I’m DC RAINMAKER…
I swim, bike and run. Then, I come here and write about my adventures. It’s as simple as that. Most of the time. If you’re new around these parts, here’s the long version of my story.
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Here’s my most recent gadget recommendations guide (Winter 2016-2017 edition) – covering almost every category of sports gadgets out there. Looking for the equipment I use day to day? I also just put together my complete 2015 ‘Gear I Use’ equipment list, from swim to bike to run and everything in between (plus a few extra things). And to compliment that, here’s The Girl’s (my wife’s) 2015 list. Enjoy, and thanks for stopping by!
I enjoy explaining new things to folks – especially showing people how to get the most from their gadgets. Here’s an ongoing list of “How to” guides.
It turns out I’ve written a fair bit of stuff over the past few years – and after it disappears from my front page, a lot of it never really sees the light of day again without Google’ing skillz. Or a photographic memory…which I don’t have. I’ve taken a look back and found stuff that…continues to find a trickle of readers via web searches or forum links.
Author Archives: Ray Maker
Interbike today announced that they’re moving from Las Vegas to Reno and Tahoe, starting in 2018. In addition, they’ll be adding in two customer/outdoor days packed with events. The show, however, will stay in September, which puts it at odds … Read More Here
When I’m sufficiently bored, I listen to investor calls for companies in the segment. Or, I read through investor reports – such as Amer Sports (parent company of Suunto), last weekend. In actuality, these calls are often filled with interesting … Read More Here
Can this $99 bike computer do everything the larger Wahoo BOLT & ELEMNT can? I dive straight into testing and all the details you need to know.
Friday evening Parisian time (or increda-early morning Australian time), I held another DCR Facebook Live session. A boatload of you joined, and we covered an even greater boatload of topics. Tons and tons of questions, so many questions that I … Read More Here
Looking to find the best GPS bike computer? Time to dive into who does Strava best, which has best sensor support, and of course navigation!
On the list of things I didn’t see coming this Friday afternoon was Strava announcing that if you manage to kill your bike computer or phone while riding your bicycle, Strava will now pay get that device fixed or replaced. … Read More Here
This week Wahoo quietly launched an updated version of the KICKR SNAP trainer. That’s Wahoo’s lower-end trainer that sits at $599USD. Of course, Wahoo only makes two trainers – the full KICKR (direct-drive), and the KICKR SNAP (wheel-on). The full … Read More Here
Last week Airdog announced their latest sports-tracking drone, the Airdog ADII. Years ago the company announced on Kickstarter their first drone, simply called Airdog, which was aimed 100% at the sports tracking market. It didn’t pretend to be a more … Read More Here
This afternoon Garmin has announced that it has acquired the cycling aerodynamics focused company Alphamantis. What’s that? You’ve never heard of Alphamantis before? Shame, you’ve been missing out on some pretty cool stuff. Alphamantis has actually been around a number … Read More Here
Earlier this week Xert rolled out a new Connect IQ app. Now I don’t normally cover too many Connect IQ apps. In fact, I think I’ve only covered maybe 2-3 ones in total so far as standalone individual posts go. … Read More Here
One of my biggest complaints about live tracking on Wahoo’s platform over the last year and a half is that it sucked. I mean, not just a little suck, but a big suck. Previously when you enabled live tracking on … Read More Here
If you’ve been watching the Tour de France over the past week and a half, you’ve likely seen either the little gizmos pointing off the back of rider’s seats, or the constant stream of data on your TV about where precisely … Read More Here
It’s been far too long since I posted in the ‘Paris Blog’ section. When we first moved over here (5 years ago this month!!!), we posted slightly more often. Now much of what used to be Paris Blog material has … Read More Here