Author Archives: DC Rainmaker

Power2Max drops prices…again. Now $610US.

This post might take the award for my shortest Eurobike post this year.  But that’s OK, because all you basically need to know is that Power2Max cut their prices by 20%, down to $610US – including the cranks.  Yes, seriously.  … Read More Here

Bkool Announces ANT+ FE-C Software Update Available Now, plus a new budget trainer and more

BKOOL is here at Eurobike this week and has pushed out a number of updates (both software and hardware), one of which will definitely make (most) existing owners quite happy.  As a brief refresher Bkool has historically been one of … Read More Here

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Elite rolls out flotilla of new trainers, most dual ANT+/BLE & FE-C

An Overview: You know how when you go to the supermarket and can’t decide which ice cream flavor to come home with – only to end up coming home with more than one container of ice cream?  That’s kinda like … Read More Here

Stages Power announces carbon crank options, talks a bit about dual leg power

Today at Eurobike, Stages announced their first foray into offering carbon crank arm options with their power meters pre-installed.  You’ll remember that up until today they’ve only offered aluminum cranks.  Today’s announcement includes five new carbon models, while also rolling … Read More Here

SRAM/Quarq announces Quarq Race Intelligence and SRAM RED eTAP Wireless Shifting

Today is the day of SRAM & Quarq making official many unofficial and open-secret things.  The first I’ll cover is the new Quarq race tracking service – Quarq Race Intelligence system.  And then I’ll dive into certain tech aspects of … Read More Here

First Ride with new $299 PowerPod Power Meter

Today a Kickstarter project was launched for the PowerPod power meter, priced at $279US (but there are some initial cheaper price points available for early birds).  While the project may be launching on Kickstarter, the company behind it has long … Read More Here

Garmin releases new Edge Explore 1000 Edition: Tells your friends when you crash into a ditch

Minor Confession: A small part of me simply wanted to title this post: “Garmin Releases Yet Another Product This Summer, Because It Can”.  But alas, I hear that’s not terribly great for search engine optimization (SEO) and since I get … Read More Here

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5 Random Things I Did This Weekend in Switzerland

Woah – a crazy busy weekend down in Switzerland roaming around.  But also a ton of fun.  Here’s what I’ve been up to! 1) Got a bunch of replacement gear As some of you know, during my sailing trip to … Read More Here

Heads up: Eurobike & Interbike (and more) soon!

Just a super-quick heads up that next week begins the annual 5-week long sports technology sweep (or sprint) that starts with Eurobike, continues with Interbike, and then rounds out with the ANT+ Symposium.  It’s predictably packed with new products, cool … Read More Here

Garmin Forerunner 225 In-Depth Review

This past spring Garmin announced their Forerunner 225 GPS running watch.  The unit would mark the first Garmin watch that contains an optical heart rate sensor within the watch, allowing you to view and record your heart rate without a … Read More Here

5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

Here’s what I was up to over the last few days as summer slowly starts to wind down (and finally cool down!). 1) A bit of playing with the Garmin Varia radar & Edge 1000 update Sometimes I have all … Read More Here

A Look at the new WKO4 Training Analytics App

After a number of years (and delays) in development, WKO4 has finally hit a desktop near you.  The once flagship desktop app had seen quiet times over the last roughly half a decade, but development was restarted a few years … Read More Here

5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

Here’s the rundown of what I was up to over the last few days, a bit of a calm weekend in comparison. 1) Friday Night Date Run We started off the weekend with a bit of a (rather hot) run … Read More Here

A Preview: A Week Riding the Watteam PowerBeat $499 Power Meter

Last week the founder and key engineering team members of Watteam flew over to Paris to allow me to install, ride, and analyze their previously announced PowerBeat $499 power meter.  You’ll remember it hit the interwebs exactly one year ago … Read More Here

The 2015 Annual Giveaway Extravaganza Winners!

Phew! That was a blur!  You thought you were tired?  Just imagine what my web servers feel like after yesterday.  They’ll basically be doing the post-marathon day walk. With the 2015 edition of the Annual DCR Giveaway Extravaganza now yesterday’s … Read More Here

Hands-on with Garmin’s new Forerunner 25

As we move ahead in the seemingly never ending summer of Garmin releases, this week brings us the new Forerunner 25.  For those familiar with the Garmin lineup you’ll remember that the previous generation Forerunner 10 & 15 watches were … Read More Here

Giveaway Extravaganza: Wahoo KICKR Trainer

Phew! What a wild ride this has been!  Huge giveaways every 2 hours; it seems like it was just yesterday when we got started.  Wait, it was just yesterday.  I guess time really does fly when you’re having fun. I’m … Read More Here

Giveaway Extravaganza: Suunto Ambit3 Peak Multisport Watch

For those of you waiting for the perfect giveaway deal, this may very well be it.  The Suunto Ambit 3 Peak has something for everyone; well actually this one only has everything for just the one person whose entry is drawn … Read More Here

Giveaway Extravaganza: Polar M400 GPS Running Watch

Captain’s Log:  Stardate 93194.09. The Enterprise has bypassed its scheduled archaeological survey of Camus II in response to a distress call from the Federation freighter Arcos, which has assumed an emergency orbit around Turkana IV, birthplace of… Oh, um sorry, wrong post … Read More Here

Giveaway Extravaganza: Quarq RIKEN AL Power Meter

Here’s the deal: As long as you don’t go around pronouncing it Quack (like a duck), you soon might be blessed with the power of power.  Yes, our second power meter of the day.  Because that’s how I roll.  Assuming … Read More Here

Giveaway Extravaganza: Garmin Edge 520

It’s probably at this juncture in the day that you might be showing signs of fatigue.  Perhaps keeping up with all this free stuff is tough.  Hard work even.  But guess what?  You need to man (or woman) up and … Read More Here

Giveaway Extravaganza: Tacx Vortex Smart Trainer + Satori Smart for a friend

There are few training tasks worse than riding alone on a trainer in a dark basement or within sketchy closet.  It’s just you, your bike, and the wall ahead of you with 4 paint marks that you still haven’t fixed two … Read More Here

Giveaway Extravaganza: PowerTap P1 Power Meter Pedals

Well then, that escalated quickly. From $250 GPS watch to $1,200 power meter…all in the span of one minute. Boom! You saw my review on these puppies yesterday, and it’s definitely all good.  Now you can not only ride around … Read More Here

Giveaway Extravaganza: Garmin Vivoactive

You know how they say size matters? Well in this case – smaller is better.  And there’s no GPS running watch on the market today as thin as the Garmin Vivoactive.  It’s basically like a piece of paper ate a … Read More Here

Giveaway Extravaganza: Polar M450 GPS bike computer

Think small and mighty.  Like mighty mouse on EPO (or synthetic testosterone as the cool kids are doing this week).  But legal instead.  So, like Nutella and bananas.  That’s what the M450 is like: Incredibly powerful yet super small.  It’s … Read More Here