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Week in Review–October 6th, 2013

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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, Facebook, and Google Plus, this is a better forum for sending it on to y’all. Most times these different streams don’t overlap, so be on the lookout at all these places for good stuff!

So with that, let’s get into the action!

DCRainmaker.com posts this past week:

Here’s all the goodness that ended up on the main page of DCRainmaker.com this past week.

Sunday: Week in Review–September 29th, 2013
Monday : Massive Suunto Ambit 2/2s Exclusive Clever Training Sale
Tuesday:  Paris-Versailles 2013 Race Report
Sunday: A Kananaskis Moose Runaround

Hot Sports Technology Deals This Week!

Ambits

Just a reminder that the crazy deal on the Ambit 2/2s ends at the end of Wednesday.  The quick version of the deal is:

Suunto Ambit 2s: $299 ($100 off)
Suunto Ambit 2: $375 ($125 off)
Suunto Ambit 2 Sapphire: $450 ($150 off)

All the details are over on the full post with tons of questions and comparison comments answered in the post comments section at the bottom.  And of course, everything purchased via those links helps support the site.

2013 Trainer Recommendations:

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I had planned on publishing my 2013 trainer recommendations this week (like last year), but I got word from the Elite folks that they’re trying to get me one of the new Muin crazy-silent trainers this week.  So assuming they do that, I’ll include my initial thoughts on that as part of my trainer recommendations and push the trainer recommendations post to next week.  Sound good?

Got something you want to know/see from Saris/CycleOps/PoweTap?  I’ll be there Tuesday.

PowerTap

I’m making a brief stopover on my way to some other meetings on the West Coast, and will be checking in with the CycleOps/Saris/PowerTap folks on Tuesday in Madison, Wisconsin.  I’ll be doing a bit of a behind the scenes style post like I did last spring with Garmin at their headquarters in Kansas.  If you’ve got questions or things you want to see (for example, all products are made onsite), drop them below in the comments – but be quick to do so!  If not by Tuesday you’ll be out of luck!

Stuff that I found interesting around the interwebs:

Here’s a not-so-small smattering of all the random things that I stumbled on while doing my civic duty to find the end of the Internet:

1) Epic Mountain Biking Fail (courtesy of riders in France): Just watch, it’ll make your morning (or evening, wherever you are).  Thanks to all those who sent in!

2) iPhone 5s Motion Sensors are a bit whacked: A pretty detail-filled post from the Gizmodo folks.  Will be interesting to see what follow-up occurs here. (Thanks to Jackson)

3) US Federal Shutdown postpones/changes numerous races: A small look at just those races in the Washington DC area that were impacted. I assume there are many more out there.

4) Not racing? No worries, commuter trails closed too: While some of the big-name national parks are well known, many DC bike commuters were surprised to see these closures (though, other trails like the popular Mt. Vernon Trail did remain open to cyclists despite being on NPS land).

5) FitBit Force leaks out: Looks like the next version of the FitBit has trickled out onto the scene. It appears to be a nice update from the Flex, and looks to rectify pretty much all of the complaints folks had with the Flex.

6) Tips to avoiding flat tires: Here’s a handy little post that outlines a number of ways to minimize getting a flat on your bike. Good stuff.

7) French government reminds you not to consume Vodka Red Bull while exercising: Just in case you typically blend those two items together, beware.

8) The story and history behind the Kona Underpants Run: While I haven’t done the Kona variant, I have done one nearly as old – the Ironman Canada version.

9) How Long Could You Run With New Marathon World Record Holder Wilson Kipsang? A nifty little chart showing just how darn fast these guys were moving, and how long you’d be able to hold on. (via Steve Magness)

10) An engineering look at the Strava Routes functionality: Another in-depth post from the Engineering team on some of their newer features. Well done.

11) GoPro announces new Hero 3+ Black Edition: While I’m lukewarm on the new features, as usual they put together a kickass promo video that makes you want to somehow turn into a GoPro camera.

12) Las Vegas Super-Sprint Triathlon on TV Monday night: For those with access to Universal Sports Network, you’ll see the Las Vegas Super-Sprint Triathlon that I posted about a few weeks ago at 8PM Eastern.  And I’m sure, you’ll also see shots of me out and about shooting too. (Via TriMagJene)

13) Avid St. Paul cyclist bikes through pregnancy, to hospital for birth: Well then, I guess I’ve got no excuses (ever) for not finishing a training ride. (Via BikeHugger)

Crowd Funded Projects of Athletic Note:

This is a bit of a new section. Most of this content used to be found within the main section, but I figured I’d just call it out up here and make it easy to find. I regularly sift through Kickstarter and Indiegogo (plus a few others on occasion) looking for sports projects. Note that as always with crowd funded projects, assume the project will be late and will under-deliver on features. Thus far, on the numerous products I’ve helped ‘fund’ (except a leather bike handle), that’s been the case.

(I saw nothing of interest new this week)

Sports Technology Software/Firmware Updates This Week:

Each week I quickly highlight some of the new firmware, app, software and website service updates that I see go out. If you’re a sports technology company and release an update – shoot me a quick note (just one liners is perfect, or Tweet it at me is even better) and I’ll make mention of it here. If I don’t know about it, I won’t be able to post about it. Sound good?

Site/Firmware Updates:

TrainingPeaks previews and opens up access to new site design: From that page you can sign-up to access the beta.

WattBike adds ANT+ Support: Pretty cool to see them add this – makes a ton of sense.

