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AURA – Hydration & Axtivity Band [Kickstarter]

I’ve mentioned the AURA Band a few times in passing so here is a little bit more information to whet your appetite. It’s currently a Kickstarter project (£13k raised vs £71k target as of 18/2/18) and has a nice focus on providing some key insights to certain types of people interested in a slightly deeper…

Gadgets I’m Using Right Now

Here are most of the gadgets I’ve been using for me over the last month or so. I’m not sure they are my ‘favourite’ ones per se but I’m using them ‘properly’ for meaningful training stuff rather than just trying to break them or seeing if the GPS is accurate or not. There is nothing…

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STRYD Live – firmware upgradeable

The new STRYD Live is firmware upgradeable to the power version of STRYD. I guess there’s not too much more you can say than that. I would presume that the cost for the firmware upgrade would be more than the current $100 difference between STRYD and STRYD Live. I would guess in the short term…

Opinion: New STRYD Live Pricing – and a bit on Zwift

The release of a power-free STRYD, called STRYD Live (effectively STRYD Light) intentionally coincided with the announcement from Zwift that their running platform is open for free access throughout 2018. OPINION: STRYD Live. The Zwift Run announcement leads nicely into the $100 STRYD Live footpod. DCR says the price should be c$50 (which is coincidentally…

Moxy Monitor - BSX Insight

BSX Insight – The Final Word

I guess it could have been worse. Below is probably the final email from BSX. It is GOOD that they have kept the servers going for a year and great that the code is released to the public to work on. Yes ‘end of life’ is a fact of life for products and all of…

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TomTom Consumer Sales Plummet

TomTom’s Q4.2017 revenues were down 40% on the same quarter from the previous year. Indeed the full year showed 2017 down 27% on 2016 Q4 sales were still Eu91m though. TomTom Down 29%   TomTom – Reports big 2015 sales growth for GPS watches     Source: TomTom

AJ Bell London Triathlon 2015

Future of Olympic Triathlon

The great thing about the Olympic Triathlon for the English-speaking countries is that we seem to win medals. As an Olympic event, the chance of a medal and the opportunity of getting to watch it for free are high. Well, at least that’s true if you are in the country at the time. Which I…

STRAVA – Media Idiocy around Heatmap

OK. I’m just about to fall in the trap of calling lots of other people ‘idiots; and then go and do precisely the same thing myself. I’ll add my poor attempt a defence against idiocy later. The story goes that the likes of STRAVA, Suunto, Fitbit and others, who have HEATMAPs of user activity as…

Milestone Pod Review Garmin 935

Garmin 935 – Thoughts on Firmware 7.60

I have to admit that last week’s firmware update for the Forerunner 935 somewhat slipped me by. Sure it installed but I imagined that it was just some bug fix for a few peripheral features. But it wasn’t. OK fixes were in there too but we also got some interesting featurettes Firstly the rather enigmatic…

Wahoo Tickr Fit Review - Scosche Rhythm+

Optical Heart Rate – A Chat With Valencell

I had an interesting chat recently with Valencell. There are no revelations as such but it was good to hear some of the directions the company and the wider market are heading down. In no particular order here are some of the things we discussed: Valencell estimated that optical HR sensors for sport are probably…

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Loving Shimano’s Di2

I finally managed a decent ride with the new bike yesterday. The main purpose was just to see how well, or not, it rode; as well as sneak in a few easy sprints. However with a couple of mates in tow it turned into an hour of ‘off-plan’ fun and we came back significantly more…

Garmin Fenix 5X 5 5S Forerunner 935 Review

Garmin Fenix 5 – Poor Connectivity and GPS Accuracy

I was looking at the new beta firmware for the Fenix 5 and noticed two very highly viewed threads on the garmin.com forum. Those are some serious levels of interest: >50,000 views of ANT+ connectivity issues and >107,000 people further interested in GPS accuracy. Edit: Doesn’t quite match the F3HR altimetry (yet) I would hope…