Heads-up: Huge Sports Tech Sale Underway – 20% Off All Smart Trainers!
There’s a massive sales on smart cycling trainers right now, plus plenty other sports tech. There’s 20% off the Wahoo KICKR, KICKR CORE, CLIMB, Headwind, 20% off the Tacx NEO 2T, Flux 2, and Flux S, 20% off Saris Hammer 3 trainer and Saris MP1 Motion Platform. Plus also 20% off the Elite Direto X and Suito too, even the new Sterzo. Plus even steeper deals including with the Kinetic trainers at 30% off.
I’ve long since wondered what to do with all the random tidbits of things I collect each week – or the little thoughts that don’t quite make for a full post. But I finally came up with a solution: The Week in Review Post. This takes the place of my Weekly Mailbag – which is over on Slowtwitch. These are just quick snippets of things that I’ve found interesting. Nice and easy Saturday reading. Plus, a recap of my Weekly Mailbag post a well.
So with that, let’s get into the action!
Weekly Mailbag Over at Slowtwitch.com: Back into the flow of things over to Slowtwitch this week with a good assortment of new topics, check it out.
1) How Auto Pause Works 2) ANT+ Enabled Phones 3) How the Tunebug Bluetooth Helmet Music System works
Posts this past week: A wide variety of posts this week covering quite a range of stuff. My personal favorite is probably the bike trainer post, complete with video – definitely check it out! Here’s what else landed on the page:
4) The Chile Downhill Mountain Bike Video: While many of you will have seen this, for those of you who haven’t, you can thank me either now or later. Probably the most awesome cycling video I’ve ever seen. Be sure to just sit back and watch the whole run.
5) Slowtwitch Wind Tunnel Article: This is simply cool – just go check it out. Really, anytime you get to play with aircraft engines and pretty/expensive bikes it’s cool.
6) Brim Brothers Update: The folks at Brim Brothers have posted another update around their cleat based power meters. (Leftover from last week)
I’ve been doing the Twitter thing for about a year now, just long enough to have a few followers – but not long enough to be a historian about it yet. I only mention this because back at the ANT+ Symposium I actually did a 45 minute session (aside from my main session) to various ANT+ companies that wanted to understand more about social media and how to use it. I talked about a lot of ways it can be leveraged correctly, and a number of do’s and don’ts. I also included some basic media stuff like never publish important/valuable news on a Friday because it won’t get attention (you’ll notice I never publish a product review on a Friday), and how to time publishing to world wide audiences for best effect (that messy time zone thing). I also talked a bit about engaging with Twitter and the like.
However, one thing that for some reason many sports related companies don’t realize is how to effectively use Twitter to reach core audiences beyond their own immediate followers. For example, yesterday I re-tweeted a story that was of interest to me. The challenge was that the original poster didn’t leave any room for a standard re-tweet once you add the “RT: Username” piece – which means that one has to decide how to re-tweak the message to fit (and leaves it up to my creative interpretation). The point being – if you’re in the business of trying to publicize information on Twitter, be sure you always leave enough characters leftover for a quick and instant retweet – if the point of the tweet is to gain attention. If it’s simply letting us know that your pizza was totally awesome, then feel free to use all 140 characters…and include that juicy picture!
Anyways, consider that my public service announcement for the month…
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You probably stumbled upon here looking for a review of a sports gadget. If you’re trying to decide which unit to buy – check out my in-depth reviews section. Some reviews are over 60 pages long when printed out, with hundreds of photos! I aim to leave no stone unturned.
I travel a fair bit, both for work and for fun. Here’s a bunch of random trip reports and daily trip-logs that I’ve put together and posted. I’ve sorted it all by world geography, in an attempt to make it easy to figure out where I’ve been.
The most common question I receive outside of the “what’s the best GPS watch for me” variant, are photography-esq based. So in efforts to combat the amount of emails I need to sort through on a daily basis, I’ve complied this “My Photography Gear” post for your curious minds! It’s a nice break from the day to day sports-tech talk, and I hope you get something out of it!
Many readers stumble into my website in search of information on the latest and greatest sports tech products. But at the end of the day, you might just be wondering “What does Ray use when not testing new products?”. So here is the most up to date list of products I like and fit the bill for me and my training needs best! DC Rainmaker 2019 swim, bike, run, and general gear list. But wait, are you a female and feel like these things might not apply to you? If that’s the case (but certainly not saying my choices aren’t good for women), and you just want to see a different gear junkies “picks”, check out The Girl’s 2018 Gear Guide too.