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DC Rainmaker
04. August, 19:17 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
31. Juli, 19:45 Uhr

My relationship with music while working out is somewhat moody, and usually depends on how complex everything is to setup and maintain. Sure, pairing is usually easy – but up until really the last year or two, getting streaming services like Spotify or Apple Music on our wearables that we use in sports wasn’t really possible. Instead, we were stuck with static music that we never bothered to...

DC Rainmaker
05. August, 10:31 Uhr

With a bunch of mid-summer travel to all sorts of places complete, it’s back to a few weeks at home in Amsterdam before…well, a bit more travel for Eurobike and some excitement. Until then, here’s what I was up to! 1) Picking up Ikea’s new SONOS Speaker: Sometimes things happen by pure chance, and this is one of those things. I had seen tech coverage earlier in the day that the new Ikea...

DC Rainmaker
11. August, 18:17 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
09. August, 17:29 Uhr

Back in June Polar announced their Ignite GPS watch. This new watch undercut the higher end Vantage M on price, but yet at the same time also added a slew of features that the Vantage series doesn’t yet have (most of them are coming in November to the Vantage M/V). While the Vantage series was aimed at more hardcore athletes, the Ignite watch aimed to straddle the soft squishy middle. No, not...

DC Rainmaker
07. August, 15:33 Uhr

Some six years ago I did a post on how to add free maps to your Garmin Edge series device. Back then, Garmin didn’t include any meaningfully detailed maps for any Edge devices, you had to buy those separately – often costing $50-$100 per map/region. These days, things have changed a bit. Garmin now includes maps for the region you bought it in (such as North America if bought in the US, or...

DC Rainmaker
13. August, 04:00 Uhr

Last week I published a piece on how to install free maps on your Garmin wearable, which was a tweaked update of my six-year-old post on how to install maps on your Garmin Edge devices. But as promised, I’d be refreshing that old Edges-specific post too – which is what this new post is all about. It’s almost identical to last week’s post and the one six years ago, except specific to the Garmin...

DC Rainmaker
02. August, 20:34 Uhr

It’s been nearly five months since Garmin first announced their high-end MARQ series watches, which top out at $2,500 for the Driver edition. Though the Athlete variant that this review is focused on will set you back ‘only’ $1,500. All-in, there’s five different MARQ units, representing each of Garmin’s core business segments (Aviation, Outdoors, Fitness, Marine, and Automotive). For the...

DC Rainmaker
29. Juli, 19:02 Uhr

A hop, skip, and two weekends ago was the first ever summer DCR Open house. Technically the 6th open house if counting all the previous Paris and Amsterdam events, but this one was quite different in that it was held on a warmish summer morning/afternoon rather than the usual miserable rainy and cold December evenings. And we did our first ever group ride. Of course, we also kept to tradition...

DC Rainmaker
16. Februar, 10:22 Uhr

I’m sure there’s many creative ways I could have titled this post, but I’m going with what I believe to be the most accurate representation of this new feature, despite my desire to channel my inner 5-year old boy self. Still, titles aside – this is actually probably the most interesting and useful new feature Strava’s rolled out in years. Is it perfect or complete? No – it’s still beta, but...

DC Rainmaker
24. Juli, 14:27 Uhr

It’s nice and quiet during the summer lull between product release cycles (which usually start again around the first week of September), so it’s as good a time as any to do my annual ‘gear I use list’. The last time I did so was last fall.  And for the most part, things honestly haven’t changed too much. Though most of the tech actually has, whereas most of the non-tech things haven’t really...

DC Rainmaker
14. August, 10:35 Uhr

In the computer security world there are a pile of conferences where security folks get together and present various sessions. I use ‘security folks’ as a loose term that can broadly cover everybody from IT professionals working for a non-profit like Red Cross, to government security peoples, to folks with less altruistic goals. These conferences have been around a while, and are generally...

DC Rainmaker
13. Februar, 13:36 Uhr

It’s funny how I’m always on the lookout for a good bike phone mount system, despite rarely using a phone as a head unit on my road bike. Instead, I’m more practical in my phone and bike relationship: It’s primarily on my city bike. Yet at the same time, every time I go out on a road/mountain bike I’ve got my phone in my back pocket. It’s always there. And in many ways, that relationship is...

DC Rainmaker
12. Februar, 16:50 Uhr

In what is unquestionably the biggest sports tech news of the year, Garmin announced today the acquisition of Tacx – the privately held Dutch company that makes trainers, water bottles, and tools. This news no doubt will have people turning their heads for quite some time, and will have even bigger ramifications across the indoor training industry. The reasons behind the acquisition haven’t...

DC Rainmaker
12. Februar, 11:42 Uhr

Oh yes, you’re getting a race report. Mostly because I slacked off on doing race reports last year on my races and y’all called me on it. So now you’re getting a race report for anything I’ll have a bib and/or timing chip for. And in this case, that’s both of those. Of course, if you’ve been around my race reports long enough (you can get lost in the archives here from way back), you’ll know...

