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Posters of our National Parks by Decker

Thu, 06/27/2019 - 12:04

Posters of our National Parks by Decker are well timed. I just bought a Discovery Pass and spending more time in the parks, including the North Cascades. Rob Decker is a photographer and graphic artist. He started visiting our national parks when he was eight years old. At nineteen, he had the rare privilege of studying under renowned photographer Ansel Adams in Yosemite National Park (wow, right?).

WPA-Style Posters of Our National Parks

For the past fifty years, Rob has been exploring and photographing the places that have inspired Americans for generations. He’s taking photos at the shores of Acadia. The rugged mountains of the Grand Teton. The iconic Yosemite Valley. Now he’s creating images of all 61 national parks, each reminiscent of the Works Progress Administration-style of the 1930s and 40s.

Posters of Our National Parks 61 Posters of Our National Parks by Decker

I’d frame my fav, the Grand Tetons, for an office—find them all here. This summer, I’ll ride even more in the North Cascades and visited Mt Rainer this spring.

Each nostalgic posters is numbered, dated and signed. Then printed on “Conservation,” a 100% recycled paper stock with soy-based inks.

The posters cost $35 each. When asked about the project, Rob said

Our national parks are more than just public lands — they’re part of a cultural legacy to share with future generations. So it’s important to inspire the next wave of supporters and stewards. That’s why I donate 10% of annual profits to the many organizations that support America’s National Parks.

And, this year many of our National Parks celebrate major anniversaries, including Grand Canyon (100th), Zion (100th), Grand Teton (90th), Big Bend (75th) and Joshua Tree (25th). I hope you get out to a national park this summer. These posters keep their beauty in my thoughts. I appreciate the artistry and dedication it took to make them; especially, when they’re where I go to clear my head, ride, and get inspired creatively.

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The Driven: Hannah Bergemann Video

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 10:21

Here’s a perfect lunch break MTB video. It’s The Driven: Hannah Bergemann and from Tenet Components. Hannah rides Bellingham’s most intimidating features. She’s a prodigy and Tenet Pro.

Tenet is based out of Bellingham, Wa. Just north of Seattle and selling bars, stems, and pedals. Soft goods too and making videos like The Driven: Hannah Bergemann.

The Driven is the second part of a multi part series that delves into the inner makings of Tenet Components. Hannah was the first person that came to mind when Tenet asked, “Who would be a great fit for the brand?. They agreed over a beer and in true Hannah form, she smiled and humbly agreed.

What I like about Tenet and Hanna’s story is when it comes to sponsoring an athlete, a lot of brands tend to look at follower numbers, race results, tailwhip and barspin combos, or YouTube subscribers. To tenet, what truly matters is personality, perseverance, and in Hannah’s situation…drive.

Hannah’s ride is Kona, based in Ferndale Wa which is farther north. Also based in Bellingham is EVIL, a company that started here in Seattle. The last time I rode a Kona it was a CX bike. I rode an EVIL last year.

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Pure Fix Launches Gravel Apex, Prestige Road, and Pro Road 

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 12:27

Riding around taking photos in Lisbon this week. And, thought you should know that Pure Cycles introduced two new steel bikes and a gravel one. All three are budget priced. The Gravel Apex, Prestige Road, and Pro Road all cost under $2K for a complete bike. Pure and companies like them are offering much value for the spend in bikes. These aren’t the best adventure bike you can buy, but they cost less than half of the high-performance models.

Gravel Apex Road
  • 650B compatible for monster tires
  • Gravel-ready geometry
  • Disc brakes

Retail is $1099.

Prestige Road
  • Tange Prestige Chromoly mainframe and a carbon fork for a light, comfortable ride.
  • 3T Pro Cockpit
  • Full Shimano Ultegra 8000
  • Hutchinson Epsilon tires for a race-ready ride.
  • Mercury S2C Alloy Wheels

Retail is $1499.

Pro Road
  • Chromoly mainframe and fork for a light, comfortable ride.
  • Drop bars give you a more options for hand and body positioning.
  • Compact dual-chainring for tackling tough climbs.
  • Sunrace cassette and Shimano derailleur to deliver 16 comp-ready speeds.
  • Hutchinson Nitro II tires for a smooth roll and super responsive handling.
  • Rack and fender compatible so you can haul it all and keep yourself dry.

Retail is $999

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Osprey Mountain Bike Pack Just Got Better

Thu, 06/13/2019 - 14:56

Our fav Osprey mountain bike pack, the Raptor (men’s) and Raven (women’s), just got better. The new winged harness wraps the upper shoulders for added stability. Likewise that feature keeps the pack comfortably close to your body. As a result, it works even when the trail turns super techy.

Osprey Mountain Bike Pack

The AirScape suspension evenly distributes your load. For the reason that also permits dynamic range of motion. The mesh-covered foam backpanel is certainly well ventilated. An included 2.5-liter reservoir slides into its own dedicated compartment. Another devoted space at the base of the pack houses a Tool Roll for your mini-pump, tire lever, hex keys, and more. Mark V only rides with Osprey.

