Author Archives: DC Rainmaker

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

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5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

Here’s what I was up to this weekend.  Or rather, all of about 24 hours of it while at home. Had to squish things in a bit! 1) Flew home from NYC While it may seem as a bit of … Read More Here

Behind the scenes on my Spring 2015 FOX TV NYC Gadget Segment

On Friday I had the opportunity to return to the FOX TV New York City studios to do a live segment as part of FOX NY’s morning broadcast.  I’ve made a few appearances on the station previously, including one about … Read More Here

The DCR US Roadtrip: The Crazy Week That Was!

Here’s what I’ve been up to the last 5 days, with just a mere single photo per company or function.  For the companies, you’ll see more detailed ‘Behind the Scenes’ type posts in the coming weeks as I dig out … Read More Here

Garmin Vivoactive In-Depth Review

Earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Garmin announced a slew of wearable devices including the new Vivoactive.  The Vivoactive was designed as a merger between Garmin’s mid-range fitness watches (i.e. the FR220) and the … Read More Here

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5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

Another crazy weekend in the books, one packed with lots of photographs for upcoming reviews and various product posts in the short-term queue.  Here’s what was on the agenda! 1) Indoor trainer rides…over and over again I spent considerable time … Read More Here

Week in Review–April 5th, 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 Power2Max Type S Power Meter In-Depth Review

It’s been a touch over two years since my last Power2Max product review, for their now-named Classic edition.  About a year or so ago they came out with their Type-S editions, which would make for their 3rd generation unit.  I’ve … Read More Here

DCR & TRS Triathlon Team Up For Podcast World Domination

And by world domination, I mean the worldly domination of the endurance sports technology segment.  Which based on our detailed multi-pronged collaborative research study is 12 people (8 if you don’t count both our parents).  No worries, we’re going to make … Read More Here

Garmin quietly introduces automatic sleep detection to existing activity trackers

Over the last few days Garmin has enabled automatic sleep tracking on all of their sleep capable activity tracker devices.  They did so not as part of any firmware update that you have to install, but rather on their backend … Read More Here

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5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

Here’s a roundup of the weekend gone by.  Lots of fun city stuff the last few days. 1) Rented an entire boat on the Seine Back about a month ago two local friends of ours got married, but did so in … Read More Here

Week in Review–March 29th, 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

5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

Here’s what we’ve been up to over the last few days here on the home front. 1) A bit of a long run Saturday afternoon I headed out for my long run.  In this case it was about 1hr and … Read More Here

Week in Review–March 22nd, 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

Epson Runsense SF-810 GPS watch with optical HR: In-Depth Review

Over the last 8-9 months, Epson has introduced a number of fitness wearables into the market.  While that might seem odd for a company known primarily for printers, one need only remember that Epson is part of the Seiko Epson … Read More Here

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PowerTap announces P1 Power Meter Pedals, also PowerTap C1 chainring unit

In what may be one of the most hinted at announcements ever in the power meter world, PowerTap today is officially announcing their two newest products: The PowerTap P1 pedal based power meter, as well as the PowerTap C1 chainring … Read More Here

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5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

It’s been a busy weekend, with a lot of new devices on the plot – here’s what I was up to the last two and a half days. 1) Starting using the Garmin Vivoactive After I landed from Bahrain early … Read More Here

Heads Up: Garmin FR910XT for $249, TomTom Cardio for $219 (optical HR GPS)

Starting today, a handful of products are on a fairly big sale  – the Garmin FR910XT, TomTom Runner Cardio, and a deal with the Scosche Rhythm+.  As is usually the case, I tend not to create standalone posts on any … Read More Here