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 in the past week:
Here’s all the goodness that ended up on the main page of DCRainmaker.com this past week.
Here’s the low-down on what was covered this past week in the DCR podcast:
– Interesting things I saw at Eurobike – Apps for synchronizing data between platforms – Comparing training log sites – Whether or not bike fit apps are worth it – Plus, we’ll both be at Interbike doing a show together, details on that!
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Labor Day Weekend Gadget Deals:
There’s a handful of deals that I’m super-late on posting, that have popped up for basically the last few days and ending at the end of Monday. All of these are available at Clever Training, and include free US shipping. But they aren’t combinable with the usual DCR 10% off coupon.
CycleOps Trainers 20% off: This is most likely because of all of the other competitive trainer models announced at Eurobike. While CycleOps makes good trainers (no issues there), the single issue for me is the lack of dual ANT+/BLE right now, which is tough when apps are so heavily split on which sides they support (iOS on BLE/Android), ANT+ on PC and Android). CycleOps currently makes a BLE-only model, and a ANT+ only model.
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) Course cutting is the new doping: Or, at least it is for this one athlete from BC who’s been doing it for years on world-stage triathlons and getting Kona tickets too! I’ve been following this over the past few weeks via Slowtwitch Forums. Absolutely crazy stuff to read.
4) New Warren Miller video: While Warren Miller’s annual ski movies may be fading a bit in popularity compared to others out there, it’s still the one ski film as a kid I always looked forward to going to. The trailer is out for this year’s movie. (via Gear Junkie)
6) TomTom releases new Cardio Spark GPS with wireless music: Definitely looks like an interesting device – and many of you have asked for a reason I haven’t posted on it. The answer is simple: I haven’t touched one. My general rule of thumb is that unless I’ve had some level of hands-on time, I won’t create a post on it. This is especially true here where they’ve changed the optical sensor from Mio to a relatively unknown brand. It’s easy to make the optical sensor work on a show floor of IFA – but getting out and running intervals with it is where it counts. Same goes for Bluetooth connectivity on earphones (something that devices like the Adidas Smart Run GPS struggled with early on).
7) Pro Triathlete Andrew Starykowicz in SI on Recon Jet: While a bit marketing-like, it’s an interesting little snippet into a pro triathlete actually using the heads up display product day in and day out. I’ve known for quite some time he’s been very active in development, but this is one of the few times that’s been shown outside of some circles.
8)Philips introduces smart watch for medical reasons: I’d watch this space over the next 6-12 months, I’d be willing to bet Philips makes a play to try and get into consumer fitness devices as well. One has to remember that the Mio optical sensor is licensed from Philips.
Crowd Funded Projects of Athletic Note:
I regularly sift through Kickstarter and Indiegogo (plus a few others on occasion) looking for sports projects. If you’re unfamiliar with projects, read my detailed post on how I decide which projects I personally back. 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.
Scottoiler CYCLE S1 – Automatic Bicycle Chain Lube System: I saw this at Eurobike and talked with them a fair bit, definitely interesting (you’ll see a bit more in a post tomorrow on it). As one though who almost never lubes their bike chain, I’m not 100% convinced though I need a product to do it every day, all day. Still, for some it probably makes sense. And they’ve done some testing around reduced losses in wattage in the drivetrain transfer, which would definitely be real from a power transfer standpoint.
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?
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.