In a series of YouTube uploads, Seth from Seth’s Bike Hacks spends the $140.00 to test Walmart’s Mongoose MTB line and the results are what you’d expect. Not sure what Seth’s point is, but for some perspective, Walmart and Mongoose move millions of bikes a year and that’s quite a bit of bike for $140.00, and not really intended for the abuse they give it. These bikes are bought as gifts for kids or transportation to and from work. Also, see Chris Akrigg putting a Mongoose through way more abuse than Seth.
You get what you pay for or view on YouTube. So are Walmart mountain bikes safe? If you double-check the assembled and don’t jump them, then yes.
In a business that’s best described, as like “Thom’s for bikes and bottles,” the Miir flagship is an concept taproom bike and coffee shop. Don’t think one of those has existed before, besides maybe a coffeemaker and keg in the back of a shop, but it’s a nice place and they’re doing good work.
Nice pour and composition
Bike Hugger contributor Ben Moses took the photos for us, while I was in Vegas. If you’re into a two for one purchase that benefits those in need, stop by their flagship or visit Miir online. And if they start serving cannabis or whiskey too, they’d have a bike biz Superfecta
Shook off CES and Vegas riding the Boone in Seattle. Since I last shared photos of it, added PDW fenders, a Velo Orange rack, and custom camera bag. Switched the stock wheels for Easton tubeless with Hutchinson tires too.
With this setup, I’m ready for the rough road ahead and wherever the bike and camera takes me. It’s just not on a cross course, but out in the woods and desert.
While I was at CES on the camera beat, there was plenty of bike-related news happening too, like the new Garmin Varia Vision. That’s their clip-on HUD and DC Rainmaker has one in on demo. DC’s take?
I was kinda thinking to myself “well then, this looks lame”, but in reality – I came away somewhat impressed with the implementation.
Me too and most interested in connected it to Varia Radar. That interest comes from lots of time spent riding around with Google glass too, and asking why do cyclist look down so much. I want ride metrics at a glance, and an alert when cars are about to brush me.
Before I left for vacation, one of my riding bros, said, “I’d sure like to see a radar for my bike, cars have had them for a decade.” There’s a market for people concerned about their safety, but the barrier to entry is high, when you’d expect these technologies should be more affordable by now.
Unexpected and wowing the assembled media at CES, Nikon’s new action cam promises to change up the market for creatives with an immersive 360° view. During the press event, Corey Rich shared a movie created with the camera and his thoughts on rethinking a shoot to being with the camera instead of in front of it. I talked with GoPro people about Nikon’s tech while at CES too. They didn’t say what they had to answer Nikon, but their multi-camera rig right isn’t it. Corey’s work is an indicator of what’s to come and how 360° 4K UHD will change the edits we’re used to seeing from mountain biking and road.
Shot exclusively on the new Nikon D5 in 4K ultra-high definition video. INSPIRED, a film by Nikon Ambassador Corey Rich, explores what drives today’s most diverse and interesting professional photographers and filmmakers, and captures the commitment it takes to tell truly meaningful stories. Cameras like the D5 can change the game because the photographer is one step ahead and their new AF system means it’s very unlikely a shot Will get missed or taken out of focus. This applies across action sports including cycling. The 153 focus points means the camera will track fast erratic movement at 12 frames per second. In other words, expect to see better than ever images from the cobbles and downhill runs. Read more about the D5 in this Digital Photo Pro story I contributed too from the event. Corey was quite moved speaking of the movie and so was the audience.
Besides a new flagship D5, Nikon entering the action market with a 360 camera is the most relevant CES news (so far) for cyclists. I attended the press event, contributed to this DPP review, and will share more after the show. Sony didn’t offer many details, but Corey Rich their Ambasador said, “Because the camera sees in a sphere, the photographer is not behind the lens, but in the sphere with it.
Named Keymission360 for the mission we take in life that require an immersive view
For more on the D5 also see short edits on our Vine and Instagram: