The Rendezvous Basin Loop rode very well last weekend. We stopped at the Gardner Hut for a snack. After the fires this summer it felt good to be back taking photos and riding bikes.
We returned to a mosaic.
We returned to a mosaic burn pattern.
Over the last thirty years of being a cyclist, I have owned more “perfect” bikes than I can count. When I was growing up, my father, a commercial photographer, had a sign in his office that said, “the bitterness of poor quality is remembered long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.” This sign, which I think was from Snap-On tools, was a quote from founding father, and notable skinflint Ben Franklin. …
In the beginning, there was the bike computer. Small of screen and bereft of features, the typical bike computer was less powerful than the average Casio digital wristwatch. Feeding data from a small magnetic sensor by wire to the head unit, these “computers” were simply counting the rotations of a wheel of known size and “computing” speed and distance. The first analog bike computer arrived in 1895 and electronic versions were popular by the 1980s.
The greatest advance in bike computers-the time at which they actually became computers-came in 2000 when the US military ended the process of “selective availability”…
What a winter that was. And, before the last drifts of snow melt away, I wanted to share a few fat biking photos. If ever there was a year in which we really needed a long, lovely, winter — 2020–2021 was it. The season offered endless opportunities for outdoor activity.
Where I rode, it was a record-setting year in terms of snowfall, grooming, users, and circumstance. From the early first flakes in November to the long, sunny days of March, I was fueled by the joy of riding and connection in the Methow Valley.
This week the release of the Sony 14mm F1.8 G Master lens was announced. Super-light, super-small, and super-sharp, the 14mm F1.8 is an ultra-wide prime lens and the only one like it on the market.
More lenses like this don’t exist because they’re very difficult to manufacture. Sony’s ten-year lead in mirrorless means they can make such a technological marvel. I’ve shot with the only other 14mm and it seems enormous in comparison. Glass adapted from a DSLR instead of designed specifically for mirrorless bodies adds unnecessary bulk and weight.
This week the release of the Sony 14mm F1.8 G Master lens was announced. I’m crossposting from Durable Images because this is a lens I’ll carry with me on the bike.
In a boxy bike bag.
Super-light, super-small, and super-sharp, the 14mm F1.8 is an ultra-wide prime lens and the only one like it on the market. Just back from the first trip since before times, packing light is still a top priority.