Fat Bikes Gain Traction As New Winter Sport

Not every day do we see a combined bikes and climate change story. Well done and from where we loved to Fatback too in the Methow Valley. Our story about riding there a month ago was featured on Medium and in issue 33. That crunchy sound in the video, nothing quite like it, and we’ll ride there again.

Trek Farley in the Methow

Sony World Photography Awards: BMX


Covering the Sony World Photography Awards for the Mirrorless Pro, after the US winners were announced, I browed the rest of the shortlists. Those include

  • National Awards
  • Professional
  • Open

and from Russia, I spotted this beautiful BMX image by Dmitry Ivanov. It was 3rd Place in the Russia National Award. The caption or profile doesn’t indicated where the image was taken, but I guess a local BMX/Skate park like one nearby. The National Awards program honors and rewards the best single image taken by a local photographer and runs in 60 countries across the world from Argentina to Australia. It is open to photographers of all abilities and is part of the larger World Photography competition sponsored by Sony. Winners from each category will take part in the 2016 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, London from April 22- May 8 and will be published in the annual Sony World Photography Awards book.

Sioeye Iris4G Live Broadcasting Action Cam

Today, Sioeye is releasing an unlocked 4G LTE action camera that connects directly to the internet to stream video instantaneously. Using the Sioeye Social Apps, people can view and interact with broadcasts, as they unfold. To which we say, “Holy dataplans batman!” The video, filmed in Seattle’s I-5 Colonnade Mountain Bike Park, is a vignette demonstrating how Sioeye’s connected device, live streaming service, and interactive mobile apps work together to bring viewers into the action, right as it unfolds. It features POV footage filmed on the Sioeye Iris4G by the dirt jumper who rode the course.

While welcoming competition in the action cam market and live streaming, that’s a lot of overhead to manage in the cloud vs. allowing the camera to connect to AWS or the cloud of your choice, even an API.

The Specs

  • Built-in integration with the Sioeye Cloud™ live streaming service
  • High performance six glass lens camera module with protective coating
  • Configurable 150 degree field of view
  • F2.8 aperture with image circle of 8.0mm for better low light recording and enhanced video and photo quality
  • Integrated 2.0” LCD touchscreen
  • Barometer, GPS, and Altimeter experience sensors
  • 4G LTE/3G/Wi-Fi connectivity (removable SIM)
  • Live streaming data usage is .33 GB per hour
  • Automated network optimization and video quality switching
  • 480p live broadcast with optional simultaneous 1080p HD recording
  • 1GB onboard storage and optional MicroSD card up to 64GB
  • High definition video recording of 4K & 2K at 30fps as well as super slow motion capabilities with 1080p at 30 & 60fps and 720p @120fps and more
  • Rechargeable Lithium Ion battery with up to 2hrs record, 1hr live stream
  • Selectable modes for 18/12/8MP still images, time lapse videos, and slow motion videos
  • iOS and Android smart remote control via the Sioeye apps
  • Rugged protective case (waterproof down to 197’) with specialized button-controlled user interface

MSRP is $499.00 and is available directly. Coinciding with the launch today, March 15, Sioeye is broadcasting live from its Seattle headquarters at 1:00 p.m. PDT. To participate in the live broadcast, download the free Sioeye Social App, and follow “SioeyeMedia.”

Omata Soft Launches

Was shown a preview of Omata’s analog gauge a few months ago and was impressed then. There’s a glimpse of it in this video and a few more glances have been published in their other channels. No further details at this point, but they’ll follow Lezyne in responding to the overly complex and frustrating Garmin UI, and from what I understand at a premium price. They’re crowdfunding it on Kickstarter.

Belgian Accused of Motor Doping Quits Sport

Today from the AP we learn that Femke Van Den Driessche will not defend herself at a disciplinary hearing this week and is quitting the sport. Femke was accused of using a concealed motor in her bike during the Under-23 cyclocross world championships in January in Belgium. As we shared when the news broke, the scandal confirmed motor doping exists and the reaction was swift because you can’t blame cheating with motors in bikes as a personal failure, but instead one from the manufacturing side of the sport. To us, it was another indication of how endemic cheating is in cycling as all other sport; including tennis and Sharapova. The biggest problem is it’s another omertà.

Previous Coverage

Following Femke’s move, let’s hope the UCI shares what they found in her bike.

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