Category: <span>Equipment</span>

Mountain Bike Geezer with GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition Mountain Bike Geezer testing the photo capabilities of  the GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition

My three grown sons teamed up to buy me a GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition for Father’s Day, my birthday, and probably of couple-three Xmases. It arrived yesterday and I got a chance to play with it today for about 30 minutes.  I think I’m going to like it.

I took the photo on the right above using its time lapse mode, set at .5 seconds.  For the 30-second video clip below, I took the advice of  fellow mountain biker Jon Theis at Entice Media Works and set the video resolution to 720p and the fps to 120, then slowed it down to 25% speed with software. Super smooth slomo indeed. I was startled to see my IMBA downhill jersey fluttering in the breeze.

Equipment Video

I rode Leb a couple weeks ago on my 29’er hardtail. I had about 15 PSI in my skinny Maxxis Ardent 2.4″ tires, with rear tubeless. I’m 150 pounds. Since the intermediate loop was packed pretty well and reasonably wide, I thought I’d be fine. NOT.

If I didn’t stay in the hard center, the softer edges of the packed area would often derail me. I kept thinking “lean the bike more” and “keep your eyes ahead.” I tried standing up more, then sitting down more. Nothing worked. I then ran into Bob Shepherd and a small gang on fatties and told them my tale of woe. Bob and another guy squeezed my tires and said they were way too hard, and in a way that left no doubt of their convictions. I wasn’t as sure but I promptly began letting out air and as Bob got ready to depart, he asked me if I had a pump in case I let out too much. I did.

The difference was shocking.