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DC Rainmaker
06. Juni, 15:00 Uhr

You know what’s fun? Signing up for local triathlons a few days beforehand with pretty much no plan or appropriate sport-specific training. It almost always guarantees a good time. Sure, I had run and ridden, and even swum…once…in the weeks prior. But none of it was super intense or structured. It was just enjoying getting out and running or riding. But with the ease of signing up for a race on...

DC Rainmaker
12. Juni, 20:12 Uhr

What’s a 9 month timespan between friends? A baby you say? Perhaps. But in this case, it’s roughly the delay that Stages incurred for their flotilla of new bike GPS units, initially announced last July back at Eurobike with a planed fall shipping date. You’ll remember I checked in again back in January too with a test ride. Well wait no more, the units are finally here and shipping. A pile of...

DC Rainmaker
11. Juni, 13:55 Uhr

Yup folks, that’s right, you’ve asked – and I’ve listened. We’re going to expand the annual winter open house to a summer event! This time you’ll be able to enjoy not just Amsterdam in the summer, but also an afternoon hanging out at the DCR Cave. Or, if cycling is your thing – a morning group ride as well. Oh, and did I mention that both GPLAMA and DesFit will be flying in for the festivities?...

DC Rainmaker
14. Juni, 09:43 Uhr

Today is Friday – you made it to the end of the week – and almost to the end of spring. But more importantly, today is also National Strawberry Shortcake Day (Don’t trust me? Look it up.) Unfortunately, I don’t expect to eat any Strawberry Shortcake today. Or tomorrow. And sure, I could have titled this ‘Father’s Day Gadget Giveaway’, but some countries celebrate that on other weekends (lookn’...

DC Rainmaker
10. Juni, 10:18 Uhr

For today’s ‘5 Random Things’ edition, I’m mixing it up a bit. Mostly because My weekend was heavily skewed inside with the kiddos given the amazingly thorough rain and windstorms we had. So instead, I’ll rewind a few days more to the past week I spent back in Paris with The Girl (sans-kids). Sure, the point of that trip was technically Dîner en Blanc, but it was even more so to visit with...

DC Rainmaker
20. Juni, 11:53 Uhr

Like any true triathlete, I violate all the rules of common sense. The most important one being to never try something new on race day. But given I have a long history of violating said rule, I figured a few weeks ago that a local triathlon was the perfect time to try out Garmin’s almost never talked about ‘Extended Display’ triathlon-focused feature. This function allows you to mirror your...

DC Rainmaker
18. Juni, 19:21 Uhr

Let’s get this right out of the gate: The photos I took here are of hand-built prototypes. As such, they look a bit sketch – like, Elmer’s glue and Home Depot sketch. Also, these units are about 30% larger than the final production units. And, there’s a bunch of other caveats we’ll get to later. But, this is also the reality of hardware – be it for startups or giant companies. All devices look...

DC Rainmaker
10. Juni, 12:58 Uhr

To the casual observer, one might assume Garmin’s biggest competitors are Apple, Fitbit, and in certain cycling circles – Wahoo. But in reality, I’d disagree. Garmin’s biggest competitor is themselves. Or more specifically, their lack of focus on solving bugs that ultimately drive consumers to their competitors. In effect, my bet is the vast majority of time a person chooses a non-Garmin...

DC Rainmaker
09. Juni, 20:18 Uhr

For the past half a decade, we’ve attended Dîner en Blanc in Paris. And almost every year I’ve posted about it. Perhaps more for me than for you. This year will be no different. And despite us no longer living in Paris, we still make the (relatively short) trek down to The City of Light for what is always our favorite night of the year. The event is invite only, and varies in size from 10,000...

DC Rainmaker
29. April, 11:38 Uhr

Finally, it’s getting warmish here. Not like Florida warm, but like acceptable levels of warmth warm. So, here’s what we were up to! 1) Openwater Swim Afternoon I kicked off the weekend with an openwater swim Friday afternoon. It finally stopped being cold (and stopped raining). Though of course raining doesn’t matter, but there’s something enjoyable about getting out of the water and it being...

DC Rainmaker
04. Juni, 12:43 Uhr

Yesterday at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), the company detailed the incoming mass of features across all of Apple’s platforms, from computer (MacOS) to phone/tablet (iOS/iPadOS), and yes, Apple Watch. In the case of Apple Watch, that operating system is WatchOS, and is the platform that not only Apple’s stock apps but also 3rd party apps operate from. The next version...

DC Rainmaker
25. Juni, 07:55 Uhr

Last week I held the “Because it’s Friday $500 Gadget Giveaway”.  It was an opportunity 6,044 of you to express your love of Friday, or sports tech gadgetry in general. Or, just a chance to win some good ol’ fashioned free stuff! As is usually the case, I hopped over to my lovely friend, Random.org, and stuck in the total number of entries: Then it was back to the post to find #718: Congrats...