TrainerRoad adds WattBike support: This comes on the heals of the above-noted ANT+ support.

Garmin Vector team hosts Twitter Chat: Interesting, I believe this is the first time a Garmin fitness-related team has done something like this.  Further, this is just one more example of the Vector team being full engaged (forums, posts, product support, etc…) – hopefully an example other product teams both inside and outside Garmin can replicate.

iPhone App updates this week:

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iPad App updates this week:

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Android App updates this week:

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Windows Phone App updates this week:

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Thanks for reading!

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25 Comments

  1. Tom

    I am super curious as to why cycleops choose to use a narrower alloy rim when most are going wide. Was it just cost savings or do they believe that there is an advantage by going narrow

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    • H M replied

      Can you ask Cyclops how i update my powerbeam trainer to make it new ANT+ trainer control standard?

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  2. Dan

    Did you see that the 2012 Kurt Kinetic Road Machine Fluid Trainer is on sale for $264.99?
    Any significant reason(s) to wait for the updated model?
    Thanks!

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    • Rainmaker replied

      No, go with the old unit. The unit has some nice touches (see my post here: link to dcrainmaker.com), but nothing worth the price difference with the on-sale units.

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    • Dan replied

      You’re faster than the McDonald’s drive-thru. Thanks!

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    • Brian Landers replied

      Where’d you see the Road Machine for $264.99? Pondering a Rock ‘n’ Roll or a RM.

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    • Rainmaker replied

      I’ve got no problem with a deal like that. Go forth and post!

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    • Dan replied

      link to artscyclery.com

      Must add to cart for sale price.

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    • Brian Landers replied

      Oops, I didn’t even think about that until after I posted. Thanks Ray (and Dan!). Just ordered a 2012 Rock ‘n’ Roll from Art’s, and tried to balance it out by pulling the trigger on a new Garmin 800 from Clevertraining.

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  3. Jesse from Cycleops mentioned on one of your other posts that the new “auto-tension” resistance knob would be available as an aftermarket add-on for existing trainers. Any word on that, and will it be compatible with the Powerbeam Pro? I continue to hate the resistance handle on my PBP.

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  4. Mike G

    Road disc bikes are on the way (like it or not). Are there plans to modify the MTB hub for a smaller rotor? Or better yet, modify the G3 so it can accept a rotor?

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  5. Nicholas

    Ask them if they know the ETA on their forthcoming 142mm thru axle mtb disc. Heard it was in the pipeline at Interbike.

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  6. tobor

    Not a complaint, but I don’t think you ever mention the updates to SportTrack’s .mobi utility. They keep adding new features to it and fleshing it out very nicely. Just something to consider. Another option might be to do an annual article on the features of significant training related websites (Strava, Training Peaks, SportTracks.mobi, et.al.)

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    • Rainmaker replied

      The updates come from a lot of sources, including companies simply sending them to me. The others are from Twitter accounts & blogs that I follow. Looking now, I see an update blog for SportTracks.mobi, so I’ll add that to me feed going forward.

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  7. Erik

    Thanks for all the continued great info and posts! We stumbled onto your site a few years ago when researching triathlon watches and have been avid readers since.
    So happy to see you continuing to kick butt!

    Reply
  8. RobM

    Really interesting article on Strava Routemaster algo. I guess that makes me a nerd!

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  9. AC

    Need to know if Powertap will have a disc (normal 6 bolt, not 8 bolt) hub with the ability to convert between 135 and 12 x 142.

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  10. I was disappointed to not see an article about the dangers of exercising and vodka redbulls, but found only that I shouldn’t drink redbull during exercise. The “or” in this sentence is key. However, I am pleased to know that I can continue drinking vodka redbulls during exercise as the article says nothing about that.

    “ANSES says, due to high caffeine content, the drinks should not be mixed with alcohol, or consumed during intensive sporting activity”

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  11. Jaco

    Powertap – will they be launching a dual freq model like Stages? Ant+ and Bluetooth.

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  12. Jaco

    Powertap, will they be launching a dual freq model like Stages? Ant+ and Bluetooth.

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  13. Eli

    Has powertap looked into combining the Powercal and hub Powertap data? Powercal is based completely on heart rate data so comparing the two to see how they diverge when analyzing a ride would seem to be more acurate then the heart rate decoupling done now by apps like Golden Cheetah. I know basically all head units can only connect to a single power meter now but they could build that fuctionality into their head unit where the headunit does the calculations with a normal hr strap.

    Will powertap make a cell phone app version of Powercal? (i.e. use a normal hr strap with a phone and predict power) How about a post ride analysis version? (use r-r data and compute the power data from that the same as the HR strap does, just not in real time)

    Any details on expects long term maintence to the hubs outside of replacing batteries. (and if they need to be sent back how much it costs)

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    • Eli replied

      coasting (auto zero) vs calibrate. Are these different with a powertap? (i.e. in order to “calibrate” a powertap power meter)

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  14. Eli

    Seems overpriced to me but artwork based on a GPS route:
    link to kickstarter.com

    Intelligent bike lights, seems interesting:
    link to kickstarter.com

    messenger bag that lights up:
    link to kickstarter.com

    exercise cards. How is it that one exercise card project comes up and pretty quickly following 2 more come (this is the third I’ve seen)
    link to kickstarter.com

    microhome bike trailer:
    link to kickstarter.com

    BLE HR strap that is worn on the wrist:
    link to kickstarter.com

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    • Eli replied

      for the wrist hr strap there is also the mio and scosche pulse monitor so not sure how unique it is anymore

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