Available in 10L and 14L sizes, the Osprey mountain bike pack is made for men and women and cost $140 or $150 for the larger size. Find them online at Osprey.com or with free shipping from Amazon. Above all, Osprey’s packs are top-rated. Osprey repairs damage or defect for any reason free of charge. That’s even if the pack was purchased in 1974 or yesterday.  Most noteworthy, for me, is how I can organize my gear/

Osprey mountain bike packFull Feature Set Includes
  • Contouring AirScape backpanel and bike-specific shape harness
  • Included Osprey Hydraulics® LT 2.5L reservoir by Hydrapak
  • Hydration sleeve with direct-zip access and hose path for easy loading
  • Lightweight sternum strap magnet for easy access to water
  • Scratch-free, heat-embossed zippered slash pocket
  • Stretch mesh zippered hipbelt pockets
  • LidLock bike helmet attachment
  • Stretch mesh front pocket for quickly stashing extra gear
  • Blinker light attachment and reflective patch for safety
  • Removable roll-up tool pouch keeps tools handy and organized
  • Bike tool organization in main compartment
  • Front panel zippered stash pocket
  • Side compression straps double as a full face helmet carry
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 9 x 9 inches ; 1.8 pounds
  • Shipping weight 2 pounds

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Return to Earth: Official Trailer Premiers this Week

Mon, 06/10/2019 - 06:55

Return to Earth: Official Trailer. The latest from Anthill Films is a cinematic journey that proves when we lost track of time, we make the most of it. This film is about the simple act of living completely in those moments. A cinematic journey, connected by true-to-life examples set by riders of all ages around the world, who prove that when we lose track of time, we make the most of it.

Find a showing near you. Return to Earth plays in Seattle, like North of Nightfall did, on June 20.

Return to Earth: Official Trailer PR:

We increasingly live in a culture of distraction; constantly conducting our lives through 24/7 connectivity. We feed this attention economy with our most precious resource: our time. Time is either spent wisely or it is just spent. Second after second; minute after minute; moment after moment… they’re all there for the taking.

And, from PinkBike an interview with the makers of the film.

What’s the inspiration for the film?

Everything we do always comes back to the simple idea of trying to inspire people to just get out and ride their bikes. That’s always been the end goal. But there are different ideas behind the films that guide how we try to make that happen. For this film, we were influenced by the idea of digital distraction.

There’s this whole “attention economy” that is constantly trying to create new ways to get us spending as much time staring into our screens and phones as possible. As artists who make digital content designed to get people out on their bikes, we want to be part of a movement that is pushing back against that i.e. if we’re asking for your attention, we better make sure that it’s time well spent. 

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The Single Steed Challenge from Open

Wed, 06/05/2019 - 11:24

The great thing about the bike business these days is there’s a niche for everyone. For those cyclists into having one bike to do it all there’s even a race. Just announced, the Single Steed Challenge is a raffle and an opportunity to prove how an Open can compete on gravel and single track.

From the Best of Both PR

In celebration of our all-new and super-challenging “single steed quiver killer” category—presented by Open Cycles, we are delighted to raffle the all new Open Wi.De

The Wi.DE launched just last week and updates the already very capable U.P. to accept mountain bike tires sizes. The raffle supports Bend based OAS, a nonprofit that facilitates fully equipped recreational programs and events for athletes with disabilities.

Single Steed Challenge at Wanoga SnowPark

Staging at the Wanoga snowpark on the lower slopes of Mount Bachelor, the Best of Both combines 62-miles of epic paved roads, and 23-miles of famed, Bend, single-track, into one stunning 85-mile race course.

Open thinks you can do it on one bike, switching wheel sets perhaps, and so do I. Even before the Wi.DE was announced, I’ve ran fast 32s on my UP and WTB 2.1s for North Cascades single track.

What I’m excited about is dropbar mountain bike is not only back, but better than ever. Why would you want to ride a road bike with mountain bike tires and discs on dirt roads?

Because it’s light, agile, and fast. You’ll have enough tire volume to soak up most of the bumps. And, the best stoke for me comes from picking lines on a double-track, forest service road, and rolling tempo high up in the North Cascades. Where the only interruption is views and wildlife instead of cars and construction in the big city.

I ride for pleasure now, but I understand the competitive spirit and if I was still racing would enter the Best of Both to prove to myself there is one bike to do it all.

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OPEN launches the WI.DE an Ever More Capable Bike

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 09:32

I’m on the road traveling to a media event while OPEN launches the WI.DE, so sharing the PR directly. What you need to know, besides Gerard made another amazing bike, is this one has FENDERS!

OPEN launches the WI.DE

Finally.

We’ll have more analysis and a demo ride soon. As our readers know, we’re big fans of OPEN and what they bring to market.

Here’s the press release and the link for more info with pricing and geometry.

Press Release

When OPEN launched the U.P. (Unbeaten Path) model in 2015, it created a new category of performance gravel bikes. Equally at home on-road and off, with 28mm or 2.1” tires, the U.P. allowed people to ride anywhere and get there fast.

This category has since exploded (and may we say, sometimes with bikes a little too “inspired” by the original U.P.). Meanwhile, the U.P., U.P.P.E.R. and New U.P. have gone from strength to strength, winning awards, rave reviews and even a mountain bike race with Geoff Kabush.

Today OPEN introduces the WI.DE. (Winding Detours), which will sit next to the U.P. family. While the U.P. focuses on the road-allroad-gravel spectrum, the WI.DE. covers allroad-gravel-extreme rides thanks to its expanded tire clearance. U.P. riders cover plenty of extreme terrain already but the WI.DE. extends the possibilities even further. OPEN co-founder Andy Kessler explains:

“The WI.DE. fits up to 2.4” mountain bike tires. That’s big even compared to some XC mountain bikes. At the same time, it still offers a performance road position for the rider and fits narrow road cranks, so riding efficiency remains high. This means it can conquer almost any terrain, without slowing you down on the easier roads and trails.”

