Week in Review–April 18th, 2016


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 and Facebook, 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.

Monday: Week in Review–April 11th
Monday: Paris-Roubaix 2016: A Day On The Route
Wednesday: SRAM RED eTAP Wireless Shifting System In Depth Review
Thursday: 4iiii Announces New Factory Pre-Install option, Dual Timelines/Prices
Thursday: Bar Fly shows off new ELEMNT mounts, also triathlon GoPro/Garmin combo mount
Friday: 360Fly 360° Action Camera In-Depth Review

Well then, that was a busy week. Two in-depth reviews!

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) FLIR imaging captures more motors in pro racing?  Pretty interesting stuff; do definitely look at the imagery on the Italian site.  I thought the quote from the UCI that CyclingTips got is also kinda sad (the response).  FLIR imaging cameras are rather cheap in the grand scheme of things (you can even rent them at Home Depot these days!).  Obviously you’d get slightly higher end variants, but still cheap.  Placing a handful of these cameras out on the course at various undisclosed points incognito (or via moto) wouldn’t be too difficult.  It’s as if the UCI is trying to pretend like they don’t have the manpower/budget for that.  One only need to go to these events to see just how packed with random staffers they are.  Heck, you know what’d be even more fun?  If instead of one of the 98 motos taking photogs around on the course, that just one publication decides to arm one of those photogs with a FLIR camera in their kit.  Now that’d be something I’d click on for. (via Jamie)

2) Low income residents can now buy bike sharing for $5: Great to see this in Washington DC, that’s $5 for an annual membership to CaBi, the bike sharing program.

3) NBA may be close to allowing wearables: Apparently a wearable company and the NBA were to meet last week, though we haven’t heard the results of that yet.  This follows a player being caught wearing one of their devices during a game, which is against league regulations.

4) Spinner shark versus Stand Up Paddle boarder: I’d like to dedicate the next two posts to ‘Reasons I’m not moving to Florida’, which should be considered in conjunction with my previous sting ray incident.

5) Panther on nature trail: I had meant to post this a few weeks ago, and now this seems like an appropriate time.  This was just your casual elevated nature trail where you might go for a run on.

6) Is VR a dud? I actually don’t disagree with the general premise of the article.  I don’t think the future is people wearing bulky headsets.  However, if we can get them down to sunglass-sized, then we’re talking.  Alternatively, if in 360° video (which is different than VR), it can be easier to watch said content on a big screen TV – then we’re talking.

7) How does US pro cycling become sustainable?  As usual, when Jonathan Vaughters publishes a piece, it’s often well thought through.  This is no exception.

8) Logitech buys Jaybird (maker of wearables and audio products): Will be interesting to see what comes of this, most notably on the wrist worn wearables front.  No doubt their sport headphones have done well, but their activity trackers not so much.

9) Paddle-biking the Amazon River: In case the whole Florida thing didn’t scare you away, I suggest applying a portion of Amazon River to it.

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 Edge updates: Just a big pile of firmware updates for Garmin Edge devices, adding in everything from FE-C and auto-FTP support to the Edge 1000, to Edge 520 updates (ANT+ shifting, WKO4 metrics, and more), and even Varia light support for the Edge 510 & Edge 810.  Seriously a huge update.

Garmin Varia Vision firmware update: A bunch of fixes and new functionality.

Garmin FR230/235/630 Firmware Update: Large pile of bug fixes, and what appears to be tweaks to the recording rate for 24×7 HR mode in the FR235.  Also of note is that in the FR630, WiFi transfers are now encrypted.

Adidas Smart Run GPS Firmware Update: Removes the now-defunct MixRadio functionality.

Polar A360 Firmware Update: Adds in speed/distance while running and walking.

Polar announces GoPro compatibility plays: Hang tight on this one, I’ve got some more detailed stuff around this coming tomorrow.

Thanks for reading all!


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  1. giovanni

    regarding the hidden motors, France 2 ( a french television) and Corriere della Sera (an italian newspaper) made a piece about hidden motors and other hidden solutions to cheat…
    Here is the article in the Equipe link to lequipe.fr (with the complete french video)
    And here in the Corriere della Sera link to corriere.it

  2. GPSIG

    Hey Ray, I did the Khorfakkan Oceanic Tri this weekend wearing my Schoche Rhythm+ and normally the Garmin 920xt won’t collect and save HR data during the swim portion when in Triathlon mode (although it will show current HR if you wear the Rhythm close enough to the 920). This weekend it captured the data and saved it. Did Garmin change the firmware to enable this or was it just a fluke?

    • Weird. I didn’t think anything changed either.

      How far away did you wear it? And which FR920XT firmware version?

