Author Archives: DC Rainmaker

The Garmin FR225 with optical heart rate: Everything you ever wanted to know

Today Garmin has released their first device with an optical heart rate sensor built into it, the new Forerunner 225.  In the simplest possible terms, the FR225 is basically a FR220 running watch with an optical HR sensor stuffed inside … Read More Here

The Apple Watch Waterproofing Extravaganza: Swim, High Diving, Test Chamber

This past week I’ve been slowly plotting a series of tests to batter the Apple Watch and see exactly how well it’d hold up to a variety of aquatic adventures.  No doubt I’ve been showering with it twice-daily since it … Read More Here

The 2015 Swim/Bike/Run Gear I Use List

It’s that time of year again – the “Swim/Bike/Run Gear I use List!”.  Well, ok, it was that time of year like 8 months ago, but life got in the way.  Thankfully, enough of you kept reminding me each week … Read More Here

First rides with the PowerTap P1 Pedals & PowerTap C1 Chainring…and more

This past weekend I spent time riding on PowerTap’s latest products that were announced about two months ago (much more background in that post), all of which are in various non-final forms, but nearing release. They’ve got a full suite … Read More Here

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5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

This was officially the weekend that never seemed to end, nor one where I stayed in any one place very long.  Here’s the run-down. 1) Flew to Mallorca to test out PowerTap P1 & C1 power meters With Friday being … Read More Here

Week in Review–May 3rd, 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

The DCR Podcast is now on iTunes! Also: Episode 2 is out, RSS feed available

Just a super-quick update that earlier this week the DC Rainmaker Podcast got approved by Apple for iTunes.  That means you can subscribe to it right there from within your Apple device (or iTunes), as well as do something even … Read More Here

The DCR’s on Vacation Fenix3 Giveaway Winner!

Holy cow, there were almost 7,000 entries on the giveaway – the largest to date around these parts!  To be precise, some 6,911 comments in total, after removal of duplicates and the like.  Apparently people really want the new Fenix3. … Read More Here

TomTom Bandit Action Camera In-Depth Review

Today TomTom has announced they’re venturing into the action cam business, with the introduction of the TomTom Bandit.  This Twinkie sized action cam contains 2.7K (30FPS) and 4K (15FPS) capabilities, as well as GPS functionality that you’d expect from a … Read More Here

The North Huvadhoo Atoll (Maldives) Swimaround

The Girl and I have been taking a long awaited vacation to a place far away from the hustle and bustle of daily life (and our respective jobs).  For that, we burned a bunch of points and flew to the … Read More Here

Week in Review–April 26th, 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

The DCR’s on Vacation Fenix3 Giveaway!

It’s giveaway time!  Partly because it’s been a while, partly because it’s Friday and it seems fitting, and partly just cause I’m on vacation and this seemed a whole lot easier than writing an in-depth review. This time I’m giving … Read More Here

My Thoughts On The LIMITS Power Meter

Ok, I wasn’t planning on doing a post on the LIMITS power meter until I actually had some first-hand time with the unit.  But given I’ve been swamped with e-mails/tweets/signal flares about the unit, I’m going to put together the briefest … Read More Here

The Mid-Week in Review–April 23rd, 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

The DCR Podcast Pilot Episode is Now Available!

Back about two weeks ago while in Austin I spent the morning recording the first few episodes of the DC Rainmaker Podcast with TRS Triathlon.  And now, after much technical hand-wringing (read: we dug out of our inboxes) – the … Read More Here

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5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

Here’s what I was up to over the last few days. 1) Friday Afternoons at The Studio TGIF takes on a slightly different tack at the Cake Studio than most other days.  As is often the case for companies aligned to … Read More Here

Power Meter Pricing Wars: Let The Games Begin

The Winds are a Shifting: Over the past few weeks there have been a number of notable price drops by power meter companies.  While some of these price drops may seem reactionary to news from PowerTap’s new products, or that 4iiii … Read More Here

Quarq introduces new $799 RIKEN AL power meter

Overview: Just another day in April 2015 – whereby power meter companies continue to drop the hammer in the battle for your bucks.  Today SRAM’s Quarq has announced their lowest cost entrant to date, the $799 Quarq RIKEN AL.  This … Read More Here

Recon Jet starts shipping, a look at my first month with it

Earlier this week Recon Instruments started shipping their long-awaited Recon Jet heads up display for sports, to real-life actual consumers.  Completing a journey that began just over two years ago upon announcement of the product.  In fact, a few DCR … Read More Here

Garmin announces Vector2 (and 2S), also upgrade kit for original Vector owners

Overview: Today Garmin has announced their next iteration of the Vector product line.  This relatively minor update aims to simplify installation, as well as make the unit more durable and easier to move between bikes.  Most notable however, is that … Read More Here

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ROTOR announces new INpower power meters, starting at $779US

Overview: ROTOR has as of today somehow managed to accomplish the near-impossible in this day and age: Putting a brand new unseen power meter on pro rider’s bikes in major events for months…and have nobody notice.  Stepping that up: Having their … Read More Here

Power2Max goes to $599 – Joins Quarq, Pioneer in April power meter price slashing

Power2Max Price Cuts Today Power2Max announced price drops of about 21% off of their existing units, dropping the base price to a mind-boggling $599.  This is ahead of the bike industry event this weekend, Sea Otter, where we’ve seen a … Read More Here

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A Doha (Qatar) Nighttime Runaround

I landed in Qatar rather late Sunday night, about 11:30PM or so, making it roughly 12:30AM by time I got to the hotel.  For the super-quick geography reminder, here’s where Doha is: With work meetings taking up most of the … Read More Here

The Ashton Instruments Power Meter: An Early Look

Last fall I sat down to meet with the folks behind Ashton Instruments, an up and coming power meter company.  At the time we sat down in a random hallway at the Mandalay Bay convention center on horrible looking carpet … Read More Here

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Garmin announces new VIRB X and VIRB XE action cams

Today, Garmin announced two new action cameras – the next in their VIRB action cam lineup.  These two cameras continue in the footsteps of the Garmin’s first generation cameras by focusing heavily on sensor data and internal metrics that can … Read More Here