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by Byron on Oct 09, 2013 at 6:49 AM
by Byron on Oct 09, 2013 at 6:49 AM
by Byron on Oct 08, 2013 at 9:07 AM
Amy at Worlds 13
En route to London when the news of Amy’s death broke, I shared a note about a community in mourning:
Traveling abroad when the tragic news of Amy's death hit, as the community mourns, our thoughts are with family, friends, and teammates.— @bikehugger October 4, 2013
Back in Seattle, I found a photo of Amy from Worlds in our archives that I took earlier this year. Didn’t know her personally, just as media, but friends of mine like Russie shared their emotions about her after finishing the race.
What will stand out the most that day is how moved she was by her family and supporters. All around that crazy race her name was cheered, chanted in harmony with fellow Americans.
And last weekend Matt captured this moment of silence for her in Portland…
by Byron on Oct 06, 2013 at 11:41 PM
A WyndyMilla Beastie Boy spotted near Windsor castle. That’s a bespoke bike shown in good light.
by Byron on Oct 06, 2013 at 11:33 PM
I’m using jersey-pockets instead of a saddle bag on my race bike this year. I like the clean look, and I found myself swapping in the wrong bag occasionally which meant I got caught once with the wrong tube size for a flat. In order to get a tidier tool bag, I looked for ways to skinny down some of the bulk. Add to that the need to adjust the new Torx-20 standard being pushed by Ritchey on their C260 stems and I ended up at Fix It Sticks. So clever, and so simple. Most of the mutli-tools I have carried have far more options, but much of it was just extra function without a matching need. With Fix It Sticks, I was able to custom-order the bits for my bike’s needs. I can do almost everything on my bike with a 3mm, 4mm and 5mm Allen plus the Torx-20.
The Sticks come with a nice little tube-conversion pouch which helps from clanking metal in my tool roll. Using the tools is super easy and you have plenty of leverage when you slip one tool into the other. So now I’m riding most days with the Fix It Sticks, a tube, a CO2 inflator, and couple speed patches. Fix It Sticks is a http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/fixitsticks/fix-it-sticks-a-fantastically-unique-bicycle-multiKickstarter project done good.
by Byron on Oct 05, 2013 at 12:27 AM
Hasselblad and Whiskey by Dan Rubin
Arrived in London yesterday and sightseeing like proper tourists today. Last night it was drinks, talking cameras, and street photography with my friend Dan Rubin. Took a short ride on a factory sample Aprire too. More on the impressive bike with video when we’re back in Seattle.
Will say now that the ride was so unexpectedly good, in ways I’ve not felt before on a bike, that it’ll take a much longer review to explain. Like how the engineer has worked in the industry for over ten years working on frame design, suspension systems and components, as well as working in non bike related large engineering products and he decided to make bikes and apply his material-science knowledge to layup. I’ve complained about the lack of innovation in the bike business for about 5 years, still nothing seismic has happened with this Italian-made carbon frame, but if Aprire can break into the US market it’ll change our expectations of ride quality.
For reference, I’m comparing Aprire’s tech to wide road rims. The thoughtful innovation Hed brought to the market a few years ago is now standard issue for racing wheels. How bikes are laid up and what we expect them to do, may incrementally change for the better like wheels did, if enough Aprires get ridden.
by Byron on Oct 03, 2013 at 5:03 AM
En route to London town with this new Chrome bag, the Barrage Cargo. It’s another highlight from Interbike and a new fav of ours with its roll top, waterproof messenger style, cargo netting, and cute little buckle.
Find the barrage online, in a shop, or a Chrome store near you for $169.00.
by Byron on Oct 02, 2013 at 8:01 AM
Mud head to toe
Record rain last weekend and it hasn’t stopped for long this week. I’m off on another adventure with Glass in London, but Mark and Blake will race in Bellingham with reports to follow and photos from Woodinville Bicycle.
by Byron on Oct 01, 2013 at 12:49 PM
Shooting Scott House, our MTB guide from White Pine Touring riding World Class singletrack in Park City with Glass, including his POV. This scene was included in the Wired feature about Glass that ran yesterday.
by Byron on Sep 30, 2013 at 4:52 AM
Scott House a Park City MTB Guide wearing Glass
During an adrenaline-rush moment on a Park City trail, I was pedaling downhill on a thin strip of single track with hip-high grass pulling at the handlebars. Don’t look right, lean left, pedal. And breathe. Getting through that section unhurt and alive, I paused and said, “Ok, Glass. Take a picture.”
The epiphany I had about using Glass this summer in Park City, a Spesh launch, and with SRAM at a hydro tech clinic is the disruption that’s happening with computing. In the here and happening right now, post-PC era, Glass is a glanceable, wearable computer with a first-person, POV camera.
Tim Moore, MTB guide, with House
This summer participating in the Glass Explorer program, I used the HUD to work on bikes, interview world-class athletes on rides, and talked with legendary makers like Steve Hed. For what Glass is not so good at and the rest of the story, click through to Wired.
Glass photo from the trail after it spilled out to a road
For more photos taken while exploring with Glass, see the galleries on G+ and Flickr and earlier posts here. Also my friend Scoble and Shel’s new book about what they’re calling contextual computing. Consider the context of being an athlete and cyclist, the next time you look down at your power meter or check the time it took you to get to work on your bike commute.
Several terms are used to describe this next wave of Post-PC computing, including wearable, body-borne or the acronym HUD (heads-up display), but I simply call it glanceable. Last week, Recon announced they’ve sold 50K units of their Jet, a HUD like Glass with bike specific views, and secured investment from Intel.
At these media events, rides, and in the bike shop, Glass shows me what I need to know, at a glance, and on command. That’s awesome for adventure in the city and outside, but wearing it at the dinner table with family, is another matter entirely…
by Byron on Sep 29, 2013 at 7:10 AM
A bike for adventure and what we thought was the best of show at Interbike
More photos of what we thought was the most interesting and best of show at Interbike, Steve Hed’s adventure bike. Steve talks to us about the bike built by Peacock Groove in a video podcast published yesterday. Subscribe to the Huggacast feed or watch the video on YouTube. More photos of the bike are in a G+ gallery and note the Ultregra Di2 Hydro with a 650b/700c option.