Monday, April 30, 2012

Canon S100

My Canon Powershot A720 IS after tens of thousand of pictures, much of it while bicycle touring, is starting to malfunction so I decided to purchase the Canon S100, a model I have eyeing since reading about its earlier variations, the S90 and S95. The reviews on these compact pocketable models have always been excellent and now Canon has finally decided to add the 24mm to 120mm zoom to its latest version. The 24mm feature with an F Stop of F2.0 to F5.9, depending on the focal length, was the decision point for me. I haven't done any technical lab tests like some websites, but I am very pleased with the pictures results so far. Click on the picture below to go to my pictures on Picasa, which I have uploaded with full pixels incase anyone wants a closer look. I'm impressed given its small size which easily stows in my pocket.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Lake Solano Park

Geno, Peter, Saxon and I head over to Lake Solano Park for an overnighter with our loaded bikes as part of a trial run for Saxon's wife, Wendy, who will be catering 15 cyclist on a 10-day loaded bike tour from Sacramento to Kings Canyon National Park in May. Wendy wanted to get a feel for her new outdoor cooking appliances and a sense of the routine and needs of loaded cyclist during a multi-day tour. It was a great start with us being the recipients of a tasty outdoor dinner and breakfast during our camp out. What a treat! Thanks Wendy, I'm looking forward to our spring tour. Click on the picture below to go to my photos on Picasa. Once there, start a slideshow or view manually.

2012 NAHBS

The 3-day 2012 North American Handmade Bicycle Show, NAHBS, held at the downtown Sacramento Convention Center and featuring 172 exhibitors worldwide, was a great success with attendance of more 8,000 bicycle enthusiasts from the region as well as from out of state. The event also included bike art, film, parties, local pizza and beer tours, and an organized bike ride to the US Bicycle Hall of Fame in Davis. For me, the beautifully handcrafted bicycles was more about innovation, simplisticity and fine art as oppose to function. To go to my photos on Picasa, click on the picture below, my favorite for the show. Once there, start a slideshow or view manually.