Friday DCR Facebook Live Q&A: Aug 5th!

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It’s time.

Time for the first ever DCR Facebook Live event!

Tomorrow (or today, depending on your locale) I’ll be doing a question and answer (Q&A) on Facebook Live.  So bring all those saved up questions about sports tech goodness (or life in Paris, or whichever cupcake flavor is best) and I’ll be hanging around right in the DCR Cave to answer them!

It’ll be a fun test of some new camera technology by Mevo (here’s my unboxing video on it) that integrates with Facebook Live, so that’ll definitely be a (hopefully successful) part of it!  Plus, if you’ve been missing your weekly dose of the DCR Podcast, this should help alleviate your anxiety until co-host Ben can return from his summer soul searching in an RV across America trip.

But more than tech Q&A – it should be fun.  It’s possible there will be alcohol involved.  I mean, it’s Happy Hour my time and all – and it’s summer on a Friday.  Speaking of times, here’s the time zones:

Central European Time (That’s me!): 4PM (16:00)
London and related Time: 3PM (15:00)
US East Coast Time: 10AM
US West Coast Time: 7AM
Sydney Time: 2AM Saturday (sorry!)
Dubai Time: 8PM (20:00)

Ok, everyone else can figure it out pretty easily from the above.  Or, you can just follow along on Twitter, and I’ll tweet it out about 15 minutes prior.  And of course, if you’re on Facebook following the DC Rainmaker Facebook page, you’ll get notified too – depending on your Facebook settings.

Finally, in theory you’ll be able to watch it right here! I should be able to embed it down below this section (Update: Or not…just click below). But just in case that doesn’t quite work, then hit up the Facebook page.

Update: Here’s the recording you can watch anytime!

If things are interesting enough to folks, perhaps we’ll make it a more regular occurrence.  Oh…and maybe…just maybe…The Girl will make an appearance.  We’ll see!

With that – see ya tomorrow!

P.S. – Since many of you during the broadcast asked about the camera, here’s the unboxing and detailed YouTube video I did on it:

(Note: You do NOT need a Facebook account to watch a Facebook Live broadcast, it’s a public/open URL.)

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31 Comments

  1. Andrew Neckowitz

    Will we be able to watch it after the fact? Thanks, and congrats! I’m a week ahead of you in infant life. Hope the sleep is progressing well.

  2. Chris Bainbridge

    Ray Having just become a grandfather myself for the first time, we are not really interested in you and the Girl (lovely though you are), we just want to see the little one so we can all go Ahhh!

  3. Ian Marchant

    This looks like it could be fun. Will see if i can catch it. At least the time zone makes some sense this time 🙂

  4. gingerneil

    Friday afternoon in the UK – what better way to spend the last hour or two of the working week?! 🙂
    Looking forward to it.
    Be lovely to see Bobby and maybe little mini-Maker! 🙂

  5. Ian Marchant

    The new camera technology link isn’t working for me by the way

    • Ahh, I think it may be because you’re in the UK and my Amazon link tries to geo-fix it for you on Amazon.co.uk, which isn’t offering it yet. In any case – getmevo.com will do the trick (though, they aren’t shipping intl yet).

  6. Magic M

    gread idea, now I have a (fair) reason to have facebook open while working. Your mic needs an upgrade though 🙂 (and make a review about your choice)

  7. Mike Lin

    I think 1-on-1 chats with industry experts would be a great idea.

  8. Doug

    Great show Ray thanks!
    If I could make one small recommendation? Talk faster, that way you can cram in more content 😀

  9. Justin B

    I enjoyed this! You should do it more often 🙂

  10. James

    Excellent Q&A – thank you! I thought your answer on cycling power meter near term pricing was especially interesting. It makes sense about the game of chicken re: price drops.

    Longer term though, how far down the deflation curve do you think we are in terms of power meter pricing? Accuracy appears to be a “solved” factor for almost all players (new or established), and the last year or so hasn’t seen a ton of innovation. Normally I’d expect pricing in a somewhat commodity product to come down to something that gave the manufacturer a pretty thin margin – but I don’t know how low COGS would be for these products, and what the impact of operating in a pretty niche space (and thus lower target market volumes) will have on how high companies will try to hold margins over the longer term. Thoughts? Also, how many of these power meter centric companies will still be stand-alone companies in five years or so?

