you have shown interest in what gear I’m using these days, as I am now (finally) back on the road to logging miles, pushing weights,...

DC Rainmaker
09. Oktober, 04:00 Uhr

It’s that time of year again – the “Swim/Bike/Run Gear I use List!”.  Well, ok, it was that time of year like 3 years ago.  Thankfully as part of The Girl’s new duties, she prodded me enough to get my list done, and tomorrow you’ll see her list. Yup, a daily-double. Actually, that’s just a back to back header. Who knows. It’s funny, in many ways the core of my training stuff hasn’t changed a...

DC Rainmaker
08. Oktober, 04:00 Uhr

The above has been my playground…err..work spot, for the last week. Of course as you saw this weekend in my ANT+ Symposium post I’ve been up in Banff, Canada (within the province of Alberta) for the annual sports technology conference. 1) The ANT+ Symposium Certainly the main reason for me to fly to Canada wasn’t to go elk watching, but rather to attend the ANT+ Symposium. Of course, I wrote...

DC Rainmaker
06. Oktober, 13:18 Uhr

It’s that time of year again – my annual state of sports technology presentation at the ANT Wireless Symposium.  This year marks the 8th year that I’ve given such a presentation at the event, which includes the vast majority of sports technology companies (even one surprising new one this year I’d never have expected to make the long journey to Banff). As always, this annual event caps off the...

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