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.

Red Bulling and Free Falling


The Redbull Rampage is happening live now and earlier in the week, Claudio Caluori previewed the course. What he was so scared about, happened when Richoli Rogatkin tried to scrub speed before the biggest drop in his run. The front wheel washed out and he fell off a 75-foot cliff. In Red Bull parlance, that was rad, and then he proceeded to sail over the hugely intimidating canyon gap and followed it up with a backflip at the end of his run.

N1NO Relaxing

We’ve been following and sharing N1NO edits this summer. Now with the season over, and a World Championship win, here’a short video of him enjoying some of the best singletrails Switzerland has to offer.


N1NO Spark 700 RC

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