    • I think sub-$300 is very reasonable for the next 18-24 months, depending on entrants. I think we’ll probably see PowerPod go there (sub-$200), and then probably see 4iiii eventually go sub-$300.

      With someone like PowerPod (and to a lesser extent Stages), their non-crank COGS is super low ($15-25). Adding the crank and labor of installing on a crank is what drives things up.

      I suspect if PM companies can find the sweet spot in the $200-$300 range with reputable and useful products, many of them can live.

  11. j

    on your response to work / life balance ….

    – “I love playing with The Baby”.

    You know The Baby is someone you look after and not “play with” like you do a new sports tech gadget …. ?

    Although an “In Depth Review of the Baby” would be a great feature that you do on each birthday!

    • I also ‘love’ changing diapers…just not in the same kinda loving way. More like a ‘I love taking out the trash’ kinda way.

    • Phil

      I was pretty much on sole poop diaper duty. We used cloth diapers and my job was to rinse them out in the toilet (they make a special hose you can attach to the toilet plumbing) and of course wash them. My son is 5 now so we’re fortunately well past that stage!

  12. Jeff

    On the subject of L / R Balance:

    I used P1s for about 6 months, and z2/z3 was very consistently 47% Left.
    It levelled off ~50% at threshold

    Having has water ingress issues with the P1s I swapped to P2M and z2/z3 is consistently 51.5% Left.

    Now obviously the P1 is (very, very likely) the more accurate balance number, and i had not interest in doing anything with it (other than be interested) – but I imagine some people do (foolishly? – there is probably better things to focus training time on) – And use the 6 o’clock / 12 o’clock estimate would have yield a very different “prognosis” and “balance training plan”.

  13. Phil

    So what I’m hearing is wait for eurobike for the smart trainers lol. Really itching to get a kickr or the like, though, but if there are some cool updates I will gladly wait (although it seems like the kickr just dropped in price). For the past year I’ve been swapping the tire off my powertap wheel, which can be pretty frequent some weeks between riding inside in the evening or fitting in a quick inside ride whilst working from home. But the thing that may finally get me a smart trainer: a spouse who just started riding and doesn’t want to deal with changing tires. Sometimes it takes someone to go through what you do to see why you want certain things!

  14. Paul S.

    Ray, is there any chance you can take the audio of this and put it on the podcast feed?

  15. Robert

    Ray,

    Hope the live event went well, hated to miss it. I am looking forward to your annual review of power meters OR a stand alone review of the new Rotor 2inpower powermeter. With all the left/right/smothness/etc I feel like my old powertap needs a technology refresh. Really hoping the debacle with the first rotor powermeter is behind them and the 2inpower is a significant improvement!!

    Thanks Robert

  16. Steve Edney

    I’d say that was pretty much a resounding success Ray! Well done, and looking forward to the next one. Will try to help come up with ideas for potential subjects and send them through beforehand.

  17. Hubert

    Thanks for sharing!!

    Could you please share the bred cheese and ham too?

  18. George

    30min chat to people at Interlake could be great, maybe something like their view of tomorrow, where technology is going.

  19. Carter Terry

    When I saw your announcement post I thought this was a great idea Ray; I really enjoyed the live Q&A format, and I think the whole concept was executed very well. I also think it’s a great idea to do interviews at the major trade shows with some of the big names in the industry. The DCR podcast and TRS radio are my go too listening choice for long runs, so keep the audio coming!

  20. Phil

    Hi Ray ,

    Somewhere you State, that the element is not so good for you because you cannot download the fif file with USB.but this is working really well, you don’t have to use the Over the air connectivity with the E…
    But I understand that size matters more for you than most others as you have to record all those power meters…
    …perhaps wahoo enables a feature to record more than one PM in the future, but I think there is only few people demanding this;)