Happy Holidays, all you Sprocket Podcast devotees! Or, as these socks suggest, happy Challah Days if that is appropriate to your observance.
Brock went to Boston as is his custom for the Christmas season, and while there he spoke with Michael & Bianca of the Lowell Kinetic Sculpture Race, an amazing feat of engineering and teamwork that sees groups compete with homemade human-powered machines through obstacles such as a river and a mud pit. Listen to our interview conducted in the back office of a seasonal skating rink!
The Lowell Kinetic Sculpture Race happens every third Saturday in September EVERY YEAR, so get your team together and your machine engineered!
Reid Lustig is an all-around game-for-anything kind of guy, which has lead him to such adventures as the half fictional drama, half travelogue music podcast The River Signal as well as long-distance bicycle tours, a season living south of the border, and his newest venture in mobile bicycle repair, SprocketFly. How can you pass up the opportunity to chat with someone this interesting?
Sean Stroup is working on the Gateway Green project in Portland, Oregon, a planned trail riding park that will leverage a large unused property on the east side of town to allow for the first real recreational off-road bicycling within city limits! What will it take to make it a reality?
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Ben is a local bike shop mechanic with a lot of deep thoughts. We take the long way around while trying to keep the wheels on during the discussion on bicycle shops & customer service, shame and blame, cutrate online retailers, and more.
Also: Brock just moved, and Aaron helped him do it. Don’t let the rental truck companies sucker you.
We met Daniel and Ashley at Cranksgiving 2015, the charitable alleycat race to benefit people in need. Daniel is a fascinating fellow, originally from Albany NY, who loves to restore and rebuild old bikes. We talk about wrenching on specialties, growing up around Amtrak, his touring aspirations, and more.
Also: Brock prepped for his summer adventure by climbing a mountain while his ride is in the shop, and Aaron attempted an early De Ronde!
Thanks to our generous sponsor The Beer Mongers and our Patreon donors that keep us going! And welcome to our newest donor Kampcite! Thanks to Josh Z for upping his support!
Calendar Comprehensive Plan Hearing on Amendments
City Hall Council Chambers 1221 SW 4th Ave
Thursday, April 14 2016, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
5/6,7,8/16 Filmed By Bike at the Hollywood Theatre with (off)Street Party at Velo Cult bike shop on Friday 5/6 5-9:30pm
Jude Gerace is the proprietor of Sugar Wheel Works; we chat about what keeps us rolling, but first talk about bicycle storytelling event Live the Revolution, which she helped to start, and then cover wheel building and what she uses hers for.
Also: Aaron is still looking for a house, and Brock went to Eugene for the weekend.
Reuben Deumling, also known as 9watts to frequent BikePortland commenters, joins us to talk about his perspective on riding cheaply without sacrificing quality. For years he’s been refining his methods on buying and repairing his favorite machines without having to spend a fortune, and has plenty of great ideas to share!
Also: Brock floats that lazy river, and Aaron interrupts a misogynistic altercation.
Thanks to our beverage sponsor, The Beer Mongers, and, as always, thanks to our generous Patreon donors that keep us going!