Author Archives: DC Rainmaker

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La Course, Le Tour, and the Paris Finale–2016 Edition

While almost every day is a great day living in Paris, there are a few days that really take the cake: Bastille Day (Fête nationale), and the finish of the Tour de France. Over the last three years however, ASO/UCI … Read More Here

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A Day at the Tour de France: Time Trial in The Mountains

While I typically get in a number of Tour de France stages each year, this year was a bit different with the arrival of our little peanut.  The Girl went into labor a few hours before Le Tour began Stage … Read More Here

Tour de France 2016: The Trainers & Power Meters of the Pro Teams

Yesterday I spent the day at Stage 18 of the Tour de France.  One of the advantages of this particular stage is it’s a time trial.  This means that each rider races individually, with the first rider of the day starting … Read More Here

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Zwift & Tacx launch ability to shake your trainer riding cobblestones. For real.

So here’s the thing – every time I go to Eurobike, Interbike, CES, or some other trade show I’m always asked the same thing by virtually everyone in every booth I visit: “What’s the coolest thing you’ve seen thus far?” … Read More Here

First Look at the New DCR Babymaker Product Tester

Our first product tester in residence has now arrived! Heck, she even arrived via Velib bike with a polka-dot wrap. Despite joining us just two weeks ago she already been out testing various devices. From heart rate sensors to weight … Read More Here

Week in Review–July 17th, 2016

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 … Read More Here

European Readers: Clever Training Europe is here!

With about half y’all outside North America, it’s time to get you the same 10% discount that my US readers get from my partnership with Clever Training.  And there’s no better company to do that with than Clever Training themselves! … Read More Here

How I capture photos while openwater swimming

(Both The Girl and I are incredibly sad about the attack that occurred in Nice last night.  Bastille Day – La fête nationale- is our favorite day of the year here in France, and is incredibly special on so many … Read More Here

Hands-on with Garmin’s new Edge 820 with mapping

Today Garmin announced their latest cycling computer – the Edge 820.  Well, actually, they announced two cycling computers: The Edge 820 and the Edge Explore 820.  The Explore is simply the dumbed down version of the 820.  While the Edge … Read More Here

Week in Review–July 10th, 2016

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 … Read More Here

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Suunto announces planned optical HR Spartan GPS, sensor details

Yesterday Suunto announced further details of their Spartan series, including the addition of the Spartan Sport, which is basically the cheaper sibling of the Spartan Ultra.  The Sport is at 499EUR, vs the Ultra at 649EUR.  Neither include the kitchen … Read More Here

Last Week in Review–July 5th, 2016

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 … Read More Here

The 2016 Annual Giveaway Extravaganza Winners!

Wow – another massive Giveaway Extravaganza in the books! Yesterday was pretty crazy for sure, with what can only described as an absolute crapton of people stopping by the site to enter the dozen giveaways.  You’ve once again stated loud … Read More Here

Giveaway Extravaganza–The Last One: Garmin Forerunner 735XT

This…is…it: The final giveaway! You’ve made it this far, either because you gave up and had to take a few hours off, or because you are actually staring at the screen with bloodshot eyes right now.  Either way, congrats on … Read More Here

Giveaway Extravaganza: GoPro Hero4 Silver

So perhaps you didn’t win that 360° action cam earlier today (some 20 hours ago!).  Maybe it was because you were lazy and asleep, or perhaps because you were afraid of broadcasting your inevitable crash into a tree from every … Read More Here

Giveaway Extravaganza: Withings Body Cardio Scale & Activité Pop

You can never weigh yourself too many times, or with too many devices.  After all, that’s how I somehow got more than a dozen scales right now.  However, none of those scales have Pulse Wave Velocity like the Withings Body … Read More Here

Giveaway Extravaganza: Tacx NEO Smart trainer

It is but a Star Wars aircraft.  The stabilizing wings fold up and down in place, making a solid clunk/click sound once locked securely in position. The design even exhausts out hot air out the back, just like a real … Read More Here

Giveaway Extravaganza: Garmin Vivoactive HR & Index WiFi Scale

French fries. Or, freedom fries in some circles.  The bane fitness and weight loss plans everywhere.  However – I’ve got a plan for you that involves keeping your frites: Just run/walk more. What’s that? Don’t want to run?  No worries, … Read More Here

Giveaway Extravaganza: Polar M450 GPS Bike Computer

Polar bears, they’re pretty awesome.  They swim around in ice cold water where really nobody else wants to.  Heck, they even live on floating ice.  And they fish and stuff with their bare hands.  Which, is absolutely nothing like the Polar … Read More Here

Giveaway Extravaganza: PowerTap P1 Power Meter Pedals

Let there be more power to the people!  This time though, double the power.  Yup, I’m giving away the dual-sensing PowerTap P1 power meter pedals.  You can now measure all the powers!  Hopefully, those powers are strong.  Wouldn’t want to … Read More Here

Giveaway Extravaganza: Suunto Ambit3 Vertical

Damn girl, that be some bright bling on you wrist there!  Like, construction worker orange, except….green. Neon green.  Fear not, I’ll be giving you the option to also choose from more boring colors like blue, white and black.  But let’s … Read More Here

Giveaway Extravaganza: Wahoo ELEMNT GPS Bike Computer

Vowels are overrated.  Especially ‘E’.  KICKR, TICKR, ELEMNT, RFLKT…all missing an ‘E’ or two.  Somewhere in the universe there’s a vast supply of extra E’s, like a Wheel of Fortune dumpster with vultures circling overhead.  Homeless and looking for a … Read More Here

Giveaway Extravaganza: 4iiii Precision Power Meter (Gen2)

  Power to the people!  Or, in this case – power from the people.  Canadian people that is.  The people who bring you maple syrup and endless snowballs have also rummaged up a rather functional power meter.  This sub-$400 unit … Read More Here

Giveaway Extravaganza: 360Fly 4K 360° Action cam

Do you always miss the shot – looking in the wrong direction when the shark jumps up and grabs that seal?  Well, I’ve got the action cam for you: The 360Fly 4K 360° action cam. See, this cam sees everything.  … Read More Here

Giveaway Extravaganza: Garmin Fenix3 HR

And so it begins – the mother of all giveaways!  Thus, it seems appropriate to begin with what is effectively the mother of all fitness smart watches: The Fenix3 HR.  No other watch on the market has as many features.  … Read More Here