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Another Saturday. Another squish and shoot session. The Fujifilm X100T is still blowing my mind. Can’t get enough of it.

Time to clean the bike and camera, then get read for a little road rippin’ tomorrow. Haven’t done that in a while. I’m preparing for the pain by eating a burrito as I type. Cheers!

Can’t We All Get Along

When roadies and mountain rippers collide! It’s a good thing. I still don’t know where I play into the cycling title game. Maybe I don’t have to work with riding style titles. All I know is that I’m head over heals in love with the mountain right now. I’m sure the road will call my name again eventually, or even go hard with some CX. For now I’ll stick with mountain and enjoy the pain cave it puts me in.

What’s that? You want to geek out about cameras for a minute. Deal.

I’m falling deeply in love with the Fujifilm X100T. It’s a magical little soul capturing device that I’ve yet to play with until this weekend. As I’m researching more film shooters I want so desperately to pick up, like the Contax G2, I slowly fall back into the X series Fuji cameras that meet all my needs for a digital shooter.

So, why is that? Well first of all, I have a few and it’s easy to glide back into shooting Fuji’s X-Series cameras vs. spending the money to nab a new film killer. Fuji has style points for days mixed with functionality and most importantly… image quality is through the roof. They just feel great! When I borrow one or use the ones I have it’s like picking up an old friend that just feels good. I instantly feel energized to go exploring and sneakily capture the vibe no matter what setting I’m in. AND they’re great to ride with. A small powerhouse you won’t feel on your person when squishing through the hills.

With all that being said, I love film and I love Fuji X series cameras. Win | Win.

Here’s todays capture with the Fujifilm X100T. when roadies and mtn rippers come together to crush and heckle all over some Alabama hills. I hope you enjoy.

PFELD GARMENTS // FULL BLACK

So completely pumped on the new PFELD black on black on black denim. Just got them in and can’t wait to put them through the paces. At first feel: light, full motion, smooth. Perfect Spring/Summer denim.

I’ll give you the full 411 in a few weeks. For now go check out PFELD. So. PUMPED!

Knog // Oi Bike Bell

Oi!!

So like… we’ve all been on the trail and come up on hikers only to scare them no matter how slow we approach and politely ask to pass. I have a feeling this little non-bell looking bell will help with that.

Pretty pumped on this design as well. Totally outside the box thinking from Knog with the Oi bell. And that name says it all!

Great stuff Knog!!

Enough Is Enough

I haven’t blogged in many moons, since Sept. ’16 to be exact. It’s time to change that and get back into the rhythm and what better way to do just that than with a squish and shoot session?!

Blevins Bicycle Co. recently picked up Specialized and will no doubt dominate this coming season with new BRAAPmobiles for your purchasing pleasure. Specialized came through with a solid demo day to check out their new steeds. Although I didn’t get the time to scope one out up close, I did get to capture Brice Johnston and Brandon Valenzuela rip through the hills.

I hope you enjoy. If’n yer a local, go check out Blevins Bicycle Co. for that new new squishy goodness.  

Blevins Bicycle Co. CX Training

Like… you could go set up “training” barriers or pretend that jumping on and off your saddle dosen’t rack your nuts or lady parts time and time again… or you could go huck off at the skatepark. Either way you’re skills will improve. The only thing that will change is the level of fun you’ll have. Brice and Brandon of the Blevins Bicycle Co. CX team know what I’m talking about.

No Harm In Gettin’ A Garmin

imageWell… the time… has come where I breakdown and nab a Garmin. I wanted something that had more purpose than just being attached to my bicycles so I did my homework and ended up with the Forerunner 235. Now I know what you’re thinking… “um… Matt, that’s “for runners”, but really the FR235 only resembles a running watch when in reality it is a one stop shop for ANY activity.

After using the FR235 for a couple weeks I’ve found the heart rate calorie counter to be very helpful. Instead of guessing what nutrition I need each day, I can look at Garmin Connect app and know exactly what I’m working with to reach my goals. Those fun facts mixed with sleep tracking help me understand why I feel like crap during a ride and what I need to change. PLUS… I don’t have to carry my phone with me anymore!!! My rides, and yes runs, will upload directly to Strava. BAM!!

With all that being said, there are tons of less expensive options out there that will do the exact same thing, but in my opinion, the FR235 looks the best and Garmin has incorporated a great social UI with the Garmin Connect app AND you have Garmin’s supreme GPS tracking that will give you some really great options to map/track rides.

So why not an Apple Watch instead? They’re about the same price:

Great question. Although Apple Watches look amazing and I’m sure function really well, they have the worst battery life of all the smart watches I researched and no GPS. For me, that just isn’t going to fly. The FR235 is light weight with heart rate optics, and about an 8 day battery life, depending on daily activity use and setting options.

OH and… you can either create your own HR Zone training plan or just download one from Garmin that is pre created based off of your activity level. HOW KILLER IS THAT!!

If you’re in the market for a watch that will do it all and assist you with your riding, running, lifting, swimming, hiking, sleeping, etc. goals… look no further; the Garmin Forerunner 235 has you covered.

RIDE x CREATE

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Ride Recap With Radu In Bucharest

Riding in Bucharest, Romania is something I never thought I would say I’ve accomplished. I mean, I know a lot of other bloggers and/or cyclists travel to ride all the time, but me, not so much, well… not outside of America that is. So when I got connected through Jon Woodroof with his international cycling pals I got to meet up with Radu and cruised through the Bucharest streets.

Romania is a beautiful country no doubt and I’ve only seen a few areas in the south. I’m hoping to make it up north into the mountain during my invasion. So far I’ve seen A LOT of people touring which makes me wish I had my gear to join in on the fun. I ran into a pack of folks that were 500km into a 2000km tour. AMAZING!!!!

Anyways… here’s a few shots from my ride with Radu. Radu is a great dude with a passion for cycling that made me feel right at home. It’s amazing to me that no matter where I am in the world, there is always a new cycling pal to high-five and share stories with.

Thanks again Radu for your hospitality and loaning me one of your bicicletas yesterday. I’m hoping to make it back your way before I leave your great country.

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