Author Archives: DC Rainmaker

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5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

Here’s what I’ve been up to over the last few days! 1) Some swim & bike brickage First up on the weekend docket was a late Friday afternoon swim followed by a very short bike session. I got to the … Read More Here

Week in Review–March 27th, 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 DCR Easter Bunny $600 Gadget Giveaway

First off, no, I’m not giving away the Easter Bunny.  That’d involve going to a nearby shopping mall and somehow kidnapping the poor guy as he gets photos taken with small children.  And I’m pretty sure that’d be awkward for … Read More Here

Testing in the Win(d) Tunnel: Garmins, Action Cams, Mounts, and more!

Back this past fall I got the chance to spend a day in the Specialized Win Tunnel to test all sorts of gadgets out.  Yes, it’s actually called the ‘Win’ Tunnel, not the ‘Wind’ Tunnel.  But of course, a wind … Read More Here

Paris Super Sprint Triathlon 2016 Race Report

This past Sunday was the Paris Super Sprint Triathlon, which is an indoor tri held annually here and put on by Expatriés – one of the local triathlon clubs.  Like all early season indoor triathlons, it’s a great way to … Read More Here

5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

Another busy weekend in the city, albeit supposedly the first day of spring – it was definitely still holding back a bit on the warm weather front.  I think it’s fair to say that weather came last weekend instead. 1) Product … Read More Here

Week in Review–March 19th, 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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How I configure my watches (and bike computers)

It’s been a number of years since I last wrote about how I setup my different GPS devices when it comes to screens for training and racing.  Given it’s one of the most popular questions around these parts, I figured … Read More Here

Garmin VIRB X & XE Action Cam In-Depth Review

Every once in a while in the DCR Review Realm I go ahead and pull out a slightly longer review cycle.  This would be one of those times.  In this case, I’ve used the Garmin VIRB X & XE action … Read More Here

Spring 2016 Power Meter Pricing Wars Update

It’s been almost a year since I did a big power meter pricing chart.  Sure, I talk about pricing in my annual power meter buyer’s guide, but pricing continues to fluctuate a bit.  So I figured I’d do a recap on … Read More Here

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5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

We’re back home in Paris! Our floors are all finished and first thing up was unboxing and installing some new gadgets that have just started shipping.  Let’s dive right into it! 1) Got WatTeam PowerBeat all installed The first order … Read More Here

Garmin releases Connect IQ for Edge 520 & Edge 1000

It’s been about 5 months since Garmin announced Connect IQ would be coming to the latest Edge cycling units.  This would extend the Connect IQ platform from being previous wearables only (i.e. wrist worn things), to other Garmin device types.  … Read More Here

The Feiyu Tech GoPro Action Cam Wearable Gimbal In-Depth Review

I know, approximately 97% of you are looking at the title right now and going “Who the fudge is Feiyu Tech?”  And then about 65% of you are saying “What the heck is a gimbal?” (and is it related to a gumball?).  Fear … Read More Here

PowerPod In-Depth Review

Back this past fall the PowerPod power meter was introduced on Kickstarter and funded within a few days.  It started shipping a few months later, within a week or two of their planned date (a rarity these days) in late … Read More Here

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A Week in the Canary Islands (and a bit of Africa)

You’ll remember last week we left off leaving Rome (after Barcelona for Mobile World Congress), in our bid to burn a few weeks of time while our landlord pulls up and renovates the flooring in our apartment.  So for the … Read More Here

Week in Review–March 6th, 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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Fitbit Blaze In-Depth Review

Almost exactly two months ago at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Fitbit announced their latest higher-end wearable, the Fitbit Blaze.  The company positioned it as a smart fitness watch, aiming to offer something midway between the higher-end … Read More Here

5 Random Things I Did This Weekend in Rome

With MWC over this past week, it was off to a new place.  Why not go home you ask?  Because they’re tearing up the floors in our apartment and we have to be out of it for a number of … Read More Here

Week in Review–February 28th, 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

Garmin Fenix3 HR In-Depth Review

Last month at CES in Las Vegas, Garmin introduced their most advanced wearable device with an optical heart rate (HR) sensor in it – the Fenix3 HR.  This device took Garmin’s Elevate optical HR sensor and added it to their … Read More Here

The Apple Watch: Sport and Fitness In-Depth Review

Ahh yes, the long awaited Apple Watch for Fitness In-Depth Review.  I’ve now spent almost 10 months with the Apple Watch.  Or rather, three different Apple Watches.  All of which I’ve bought myself – and all in an attempt to … Read More Here

The Love You Wanted: $600 Gadget Giveaway Winner!

This past weekend I held a huge giveaway for anyone that didn’t quite feel the love over Valentine’s Day the previous weekend.  Be it gadget love, or some other form of lovelessness.  Some 5,803 of you are apparently lacking a … Read More Here

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5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

Ok, catching up after a busy weekend going into Mobile World Congress here in Barcelona.  You’ll see a bit more on that as the week goes along.  In the meantime, here’s what I was up to this past weekend.  It … Read More Here

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Garmin’s new Vivoactive HR & Vivofit 3: Hands-on & First Run

On Friday Garmin announced their new Vivoactive HR & Vivofit 3.  As you’ll remember, my post was rather short and pretty limited in terms of content (just one pic!).  I promised that come around Sunday, I’d get some hands-on time … Read More Here

Hands-on with Samsung’s new Gear 360° camera

Tonight was the annual Samsung event at MWC, where thousands of media folk descend on the Centre de Convencions Internacional de Barcelona, situated along the waterfront, to see the latest Samsung gadgetry announced.  As is customary for my posts in the past from … Read More Here