126 responses

  1. Coach Dion
    September 10, 2013

    That is just way to much stuff, but then I’m a runner and I run without a shirt, so most of my runs are just shoes (NB Minimus or 5 fingers) what-ever socks I grab, and tights (NB short compretion tights). Oh and Ms 310xt is alway on my arm to record every step I take.

    One day when I’m big I’m going to have lots of toys to run with just like you!!!

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  2. Nathan
    September 10, 2013

    Hi Ray,

    How do you hydrate during a marathon? Do you carry water or gels or wear the above CamelBak?

    I am doing my first in Melbourne this year and still tossing up whether to just carry gels or the FuelBelt Revenge 4-bottle which was kind of recommended by The Running Company in Geelong.

    I am not sure what to do. What do others use or think?

    Thanks
    Nathan

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    • Rainmaker
      September 10, 2013

      I’ve been doing gels (well, those little gummy things) lately – including for the marathon this past spring.

      Personally I prefer to minimize as much as possible what I carry. I have however in the past taken a Camelbak with me on the marathon in the Ironman – simply because it actually forced me to drink.

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  3. Mans M
    September 10, 2013

    Ray,
    Extensive list!
    Wish you could mount a powermeter to the velib and see how much it let you suffer 😉 As you mention race wheels, do you also have training wheels? which tires are you using?

    (cervelo p3c url = 404)

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    • Rainmaker
      September 10, 2013

      No, I just use the same PowerTap wheelset 99% of the time.

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    • Bikesharer
      September 10, 2013

      I second this. Is there any way to mount a power meter on a bike share? Are the pedals removable? Maybe velib or another bike share would work with you as a promo. I would love to see that after riding the DC Capitol Bike Share.

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    • Rainmaker
      September 10, 2013

      Hmm, I don’t think the pedals are removable with a standard pedal wrench (at least on the Velib bikes here). Though, I have seen the odd Velib without a pedal.

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    • Eli
      September 13, 2013

      Thats what the heart rate powercal strap is for

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  4. retrac1324
    September 10, 2013

    Openwater wetsuit link is broken.

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    • retrac1324
      September 10, 2013

      As is the Cervelo P3C link.

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    • Rainmaker
      September 10, 2013

      Sorry guys, thought I had checked them all yesterday. Fixed!

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  5. Moh
    September 10, 2013

    Ray, did you try the Mizuno Wave Sayonara? It’s a brand new line from mizuno and it blew my mind away!

    I used to run on an ol’asics show, then moved up to Mizuno Wave Inspire, Mizuno Wave Elixir and now I just can’t get the Sayonara off my feet!

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    • Randy
      September 11, 2013

      I went from Nike Pegasus, to Saucony Ride’s, before settling into the Mizuno Wave Rider’s (13, 2×15, now 16), ASICS in general always felt to pillowy to me. I got to try out the Sayonara’s at an event Potomac River Running and Mizuno did last night, 4 miles of SPEED! They were great. Depending on if I need a pair before the Wave Rider 17 comes out I’ll probably go them.

      Ray have you tried Mizuno?

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  6. Thilo M.
    September 10, 2013

    Thanks lot. (again)

    One thing that I am really interested in: What kind of software (apps, Mac software, online services) are you using?

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    • Miguel
      September 10, 2013

      +1000

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    • Rainmaker
      September 10, 2013

      I primarily use TrainingPeaks for my day to day analysis and my ‘complete’ training log.

      On the side, I use Garmin Connect as a repository for all my Garmin files (even if I don’t really analyze them there). And then I upload some rides and some runs to Strava (but not all).

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    • Fabrice
      September 12, 2013

      Hi Ray,

      May I ask you what you like/features you need on TrainingPeaks over competitors ?

      Tried it several weeks ago, but was quickly dissuaded (surely too quickly…) by the horrible, old, and too slow (that’s only my opinion) interface. I’m surely wrong somewhere if you choose it.

      I’m using Garmin for main repository, Strava premium for analysis (thank you for letting me know garminsync.com on your blog !)

      Thank for your answer, but more globally thank you for your blog, your gear reviews (bests I ever read) and all the hard work. Always a pleasure to discover a new post !

