3D Printed Stainless Steel Bike


by Byron on Feb 04, 2016 at 11:24 AM

Despite looking like a vintage dress form attached to wheels or what Alien would ride to work if Alien wanted to get a workout in and was tired of sitting in traffic, it is an interesting video for the process. Also, credit for actually getting made instead of a design-school student’s CAD. Remember that companies like Pacific have used high-resolution 3D printers for decades and Airbus made a plastic bike recently too.

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Sony Launches a6300 with G Master Lenses


by Byron on Feb 03, 2016 at 1:16 PM


Sony just took their best-selling mirrorless, the a6000 to the next level, created a new lens type for it and the A7 series, and the media is like, “Yes!”

The lens story from the launch is good for current sensors and those to come because the lens resolves to the power of sensor. Until now, most lenses are from the film era, so you got a higher resolution but no more detail. Using advanced glass molding techniques, the G Master lenses, are designed for the resolution of high megapixel sensors, like the ones in the Alpha Series camera; including the new e6300. In our first sample images, we saw remarkable detail, and luxurious bokeh. Like….


The camera merges high-end video with stills and breaks the the notion that sensitivity and image quality are mutually exclusive. The a6300 has the world’s fastest autofocus with a long bullet list of groundbreaking features like a 6k signal to a 4K file in super 35mm format. Wut? Yes, almost unreal.

Watch for analyses on Digital Photo Pro, sample photos taken with the lenses and an a6300 review when they ship on Sony Mirrorless Pro. Wrapping up our live event coverage and stepping out of the studio back onto the mean streets of New York, spotted this reminder of how to lock a bike in NYC. Before that, en route to the event, Luciad Lite.


The event was fun, with spirits high, and the mood loose. As the media warmly accepted the new product, Sony staffers got in on the action in the studio scenes too.


In this photo Mike Fasulo, President and COO, Sony Electronics Inc. dramatically reenacts the bear-mauling scene from Revenant.


Sony cameras fit my ongoing quest to travel lighter and shoot smarter. With new lenses and camera, the photos taken on the road while riding are gonna get even better.

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Face the BB Instead of the BS


by Byron on Feb 02, 2016 at 1:12 PM


Bill Davidson was noncommittal when I asked if I could next time “face the BB?” Probably need to watch a few YouTube videos first and practice on demo frames, but yeah I really want to do it. Watch this video for the why…

Right? I’m joking of course. The masters at DKCB have a lifetime of experience and were humoring me as I escaped the BS of the sport to hang out with people that make bikes and love what they’re doing. It’s good to step out of the media bubble and also get out for a ride.

A bottom bracket is faced to accept the bearings of a crank and this jig was made by Bill for the job. Just a few minutes from Hugga HQ in Fremont. You should visit too. I can’t promise they’ll let you in the shop, but you can watch from the showroom floor.

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Motor Doping on PRI


by Byron on Feb 01, 2016 at 9:41 AM


An emotional Van den Driessche Responds to cases or mechanical fraud on Sporza

BBC’s The World on PRI interviews Bike Hugger about mechanical doping, tonight on an NPR station in your listening area. Also see my Motor Omertà story from yesterday, and these news updates

As I said on Twitter this weekend too

Wasn’t My Bike I Was Racing should rank right up there with Unborn Twin AND Jack Daniels as worst doping excuses ever.



Just after posting this article, PRI’s The World story dropped on their site with quotes from David Schloss

“I’m not surprised someone put a motor in a bicycle,” says David Schloss, an editor at Bikehugger. “But I’m pretty saddened. I think that any doping really defeats the point of the competition. This just takes it to a whole new level.”

“My suspicions were tweaked the first moment when spectators and magazines and the TV shows all said that it wasn’t possible at all,” he says. “Because they all said the same thing about every type of biological doping.”

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Motor Omerta: Motor Doping at CX Worlds


by Byron on Jan 30, 2016 at 2:57 PM

An eAssit motor from Vivax

Got back from a ride this morning, to news of motor doping at CX Worlds. Femke van den Driessche was participating in the U23 Women’s Championship, and a favorite to win, but was forced to abandon with one lap left to go. Her bike was inspected by mechanics post-race, when the motor was found. The UCI’s sporting director told Sport Wereld

“The UCI has defined technological fraud and we can confirm that this is the bike of Femke van den Driessche,” said Smets.

When we first learned about motor doping (motors embedded in bikes) the collective response from the racers, marketers, and managers strongly indicated to me that it was true. See, they protested way too much, just like the Doping Omertà before this. Now it’s a Motor Omertà.

Because the racers have no union to protect themselves (like other Pro sports) and shut news like this down, it’s even worse for the fans, and the biggest thing the sport has to reckon with is the total loss of trust.

I was not surprised in the least with this discovery, and to anyone that denied motors in bikes existed, you shouldn’t have been either. The motor was confirmed by the UCI AND considering they use fiber optic video to examine bikes, I don’t doubt the probable cause. The UCI has been getting ready for this for two years. They even developed prototype illegal bikes to prove the concept. At Koppenberg cross, Femke was 5% faster than all the other women, that may have been on the factors that got the UCI’s attention.

This is a developing story and we’ll follow up as we learn more. Like everyone else, I’m fascinated to see what the UCI caught. Was it a DIY or from a manufacture? For an example of how concealed motors work in bikes, see the Vivax eAssist product page.

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Issue 32 Off Season


by Byron on Jan 29, 2016 at 4:47 PM


Eric Wohlberg in his classic Buick Lesabre after a training ride with Rally Cycling. He told us how he’s restoring the wagon while we listened to his brother’s band, the Blazing Elwoods. The free cover story for Issue 32, dropping today, has more photos from the Rally team camp and articles about the off season. That’s when us amateurs ride less, if at all. We plan, we analyze—position, fitness, goals. It’s the time to put the ego in check, and plot for successes to come.

After hanging around the skinniest racers in America for the week, one of my off-season goals is to keep the weight off, and somehow spend more time riding with Eric. He seemed to just get started with all the things he could share; including music and good rides, like the ones seen in this edit.

His road season was just getting started and mine still being determined.


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Rally Cycling Team in SoCal


by Byron on Jan 28, 2016 at 2:08 PM

At the Rally Cycling team camp, everything is moving….. On assignment for Digital Photo Pro with Rally in SoCal, shot with the Sony A7S II and Rokinon lens (35MM, T1.5) and made this short edit from the b-roll.


Rolling into Malibu

I’ll have much more to share in the next issue of our magazine, dropping this week, including stills, and a with a nod to the working-class, blue-collar bikes Rally is racing.

Team Bike

Diamondback Podium E’tape

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Hoogerheide Highlights


by Byron on Jan 27, 2016 at 10:50 PM

Highlights from Hoogerheide and a taste of what’s to come this weekend at CX Worlds.

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In SoCal with Rally Cycling


by Byron on Jan 26, 2016 at 4:48 PM


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

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Another Pro Quality Compact Camera: Fuji X-Pro2 Launched


by Byron on Jan 24, 2016 at 9:58 AM

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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