Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Fold-it with Samo: Episode 1: Cycle to work...

I've had the Sony AS20 and AS30 for a little over a year. Been wanting to do a Point Of View (POV) video on my commute to work. 
The camera was mounted on my handlebar, taking a lot of vibration, hence the "shaky" chase videos.
Piece To Camera (PTC) shots was made with an AS30 mounted onto an AKA-LU1 Handycam adaptor that gave it that classic consumer video camera look. 
The AS20 & 30 has a battery life of well over an hour. It's perfect for "start" and "stop" recording. 

The Sony AS20 Action Cam, still in production and practically the cheapest around featuring 1080P resolution for High Definition videos

Sony discontinued the AS30V that features GPS data logging and NFC controls for its range of Andriod OS smartphones
The palm-sized Handycam adaptor with a flip-screen, this was cheap and very helpful in Piece To Camera shots
The AS30V in a classic Handycam configuration
The AKA-LU1 adaptor was fun to work with. And since the camera has an ultrawide angle lens, handheld shots are pretty steady.
Post-production, well, over an hour's worth of footage was edited on Microsoft Movie Maker. It was very simple and straight-forward. 
I chopped up the video down to 4minutes 39seconds and was pretty pleased with how it turned out. Well, for showing it to my friends. Not broadcast-quality.
As far as producing more cycling videos is concerned, I am just getting started! 

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Range Day with Samo, Episode 6: More training...

Fresh off the range, here's our training video. The Princess Cup Archery tournament in Thailand is only three weeks away.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

First impressions: Tern Eclipse Tour

Minor tweaks for a real performing folding bike...

I haven't posted anything about folding bicycles.
So, please bear with me.
Okay, for 2016, Tern made some fine-tuning to their hallmark long-distance commuting and touring bike: the Eclipse S18.
It was renamed the Eclipse Tour.
I believe the bike is priced around RM8-9K depending on the currency fluctuation. To be frank, I don't think this bike will sell very well here in Malaysia. Why? Because it caters to a specific crowd.
Only people who knew what they want would pursue a bike like the Eclipse Tour.

Obvious makeover

You will notice the black and green theme on this bike. It's uniform with the smaller Verge S27h.
The bike has a real nice and snappy colour scheme.
Safety has been further enhanced with the physis 3D handlebar and OCL frame locks. 
One very distinct change is the new adjustable Andros stem. Personally-speaking, I don't like it at all. But it's considered to be safe. 
Other components on the bike remained similar to the older Eclipse S18,

Expanded review...

Well, sorry guys. I am not allowed to review this bike. It's the local distributor's policy not to entertain small-time bike reviewers. Maybe you'll find better articles in local bicycling portals or magazines.
If you want to get a dig at this awesome bike, you can head to the retailers in the Klang Valley or people who sells Tern bicycles.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Range Day with Samo: Ep 5 - Consistency & Team Training...

We are training for the Princess Cup Archery tournament in Bangkok, Thailand. So far, so good. The guys have formed a team and are pretty hard at work on their grouping. Here's a clip on our day at the range. Thank you for watching.