The WI.DE. achieves this by taking the most-copied feature of the U.P. – its dropped chainstays – and doubling down on it. OPEN co-founder & WI.DE. designer Gerard Vroomen explains: “The WI.DE. drops both chainstays, creating a very efficient box structure for the monostay behind the BB. This increases BB stiffness, reduces weight and squeezes even more tire clearance out of the frame. In addition, the WI.DE. is optimized for 1x drivetrains only, which further helps tire clearance (the U.P. also offers 2x, although most riders build their U.P. with 1x).

OPEN launches the WI.DE Features
  • Updated geometry: With slightly taller headtubes, the WI.DE. gives you even more control on the trickiest terrain, including rutted singletrack, loose rocks and “extreme gravel”.
  • New size: Due to popular demand, we’ve added an XS size to our line-up. This is one of the smallest gravel frames you will find. Be sure to check stack/reach for a fair comparison with other frames, not toptube length, which can be misleading.
  • Nimble handling: We have a reputation to “live U.P. to” as the original U.P. offered great handing regardless of the tire size used. The WI.DE. steering geometry was tweaked to offer the same feel but over a different range of tire sizes (35mm to 2.4”).
  • Smartmount 160: The brake calipers are attached directly to the fork and frame without any adaptors. The mounts are positioned pre-set for 160mm discs for both front & rear (the only sensible choice for gravel bikes). Lighter, cleaner, stiffer and safer.
  • Toolbox mount: Under the bottom bracket, the new monostay offers a perfect location to attach a toolbox. Out of the way with a low center of gravity, this is the perfect spot for your tools. The mounts are offset to create extra clearance with the chainring.
  • De-Fender-Ready: The WI.DE. frame and fork are prepared for OPEN’s upcoming De-Fender mudguard system (Dec 2019).

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Tern Launched BYB: Smallest Folding Bike

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 16:56

Earlier today, Tern launched the BYB. That’s their latest folding bike. BYB is an acronym for Bring Your Bike and it’s the smallest Tern to date. The ultra compact design is 30% smaller than a typical 20″ folding bikes, giving it a small folded footprint. It’d fit inside the GSD, another acronym-labeled bike from Tern.

The BYB is an urban bike meant to go everywhere with you and even tossed into an overhead of a plane.

Tern Launched BYB Pricing

The new BYB lineup includes two models: BYB P8 starting at $1,295, and BYB S11 is available at $2,495 respectively.

Besides the tiny fold, what Tern admirers will notice is how the front wheel is now secured with an anchor bolt, instead of their magnet.

That’s a welcome change.

The BYB incorporates ten separate Tern patented technologies, with highlights listed below.

BYB Features
  • TriFold Technology—BYB uses a patented new method of folding a bicycle—with two hinges in the frame and one in the handlepost. The positioning of the two hinges is incredibly
    complex—so complex that the patent includes a mathematical formula that describes the hinge positions, as well as alternative positions.
  • DoubleDeck Frame— The BYB inherits the DoubleDeck frame design and the burly trapezoidal tubing from the GSD for a stronger, lighter frame.
  • TFL Joint—Each hinge is also loaded with patented new technology and represents the state of the art in folding bicycle technology. The hinge rotates around stainless steel pivots sitting inside smooth Igus bearings. Levers lock shut automatically with strong aluminum pins. The TFL Joint is a complex 3D shape with internal interfaces with the frame tubes for a strong, durable connection.
  • Anchor Bolt—The folded bike is locked together with a strong and patented Anchor Bolt mechanism, so the bike always stays securely locked no matter how you lift or carry the bike.
  • Physis RF—Most folding bikes feature overly flexy handleposts which result in a ride best described as “riding a wet noodle”. The 3D-forged Physis handlepost is known for its stiffness and strength. This new RF version pairs with the stiff frame to form the foundation of the BYB’s excellent riding characteristics.
  • Metro Transit Rack—The Metro Transit Rack was designed to let the BYB stand vertically when folded, and features spinner wheels that make maneuvering the BYB in crowded spaces a breeze. It pulls double duty by also working with small and mid-size panniers, like the Ortlieb Sport Roller.

Along with that impressive feature list, there’s a full line of accessories you can learn more about from Tern.

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Electric Mountain Bike Trips in Sierra Nevada

Tue, 05/28/2019 - 17:06

Reading these descriptions about Electric mountain bike trips. I don’t even care what the bike is: motor or not. Just that the tours looks like an incredible experience. Maybe they offer a range of motors, just a bit for fatigue or that your power all day? Regardless, there are currently two e-MTB tours available to North Americans (meaning, English speaking), with more coming soon.

What I expect couples would do during these tours is one of them rides the electric bike and the other pedal power only. They both have fun and the non-cyclist keeps up.

Electric Mountain Bike Trips

This is also a growing niche for touring. In Spain, “trekking” bikes are ridden from winery to winery with signage along the way and lanes or paths. If an operator take tourists up into the moments to enjoy more local food that’s even better.

Scale the Dolomites of Brenta

On this 7-day Italian getaway, riders will climb high into the Brenta Dolomites with the help of their e-MTB, opening up more trails with fresher legs. Speed along dirt roads, forest tracks, singletracks, and open trails through the nearly 25 mile-long mountain region, passing alpine lakes, exploring ancient orchards and vineyards, and taking in the spectacular mountain vistas, including one from famed Rifugio Peller in Adamello-Brenta National Park. Along the way, enjoy village feasts of stew and polenta and lakeside gelato treats while drinking in the crisp mountain air. Departs Aug. 17; priced from $2,160 per person.

