The important part here is The Week in Review’s are back!
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 past week.
As noted earlier, Clever Training is offering the Garmin Edge 800 for $279 for the base unit, and $399 for the full-on bundle (including speed/cadence sensor, HR strap, and maps). This is only offered until the end of Wednesday, July 31st. Also, because it’s considered a deep-sale, it won’t qualify for the usual 10% off DCR coupon. But it does still qualify for free shipping to the US! [Edge 800 In-Depth Review here]
Actually, there’s a secondary deal worth noting. The Garmin Edge 500 is now down to an effective price of $199, as Garmin is currently offering a $50 mail-in rebate for it. Plus, you can add in the DCR 10% savings on your Clever Training cart as well for this one (you can do the math, it’s on the original $250 price). You’ll just use coupon code DCR10BTF. Note that the Edge 500 rebate is time-limited and ONLY applies to purchases made prior to the end of July 31st (Wednesday). Oh, and yup, free shipping is good there too! [Edge 500 In-Depth Review here]
Woot, check it out!
Normally this section highlights other little snippets around the internet that I may be featured in, or guest-posted in. But this week, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that two weeks ago The Girl was on CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) twice – first locally in Newfoundland, then Nationally, and then finally – it was rebroadcast on NPR in the US.
The radio interview was about her cupcake shop that she opened up here in Paris.
You can see (and listen to) one of the three variations that were broadcast here. It’s a fun interview, I suspect you’ll enjoy. Since then, we’ve been swamped with Canadians (especially those from Newfoundland) coming into the shop. We really appreciate the support – both from them, and the numerous daily blog readers that swing in! Thanks!
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:
8) Bluetooth Smart coming to Windows Phones,Android Phones…you’ll need to keep waiting: While the various announcements over the past few weeks are a good start, don’t be misled. It’s going to be a long time before you actually see Bluetooth Smart hit your existing phone. For example, on Android unless you have a Nexus you’ll first have to wait for your handset maker to test and release the appropriate build (i.e. Samsung), then depending on how and where you got your phone you’ll have to wait for your carrier (i.e. ATT). Of course, there’s no guarantee that older devices will get it either…even if you just bought your phone a few months ago.
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.
Cardboard bike fail! Looks like the folks behind the uber-expensive but advertised as $10 cardboard bike realized they were crazy. They decided to cancel their Kickstarter project.
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?
Garmin FR910XT Firmware Update: The FR910XT got an update to fix the multisport mode failures that were introduced in the last update. Thus far in looking at the Garmin Forums, I’m not seeing any additional adverse behaviors with the new 2.80 firmware, but if you don’t have a race or brick this weekend, you may want to give it another week just to be sure. Oh, and it also fixes a few more items as well.
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 2021 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 Gear Guide too.