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This is a 30 minute live-to-tape Q&A format show where listeners ask Ray Maker of DCrainmaker.com questions about sports technology and other random topics. Ray offer his expert opinion, and co-host Ben Hobbs of TRStriathlon.com offers smart-ass commentary. To leave a voice message for Ray or Ben, visit trstriathlon.com/radio.

This is a 30 minute live-to-tape Q&A format show where listeners ask Ray Maker of DCrainmaker.com questions about sports technology and other random topics. Ray offer his expert opinion, and co-host Ben Hobbs of TRStriathlon.com offers smart-ass commentary. To leave a voice message for Ray or Ben, visit trstriathlon.com/radio.
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This is a 30 minute live-to-tape Q&A format show where listeners ask Ray Maker of DCrainmaker.com questions about sports technology and other random topics. Ray offer his expert opinion, and co-host Ben Hobbs of TRStriathlon.com offers smart-ass commentary. To leave a voice message for Ray or Ben, visit trstriathlon.com/radio.

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Episodes

FIT92 You had one hand (picking) job: The Year of 2019 Indoor Failures

11/5/2019
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Here's what we covered on this weeks episode of the FIT File: - VirtuGo goes under - DCR Smart Bike Shootout Post Discussion - Google buys Fitbit - Suunto features firmware update - DJI Mavic Mini: Lama's first drone?!? - IQ2 $25 power meter advert...or not? - Strava mapping change (thumbnails): Does it matter? Plus all sorts of other fun chatter along the way. Regrettably, this was recorded about two hours prior to Strava's CEO announcing his departure, and before Bkool sold off...

Duration:01:03:46

FIT91 Which smart trainer to get? We dive deep on all things trainers!

10/26/2019
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Here's what we covered on this weeks episode of the FIT File: - Elite's new 'Upgrado' App: Firmware upgrades with Italian flare - GoPro Max: Do you get Max or the Hero 8? An explainer - Leomo Type-S: Full Android 'Sports Performance Computer' - Hammerhead Karoo gets ANT+/Varia Radar Connectivity! - Garmin Edge 530/830/1030 to inReach and a bunch of other updates - Bowflex bike: A Peloton competitor that works on Zwift?!? (https://www.bowflex.com/bikes/) - The 2019-2020 Trainer...

Duration:01:21:15

FIT90 Hiding devices in plain sight until caught by the paparazzi [Audio Fixed]

10/20/2019
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Here's what we covered on this weeks meandering episode of the FIT File: - Hiding unreleased devices in the wild! - DCR Open House 2019 Registration Opens - The return of the Strava App news… removing sensor support - Lama's Neo Bike Unboxing: Creating snowglobes - Kona Power Meter Counts - historical Reference: https://www.dcrainmaker.com/2017/10/insights-ironman-championships.html - New Kinomap Platform Updates - Garmin Swim 2 Released/Announced - Polar Vantage V & M Firmware...

Duration:01:10:07

FIT89 Ride it like you stole it: The Zwift/British Cycling Cheating Scandal Explainer

10/7/2019
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October has arrived on the sports tech scene full of turbulence, here's what was on tap this week: - The entertaining stories of our smart bike deliveries - Wahoo acquires Speedplay Pedals, what does it mean? - Ray costs Shane more Money: GoPro Hero 8 released - Skydio 2 drone announced: Yet more financial distress for Shane? - InsideRide KICKR E-Flex Accessory Announced - Zwift Mountain Bike Steering released to public - The Zwift/British Cycling Cheating Fiasco -- Part 1: Technical...

Duration:01:02:32

FIT88 Stop press! Strava actually announced a new feature?!?

9/25/2019
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We're hot into the September release festivus, with everything from new wearables to potentially game changing sales of companies. Plus lots of funny stories along the way (for realz this time). - Tacx NEO Bike Review - The Great Wahoo Bike Race - Apple Watch Series 5 Initial Testing - COROS Vertix Firmware Update & COROS APEX Pro - Wahoo / TrainerRoad Workout Sync - Wahoo Chickens and Lamas in Radar Update - Assioma MTB pedal hack - It actually works! - Data security on Strava - why...

Duration:01:12:22

FIT87 Watch This Space: We recap a dozen smartwatches launched this month

9/17/2019
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Here's your complete late Summer 2019 watch launch recap. We dive into the key features of each new product - as well as who exactly these companies are targeting, plus, the winners and losers. Here's the full lineup (in order we discuss them): Garmin Fenix 6 Series Garmin Vivoactive 4 SeriesGarmin VenuGarmin Connected GPS Feature for Vivomove 3, Vivostyle, Vivosmart 4Apple Watch 5Apple Watch Series 3 Price DropFitbit Versa 2Sigma Watches id.TRI id.FREE Podcast Sponsor: Precision...

