Heads up! Massive Sale on Garmin, Wahoo, Tacx, Suunto, Polar, Trainers and more! There’s two huge sales going on – first is a major Garmin sale, including $100 off new Forerunner 945 and $150 off the Fenix 5 Plus. Along with the Varia Radar, Garmin Edge 130 & 1030, HR straps, sensors, and plenty more.
Plus there’s the big semi-annual 20% off sale, with all major trainers and power meters included. Wahoo KICKR’s, Tacx NEO’s, Elite Direto’s and Suito’s, Saris H3, Kinetic, R1 4iiii Fliiiight, Stages, and many more. 20% off means you’re saving $200+ in most cases. Not to mention the GPS units from Garmin, Polar, COROS, Lezyne, Suunto, Apple and others.
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 what to do with all of the coolness that people write, and while I share a lot of it on Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus, this is a better forum for sending it on to y’all. Most times these different streams don’t overlap, so be on the lookout at all these places for good stuff!
So with that, let’s get into the action!
DCRainmaker.com posts this past week:
Here’s all the goodness that ended up on the main page of DCRainmaker.com this week.
The Queue is a place where I post quick galleries of products that have just started the review cycle. At the moment, these don’t show up in the main RSS feed since they are just quick galleries. You can however subscribe specifically to The Queue RSS feed here (mostly to just use it as a notification mechanism).
Stuff that I found interesting around the interwebs:
Here’s a not-so-small smattering of all the random things that I stumbled on while doing my civic duty to find the end of the Internet:
1) How a room is prepared for doping: A really interesting walk-through of a hotel room by Tyler Hamilton on all the tweaks they make to a hotel room prior to delivering drugs to riders. Tyler is speaking in English, with the TV person in French (you just need the Tyler part though). (via Race Radio)
4) To my fellow Seattleites: If cycling…ride quickly away from pregnant woman. Else, face the stun gun. Seriously. From my hometown…enjoy!
5) Nike unveils Top 10 Startup Winners: This is part of the Nike program to fund sport and health technology startups. A pretty intriguing way to innovate at a corporate level by funding startups, this was the top 10 companies that made the cut. Given the very short descriptions; RecBob, Sprout, CoachBase – all seem viable to me.
6) Brim Brothers Power Meter Pricing Survey: Actually, it’s a survey about a lot of things, but in reality, the pricing piece was most interesting one to me. Gives a pretty clear definition that they expect pricing to fall somewhere between $500 and $1,500…since those were the top and bottom ends of their ranges in the survey questions. Which is good, because the world doesn’t need another $2,500 left/right power meter.
9)A pretty cool new skiing app: For the few of you on Windows Phones (and are on Nokia phones), saw this app come across – pretty cool. Automatically does run tracking and the like, but in a Strava-esque sorta way. Now only if I could squeeze in some more skiing this year. :-/ (Via SportTechNews)
10) An inside look at amateur rider wind tunnel testing:There was a big-long thread about this in Slowtwitch, mostly with folks likely taking things out of context. Ignoring all that, the actual post itself is pretty interesting just from an experience standpoint.
Crowd Funded Projects of Athletic Note:
This is a bit of a new section. Most of this content used to be found within the main section, but I figured I’d just call it out up here and make it easy to find. I regularly sift through Kickstarter and Indiegogo (plus a few others on occasion) looking for sports projects.
Here’s the athletic projects of note that are new:
Bike Spike: This mounted GPS logger attached (semi-permanently) to your bike and logs your bikes location. Really cool, sorta like a GTU-10, but stuck to your bike. I’ve already plugged in and ‘backed’ this project. (sent in by Eli)
Hubdock: A better way to change a rear bike axle. Pretty crazy if you watch the first 28 seconds of the video. It actually separates the wheel from the cassette (area), all without touching/dealing with the chain. Just watch the video, it’ll make more sense. I’ve gotta ponder this a bit. If this would work with the Wahoo KICKR, then I’m in.
Breezing: Portable Metabolism Tracker: This little unit enables you to blow into it and get a defined metric of your metabolism, and then watch it change over time. Interesting concept, but the price point is just too high. As they say on the TV show ‘Shark Tank’, “I’m out!”.
Sports Technology Software/Firmware Updates This Week:
Each week I quickly highlight some of the new firmware, app, software and website service updates that I see go out. If you’re a sports technology company and release an update – shoot me a quick note (just one liners is perfect, or Tweet it at me) and I’ll make mention of it here. If I don’t know about it, I won’t be able to post about it. Sound good?
Strava adds performance goals: These are more along the lines of PR’s, but with specific metrics such as wattage. Additionally, for segments. Now if only they’d release that Strava app for RFLKT…then we’d be talking (with the addition of goals).
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.