Electric Mountain Bike Trips: Breeze through the Sensational Sierra Nevada

Explore remote paths through Spain’s Sierra Nevada mountains on this 7-day singletrack adventure on a route known as the mountain biker’s “Shangri-La.” Designed for experienced mountain bikers, this journey uses pedal assisted e-MTBs so travelers can do more, see more, and give more while climbing to the summit of Spain’s third highest peak. With miles of switchbacks and technical trails to explore, riders also explore olive and almond groves, sample the country’s tastiest Jamon in the village of Trevelez, and spend a celebratory night at the Refugio Poquiera after tackling a vertical climb of nearly 2,300 feet. Departs Sept. 29; priced from $1,755 per person.

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Topeak CubiCubi Light Series is Modular

Fri, 05/24/2019 - 06:30

The Topeak CubiCubi Light Series is a modular light system comprised of ultra-bright, high capacity USB rechargeable lights, offering multiple options in a single bike mount. I chose 1200 lumens of light output, while they offer 950 and 500 versions.

Each light also offers five lighting settings, has a low battery indicator plus a reserve setting–just in case. You can also choose between different cartridge batteries allowing you to fine-tune your needs even further. The cube design is why it’s called CubiCubi. Topeak isn’t offering a rear light and for that I’d suggest the BioLight PowerLight Mini.

Topeak CubiCubi Light Series

The light’s lamp housing is forged aluminum / injection molded polymer making it light-weight, yet sturdy when mounted. The CubiCubi has a dual zone refractor lens design allowing clear near and far visibility while focusing the main beam downward to prevent blinding oncoming traffic or pedestrians. The other cyclists on the path will appreciate this.

It’s too early to think about short days and long nights, but I’m riding now with lights on all the time.

Topeak CubiCubi Light Series

The included and optional handlebar mounts provide placement flexibility for mounting to cycle computers, phone mounts, cameras, and more. The CubiCubi 1200 is IPX6 water resistant, which is very relevant to the wet Pacific Northwest.

Optional accessories include a helmet mount, USB Dual-Charging Dock, a 6000 mAh PowerPack (rechargeable via micro-USB), and a Dual Box mount (allowing you to mount two lights at once or one light and an extra battery for the long rides)

The CubiCubi Series is available for purchase online at Topeak.com.

Topeak CubiCubi Light Series MSRP
  • CubiCubi 500 / 850 / 1200 $99 / $119.95 / $139.95
  • 6000 mAh power pack: $49.95
  • Helmet Mount: $24.95
  • Dual Box: $12.95

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Bontrager Kovee Wheelset Announced

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 11:05

The Bontrager Kovee wheelset weighs in under 1300g and offers more speed and stability to cross country mountain bikers. The Kovee is an all-new wheel set and an upgrade for those who want to go faster with more stability.

Bontrager Kovee Wheelset Announced

Like any gear in the bike business, if you haven’t upgraded in the past 5 years, it’s worth considering. These carbon hoops weigh only 1290g, and they feature a wide, 29mm inner rim width that delivers improved tire support so you can run lower pressure for better traction, cornering, and a smoother, faster ride.

We started with the team in mind, to give them every advantage with a light, fast wheel

said Bontrager’s Wheel Product Director Graham Wilhelm.

Tubeless and crazy light haven’t always gone together, but they do now. On my hardtail, I’m running ENVEs, which are light, but not that light. Trek Factory Racing XC riders Emily Batty and Jolanda Neff are racing the Kovee on the World Cup XC circuit now.

Emily Batty and Jolanda Neff are racing the Kovee’s Bontrager Kovee Wheelset Specs

The wheels can be setup tubeless using either rim tape or Bontrager’s proprietary rim strip system, both of which are included. Rim tape saves a little weight, while the Bontrager rim strips provide a solid bead lock with the tire for easy setup and improved performance, especially at lower pressures.

Available in 29 with center lock disc compatibility, DT Swiss 240s hub internals, and Boost 110/148 spacing the Kovee retail for $2399. They deliver the performance of a wider rim without the weight penalty.

  • Lightweight and durable OCLV construction
  • 29mm inner rim width better supports wider tires
  • Ultra-light 1290g / wheelset
  • DT Swiss 240s internals, 24 hole front/rear
  • Center Lock Disc
  • DT Aerolite bladed spokes
  • Carbon Care Loyalty Program
  • Tubeless Ready for easy TLR setup
  • Approved for rim tape or rim strip use

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DJI Osmo Action Camera Launches

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 10:39

It makes sense that DJI would compete with GoPro. They can build a much better action camera and on paper the DJI Osmo action camera looks great.   However, it doesn’t have a UNC thread for a tri-or monopod. That means it’s unusable for me. I have zero interest in all the cube camera accessories, however great the image stabilization is.

Sony doesn’t position the RXO as an action camera because it has UNC threads. They have a line video cameras for action too, the FDR-X3000 ($348 on Amazon) and HDR-AS300 ($298 on Amazon). As I’ve shared in posts about the RXO, it’s a small-form camera for cinematic and creative filmmaking. I attached 4 to my bike a couple winters ago.

