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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:
(Even if you’re not into drones, I think you’ll like the opener to this video, at least if you’re into cinematic or cycling shots. Also, The Girl stars in it too!)
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)No helmets, no problem – How the Dutch created a casual biking culture: An awesome interview piece just published on more than just the lack of helmets in the Dutch cycling culture, but how the entire thing works in general. Super worthy read. I might even go as far as picking up the book (which just released on Wednesday). Everything in the interview rings true from my limited time (5 months) here thus far. We love the cycling culture more and more each day.
2) Notio Connect Ambassador Program: The next few months tends to be when you start to see various ambassador program type things open up, and Notio is doing one for their aero sensor now. Fwiw, I just got my bike equipped this past week with one. So expect an in-depth review later in September.
3) No Google Smartwatch This Year: Seems like Google continues to work on something, but that’s been the case for a number of years. For now, they’ll keep focusing on 3rd party via Wear OS.
4) The most brutal Zwift computer setup imaginable: This cycling desk is set up such that if you stop pedaling, the power gets cut-out to your desktop and you have to wait for it to restart. Don’t…stop…pedaling. Seriously, some fun DIY geekness here.
8) Ofo bikes being sued for $10 million in unpaid bike bills:And just imagine, that’s the company sitting there with a $10 million bill. Gotta wonder how many smaller companies are also being left holding an empty bag. That said, I disagree with the premise of a larger slowdown in bike sharing. I think the issue is simply too many companies trying to eat the same pie with services that cities/towns don’t find palatable (bikes strewn everywhere).
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 and a few other firmware updates.
Garmin Descent MK1 Firmware Update: Quite frankly this is a massive firmware update with tons of features/changes. It’s as if the firmware team had constipation or something and relieved everything for 6 months at once here. Go forth and read the notes.
Garmin Edge 1030/Bontrager Edge 1030 Firmware Update: A large pile of new features, but more importantly here is that, at least for this first firmware update, we’re seeing concurrent Bontrager updates at the same time. It’s something I was a bit worried about, but good to see here.
You probably stumbled upon here looking for a review of a sports gadget. If you’re trying to decide which unit to buy – check out my in-depth reviews section. Some reviews are over 60 pages long when printed out, with hundreds of photos! I aim to leave no stone unturned.
I travel a fair bit, both for work and for fun. Here’s a bunch of random trip reports and daily trip-logs that I’ve put together and posted. I’ve sorted it all by world geography, in an attempt to make it easy to figure out where I’ve been.
The most common question I receive outside of the “what’s the best GPS watch for me” variant, are photography-esq based. So in efforts to combat the amount of emails I need to sort through on a daily basis, I’ve complied this “My Photography Gear” post for your curious minds! It’s a nice break from the day to day sports-tech talk, and I hope you get something out of it!
Many readers stumble into my website in search of information on the latest and greatest sports tech products. But at the end of the day, you might just be wondering “What does Ray use when not testing new products?”. So here is the most up to date list of products I like and fit the bill for me and my training needs best! DC Rainmaker 2019 swim, bike, run, and general gear list. But wait, are you a female and feel like these things might not apply to you? If that’s the case (but certainly not saying my choices aren’t good for women), and you just want to see a different gear junkies “picks”, check out The Girl’s 2018 Gear Guide too.