Author Archives: DC Rainmaker

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

Week in Review–March 19th, 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

Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT In-Depth Review

Just about one year after Wahoo started shipping the Wahoo ELEMNT, they’re back at it again with a new and smaller variant – the Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT.  Now like their competitors, this unit isn’t designed as a successor, but rather … Read More Here

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5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

It was a suitably busy weekend around these parts, with members of the family headed all which ways. Sorta like throwing a handful of balls at a wall, seeing which ways they bounce. 1) Catching up from days in Mallorca … Read More Here

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March Power Meter Giveaway Winner!

Last week was giveaway time!  You had all week to get in your giveaway entry, and because of my desire to spend some days riding never-endingly in the sun, I’m catching up this week – and that includes pulling the … Read More Here

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5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

It was a wet and windy and generally miserable weekend in Paris.  But I still made the best of it! Here’s what was happening. 1) Night photos around town To combat the cold rainy weather, we started off the weekend … Read More Here

Week in Review–March 5th, 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