Week in Review–October 2nd, 2017


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–September 24th, 2017
Monday: Fitbit Ionic GPS Smartwatch In-Depth Review
Tuesday: Hands-on: Suunto’s new Spartan Sport Wrist HR Baro
Tuesday: Hands-on: Garmin’s New Forerunner 30 Running GPS Watch
Wednesday: First Look: STAC’s New Resistance Controllable Silent Trainer
Thursday: Garmin Vivofit Jr. 2: Everything you ever wanted to know
Friday: GoPro Hero6 Black In-Depth Review

Phew, finally, home! After 5 weeks of crazy for all the conventions/conferences, I got home this weekend and playing a bit of catchup still. Topics you’ll see posts on in the coming days: Aero testing solutions, trainers, power meters, more trainers, more power meters, bike computers, running power meters, lots of GPS watches, and more.  Specifically: Minoura, Garmin, AeroLab, Notio, maybe some Apple, more Garmin, probably some Polar, maybe some Karoo, and probably some Kinomap. Plus more of course.  Hang tight while I clear out the pipes!

YouTube Videos I Published:

Here’s some YouTube goodness that I published this past week, don’t forget to subscribe!

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) DCR on Triathlon Taren: Last week at Interbike I sat down with Triathlon Taren to discuss all sorts of ‘best’ products. Here’s my thoughts:

2) Man shoots cyclists, only gets misdemeanor: Sigh. So much sigh. (via Neal Rodgers)

3) Bike Lane Attack Ads: Internet for the win. (via NorthDarling)

4) A Quark of a different type: No, not Quarq power meters, this one is with a ‘K’.  It’s actually a super-small GoPro roll stabilizer.  It keeps the camera level with the horizon, versus just being a stabilizer. Interesting.

5) Over-instrumented running: Aww…how cute, he ran with three HR sensors. Winking smile Nah, just kidding, go watch his talk that was published from the Quantified Self conference, cool stuff.

6) TomTom says they’re not dead yet: While not exactly a ringing endorsement of their wearables health (since they mention cutbacks without really committing on futures), they did at least put out an investor statement on Friday.  Funny enough, I covered this very topic the day before on Thursday during my ANT+ Symposium keynote session…which was live-streamed (albeit a crappy livestream). (statement via Eli)

7) Fitbit could lead to negative impact on well-being? Hmm, I’m not sure what to think of this study. A large part of me falls into the camp of ‘grandpa yells at lawn’, in that yes, I do think it’s important that a reality check occurs when children are obese/inactive in telling them that. Pretending they aren’t doesn’t help them anymore in life than giving them passing grades when they’re failing. Sometimes life is hard. (via Get Indie Gaming)

8) I don’t have any more items this week. Was too crazy busy to do proper Interweb surfing last week. Sorry y’all, I shall work to mindlessly surf more next week!

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.

Garmin Fenix 5/5S/5X BETA Firmware Update: Lots of new functions and apps, plus some fixes.  This follows in line with adding in features from the Vivosmart series.

Garmin Vivomove HR Firmware Update: Unknown contents, unlisted.

GoPro Karma Drone Firmware Updates: Adds follow-me mode, GoPro Hero6 support, and new tilt-up capability.

GoPro Karma Gimbal/Grip Firmware Update: Adds GoPro Hero6 support.

TomTom Spark 3/Runner3/Adventurer Firmware Update: This adds in personalized workouts, which was announced back in September from the company as part of a pretty large firmware update.

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  1. OG Mr T

    Anxiously awaiting for the vivoactive 3 review but if, as someone mean on the first look, there is no manual laps, I have to question garmin’s sanity (or whether they care about the running market with this product)

    I was at Best Buy over the weekend and they had 3. If the price was $250 I would have probably pulled the trigger but $299 gave me enough pause. Im looking at the suunto spartan trainer thing.

    Enjoy the site

    • It’s coming in a firmware update shortly. It’ll be two taps on the screen to set a lap.

    • Patrick Craenmehr

      That would be a very bad choice and I would have preferred a long press vs short press of the button. Double tapping on a screen while you are running may be problematic, since the watch and finger will always be moving a bit while running and a double tap may not work or result in a swipe movement instead of a tap. Also, when you are running in the rain and the screen and finger will be wet, this may be problematic. But… let’s wait and see how it will work out.

  2. Frank

    Looks like this post is still hidden on the front page.

  3. Tommy

    Important news. I was in the first batch of Zwatt Zimanox backers, and my power meter was shipped last week, and arrives today. Better late than never I say!

  4. Camgrant84

    Any news on the Shimano power meter yet? Did they make their deadline?

    • Nothing at present. My understanding from talking to a few people in the industry is that they did ship a handful of units within Japan last month to bike shops. It’s unclear what accuracy/etc looks like on those at this time. I’m not aware of any media getting any final units at this point.

    • Camgrant84

      Thanks for the update.

  5. usr

    I wonder if that quark stabilizer gizmo could be misappropriated for fixing the problem that headlights with a good, wide anti-glare cutoff have when you lean into corners, that they throw the light way too short on the side where you want to see into the curve, while blinding anyone who is on the other side. Ideally, if you point the axis slightly up you would even get the beam to shine into the curve! (More than what the steering already provides, which is too little since the wheel tracks tangentially). Two questions remain, can it run of external power and does it lose calibration (“reuniting of up”) in continuous operation.

    I guess it’s that time of the year again, the annual “improve riding in the dark” excitement that always comes to a predictable end when eventually giving in to indoor.

  6. Martin

    Anything new coming from Wahoo?

  7. Aleksander Helgaker

    Tried to find your Ant+ symposium talk on youtube. Is it not up yet? I thought live streams where automatically added for later viewing on youtube.

    • I manually add them. But in this case the quality was soooooooo bad that I didn’t want to add them and want to instead wait for the finished video from the ANT+ crew who were also recording it.

  8. Matthew


    Are you going to publish a video of your 2017 Ant+ Symposium keynote like you’ve done in the past? If so, any ETA?

  9. Eli

    Pioneer left leg for Ultegra 6800 is on sale for $399
    link to pioneerelectronics.com
    while clever training as the left Duraace 9000 for $404
    link to clevertraining.com

    Guessing the deal from pioneer is US specific as its not mentioned on their global site:
    link to pioneer-cyclesports.com
    (I hate when companies have global and country specific sites and not make it clear the type of data that is on each.)