Category Archives: Building

E218 – MMR/rebuilding hubs/century



It’s a step back to catch up with ourselves.  Brock & Aaron did the Midnight Mystery Ride, Aaron rebuilt his seized rear hub, and Brock rode 120 miles for the Phantom Horse Thief Century.

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JohnnyK carries tools and found what Sarah Gilbert had to say about drive-thru discrimination.

Rory in MI finds the quick caps for theft protection on your quick release wheels.

Branden from last week has connections to a touring book.

Tim Mooney sends us this article about why some cyclists break traffic laws.

John in Goldendale is on a trainer and lives in a city that wants cycle tourists to visit.

Kirk liked the Premium Rush commentary and wants more.

Eric will lead a drive-thru ride for Pedalpalooza this year!

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Logan Smith, JohnnyK, Shadowfoot, Kathrina Mellemgaard, Wayne Norman, Doug Robertson, Ethan Georgi, Justin Martin, Eric Iverson, Cameron Lien, Richard Wezensky, Tim Mooney, Orange & Purple, Glenn Kubish, Matt Kelly, Jim Goodin, Eric Weisz, Doug CohenMiller, Todd Parker, Scott McAllister Morgan, Chris Gonzalez, Dan Gebhart, Zoe Campagna, John Blood, Alison Wiley


E198 – Phillip Ross: Metrofiets



Phillip Ross makes cargo bikes!  Metrofiets brings the classic dutch box-bike concept into an American iteration.  We talk about his passion for bicycling innovation.

Phil mentions the atomic zombie’s bicycle builder’s bonanza!

Also: Brock’s bike breaks, a combine demolition derby, and Cory’s summer.

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dcist.org: Courtland Milloy goes on a bike ride, rethinks bicycling. (from Pedalshift)

Aftermass!
7 PM on Sept 12 at the Clinton Street Theatre with more Q&A afterwards.
also upcoming screenings in Roanoke, VA, Seattle, WA, and Pittsburgh, PA! More info at: http://microcosmpublishing.com/aftermass

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Eric swingbikes to vista house!

Betsy sends us this:
Watch the Portland bike network grow from 1950 until today

Last week’s mystery donor was Kevin!  Thanks, dude.

The mystery burp by text message came from Dan in MN! He also texts about similarities between road guard & “corking.”

Jim from St. Petersburg Russia enjoys a bit of Oregon home while listening to Lenny Anderson’s stories.

JohnnyK sends in a wikipedia article on post-vacation blues and tells Brock to buck up. (LOL)

Roger shares suggested reading:  Kunstler’s “Geography of Nowhere”.    You’ve been “there.”

David from PDX clears up the “eat meat for healing” thing.

Doug feels a little guilty about receiving the postcard Adele bought for someone else, and did in fact hike the entire Appalachian Trail.

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Logan Smith, Shadowfoot, Kathrina Mellemgaard, Roger Grigsby, Wayne Norman, Doug Robertson, Ethan Georgi, Justin Martin, Eric Iverson, Cameron Lien


E168b – Organic Transit’s ELF Test Drive



Organic Transit visited Portland, Oregon last weekend to demonstrate their ELF electric-assist tricycles, which are pedal powered and solar powered.  Brock had a chance to interview company owner and inventor Rob Cotter, Portland resident and ELF enthusiast Lorraine, and long-time ELF believer Ned from upstate New York, and spoke briefly to an Oregonian reporter (who contributed to an article with a photo gallery that Brock appears in).

Visit organictransit.com for more information on these innovative creations.

See also BikePortland’s coverage of the in-town test drive.

Rob Cotter & Lorraine pose with #16 on left, while Ned opens the trunk on right


E165 – Mr. Bob Crispin: Making a Mountain Bike



Mr. Bob Crispin lived near some sweet singletrack in the seventies and wanted a bike that was up to the task; since one wasn’t available, he put one together himself.  We chat with Bob about making a little bicycle design history.  It currently on display at Velo Cult Bike Shop & Tavern in Portland, OR.

Mr. Bob’s Tankagnolo is extensively documented, and he was kind enough to share some of the photos and press about this bicycle.  Click here for an archive, and enjoy the gallery of photos below:

Aaron & Brock also discuss Brock’s most recent crosscountry Amtrak journey, books on the future of reading, and stripped out saddle parts.

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BikePortland: Marilyn Hayward, owner of Coventry Cycles, tries to rebound from serious crash
The Verge via The Stickman: Architects propose 136 miles of elevated cycleway in London

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A Donation from Logan! Thanks!

Gus shares the innovative recyclables-for-transit-fare trade option available in Bejing.

Christopher in WY shares the heartwarming story of the 66 year old man who won the race across Sweden after being barred from official entry due to his age.

Former guest Sally on twitter:
“Caught up with a few back episodes of the @SprocketPodcast kinda like binge watching The Walking Dead.”

Daniel on Elly Blue’s Amtrak kerfuffle & Texan travel advice for bicyclists.

Patrick in Davis CA wishes us a happy new year and compares Thunder Island Brewing toBerryessa Brew Co. wishing both the best of success.

Nick on twitter shares a tallbike with tandem chain setup, cable steering, adjustable height and disassembles for travel.

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E135 – Ted Beuhler: Deconstruction By Bike



Ted Beuhler is an innovative man who has given much thought to the art & science of carrying cargo by bike.  His collaboration with The ReBuilding Store led to an ongoing effort to combine reuse of building materials with his passion for bicycling known here in Portland as Deconstruction By Bike.

Brock, Aaron & Adele also discuss ice cream snobbery, hemp week, and Pedalpalooza rides (while Brock’s mic shorts out frequently).

