A Glass Explorer with a Bike in Wired

Scout House with Glass

Scott House a Park City MTB Guide wearing Glass

During an adrenaline-rush moment on a Park City trail, I was pedaling downhill on a thin strip of single track with hip-high grass pulling at the handlebars. Don’t look right, lean left, pedal. And breathe. Getting through that section unhurt and alive, I paused and said, “Ok, Glass. Take a picture.”

The epiphany I had about using Glass this summer in Park City, a Spesh launch, and with SRAM at a hydro tech clinic is the disruption that’s happening with computing. In the here and happening right now, post-PC era, Glass is a glanceable, wearable computer with a first-person, POV camera.

TiMo with House

Tim Moore, MTB guide, with House

This summer participating in the Glass Explorer program, I used the HUD to work on bikes, interview world-class athletes on rides, and talked with legendary makers like Steve Hed. For what Glass is not so good at and the rest of the story, click through to Wired.

Glass photo from the trail after it spilled out to a road

For more photos taken while exploring with Glass, see the galleries on G+ and Flickr and earlier posts here. Also my friend Scoble and Shel’s new book about what they’re calling contextual computing. Consider the context of being an athlete and cyclist, the next time you look down at your power meter or check the time it took you to get to work on your bike commute.

Several terms are used to describe this next wave of Post-PC computing, including wearable, body-borne or the acronym HUD (heads-up display), but I simply call it glanceable. Last week, Recon announced they’ve sold 50K units of their Jet, a HUD like Glass with bike specific views, and secured investment from Intel.

At these media events, rides, and in the bike shop, Glass shows me what I need to know, at a glance, and on command. That’s awesome for adventure in the city and outside, but wearing it at the dinner table with family, is another matter entirely…

Hed’s Adventure Bike Photos

Adventure Bike

A bike for adventure and what we thought was the best of show at Interbike

More photos of what we thought was the most interesting and best of show at Interbike, Steve Hed’s adventure bike. Steve talks to us about the bike built by Peacock Groove in a video podcast published yesterday. Subscribe to the Huggacast feed or watch the video on YouTube. More photos of the bike are in a G+ gallery and note the Ultregra Di2 Hydro with a 650b/700c option.

Huggacast 156: Heds Big Adventure

In Huggacast 156, Steve Hed tells us how fixies led to renewed interest in adventure. Then shows us his new 650b/700c bike and we look at his disc wheels through Glass at Interbike. Watch now on YouTube or download the video file.

Adventure is the theme of Issue 04 of our magazine too where Guitar Ted, seen in the video with Steve, drops his considerable knowledge about riding your bike everywhere.


This is our video podcast and to date we’ve uploaded 156 of them. Subscribe to the Huggacast Feed for more episodes.


Mobile users can download and watch the mobile version now and access our Huggacasts via the iTunes Store.

Interbike 13: Fat, Gravel, Cross

The bicycle industry’s epically huge, fluorescently lit, yearly hype-fest is an assault on the senses.

That’s Jim’s pull quote from the show and like him I struggled to spend more than 2 hours at a time walking the floor. Interbike oversold the event in a new venue and crammed as many booths into it as possible with spillover tented in the Mandalay Bay parking lot. The sensory processing disorder I experienced, only stopped when I left the convention center or a food bill got my attention for being, “Really that much for breakfast? Really?!!”

For vendors and retailers, it was a success. But for the media an exercise in what Tim Gunn would say, “Edit,” to find a relevant story. Rather than fill SD cards with gigs of shiny bike things, I focused on a few new products, CrossVegas, and the Mobile Social.

At the cross race, Jim and I shot together and he learned to not wear jeans to such an event. The joy in seeing CrossVegas for the first time almost made the chafing tolerable, he declared as the night wound down. Almost.

Click through to Wired for Jim’s take on fat, gravel, and cross. We agreed that Steve Hed’s bike was one of the most interesting. While Bike Hugger doesn’t have awards, it was the best in show by far.

I have an interview with Steve about that bike and will share it later this week with more of what I liked.

Sven Gaps CrossVegas

Only way for the Sven Nys in America narrative to end, after winning Worlds here in January, he won CrossVegas. In this short POV video shot with Google Glass, he gaps the field and went onto win.

Berden rode with an anger

Berden rode with an anger

Check the faces and eyes in select shots from the race shared on G+. Compare Sven’s eyes to Wellens, Berden, and Driscoll. That 20 seconds he had on the field was a very long time, like hang time of suffering.

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