Pump Hop the Stairs!

Note: NSFW audio. Just as we’re working on issue 29, about cyclocross, another pump hopping video surfaces….see the original on our YouTube. 29 drops tomorrow.

Leica SL Mirrorless Camera

Leica SL

I just started contributing to Digital Photo and Digital Photo Pro Magazine with a stories in print next month. Today, long-time Bike Hugger contributor David Schloss shares his hands-on review with the new Leica SL. For those of you asking me what about Leica when I wrote about the new Sony RX1R II on Medium last week, here’s their answer….

Where the RX1R II took compact cameras to the next level with pro features, the Leica SL is changing the game. David observed

We had unique access to the Leica SL for a week of shooting and came away impressed, though with some reservations.


Up until the Leica SL launched, Sony enjoyed being the only solution for full-frame mirrorless photographers, and now there’s also Leica. That Leica could more than double the capture rate of the second generation of the Sony system will have to result in a faster performing series of cameras in the full-frame space down the road.

For early adopters of full-frame mobile photography, and mirrorless evangelists, more choices are good, great actually. The SL has helped improve the lightweight and compact, full-frame future for all photographers. That’s what Leica does, right? They set the standard for precision and perfection in the photographic world, with camera built on the shoulders of the system before it. While you’ll pay for the German engineering, and the price is a limiter at $7,450 price tag, the camera has marked a turning point in photographic history. And that’s away from the SLR.


Photo: David Schloss for DPPMag

For David’s take on the also ground-breaking, first-generation mirrorless from Sony, find his articles in our archives

and maybe in of upcoming issue of our magazine and DPP, I’ll tell how well the Leica fits in a jersey pocket.

NYT: Straddling the Apple-Google, App-Web Divide


Our first magazine cover from June 2013, the bikescape banner has changed just a bit since the blog launched 9 years ago

The New York Times takes a look at how small publishers get tripped up by Google and Apple’s fight for mobile web dominance. The article includes quotes from me about Bike Hugger:

“We’re spending more time thinking about what Google and Apple are going to do than when we were just doing desktop publishing,” he said. “They can change on a dime and pull the rug out from under you, like when Google cut off news feeds and Apple decided to allow ad blocking.”

If you’re visiting us for the first time from the article, thanks for clicking through. You’ll find our magazine app on iTunes and the Web. Also find us on the Google Play Newsstand.

As I said in the article, “We evolved as our audience and tech did,” starting from a niche blog about urban and bike commuting to a cycling lifestyle outlet across several social channels, and platforms. For our long-time followers, thanks for reading us, and I hope you were as excited as we were to see Bike Hugger in the New York Times.

Now, back to editing and writing Issue 29, it’s about Cyclocross, and drops this week.

To the battle between Apple and Google for the web, indies like us are speaking the loudest by surviving, at this point.

Review: Yakima HoldUp hitch rack

Recently I rejoined a demographic that I had abandoned a decade and a half ago. I would like to say that it was a political decision to leave that class of society, but truth be told it was largely to conserve personal resources. But once again I am among those persons…automobile operators. This is not to say that I am abandoning the bicycle faithful, but rather that I am using the automobile as a method to expand my cycling options. If every ride of interest started but a mile or so from my front door, what need would I have for a vehicle? Of course, there are some people who appreciate when I show up to dates and am neither sweating profusely nor wearing cartoonish shoes, but let’s set aside such vulgarities and concentrate on transporting bikes with cars. Behold the HoldUp from Yakima.

Yakima HoldUp

Yakima HoldUp

Sony RX1R II Palm-Sized Pro Camera

ICYMI, and shared earlier this week on Medium, full-frame mobile photography goes next level with the Sony RX1R II.

Read about the A7R11 in Issue 28 of our magazine next week, and my take on the A7R from last year. Also on newsstands next month, in time for the holidays, stories from me about traveling and shooting with mirrorless cameras will run in DPMag and DPPmag.

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