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Remember the post about the Modal being a rolling test jig? Well, here it is with 4 Sony #rxo cameras attached. The 5th is in my pocket. The views are forward, rearward, low and high of my favorite Maui roads. #bikesofinstagram

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The 2nd version, the RXO 11 is even better and ships from Amazon for $698.

I’m sure people will love the DJI Osmo action camera. I prefer super-compact cameras instead. There are so many excellent options for UNC threads, like the Manfrotto Pixi. I have no use for plastic housings and adhesive tape for mounts. What I do like about DJI and flying their drones is how they’ve embraced creatives.

DJI Osmo Action Camera DJI Osmo Action Camera PR

Below is the press release from DJI. Osmo Action retails for $349 USD and will start shipping immediately after the announcement on May 15 at dji.com and from authorized dealers on May 22.

DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and creative camera technology, building on its heritage of advanced image stabilization, takes a bold new direction with the Osmo Action camera. Using DJI’s unparalleled experience with capturing smooth and stable videos in the most demanding environments, Osmo Action is as rugged as it is sophisticated, opening worlds of creative potential for professionals and adventure seekers alike.

“DJI has always pushed the limits of technology, and the content creators who love our products made clear they wanted us to push the limits of their creative potential too. Osmo Action is our cutting-edge answer to what the creative community demands: Exceptional image quality and stabilization in a unique and durable new form factor, with dual color screens and seamless software integration. For all types of creators who push their gear to the limits, Osmo Action sets the new standard,” said Roger Luo, DJI President. “Whether you are capturing aerial content with Mavic 2, incredibly smooth content with Osmo Pocket, or heart-racing footage with Osmo Action, DJI offers a full suite of products for your creative needs.”

Rugged construction and intuitive design

A compact yet durable design makes Osmo Action the ideal camera for life’s adventures. Constructed to handle extreme conditions with ease, Osmo Action is dustproof, shockproof [1], waterproof [2] and has the ability to operate in sub-freezing temperatures [3]. Osmo Action uses color screens on both the front and back, a unique design feature that allows for more convenient scene composition while on the move. The 2.25-inch rear touchscreen employs a water and fingerprint-repelling coating, and the 1.4-inch front screen makes vlogging and selfies easier than ever before. With a brightness of 750 nits, Osmo Action can be used in harsh lighting conditions, including direct sunlight.

Osmo Action’s interactive user interface, Action OS, combines a streamlined and functional physical design with flexible operation. Power on, initiate recording, and rotate through the video and photo capture modes in the blink of an eye with three dedicated buttons. Never miss a moment with the help of SnapShot, which allows Osmo Action to turn on and begin recording in under two seconds by pressing the shutter button once.

Advanced technology with exceptional image quality

A 1/2.3-inch sensor records 12-megapixel photos and 4K video up to 60fps at 100Mbps in stunning detail, assuring high-quality footage. A three-glass aspherical lens design records low-distortion content and aids in reducing warping effects for improved scenes. The lens cap is finished with two layers of anti-fingerprint coating to keep the shot clean during use, as well as an anti-reflective coating to reduce the unwanted effects of lens glare, giving users more flexibility to shoot in bright conditions.

Incorporating over a decade of experience creating three-axis mechanical gimbals, Osmo Action is the first DJIhandheld camera to include RockSteady, DJI’s Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) technology. High-performance stabilization algorithms work in conjunction with EIS to record every movement in smooth, stable, high-quality video, even when recording 4K/60fps. Additionally, Osmo Action is capable of High Dynamic Range (HDR) video in 4K/30fps, delivering an additional three stops of dynamic range to the scene, natural transitions between light and dark areas, and rich details that are often lost in complex lighting conditions. Osmo Action has a removable battery with a run time of 93 minutes recording at 4K/30fps with RockSteady enabled, and 135 minutes recording at 1080p/30fps without RockSteady. Dual microphones let users take advantage of Osmo Action’s Voice Control, and a speaker ensures outstanding playback quality.

Creative, intelligent features A staple in DJI’s product lineup, Osmo Action offers a wide variety of highly creative features built into the camera which users can access with a few simple taps. While recording, choose between:
  • Slo-mo: 8x slow motion in 1080p 240fps or 4x slow motion in 1080p 120fps creates a visually appealing effect when documenting action-packed scenes.
  • Timelapse: To turn minutes into seconds, Timelapse is perfect for capturing unique content with the effect of the world moving faster.
  • Custom Exposure settings: Shoot for the stars with manual and semi-automatic settings that allow up to 120 seconds of exposure, perfect for capturing the night sky.
Unlocking Osmo Action’s full potential

Using the recently released DJIMimo app, connect Osmo Action to your mobile device with WiFi or Bluetooth for added functionality, including a live feed of the camera, multiple story templates, in-app quick editing, and more. An ecosystem of accessories helps unleash all the possibilities of Osmo Action including :

  • Camera Frame Kit: Included with Osmo Action,the Camera Frame Kit offers a universal mount for additional accessories and a window for the LED indicator to show camera status in real time while protecting the device.
  • Adhesive Mounts: Attach Osmo Action to flat or curved surfaces including skateboards, bikes, helmets, and more to capture fast-paced moments. Both the curved and flat adhesive mounts are included with Osmo Action.
  • Waterproof Case: The waterproof case protects the device at depths down to 60 meters while providing a clear image using high-strength glass.
  • 3.5mm Adapter: The 3.5mm adapter offers users the ability to connect an external mic for professional sound recording.
  • Extension Rod: Capture unique angles using the Extension Rod, whichfeatures a rotatable phone holder and a ¼-inch screw adapter.
  • Floating Handle: The Floating Handle offers a comfortable grip for Osmo Action and keeps it floating when shooting in water.
  • Filters: Osmo Action comes with Neutral Density (ND), Polarizer, and underwater filters. ND filters (ND4, ND8, ND16, and ND32) reduce light exposure in various environments, while Polarizer filters reduce reflections and increase color saturation for a more appealing image. Orange Seawater and Purple Freshwater filters restore the natural color of underwater scenes.
  • Charging Hub:Charge up to three batteries simultaneously in less than 130 minutes.
Price and Availability

Osmo Action retails for $349 USD and will start shipping immediately after the announcement on May 15 and from authorized dealers on May 22.

