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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 past week.
There’s other stuff in the queue of course, but these are ones that don’t have ‘First look’ posts elsewhere.
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) SRAM wireless electronic groupset analysis: James did a great job in detailing out what’s coming up from SRAM. Pretty cool stuff. It’ll be interesting to see what wireless protocol they’re using (ANT or Bluetooth Smart). I’d be willing to bet it’ll be ANT (not ANT+) for a few reasons. One is that the founder of Quarq is heavily versed in ANT+ and I’ve long had discussions with him about his thoughts on using the technology elsewhere on the bike. Given that he’s now in a much more influential role in SRAM these days (after the Quarq acquisition), I’m betting we’ll see ANT being used. Further, that would set them up for integration with head units down the road (like the Garmin Edge 1000, and Mio Cyclo 505). Of course, right now competitor Shimano runs all private-ANT (for integration with the Edge/Mio units) and there isn’t yet an ANT+ public profile for shifting out there. So unless the two companies are sharing (highly unlikely), then it’s going to be a bit of work duplication for a while.
That was followed up the next day with this video from GCN showing a bit more:
5) First video from Shimano Action Cam: Interesting stuff. Though, more interesting is what’s not actually shown. For example, any ANT+ data – which is one of the core selling points on this camera. Whether the power meter, heart rate, speed, cadence, etc…. data was left off on purpose (rider/team competitive reasons), doesn’t work at all yet (beta), or just simply wasn’t connected would be worthwhile knowing. I’ll definitely be looking to review the Shimano Action Cam down the line. But at present, getting Shimano to answer an e-mail has proven impossible. Thus, I’ve got no recommendations there until I’ve had one in my hands (I’m simple that way). Nonetheless, enjoy the cool video:
6) Spinlister: A way to rent bikes from random people while travelling. Very nice! (via reader Tom)
7) Jimmy Kimmel – What is Gluten: Love this. I’m all for people eating (or not eating) anything you want. Just…you know…be sure you know you’re doing what you’re doing. Else, this:
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. And
There was a TON of stuff over the last two weeks. Apparently everyone woke up from a winter slumber. I’ve pared it down to the ones that I thought were most interesting. Plus, I’ve got one more that I’ll feature on Tuesday (since I actually have the product during their campaign).
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?
Adidas adds .CSV & .TCX File Export (already had .GPX): Woohoo, this is massive and great to see (screenshot below). Further, on the Smart Run GPS it is now possible to customize your screens to include average pace and average speed. Plus a whole bunch more tweaks at link above.
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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.