      Cheers,
      Fabrice

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    • Fabrice
      September 12, 2013

      Just give a deeper look at the possibilities and it appears TrainingPeaks was made for the mens while Garmin Connect and Strava are for the kids… 😉

      Anyway what an horrible interface isn’t it !!!

      Cheers !

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  7. Peter I. Papics
    September 10, 2013

    “if it’s cold enough for arm warmers, it’s cold enough for a long sleeve jersey. And vice versa.” Nononono! :) Going for a 4 hour or longer group ride starting at 8 am during autumn of spring, it might be so chilly that you want arm warmers and a vest, but two hours later – especially if it is sunny – the temperature might have risen enough that you can ride in a short jersey. Or, climbing / descending: on the ascent you will die in a long sleeved jersey, but on the way down, especially if it is something longer / from a higher altitude, you might want to put more clothes on. For these rides, arm warmers are the perfect piece of kit! Also, they are a traditional part of a cyclists wardrobe 😉 For triathlon, I see that it is probably less practical / necesary…

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    • Rainmaker
      September 10, 2013

      Ahh, I see you’re issue: You’re waking up early enough that it matters.

      I fixed that problem.

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    • Tyler
      September 10, 2013

      I like the Gore Phantom jacket with zip off sleeves for this situation.
      link to amazon.com

      I do all of my rides at sunrise, and use this jacket exclusively year round in a 4-season climate with hot summer and cold winter.
      Needs a tight undershirt on the coldest winter days, and is a little warm on the hottest summer days, but tolerable, especially if you’re frugal.

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    • BikingBrian
      September 10, 2013

      LOL to Ray’s reply! But seriously, I use a cycling vest for the reasons you mention, but the arm warmers are too warm for me in that scenario. So mine normally go unused….

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    • Mr Nofish
      September 10, 2013

      The strong point of warmers is the flexibility they offer in dealing with changing weather conditions, regardless of the time of the day, the season or the altimetry profile of your ride. Also, a great tool for anyone who might be space or budget challenged, such as people new to cycling.

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  8. Jakob Hansen
    September 10, 2013

    I’m interested in why you find the Speedfil system annoying.
    I had more or less convinced myself it would be the best solution for me, now I’m not so sure :)

    Maybe we can convince you to do a review at some point?

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    • Rainmaker
      September 10, 2013

      Unfortunately I got rid of it, sorry!

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    • Jakob Hansen
      September 10, 2013

      Ok, but do you remember why it was so annoying?

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    • Rainmaker
      September 10, 2013

      A few things:

      I didn’t like the bottle itself. It’s a pain in the butt to get in and out of the cage (you have to loosen a screw, pry it out). And then when you do get it out it’s a mess to clean if you’re using a typical endurance sports sticky/messy product.

      I found the straw a bit awkward, not really staying where I wanted it to stay.

      Perhaps you’ll have better luck, but for me I just found it a pain.

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    • Jakob Hansen
      September 10, 2013

      Thanks!

      Amazing site you’ve got, keep up the good work!
      It’s really appreciated.

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    • John
      September 16, 2013

      Hi Jakob and Ray,

      On my speedfil bottle, I never even bother to screw the cage. The bottle stayed pretty well without the screw. I only use it for water, so I didn’t have to deal with cleaning inside. I do agree that the straw is a bit awkward. But I also use the front hydration system and I push the straw through the front hydration system and it stayed on pretty good.

      I used XLAB for the front hydration system.

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  9. Terry
    September 10, 2013

    Unless I’m missing something, the CleverTraining free shipping deal only applies to the US?

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    • Rainmaker
      September 10, 2013

      Good catch, fixed.

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  10. Wahoo Mike
    September 10, 2013

    How can we take the “Occupy KICKR” movement from one apartment in Paris to every cyclist household in the world? I think The Girl should be the spokesperson.

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  11. Guillaume
    September 10, 2013

    Regarding the Yaktrax, do you simply use that over standard running shoes?

    Been looking for options to run in winter here… Although with the amount of snow (along with very slow snow removal), Sorel boots are often the only option 😐

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    • Rainmaker
      September 10, 2013

      They wrap over your shoes. See some of the photos in these past posts: link to dcrainmaker.com

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    • Matt
      September 10, 2013

      The other alternative is a pair of MicroSpikes – a bit heavier but they have slightly better grip I think, and you can whip them off in literally a second for any long cleared sections. I’m guessing Ray probably just runs the cleared bits with the Yaks still on.

