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Favicon DC Rainmaker 17. Januar, 03:50 Uhr

Like many fitness tech companies at CES this year, Wahoo Fitness decided against being on the show-floor with a large booth.  Joining Fitbit and others, Wahoo went with off show-floor arrangements, in this case a suite some 31 floors above the craziness of the exhibition halls. It’s here that I found myself a pile of Wahoo BOLT computers and two Wahoo CLIMB units.  One was paired to Zwift,...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 03. Januar, 14:31 Uhr

Today Wahoo announced their latest device – the Wahoo TICKR FIT.  The TICKR FIT is simply an optical heart rate sensor that transmits ANT+ & Bluetooth Smart.  Basically, it’s like a Scosche Rhythm+ or to a slightly lesser extent like a Polar OH1 sensor.  All three of which are generally designed to be worn on the upper arm, which has the benefit of generally giving quite a bit more accurate...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 02. Januar, 10:45 Uhr

Back in November I posted a mention of doing some research for a new bike that I wanted to build.  This included the components as well as my general thinking on it.  Finally, a month or so later, I’ve completed that mission and figured it was time to share the results, details, and odds and ends. Before we get too deep into the parts, the most important thing to understand is that this bike...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 09. Januar, 17:00 Uhr

I initially thought of just titling this post “Scosche’s New Rhythm 24 Optical HR Band”, but in reality, that doesn’t begin to capture what they’re doing with the new Rhythm 24.  Because almost everything they’ve added is about things beyond the optical HR sensor.  They’ve jammed NFC in there, onboard memory, cycling cadence, swimming support, tripled the battery and much more. No doubt, the...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 08. Januar, 20:39 Uhr

In a move that will surprise approximately nobody, GoPro officially announced they’re exiting the flying camera business.  This was rumored over the weekend with the slashing of some 245 jobs, but solidified today in their earnings call.  Of course, while this ending was hardly a surprise, there were numerous signs of a possible Karma 2 drone as recently as this fall.  CEO Nick Woodman had made...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 14. Januar, 10:50 Uhr

Four redeye flights in a row later coming from CES in Las Vegas the wrong way around the world, and I’ve arrived in Australia!  Actually, more accurately, we’ve arrived in Australia.  Me, The Girl, and both Peanuts (Lucy is getting the pleasure of spending the next few months in warm and sunny Norway, since she isn’t permitted easily into Australia). The Plan: First up on the docket is the Tour...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 16. Januar, 02:52 Uhr

The Tour Down Under represents the first race of the UCI WorldTour season, and as such, establishes what we’ll see in terms of equipment as the baseline for most tech on the teams this year. The men kicked off their festivities down here on Sunday with the People’s Choice criterium, but the actual Tour Down Under Stage 1 didn’t begin till today (Tuesday).  The ladies meanwhile actually finished...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 09. Januar, 14:54 Uhr

Today, on the eve of CES opening its doors, Suunto cracked the lid on their latest watch, the Suunto 3 Fitness.  These small and incredibly lightweight watches are somewhat aimed to compete with the likes of Polar’s M430 watches, as well as Garmin’s Vivomove HR series, and Fitbit’s Blaze. The main difference though to past Suunto watches? The Suunto 3 Fitness doesn’t have GPS, but does have a...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 10. Januar, 16:31 Uhr

With thousands of companies exhibiting at CES, you see all sorts of things across a wide array of viability levels.  Some stuff you see you’ll know will be a hit.  While others it’s just a matter of time before not just the product, but the company folds. But then there’s the stuff in between – the stuff that might have a future, but the pathway isn’t crystal clear.  A perfect example of that...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 16. Januar, 03:56 Uhr

At the 2018 Tour Down Under, there honestly isn’t a ton of new bike tech.  At least, bike tech within the realm that I care about. Undoubtedly there are new frames, wheels, and probably the odd brake pad.  But in terms of things with electronics in them, most of that will have to wait till later this spring.  January has never been a popular time for bike electronics, and that’s certainly...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 17. Januar, 05:04 Uhr

On the eve of the start of Stage 1 at the Tour Down Under we held a grand event: One solely focused on bike tech and beer.  And by grand…I mean in the back outside section of a pub under the flight path of the international airport.  But what we lacked in aeronautical silence, we made up for in sports tech chat. The event was initially conceived by Murray from Wahoo Fitness.  He had...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 01. Januar, 15:32 Uhr

Happy New Year! As you’ve likely noticed, it’s been a wee bit quiet around here the last few weeks.  I wish I could say it was because I was relaxing on a beach, but alas, I’m exhausted from it all.  Thankfully – I’m able to get back to a normal posting schedule this week with new products posts or reviews planned each day! Then we’ve got CES next week, and the Tour Down Under the following...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 08. Januar, 12:00 Uhr