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Will Vanlue shares the BTA’s Blueprint for Better Bicycling in Portland.

Rene from Canada shares the bicycle barometer.

And listener Wayne generously donates. Thank you!

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E133 – Joe Doebele: Joe Bike



Joe Doebele is the owner of Joe Bike, a city bicycle shop in SE Portland’s Hawthorne disctrict.  We talk about his experiences with cargo bikes, bike apparel and his new clothing store, the challenges of business, and a little bit on cyclocross racing.

Brock & Aaron also discuss Aaron’s trip to Hawaii, snakes on a plane, The World Domination Summit & breaking a float chain record, Aaron’s trip to Battle Ground Lake and the unfortunate driver that wedged a car into the I-205 bike path, Brock’s new apartment, and the price of Pabst in New York. (thanks to Welcome To That Whole Thing for the Pabst story)

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Dion is doing a charity fundraiser ride for the make a wish charity that grants wishes to children with life threatening illnesses.

Rance picked up a 50 gallon recycled food container made into a rain barrel.  Onlookers were amazed that he could haul it with a trailer by bike!

Rory from Kalamazoo asks about touring setups, and we opine at length.

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E120 – Meeky Blizzard, Freeway Slayer



Meeky Blizzard is responsible for leading the charge against an ugly freeway that was poised to be built through pristine farmland two decades back.  She partnered with citizens and 1000 Friends of Oregon to help give a voice to sensible alternatives, which sounds remarkably similar to an issue Portland area residents face today.  We talk with her about the story and her perspectives on transportation and activism.

Dr. Jeff & Michael Andersen joined us to tape next week’s episode, so they sat in on this week’s taping as well!  Look for their discussion on our relatives and their perceptions of transit next week.

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Seattle Bike Blog: Washington politician Ed Orcutt claims bicyclists exhale pollution

Rep. Orcutt did recognize that his statements were absurd.

BikePortland: Highlights from the National Women’s Bicycling Forum

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Steve in WY comments on our Women & The Cycling Industry feature, and Rigel clears up the Qualcomm question.

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E119 – Jonathan Maus: Portland Perspectives



Jonathan Maus is Portland, Oregon’s premier news source for all things related to bicycling through his blog at BikePortland.org.  We spoke last week about the good, the bad, and the upcoming in Portland’s bicycle cultures and communities.  Brock also learns that he’s recently gluten-conscious and a fan of Harvester and Omission gluten free beers!

Also, Brock & Aaron chat about the completion of bike work, car2go & cab rides, and how hybrid buses don’t rumble.

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Qualcomm takes a try at improving the transit experience. Pro or anti transit?
Oregonian: Is a passenger-rail renaissance picking up steam in Oregon and Washington?

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JohnnyK shares a generous donation and says we are rockstars.  That’s debatable, but we are grateful nonetheless!

Tim in Washington, DC tells of producing a video segment for Amtrak eployees and thinks we “would have been in heaven with all of the Amtrak eye candy.

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E117 – Women & The Cycling Industry



Elly Blue & Martina Fahrner are two people we have been wanting to get together for a conversation about the cycling industry and its dealings with a large part of the human race: the feminine part!  Martina, from Clever Cycles, and Elly, from Taking The Lane Media, give us their takes on gender dynamics, product design and availability for women, and basic livability issues, as well as many other things.

Also, Brock & Aaron chat about some automobile-based trips over their weekends and bicycle improvements.

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Adventure Cycling Association: launched an online touring database for past trips!
Portland Afoot: Cathy Hastie compares Zipcar & car2go as alternatives to ownership
Urban Adventure League: Portland’s midnight mystery ride turns 10!
      Someone made a map of all the ending locations.  Add your info if you want!

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Paul, Tyler and Dave chime in on twitter about Black Hawk, CO.  Paul says he wouldn’t ride there, Tyler wonders if anywhere is safe for people what with the mobile phones, and Dave says that safety isn’t an American priority yet.

Glenn the pirate writes in from Port Townsend, WA about a Mario Savio quote from episode 14 and his love for human-powered crabbing!

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E116 – Chris Smith: Comprehensive Plan



Chris Smith from PortlandTransport.com is a golden god of urban planning and transit.  He would never claim that title himself, but there is no person in Portland, Oregon working harder to make active and sustainable transportation a reality for the city’s near future.  We discuss the public process of crafting the city’s Comprehensive Plan, a document that guides the development and structure of citizen’s daily lives.  We touch on equity, gentrification and displacement, sidewalks and neighbor relations, modal hierarchy and freight movement, civic corridors and neighborhood greenways, New York’s High Line, telecommuting, and The Transit Appliance.

We warn you: it will get wonky.

If you’re a Portland resident, please consider joining one of the open house events designed to maximize public input into the process.  You can find more info on times and locations at this page:  http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/58191

Also, Brock & Aaron chat about bike wear & tear, brewery quality, meeting up with Tammy & Logan, and some technical business.

BONUS: after the show closes, we present a short chat with our new webhost Colin, owner of The Podcast Host, and also a fan of mountain biking!  We’re happy to have our show on his servers.

Headlines
Denver Post: Black Hawk, CO, famous for its bicycle ban, is corrected by the court

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Dan in MN sends a picture of his new Raleigh folding bicycle.

JohnnyK mentions Burro Bags & Bar, and recommends Adventure Cycling andcyclocamping.com as travel resources.

Anthony says: “I too have been traumatized by growing up in a Florida suburban nightmare. Tampa was a hot mess of sprawl and mini malls.” 

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