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21. Mai, 20:50 Uhr

This weekend The Girl was off enjoying the weekend away in Austria, giving me full reign of the two kiddos.  As such I was a bit limited in terms of doing things like outdoor rides on a road bike…but I more than made up for it with the cargo bike! Here’s what went down. 1) Off to the dunes! Ok, so I said no outdoor rides. And that’s true…except I snuck in one ride just before The Girl left,...

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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...

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14. Mai, 05:59 Uhr

This weekend was jam-packed with tidbits, many of which where left on the 5 Random Things cutting room floor.  Still, here’s what made the cut! 1) A Massive GoPro Selfie Stick Friday afternoon I was on a mission – I needed some better photos. Not of me, but rather, of a space we’re looking at for the DCR Cave.  The problem was that the leasing company managed to lose the key to the space, and...

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20. Mai, 08:24 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. 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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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16. Mai, 15:37 Uhr

Last week Shane Miller posted his review of the TechnoGym MyCycling Smart Trainer.  For those not familiar (which is almost all of you), TechnoGym makes a direct drive trainer, sorta like the Wahoo KICKR, except missing all the stuff that makes the Wahoo KICKR appealing. It doesn’t have ANT+ FE-C or Bluetooth Smart FTMS, doesn’t work properly with Zwift (or any other app) on Windows. In order...

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21. November, 17:44 Uhr

It’s been just shy of three months since Wattbike announced their new Atom unit, which was designed to compete with higher end smart trainers like the Tacx Neo and Wahoo KICKR.  Up till now, Wattbike’s indoor bikes have been rather pricey – upwards of £2,250.  But the Atom significantly dropped that price down to £1,499, and more importantly added a flotilla of features not even found in their...

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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...

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20. November, 15:30 Uhr

Today Zwift released their long-awaited Apple TV edition, allowing you to get riding on the platform with a relatively small investment compared to a full desktop computer or expensive tablet.  The Apple TV variant has been under external testing since last spring sometime, but today it’s now available for everyone. I’ve been using it lately for my rides and overall it’s pretty darn good –...

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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...

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26. April, 19:22 Uhr

Last week I held the $500 gadget giveaway.  I considered it somewhat of a celebration of the upcoming Sea Otter Classic bike show and festival, where I was checking out all the latest bike tech.  A whopping 5,743 of you entered while it was open– not too shabby! As is usually the case, I hopped over to my sporadic friend, Random.org, and stuck in the total number of entries: Then it was back...

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26. April, 06:39 Uhr

Here’s the next installment of Sea Otter related sports tech tidbits.  As a reminder, here’s what I’ve covered thus far: Sea Otter 2018 Tech Roundup–Power Meters: SRM Pedals, 4iiii Podium, ROTOR INpower, and more Plus all the standalone posts: Hands-on: New $299 AeroPod Aerodynamic Sensor Hands-on: Quarq TyreWiz Cycling Pressure Sensor Hands-on: Garmin Edge 520 Plus with Mapping Garmin Varia...

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19. April, 16:07 Uhr

Today Quarq announced their latest creation – the TyreWiz, which monitors your tire pressure on your bike.  These small sensors attach to Presta tire values, so basically most bike tires that this target market would care about (mountain, road, fat bikes).  From there the unit then transmits your tire pressure second by second to your head unit, be it a Garmin device or a Wahoo ELEMNT/BOLT, or...

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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...

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18. April, 11:00 Uhr

Yes, it’s a bike radar. But no, it’s not the first bike radar Garmin has made. And yes, I can hear the comments about ‘why not buy a $15 mirror’ already being furiously typed into your keyboard. Except here’s the funny thing I learned in the 3 years since Garmin released the last radar: People actually like it. Or more specifically, people that bought one like it and find value in it. I don’t...

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18. April, 16:55 Uhr

As a techie-geek I suppose there’s some expectation that I’ll be most impressed with the higher end gear. The stuff that has all the bells and whistles, and usually costs more.  But here’s the funny thing – out of the pile of Garmin new gear announcements today, I’m most impressed with the little Edge 130.  Not because it’s not powerful, it really is.  But because it’s the least expensive...

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18. April, 11:00 Uhr

Today’s multi-pronged release of cycling gear by Garmin is probably the company’s most decisive yet at fending off competitors to its lucrative head unit business. And in some ways, they’re probably even undercutting their own high-end head units to stave off competitors.  For starts, we’ve got the new Edge 520 Plus. That takes the previous $249 Edge 520 and adds full-blown mapping to it...

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25. April, 16:24 Uhr

Every once in a while I wander into the software/platform/apps realm for a post.  I usually do so sparingly because this category of sports tech changes so quickly that any post I write quickly becomes out of date.  That’s less so the case with new features (i.e. a new course on Zwift) as it is with training log platforms (such as Today’s Plan).  A new course in Zwift is likely to more or less...

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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...

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24. April, 10:10 Uhr

(Note: Please, please, please read the entire post before ‘investing’. Especially my concerns in the last two full sections…not paragraphs, sections.) As each year passes, we continue to see drops in power meter prices.  One only needs to look at my recent post on power meter pricing to see these plainly obvious pricing trends (in picture-graph format no less!).  Which doesn’t mean power meters...

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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...

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24. April, 01:02 Uhr

With all of the pre-planned Sea Otter announcements taken care of last week, it’s time to dive into some of the on-site announcements and tech tidbits.  Most of these are smaller, henceforth why I didn’t cover them in dedicated stand-alone posts like some of the other products.  For quick reference, here were some of my other Sea Otter specific sports tech posts that went live: Hands-on: New...

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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...

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19. April, 01:00 Uhr

A few minutes ago AeroPod launched for purchase on Kickstarter, though, the company is hardly new to the aero field.  In fact, one could argue that nobody as has much experience (manufacturing or practical) with aerodynamic sensors in the industry than Velocomp.  After all, they’ve been making aerodynamic driven cycling products for a decade, most recently with their PowerPod. The $299...

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