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.
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) What happens to your camera at a ‘Color Run’: Haven’t heard of a color run before? It’s a 5K or 10K race where they throw ‘color’ at you (a paint-like substance). Odd, yes. But, here’s what happens to cameras at that race – behind the scenes from a lens rental company.
2) Runkeeper becomes first app to hit Pebble: It will be interesting to see how this shapes up. Might actually give me a reason to dig out the Pebble that’s been sitting in a desk drawer for a while now. See how it shapes up.
3)A look at the Austin Veloway: I’ve been to Austin before, but hadn’t ever visited this. A 3.1 mile (5K) 23-foot wide cycling/running track wandering around through the bush. Cool stuff.
7) In other news, TrainingPeaks doesn’t support the Garmin Fenix: A reader sent this in to me, which aims to gather support for TP to support the Fenix. Thus, if your two worlds intersect there….FYI. Actually, I never knew this section of the site existed. Would be cool if other sports tech companies had a voting system too for firmware/site/feature updates.
9) The Story of the Barkley Marathons: If you haven’t heard of this race before, then swing on over and read the fairly good Q&A/story on it. Only 14 people have completed it since 1986.
10) The Secret Pro: A pretty interesting series on CyclingTips written by a member of the pro peloton (but with the name withheld). Sorta a ‘behind the scenes’ look at things, where the pro rider can speak a bit more freely.
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. Note that as always with crowd funded projects, assume the project will be late and will under-deliver on features. Thus far, on the numerous products I’ve helped ‘fund’ (except a leather bike handle), that’s been the case.
Loopwheels: Pretty much the craziest wheel design you’ll ever have seen. This is designed for 20” bicycle wheels (smaller wheels typically found on folding bikes), and aims to give riders a smoother ride. Note: Ends in three days. (Thanks to John B. for sending in).
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 is even better) 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?
Wahoo KICKR gets ANT+ control firmware update: You’ll get this update by using any of the Wahoo Apps and connecting to the KICKR. On a related note, Australian folks can now buy KICKR, and Euro folks get it next week. Details on that on their Facebook page.
Power Pilot Firmware Update: Ok, so this is about 3 months old, but somehow it slipped by. So FYI if you have LeMond Revolution Trainer and a Power Pilot. Also of note is that they have a Google Group now, and, they’ve stated a timeline for open ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart support for the Revolution Trainer by end of year (no Power Pilot required). Amazing the things that Twitter tells you these days…
Garmin FR210 Firmware Update:This adds some minor changes to history deletion operations, as well as a few other tweaks. (Thanks to Dragos for sending in!)
Trainer Road 2.0 Released: Adds in custom workouts, workout creator, PowerBeam support, re-broadcasting of VirtualPower as ANT+ to head units, and a bunch of other things that were beta aren’t any longer.
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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.