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Once again, it’s time for the annual power meter buyer’s guide!  It’s where I round-up every cycling power meter on the market, and talk through what’s happened in the last year.  I give my opinions of every single power meter …

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Power Meters Sports Technology News and Reviews Buyers Guide

Today WatTeam has decided to cease production of power meters while they focus on looking for a strategic partner to carry their low-cost power meter concept forward. Said differently, they’re looking for a bigger brand to buy out the technology …

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Blog Power Meters Watteam

Like clockwork, it’s that time of year again! The now annual 20% off sale.  Now technically, it’s semi-annual since it happens now and in the spring.  But I don’t think anyone’s complaining about the chance to buy a brand new …

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Blog Clever Training Deals Garmin Fenix 5 Plus Sales

It’s time. Because, well, it’s been a long time since the last time. And more importantly, because it buys me some time back tomorrow writing a post, since I’m spending the majority of this week finally moving into the new …

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Blog DCR Live Livestream

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 …

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Blog Week in Review

It’s that time of year again: Indoor trainer season. Though in reality, that’s actually not terribly true these days. With indoor training apps and the entire experience becoming more and more immersive, more and more people are using them all …

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Sports Technology News and Reviews Trainers Buyers Guide Indoor Trainers

Squeaking in just under the wire for the 2018 trainer guide is the just announced Tacx NEO 2 Smart Trainer, the successor to the top of the line and now three-year old Tacx NEO trainer.  This new model brings a …

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Sports Technology News and Reviews Tacx Trainers Tacx Neo Tacx Neo 2 Tacx Trainers

Got two and a half quick tech tidbits for you today, as I keep my head down focused on a flotilla of trainer posts for the next 48 hours. All trainers…all the time.  Until then, some non-trainer news that will …

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Blog Sports Technology News and Reviews Apple Watch Apple Watch Series 4 Coros COROS SafeSound Garmin Forerunner 645 Music Garmin FR645 Music Spotify

It’s been a bit over a month since Tacx first announced the Flux S, which despite looking similar at a distance to the also newly announced Flux 2, is indeed different. Aside from price (the Flux S is $749USD and …

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Tacx Trainers Tacx Flux Tacx Flux S

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 …

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Blog Week in Review

Here’s your (occasional) round-up of Friday randomness within the sports tech world. These are items that I felt I wanted to provide a bit more commentary/detail on than just a quick one-liner note in my usual Week in Review post, …

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Blog Sports Technology News and Reviews Coros COROS APEX Polar Vantage M Polar Vantage Series Polar Vantage V Power Meters Pro Cycling tour de france

Everything you ever wanted to know about using the Apple Watch Series 4 for sport and fitness. From GPS accuracy tests to pushing the limits of the new optical HR sensor...and plenty more.

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Apple Sports Technology News and Reviews Apple Watch Apple Watch Series 4

After bits of teasing since earlier this summer, the Zwift New York City course is finally here. And, it’s nothing like what you expected. Well, unless you expected flying cars, levitating translucent roadways, and buses dangling from glowing blue railway …

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Blog Sports Technology News and Reviews Indoor Training Trainers Zwift Zwift NYC

I don’t usually cover the slew of app announcements for the Apple Watch – but this one is definitely different, and, if you’re looking to get cool action video of yourself – then this is also unique. As of today, …

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Blog Drones Sports Technology News and Reviews Apple Watch Skydio Drone Skydio R1

After a busy week up in Banff at the ANT+ Symposium I traded a foot of snow for steaming hot…weather…with The Girl. We’d long been looking forward to this trip, as it’d be the first week away from the kiddos …

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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 …

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Blog Week in Review

Once again, it’s time for the big dance that is Kona. Or more technically – the Ironman World Championships. It’s when the fastest long-course triathletes in the world gather on a small island to collectively consume more electrolyte filled drinks …

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Blog Sports Technology News and Reviews Ironman Kona Kona Bike Count Power Meters

There’s been a handful of non-headliner tech tidbits this week in the world of sports tech that are worthwhile mentioning and chatting about. Of course, given this is Friday, the post length is required to be short. Apparently people have …