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Power of Two Wheels & Building Community

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 18:49

When not so much new is going on with bike design, besides motors, it leaves more room for stories about community like this one from Osprey about the Power of Two Wheels & Building Community.

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A beautiful story about the power of two wheels and a community built through bicycling. After a devastating breakup, Rafael finds solitude and restoration on the open road, pedaling his way to emotional health from Mexico City to northern Colorado. With just $500 to his name, he spearheads a revolution to help the underprivileged members of his new neighborhood the best way he knows how—repairing their bicycles.

Here’s a quote from Osprey’s behind the scenes

The idea began in Fort Collins, CO in the fall of 2005.  It was my last semester at Colorado State University. I  had a few hundred bucks in my bank account and my truck broke down as I rolled into town for my first day of class.  With no money to fix my truck I needed a way to get around town and finish my already very delayed college education.  A friend of mine told me about an underground bike shop located in a garage a few blocks away. Rumor had it the “shop” was started by a guy named Rafael, living in a small closet attached to the garage.  He was teaching people how to work on bikes and helping them fix up old bikes for free.  I had an old 10 speed bike I inherited from my step father that hadn’t been ridden in a few decades. I figured I might as well give it a shot.

You can find more of Jesse’s current work on his Instagram @reelmotion

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Shimano GRX Gravel Adventure Launches

Tue, 05/07/2019 - 18:49

Shimano GRX Gravel Adventure components can be mixed and matched at three tiers in 1x or 2x configurations. The best part: now I can have top-mount auxiliary brake levers with hydraulic disc brakes.

It’s been SIX LONG YEARS since I had Runkels on my bike. Up until disc brakes, CX, gravel, and now adventure categories of bikes, I had Runkels.

What are Runkels? Here’s a post I wrote from 6 years ago.

Hydraulic Disc Brakes: Runkels No More

With a hydraulic disc-brake bike in the stable this year, I realized a setup I’ve ran forever would change. No more auxiliary brakes because you can’t interrupt the hydraulic lines. The brake levers on CX bars, in addition to the ones on the hoods, have many names. They include cheater, interrupter, top mount, auxiliary, and Runkel.

They are the best way to avoid hand fatigue on long rides over rough and dirt roads. That’s because I move my hands around changing positions; especially, on a long climb.

Shimano GRX Gravel Adventure

Updated ergonomics are what you need to know most about Shimano GRX Gravel Adventure groups and the crankset and levers are the most interesting aspects. In some ways they represent a continuation of trends started 35 years ago: bigger jumps between the chainrings and the levers evolve even more to make the hoods the default hand position. 

Kristen Legan and Parker Bloom Gravel Road biking in Kamloops, British Columbia Kristen Legan and Parker Bloom Gravel Road biking in Kamloops, British Columbia

The groups for gravel and adventure set can be broken down like this now:

  • SRAM: “We’ve simplified our top road groups. It’s the same levers and rear derailleur for 1x or 2x, it’s all eTap, and you can tune it with a free app on your smartphone.”
  • Shimano: “People like choices, so we created 4-5 dozen additional sku#s, most of them functionally redundant to existing product. But we finally introduced subcompact cranks, and you’ll be happy to hear that they use yet another new BCD pattern.”

When it comes to bikes and components, I’m brand agnostic. I get what work works for me and super excited about the return of more flexibility in how Mark builds up my bikes.

Shimano GRX Gravel Adventure Launches and brings with it the return of Runkels!

As per the usual, my personal bikes are always hacked together from various parts. The Modal, is just that a rolling testbed for whatever we’re into and testing. It’s running a combo SRAM/Shimano drivetrain.

Once we get a GRX group in, expect another post about it. For now, Shimano explains what they launched very well at their site.

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Café du Cycliste’s Toile de Jouy Collection

Thu, 05/02/2019 - 13:54

Café du Cycliste’s Toile de Jouy collection is some great looking, unique kit. The collection is available for men and women tomorrow. The limited prints are just in time for the Tour de France, of course, and look lovely evoking French imagery in the design.

Sporty too.

The collection is as French as France as iconic as Eiffel. Wear it across a range of performance road apparel for riding high climbs in high style. Lowlanders like me, probably should chose other more roomy kit.

It’s lovely Café du Cycliste’s Toile de Jouy Collection PR

Inspired by those icons of French cycling history that roused young cyclists on to their saddles and out on to the road, the narrative unfolds on the fabric. The riders: Robic the Goat, Hinault the Badger, Fignon the Professor. The places: – the Giant of Provence, and a nod to the cobbles of the Grammont across the border. The roadside icon: El Diablo. And finally, maybe the greatest scene of them all: Anquetil and Poulidor going shoulder to shoulder on the Puy de Dôme.

