Author Archives: DC Rainmaker

Hammerhead Karoo Cycling GPS In-Depth Review

After an elongated delivery timeframe, the Hammerhead Karoo is finally shipping.  If the various engagement metrics I track tell me anything, it’s one of the most awaited bike computers of the last year. It could be the fast touchscreen display … Read More Here

GoPro Fusion 360° Action Camera In-Depth Review

Just shy of a year ago GoPro announced initial details around their consumer-oriented 360° action camera, Fusion.  But it wouldn’t be until this past November that the company started shipping the $699 dual-lens unit.  Since then I’ve been using the … Read More Here

5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

Despite my rainmaker moniker – it hasn’t rained a single day on me during my stay in Australia to date. Instead, it’s been endless sunshine. Well, actually, it was overcast one afternoon here in Perth.  But otherwise, it’s the best … Read More Here

Week in Review–February 18th, 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

Stages LR (Dual-Sided) Power Meter In-Depth Review

It’s been a long time coming.  For Stages, the development path of Stages LR has been over three years till it started shipping last month, with most of it in the public eye in the most watched bike on earth: … Read More Here

Sports Tech Round-up: Stryd Live, BSX officially ends BSX Insight, PowerTap C1 Scaled Back

Every once in a while there’s a run of a few days where a handful of sports tech items are worthy of discussion in more detail than a passing ‘Week in Review’ mention, but less detail than a full standalone … Read More Here

5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

Another awesome weekend down in Australia, getting in the swim/bike/run variety that makes this place so easy to love.  Plus of course, some other tidbits.  Here’s what I was up to! 1) A quick power meter check ride Last week … Read More Here

Zwift Officially Launches Running: What you need to get started!

Today officially marks the launch of Zwift running.  Of course, such a date is merely a formality. Or rather, mostly an opportunity to gather a bunch of press, running companies, and celebrities in NYC to…err…run on treadmills.  That’s because of … Read More Here

Garmin (Finally) Releases Vector 3 Bluetooth Smart Firmware

As of today, Garmin finally has their first sensor that actually broadcasts via Bluetooth Smart (in addition to ANT+).  Vector 3 was of course announced last August at Eurobike, and then started shipping back in October (my in-depth review dropped … Read More Here

Hands-on: The AIRhub Pro Resistance Wheel

Last year about this time I tried out the original AIRhub while down at the Tour Down Under.  That product is essentially a front wheel that provides resistance that you can control from your smartphone via Bluetooth Smart.  It has … Read More Here

5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

With our second weekend in the Fremantle/Perth area, we’re getting into the swing of things on how to properly take advantage of the area.  Though, I’ll give you a hint: It involves staying near the beach. 1) Swim Lessons Time … Read More Here

Week in Review–February 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

The Because It’s Friday $500 Gadget Giveaway Winner!

Last weekend I held the $500 gadget giveaway.  I considered it somewhat of a celebration of Australia Day, where I currently am.  A whopping 6,809 of you entered over the weekend – which once again one-ups the last record for … Read More Here

Quick Tip: Quickly creating routes on your phone for your Garmin & Wahoo devices

Longtime readers know that one of the biggest annoyances I have with Garmin’s entire mobile platform is that for a company whose sole existence was for location purposes, you actually can’t create a darn course/route in Garmin Connect Mobile.  Nor … Read More Here

Early Look: AeroLab Tech’s Aerodynamic Sensors

For years, aerodynamic sensors and testing facilities for cycling have been appropriated to not just the pointy end of the pack, but the absolute tip of that pointy end.  The cost for a mere hour of wind tunnel time is as … Read More Here

5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

This past week we jumped on a 3.5 hour flight to leave Adelaide and the Tour Down Under behind, and fly over to Perth (also Australia).  It’s here (well, technically Fremantle…actually, more technically North Coogee) that we’ll be hanging out … Read More Here

Week in Review–Jan 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

The Because It’s Friday $500 Gadget Giveaway!

Today is Friday – you made it to the end of the week. But more importantly, today is also Australia Day. I only know that because I’m in Australia, and the beaches are more crowded than the starting line of … Read More Here

Hands-on with VirtuGO: Is it a viable Zwift competitor?

Within the trainer app realm, much is made of the giants – Zwift and TrainerRoad.  And rightfully so, they’ve grown their respective customer bases over years with boatloads of happy customers.  At the other end of the spectrum is a … Read More Here

First Look: SOLOS Gen2 Wearable Sports Heads up Display

While both Google Glass and Recon Jet have ridden off into the sunset, there are still 2-3 companies working to capture your heads up display glass dollars.  One of them, SOLOS, was back at CES again this year showing off … Read More Here

Suunto announces new Spartan variant, also firmware update for all Spartan owners

Over the last few days Suunto has announced another new device this year (beyond the Suunto 3 Fitness from CES), this time adding a further model to the Spartan series.  This new model is in many ways exactly like the … Read More Here

Behind the Scenes: Riding in the FDJ Team Car

I’m going to start the post by saying that if there’s any video of mine you watch this year, I’d definitely go with this one.  It’s largely unedited chunks of what it’s actually like in a pro tour team car, … Read More Here

A Look At Velon’s Live Race Tracking System

Since a change in leadership at the UCI in 2013, we’ve seen an increase in the number of data tracking platforms that are following the pro peloton.  For example, last year at the Tour Down Under I highlighted one solution … Read More Here

Tour Down Under Tidbits: BMC Chilling Vests, Race Convoy Walkthrough, Media Swag Bag

Each day I’m here down in Adelaide at the Tour Down Under I’m roughly spending half my day at or getting to/from the race site, and then half my day writing posts and editing videos. Mixed in there is also … Read More Here

Photos from the Tour Down Under Bikes, Beers & Tech Night

On the eve of the start of Stage 1 at the Tour Down Under we held a grand event: One solely focused on bike tech and beer.  And by grand…I mean in the back outside section of a pub under … Read More Here