Review // The Smith Optics “Clark”

imageI chose to go with the polarized option in “Vintage Havana”. I’ve been a black sunglasses guy for the better part of a decade. It was time to branch out and when I saw the Smith Optics Clark in this color way It was a done deal.

Super light weight with little rubber nose pieces that help keep the shades firmly attached to my face. Much needed when I’m out cruising in this Alabama humidity.

To sum it up… these are amazing. This is the second pair of Smith Optics sunglasses I’ve owned and I could be more pleased.

Go to Smith Optics and check out more details. I hope you dig as much as I do.

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NEW // SILCA Ultimate Plus Pumpe and Low Pressure Gauge

160 pump + gauge transparentThe Lambo of floor pumps.

“The kit was the idea of our pro team mechanics and athletes who were riding mostly on the road in the spring and summer, and mostly CX and off-road in the fall. By adding a Low Pressure kit to a standard Ultmate pump, the discerning cyclist can go from 1psi accuracy to 0.5psi accuracy at CX pressures” – Joshua Portner, President of SILCA

I can only imagine if SILCA is putting that much detail on half psi differences then the craftsmanship behind this pump have to be immaculate.

Go to SILCA to check out more details of this blowing beauty. Pretty rad stuff.

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Timo Stark No Foot Down Photo Recap

imageHad one killer hot day yesterday… well, Timo Stark and crew had a killer hot day; I provided support to the group ranging from 5-7 riders throughout the 108 mile ride with 6K+ ft. of climbing. I’ve never provided support to a crew of fast paced riders like this. Come to think of it, I’ve never provided support or photo documented a fast paced group like this from a car (solo) ever. It was an awesome experience capturing the pain each rider was going through throughout the day.

Continually impressed with the Fujifilm X-E2 and exploring where it excels and where it has issues. The issues are minimal and really just take me learning how to best use this tool. All in all the X-E2 handled amazingly using Fujinon 14mm f/2.8, 35mm f/1.4, and Yashica 135mm f/2.8 lenses during this shoot.

This ride was hosted by Timo to celebrate another year of his life and what better way to do that than with death ray Alabama humidity for 5 hours? Unfortunately Infinity Cycling Team rider and friend of Timo’s, Said Assali, traveled to ride and support his teammate but had a mechanical issue that took him out about 3 miles in. Fortunately I was there to drive him back to the starting point. If that’s all the support I provided during the ride I feel like I did my job well. BUT… as the day went on, the heat heated up, the pain slowly creeped up the legs of these men as they became one with their machines grinding over the oven hot pavement; the big ass cooler filled with water, Coca-Cola, Skratch Labs cookies, and other assortment of foods were greatly needed and appreciated.

The robust amount of photos below reflect the day from start to finish. I hope you enjoy!

RIDE. CREATE. SUPPORT. The cramps…imageimage

Mission Workshop // The Hauser in Black MultiCam™

camo-hydration-pack-3This is so sick!!

“The Hauser is designed to go anywhere in all conditions. Complete weatherproof construction ensures your gear will always stay dry.

These limited edition Hauser packs have been constructed using our last stash of the original MultiCam™ Black fabric. This original MultiCam Black pattern has since been retired and replaced with a new version and will not be produced again. The final run of this specific camo pattern has been applied to a US made 500d Cordura and then bonded to a waterproof membrane and reinforced with an x-ply ripstop yarn.

The Hauser hydration pack has a total of four weatherproof exterior pockets to provide easy access to gear, and the included tool-roll is fully removable. The main cargo compartment is secured by a roll-top closure which can also be used in the flap-down configuration to provide additional coverage for the front zippers. Perforated back panel and shoulder straps ensure complete ventilation and moisture management. The Hauser is compatible with most hydration reservoirs up to 3 liters including Camelbak, Hydrapak, Platypus, and Osprey/Nalgene. Use your existing hydration reservoir or purchase one from us. Full zippered opening on hydration pocket allows easy access to reservoir.” – MW

Go to Mission Workshop to check out more!camo-hydration-pack-6blk-camo-600x600

The Athletic Supports Aaron Edge

TigreNoir1This is the cycling community taking care of their own. Not only do you get a rad shirt, you get to help a fellow peddler in a time of need.

“We will be donating $10 for every shirt sold to Aaron’s bills fund. If you would like to donate further, head over to his GoFundMe Page » Aaron Vs. T6. Every shirt comes with a “Yo Thanks!” decal that Aaron has provided as his way of saying thanks for the support.” – The Athletic

I just ordered mine. I hope you’re as pumped on this as I am.

RIDE. CREATE. SUPPORT.

Chris Rost Killz BMX

imageI only had a few minutes to meet up with Chris last week. To be honest, I haven’t really used my new Fujifilm X-E2 and Funijon 35mm lens to shoot any action shots yet so I was pretty amped when Chris and I’s schedules were free to meet up. I thought there was going to be a few limitation comparing the X-E2 Mirrorless to a DSLR from reading a couple reviews, but I couldn’t find any. As you can see, fast action focus is on point! But maybe I don’t have nearly the issues shooting with a slower focusing digital shooter since I transitioned from manual film shooting. Regardless of that fact, I couldn’t be more pleased with Fujifilm products. With each photo shoot I grow more in love!

Go to FOLLY x DIGITAL for more examples of what this little shooter can do! Cheers!

RIDE x CREATE

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