Author Archives: DC Rainmaker

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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

Garmin Vivosmart 3 Activity Tracker In-Depth Review

Today Garmin introduced an updated version of its Vivosmart lineup, the Vivosmart 3.  This essentially takes the Vivosmart HR that we saw last year (aka Vivosmart Gen2) and shrinks it down.  Then they layered in a bunch of new heart … Read More Here

The Xplova X5 Bike Computer Review: What I Love and Hate

When the Acer Xplova X5 was announced last year, it got a lot of attention for its headline-grabbing features: An integrated action camera, cellular connectivity, full color touchscreen with maps, and integrated nacho cheese dispenser.  Well, maybe not the dispenser.  … Read More Here

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5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

It was a hot one this weekend!  The temperatures were more like June and July than the beginning of April. Yikes!  Nonetheless, here’s what I was up to! 1) Visitors to the cave With the Paris Marathon and Paris-Roubaix both … Read More Here

Hands-on: Polar’s M430 GPS watch with optical HR

Today Polar announced their latest wearable, the M430.  This unit follows in the footsteps of the popular M400 by adding in an optical heart rate sensor as well as a handful of other small (but desired) features.  While this watch … Read More Here

Running dynamics finally gets its own standard

Yesterday, three and a half years after the running efficiency metrics ‘Running Dynamics’ were first announced by Garmin, they received their own legit standard.  In doing so, 3rd party companies can now add running dynamics metrics to their sensors and/or … Read More Here

5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

Definitely another beautiful and sunny weekend in and outside the city.  Here’s what I was up to 1) Fixing shifting and swapping power meters I’m constantly swapping power meters and gear on my bike.  Which, can lead to things being … Read More Here

Week in Review–April 2nd, 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

Xert Training Platform In-Depth Review

It’s been about a year since Xert plopped onto the training platform scene, and in that time it’s grown both considerably in functionality, as well as users.  So what is Xert?  Well, it’s part training platform, part training app ecosystem, … Read More Here

TrainingPeaks New Structured Workout Integration with Garmin Wearables

Tied into yesterday’s Garmin FR935 release was TrainingPeaks announcing rollout of their new dedicated Connect IQ apps.  This new integration allows you to sync structured workouts that you or your coach creates on the TrainingPeaks platform.  The workout for the … Read More Here

Garmin’s Running Dynamics Pod (RD Pod): Everything you ever wanted to know

Today Garmin announced a new accessory alongside the Forerunner 935, the Running Dynamics Pod.  This tiny pod, about the size of a piece of small candy, essentially provides the existing Running Dynamics data (i.e. Vertical Oscillation/Ground Contact Time) that normally … Read More Here

Garmin Forerunner 935 In-Depth Review

Today Garmin announced their latest triathlon/multisport…and running-specific focused watch, the Forerunner 935.  This watch follows almost a year after the FR735XT was announced last spring, and only 3 months after the Fenix 5 series was announced in January (which just … Read More Here

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5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

With The Girl and the Peanut (and Lucy) out of town this weekend, here’s what I was up to 1) The DCR Facebook Live Session! I kicked off the weekend with a 5PM (my time) DCR Q&A live stream.  This … Read More Here

Week in Review–March 27th, 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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My 2,500th post! Here’s 25 blasts from the past!

Friday, at around 5AM my time when I was putting the finishing touches on the Fenix 5 In-Depth Review, I logged into the WordPress control panel and noticed something interesting: I was at 2,499 published posts.  That review would make … Read More Here

Garmin Fenix 5/5S/5X In-Depth Review

It’s been nearly three months since Garmin first announced the Fenix 5 series, a lineup of three core watch sizes/models (5/5S/5X), that spans 14 variants in total.  And that’s before we even talk straps.  This line builds upon the Fenix … Read More Here

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DCR Facebook Live Q&A Tomorrow–Friday March 24th!

Somehow, someway, it’s been 9 months since the last Facebook Live Q&A I did from the DCR Cave.  Seriously, how did the time fly?  Sure, we did a few at Eurobike last year, but even those were 7 months ago! … Read More Here

Best Action Cam 2017: GoPro Hero5 Black vs Garmin VIRB Ultra 30

In virtually every post or video I make where I use an action cam, I’m asked which camera I’m using and why.  And even more commonly since this past fall I’m asked whether to go with the GoPro Hero5 Black … Read More Here

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5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

After a week of skiing, here’s what I was up to this past weekend! 1) The Never Ending Train Ride Friday night we made our way back from the French/Italian Alps, ending our ski trip and kicking off a weekend … Read More Here