Extracting Stills from GoPro Footage

One thing I miss having moved from a Garmin VIRB to a GoPro Hero 9 is the ability to take still photos while shooting video. The VIRB has a small handlebar-mounted remote which can be used to take a photo. The images are 4608 x 3456 (15-megapixel), despite the VIRB only recording in 1080p H.264. … Read more

Redshift ShockStop Suspension Stem for Gravel Bikes

Suspension on bikes has been around probably as long as the bike itself. And suspension stems have certainly been around since the start of the mountain bike era, with designs such as the Girvin Flexstem and the Softride Suspension Stem, although these didn’t meet with total success. With the surge in gravel biking in the … Read more

ShadowStand – Essential Bike Photography Accessory

ShadowStand is an ingenious bike support from Peter Bodola, an architectural model maker based in Hungary. Basically, it’s a triangular piece of recycled acrylic that fits under the pedal axle to support your bike while you take photographs of it. It’s small enough to fit into your jersey pocket, and saves looking for convenient gates … Read more

Wahoo Elemnt Roam Vs Garmin Edge 530

Wahoo’s Elemnt Roam and Garmin’s Edge 530 are both companies’ latest GPS bike computers. I’ve had a Wahoo Elemnt Roam since September last year and used it extensively on my winter bike during the colder months. However, due to some problems with the Wahoo and my SRM power meter (see notes at the end), I … Read more

Planet-X Tempest

After the Methlick Cycle Challenge, I decided I wanted to replace my mountain bike. I’d really enjoyed off-road bits of the ride, but using a mountain bike (albeit quite an old one) slowed me down on the road and hard-packed gravel sections. With this in mind, I decided on a gravel bike. There’re some good … Read more

Methlick Cycle Challenge

The Methlick Cycle Challenge has been going for a few years now, initially as a ride from Ballater to Methlick and more recently as a ride based in Methlick itself. The ride offers 66-mile, 44-mile and 20-mile options. This was the first time I’d attempted the event, and I opted for the 44 mile distance. … Read more

Suie Classic 2019

Last weekend, I took part in the Suie Classic, a 54 mile bike ride that’s part of the Great Inverurie Bike ride. The Great Inverurie Bike ride started out many years ago as a 25 mile sponsored event. In the last couple of years, a longer, 54 mile option has been added. The route follows … Read more

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