Cross Vegas In Pictures

While the industry has been a bit abuzz about the beer throwing at this year’s Cross Vegas race during the Interbike trade show, we’ve been reflecting on the awesome aspects of that race, and on cross racing in general. As a chill slips into the air across much of the United States, the cross lover starts to think of the joy of continual anaerobic punishment.

Racers in the glow

Byron raced in the media class at Cross Vegas and then stuck around to capture some images. We’ve been shooting recently with the Sony Alpha series of full frame cameras, astounded by their capabilities and their small size. While our normal rigs at Cross Vegas would have included ten pounds or more of pro bodies and lenses, now we’re using teeny mirrorless cameras to capture photos.

Some funny things happen when you switch from big SLR cameras to smaller systems—people stop noticing you. In the press pits this has the annoying effect of being looked down up—there is so much “my lens is bigger than your lens” in the press corps it’s ridiculous. I have seen photographers with only one $6000 pro body being treated poorly by photographers with two $6000 bodies. Having a mirrorless camera makes you look like a noob, even when it’s a camera with a 36mp sensor and a $1500 55mm f/1.8 zeiss lens on the front.

The trench

My father, who was a professional photographer, taught me a very important lesson early on—look for where all the photographers are and then go somewhere else. I can’t tell you how many shots I’ve seen from races that look the same because all of the pros are huddled together at the end of the course, waiting to get the almightily “hands raised” shot. Meanwhile there’s great stuff to be had down the course.

The other nice thing about shooting with a small camera is that people tend not to notice you’re there. As a result you can stand right next to someone and take a portrait without sticking a long camera lens in their face.

bummed

Cross Vegas is a pretty spectacular race and a great time for fans. Despite the shenanigans that happened this year, the event has grown into a major sporting event, as cross itself has blossomed. It’s one of the shining spots in American racing, even if it has a few blemishes.

View the rest of the photos from our Cross Vegas shoot on G+.



Also On Square’s Marketplace

Square’s been good to us and been with them since the beta, selling Clip-n-Seals, Kickstands, and now just made available our Waxed Canvas Tool Roll available on their marketplace. The roll has been a hit for us and was recently reviewed in Wired

on Square Market

Until I had these made for us as a pet project, didn’t know how many other cyclists would agree that carrying tools and spare tube in your pocket is better than your saddle. Well, lots of you do and thanks! Now there’s another purchase option.



Mobile Social Photos

Tension mounts

Discussing the route, we think

Our 9th annual and 4 Mobile Social of the year brought the expected bike awesomeness, as seen in these photos.

diversity

A diverse ride

Arriving in Fremont

Arriving in Fremont

Male Model

We like to keep the Mobile Socials a bit mysterious, like where the exact meet spot is OR how we hire male models to sex it up.

The full gallery is on G+ and Facebook and when we roll through your town, suggest you ride with us.

Fabulous Pure Fix

As Jackson Lynch from PureFix said, “this year’s MoSo was again a lively, festive, embracing and incredibly diverse collection of pedaling souls intent on spreading cycling love in another city that doesn’t sleep.

More MoSo Please!

Yup. Next year is already being planned. Photos by Josh Hon, Brian K. Mark, and Byron.



Handbuilt in Seattle like Issue 16

Davidson


Back in Seattle, to the comforts of home after a trade show, and pulled a fav Davidson out of the shed for a ride. In Issue 16 of our magazine, Patrick Brady from Red Kite Prayer writes for us about the loss of another great American shop, like Elliott Bay Bicycles where this bike was made.

It’s the featured cover story and free to read.

There came a point when a handful of shop owners got smart and found frame builders who would work in-house. It was like a car dealer with its own in-house body shop, only better.

The bike is the Hotspur and the 3rd one designed for us by Bill and Mark V. It was handbuilt in Seattle, just like our mag is…



Another Mobile Social


After CrossVegas it was the 9th annual Mobile Social and our 4th one of the year. It brought the expected bike awesomeness. And until the galleries are ready and stories written, here’s an edit on YouTube. Special thanks to New Belgium, Terns, Knog, Pure Fix Cycles, Revolights, Green Guru, and you! Also Rapha.



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