Welcome back to yet again another edition of the DCR Newsletter. We continue to see new peeps join the readership, so welcome to you! Also, if you are new and what to play catch up on what you’ve missed you can find the Newsletter archives here.
Since the last newsletter, Ray has again been a busy bee. Sadly for him, none of these efforts were related to completing pizza oven chores! But, you’ve all heard enough of that by now.
So what was Ray up to?
Well, last Thursday he dropped a very interesting in-depth review. It was the Magene Gravat2 Smart Trainer. The review did kick up quite a bit of conversation, even though it’s mostly applicable to those living in the Asian geographic region.
So, why did he bother to review it if it’s only useful to a small percentage of readers? Well, in the end it’s a pretty solid product and something that might bring attention to bigger smart trainer companies to get their junk together in stepping up their software. Basically a no-name company knocked the software out of park enough to make Ray type out “Holy Cow”… Yeah.
Also, after a while it just gets annoying for me to read comments from people saying that Ray only writes about the big guys. While that is wrong on so many levels, that’s a conversation for another day. So there you have it, solid amount of time dedicated to one of the small guys who just made a product the right way.
Next up was another interesting, or maybe better said “complicated” post. Even the title might leave you momentarily head scratching; VirtuPro’s Indoor Smart Bike: The Bike Zwift is Investing In- First Look. Ray starts off encouraging you to click on the video portion of the post to get up to speed, as sometimes it’s just easier to explain “in person” rather than in text the intricacies of this one. So, I won’t try to work my magic to decrypt all of this for you.
It is a great read, leaves us all pondering the future direction of the indoor training world, with the disclaimer that cyclist are not all one in the same with wants and needs. Also, gives us some juicy bits into the inner workings of companies as I quote:
“This led to some internal disagreement within VirtuPro as to the direction of the company (I’m using the term ‘disagreement’ as an umbrella for ‘giant shit-show’).”
Anyways, enough out of me, go read for yourself. But grab a coffee first (or a beer, you decide).
After all of that excitement, Ray rounded off the week with the one-two punch of the Week in Review, and the 5 Random Things posts. This past weekend we made an effort to stay low key. No party hosting, major outings, just relaxed and jammed out with a Sunday pancake breakfast.
So the 5 Random things is a bit more Ray geeking out over updating device firmware, than the latest and greatest from the Peanuts. The Week in Review had some great links. One link was an article for a guy who basically biked Mt. Everest. I didn’t know “Everesting” was even a thing. Also, there is a different guy in NYC who is doing more than his share of Citi Bike “Angeling”. Something else I didn’t know existed. So, as always, go poke around those two posts for a bit more of a light read, and see if you can’t learn something new too.
Last but not least, DC Rainmaker YouTube channel. Are you a subscriber? If not, you’re missing a great video party. Sometimes Ray hasn’t had time to polish off the text version of a product review yet, but the video is sitting impatiently. Unfortunately I have no fresh examples of this phenomenon this week. Sorry.
Oh wait - but just last night Ray published a Wahoo KICKR CORE vs KICKR 2018 vs Tacx NEO sound test on YouTube! So that's actually a good example of a bit of a KICKR CORE review sneaking out before the review itself.
Also, I did the camera work for it (though got no credit for such...sigh). One could also say I directed it too, since I made him re-shoot a few portions as he filmed. Go watch...for me!