Author Archives: DC Rainmaker

Garmin VIRB 360 5.7K Action Cam In-Depth Review

Today Garmin jumped into the 360° fray by introducing their own 360° action camera – the VIRB 360.  This camera one-ups everyone in the specs department by mic-dropping 5.7K resolution alongside being completely waterproofed with GPS built-in.  Not to mention … Read More Here

Week in Review–May 22nd, 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 … Read More Here

The Day in May DCR $500 Gadget Giveaway!

It’s a day in May.  No, not May Day.  That, according to Wikipedia is May 1st.  Rather, it’s May 20th – which I reason is 20 times better than May 1st (albeit, less awesome than May 5th).  Why’s it better?  … Read More Here

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Giro d’Italia 2017: Spectating and behind the scenes!

My day at Stage 10 of the Giro was jam-packed. It basically couldn’t get any more packed.  I arrived into the small town where the stage was starting from around 10:30PM the night prior, and by 4:17PM the next day … Read More Here

Giro d’Italia 2017–The Trainers, Power Meters and Gadgets of the Pro Peloton

Yesterday I spent the full day at the Giro d’Italia checking out all the sports tech goods the pro teams had on hand.  In the case of this stage, it was an individual time trial – which means that each … Read More Here

The DCR Analyzer Is Now Available For You To Use!

And by now…I mean like 5 months ago. But no matter, I’m finally getting around to telling you about it in some manner that might be noticeable.  Or even semi-formal. But wait – what’s the DCR Analyzer? You know in … Read More Here

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5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

The weather continues to get warmer here in Paris – and this weekend was quite nice. Here’s what I was up to! 1) A quick lunch run I headed out Friday midday for a short lunch run.  It was part … Read More Here

Week in Review–May 14th, 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 … Read More Here

Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR In-Depth Review

Last summer (2016) amidst Suunto announcing the Spartan series, they made note of a planned optical heart rate enabled version that would be released down the road.  Fast forward to this past January (2017) and at CES they did just … Read More Here

ROTOR 2INpower In-Depth Review

Over the last few years, ROTOR has been slowly increasing both the quantity of power meters they make – as well as the types of power meters they make.  It first started with the original ROTOR Power LT some three … Read More Here

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Thoughts on GoPro’s new Fusion 360° 5.2K camera

A few weeks ago GoPro sorta-announced a new action cam.  Sorta being the operative word here.  Unlike most GoPro announcement occurrences, this was more of a formalized naming and acknowledgment of existence.  It included roughly as much information as an … Read More Here

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5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

It was a whirlwind weekend, largely because I spent much of it on an airplane.  So since the weekend technically extends till Monday here in France, I’m going to go the other direction and encapsulate the end of last week … Read More Here

Week in Review–May 7th, 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 … Read More Here

Wind Tunnel Time: Is the Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT actually the fastest bike computer?

When it comes to companies making marketing claims about all sorts of devices, most shy away from specifics.  They’ll use terms like ‘better than’ or ‘faster than’ – without numerical qualifiers, or they’ll use other terms that imply greatness but stop … Read More Here

Hands-on: Hammerhead’s new Karoo GPS Bike Computer

It’s been a few years since startup Hammerhead announced their H1 navigational bike accessory.  It was sorta like a fish finder for navigation while on a bike. Rather than be a full bike computer head unit, it mostly offered you … Read More Here

Huge Spring Sale: 20% of all trainers, all power meters, and plenty more

If something happens twice a year…one might say it’s semi-annual.  Thus, one could posit that this sale, which happens almost precisely 6 months since the last time it occurred might indeed become semi-annual.  But no matter what you call it, … Read More Here

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5 Random Things I Did This Weekend in Southern California

My great Californian adventure continues, as we’re now down in Southern California, with the weekend starting in LA (after having spent a week there), before moving onto San Diego. Here’s what I’ve been up to! 1) Running the beaches of … Read More Here

Week in Review–April 30th, 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 … Read More Here

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Garmin Varia UT800 Smart Bike Light In-Depth Review

Today, Garmin introduced their latest generation front bike light – the UT800.  This light builds upon the connected concepts from their first generation lights, such as integration with their head units.  With the UT800 though, the company has shifted the … Read More Here

Quarq DZero Power Meter In-Depth Review

This past summer at Eurobike, Quarq announced their latest generation of power meters, the DZero lineup.  The aim of this line was to refresh the existing offerings, while also somewhat simplifying things.  Most visible to consumers though was the addition … Read More Here

Sea Otter 2017 Tech Tidbits: Barfly, K-Edge, Quarq Qollector, Lezyne, Flaér

Here’s the second edition of the Sea Otter 2017 Tech Tidbits!  The first one I did a power meter round-up, covering all the power related news coming out of the annual bike show held in Monterey, California.  Whereas this one … Read More Here

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Sea Otter Power Meter Roundup: 4iiii Precision, Easton/Race Face CINCH, FSA PowerBox, Team Zwatt, Quarq DZero, Xpedo Thrust-E

If there was a theme for power meters at Sea Otter this week it would be re-branding.  Or rather, OEM’ing. Half of the power meter announcements were essentially just well-known bike companies offering power meters that are basically ‘powered by’ … Read More Here

Garmin Announces Smart Home Control, Connect IQ Updates

As many of you know, today kicks off Garmin’s first Connect IQ Summit, held in Olathe, Kansas.  The summit is aimed at developers wanting to build apps on Garmin’s wearable and related devices.  A sphere that, as of this morning, … Read More Here

5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

As those astute DCR Twitter or Instagram followers may know, I’m now in California for a few weeks. A lot of weeks actually.  And actually not just in California.  Later today I’ll take a quick trip up/over to Kansas to … Read More Here

First Look: Polar’s new M460 GPS Bike Computer

Today is shaping up to be a rather busy day for announcements!  Polar joined the Wednesday new products club with its new M460 bike GPS.  This bike computer builds on the M450 unit they announced almost two years ago. Both … Read More Here