Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Xcel action cam photo mode test 1 / DDBO meeting




 -----We had a meeting for www.duvaldirtybikeolympics.com our event that we are throwing on September 20-22nd. I decided to try out the new Xcel action cam and it's abilities with still photos in normal to high lighting. Most of the photos/slideshow featured in the photos are raw. I seem to be preferring the photos in that fashion of the recent. The camera was filmed in it's 720p ultra wide setting and these are what I picked up from it.

-----We spent most of the night talking about our events so I tried to take photos where I could. I am still getting used to this camera and I have to makeshift a viewfinder for it soon.. This camera is built for recording P.O.V. video and I have yet to experiment with that part of it yet, I'm sure that is where it really shines because these lenses absorb an amazing amount of light. The camera would do much better with a tripod for sure for stills. For on the go as I have done today I would recommend the burst modes after retrieving the footage. Take 10 and have one perfect shot to come back to. It will be a large process getting used to this camera but I'm sure once I have it down I will be able to capture some very unique photos.

-----The camera itself is very simple and easy to use but I'm sure will take a moment or two to master.You have to think outside the box to get a decent shot since there is not a viewfinder. The lens seems most applicable for outside settings, I will have to take more photos to confirm that. Check back soon to see what I end up setting as a rig for this camera on the go. I have a ton of ideas :)

Music: Selebrities - Time

You can pick the Xcel camera here http://www.xcelcam.com/EN/

If there is anything you would like for me to review you can always hit me up at RiCrosier@hotmail.com
www.ghost-in-the-spoke.com

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Xcel camera test in low light conditions with Knog Blinder 1 light.


-----I just cracked open my new Xcel action camera and started with some low light testing.Action cameras generally don't come with internal lighting but I strapped my Knog Blinder 1 bicycle light onto the base and it worked nicely. http://www.knog.com.au/gear-blinder-lights/blinder-1-cross.phps . I am a huge fan of DIY lomography/toy camera kind of pictures so this camera is right up my alley. (Point and click and hope for the best, pretty much my way of life right now.)

-----My friends and I came to open mic night in Shanty Town, it's kind of a punk rock bar with a huge assortment of people. They played some music and I did some testing on the stills with the camera. I will be shooting almost exclusively with these little cameras and I'm hoping to get some delicious raw beautiful footage. This is just a preview of things to come. I love this little camera it's capabilities are far beyond anything that I have put out today. I'm still learning to use this for photos and videos. Be sure to check back soon!

These are what I found on my camera after I woke up the next day. Enjoy

You can pick the Xcel camera here http://www.xcelcam.com/EN/
The light I used for the camera: http://www.knog.com.au/gear-blinder-lights/blinder-1-cross.phps

Music by: oOoOO - Break Yr Heart

If there is anything you would like for me to review you can always hit me up at RiCrosier@hotmail.com
www.ghost-in-the-spoke.com

Friday, August 23, 2013

New batch of our shirts out now and store is updated!




      We have ladies tanks and low cut shirts now. Also, our store has a proper tracking of inventory. So no random colors, you can pick from what is available :) We make our shirts in batches of 30-40 but they sell out super quick so pick them up at http://www.ghostinthespoke.bigcartel.com/

My new camera from Xcel came in!



     I'll have an unboxing and full info on it soon. You can check out information on the camera at http://www.xcelcam.com/ and if you can make it to www.facebook.com/xcelcam by the 24th then you could have a chance to win one of these bad boys! I will be recording my product reviews and everything with this camera. I'm so excited! 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

I have been loving all the mass rides lately



     A picture of last night on TUNIBIRI, it's a booze cruise here in Jacksonville beach. They are reaching 50-100 riders each Tuesday. They have grown so much in numbers. You can check them out here https://www.facebook.com/groups/127729067307605/

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

More updates coming very soon!!!!!!!

I'm just waiting a camera to come in and then we will be good to go. What a crazy road it has been for me. Tons of expansion within a small time period. It's only up from here!

Monday, August 19, 2013

"High-roller" Big Wheel!!!! I need this thing!



I always wonder how people get lucky and start their companies from Kickstarter. I'm not going to lie, I would have probably helped him get rolling too! Full article here.

