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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 this past week:
It was a bit quieter this week when two products that were set to announce with full reviews got pulled at the last second. Thus, you got a big ol’ nothing burger in return. Sorry!
REI 20% Off Coupon:
For those of you in the US that have an REI membership, you probably received your 20% off coupon for REI (MEMPERK2019). That enables you to use that coupon towards a single full priced item, minus a few exclusions. That’s super valuable for trainers in particular, as well as some power meters that REI stocks. In addition, you also got your annual dividend.
The point being, you’re basically setup to spend a bunch of money. And if there’s any time you want to both spend money and support the site here, then you can use any of the REI links below to do so. In fact, you can always support the site here on REI (even for items you plan to pickup in-store as long as you order online). The easy way to remember it is simply: dcrainmaker.com/rei
All of the below links I’ve validated save the 20%:
Remember: If you pick it up at a nearby store, shipping is free – so that saves you a pile on trainers.
Oh – and for those asking about the usual Clever Training 20% off sports tech sale? That generally happens in May. Here’s a look at last year and the details there. Of course, with Clever Training you support the site too, and also earn points. Unlike REI, you can redeem those points immediately however (versus waiting till the following year). Either way, using the links helps here.
DC Rainmaker Podcast This Week:
Episode 3 (aka Episode 66) of the podcast is up, on the show this week:
– Tacx kills off their user forums (WTF!?) – Polar adds ANT+ to their sensors (WTF Part II!?) – Peloton gets sued for $150 million, was Lama responsible? – Google Stadia – is it the future of indoor trainer apps? – A detailed update of the Kinetic R1 trainer and where it stands on shipping – Running power/efficiency thoughts, where do things stand in Spring 2019? – Shane tries out the new Trek/Bontrager helmet, does it match the hype?
Listen here, or four options for where to find the podcast:
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) $69 Smart fan controller for indoor trainers: Yes, that’d be approximately $170 cheaper than Wahoo’s Headwind fan. This will tie into ANT+ and change the fan intensity based on your speed/HR, just like the Headwind. Oh, and the maker? Keith Wakeham, the guy that once drove 4iiii’s power meter products to fruition. He hasn’t decided whether the project will absolutely go forward, but it’s worth signing up for (no money required).
2) Trek/Bontrager’s much hyped helmet: By now you’ve probably seen all the news, but in case you hadn’t – here ya go. While I do agree that any advances in safety are awesome, I don’t think this measures up to the claims of the greatest cycling innovation in 30 years. After all, the studies Trek link to prove exactly that (only an increase of 0.1 to the score over MIPS). Still, what I do think is good is any time two safety focused technologies have to start competing. Additionally, anytime there’s media focus on cycling safety – that’s also great.
6) Joe Friel’s post on riding indoors and pedaling skills: A quickie, but some tidbits to consider in the first section. Of course, this is a bit of an age-old debate on whether riding indoors is harder than outdoors. Most tend to find it harder indoors, though I’m also the opposite. I can generally hit specific target wattages easier indoors than outdoors.
7) Building Grit in Girls Through Mountain Biking: I’d absolutely love for our girls to mountain bike someday. Mostly because I think they’d have a blast. But also because they’d get to enjoy cycling without having to deal with cars. Though admittedly, living in Amsterdam isn’t exactly optimal for the mountain bike scene.
8) Jobs available at Saris/CycleOps/PowerTap: From time to time I mention interesting job positions that are of note in the sports tech industry. I’ve been told by a small birdie that CycleOps in particular is looking for two Senior Mechanical Design Engineers and an Industrial Design engineer. These would be focused on trainer and trainer accessory projects. Heck, maybe even making The Thing become a reality.
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.
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.