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DC Rainmaker
22. November, 14:58 Uhr

It’s that time of year again when there are tons of sales on all sorts of sports technology items.  Everything this year is pointing to earlier sales than normal, as manufacturers and retailers alike try to lock in your dollars ahead of time. The typical ebb and flow of this time period is: Pre-Thanksgiving deals: These are everything ahead of the US Thanksgiving, on November 22nd. These were...

DC Rainmaker
07. Dezember, 11:57 Uhr

And just like that – it’s Friday! If you’re reading this prior to 11AM US Eastern Time/5PM Central European time – then don’t miss out on my YouTube Livestream today (Friday) with GPLama and DesFit – here to answer all your sports tech questions. But, on to the round-up for the last 24 hours. Oh, and I was going to include the Apple Watch ECG features in this, but still having some challenges...

DC Rainmaker
12. Dezember, 15:24 Uhr

No matter the product, eventually, for every product review I post, sooner or later someone has a power related accuracy issue with their unit. In today’s post, I’ll be focusing on power meter and trainer accuracy issues. But perhaps down the road I’ll expand it to other categories.  Most of this post is aimed at helping you figure out if there’s an issue in the first place, and if so – whether...

DC Rainmaker
22. November, 10:06 Uhr

My quest in drones is almost entirely driven by my desire to capture cool sports shots from the air, primarily of myself in a solo-setting. It’s one thing to have a drone for epic cinematic shots of sweeping landscapes – but it’s an entirely different thing to nail that awesome shot of yourself riding through those epic landscapes. All without outside assistance. And ideally at a super high...

DC Rainmaker
06. Dezember, 16:58 Uhr

First off, no, ‘augmented reality’ does not mean ‘virtual reality’. Two totally different things that share very little in common, except the word reality. Like ‘alternate reality’ – which is what happens when you don’t train all winter and think you’ll win your age group next spring. Or ‘reality TV’, which stars people from New Jersey doing…well…I have no idea. So what is ‘augmented reality’...

DC Rainmaker
28. November, 18:28 Uhr

Today Specialized continued their slow invasion into sports tech gadgetry with the introduction of the Specialized ANGi standalone pod and fully pod-equipped helmet lineup. These connected helmet pods alert your friends and family when you crash, but also give those folks a tracking link for your entire ride (and even alert when you don’t come home on time).  Oh, and Specialized quietly...

DC Rainmaker
29. November, 12:29 Uhr

Well folks, it’s November 29th, so it’s time to have a detailed look at all of our socially exciting athletic data from the entirety of calendar year 2018 to see what patterns we might be able to discern. No better time to do it then now, before we all get drunk at holiday parties! Oh – wait, what? The year isn’t over yet? You mean there’s still over a month remaining to pretend to be fit?...

DC Rainmaker
03. Dezember, 23:58 Uhr

This past Saturday was the 5th annual DCR Open House, and most notably – the first time I’ve shown off the new DCR Amsterdam Cave. A spot that the construction crews finished moving out most of their tools around 1AM the night prior. When we say the paint was still drying…we truly do mean it! It was also staggeringly bigger than any past DCR Open House. Nearly 200 folks showed up for the big...

DC Rainmaker
19. November, 19:17 Uhr

Phew – a whirlwind of a weekend – here’s what we were up to as our visitors wrapped up their stays and the holidays got into full swing! 1) DCR Live Stream With Lama and DesFit Friday evening we kicked the weekend off with one last collaboration between GPLama and DesFit, as they wrapped up their stays here in Amsterdam (which started with the open house last weekend).  Both left on Saturday...

DC Rainmaker
11. Dezember, 17:51 Uhr

This past May we saw a new power meter pedal entrant announced onto the market, the SRM EXAKT pedals. Of course, SRM is well known for their power meter wares, which until now have been confined to cranksets and indoor bikes.  But this time SRM partnered with LOOK to introduce a dual-branded SRM EXAKT power meter pedal that took the body of a customized LOOK pedal and added new custom SRM power...

DC Rainmaker
11. Juni, 01:51 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
13. September, 00:18 Uhr

This past July at Eurobike, Wahoo announced their two latest trainers – the near-annual update of their mainstay, the Wahoo KICKR (2018 Edition), as well as a new lower priced trainer – the KICKR CORE. Wahoo has always had an even lower priced option, the KICKR SNAP, but that trainer isn’t quite as powerful and requires your wheel be left on the bike. The KICKR CORE aimed to essentially sit in...

DC Rainmaker
17. November, 10:41 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
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
05. Juni, 09:00 Uhr

Today Suunto announced their next generation series of high-end multisport watches, the Suunto 9.  This line is designed to be the successor to the Suunto Spartan Ultra range of GPS watches, which is the most expensive offering Suunto has in their stable.  While the Suunto 9 is the replacement for the Spartan Ultra, look at these changes more akin to evolutionary than revolutionary.  Still,...

DC Rainmaker
04. Juni, 17:03 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
04. Juni, 19:18 Uhr

I can hear you already: What the fudge is the SIGMA ROX? But here, let me make it simple for you: This is the most complete cycling computer to challenge Garmin’s higher end mapping devices yet. End of story. Of course, the long story is much…much longer. So long in fact that I first used a unit on rides back last December, then again this winter, and then consistently for the past two months. ...

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
31. Mai, 12:45 Uhr

Zwift continues to expand its platform, and this week was no exception when they rolled out interactive structured training plans.  Previously the workouts were mostly just in a giant folder structure of sorts.  That meant you had to pick and choose to try and cobble something together.  This was in contrast to players like TrainerRoad and The Sufferfest, which have fairly advanced training...

DC Rainmaker
30. Mai, 17:59 Uhr

Many of you have been eagerly awaiting my hands-on thoughts with the STAC Zero Smart Trainer, the first version from the company to allow resistance control from apps like Zwift and TrainerRoad.  The unique proposition of the STAC Zero trainers is the fact that they are totally silent.  They use magnets to provide resistance in conjunction with your wheel rims, which makes this trainer very...

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
29. Mai, 09:57 Uhr

This week SRM announced their latest power meter, EXAKT. But unlike every previous bike-mountable power meter they’ve made, this one isn’t crankset based.  Instead, it ventures into new ground for them: The pedal.  The company has partnered with LOOK to create a pedal-based power meter that does away with the pods of previous LOOK power meter designs, all while broadcasting on both ANT+ &...

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
27. Mai, 17:49 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
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
25. Mai, 12:37 Uhr

By and large, Suunto has been a company that’s been focused on endurance users. Be it people climbing to the top of a mountain, racing a triathlon, or doing something else that justifies eating large quantities of donuts without feeling guilty about it.  That’s been the branding and marketing they’ve pushed since inception, even within the diving realm they also occupy. But the Suunto 3 Fitness...

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
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
22. Mai, 13:26 Uhr

Ok, so it’s been a month since the Garmin Connect IQ Summit.  That’s Garmin’s annual conference for 3rd party developers to come to Kansas and drink all the Connect IQ juice about developing on their platform.  This would be the 2nd annual iteration of the event, which is roughly formulated after the ANT+ Symposium that’s been going on for 10 years.  For those in the IT world, the idea behind...

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...

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