In SoCal with Rally Cycling


On location in Malibu with Rally Cycling, and here taking photos of Highway 23. I’ll share more about this shoot in the next issue of our magazine.

Rally team car

Another Pro Quality Compact Camera: Fuji X-Pro2 Launched

A photo posted by Zack Arias (@zarias) on

This week at a launch event in Japan, Fuji celebrated the X-Series’ 5th anniversary and also announced their new X-Pro2 mirrorless camera. Followers of Zack Arias (including me) watched the event on Instagram and he shared his photo taken with the new camera. His comments (and excitement) from Instagram

I’ve been testing the new #fuji #xpro2 for a little over a month now. It’s a beautiful camera. The new sensor is phenomenal. 24.3 MP. Dual SD slots. New processor. Weather resistance. Wifi. New hybrid viewfinder. Built in diopter. New film simulation modes. 250th sync speed. Kick ass shutter / ISO combo dial. ISO usable to 128,000. Manual & electronic shutter. Fast. Sleek. Gorgeous. It’s finally here!!!!


I was first introduced to mirrorless by David Schloss a few media cycles ago, when he proudly shot with a X100 and praised its retro-rangefinder design. That camera offered superior image quality in a compact design, much as the Sonys do now. It was the first camera to really recognize that there was an advantage to exploring a professional-quality non-SLR solution.

His field test for Image Resource addresses the pros and cons; including limitations (since addressed) three years later by the new X-Pros. The most significant improvement is the X-Trans CMOS III sensor with 24-megapixels that puts Fuji on a similar footing with the Nikon, Canon and Sony. As I shared last month, it’s all about the sensor….and when paired with a high-quality Fujinon lens, expect beautiful photos from this camera, like Zack posted.

Fuji’s approach to reduce moiré and false colors is interesting with a random color filter. Despite mixed results with their hybrid viewfinder – optical and electronic – Fuji continues to improve it sticking with their tech, instead of switching to an OLED like Sony. Sony’s half-inch XGA OLED viewfinder on the Alpha series cameras gave us no pause, as the resolution is just as good as an optical one. Where Fuji has stepped up the mirrorless game is with robust weather resistance

Four pieces of magnesium alloy and is sealed in a total of 61 points on each section, making it dust-proof, splash-proof and capable of operating in temperatures as low as -10°C.

I haven’t worried about my Sonys too much, but also would NOT stand outside in the rain with them. The X-Pro 2 might not handle a rainy Seattle winter, but it stands up to the elements better than any of the current Sony cameras. We’ll have a demo camera in soon.

Fuji also increased focus points from 49 to 77 and expect the X-Pro2 to be welcomed by Fuji fans, as well as us.  In the mirrorless market, the more competition, the better. In support of the launch, Fuji also launched several mini sites, including one featuring a mountain bike to demonstrate their new focusing system.

The X-Pro2 body goes on sale for $1,699.95 next month at $400 more than the X-T1 from 2 years ago. It’s a premium pro compact camera targeting professional shooters, like the market Sony defined and we write about on Sony Mirrorless Pro. Worth noting, how Fuji is emphasizing rugged toughness, with outside imagery and this battered-hero image. Also, when I was at the D5 launch, the media I spoke with all wondered where Nikon’s mirrorless tech was – it wasn’t, but here’s Fuji matching and arguably exceeding Alpha series cameras with sought-after features like ruggedness.

Fuji is targeted pros with their new camera. Fuji is targeting pros with their new camera.

As long-time Bike Hugger followers know, we’re super into mirrorless because of their compact size, professional quality images, and lightweight – I’ve been shooting with Sony Alpha series cameras since they came out. FujiFilm has stepped the mirrorless game up and we’ll have our demo in soon with posts and images to follow.

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Northwave Winter Boots in the Rain

These winter boots from Northwave are so stylish, I wanna wear them out, around town, on a date. It seems Northwave read or heard about my bootie-boots solution for riding in the rain, and considering the El Niño conditions here in Seattle, sent the Extreme Winter GTX. The main feature of the Winter GTX is

All the benefits of a shoecover, none of the weakness of a shoecover.

shoes without booties

No shoe cover required? Hmmm

Sounds good and the weather is cooperating with the proper test conditions. I’ll write more about the Northwaves and the Gore One in the next issue of our magazine. 32 drops next week.

Also see Mark V’s review of their Arctic boot with the

Well, if not glorious, then at least comfortable. Northwave has long offered competent winter cycling shoes, perhaps because the Italian company also has a successful line of snowboard products including boots. Of course, in the cycling world Northwave first made its reputation with completely over-the-top print ads featuring the stars of professional cycling in outlandish vignettes, like Mario Cipollini dressed as a musketeer and holding a naked blonde. Though I have known all that for years, I have never before owned Northwave shoes until now.

Bikepacking Peru

Huayhuash from Joey Schusler on Vimeo.

Spotted on Vimeo, a beautiful bikepacking trip in Peru.

This was all a spur of the moment idea; part of the vicious cycle of making every adventure more thrilling than the last. January was the off-season, or rainy season, for the Andes so the wilderness would be completely desolate. The three friends hoped to be the second group to complete this trek on bikes. However, they underestimated the relentless weather they would encounter as they traveled for a week above treeline.


Photo Joey Schusler via PP

Spur of the moment ride in Peru? Sounds good and read the rest of the ride report on Passion Passport.

Tyler Farrar at the Tour Down Under


Farrar finishes Stage 3 on a fan’s bike after he crashed near Cudlee Creek. Photo: Anne Fedorowytsch.

The news from the TDU today is that a fan gave Tyler Farrar his bike and shoes after a crash. Tyler went on to finish with no penalty – there’s a rule against taking a nonteam bike, but hey, it’s the TDU? Who’s paying that much attention. According to the Adelaide Advertiser, Anthony Tooman, gave Tyler his shoes because of the mismatch between Shimano and Speedplay.

“We could see him (Farrar) on the side of the road and asked ‘do you need a wheel?’ and he said ‘na, a wheel is not going to cut it’,” Tooman last night told The Advertiser.

“Then it went to ‘well, what pedals are you running?’

There isn’t video of the bike and shoe swap, but see the reporting of the crash here with an unlucky racer upside down on the side of the road.

I haven’t seen Tyler since we raced cross together, but he grew up in Washington state and I watched he come up through the ranks. During that race he said, “On your left Bro” and, “F this is hard.”

Great to see Tyler back in the news, now let’s hope for something better than a crash…..

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