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REFLECTION: Chas Christiansen for MASH

Mash & Chas put together another dinger of a video. And shot and edited it all on an iPhone.

As artists, we look for tools that allow us to create looks in the recording of light that continue to celebrate bikes and their riders. This new project is an experiment in polarizing reflective light. With support from Apple, we wanted to shoot a video with equipment that is accessible to a large population of the modern world. The best camera you own is the one you have with you, and the smart phone is in your pocket day after day. We used two ExoLens Zeiss wide angle lenses and one B+W circular polarizer mounted to a Movi M5 gimbal. We recorded through the MoviePro app to create a camera rig that shoots duplicate images, with one camera recording all reflectivity, and the second camera, with the polarizer, blocking all the reflective light in the scene. By editing between the two recordings, we created an effect that feels like the cyclist is powering his bike and clothing through the energy he puts into his pedals.

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Fixie or Roadie?

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Fixie or Roadie? Get these sweet pins over at SFSprints.

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Harness The Gnarness | Oakland 2014

Awesome!! More HERE!

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Atir Cycles | Glow Bike Review

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I’ve been riding the Atir Cycles Glow Bike for almost three months now. I started off by doing weekly reviews of the bike. I quickly ran out of stuff to say, so I scrapped that idea and decided to give myself a little longer to get to know the bike better. Overall, I have been pleased with the bike. I used it as my main bike for month, rode it to work, the bar, friends houses, and anywhere else I decided to venture in the city.

I was pretty in-depth with the first weekly review, the second weekly review was a video showing the bike at various speeds, the handling, and a little skid, and the third weekly review basically covered my weekend and riding in the rain. After riding the bike for almost three months, I only have a few more things to ad to the overall review.

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First off, if you want an inexpensive to ride around town, to work and/or school, or even just a bike to go for weekend leisure rides, this is a perfect bike. Atir Cycles bikes, start at $325 for the high tensile steel models. These models are little bit heavier (23-25lbs). They also offer a 4130 Chromoly Steel version, which is slightly lighter, starting at $450. I rode the high tensile Glow Model, which starts at $385.

After riding it on the fixed gear side for about two months, I did switch it over to single speed, so a friend who was visiting town, could ride it for a weekend. I told him, I wanted his opinion at the end of the weekend. He told me he took it out on some trails and it was just as fun off road and it was on. And then, he tried to buy it from me. When I did switch it over to single speed, I did throw a brake on the back. The Atir bikes come with a front brake only. I just added a rear one, because that’s how I like my single speeds set up.

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In the end, I will continue to enjoy this bike. I have a riding rotation set up for all my bikes, so they get equal rinding time, and I have gladly added this bike to that rotation. Check out Atir Cycles for more information on their brand, and to buy a bike that makes you happy!

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Just Me and My GoPro

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This past December I was fortunate to receive a GoPro Hero 3 as a Christmas present. Immediately, I started playing with it and wondered how I could use this new tool while riding by bike. I was instantly impressed by how the easy it is to use, and the durability. After a couple days of test shots around the house and finally receiving the bike mount, I set out recording and experimenting with different mount positions. And now, I can’t stop. I carry it with me everywhere I go, recording everything and anything. My friends have finally gotten use to that weird guy with the camera. It also opened up new ideas and creations.

Being an artist, I am naturally observant. As soon as I started reviewing and editing video, I noticed all the things I never noticed while I was riding. Like, how close that car got to me, or that little kid staring at me as I rode through the intersection. In a way, it inspired me to start this website and pushed me to learn more about video editing and mixing.

What I’m trying to tell you, is to get ahold of one and have fun with it. See what you can do with these things. Try to break them.

Above and below are a few stills from the videos I’ve taken. You can also check out a few shorts, I’ve put together on Vimeo. I hope you enjoy these as much as I do.

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Save Your Head: Bern Brentwood Helmet Review

Bern1The Bern Brentwood helmet has to be the most important piece to my cycling ensemble. I had never worn a hemet while riding before this one. Then, I was hit by a car. Not a bad accident, but enough to scare me straight. The first thing I did after the accident was research, research, research. I knew I wasn’t a fan of the traditional cycling helmet and wanted something that would protect my head, more than have a stylish look to it. I stumbled on the Bren website, and compared them to other helmets I had been researching. After a few weeks of research and frustration, I decided to go with the Brentwood.

I’m not one to look into the technology of helmet design, etc. When I do research, I read reviews, just like you are doing now, ask friends, and stop by my LBS. What matters most to me is what other rider’s opinions are on comfort, function, and performance. If you are one for looks, the Bern Brentwood does come in different sizes and colors.

Would I recommend the Bern Brentwood to others: YES and here’s why:

  • It’s lighter then you think, considering it’s bulkiness. About 15 oz.
  • You can flip up the bill.
  • You can wear it all year round. I wore this helmet through the winter and was able to wear a stocking cap under neath to cover my ears and was still comfortable.
  • You can take the inner cap out and switch it out for your cycling cap, if you’d like. I would recommend that you leave the inner cap in and just put your cycling helmet on when you remove your helmet.
  • It will protect your head. I’ve taken a few big spills and smacked my head on a curb. The only damage was my ego and a small scratch on my helmet. I recommend after smacking your head while wearing any helmet you thoroughly inspect it. Sometimes you fracture the inside of the helmet. Something you can’t see from the outside. If you think you have done this, it’s time for a new helmet.

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The only thing that I don’t like about the helmet is the bulkiness. It’s a bulky and you may look goofy. But, you are protecting your head, which should be more important than looks.

You can pick up any Bern helmet at your local LBS or through Bern. If you are one of those “hardcore” guys/gals that think don’t think they need a helmet. Change your stupid ways and buy one. You’ll think me and yourself the next time you wreck. A bruised ego is better than the ICU.

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