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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
28. Januar, 11:02 Uhr

This was definitely a very busy weekend. It was jam-packed with sporting related goodness! Plus, each day I managed to walk over 10 miles (15KM) in steps, plus whatever other random activities I did. Well, I think I still get some steps from cycling on some of my watches. Anyway, off to the goodness! 1) Welcome to my Cape Town office: Since I only had four interesting things this weekend, I...

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
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
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
20. Februar, 13:19 Uhr

It was almost exactly two months ago that Zwift announced they received a whopping $120 million USD in new funding, whereby a large chunk of that would be spent on digital racing – known as esports. Since then, the company has been on a blitz to draw your, and sponsors’ attention, to the racers and teams which compete each week in their KISS Super League race series. The races are live...

DC Rainmaker
21. Februar, 12:00 Uhr

It’s been some four months since Garmin first announced Spotify integration for their music enabled wearables. This allowed those with music enabled devices to download Spotify playlists and music to their watch and play it back sans-phone, using just Bluetooth headphones. But when it was first launched, the Spotify app was only compatible with the Fenix 5 Plus series, which then was followed...

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
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
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
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
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
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
19. August, 19:08 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
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...

DC Rainmaker
17. August, 12:38 Uhr

Over the last week FulGaz, the indoor trainer app that lets you ride outdoor routes indoors, released their Apple TV variant of the app. This is notable for a few reasons.  First, they’ve become the second app to do so after Zwift last fall. And second, whether or not you’re an Apple or Android household, Apple TV represents the least expensive way to get a dedicated trainer computer/setup up...

DC Rainmaker
27. Januar, 19:11 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
16. August, 15:39 Uhr

Today Bontrager announced the Edge 1030. Wait, Bontrager? Don’t you mean Garmin? Nope, I mean that company owned by Trek but not named Trek – that’s Bontrager. See, they’ve partnered with Garmin to offer a slightly unique Edge 1030 model that’s only available through Trek channels (meaning their dealers, their online store and sometimes some other random places).  This model is fundamentally a...

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
25. Januar, 16:15 Uhr

Finally, one of the most wanted features is now live in Zwift as of this morning. If you’ve got yourself a Mac or PC and Zwift, you can now select which world (map) you’re going to ride that day. As long as that choice matches the guest map calendar of course. See, today’s update allows you to always ride Watopia (aka Zwift Island), and then also ride a secondary map du jour. The map of the day...

DC Rainmaker
14. August, 11:29 Uhr

After nearly a year, Wahoo has finally started shipping the Wahoo CLIMB to customers. Real-life, actual paying customers. For those not familiar, Wahoo’s CLIMB is a ‘grade simulator’, which basically means it makes the front of your bike go up and down, replicating the climbs and descents of your nearby hills (or in my case living in Amsterdam now, the meanest of canal bridges). Of course,...

DC Rainmaker
24. Januar, 16:14 Uhr

This past summer at Eurobike, CycleOps somewhat quietly announced their new Hammer 2 trainer, more officially known as the H2. This trainer would take the existing Hammer 1 that the company released a few years back, apply a new coat of black paint on it…and…well…done. Technically they increased the accuracy claims from +/- 3% to +/- 2% as well. That said, there is a slight bit of difference...

DC Rainmaker
23. Januar, 16:36 Uhr

It’s been almost two months since the DCR Open House, when nearly 200 folks descended on the DCR Cave to take their first look at things. And while I’d like to say that things are dramatically different – the reality is that tweaks are more minor day to day things. Effectively changing things as I need to for specific projects or same-day reasons, rather than en masse ahead of time. Still, it’s...

DC Rainmaker
12. August, 18:51 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
22. Januar, 12:16 Uhr

Since the Wahoo KICKR 2018 and KICKR CORE were announced back at Eurobike 2018 (in July), it hasn’t entirely been smooth sailing for either product. While both have been enormously popular, and certainly the vast majority of people haven’t had problems – those words haven’t been much comfort for those that have run into issues. Especially if they’re on their 3rd KICKR.  To those unlucky folks,...

DC Rainmaker
21. Januar, 09:50 Uhr

It’s a sunny day here in Cape Town, and we’re ready to enjoy all the outdoors offerings this city and beyond hold. As we’ve done for the last three years, we’ve migrated south a bit for a month or so. In the previous two years we’ve travelled to Australia, tied to the Tour Down Under cycling race. But with the kiddos being slightly older than newborns, making that 24hr flight got a bit...

DC Rainmaker
10. August, 11:36 Uhr

Earlier this week a well kitted out van drove from Copenhagen to Amsterdam. Upon arriving it unloaded an indoor smart bike that in a few years might be the leading option in indoor smart bikes if you use Zwift. Or, it might fizzle. This post is a first look at a piece of hardware that Zwift believes is so innovative that they’ve licensed the hardware technology inside of it. Ultimately in a...

DC Rainmaker
09. August, 12:49 Uhr

There’s a pretty good chance you’ve never heard of Magene, nor Gravat (or the Gravat2).  But that’s OK, now you have. There’s also a pretty good chance you’re not going to buy this product. Not because it’s got any issues, but rather, because you don’t live in a region where it’s offered and supported. But that doesn’t mean this review isn’t worth a read (or at least a skim). There’s no doubt...

DC Rainmaker
17. Januar, 17:34 Uhr

Two days ago Suunto announced plans to retire their online training platform, Movescount, sometime around Summer 2020 (~18 months from now). Instead, users will use the newer Suunto online platform (previously called Sports Tracker – no relation to SportTracks). That’s the platform that Suunto has been pushing since the launch of the Suunto 3 watch a year ago, and then this past summer with the...

DC Rainmaker
06. August, 09:19 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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