Knog wins patent fight with Chinese factory | Bicycle Retailer and Industry News

I'm so happy that this happened! Way to go Knog for busting these thieves and suing the hell out of a knock off factory. HA! Now they have to pay royalties.
Full article here!Knog wins patent fight with Chinese factory | Bicycle Retailer and Industry News
Drawing from Knog's patent application.

And here are the knockoffs.
Five brands in Australia were affected by Knog's win - all sharing the same design


Monday, August 12, 2013

A carbon fiber bone shaped handlebar, bat and knife are all I need in this world



     http://www.battothebone.com has some crazy products and extremely strong marketing to sell their carbon/poly line of goods. I was drooling over the bone bar. I wonder how well it functions? Doesn't matter you'll look like a BADASS!!!

      
Click the images to be taken directly to their site. So dope and perfect for Ghost in the Spoke. I might have to save my pennies to pick these up!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Product Review: Knog Blinder 1

 
  Product review time!!!!!

    I have these lights from Knog, they are a company out of Australia and they specialize in cycling lights accessories and bags. These little lights I am showing you today are amazing! They are water proof and pretty much bombproof. I can honestly say that if you are looking to pick a brand to use on a daily basis you should definitely check into this company. I have been rolling with these lights on my bike for about 3 months and I cannot find one thing I don't like about them.

     First and foremost, my favorite thing about these lights is the fact that you can easily place the lightset on any bike and get rolling within 30 secs. Whenever I am out and about I take my lights with me after I reach a destination.These lights pop off very easily and when mounted they are very snug and secure. I love that these lights fit so close to the frame and you barely notice that they are there. It's like having a near seamless baby sun attached to your handlebars and seatpost. They are super convenient and give you plenty of room on your handlebars for proper position.

     The lights are fully rechargeable. They have a usb plug mounted directly to them. You plug the lights into a usb socket and wait till the light goes from omiting red to green and then you know it's ready for use. It takes about 3 hours to fully charge each of the lights, you can slim it down to 2 hours if you use a charger that is directly mounted to a wall socket. I commute mostly in the dark on the outskirts of Jacksonville FL and I always have a fear for my lights going out in my neck of the woods. On some roads these are places where we don't have street lights and it's pitch black, I recommend carrying a portable usb battery charger for these moments. Last thing you would want to do is be stuck in the middle of nowhere without lights.

     The Knog blinders put out 20 lumens for the front light and 11 for the rear. It comes out to about 10-15 feet of visibility for the front and back. This amount of visibility is not a directed focal point but as full visibility around you.I can fully recommend these lights for when you are on the road solo but I have to recommend that you should carry a set of spare lights that can be used with batteries just in case you find troubles on the road or need more visibility for the traffic with your rear light. It's always good to have a back up plan. If you are riding with a group then these are perfect and you can run them with much less worry.

          The lights are completely waterproof for all cycling purposes. It rains like crazy here in Florida and these lights have been here through the season for me.You can abuse these lights and at the end of the day still be a faithful work horse for you. You don't have to worry about the Knog Blinders breaking down on you when you are in less than perfect weather conditions.

     You can pick up these lights for $29.95 each or $54.94 for the set at http://www.knog.com.au/ .Knog makes some pretty innovative products so go check them out.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Cullen Bailey Zawada's "Make the Homeless Smile" Project



Make the Homeless Smile Project

After watching the video today, I was
inspired. I'm not thinking of taking on a major project like feeding
ALL of the homeless, but getting together to pack lunch bags with
PB&J sandwiches, fruit, bottled water and maybe a gently used
T-shirt, ball cap, etc. to give out to some of the homeless on the
First Coast might go a long way to make a homeless person smile. We
forget they are human beings, many down on their luck through no
fault of their own, and yet they are passed by daily as if they were
part of the landscape. No, we won't be “teaching them to fish”,
and become self-sufficient, but we can show them that somebody out
there cares.

