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:
Sunday: Week in Review–June 25th, 2017
Monday: DJI Spark In-Depth Review
Tuesday: 5 Random Things I Did This Weekend in Sardinia
Thursday: Polar M430 In-Depth Review
Saturday: Tour de France 2017–The Trainers, Power Meters and Gadgets of the Pro Peloton
Sports Tech Deals This Week:
With the start of July brings a fresh wave of new sports tech deals. More interestingly, some of these are actually Europe-specific, which is a rarity around these parts! I’ve noted which ones specifically are Europe-focused.
|Current Deals||Regular Price||Sale Price||Start||End||Amazon||Clever Training||Other site||Sale Notes|
|Copyright DC Rainmaker - Updated May 20th, 2018 @ 9:42 am|
|CycleOps Products - All 20% off!||-||20% off||May 18 2018||May 30 2018||N/A||Link||This includes CycleOps Trainers, including the Hammer and Magnus!|
|Garmin Edge 25||$169||$50 off||May 18 2018||May 28 2018||Link||Link||$50 off both base and bundle units. I suspect with the (far more functional) Edge 130 recently announced at $199, it makes the $169 Edge 25 a bit pricey looking.|
|Garmin Edge 520||$249||$50 off! (now $199)||May 18 2018||May 28 2018||Link||Link||⚡Woah, this is the lowest price we've seen on this unit, which is now sub-$200. Obviously this is driven by the new Edge 520 Plus that was announced a month ago (at $279).|
|Garmin Fenix5 (5/5S/5X)||$599||$100 off||May 18 2018||Jun 16 2018||Link||Link||⚡This first time we've seen the Fenix 5 on sale in 2018. The only other time it was on sale was for Black Friday.|
|Garmin Vivoactive 3||$269||$20 off ($249 now)||Apr 29 2018||Jun 16 2018||Link||Link||An oddly long duration period, but as usual matches the Fitbit Ionic on price. The two companies have virtually always matched each others sales since launch days apart last summer.|
|Garmin Vivosport||$169||$20 off ($149 now)||Apr 29 2018||Jun 16 2018||Link||Link|
|GoPro Hero5 Black + 32GB SD||$299||$50 off (now $249)||May 20 2018||Jun 02 2018||Link||Link||A fairly common deal for the Hero5 Black these days, but still quite good if you're in the market for one.|
|Pioneer Power Meter (L/R Model)||$999||May 01 2018||Jun 01 2018||Link||Link||Free cycling head unit with purchase of left/right Pioneer power meter. Includes their $299 head unit. Plus you can stack that with the Clever Training 20% off VIP deal too!|
|Saris Cycling Racks/Accessories||-||20% off||May 18 2018||May 30 2018||N/A||Link||Got a car? Got a bike? Seems like a solution here. This is a pretty typical sale we see a couple times a year.|
|Wahoo ELEMNT - $80 rebate!||$329||$80 rebate, down to $249||May 18 2018||Jun 15 2018||Link||Link||Note: This is NOT valid on the BOLT, just the larger ELEMNT. But it is valid on both the base and bundle variants.|
Also of note is that ELEMNT $80 rebate for the larger unit. Helps to equalize the price compared to the smaller BOLT. Both contain the same software, though the larger unit has an additional LED stripe.
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.
2) Fitbit Sleep Study: Pretty cool charts and breakdowns of how much and how different millions of Fitbit users sleep on average, divided up by age groups and all assortment of metrics. (via Ernesto R.)
3) I’m over on the latest Cycling Maven TDF Vlog! Boom, now I’ve made it! Awesome to run into him while running around.
4) Tour de France massive infographic: Ok, this is the week of infographics – but if there’s any infographic to look at, it’s this incredible four-page one put together by Le Tour themselves. I think I read through it for 10 minutes.
5) Science people – please stop doing this: Yet another study doubles-down on doubling optical HR sensors per wrist. Just don’t. Really, don’t.
6) Yes, EPO impacts sports performance: Why do you ask?
7) The Pain Cave: A look into an apparent obsession with it and everything about it.
8) Using drones to study America’s Cup Riders: This is pretty crazy. Though, it doesn’t surprise me. Just this week I got asked questions about which drones would be best for doing form studies on rowers. (via Robin Crimp)
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 are 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? Oh – and if you want to get a head start on things, this page is a great resource for watching Garmin firmware updates.
Polar M430 Firmware Update: Fixes some bugs, fully implements GPS-A caching
Thanks for reading!