Finally, Garmin now makes a wearable that plays music. In some ways, that’s sorta all you need to know.  But of course, I’ve got plenty more details to dive into than just that.  After all, the running focused unit doesn’t just have music, but rather all the latest features and functions that Garmin’s been adding lately – such as NFC contactless payments (Garmin Pay), latest Connect IQ app...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 12. Januar, 16:29 Uhr

This week at CES, Peloton raised the stakes and announced their long awaited treadmill – simply called Tread.  For those not familiar, Peloton is the indoor cycling studio that’s transplanted into your living room via their swanky (and expensive) indoor cycling bike.  The key driver of success on the platform is that you’re not just watching recorded sessions with an instructor from 5 years...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 13. Juli, 14:52 Uhr

If you’ve been watching the Tour de France over the past week and a half, you’ve likely seen either the little gizmos pointing off the back of rider’s seats, or the constant stream of data on your TV about where precisely riders are at any given point in time.  Both of these things are part of a system that Le Tour has partnered with via Dimension Data to transmit exact rider position in...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 11. Juli, 10:30 Uhr

(Updated Last: 7:50PM US Eastern Time) Today is Amazon Prime Day, which is basically an excuse for the equivalent of Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales to happen in July for one day…and in this case, one vendor. It technically started last night US time (9PM EST), but it continues through till today.  It’s technically for Amazon Prime members only, though I suspect that’s most of America.  But the...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 11. Juli, 04:00 Uhr

It’s been far too long since I posted in the ‘Paris Blog’ section.  When we first moved over here (5 years ago this month!!!), we posted slightly more often.  Now much of what used to be Paris Blog material has just been rolled into my weekly ‘5 Random Things’ posts.  But today I’ve set out to change that, at least for today.  There’s almost no sports tech in this post, so if that’s not your...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 09. Juli, 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 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 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 18. Dezember, 20:16 Uhr

Each year since moving to Paris, we’ve ended up buying our Christmas tree not terribly far away at the flower markets.  While these markets are on the long list of tourism things to see in Paris, for us it’s more of a case of convenience.  It’s simply the closest spot to get our Christmas tree (save for some grocery stores that tend to have smaller trees). Less you think I’m kidding about this...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 07. Juli, 09:41 Uhr

Looks like there’s going to be a bit more cycling on the blog this week. At least for today. Don’t despair runners – there’s non-cycling stuff soon arriving!  And if you like cycling? Don’t despair there either, almost more of that coming too. And for you swimmers?  Umm..go outside and enjoy lounging in the sun by the pool after completing your workout?  Sorry. In any case – I made the trek...

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 05. Juli, 08:28 Uhr

Last August at Eurobike, Power2Max announced their latest power meter – the Power2Max NG.  This power meter would be their first unit with dual ANT+/Bluetooth Smart, while also tweaking their underlying measurement design to increase accuracy.  While they had anticipated it shipping in the fall, it ended up sliding to mid-winter, with many deliveries not occurring till spring. But these days...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 04. Juli, 11:18 Uhr

We left off yesterday with the first of my two weekend days at the Tour de France.  Don’t worry (or maybe you will), I’m not going to all the stages.  I’m going to pop in and out where it seems interesting and/or close by. While the first day was a short 14KM individual time trial done one by one on TT bikes, the second day was a group start for the 200KM+ long stage.  So the atmosphere was...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 03. Juli, 13:13 Uhr

This weekend was a whirlwind of time spent at the opening two days of the Tour de France.  I took over 1,000 photos on the first day alone. About 100 of those ended up in my Tour de France 2017 Trainers, Power Meters, and Gadgets post.  The other 900 or so?  Well, they’re sitting here with me trying to decide what to do with them.  There are some really fantastic shots in there – mostly...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 03. Juli, 04:00 Uhr

Today Elite announced their newest trainer for the 2017-2018 winter trainer season – the Direto.  This direct drive controllable trainer is notable partly for its price ($899), but also partly because it’s sporting easily the highest accuracy rating of any sub-$1,000 controllable trainer: +/- 2.5%.  In doing so, Elite is basically throwing down the hammer on their competitors.  Not just from a...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 02. Juli, 18:02 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 01. Juli, 22:53 Uhr

How quickly the 2017 season is moving forward.  Back at the Tour Down Under doesn’t seem all that long ago, neither does the Giro d’Italia – yet it’s been almost two months since I was there.  Still, it’s always interesting to check-in on the moving and shaking of tech gear within the Pro Peloton, especially when you get to find totally new products floating around the team areas. Today’s first...

Favicon DC Rainmaker 29. Juni, 13:48 Uhr

It’s been a few months since Polar first announced the M430, which builds upon their previously popular M400 GPS watch aimed primarily at the running crowd.  While the M430 is a modest upgrade to the M400, it does bring with it features that enable it to keep up in the marketplace – notably an optical HR sensor.  But the list didn’t stop there, they’ve also added in vibration capability as well...

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