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    • Rainmaker
      September 10, 2013

      Indeed, you can run pretty easily with them on no problems on normal pavement.

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    • Ben
      September 11, 2013

      I have been running in the Kahtoola microspikes for the last two Yukon winters and they are the bomb. I’ve tried Yaktrax but they don’t give enough lateral grip on sheet ice and don’t hold enough snow when it is around freezing and very slippery. I run in the microspikes on steep pitches and across frozen lakes near my house, at everything up to and including -42C and they allow me to put my feet down without hesitation. The grip is actually better than most pavement on a sunny day and on climbs they’re just like crampons so you can fly up stuff you had to walk in the summer. The one drawback is that you need a shoe with some structure or the tension of the spikes will bunch the shoe. I run in a track flat style in the summer but a bulkier shoe in the winter so that I can get the microspikes on comfortably. It’s cold anyhow, so you can use the insulation.

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  12. Terence Young
    September 10, 2013

    Great post Ray. I’m a runner first and I too use gels. I’m a big fan of Hammer Gel. They work great for me on my long runs because they go down so easy. I recently switched from Brooks to Asics for my shoes and I feel the Asics are lighter. Haven’t ventured out into getting a wet suit yet but when I do will take your advice.

    Train Healthy Be Wealthy

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  13. Camille
    September 10, 2013

    Hi Ray,

    As you saw in the recent bike case ST thread, I’d be very interested to hear your thoughts about the pikapackworks case: link to pikapackworks.com

    It looks like an interesting alternative to the now discontinued aerus.

    Thanks!

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  14. Dirk
    September 10, 2013

    Is the raod bike the really good offer from the hamburg cycling expo?

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    • Rainmaker
      September 10, 2013

      It’s the same model, but I ended up getting it from my LBS here in Paris instead, cost 100 euros more, but at least I didn’t have to deal with it on the plane coming back from Hamburg, and, this way I support the local guys here I like.

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  15. Joe
    September 10, 2013

    I’d like to hear from someone that has used the bontrager speed trap that can be installed into the trek 1.2 fork. Have you delved into that yet with your new road bike?

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    • Rainmaker
      September 10, 2013

      I’m picking up the speed trap tomorrow. Honestly, I think it’s kinda pointless. Why on earth they stuck it on the front wheel is beyond me. That means it’s useless for trainers. Sure, you can use it with things like the Bontrager Node (non-GPS), but these days GPS units are almost as cheap as the Node 1/2.

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    • Chuck Wolber
      September 18, 2013

      I use the speed trap on my Madone 3.1, and I agree it is useless for trainers. When I have the bike mounted on the trainer I zip-tie the speed trap to the rear stay (non chain side). I tend to get a lot of drop-outs when I do that and finally resorted to moving my Garmin 800 to the seat tube :(

      I suspect that the speed-trap is really only designed to transmit over the short distance between the fork and the handlebars.

      The current situation is sufficiently annoying that I am considering getting a standard speed/cadence sensor just for use on the trainer.

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  16. Shannon
    September 10, 2013

    Any comments on compression gear, socks or leg sleeves in particular? I’ve never seen you wearing them in your pics or discussing them in your recovery, have you tried and didn’t like, or just never tried?

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    • Rainmaker
      September 10, 2013

      I’ve used them sparingly. I just don’t like wearing them that much, purely a comfort thing. The Girl loves wearing compression gear however, and has some in her post tomorrow.

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  17. Phillip Luebke
    September 10, 2013

    If what you’re looking for in a swim watch is slimness and a long-lasting battery, my PaceWatch actually outperforms the Garmin Swim. Now, it’s certainly not as high-tech or feature-laden as the Garmin Swim, but the Brilliant Swim PaceWatch does fill a particular need and does it well. I’ll send you a production unit to review later this month, or early next month, if you’re interested.

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    • Rainmaker
      September 10, 2013

      Hi Phillip-

      Thanks, interesting concept. Definitely poke me when you’re ready!

