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:
Sports Tech Deals:
There’s a smattering of sports tech deals out there right now, here’s what’s cookin’:
|Current Deals||Regular Price||Sale Price||Start||End||Amazon||Clever Training||Other site||Sale Notes|
|Copyright DC Rainmaker - Updated December 10th, 2018 @ 6:44 am|
|Favero Assioma Pedals||$519/$799 (single/dual)||$649||Nov 23 2018||Dec 31 2018||Link||Link||⚡⚡⚡Effective Nov 23rd, 2018 the Favero Assioma pedals will be effectively $649USD going forward (likely with the DCR discount). That's a pretty substantial price-drop. Note, it may take a few more hours for Clever Training to updating pricing.|
|Fitbit Ace||$99||$79||Dec 09 2018||Dec 24 2018||Link||Link|
|Fitbit Alta||$99||$79||Dec 09 2018||Dec 24 2018||Link||Link|
|Fitbit Alta HR||$129||$99||Dec 09 2018||Dec 24 2018||Link||Link|
|Fitbit Charge 3||$149||$129||Dec 09 2018||Dec 24 2018||Link||Link||⚡ This unit also just came out, and this is a great deal for it.|
|Fitbit Ionic||$269||$229||Dec 09 2018||Dec 24 2018||Link||Link||⚡ Remember this includes music, GPS, and contactless payments. Note technically this is $40 off, so higher end variants will be slightly more.|
|Fitbit Versa||$199-$229||$149||Dec 09 2018||Dec 24 2018||Link||Link||⚡ This is a great deal on this unit. Remember, it supports offline music too! Note that technically this is $50 off, so special variants will be slightly more.|
|Garmin Fenix 5 (5/5S/5X)||$599||$100 off||Dec 01 2018||Jan 05 2019||Link||Link||⚡This is a strong deal on the Fenix 5 Plus series. This applies to both Fenix 5 and 5 Plus, all variants.|
|Garmin Fenix 5 Plus (5/5S/5X)||$699/699EUR||$100 off||Dec 01 2018||Jan 05 2019||Link||Link||⚡This is a strong deal on the Fenix 5 Plus series. This applies to both Fenix 5 and 5 Plus, all variants.|
|Garmin Forerunner 235||$249||$199||Nov 22 2018||Jan 05 2019||Link||Link|
|Garmin Forerunner 35||$169||$139||Nov 22 2018||Jan 05 2019||Link||Link|
|Garmin Varia Bike Radar||$199||$119||Nov 22 2018||Dec 31 2018||Link||Link|
|Garmin Varia UT800||-||99GBP/111EUR||Nov 21 2018||Dec 30 2018||N/A||Link||N/A||⚡ This is a great deal for this awesome little light, especially for 50GBP off!|
|Garmin Vivoactive 3||$269||$199||Nov 22 2018||Jan 05 2019||Link||Link||⚡ Great deal on this - aside from a one-day sale last year, this is the lowest we've seen this.|
|Garmin Vivofit 3||$69||$49||Nov 22 2018||Jan 05 2019||Link||Link||This is the lowest price we've seen on this unit.|
|Garmin Vivofit 4||$79||$59||Nov 22 2018||Jan 05 2019||Link||Link|
|Garmin Vivofit Jr||$79||$49||Nov 22 2018||Jan 05 2019||Link||Link||The lowest we've seen this unit. Was super popular the first year it this price point for Black Friday (the most popular item ordered via DCR actually).|
|Garmin Vivofit Jr. 2 - Incl Disney/Avengers/Star Wars variants||$79||$59||Nov 22 2018||Jan 05 2019||Link||Link|
|Garmin Vivosmart 3||$119||$69||Nov 22 2018||Jan 05 2019||Link||Link||Well then, that's one way to sell these products quickly - 42% off!|
|Giro Helmets and Shoes||-||33% off||Dec 09 2018||Dec 20 2018||N/A||Link||N/A|
|GoPro Fusion 360* Action Cam||$599||$499||Dec 09 2018||Dec 24 2018||Link||$100 off|
|GoPro Hero 7 Silver Bundle (incl 32GB card)||$299||$229||Dec 09 2018||Dec 24 2018||Link||Link||$70 off|
|GoPro Hero 7 White||$199||$179||Dec 09 2018||Dec 24 2018||Link||Link||$20 off!|
|GoPro Karma Grip Gimbal||$299||$249||Dec 09 2018||Dec 24 2018||Link||N/A||$50 off|
|PowerPod||$299||Dec 31 2018||Link||Link||N/A||$249 for the ANT+ version, $269 for the BLE version.|
|Suunto 3 Fitness||$199-$229||$159||Nov 30 2018||Dec 26 2018||Link||Link||Note: Technically 20% off, so some premium variants will be more than $159|
|Suunto Spartan Sport||$449||$314||Nov 30 2018||Dec 26 2018||Link||Link|
|Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR||$499||$384||Nov 30 2018||Dec 26 2018||Link||Link||Note: The Baro variant is also available on sale as well.|
|Suunto Spartan Trainer Wrist HR||$279 ($329 for metal bezels)||$194||Nov 30 2018||Dec 26 2018||Link||Link||⚡⚡ This is a great deal for this multisport watch - definitely one you should consider. Technically it's 30% off, so the fancy material variants will cost a bit more.|
|Tacx NEO Smart||$1,369||$1,199||Nov 23 2018||Dec 31 2018||Link||Link||⚡⚡ The price drops to $1,199USD (due to new Neo 2). Most notable, you can combine this with the 8hr Clever Training VIP deal, so you can get the Tacx Neo 1 for $959USD. Holy balls.|
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YouTube Videos I Made This Week:
Here’s what hit the tubes over on the You of Tube, definitely don’t forget to subscribe there to get notified of videos the second they hit!