The collection brings a touch of à la Francaise to the roads ridden, wherever they may be. Available from the 3rd of May on www.cafeducycliste.com and in Nice, London, and Mallorca stores. They’ll ship to the states too.

If this style interests you, also see what their designers offers in T-shirts for warm weather and merino jerseys for whatever the weather. They have layers up for the outdoors with inner, mid or outerwear. It’s all designed for a cycling lifestyle; including, socks. I like the signature modern French style, premium fabrics and a raft of details makes each piece ideal for back country exploration. They’re sorta like if Rapha were French instead of English.

The graphic on this t is an example.

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Reggie Ramble Gravel Grinder in Canada

Wed, 05/01/2019 - 18:47

Cheers and a blog post from me for people I know in the bike industry just trying to have fun with it and put on a good event like the Reggie Ramble Gravel Grinder in Canada. That seems rare these days. I hope we get back to it after ebikes and indoor cycling wanes.

After all these years, not matter the marketing cycle, I’m into the bike for the long haul. What interests me now is endurance events and of all the gravel grinders I see, this one looks fantastic. Mostly because it’s in Canada, which makes it seem radder than Idaho.

Note: this isn’t what I know some wealthy fondos are like. Expect a more rustic experience.

Reggie Ramble Gravel Grinder PR

REGGIE is teaming up with Superfly Racing to put on a new Gravel Grinder event the REGGIE Ramble in Canada, just outside of Toronto in Warkworth, so mark your calendars for Sept 28th. Jeff Wills told us “REGGIE is all about having fun riding bikes, so we simply have to host a ride. We wanted to have an event that mimics the rides I love to do with my buddies, and that’s where the name comes from: When the weekend ride starts at my house, we call them REGGIE Rambles, and my friends know they’re in for something they’ve never done before.”

This is going to be a unique formula offering three unique loops and three distance options: 60km/ 37miles, 130km/80miles, and the big one 200km/124miles. All riders will ride the first loop, then the longer riders will continue onto the separate second loop, and then the beasts will finish up with the third loop. Each loop starts and finishes with a ride through of the Old Barn at the Warksworth Fair Grounds, and each will feature special “ambush” sections that will contain tough or different terrain or gradients.

The courses also separate the Ramble from the major US races: 70-80% of each loop is dirt or gravel, with only a few road “transition” sections, and the scenery in the Trent Hills region is amazing and unlike any in the other events.

Little-known fact, that I grew up as a kid in Toronto, Ontario and this could make a fun trip.

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Outdoors: Think Tank Backlight Elite 45L

Tue, 04/30/2019 - 19:30

The release of the Think Tank Backlight Elite 45L is well timed. I just got back from a shoot with Tony Gale at Mount Rainer National Park. While there shooting, both of us talked about the right bag for national park landscapes and I know I don’t have one.

Think Tank Backlight Elite 45L, consider all that gear plus a helmet, food, and water.

I do have the best-ever bag for what I shoot (it’s a messenger bag I’ll review in a bit) and for travel the Mission Workshop Rhake + Capsule is my go to.

Mount Rainer capped a three-day weekend that started with the tulip fields. In farm country, I could’ve used a bag designed for the outdoors. Not to also carry a set of axes with bodies and lenses, but a heavy-duty tripod.

The most useful feature would’ve been the stability. A backpack designed for trekking would’ve helped. We walked down a still-snowed in valley to a waterfall. Just like this MindShift’s pro in their product photo. The Think Tank Backlight Elite 45L has an internal frame to keep it steady.

Think Tank Backlight Elite 45L don’t slip on wet rocks either.

That frame and hydration-pack capabilities is why I’m cross-posting the Think Tank Backlight Elite 45L from my camera site. I think this pack from Mindshift would work just as well for a cyclist on a long ride who needs likes to stay organized.

Consider the Think Tank Backlight Elite 45L for Cycling

From Mindshift’s PR:

Get deeper into the backcountry with the MindShift BackLight Elite 45L backpack from Think Tank Photo. 45 liters of internal volume provides ample room. Combine photo/personal gear and a dedicated laptop/tablet. External attachment points accommodate adventure equipment.

Sounds good. The BackLight Elite 45L features YKK AquaGuard zippers. Waterproof/tearproof sailcloth, robust lumbar padding, and a quick-dry back panel for increased ventilation too. And, like MindShift’s other BackLight backpacks, rear-panel access adds security when traveling since your camera gear is protected behind your back.

Think Tank Backlight Elite 45L setup for Hydration. Think Tank Backlight Elite 45L Key Features
  • Storm-resistant construction with YKK® AquaGuard® zippers and waterproof/tearproof Sailcloth
  • Superior Fit: Robust lumbar padding, hip-hugging waist belt, quick-dry back panel, and foam ridges for increased ventilation
  • Back and top panel access to all of your camera gear, allowing you to work out of your bag without getting your harness dirty or wet
  • Aluminum internal frame supports the load and keeps it in place
  • Dedicated compartments fit up to a 17” laptop and a 10” tablet
  • Meets most international and U.S. carry-on requirements*
  • Advanced Airflow: Dual-density, honeycomb mesh shoulder straps
  • Includes tripod/monopod mounting system on front or side
  • Trekking capacity! Front pockets totaling 17L carry personal gear for a day’s outing: extra layers, a jacket, food, etc.
  • Hydration reservoir ready (reservoir not included)
  • 2 large water bottle pockets with cinch cord fit 32 oz. water bottles
  • Snowboard or ski carry with tuck-away, protected edge lash straps
  • Top-lid converts into a belt pack with the removable waist belt
  • Waterproof, heavy-duty Tarpaulin base
  • Seam-sealed, brown colored rain cover blends in with the environment
  • Removable camera compartment with emergency shoulder straps to avoid gate check
  • Removable waist belt for ease when traveling
  • Expandable capacity on all five sides with daisy chain, ice axe loops and additional lash points
  • Compatible with the MindShift Tripod Suspension Kit, Filter Nest/Hive & Switch Case
What Fits