    • GPSIG

      I wear it immediately next to the 920 like a second watch, but due to a loose strap during the swim it also moved up the arm a few inches. The firmware on the 920xt is 6.20

    • Jasperval

      On the Fenix3, it will record the HR from the Rhythm+ while swimming if they’re close together, but only when in Open Water mode. In pool mode it will only display, not record.

      [I don’t know Ray’s rules about links, but if you google “Fenix 3 & Mio Link”, there’s a really in depth Garmin forum thread about it, for the Fenix3 at least.]

    • Feel free to link!

      I had loosely followed that thread for a while, but just aren’t as up to date on it.

  3. Bertram

    It seems I lost my datafields screen setup on the Edge810 with this update. Is this general, or just something my Edge did?

    • It seems to occur from certain versions to other versions. Sometimes for example if you had a much older firmware version, it’ll reset settings. Other times it keeps them just fine.

    • Nick

      I’ve previously deleted a couple of unused profiles off my Garmin 520 (training and race). Every time I perform a firmware update however, it puts them back and sets ‘training’ to be my default (selected when the unit starts up). Luckily it keeps the screen’s I’ve configured for the profiles I do use but it’s super annoying to have to change it back again after every firmware update.

      Will try just leaving the unused ones in place this time to see if that makes it happier for the next firmware update.

      Seems like Garmin could put slightly more thought / testing into updates before rolling them out.

  4. Robert Black

    As a V800 owner this is great news but also ominously suggests nothing new is coming down stream this year. Just hope they are developing this in parallel with what ever comes next so 90% of features work from day one.

  5. Jamppa

    What’s the Garmin Edge 1000 firmware reference to FE-C support? I was unable to find it in the actual release note.
    This would be great addition, as would then assumingly allow collecting data from ergo rower (C2).

  6. angus

    Interesting to see FE-C on the 1000. What do you think the chances are of it filtering ( back?!? ) down to the watches?

  7. Ivan

    Now that the Garmin Edge 1000 supports ANT+ FE-C, I looking forward to use it with my WAHOO Kickr.
    Is there any news when the production firmware will be available for ANT+ FE-C support on Wahoo KICKR?
    Are there any negative implications of using the beta firmware?

    • I haven’t heard of any negatives on the beta firmware. I think it’s fair to say right now Wahoo is treating the KICKR beta firmware like a Google Beta product. In that it’ll be labeled beta for just about ever (last fall sometime).

      At this point the only reason they aren’t releasing it that I can see is to try and increase ELEMNT sales with KICKR integration. I suppose that’s fine, but realistically the ELEMNT can hold it’s own – so there’s no reason to make it more complex for consumers.

    • Camogli Alejandro

      How can i download the kickr beta with an iPhone?

    • Ivan

      Maybe using the same procedure like this:link to youtube.com

    • Ivan

      Hi Ray,

      Both Edge 1000 as Kickr are updated to latest version: Connecting to indoor trainer works and resistance control also works except setting target power wattage doesn’t seem to control the KICKR. Any idea’s?

    • Alejandro

      Not working on an iPhone

  8. Scott Buchanan

    As a rather tenuous link to the Forerunner 630 firmware update…. do you know or have any idea why Garmin has switched off segment matching? It’s been off for months suggesting that things aren’t looking good for this rather useful feature. Garmin as usual is as forthcoming as a brick wall on the subject.

    • Sorry, to clarify – what’s Segment Matching?

    • Scott Buchanan

      It’s the Strava like feature where you can create a segment in GC then Garmin populates a leaderboard of every one that has crossed the segment. Unfortunately having created a segment before Christmas I’m still getting the message “The leaderboard is still being created for this segment. Please check back later.”


      If you go to the Garmin Connect status webpage under segments it says “Segments –
      Matching of new activities is currently turned off.” its been thus for months.

      Was wondering if there was a reason for this and if this feature will ever be turned back on.

  9. David

    Regarding Vaughters – let me preface this by saying I’ve always been just a casual fan, definitely not deep into racing but I would follow TdF every summer along with a few other races. Over the last decade and half, I’ve felt pretty burned by all the cheating scandals. For me, that’s what drove me away. I don’t have any easy solutions, but it’s going to take a long time to earn back by my trust and admiration (and I fully acknowledge there are probably a lot of hard working and clean pro cyclists racing). Vaughters made a lot of great points, but I think they have to do better at rule enforcement and developing a culture amongst the athletes, sponsors and governing bodies focused on honest competition.

  10. Dan H.


    I had the opportunity to upgrade to the Fenix 3 HR from my Fenix 3 + Schoshe Rhythm Plus setup, but was a little worried about the battery life. Are you planning to release the Gear I Use 2016 write up next month?



    • To be honest, the ‘Gear I use’ hasn’t really changed since the last update. For running I tend to waffle back and forth with the FR630 and the Fenix3 for running. Most times I use the Scosche, but sometimes the HRM-TRI if I forget to charge the Scosche.