Duration:00:59:06

FIT86 Eurobike Recap: Who's gonna buy all these smart indoor bikes?

9/10/2019
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Here's your complete Eurobike 2019 sports tech recap. We dive into all the new tech found at the show this year, and our thoughts on everything. Here's the full lineup (in order we discuss them): Smart Trainers: Tacx (Neo2T)Elite (DiretoX, Tuo, Suito)Wahoo (none. But new firmware!)Saris (H3, Rocker, Desk)4iiii - Fliiiiiiiiiiiiight Kinetic - R1 (not new)Jetblack - Volt and EMS Smart Bikes: TacxElite's Price ReductionStagesWahooSRMTrueKinetixVeloPro Other Tech/Power Meters: SRM MTB...

Duration:01:01:33

FIT85 Someone had a baby...and now we're late on this podcast

8/29/2019
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It may be quiet now, but next week is Eurobike and things are already hitting the hopper! Here's the full topic list: - Zwift Hacking at DefCon: Is it a real concern? - InsideRide Rollers Review and Discussion - How to listen to PodCasts on Garmin wearables? (Listener question) - Garmin launches Amazon Music - Wahoo adds Varia Radar support (and Ray's x-rated bike filming setup) Podcast Sponsor: Precision Hydration! Huge shout-out to our first podcast sponsor - Precision Hydration....

Duration:00:36:53

FIT84 Garmin got sued by Philips, say what?

8/9/2019
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It may be quiet now, but things are starting to brew in both the Lama Lab & DCR Cave. Enjoy the calm before the storm as we dive into a slew of topics. Here's the full topic list: - Philips sues both Garmin and Fitbit - Kinetic R1 Smart Trainer - Ready for prime time? - MARQ Review - Worth $1,500? - Zwift quietly releases dinosaurs...putting it to the test! - Equinox Bike Announcement...and then it all went to @#$#. - How to load maps on your Garmin devices for free - InPeak Power...

Duration:01:08:57

FIT83 The Worst Crowd Funded Power Meter Company Revival!

8/2/2019
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After a week or two of recovery from a crazy early July of travel around the global (and TdF watching) for both DCR & Lama, we're back in action! Here's the full topic list: - TrainerRoad price increases - twice in under 12 months. - Zwift also increases their price - Favero Assioma Firmware Update: Cycling Dynamics Implemented - The Elite Suito: Trainer to beat for 2019? - LIMITS power meters are back baby!!! - Visit to Giant in Taiwan / Their MY20 Power Meter Preview / CADEX line -...

Duration:00:53:00

FIT82 Strava's Relive Nightmare, Tour de France & Giro Rosa Tech

7/18/2019
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We're back from the Tour de France & Giro Rosa complete with plenty of sports tech tidbits, recorded in front of a complete studio audience at the DCR Open House. Enjoy all sorts of fun! Here's the full topic list: - Wahoo acquiring Sufferfest - Suffolligans? Walandirans? What this all means. - Strava vs Relive - What the in the API is going on? And why is Spongebob Squarepants involved? - Tour Tech - From the Tour de France and Giro Rosa - Trainers / Power Meters / Head Units -...

Duration:01:05:33

FIT81 Eleven Ways Shimano-Based Power Meters Fail

7/6/2019
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Sorry for Ray's clipped audio. We were just too excited being all in the same room we didn't triple check it. My bad (My = Ray). On the bright side, we packed a ton of stuff in there this week with lots of good discussion: - The Rivet: A Zwift competitor? Or too soon? - FulGaz and Trainer App Price Bumps - Shimano Based Dual Sided Power Meter Failures - Edge 530/830 firmware updates & recommendations - Unboxing Forerunner 945 to paying for lunch with Garmin Pay timed test - Apple...

Duration:01:07:41

FIT80 No KOM's in Rental Cars

6/30/2019
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There was a lot of air this week. Here's all the filler: - Zwift Time Trial Mode, and Group Ride Fence updates - FulGaz: New Training features & ERG mode - Garmin GPS Chipset Rabbit Hole - IQ^2 Never Ending Updates - Polar Ignite GPS Watch - Lama Lab tests of the Crown Rollers - BKool AIR Testing Tidbits - New Stryd Running Power Meter Wind Tunnel Testing - Some fun behind the scenes tidbits Check back weekly for new episodes! Shane's Twitter: https://twitter.com/gplama Ray's...

