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Tech Tidbits Friday: PowerPod’s new $199 model, Fenix 5 (non-Plus) gets Galileo, Tacx lowers prices, Eurobike preview

Ok, rounding up some of the week’s news in sports tech, here’s a few little tidbits that are definitely worth mentioning.  And some of them are hot off the press, primarily the totally unexpected Galileo one! PowerPod’s new $199 model … Read More Here

Garmin Fenix 5/5S/5X Plus In-Depth Review (with Maps, Music, Payments)

Everything you could ever want to know about the Garmin Fenix 5 Plus lineup, which includes the 5/5S/5X, and maps, music, contactless payment and PulseOx.

Thursday Tech Tidbit: Garmin Rolls Out Sleep Cycle Details, including REM Sleep

(This is the second half of what should have been ‘Twofer Tuesday Tech Tidbits’ earlier this week, until this tidbit broke free and decided to go live on Thursday instead. Thus…enjoy!) As of this morning Garmin has rolled out additional … Read More Here

Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music: Everything you ever wanted to know

Here’s all the details on the new Vivoactive 3 Music, complete with how the music transfer and usage works, as well as GPS and heart rate accuracy.

Tuesday Tech Tidbit: Wahoo sprouts ELEMNT BOLT in Red & Yellow

Today was supposed to be ‘Tuesday Tech Tidbits’ – note the plural aspect within ‘Tidbits’. Unfortunately, 7 minutes before this post was set to go live I got note that the other tidbit jumped ship. Like a Tim Horton’s donut … Read More Here

5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

Mid-last week we loaded up the family and jetted across the pond for a couple week visit to both of our families.  In this case, they were both conveniently currently located in Florida, making the jaunt between them far less … Read More Here

Week in Review – June 10th, 2018

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

Hands-on: The New Suunto 9 Multisport GPS Watch

Everything you need to know about Suunto’s latest and highly anticipated GPS device, and the successor to the Spartan series.

5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

Woah! This weekend flew by, it started in Amsterdam and had Paris squished into the middle of it all.  We’re already back in Amsterdam and playing catch-up as always, but here’s what went down! 1) Got the keys to the … Read More Here

SIGMA ROX 12.0 Sport Cycling GPS In-Depth Review

Everything you’d ever want to know about this solid contender against the Garmin Edge 820 and 1030 series bike computers. From mapping to Strava and more.

Week in Review: June 4th, 2018

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

How it works: Zwift’s New Training Plan Platform

Zwift continues to expand its platform, and this week was no exception when they rolled out interactive structured training plans.  Previously the workouts were mostly just in a giant folder structure of sorts.  That meant you had to pick and … Read More Here

Hands-on: STAC Zero Halcyon Smart (Totally Silent) Trainer

The STAC Zero Halcyon trainer is not only a legit smart trainer now, but also totally silent. I dive into the details on how well it works with multiple apps.

Hands-on: SRM’s new EXAKT Power Meter Pedals

All the details you need to know about SRM’s EXAKT pedal based power meter, from sizing and weight, to accuracy and price. Plus first ride details.

Week in Review – May 27th, 2018

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 3 Fitness In-Depth Review

By and large, Suunto has been a company that’s been focused on endurance users. Be it people climbing to the top of a mountain, racing a triathlon, or doing something else that justifies eating large quantities of donuts without feeling … Read More Here

Connect IQ Summit Tidbits: My Keynote, New Features, and More

Ok, so it’s been a month since the Garmin Connect IQ Summit.  That’s Garmin’s annual conference for 3rd party developers to come to Kansas and drink all the Connect IQ juice about developing on their platform.  This would be the … Read More Here

5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

This weekend The Girl was off enjoying the weekend away in Austria, giving me full reign of the two kiddos.  As such I was a bit limited in terms of doing things like outdoor rides on a road bike…but I … Read More Here

Week in Review–May 20th, 2018

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

What’s Baseline on a Smart Trainer in 2018?

Last week Shane Miller posted his review of the TechnoGym MyCycling Smart Trainer.  For those not familiar (which is almost all of you), TechnoGym makes a direct drive trainer, sorta like the Wahoo KICKR, except missing all the stuff that … Read More Here

Hands-on with Road Grand Tours and their new update: Is it a viable Zwift competitor?

(This is the second post in the ‘Is it a viable Zwift competitor’ series, the first being VirtuGO earlier this year. Like Disney’s Star Wars plans, this titled series may continue until the next millennia without any real plot twists). … Read More Here

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

It’s that time of year again – the semi-annual VIP 20% off sale! As with last fall and last spring, there are some amaze-balls deals in here.  And while my title says all trainers and many power meters, the reality … Read More Here

5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

This weekend was jam-packed with tidbits, many of which where left on the 5 Random Things cutting room floor.  Still, here’s what made the cut! 1) A Massive GoPro Selfie Stick Friday afternoon I was on a mission – I … Read More Here

Week in Review–May 13th, 2018

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

Fitbit Versa In-Depth Review

Do you know what happens when you remove GPS and style from the Fitbit Ionic? You end up with a Fitbit Versa. Which is probably the easiest way to describe the two watches. Certainly, the Fitbit Versa can be stylish … Read More Here