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    • Jon Niehof
      September 11, 2013

      Actually, Ray, I’d love to see a swim watch comparison article. I looked at your review of the Garmin swim and you don’t even have one of your comparison tables *gasp*! You’ve got the Swimsense/Swimovate comparison but it’d be awesome to do something like your power meter roundup with the Swimsense, Swimovate, Garmin Swim, 310XT (sort of the crappy baseline…), 910XT…

      Y’know, just to always ask you for more work 😉

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    • Jon Niehof
      September 11, 2013

      Argh, NOW I see the comparison table *headdesk*

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  18. Peter
    September 10, 2013

    So, Aero Helmet-wise, what would you pick today?

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    • Rainmaker
      September 10, 2013

      Hmm, I honestly haven’t looked at the current offerings too much to make a good opinion there.

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  19. Michelle Moore
    September 10, 2013

    Do you wear anything over your cycling shoes on cold days?

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    • Rainmaker
      September 10, 2013

      No, it’s pretty much either shorts or the longer tights. No in-between for me.

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  20. Will
    September 10, 2013

    Love the blog and keen to send you samples of our all new natural guarana shot used by a number of pro athletes in Europe and starting to get traction downunder. Cyclists and triathletes have seen great results using it. Contact us if interested and happy to run through it with you. Good luck with training and comp. Will

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  21. philippe marc humbert
    September 10, 2013

    I suggest finding some newer cycling shoes. You’re losing a lot of efficiency by using several year old shoes.

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    • Rainmaker
      September 11, 2013

      How so?

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    • philippe marc humbert
      September 11, 2013

      The uppers wear out and stretch, even if it isn’t visible, after 10k or so miles, even on fine quality shoes. I bet the soles on your shoes are also pretty rough by now, which isn’t conducive to efficient pedaling when in the pedal.

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  22. William
    September 10, 2013

    Ray, I am interested to know what you use to hold your phone when running, and what headphones you use.

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    • Rainmaker
      September 11, 2013

      I use the cheap Wahoo Fitness iPhone holder to hold my phone when I run (I don’t always bring it, perhaps only 20-25% of the time). I have a giant stack of other iPhone cases I’ve been playing around with, but just like the simple and clean nature of this one.

      I don’t use any headphones while running.

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  23. oldSAP
    September 11, 2013

    how about your bike tires Ray?

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    • Rainmaker
      September 14, 2013

      So, bike tires. Right now I have on there Vredestein Fortezza SE’s, but I’m going to swap them out in the coming days because I’ve just had too many flats lately. I picked up a pair of Conti Grand Prix 4000’s, which is what I’ve ridden a bunch in the past and have been more realiable.

      Now, to some degree my Fortezza problem may simply be because these tires are past their prime (well used). But the other challenge is that Paris proper just has tons of glass all the time on the streets (people like tossing wine bottles, it’s actually more a problem then you’d think).

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  24. Arend
    September 11, 2013

    Do you still get away with avoiding bike fees with the Biospeed? We used ours for the first time last week (after they sat in the basement for over a year…) and at the first airport one of the security guys spotted it as a bike as we walked in the door and at the second the checkin agent knew right away as well.

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    • Rainmaker
      September 11, 2013

      Yup, the vast majority of the time (9/10 times) I go without fees.

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  25. JCampos
    September 11, 2013

    Hi, congratulations for your post and blog. Nice work!

    Do you have a Triathlon Bike and a Road Bike. Can’t you have only one? The road bike can’t be used on triathlon? On which do you train?

    Regards.

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    • Rainmaker
      September 11, 2013

      No, not for long distance triathlon (iron-distance races), you really need something more appropriate to triathlon from a fit standpoint.

      I train purely on the triathlon bike. The road bike I’ve historically used mostly just for testing random road-bike only products (mounts for example). Additionally, some triathlons here in Europe are draft-legal, and thus don’t permit long triathlon aerobars.

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  26. Rob
    September 11, 2013

    Hi Ray,

    Any thoughs/suggestions on running glasses?; and is their a real difference between ”cheap/mid-range” and more expen$ieve glasses.

    Thx,
    Rob

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    • Rainmaker
      September 11, 2013

      I’m not too deep on sunglasses. I pretty much do what The Girl tells me to there.

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  27. shandy
    September 11, 2013

    What about Triathlon specific shoes? (Specifically for hot weather events where drainage is critical)

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    • Rainmaker
      September 11, 2013

      The shoes I’ve got are more triathlon than road shoe (single velcro strap, etc…). Also have drainage at the bottom.

