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: You could wander on over to Slowtwitch and read a weekly mailbag, it just wouldn’t be this weeks. Mostly because I simply haven’t written it yet. Fear not – I’ll find some fun questions in the next 24-36 hours and it’ll be up soon. I’ve been trying to slowly get it back to a Monday/Tuesday schedule, so this may be my opportunity!
Posts this past week: A wide variety of posts this week covering quite a range of stuff. The most popular was definitely the Nike+ GPS watch, lots of interest there! Here’s all the stuff that landed on the front page:
5) The Best Degreaser:As always, the Cycling Tips guys deliver on an interesting article. If for not other reason than to remind you that you’re slackin’ in the bike cleaning department. Speaking of which, as soon as I click publish on this post, I’m going bike cleaning…
6) A whacky NYC bike arrest story: It’s hard to find a good title that really encapsulates this story. But essentially girl is biking, cop car cuts off her path, she then gets chased and arrested by unmarked guys. Whacky.
8) Garmin wins Twitter Brand Wars: Regardless of where you stand on GPS companies, I thought this was an interesting interview regarding winning the Twitter brand new awards. Companies go head to head in a NCAA Final Four style showcase responding to customer questions/issues). Pretty cool. I can say that I do not tweet from the track in between my 400’s…though I will give props to Jake for managing to do so.
9)Something I can’t quite explain. I occasionally include non-sports stuff in here. The video at that link talks about using huge billboard sized imagery within communities to try and bridge the gap in areas of civil or social instability. As someone who’s travelled to a number of the countries in the video, and someone who loves photography – I found it pretty interesting. The video was part of a larger TED talk. Highly worth the few minutes. Just trust me on this.
Random Note #1:
Earlier this week I was a guest on Geeks in Running – a podcast about all things running. They had me on to talk about my top gadget picks of the year thus far, and gadgets in general. It’s nearly an hour packed with all sorts of entertainment and information, especially if you find gadgets of any sort interesting. Check it out!
Random Note #2:
Turns out, the Nike+ Sport Watch GPS is just as susceptible to screen cracks as the FR310XT. While I haven’t had any of my FR310XT’s screens crack (despite dropping them more times than I can count), I know folks that have had the issue. As it seems, my luck ran out yesterday. As I grabbed a backpack I had put it in (the watch doesn’t exactly mesh well with a business suit), it fell out onto the floor, cracking the screen. While still functional, it just doesn’t look quite as pretty or classy anymore.
I rang up phone support, which issued a return authorization to get it swapped out (thanks!). Regrettably, they don’t have any more in stock for quite some time, so it’s a one-way deal at the moment.
On the bright side, as you can see – the distance/GPS accuracy was much improved after a firmware update – and seems on par with the Garmin FR310XT I was wearing at the same time (5.04 miles vs 5.01 miles). And I do give props to Nike (regular support, no special treatment) for the ability to return it (which I will do as they gave me RMA labels to print out…as soon as I can get a non-cracked replacement ordered).
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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.