Author Archives: Ray Maker

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First Look: TomTom’s Newly Overhauled Sports App

As with most things in the tech realm – announcements from companies at CES usually fall into one of two camps: software or hardware.  This year we saw many software focused announcements in the fitness/sports technology space.  I suspect in … Read More Here

Hello Australia: I have arrived. Here’s what’s on tap!

Well then, that was most definitely one of the more roundabout ways to get to Australia – but I have arrived!  Well, we finally arrived.  Upon leaving CES in Las Vegas, I picked up The Girl and The Little One … Read More Here

Early Look: Zwift in VR!

Back at Eurobike this past summer there was a lonely tent outside next to the bike trial area.  Under that tent was a single Wahoo KICKR, a flat-screen TV, a laptop, and a bicycle.  Oh, and an Oculus Rift VR … Read More Here

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Hands-on: Misfit’s Vapor GPS Watch

Here at CES, Misfit has significantly upped their activity tracker game by diving into the GPS watch realm.  The company, known for their lightweight and fashionable wearables, announced a new $200 GPS sport watch set to release later this year. … Read More Here

Hands-on: Suunto’s Spartan Sport Wrist HR watch

This week at CES, Suunto has officially unveiled their first optical heart rate capable watch – the Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR.  You may remember back this past summer, when news first came out about Suunto’s plans for an optical … Read More Here

Polar shows off GoPro camera control, new H10 heart rate strap

While Polar started off the week with an announcement about their new wearable shirt that has integrated heart rate sensors in it, they began today announcing details on GoPro camera control and a new H10 heart rate strap.  I got … Read More Here

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GoPro says Karma Drone isn’t dead yet

Today GoPro announced that their Karma drone, which was recalled last year will be getting the band back together again, and re-launching sometime this year.  You’ll remember that GoPro shipped 2,500 Karma drones before issuing a recall about two weeks … Read More Here

Hands-on: Garmin’s New Fenix 5 Multisport GPS Series–with mapping!

Right on cue, Garmin has released their next edition of the Fenix series – the Fenix 5.  This follows a relatively steady annual release cadence of the Fenix series each year in January.  Last year for example we saw the … Read More Here

Welcome to CES 2017!

And so it begins again!  According to my badge, it’s at least my 5th year at CES.  Perhaps it’s been more, I’m honestly not sure.  I’ll trust what they say though. CES – The Consumer Electronics Show – Is the … Read More Here

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5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

The last and first weekend of the year!  Just two different years that is.  Here’s what I was up to as I kicked off 2017 and said goodbye to 2016! 1) There was much packing and prep This weekend was … Read More Here

Week in Review–January 1st, 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 Didn’t Get What You Wanted $500 Gadget Giveaway Winner!

Last week was giveaway time!  You had all week to get in your giveaway entry, before I got my act together here on January 1st (see, kicking off the new year right!). A mere 5,994 of you entered the giveaway … Read More Here

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CycleOps Hammer Trainer In-Depth Review

It’s Hammer Time. The Hammer is CycleOps’ answer to the highly competitive high-end direct drive trainer realm.  Or said differently, it’s their answer to the KICKR. It feels like an eternity ago that the Hammer was announced.  In reality though, … Read More Here

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5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

Ahh yes, Christmas weekend!  We ended up packing in quite the pile of stuff over the last few days, far more than normal.  Albeit, mostly non-fitness related stuff.  Instead, it was more about enjoying the holiday period.  Here’s what went … Read More Here

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The Didn’t Get What You Wanted $500 Gadget Giveaway

I’m sure many of you received various sports gadgets over the last few weeks as part of the holidays.  But for those unlucky elves who received only a half-eaten gel packet in their Christmas stocking from their not-so-significant others, I’ve … Read More Here

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Week in Review–December 24th, 2016

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 Podium Trainer Desk In-Depth Review

As trainer season is in full swing now, so are the various trainer-focused items showing up on my doorstep.  And not just trainers of course, but separate trainer accessories.  Today’s product hails from Edmonton, Alberta (Canada).  I figure if anyone … Read More Here

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A Better Way To Pace Races: Race Screen Connect IQ App

One of the primary benefits of apps on any platform is to extend the functionality of a device to do something that the manufacturer didn’t otherwise include.  That’s true of phones, computers, and now even watches.  Be it Connect IQ … Read More Here

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5 Random Things I Did This Weekend

Just a few weekends left in the year before things get crazy in January!  Here’s what we were up to over the last couple days. 1) It’s Hammer Time First up on the weekend was a multi-part test, this one … Read More Here

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Week in Review–December 18th, 2016

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

ProShift Automated Bike Shifting System Review

It’s been about two years since I first wrote about an automated bicycle shifting system, then called BioShift. The device would control all shifting on your bike for you, based on understanding your optimal gearing and the demands you placed … Read More Here

The Santa Corrida de Noël 10K Race Report (2016)

It’s that time of year again!  Yup, time to run with a few thousand other Santa’s as part of the 10K race, Corrida de Noël d’Issy les Moulineaux!  We’ve been doing this race every year we’ve lived in Paris.  Albeit, … Read More Here

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The 3rd Annual DCR Open House–Recap and Photos!

Third time’s the charm! And so it was – the 3rd annual DCR Open house this past weekend.  This year I had folks from not only all across Europe, but also even the US join in!  Plus, we had more … Read More Here

Cycling home with the Christmas Tree

Since moving to Paris, it’s become a little bit of an annual Christmas tradition of ours to pickup our tree at the flower markets and then subsequently bike home with it.  This would mark the 5th year of doing so, … Read More Here

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DJI Mavic Pro In-Depth Review

While the widely held assumption this year was that the GoPro Karma drone would be the hottest drone to get one’s hands on, it’s quickly become clear over the last 75 days that wouldn’t quite pan out.  A mere 7 … Read More Here