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    • shandy
      September 11, 2013

      *running

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  28. Brian Comiskey
    September 12, 2013

    Ray: I am swimming Alcatraz on 9/29 with my son and plan on bringing my TS3. Any advice on how to get it into the wetsuit for the swim? I was thinking of maybe using a SPIbelt as my wetsuit is pretty snug.

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    • Rainmaker
      September 12, 2013

      I just slip it in the top of my wetsuit right below my neck.

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  29. Joe
    September 12, 2013

    Hey Ray

    Question regarding the bontrager speed/cadence sensor:

    I currently am using the Wahoo speed/cadence sensor because I use the wahoo fitness app and therefore am currently operating with bluetooth connectivity. Given that the wahoo sensor is set up with very, very similar magnets to that of the bontrager/motorola, could I possibly place the bontrager near,under, or somehow around the wahoo unit in order to share the signals from the same magnets? I have a 310xt and would like to incorporate it into my trainer rides along with the bluetooth setup, hence my sparked interest in the bontrager sensor. I thought if anyone has somehow stacked two cadence/speed sensors on their bike before, that it would be you haha.
    Any thoughts would be great.

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    • Rainmaker
      September 14, 2013

      Yup, you can. In fact, I have done so on my trainer. It’s a bit finicky though with them doubled up, so I’d be a bit more careful outside until you’ve done a bit more testing with how secure they are.

      Now it’s a bit tricky in that you have to have two wheel magnets, but you can share the same cadence magnet.

      Of course, if you’re using the KICKR, then you probably don’t care about the speed sensor for the Wahoo one, so you can just go ahead and not bother there and in the Wahoo App set the speed to use KICKR instead of cadence sensor.

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  30. Dan
    September 14, 2013

    What software do you use with the Computrainer? Do you recommend TrainerRoad?

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    • Rainmaker
      September 14, 2013

      I use TrainerRoad to control it, works great for that purpose.

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  31. maarten
    September 16, 2013

    Hi Ray,

    Do you use any specific safety reflection items for running when dark?

    KR,
    Maarten

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    • Rainmaker
      September 16, 2013

      I use a little blinky magnet light sometimes (clips on both sides of clothes), thought not always. The streets of Paris are incredibly well lit, and I’m generally running on sidewalks.

      I occasionally use a reflection band, but haven’t done so in a long time here.

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  32. Tom
    September 16, 2013

    Hi Ray, could you include the new Elite Turbo Muin trainer in your trainer buying guide please? This one really caught my interest at Eurobike.

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    • Rainmaker
      September 16, 2013

      I’ll be checking it out at Interbike this week and see how it looks.

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    • Tom
      September 18, 2013

      Thanks, that would be great.
      It actually looks like a copy of the KickR but with an apparently much lower price point (40% lower actually). Also, they told me it was much more quiet than the already quiet KickR because of their fluid resistance. Besides their very high quality Real Videos (tehy were shown at the booth) they were talking about introducing an app to upload your own videos like Kinomap. The biggest problem with Kinomap is the lack of high quality videos I heard.
      In short, a copy of the Kick’R but definitely interesting to have a look at.

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  33. Trevor Williams
    September 19, 2013

    As usual your blog is my “go-to” for just about anything training related! When I read this post, I was hoping you may cover software too. I recall you used some stuff in an article a while back, I am looking for something as an interface for Garmin connect and hopefully able to sync with services like strava etc too.

    Any suggestions?

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    • Rainmaker
      September 21, 2013

      I primarily use Training Peaks for most of my day to day analysis. I upload to Garmin Connect more as a ‘backup’ than anything, and then I occasionally post to Strava for fun.

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  34. Steve
    September 20, 2013

    Ray,

    Great stuff, as always. I was wondering what software you use with the Kickr? TrainerRoad, Kinomap, or something else. Debating what to buy a subscription to. Thanks!

    Steve

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    • Rainmaker
      September 21, 2013

      With the KICKR I generally just use the default Wahoo Fitness app to set a wattage. With the CompuTrainer I use the TrainerRoad app, primarily to set the wattage and relay ANT+.

      I’ll be covering the different software options for trainers in the first 1-2 weeks of October, as part of my trainer recommendations for the winter.