DC Rainmaker
24. Dezember, 20:17 Uhr

Transporting home our Christmas tree has become an annual tradition of ours since moving to Europe. And this year we continued it after our move from Paris to Amsterdam. Except, you know…a bigger bike equals a bigger tree. But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves. In case you’ve missed previous years, you can find them all here (click on a picture to go to that year): The tradition is...

DC Rainmaker
24. Dezember, 11:47 Uhr

Last weekend we headed up to northern Finland for four days with another family. Both our sets of kids are all only a few days apart in age. But since we were busy defrosting from that trip last week, I didn’t get a chance to write about it till now. Enjoy! 1) Hello Snowy Runs! The night before we caught our flights to Finland I frantically hit up the local running store, just prior to closing....

DC Rainmaker
01. Februar, 17:46 Uhr

It’s been nearly five months since Polar first announced the Vantage series watches, including the Vantage M and Vantage V.  You probably saw my Vantage V review a couple months back. Since then I’ve transitioned to using the less expensive sibling, the Vantage M for the past 2.5 months. Every run, ride, swim, and 24×7 as well. Lots and lots of time – all in the pursuit of this review (and...

DC Rainmaker
22. Dezember, 17:01 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
21. Dezember, 14:44 Uhr

While the Tacx NEO 2 was the last product of the year that Tacx announced – a mere 45 days ago – it’s actually shipping already, unlike its bigger brother the long-awaited Neo Smart Bike.  Part of that reason, as you’ll see, is likely due to the fact that the Neo 2 has relatively minor changes in comparison to building an entire indoor bike. In some cases, keeping changes to a minimum might not...

DC Rainmaker
31. Mai, 18:12 Uhr

About a month ago Zwift quietly updated their Terms of Service. Then, a day or two later they (properly) sent out an e-mail to customers saying things had changed, and to check them out. For some reason, at the time, a little voice in the back of my head said ‘You should check these, really, you should’. But I didn’t initially because I got distracted. Probably eating ice cream or...

DC Rainmaker
31. Mai, 08:57 Uhr

We’re going to toss this post into the quick heads up post category – but Wahoo has semi-quietly announced to retailers and consumers that they’ve delayed further shipments of the just announced Wahoo ELEMENT ROAM GPS until early July. While the new color mapping and navigational unit did start shipping about three weeks ago in limited quantities, the company has run into a manufacturing...

DC Rainmaker
20. Dezember, 05:00 Uhr

Just a super-duper quick public service announcement for those that don’t follow on Twitter, or for some reason don’t read the weekly newsletter (written by The Girl). But this Saturday morning we’ll be hosting a simple Amsterdam Santa Claus themed fun run.  At the DCR Open House a few weeks back a few of you commented that it’d be fun to do stuff like this more frequently.  So, now is a good...

DC Rainmaker
30. Mai, 19:33 Uhr

I like highlighting things that improve interoperability for end users, and help advance the industry forward. Said differently: I like highlighting cases where companies shift towards industry standard file formats that make our lives easier. Or at the very least, my life. Today Final Surge became the first platform to start pulling .FIT files from Polar, all while leveraging Polar’s quietly...

DC Rainmaker
19. Dezember, 12:22 Uhr

It’s been four months since Polar announced their new Vantage series of multisport watches. This series is currently comprised of two watches, the Vantage V and Vantage M. The V is the higher end multisport watch, meant to be a direct replacement of the nearly 5-year old V800.  While the Vantage M focuses on the mid-range, and carves out a bit of a new segment for Polar, it is meant to compete...

DC Rainmaker
29. Mai, 14:39 Uhr

Over the last month as part of Garmin’s new devices extravaganza, there was barely a mention of ‘live event sharing’ for certain devices. It was almost listed as fine print, right next to ‘if you do something stupid using our device, it’s your fault’. But, it was listed – so let’s dive into it a bit. First off – your moment of disappointment. Or rather, my moment. If you’ve got iOS – you need...

DC Rainmaker
26. Mai, 20:40 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
24. Mai, 15:37 Uhr

Today we’ll continue the once in a long time series of quick app reviews. As you know, I generally dislike doing app reviews, mainly because apps change so quickly that any criticisms I make are immediately addressed in the next revision. Then for some reason app companies usually demand I immediately update my reviews/posts to account for their mistakes/fixes. Thus, I solve this problem by...

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
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
21. Mai, 09:00 Uhr

Today Suunto took one more step towards filling in their Wheel of Fortune naming scheme mystery series, by announcing the Suunto 5. The unit’s numerals are slotted a step above the Suunto 3, but gapped with the Suunto 9 a theoretical two rungs above it. Here, let me help you understand Suunto 3: Budget fitness watch, no GPS Suunto 5: This watch, mid-range multisport watch [Naming Scheme Product...

DC Rainmaker
19. Mai, 14:03 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
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...

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