Scott Batchelar is a staple of bike fun organizing in Portland, Oregon and dedicates himself to well-planned rides with safety around the logistics and fun at the heart of it all. We invite him into the studio to share some of his ideas on the history and future of bike fun, what makes a good ride, and what he’ll be leading during this year’s month of bike fun, Pedalpalooza. Scott is also the caretaker of the Portland Bike Fun Library, a lending organization for gear that makes fun rides even more enjoyable.
Aaron & Guthrie are taking a much needed holiday this weekend, and while they are away we bring you Guthrie’s first appearance on the podcast from 2014! New in-studio show next week.
Guthrie Straw grew up in Oregon and leads bicycle tours with Cycle Portland Bike Tours when he’s not enjoying longer bicycle tours of his own. After he and Brock met during the Filmed By Bike jury screenings, they decided to record a show together, which also led to some interesting discussion about Ketchikan, Alaska and outdoor leadership dynamics.
Also: fossil fuel divestment (OPB & Alison Wiley), former co-host Brandon’s new business Rolling Oasis(now defunct), pedestrian assumptions & motorized vehicle proliferation.
Aaron’s brother Ben Flores calls in to let us know about a charity event he’s raising money for and riding in. We get the details on #TeamNegroni’s campaign and how it helps the families of service industry workers in crisis. Aaron is joined in studio by producer Brock Dittus & this week’s show guest Patrick Mok.
Christine, Lizette, and Serenity of the Civil Unrest Bike Club join the show to talk about unconventional wheeled personal mobility devices and how their club carves out a welcoming space for them. Find them on Facebook or Instagram, and read about the club on BikePortland.
April 1-30 in Minneapolis 30 days of biking April 1-30 in PDX the 3 Speed Adventure Challenge (more deets in headlines) April 24:Sturmey Archer Hub Overhaul Workshop-Golden Pliers 7pm May 15th: The Santa Cruz CA Ride of Silence, Meets at Abbot Square for a 6:30PM Departure May 17-19th Filmed by Bike in beautiful Portland, Oregon! (plug Drew Coleman Ep April 4th) May 26: P-town Throwdown 2019, Daddies board shop June 15th: Analog Alleycat: Meet at 1:30, race at 2pm. July 20: Gorge Pedal
UPCOMINGFilmed By Bike TOUR DATES: Victor, ID – May 17 Champaign-Urbana, IL – May 29 Crested Butte, CO – June 27 Dallas, TX – June 29 Detroit, MI – July 12 Missoula, MT – Sept 15 Bendigo, Australia – October 4 Akron, OH – November 3
Aaron & Guthrie do a little pre-event discussion, conference call the team, and then take you on-site with Team Sprocket Podcast and the mobile recorder to talk with participants, onlookers, and the organizer himself!
It’s been about 5 years since we checked in with Brian Kidd, better known in Portland and on the internet as The Unipiper! He’s just launched a nonprofit organization, Weird Portland United to foster and support the kind of homegrown weird stuff that Portland, Oregon has long been known for. Listen in to our chat with this local legend and get inspired to celebrate the unique in your own life! Visit weirdportlandunited.org
Also March 18: National Transit Drivers’ Day March 28: From doctor something, another debut of a transit center song! Thursday 9pm at Kellys Olympian April 2 Bikes of Wrath @ Regal Fox Tower Stadium 6:30PM April 13th in Portland Ladds 500 May 15th: The Santa Cruz CA Ride of Silence (in memory of friends and loved ones killed by cars while riding bikes. Meets at Abbot Square for a 6:30PM Departure, Greg encourages listeners to seek out Ride of Silence events in your town. May 17-19th Filmed by Bike in beautiful Portland, Oregon! May 26: P-town Throwdown 2019: Daddies board shop
UPCOMINGFilmed By Bike TOUR DATES: Ithica, NY – March 28 Victor, ID – May 17 Champaign-Urbana, IL – May 29 Crested Butte, CO – June 27 Dallas, TX – June 29 Detroit, MI – July 12 Missoula, MT – Sept 15 Bendigo, Australia – October 4 Akron, OH – November 3
Miles of Portraits 🌵 Apr 04 Paradise Valley, AZ 🏜 Apr 09 Tucson, AZ ☀️ May 04 Santa Fe, NM 🌅 May 11 Albuquerque, NM
Biketown implements fee for improperly locked cycles
Because we missed it: New bus route from NE to NW started March 3rd
Mail From Wayne Norman in California: Miles of Portraits
From Nation (@yar2084 on twitter): “You guys need more “Aaron and Guthrie shoot the shit” episodes! :)”
From Eamonn K.: “Just listening to your episode on Steel skatepark while driving back from Sandy when I passed (I think) Brock on Halsey. Portland is a small world.”
From Andy K.: “Finally got around to seeing “This Girl is Badass.” One of the worst movies ever made, an hour too long, and not even the funny parts came remotely close to redeeming it. If it were made later I’d call it a really bad ripoff of “Premium Rush.””
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UPCOMINGFilmed By Bike TOUR DATES: Idaho Falls, ID – March 14 Arcata, CA – March 15 Rexburg, ID – March 21 Bozeman, – MT March 22 Ithica, NY – March 28 Victor, ID – May 17 Champaign-Urbana, IL – May 29 Crested Butte, CO – June 27 Dallas, TX – June 29 Detroit, MI – July 12 Missoula, MT – Sept 15 Bendigo, Australia – October 4 Akron, OH – November 3
The Miles of Portraits team will be taking the Tour de REI to the Southwest. We’ll ride our bikes almost 2,000 miles from LA to Santa Fe, NM, stopping at REIs along the way to share our story. 🌞 Mar 12 Arcadia, CA 🌊 Mar 15 Santa Monica, CA 🌵 Apr 04 Paradise Valley, AZ 🏜 Apr 09 Tucson, AZ ☀️ May 04 Santa Fe, NM 🌅 May 11 Albuquerque, NM
NEITHER NEWS OR MAIL, BUT A GOOD DISCUSSION MAYBE A tweet from @pathlesspedaled has aaron thinking about equipment, and perception “Every other day I get a comment on my poor equipment choices because nothing I’ve used has ever won the Tour (flat pedals, long sleeve shirts, wide drop bars, 650betc.,). What kind of weird activity is cycling that THAT is the most important metric?”
Here’s what our friends think happened when aaron had a donut:
-Tim Mooney: My answer comes in two parts (1) a GIF and (2) a lyric from the 1990 classic by Bel Biv Devoe. “Boy, I must waaaaarn yoooooou….” And yes, you should sing it.
-Betsy M. in OK: You guys burn up enough calories with your awesome bicycle lifestyle to be able to eat anything you want in any quantity you want. (Mama likes to see her babies eat).
-Eric Wiesz: It’s a donut! How could it not go swimmingly, especially on Mardi Gras! 📿🎉
-@thelordflores (Ben Flores): Minutes of fun. Hours of drag.
-@uncle3418 (Dan Flores): I think it went straight to your hips. 😂
-@wendyzworld (Wendy, trail snacker, dirt dawdler): Tastes great but then it feels like a brick in your belly?
-@tntmoriv (Mr. T): #glazedolfashioned Best. Donut. Ever.
-@beth.hamon.36 (you all should know Beth Hamon): I think they needed a spatula to get you off the ceiling.
Angie, Ryn & Meg are part of The Sprockettes, a dance troupe whose dance partners are bicycles, and have been a part of Portland’s bicycle scene for years. In addition to clearing up the question of whether we know them or not, we find out what their approach to their performances is, notable moments in their experience bringing bicycle dance to the world, and what it’s like to teach routines to kids at their summer camps.