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.
(This is more like…last few weeks in review.)
1) Peter Sagan’s $330,000 Facebook post and the value of cyclists’ social media: It’s interesting to see some comments that note disappointment that athletes have to push their sponsors via social media in this day and age. I find it funny because these comments totally misunderstand the entire basis for pro sports, which, by their virtue depend on others for funding. In this case, sponsors. Without sponsors, there would be no money in pro sports. And without money, there would be no career in pro sports. And without all of that, you wouldn’t be able to watch those same athletes. Which isn’t to say there aren’t numerous ways sponsorships can be improved (they obviously can), but there are very few sports where professional athletes can sustain a career without business sponsorships. And in today’s world, those businesses expect a return on their investment via social interaction.
2) Paris Velib hell: To any Parisian, this was merely an inevitable tidal wave. Anyone who used Velib’s could see it coming as early as last October when they started shutting down the previous generation/system stations while not actually turning on replacement ones till January. They then doubled-down on that by having the cutover date by a single point in time (January 1st, 2018), versus a phased roll-out such as in November or December. Never mind the countless stations that were shut down in November and not actually removed till January. It’s really too bad – as I used the Velib’s probably 2-3 times a day on most days.
3) Intel puts final nails in ‘new devices group’: This is the group that once owned Basis as well as Recon, as well as being responsible for 3rd party projects like the New Balance watch and Oakley glasses. Many of these people actually were let go last August, but some stayed on for other projects like another type of heads-up display that Intel just announced…only to now kill. Seriously, I can’t imagine ever being a startup and selling out to Intel, unless you just wanted a boatload of cash (which to be clear: Is a perfectly valid reason.)
4) VanMoof goes into a subscription model for bikes: Pretty interesting concept. At first glance, I thought it was stupid, but after digging into it a bit more, it could make some sense, given they’ll handle all service and getting you a bike swap. As a funny aside, one office building I was looking at here in Amsterdam actually gifted you (permanently) a new VanMoof bike, which is also a Dutch brand. The space didn’t work out for a number of reasons…but the bike was tempting!
5) How Alpe du Zwift was made: One of these days I’ll get to ride it. But until then, this behind the scenes from a Zwift designer perspective is super interesting. It’s been on my to-do list to link to for a while, some great work by Simon putting it all together.
6) Pandora learned the cost of ads and subscriptions: This is a fascinating look at how Pandora did A/B testing on subscription models. It’s fascinating because you so rarely get a look at real data from companies like this, and is something that almost any entity pondering subscription vs ad-based revenue models should consider – be it in sports tech or otherwise.
7) Boston Marathon awards cash to non-Elite Women: A good look at the controversy that’s erupted over the last few weeks with respect to some non-pro women running faster than pro women.
8) Ranking US cities for bicycle friendliness: And a bit of detail on how the rankings are decided.
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 Edge 1030 Firmware Update: New Connect IQ support, new radar support, and an absolute crapton of bug fixes (seriously, that list is massively impressive).
Garmin Forerunner 645/645 Music Firmware Update: Mostly minor improvements/tweaks.
Garmin VIRB Ultra 30 Firmware Update: It merely says ‘resolved miscellaneous issues’. I’d suggest the VIRB team talk to the Edge 1030 team about how to complete a change log.
Hammerhead Karoo Firmware Update: Ability for user to change/add route mid-ride, plus a boatload of bug fixes and performance tweaks.
Polar M600 Firmware Update: They’ve switched over to the Wear OS branding, and along with that you get an updated version of Android Wear/Wear OS along with a handful of new features.
Have a good remainder of the weekend all!