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Blog Sports Technology News and Reviews Polar Vantage PowerTap P1 PowerTap P2 Strava

When it comes to looks, you’re either going to love or hate the new Garmin Instinct watch. There’s not likely to be much middle ground. If you like the looks of Casio watches, you’ll probably be pretty excited about this …

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Garmin Casio Garmin Instinct hiking

It’s that time of year again – the “Swim/Bike/Run Gear I use List!”.  Well, ok, it was that time of year like 3 years ago.  Thankfully as part of The Girl’s new duties, she prodded me enough to get my …

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Blog Gear Recommendations

The above has been my playground…err..work spot, for the last week. Of course as you saw this weekend in my ANT+ Symposium post I’ve been up in Banff, Canada (within the province of Alberta) for the annual sports technology conference. …

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Blog Banff Canada DJI Mavic 2 DJI Mavic 2 Zoom Fat Biking Snow

It’s that time of year again – my annual state of sports technology presentation at the ANT Wireless Symposium.  This year marks the 8th year that I’ve given such a presentation at the event, which includes the vast majority of …

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Blog ANT+ Symposium Keynotes Speaking

For the last two months I’ve been happily listening to music while I’m running. And finally, now you can too. It wasn’t that I couldn’t listen to music before that point. Certainly I had plenty of devices that supported music …

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Blog Sports Technology News and Reviews Garmin Fenix 5 Plus Garmin Forerunner 645 Music garmin music Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music music Spotify Streaming Music

It’s that time of year again! Time for you to start planning your trek to the 5th annual DCR Cave Open House!  Yup, it’s gonna be the fifth open house already – how time flies! Here were the first, second, …

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Blog Cave Open House DCR Open House Open House

An in between weekend – that’s what this was. I’ve been home the last week after my Interbike and such trips the week before.  But come the end of the weekend it was back on a plane and across the …

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Blog 5 Random Things GoPro Hero 7 Livestreaming

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 …

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Blog Week in Review

Woot – finally, they’re here!  Well, mostly here. You can order them, which makes them virtually here: The DC Rainmaker Cycling Kits! You first saw them almost three months ago starting in posts and YouTube videos back at Eurobike (seriously, …

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Blog DCR Kits Merch

Today TrainerRoad announced and released their next set of features to their platform, which edge it closer and closer to a full-fledged training log platform than just a trainer control platform.  This transition of course isn’t new. It began in …

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Blog Trainer Apps TrainerRoad Training Platforms

It’s been almost precisely one year since I last posted about the Minoura Kagura DT (aka the LST9200). Almost all of which I had an unopened box of a Kagura DT sitting patiently in a corner. First in Paris, and …

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Blog Kagura Kagura DT Minoura Kagura Trainers

As expected, most of the cycling electronic-related gizmos and gadgets were announced back at Eurobike in July. Still, there were some holders. Both announcements that didn’t quite make the July dates and slipped till now, as well as some companies …

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Blog Sports Technology News and Reviews Elite Direto Interbike Interbike 2018 K-Edge K-Edge Mounts Minoura Kagura Minoura Kagura DD Stages Dash Velosense

After having spent a little over a week stateside for Interbike and a few other meetings, it was time to head back to Amsterdam for another week at home. Here’s what I was up to over the past weekend while …

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Blog 5 Random Things Apple Watch Apple Watch Series 4 Cooking gym Ravioli

Last week at Interbike Tacx announced the Flux S, making it the second Flux trainer announced in almost as many months.  The first Flux trainer was announced this past summer at Eurobike, the Flux 2.  This Flux 2 was designed …

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Sports Technology News and Reviews Tacx Trainers Interbike Interbike2018 Tacx Flux Tacx Flux S

It’s that time of year again. Like clockwork it’s the annual drop from GoPro of new action cameras. This year they’ve launched three new cameras – the Hero 7 Black, Silver, and White.  These three new cameras will replace all …

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GoPro Sports Technology News and Reviews Action Cams GoPro Hero GoPro Hero 7

In some ways Pioneer can be easy to forget about in the power meter scene, though, I’m honestly not sure why. They’ve consistently delivered a new round of products every year at Interbike – almost as consistent as Apple can …

