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Week in Review–January 19th, 2014

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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.

Monday: Week in Review–January 13th, 2014
Thursday:
A Frozen Sea Helsinki Finland Runaround
Friday:
How to get and record cadence information on a spin or gym bike

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) Cyclist gets pepper-sprayed, then sheriff threatens to charge cyclist: Yes. Seriously. Pretty incredible stuff. Definitely worth the read. In case you’re curious, you can contact said Sheriff here

2) Man crashes on bike, has erection for seven weeks: Left with no further comment…

3) Annual Kona bike split time stats plotted: An interesting little graph showing some very clear trends in bike splits at Kona over the last 25+ years.

4) A Google Fitness API?  Apparently, something might be in the works.  Would be interesting if Google gets ‘back’ into that business, especially after discarding their health platform semi-recently.

5) NCAA adds triathlon for DI/DII/DIII schools for August 2014:  However, it will only be available for women. Men’s competition was unfortunately not included.

6) Matt Damon explains to Jay Leno how he broke collarbone while riding: I believe the segment may not be available in all countries, though, it is working for me.

7) Di2 Wireless Transmitter Spotted: This is a bit of progress from the Shimano SCIO head unit I showed back at Interbike.  Hopefully this technology keeps advancing forward in an open-protocol way.

8) NPD releases study on fitness device market, numbers don’t actually add up: It’s sorta funny, I started reading this story and noticed a lot of things don’t add up.  First, it explicitly states that the numbers do included devices like sport watches and heart rate monitors (thus, a Garmin fitness GPS device).  It states said market is $330M a year, of which FitBit somehow contributes 68% of it.  Which, is sorta funny because if you look at Q1-Q3 cumulative earnings release, Garmin’s Fitness division alone had revenue of $237M.  And that’s ignoring Polar, Timex and Suunto – other massive players, and again, that’s also ignoring the holiday season (enormous).  C’mon, this isn’t that hard.

9) USAT is conducting entire USAT election again: Well, at least we can’t blame Florida this time.

10) Does expensive athletic gear actually make us want to work out?  Pretty interesting article analyzing some of the fancier names in athletic gear and whether people perform better using said gear. (via: Wahoo Fitness Twitter)

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.

1upPOWERbahn Cycle Trainer: Interesting trainer, but I suspect there’s a number of reasons why they are struggling on Kickstarter.  First is that it looks too home-made, especially for the price.  Second is that trying to sell a trainer on ‘natural feel’ via text is a tough marketing message.  It’s really easy to do in person (see: LeMond Revolution Pro), but very tough when nobody’s tried your product.  I do like that it has ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart, but for the price, I’d stick with other ‘known good’ trainers that provide the same and more API capabilities.

Wetsuit Remover: Hmm, I can’t exactly see myself buying one, but perhaps someone has a use for this. (via Eli)

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:

Adidas miCoach GPS firmware Update: More goodness from Adidas on plugging away at fixes with their GPS unit.  I continue to like the progress I’m seeing here.

Adidas miCoach BLE sensor updates: I just wanted to call this out up here, but Adidas has also added support for Bluetooth Smart footpods to all of their apps (iOS/Windows Phone).  Which is mostly notable because they become the first company to support Bluetooth Smart footpods on Windows Phone (they’ve previously supported Bluetooth Smart heart rate straps).

Garmin VIRB Edit update: Garmin released  major update to their VIRB app, at least in terms of customization.  Lots of cool stuff now, including ability to customize gauges and dashboards.  Plus, a few other new things. Very very cool.  Some good screenshot examples at that link.

Garmin FR110 & FR210 Firmware Updates: Looks like just a minor update to fix some sort of screen bug.

Garmin FR610 Firmware Update: Another minor update, this one for ”improved battery capacity reporting”

iPhone Apps:

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iPad Apps:

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Android Apps:

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Windows Phone Apps:

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Thanks all folks, thanks for reading!

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11 Comments

  1. Fantastic I’ve been waiting for this to pop up today

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  2. Since not everyone reads the Week in Review, would you consider doing a full blog post on the pepper spray? Media attention is often the only way these issues seem to get properly resolved.

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    • Rainmaker replied

      I’ll keep an eye on it, but at present there’s some big name cycling media that have posted on it, and it’s making quite the rounds already.

      While the teens are clearly at fault at large, there certainly appears to be some minor blame on the individual (likely more than justified).

      As for posting the teens photos, that’s fully ‘good’ as far as I’m concerned. In the US, if you’re in a public place (or public property) then you’re totally game for having your photo taken*. If you’re committing a crime, then even more so the case. After all, YouTube is full of videos of teens doing stupid things taken by others without permission.

      *http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photography_and_the_law

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  3. Sander Goes

    I think the pepper spray incident is horrible, really. However, the cyclist involved made a huge mistake putting up the pictures of those minors on the social media. The police investigation was still going on and there was really, really no rush to identify the attackers. THINK about the consequences of playing online detective. It’s a good thing that there are laws in place protecting suspects, especially if they are minors. Both parties are at fault here, the assault of course being a much heavier offense.

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  4. Peter

    Nice heads up on the virb edit update- mine hadn’t auto updated over the weekend so would have otherwise missed it for a while at least!

    You’re not by any chance running any new beta firmware on your virbs? Would be good to know if an updates on its way?!
    Cheers!

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    • Rainmaker replied

      I generally don’t state I’m running a beta firmware version of anything, unless a company is fine with me noting it publicly (which, usually they aren’t). In either case, I’m not on a beta VIRB firmware version at the moment.

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  5. Tim

    I’m with Ray. I’ll add a bit of opinion to it… If their punishment is being called out on Facebook then so be it. This is probably 100 times more effective then some slap on the wrist a minor would get in a hillbilly courtroom. Clearly they did it… And clearly they didn’t like their peers finding out on FB they are douche bags.

    What pisses me off the most is their parents. Instead of being an actual parent and discipline their kids… They go with slapping charges on the cyclist! Nice lesson. They are (hopefully) about to learn a big lesson when the guy counter sues them. May have to sell the giant satellite in front of their trailer and dig up some ginseng to payoff their upcoming fees.

    For the record… Visited this part of the country many times… Full of great people. Not painting with a broad stroke here… Just pointing out the obvious…The Darwinian filter just hasn’t made it’s way fully through TN yet.

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  6. Eli

    New Leikr firmware is out this morning

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  7. Lukas Dambachmayr

    Since the new bikes for the year are coming out and you did a buyer’s guide on powermeters at the end of the last year are you considering reviewing the new road bikes for 2014 and doing a similar thing?

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    • Rainmaker replied

      No, for me I don’t tend to get into the bikes side of the equation. Unfortunately, I’ve just got too much product already on my plate and bikes aren’t really my thing as much (in terms of non-tech components).

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