  11. Todd

    Any word on when Garmin will update Connect IQ to add recording of data fields? I know they were tracking first quarter of 2016, which is come and past. Thanks for any insight you might have.

  12. Chris Capoccia

    on Vaughters’ “Mass participation, mass support”
    he makes comparisons with running, but most casual runners don’t start or even work up to a marathon. they do 5Ks. 5Ks attract lots of walkers and no one cares that the winner finishes in 15 minutes and they’re still walking for another hour. who is going to be dreaming up a cycling event that’s at all similar to a 5k?

  13. Mark B

    I see Garmin has managed to reference ‘Virtual Partner’ multiple times in the Forerunner 235 4.20 update.

    I thought it was bad when they announced the 235 had ‘Virtual Partner’ when it didn’t. Seems even worse to include updates for a non feature. 🙂

    Seriously though if they keep accidentally promising it and its only a matter of un-crippling the software then Garmin should just enable it for the 235.

    • Todd

      Agree. I’ve heard the “firmware applies to other watches” but that doesn’t seem to line up when I look at other firmware numbers. Really more of Garmin.

  14. Eli

    Heads up displays become standardized on ant
    link to thisisant.com

  15. Zach

    By the by, FR235 24/7 HR definitely got an update. My graph is much more granular now – lots of real data rather than a series of plateaus at 15-minute increments. And there was much rejoicing.

  16. Roger

    Ray, when are you going to do a review on hidden bike motors? 😉

    • Haha…

      I think it’d be fun to actually attempt to debunk some of that piece. If only I had access to a FLIR camera, I’d go around and record all sorts of bicycles around town.

    • Roger

      That would be very interesting. I think that some of the heat, especially in the rear hub, may be due to friction. Would be nice if you could demonstrate that.

    • Yeah. It’s easy to find the FLIR cameras in the US (for rental), but I have no idea where to find them in Paris for rental. :-/

    • David George

      I didn’t see much to debunk. First no shots from pro races just an Italian sportif. Then compare the heat output with the bike fitted with an electric motor (it glows bright yellow/white) with that of the “race” where there is a very dull glow which could be normal heat output (as you suggest). Even the guy in Budapest wasn’t that convinced.

    • David George

      BTW Kiloutou or zilok (p2p) can rent you an infrared camera or you may be able to borrow one from your Marie if you tell them it is to check the insulation in your apartment block.

    • Thanks David – Very nice, found a few on Zilok that would work. Headed out of town tomorrow for a few days, but may give it a whirl next week.

      As for for debunking, I’m basically interested in seeing what a bunch of bikes look like from a heat standpoint. Does a PT hub emit any heat? What does a Di2 battery (or even eTAP battery) look like? What about just a bike share bike? Both my apartment and the DCR Studio are on a pretty busy bike lane street, and would also be fun to go to Longchamp and see what strolls by on the route there.

      Sometimes it’s more about curiosity.

    • Sean Lally

      Shouldn’t we just be calling it an IR camera? FLIR is Foward Looking IR, typically used in aviation.

      Your neighborhood pedant

    • In this case, FLIR is actually a brand name – and is specifically the model that we’re talking about renting.

    • Sean Lally

      Ah, thanks for clarifying!

  17. Andy C S

    Electronic groupset, which most pro riders use, have batteries hidden inside frames. Batteries send out heat.

    Occam’s razor.

  18. Reinis

    The 4.20 update for my FR235 has broken any HR functionality and made it slow – sometimes have to wait for 2 seconds for watch to react to a button press

  19. Robert Black

    Hi Ray, Polar’s works with gopro, do you know yet whether that includes the Hero Session or just the dearer Black and silver cameras?

  20. Happy Runner

    Feel free to call me stupid but…..

    How do I obtain the KICKR beta firmware? I have Googled and watched the video Ivan suggested in an earlier comment.

    I installed the Android Wahoo Untility but pressing the icon 10x results in a message: “No FW versions found”

    Any help greatly appreciated!

  21. Sean Lally

    I just tried it and see beta firmware listed using Wahoo Utility on Android. I’m on 1.4.36. Last time I tried to update to a more recent version it didn’t let me download though.

  22. Andy

    Any suggestions to get my 810 to connect to my iPhone since the latest couple of firmware updates? – it’s been working great for ages now, after a glitchy few months when I first got it, but I made the mistake of plugging it into my laptop to put a route on last week and ever since I haven’t been able to get it to connect via bluetooth.

  23. Davis


    Will you do a review of the Whoop band? I’m curios how accurate it is, and if the analytics are really that useful or different from the Garmin FirstBeat analytics. Bicycling Magazine has been pushing the product recently.

    • Victor

      I second the Whoop request!

      I find your reviews to be some of the best on the internet, and would love to see how it stacks up against your other analytics