Garmin Varia Vision

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.

Nikon 360 Video in 4K UHD

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.

Nikon D5: INSPIRED

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.

Nikon Keymission 360

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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.

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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:

S and S Couplings: How We Travel with Bikes

You do something for so long, it becomes less than a novelty and a regular occurrence. Also forget how many other cyclists may not know about it. This happens with roadie traditions, even changing a flat tire, and how to travel with bikes. This short Vine about S and S couplings shows a favorite part of vacation – beginning and end – and my favorite tool. The coupling splits the bike in two halves, so you can pack it in a suitcase.

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