Sony A7R II attached to 24–70mm f/2.8 GM, GoPro Hero 5, DJI Mavic Pro, Mavic Controller, Filter Nest Mini, A7R II attached to 16–35mm f/4. The Think Tank Backlight Elite 45L retails for $399.

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Amsterdam As You’ve Never Seen It Before

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 13:50

If you haven’t flown into Schiphol and then taken the train to rent a bike and ride around, I recommend you do. And, a new book is out that shows Amsterdam as you’ve never seen it before.

The photobook that offers a unique look at Amsterdam, it’s Amsterdam Resized! Taking pictures from rooftops or helicopters, photographer Jasper Léonard points his lens at buildings, canals and street life throughout Amsterdam.  Jasper Leonard uses Tilt-Shift technique to create a bird’s-eye perspective for these amazing photos.

Amsterdam As You’ve Never Seen It Before

Tilt-Shift isn’t a technique I use, but these photos are fantastic and reminds me of our rides there.

“The book is an intimate and magical token of admiration,” said The Sydney Morning Herald and I agree. The famous canals of Amsterdam have been reduced to mere trickles with mini-sized bridges; the joggers in the Vondelpark now resemble Playmobile puppets, and the Stedelijk Museum now looks more like a bath tub.

From the Foreword

The grandiose Amsterdam reduced to the smallest proportions. The pictures of photographer Jasper Léonard zoom out to zoom in on what makes us so unique as a city. The inimitable creativeness. The rich past and the promising future. The defiance and the diversity. The freedom too, to be who you really are. Free- dom celebrated, from the floats of King’s Day to the pubs on the Spui. And that is what you can see in the following pages.

This small, grandiose booklet makes me proud and with me probably many Amsterdammers. From the architectural class of the ring of canals to the moving playfulness of a little rocking horse on a roof terrace: they are all Amsterdam. This is who we are, portrayed in a unique manner.

Amsterdam Resized! is available from Amazon in hardcover for $12.97. A few pages in, you’ll see the enormous bike parking structure look tiny.

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Spring Break and Wrap Up: Sea Otter Classic

Mon, 04/22/2019 - 20:29

In such a rush to get out of town for Spring Break I forgot to set an out of office for the site or schedule any posts…once back next week I’ll have plenty to share. For now, please watch this video Wrap Up: Sea Otter Classic from Troy Lee.

2019 recap of Sea Otter Classic featuring Steve Peat, Cam Zink, Luca Shaw, Mitch Ropelato, Kialani Hines, Leigh Donovan, Kyle Strait, Rachel Strait, Caroline Washam, Lucas Cruz, the TLD groms and of course Troy Lee!

Sea Otter is great event and this video demonstrates that. Be back soon.

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Notre-Dame in Paris Photos by Bike

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 17:59

It’s sad, shocking, and surreal to start my work day watching an 800-year-old landmark burn in realtime. I was in Paris last year street shooting with the a9 and by bike. From the BREAKING NEWS Wire

A fire broke out at the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris. The cause was unknown, and firefighters were on the scene after an evacuation.
Monday, April 15, 2019 1:29 PM EST

André Finot, a spokesman for the cathedral, said in a telephone interview that the spire of the cathedral had caught fire.

Video filmed by onlookers and shared on social media showed smoke and flames billowing from the top of the cathedral, engulfing scaffolding and the spire.

I didn’t publish any photos of Notre-Dame when I took them because the scene there is mostly tourists taking photos. Here they are now and shared with a sadness for a landmark everyone should see and photograph. I’m sure they’ll rebuild it.

Notre-Dame in Paris Photos by Bike: this is the west side. The cathedral on the other side burned today.

Notre Dame is a symbol of France. Imagine the scene as thousands stood on the banks of the Seine river watching in shock when the fire tore through the cathedral’s wooden roof and brought down part of the spire.

Notre-Dame in Paris Photos, as seen from the street. Part of Paris Burned

Video shared on Twitter showed smoke and flames billowing from the top of the cathedral and the iconic cathedral collapsing.

#Breaking: Just in – Close up Video of The concrete spire of the iconic cathédrale Notre-Dame de #Paris collapsing inside the church.#NotreDame #France pic.twitter.com/DL5FTJJeHy

— Sotiri Dimpinoudis ❁‏ (@sotiridi) April 15, 2019

Built in the 12th and 13th centuries, the cathedral is currently undergoing extensive renovation work. That’s what I saw around the back of the building. There were gargoyles stacked in scaffolding.

Notre-Dame in Paris Photos, tourists taking photos with phones. Notre-Dame in Paris Photos, tourists taking photos with phones.

About Notre-Dame, Mr. Macron said on Twitter

Like all of our fellow citizens, I am sad tonight to see this part of us burn.

Feature photo: FRANCOIS GUILLOT / AFP

It was lovely and we saw plenty of Parisians cycling. More about cycling Paris

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