      In short though, TrainerRoad and Kinomap are sorta different coverage areas. TrainerRoad is more about structured workouts, whereas Kinomap is more about keeping you entertained or re-creating a given route.

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  35. Guillaume
    October 1, 2013

    Would you be able to recommend a headlamp for running? I tend to run in the evening after work, and the track I run is rather dark, and getting darker every day in the fall. Something that wouldn’t bounce too much (not that I care much about bouncing light, just that I don’t want the lamp to go flying while I run).

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    • Rainmaker
      October 2, 2013

      Sorry, I don’t unfortunately have any recommendations there – just don’t have any that I use. :(

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  36. Imran
    October 11, 2013

    Hi Ray,

    Do you recommend any energy gel and protein bar?

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    • Rainmaker
      October 11, 2013

      Not in particular. I just use the little gel thingies noted above, but that’s it. I don’t do any sort of protein bars otherwise.

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  37. Carl
    November 5, 2013

    Does the Gore Men’s Contest SO jacket fit on small side? One review on Amazon suggested that an XXL was appropriate for a Large person.

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    • Rainmaker
      November 5, 2013

      It is a bit snugger, I would agree with that. Though, that’s generally the case for a lot of cycling stuff aimed at the roadie crowd versus say a more casual user.

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  38. Claire
    November 21, 2013

    You ever reviewed open water safety devices? I love open water swimming, but a “moment” last summer could have resulted in a nasty accident if a buoy hadn’t been within arms length. As it’s not possible always to swim with someone, I need a device for keeping me afloat for future

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  39. Tip
    December 5, 2013

    I wonder if you have any running jacket recommendations for rain/cold (the ur-weather in the Pacific NW). I read through your cold-running post, but I’m looking for something in the 30-45-degree range when it’s truly raining (currently my gear is a cap and warm top, but eventually it gets uncomfortable).

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    • Rainmaker
      December 5, 2013

      Yeah, I don’t have much there. It’s basically the same crap weather in Paris, and I just simply get wet. I’ve got a marathon finishers jacket that kinda works, though on long 2hr runs I still end up drenched. :-/

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  40. Fran
    January 27, 2014

    Apparently the Hydrotail is not available anymore, it has been replaced by a new model – the Speedfil – R3.

    The older system you have looks better to me.

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  41. Tyler
    April 10, 2014

    A likely dumb question: Ever competed in an (outdoor) triathlon that started with a lap pool swim? Normal transition (don’t get the 5-10min transition times of an indoor tri), so can’t rely strictly on a jammer, yet the pool doesn’t quite call for an open water suit (plus that’d be…awkward). Could a tri suit take a dunk in the chlorine? Or put on a tri suit over the jammer in T1?

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    • Rainmaker
      April 10, 2014

      Yup, a number. No problems with wearing any tri suits in a pool – virtually all companies have athletes test them in pools, and it’s what I do as well. Cheers!

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  42. Drew
    May 16, 2014

    I love to come back to this post whenever I’m in the market for something in a new category. I have to think that writing the next version will take some time since I can see a bunch of new stuff that will be changing for 2014/2015!

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  43. Michael
    July 8, 2014

    Hi Ray,
    quick question: I switched from a Forerunner 60 to a TomTom Multisport but I struggle with the font size or the smaller shown data fields. Now, which watch besides the big 310XT or 910XT (and max. about 250$) would you recommend in terms of display font size and readability.

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    • Rainmaker
      July 9, 2014

      It’s tough, those are about the most crisp. The Suunto Ambit2R is normally in that price range, but the much better Suunto Ambit2S is down to $219 on sale right now. Has the features of the 910XT, and the text size is pretty similar in certain modes.

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  44. sofia grayson
    July 12, 2014

    Hi Ray,I loved your post…thanks for this article.

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  45. Chris
    August 6, 2014

    Ray,

    Any suggestions on lights for a road bike for riding at night? Many thanks!

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  46. Matt Stoner
    September 17, 2014

    Almost time for the 2014 list?

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    • DC Rainmaker
      September 18, 2014

      Yup, just about! Though, there’s honestly very few changes since last year.

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  47. Steve Sirois
    September 22, 2014

    What do you use for a bike pump? With certain carbon wheels, I have difficulty reaching the tire stem and getting the pump valve securely in place with my Planet Bike pump. Thanks!