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Blog Interbike Interbike2018 Pioneer Pioneer CA600 Pioneer Power Meters Power Meters

Today Wahoo and Pioneer announced a bit of a partnership that will bring Pioneer’s advanced power meter pedaling metrics onto the Wahoo ELEMNT and BOLT head unit lineup. These metrics have long been only available on Pioneer’s head units, and …

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Blog Interbike Interbike 2018 Pioneer Pioneer Power Meters Wahoo Wahoo BOLT Wahoo ELEMNT Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT

And just like that, Kinetic has joined the direct drive trainer flotilla. But unlike everyone else, their trainer actually rolls. Or tilts I suppose. I guess it could roll if you fall off it. Kinetic has taken their popular Rock …

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Blog Trainers Interbike Interbike2018 Kinetic Kinetic R1

From mountain biking around Tahoe to to hiking the mountains, it's all outdoors all the time!

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Blog Desfit Interbike Interbike2018 Reno Tahoe

The new Polar Vantage V and Vantage M include a slew of new features, from new training load metrics to recovery metrics. Plus the Vantage V gets running power too.

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Blog Polar Polar Vantage Polar Vantage M Polar Vantage V

This past July at Eurobike, Wahoo announced their two latest trainers – the near-annual update of their mainstay, the Wahoo KICKR (2018 Edition), as well as a new lower priced trainer – the KICKR CORE. Wahoo has always had an …

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Trainers Wahoo Fitness Wahoo Wahoo KICKR Wahoo KICKR Core

Another year goes past – and another huge Giveaway Extravaganza is now complete! This year was pretty crazy once again, with boatloads upon boatloads of people stopping by the site to enter the dozen giveaways.  As with every year – …

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Blog EXTRAVAGANZA2018 Giveaway

It was a relatively quiet weekend here in Amsterdam – a bit of a calm before the storm of tons of travel, industry events, and plenty of other product related stuff. Here’s what we were up to! 1) Lunch inside …

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Blog 5 Random Things Amsterdam Food

All good things must come to an end, and this folks, it’s the end of the road. At least assuming you’re still on the road and haven’t fallen asleep and found you and your bike crashed into the side of …

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Blog EXTRAVAGANZA2018

There’s one product you’ll find with me on every single ride, run, or swim: my GoPro. Specifically, the GoPro Hero 6. Sometimes even two of them, if I’m gettin’ really wild! Now, unlike the GoPro Fusion 360° camera I gave …

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Blog EXTRAVAGANZA2018

It’s time for another meter. With only a handful of giveaways left in this seemingly never-ending parade of free stuff, we need more power.  I suppose I’m probably mostly talking about caffeine and not cycling power…but what’s the difference anyway? …

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Blog EXTRAVAGANZA2018

Given the way the day is going and how many of you are tied to your chairs, it’s probably not exactly a good idea to talk about weight scales. But in this second twofer of the day you’ll get exactly …

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Blog EXTRAVAGANZA2018

While I have a somewhat absurd collection of drones (and growing), it’s actually one of the least expensive and smallest ones that I prefer the most – the tiny spark. It weighs less than a water bottle and I’ve taken …

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Blog EXTRAVAGANZA2018

Back by popular demand this year: What if I could give you the future? Or more specifically, the unannounced future? Yup, I’m going to do just that. Over the next 3 weeks  there’s going to be a crapton of new …

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Blog EXTRAVAGANZA2018

Boom, mic drop. Or, perhaps more accurately…fork drop. Which, will happen once you connect these two up. You’ll be going up and down like a merry-go-round horse as the KICKR CLIMB replicates the mountains and hills around your virtual world. …

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Blog EXTRAVAGANZA2018

When it comes to features, no watch has as many features as the Fenix 5 Plus. From the watch you can listen to Britney Spears via headphones while concurrently paying for a Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino using contactless payments, all while …

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Blog EXTRAVAGANZA2018

Bring on the power! And in this case, power to the people! There’s no doubt Favero has certainly done that in the power meter pedal world with the solid Assioma pedals, even if their product name can be a bit …

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Blog EXTRAVAGANZA2018