Monthly Archives: July 2012

The current state of Bluetooth Smart/Low Energy in sports technology (and why it matters to you)

Over the weekend a question was in the Polar/Look Power meter review post on the state of Bluetooth Low Energy/Smart and some of Polar’s long term plans for the space.  It seemed like this might be a good time to … Read More Here

More boxes, more gadgets to test

I got back to Paris late last week from my trip to Seattle, and found myself amidst even more boxes – despite the fact that the movers had finished arriving weeks ago.  Now granted, one of the boxes I had … Read More Here

Paris Blog: House Hunters International–Part I

Amidst the craziness of gutting out and fixing up our house, Ray and I both transited across the Atlantic twice to play what we self titled “House Hunters International”. Granted we weren’t actually on the hit reality show, but we … Read More Here

Week in Review–July 28th, 2012

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

Polar Look Keo Power System–Pedal Based Power Meter–In-Depth Review

The Polar Look Keo Power System is the first pedal based power meter to make it to market, meaning, you can actually go out and buy one.  Announced nearly two years ago, the units finally started trickling out into the … Read More Here

How and why I mount cycling gadget devices on my aerobars

I’ve always gotten questions as to why I mount various gadget devices on my aerobars, primarily from the belief that in doing so, I’d be blocking my ability to use my aerobars.  So, I figured I’d take a moment to … Read More Here

A weekend in Seattle playing with the Garmin Fenix and other gadgets

Important Note: I’ve published a full-scale Garmin Fenix In-Depth review (13,000 words!) over here at this link. The below were initial thoughts on beta hardware with highly beta firmware. Specific hardware changes were made since then to address some altitude … Read More Here

Week in Review–July 22nd, 2012

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

Watching the Tour de France on TV…in France…in French.

Over the past week a lot of things got installed/hooked up/working in our little Paris apartment.  Potentially one of the most important being our TV.  Well, sorta.  One of our TV’s works 100%, and the other one works about every … Read More Here

Not a happy ending: Losing a crank mid-ride

Generally speaking, in cycling, there’s no good reason for bike grease to ever end up on your left leg.  The right leg, sure, it can brush the chain, chainrings, or any other number of parts related to the chain’s operation … Read More Here

Paris Blog: Putting the house on the market

There was a bit of delay since our last Paris post and this is primarily due to for how busy life has become. Moving houses can be a bit of a production, but downsizing from a full American townhouse house … Read More Here

A hands-on look at the Mio Alpha strapless optical heart rate watch

NOTE: This product has since been released, and I’ve in turn published a full in-depth review of it here. Late last week I got a chance to try out the new Mio Alpha watch, which is a strapless heart rate … Read More Here

Two quick items of note: Looking for a good vertical bike stand, and Motoactv slashes price $100

Before we get onto the new Alpha watch post here in a few hours, I’ve got two quick items worthy of a separate call out. First item of note: First is that I’ve (well, we’ve) decided we need a vertical … Read More Here

Running into a Parade, Cycling in Circles, and Crushing Cardboard

Finally, a full and complete weekend at home, in Paris.  But boy, was it busy!  Everything from runs to bikes to lots of unpacking.  Unpacking of pots.  Unpacking of bikes.  Unpacking of books.  Unpacking of trainers (how on earth do … Read More Here

Week in Review–July 14th, 2012

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

Kickstarter sports technology projects I’m backing…and why.

Last night, I had the chance to run with a recently announced Kickstarter watch.  Now, I’m going to save my first look thoughts about the Mio Alpha for Tuesday, but based on some of the Twitter traffic after I tweeted … Read More Here

Watching the Tour de France live from 35,000 feet

It seems appropriate that as this post publishes, I’ll be on another airplane somewhere over the Atlantic, probably just north of Newfoundland.  But, this post isn’t about tonight’s flight, but rather a short domestic flight I took last weekend on … Read More Here

A weekend bouncing up and down the East Coast (and a look at the new Joule GPS)

While we may have moved to Paris, it certainly doesn’t seem like it yet.  In fact, since moving to Paris, I’ve spent more time outside of Paris than in Paris – go figure! We had long since planned to come … Read More Here

The Magellan Switch Up In-Depth Review

The Switch and Switch Up watches are ones of a rare breed of triathlon and multi-sport specific watches that demand three times the complexity of a running watch. How does this unit handle the demands? Let’s dig in and find out.

Paris Blog: House Cleaning – 8 Years of Stuff!

(Side Note: Until the separate Paris Blog feed gets all setup in the next few weeks, both posts will be fed into this/current feed.  Hang tight, you might just enjoy the content!  And, in case you missed it – we’re … Read More Here

Week in Review–July 7th, 2012

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

Tip of the day: How to easily remove bike zip ties without scratching your bike

Perhaps it’s just me, but I find removing bike accessories secured by zip ties to be fraught with ways to scratch up that perfect paint job on your bike.  And, given there’s a constant flow of new accessories to secure … Read More Here

2012 Tour de France–A look at the Caravan/Parade

(Note: This post is written by The Girl…aka…my wife.) While the first day of the Tour is exciting in and of itself from a cycling standpoint, we were also both pretty excited about the famed parade that tours a few … Read More Here

2012 Tour de France–Stage 1/Day 2

We left off yesterday in Liege, Belgium, where the prologue stage both started and ended.  Today, (err…Sunday), we moved…well…just a few yards down the road.  Stage 1 would also start in Liege, but would finish in a town just a … Read More Here

Week in Review–July 2nd, 2012

Ok- so this post is slightly behind a day.  You can blame that on the Tour de France.  No worries, tons more pictures from Le Tour here in a few hours.  In the meantime… The Week in Review is a … Read More Here