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.
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.
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) Rev 3 adds new swim safety measures: In addition to shifting the focus to openwater swim safety pros (vs just lifeguards and Kayaks), they’re also offering testing at events for heart rated conditions. Really good stuff, hopefully more race directors follow their lead. (Via Slowtwitch)
2) Think all pros riders use the latest tech? Nope, how about this rider racing Flanders sporting the uhh…well aged….Garmin Edge 305 (now 7 years old – a lifetime in technology). To put that in perspective, there were likely kids cheering for him on the sidelines that were born after that. (sent in via Gunnar)
5) Saudi women can now ride bikes…sorta: After spending this past week in Saudi Arabia, interesting development. Note, I saw no women on bikes. Though, I only saw a few men on bikes in the location I was at.
8) Velcomputer bike ‘power meter’ offers SDK: I outlined this product back at Eurobike in the fall. It’s just hit the markets. I don’t yet have a unit in hand. However, I will note that charging $999 for a developer SDK isn’t a good way to boost adoption. It essentially says they don’t expect enough sales to cover the product’s R&D and proliferation. Field of dreams is the best way to get developer adoption: Build it, give it away, and they will come.
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 about to expire:
Bikespike: The Bikespike (a remotely viewable GPS tracking unit that locks onto your bike) is in it’s last two days and things aren’t really looking great. They were at 82% last I checked. They’re still down quite a bit on the funding. Remember the way Kickstarter works is that if they don’t hit the funding level, then you don’t pay anything. Really hoping this one happens.
Here’s the athletic projects of note that are new:
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?
New ANT+ Simulator Tools Available: A complete redesign for the ANT+ simulator and scripting engine. This looks to be a release one, with them expecting to expand it out more. Remember, if you’re a developer, you should be nailing standards (like power meter data collection) in the simulator. There’s no excuses for screwing up ANT+ power meter data collection (and yes, that applies to you too Garmin). Period.
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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.