Duration:00:52:26

FIT79 Shady Kickstarter Rabbit Holes

6/24/2019
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Here's what you'll get to enjoy this week: - Shady advertisers on the internet re-using our content - The Absolute One Cycling Computer - Kickstarter: Bad rap deserved? - Shimano Di2 Wireless Module Bluetooth Update - Wahoo KICKR CORE Firmware Update, any good? - Wahoo ELMENT ROAM Updates - Garmin Extended Display Mode, what is it? - BKool Air Smart Trainer First Ride (finally!) - Crown Rollers First Ride - Power Meter Rabbit Holes That Go Deep - Beer Stockage Levels at the DCR...

Duration:00:46:20

FIT78 That time we crashed hard

6/17/2019
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Here's what's on tap this week: - Feedback from the Garmin Issues post - Stages releases new Dash units - First ride! - IQ2 Update (of course!) - TrainerRoad launches planned workout sync for Garmin - DCR Summer Open Cave Event - That time we crashed our bikes hard (or got hit by a car) - Do emergency crash detection beacons work? Check back weekly for new episodes! Ray's Twitter: https://twitter.com/dcrainmakerblog Shane's Twitter: https://twitter.com/gplama Rate this Podcast on...

Duration:00:47:49

FIT77 The Front Fell Off: Swimming with Garmin watches

6/9/2019
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Here's what's on tap this week: - Garmin Live Event Sharing Feature - Giant Power Pro power meter - TrainerRoad new Desktop App beta - Sufferfest SUF Coaching - Customized training plans - VirtuGO haunts us with Virtual Ghosts to train with! - Wahoo ELEMNT ROAM updates - Turn by turn navigation for Strava routes! - Garmin Edge Varia radar tone selection… the beep is back! - Ray’s Garmin Watch Swim fail in triathlon - A Rant on General Garmin stability/buginess - Apple WatchOS 6...

Duration:00:52:44

FIT76 Snap, crackle, pop. Sounds bike computers and F-16's make.

5/31/2019
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Hey folks, sorry for the delay this week, we were waiting on something to go live that we had talked about, and finally it did. Enjoy! - Wahoo halts ROAM shipments till July - Zwift ToS Update v2 - Suunto 5 Watch Preview - F-16 puts a halt to SIDI orders in the US - GranFondo New York Strava stats overview - Both the WattBike ATOM and Kinetic R1 Trainer lands in Australia this week - SRAM bump the PowerTap G3 hub to US$499 - ‘Esports bibs’.... Really? - Lost not Found - 4iiii’s...

Duration:00:48:11

FIT75 Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Sorta.

5/19/2019
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Here's the roundup: - Garmin Forums - Down for a week of housekeeping..and hopefully back? - The new DJI OSMO Action (cam) - The COROS Vertix Watch … a Fenix Wannabe? - Details of Ray’s FirstBeat Keynote - Zwift Android quietly out of beta.... kind of. - Pedalling Metrics: Pedal Smoothness & Torque Effectiveness. PS, TE, or just BS? - Big 20% off sale and various other Garmin/Suunto/GoPro/etc Check back weekly for new episodes! Ray's Twitter:...

Duration:00:57:20

FIT74 Are we in violation of the Terms of Service?

5/12/2019
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Here's the roundup for the week: - STAC Performance acquired by 4iiii - Bryton 450 Cycling GPS review discussion - Giant's new crash replacement policy - FulGaz releases Android and iOS apps, what's next? - Zwift's Giro d'Italia Stage 1 course - a success? - Zwift's Terms of Service Controversial Update - Tile vs Chipolo Lost Tracker Test Results! Check back weekly for new episodes! Ray's Twitter: https://twitter.com/dcrainmakerblog Shane's Twitter: https://twitter.com/gplama Rate...

Duration:00:45:27

FIT73 Bezelgate, and new products extravaganza!

5/4/2019
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Here's the roundup for the week: - New Garmin Forerunner 945/245/45 discussion - New Wahoo ROAM Cycling GPS: Does it miss the mark? - Garmin's new Female Health Tracking Features - Polar's updates and new watch - Suunto's platform updates - Xert iOS Product Release - Samsung Fold debacle, kinda like sports tech - IQ2 changes direction Check back weekly for new episodes! Ray's Twitter: https://twitter.com/dcrainmakerblog Shane's Twitter: https://twitter.com/gplama Rate this...

Duration:00:55:49