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  48. Nicholas Michael Eckermann
    September 29, 2014

    Just wondering why you have different cold weather tights for cycling and running? Is there any reason you don’t use the same for both? If you had to purchase just one to use for both running and cycling which one would you choose. Sorry if it has been asked before and I missed it.

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    • Eli
      September 29, 2014

      tights aren’t designed the same way for both sports. Look at better cycling tights from the side vs running tights, the cycling ones have more pre curve to them while running tights are straighter. (Impacts how easily you can bend at the hips and how well the back stays up) Also cycling tights tend to break wind better and deal with wind differently. On the bike wind is mostly just coming from the front so the front has to be warm while the back shouldn’t be too warm while running the front and back are more equal. If you get cold easy like my and prefer windproof tights the windproof material doesn’t stretch all that well so my windproof running tights are uncomfortable on the bike and the windproof cycling tights are uncomfortable running.

      That’s just my opinion though. Going by Ray’s list I’m guessing he gets colder on the bike then run with his windproof gore tights while for running a none windproof tight is all he needs

      This isn’t to say that you can’t use a single pair of tights for both. (I do have a pair of very stretching sugio tights that are good for both) but specialized is generally better. I mean you can use a road bike for a time trial even if a time trial bike may be better.

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    • Nicholas Michael Eckermann
      September 29, 2014

      Thanks for the info Eli. I will look at them more closely.. Just not sure if I will even be like running and cycling in the cold weather so I don’t want to invest 200+ on 2 sets just to find out. I was thinking I could buy a single pair to try out both sports.

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    • DC Rainmaker
      September 29, 2014

      Yup, as Eli noted it’s a bit different because typically cycling ones are more windproof, whereas running ones are more flexible/thinner in different places.

      Like he noted you could probably find a thinner cycling pair and use it for running, or a thicker running pair and use it for cycling.

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    • Nicholas Eckermann
      September 29, 2014

      Thanks for responding!

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  49. Dathan Chesnut
    October 13, 2014

    How do your H3 wheels perform in cross winds? I’m thinking about getting a set.

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    • DC Rainmaker
      October 15, 2014

      Fairly well, but, like any deeper wheelset, you’ll want to ensure you get a bit of practice with them on windy days before a race.

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  50. Jesper
    October 15, 2014

    Where do you store the camera when you swim? During practice I’ve strapped a camera to the Safer Swimmer and it works ok. For races this approach would be a bit awkward…

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    • DC Rainmaker
      October 15, 2014

      I just slide it up the leg of my swim shorts (longer style).

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  51. Will
    October 23, 2014

    Hi Ray, for triathlons, you prefer the Garmin 910 XT. I’m trying to make up my mind between that, or the Tom Tom multisport cardio. Specifically, I guess I like that the Tom Tom offers heart rate data via the optical sensor, but I don’t like that it’s a newer and less popular than the Garmin. Any advice on helping me make a decision here?

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    • DC Rainmaker
      October 23, 2014

      The TomTom Multisport Cardio is a nice little watch if you really want optical HR. But if not, it lacks most of the more in-depth features of the Garmin lineup (such as the FR910XT and FR920XT). In the same price range, you might also really want to look at the Ambit2 S as well.

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    • Josh
      November 19, 2014

      Love the detailed reviews Ray, saw your comments about the Speedfil hydration system… Was looking to get one to keep things simple but wondering what the frustration with it you mentioned is?

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  52. Nick
    December 7, 2014

    I laughed when I saw you wear tights when it gets below 42 degrees because I’m still wearing short-sleeved shirts and shorts at that point. Then I saw your comment about “Minnesota folks” (of which I am one). Nevermind.

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  53. Frank
    January 25, 2015

    Are we going to get a 2014 Swim/Bike/Run Gear I use List?

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    • Ray Maker
      January 26, 2015

      Good point, got that sitting in drafts from before Christmas. Will dust off and call it a ‘Early 2015’ edition.

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  54. Fran
    March 24, 2015

    This is a bit old already isn’t it? I am pretty sure many things have changed.
    It’d be interesting to have an update from you… and another from The Girl, of course

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  55. Pierre
    April 2, 2015

    I would be very interested too in a 2015 sping Swim/Bike/Run post. :-)

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  56. Kevin
    November 10, 2015

    Any update?

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