The cost should be minimal.
Non-cyclists (or even cyclists), say 5 or more of us could meet at my
house to put lunches together on a Saturday or Sunday morning. If
each person brought a loaf of bread (cheap – doesn't have to be
Pepperidge Farm), a jar of peanut butter, jar of jelly, a banana
bunch and maybe a bag of apples and some bottled water, we could put
them together, bag them, and then load up our fixed gear/road
bikers/pleasure cyclists in their Burro Messenger bags and all meet
where the homeless are. Since you bike messengers/cyclists encounter
them regularly on your rides downtown/San Marco/St.
Augustine/Beaches, you could incorporate a ride with a chance to make
a homeless person smile during the trip. We non-cyclists could meet
you to help pass out the food. And, if seeing a homeless person smile
isn't enough for you, all of the Go-Pros could film the event, you
editing experts can put a good video together with music, and we can
post it to YouTube, or pass it on to all of the local media outlets.
Wear your team gear so it gets seen. Talk about a positive image for
the First Coast bike scene! And free advertising for all of the
sponsors!

Yes, I'm a bleeding heart
liberal....and I'm not talking about months of commitment. We could
try it one time. If you decide you enjoy making the homeless smile,
we could make it happen as often (or not) as you wish.

It's just a thought...but I really do
feel passionately about this. I'm appealing to you cyclists because
you see the plight of the homeless first hand every time you ride. I
know you like to do charity events – this one would help the local
community, and not cost a fortune to organize.

I'm willing to head it up, but will
need help from the biking community to make it happen. If you're
interested, please let me know. We could set up a meet (via Facebook
chatting if that would work better – I know everyone is busy) and
plan.

And if you need some motivation, just
watch this video:

Pay it forward.....practice random acts of kindness and senseless beauty

Cullen Zawada
AKA Addison's Mom



If you would like to help, you can reach her by Facebook.

I will also be participating in this event and hopefully we can make someone's day just a little bit easier. Seeing others trying to help with nothing expected in return gives me hope in humanity.

My friends at Xcel are giving away a camera!


If you would like to have a chance to win one of these cameras then head on over to https://www.facebook.com/XCELcam . Follow/like them and send a message saying that "Ghost in the Spoke" sent you. These cameras are built to rival other action cams. Cross your fingers and I hope one of you wins! Thank you and have a wonderful day. Contest ends this Sunday. - Ghost

Joshua "Pro" Hartman Medical Expenses Fundraiser





Go to http://www.gofundme.com/391r54 if you have the time and money to spare. They are raising money to reconstruct his face. Joshua got severely hurt in a race. Any support would be awesome. Thank you, and I hope everyone has a wonderful day.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Check out this contest from www.citygrounds.com



Contest Rules




1. FOLLOW @CityGrounds and @LeaderBikeUSA on Instagram




2. UPLOAD a picture to Instagram that shoes how you ride your bike! Commuting, racing, tricking, kicking back, goofing around, etc.




3. HASHTAG your picture with #CityKickback and Tag @CityGrounds & @LeaderBikeUSA




*Winners will be chosen by quality of photograph, creativity, content and overall popularity (likes) by the City Grounds and Leader Bikes staff!*




DEADLINE: August 13th, 2013




Grand Prize: Leader 721 Duomatic Complete Bike // View >>
Runners Up: Chance for your photos to be featured on the City Grounds and Leader websites/social media outlets!



Contest ends soon so start participating while it's up.

The Quiet Life sent me a care package!

 

  I am going to start with a HUGE thank you to Andy and his crew at The Quiet Life. You guys are keeping me set with some fresh for clothes this summer. I have been wearing your clothes on the regular since I first got my package. Sorry for the late update, I had no idea that running a tiny project like "Ghost in the Spoke" would be so much work. With that being said, I have so much respect for you guys at The Quiet Life for being able to hold such a cult following for your products.

     The Quiet Life is a company from Los Angeles, California. They specialize in premium quality clothing and beautiful photography and sometimes incorporate their photography into the clothing line. I am especially in love with my "Bear with Me"- Nathan Bell camera club shirt, it is a perfect example of their photography mashups with their clothing line. All the ladies love that shirt, they cant pass up a man with a cute little bear on his chest.

     I also love the sunglasses I received in the care package, they have been keeping the Florida sun out of my eyes this summer while I'm out my bike rides. You guys are a blessing for me.Thank you again and I will be reppin' all of your clothes wherever my skin sees the sun. Everything in the care package is beautiful and it means the world to me that you guys hooked me up.
   

      If my viewers like anything they have seen in the care package you can pick it up at www.thequietlife.com head on there and check them out. Peace.