DC Rainmaker
22. Juli, 19:45 Uhr

Yes, the long and oft talked about day is finally here – Favero has pushed out a firmware update enabling Cycling Dynamics on their popular Assioma power meter pedals. It’s been a multi-year journey that first started in Garmin’s camp, then the ANT+ camp, and then ultimately culminating in the Favero camp. The update is available via the Favero Assioma smartphone app, which you can wirelessly...

DC Rainmaker
09. Februar, 08:51 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
20. Juli, 01:20 Uhr

Yesterday I detailed the trainers and power meters of the Men’s WorldTour teams (plus a few odds and ends), as seen at the Tour de France. While I generally do that yearly, I also try and profile the women if I’m at an equivalent event – for example at the Tour Down Under, but technically in terms of the women’s races – that wasn’t technically a WorldTour event, so the classification and...

DC Rainmaker
08. Februar, 16:30 Uhr

Earlier this week RunScribe announced two news tidbits to the world. First, that they’re going to shift focus away from the direct to consumer market, and instead focus more on business to business interactions, such as clinics and related groups. And secondly, they rolled out a new feature for existing folks called ShoePrints. Because it’s Friday we’ll keep this one kinda quick. But I wanted...

DC Rainmaker
18. Juli, 19:36 Uhr

Today marks the second time trial of the Tour de France, this one an individual time trial, versus the team time trial of the opening weekend.  While that’s a substantial difference from an athletic standpoint, the underlying technology used by these teams remains the same – at least when it comes to the trainers and power meters.  Well, minus one exception we’ll get into. I like to profile the...

DC Rainmaker
06. Februar, 15:00 Uhr

Today SRAM announces their latest RED groupset lineup, SRAM RED eTAP AXS for road and off-road. This groupset shifts from a more traditional 11-speed cassette arrangement to a 12-speed cassette configuration. It also eschews any mechanical only version of the setup, going with only their wireless eTAP shifting option. Along the way, the company switches to an XD/XDR driver body (which has...

DC Rainmaker
05. Februar, 15:19 Uhr

I don’t think there’s any sports technology GPS watch startup that’s being watched as closely by GPS watch industry giants as COROS is. Now as you’ll see, it may not be entirely for the reasons you think, but no matter the reason – they are definitely being watched. COROS first arrived on my radar a few years back with their COROS Linx helmet, which used jawbone conduction to let you listen to...

DC Rainmaker
15. Juli, 08:29 Uhr

Ok folks,you know the drill – today’s the best day of the year short of Black Friday for deals, sports tech and beyond. What started just a few short years ago as an Amazon-only thing has oddly enough spread beyond Amazon, with other retailers and companies matching as well. One could easily just call it mid-July day, or Bastille Day Morning After. Whatever floats your boat. I’ll be updating...

DC Rainmaker
15. Juli, 04:00 Uhr

It’s very likely that the just announced Elite Suito will be the trainer to beat for 2019 in terms of value for the money. In many ways, this is repeating Elite’s successes of 2017 with the original Elite Direto which dramatically shifted the price equation downwards. Just like then, it appears to be the ideal balance of functionality and price. Which isn’t to say it does anything...

DC Rainmaker
03. Februar, 18:11 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
12. Juli, 12:24 Uhr

Here I thought yesterday was going to be a peaceful random July Thursday morning. Nothing but Italian chirping birds at the Giro Rosa, and catching the Tour de France later in the afternoon on TV. Turns out, Strava had different plans for it. You see, yesterday morning Strava sent out an e-mail to users of Relive (aka Relive.cc). You may have seen this app here or there, but essentially it...

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
30. Januar, 12:00 Uhr

Today Garmin announced their second dual ANT+/Bluetooth Smart transmitting sensor, the HRM-DUAL heart rate strap. Wait, what’s the first you ask? Actually it was the Garmin Vector 3, about 18 months ago. This new HRM-DUAL is about as simple as they come: The chest strap transmits your heart rate data concurrently over ANT+ & Bluetooth Smart. And…that’s it. No data storage or fancy metrics...

DC Rainmaker
09. Juli, 17:14 Uhr

Today, FORM Athletica announced their first product, the smart-display enabled FORM Swim Goggles. It’s of course at this juncture that you’re asking yourself: Who TF is FORM Athletica? And what the Helsinki is a smart-display enabled swim goggle? Thankfully for me (and you), both of these are easy to explain. FORM Athletica is basically RECON Instruments reborn. You’ll remember Recon back a few...

DC Rainmaker
29. Januar, 08:48 Uhr

Back a few weeks ago while at CES 2019 I met up with the crew at Strava to catch-up on a variety of topics. While Strava doesn’t do booths or even off-floor suites, they do get a lot of miles in walking and talking to a wide assortment of companies. With thousands of developers using their platform to upload all sorts of fitness stuff, they actually have a number of companies to talk to. Mostly...

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