RIP Bill Cunningham

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When I decided to take and share better photographs on Bike Hugger, Bill Cunningham’s work informed the street style. That led to publishing mirrorless websites, and freelancing for Digital Photo, Digital Photo Mag, and Shutterbug. Today Bill died at age 87. Here’s a quote from the Times obituary. So many greats have been lost this year….

Bill Cunningham, the street-style photographer whose photo essays for The New York Times memorialized trends ranging from fanny packs to Birkin bags, gingham shirts and fluorescent biker shorts, died Saturday in New York. He was 87. In his nearly 40 years working for The Times, Mr. Cunningham operated both as a dedicated chronicler of fashion and as an unlikely cultural anthropologist, one who used the changing dress habits of the people he photographed to chart the broader shift away from formality and toward something more diffuse and individualistic. In the process, he turned into something of a celebrity himself.

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While We Were Out Riding Ellsworths

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Well, while we were out riding, Brexit happened. And, what that means to the bike industry remains to be seen. The tinkering the brits do impacts the industry, like the work of Fabric who was at PressCamp.

For now, my first impressions of Ellsworth’s new enduro bike (160mm of travel) are this is for a cross-country rider who’d likes a flow trail too. Makers like Ellsworth and Vroomen are responding to the over nichification in bike categories with models that can do everything. That’s on the mountain, road, and places in between. As Tony asked me

Is there another vehicle that a human has developed with suspension that we lock out?

No, there isn’t.The Rogue kinematics are why the bike works so well. On the mountain, we had no idea, or care, about what else was going on in the world….we just kept pedaling with an enduro bike that climbs.

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The Rogue 60 XT retails for $6500.

Golden Hour Epicness with a GT Helion

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Everything is epic these days, so I’ll let the you decide what level of epicness this experience was. Shot too long in the golden hour on unmapped, single, single track. Carried 12 pounds of camera gear, climbed 3,000 feet, and then descended without lights, riding by feel, welcoming the light pollution from Park City below as a sign civilization was near.

Sure seems like my initiation into sports photography with the Canon 1DXII is complete…. Even Marco Polo’d Nic Sims when I couldn’t see him anymore, and was worried I took a wrong turn.

My backup plan was to flag down a motorist on the highway, if I could make it to their taillights. Hoped the moose we saw wasn’t with newborns.

That’s the kind of opportunities that happen in Utah during PressCamp. You can gain new levels of epic.

If this ever happens to you, the proven technique is to follow the dull, grayish white line reflecting a few rays of light off the dirt in front of you. Then listen for the tires rubbing vegetation to stay on course.

It was like Tommy playing pinball—using senses I didn’t know I had.

Does that sound epic? Here’s the bike I rode.

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It’s the GT Helion, their expert-class niner with a 100-mm travel front and rear. It didn’t let me down, in an extreme situation, and for a reasonable spec costs under $4K.

First Ride: 3T Exploro

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As PressCamps go, this one is as busy as ever with morning meetings, and afternoon rides. I rode a 3T Exploro, in 650b mode, all over the Deer Valley Mountain Bike Park. However the marketers define a bike like this isn’t up to me. I’m gonna say it’s a fire road bike, and one the market has been waiting at least 2 seasons for.

First ride impressions: a next-level bike from the mind of Vroomen. It’s the drop-bar MTB that I’ve been wanting. No, it’s not spec’d for a camping adventure, but it’s so much fun, I don’t care if it doesn’t have rack mounts. Because it’s like a jeep with its top off. If you want the luxury edition, buy something else. The 3t Explorer is about going fast and hard on gravel.

I may not even want to own it, but I LOVED riding it. Then realized, if I wanted to go fast and do the Tuesday night crit? Put on 700c with 25s. Want a more plushride for that gravel century? Put on 650s and a 45.

That’s why it doesn’t have rack mounts You’re not supposed to hang bags all over it.

I’ll ride the Open tomorrow too with photos and analysis of the buzz-bike of the event.

Freaky Friday with Cameras

Oh you know just shooting this weekend with a @canonusa #eos1dxmarkii. What you guys got going on?

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After 3 years of sharing mirrorless cameras with you, and publishing a suite of sites for the Mirrorless Pro, Canon sent their flagship EOD 1DX Mark II to demo; with a note that said, “Here, try this.” And, it’s like a scene from Freaky Friday with a body switch (me and mirrorless in the role of Lindsay Lohan switching to Jamie Lee Curtis as the Canon). Everything is opposite, nothing is compact, and the image quality?

Well…

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And, there’s more to come next week when I’m at PressCamp.

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