Author Archives: DC Rainmaker

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

Giveaway Extravaganza: Withings WS50 WiFi Scale + Withings Activité

Too many BBQ’s this summer?  Too many Slushies?  First off – no, that’s impossible.  Trust me, from the land that lacks both good slow cooked BBQ and Slushies I reject that claim outright.  You can never have too much BBQ … Read More Here

Giveaway Extravaganza: Garmin FR920XT Tri Bundle (with HRM-SWIM & HRM-TRI Straps!)

What, you thought we’d limit this to things that are currently shipping?  Nah, I’m about the future here! Even if the future is only a week or two away. The FR920XT is probably without question the most beloved triathlon watch … Read More Here

Giveaway Extravaganza: GoPro Hero4 Silver & GoPro 3-Way Pole

So…are you ready to rumble?  Or perhaps at least fake it for the camera? Well then – I’ve got the giveaway for you: The GoPro Hero4 Silver.  It’s now my go-to action cam that I grab anytime I’m looking to … Read More Here

PowerTap P1 Power Meter Pedals In-Depth Review

Back this spring PowerTap for the first time announced a power meter that wasn’t in the rear wheel hub.  Well, they actually announced two new power meters.  The first was the PowerTap P1, which is a pedal based power meter, … Read More Here

5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

A nice relaxing weekend back home in Paris – here’s what I was up to! 1) Paris Roller For some three years now I’ve seen the Friday night festivus that is Paris Roller.  It’s when every Friday evening hundreds to … Read More Here

Week in Review–August 2nd, 2015

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

TdF 2015: Comprehensive list of Strava & TrainingPeaks pro uploads by stage

Over the last few weeks the folks at both Strava and TrainingPeaks have been sending me occasional (or daily in some cases) updates of each file upload to their respective services for all riders in the Tour de France that … Read More Here

In Just 7 Days…

Yes, the time is once again almost upon us: The Annual DC Rainmaker Giveaway Extravaganza.  Albeit slightly later in the summer season than years’ past – but worry not, I’m not skipping it! Next Tuesday (August 4th) starting at exactly … Read More Here

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The Tour de France in Paris: Riding it, watching La Course, and the Finish

As is always the case, yesterday is an epic day for cycling fans in Paris.  I went for the trifecta of craziness, and tried to jam it all in.  Here’s a look at my (semi-exhausting) day. Riding the final stage: … Read More Here

More than you ever wanted to know about power meters in pro cycling

Over the last week or so there’s been substantial talk about power meter data in the Tour de France, specifically around scenarios of data snooping, data accuracy, data estimation, and data tampering.  For the most part, the mainstream cycling media … Read More Here

A look at Garmin’s new swimming heart rate straps: HRM-SWIM & HRM-TRI

Today Garmin introduced two new heart rate straps that are designed to capture your heart rate data while you swim.  This move puts them roughly on parity with offerings that competitors Suunto and Polar already have for recording heart rate … Read More Here

Week in Review–July 18th, 2015

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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The new Polar Loop 2 and also new $19 Misfit Flash Link Activity Tracker

I just wanted to very briefly cover two new products that have been announced in the last 24 hours.  Neither one really warrants a standalone post – especially since neither company has samples available on-hand (or rather, in my hands).  … Read More Here

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2015 Paris Triathlon (draft-legal!) Race Report

It’s time for my slightly belated Paris Triathlon Race Report!  Don’t worry, it doesn’t get too stale even though it’s a week later. As you’ve likely surmised at this point, I raced the Paris Triathlon.  But not just me, but … Read More Here

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5 Random Things I Did This Weekend in Corsica

After a busy preceding week at the Tour de France, as well as in the Champagne region with our friends – we took the 75 minute flight from Paris down to the French island of Corsica early Friday morning.  The … Read More Here

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My Top Tips for Spectating the Tour de France

Tomorrow I’ll be headed up to watch another few stages of the Tour de France (TdF).  Having lived in France now for three years and going on our 4th Tour de France, we’ve seen quite a few stages.  Usually 3-6 … Read More Here

GoPro introduces tiny new Hero4 Session cube-like camera

Today GoPro has introduced its tiniest camera to date, the Hero4 Session.  This small cube-like camera shoots up to 1440p footage (that’s a little above your standard 1080p HD), as well as works with the existing GoPro mount lineup.  Most … Read More Here

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5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

Summer is definitely in full swing here in Paris – with this weekend being especially busy!  Here’s what we were up to! 1) Independence Day Celebrations! For those non-Americans in the crowd, Independence Day (aka July 4th) was this past … Read More Here

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Hands on: Strava and Garmin introduce on-device Live Segments for Edge series

Note: As of August 25th, 2015 Garmin has now released firmware updates for the Edge 510, Edge 810, and Edge 1000. You can use Garmin Express (desktop app) or the Garmin Webupdater (also desktop app) to install these. In addition … Read More Here