FUJIFILM X-Pro2 Launches


by Byron on Jan 15, 2016 at 11:05 AM

This morning on Sony Mirrorless Pro, blogged about the new Fuji X-Pro2 and welcome the completion in the compact-pro camera market. Also noticed the bike-related photos in Fuji’s 5th anniversary photo contest. Like this Tour photo


Photo: Julien Lacroix, Camera X-Pro1


And dreamy urban shot

Photo: Andreas Lamoutsis, Camera X-T1

Worth nothing too how Fuji is emphasizing rugged toughness with outside imagery and this battered-hero image.


Also see fashion and BMX


Photo: Peiro Migailo, Camera X100T


and tricycles.

Photo: Rami Gilvanon, Camera X-T1

Their mini site about the their AF technology also features more bicycle imagery – HELLO FUJI PR!

Expect the X-Pro2 to be welcomed by Fuji fans, as well as us, in our ongoing quest to travel lighter, smarter, and take better photos. 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.

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Trying To Find Something To Put On That Rack


by Byron on Jan 14, 2016 at 6:04 PM

Working on the next issue of our magazine and riding around trying to find something to put on that rack…the one on the Trek Boone. This one


I’ll tell you more about what we’re doing with the Boone in the issue; as well as content from our contributors.

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Are Walmart Mountain Bikes Safe?


by Byron on Jan 14, 2016 at 4:52 PM

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.

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Miir Flagship


by Byron on Jan 13, 2016 at 12:03 PM


Bikes that benefit you and someone else

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

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


Nice selection

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Your Grandma Races Cross (You Wish)


by Byron on Jan 12, 2016 at 1:22 PM

If you’ve ever thought, “wish my Grandmother raced cross,” here’s an inspiration for you AND grandma…Nancy Brown wins the 70-74 age group at CX Nats and did it to, just “Beat some other old women.”

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Snowshoeing Gold Greek


by Byron on Jan 11, 2016 at 6:04 PM


Still had some residual Vegas to shake off, so we went snowshoeing courtesy of MSR Gear at Gold Creek with their Lightning Trail and Lightning Explore snowshoes. Got our fix of fresh air, a workout, and muscles hurt today I didn’t know I had.


Next time, we’ll go farther into the powder….

Gold Greek Valley

Don’t usually food blog either (hey mixing it up in 16!), but I ate this whole plate of tacos at Los Cabos in North Bend


What did we also discover? Snowshoeing is a thing…the place was packed.

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Trek Boone: Rough Road Ahead


by Byron on Jan 09, 2016 at 6:00 PM


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.

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Garmin Varia Vision


by Byron on Jan 08, 2016 at 1:58 PM

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.

To get that, it’ll take a compatible Garmin device, the Varia Vision, and Radar. That’s a total spend of

  • Edge 1000 - $499.99
  • Varia Radar - $199.99
  • Varia Vision - $399.00
  • $1097.00

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.

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Nikon 360 Video in 4K UHD


by Byron on Jan 08, 2016 at 8:57 AM

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.

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by Byron on Jan 06, 2016 at 12:41 PM

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‚Äôs 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.

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