Category Archives: Building

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.

Headlines
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

Mail
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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music: Ryan J. Lane (intro & outro) & Hurtbird (headlines)
Thanks to sustaining donor Shadowfox for supporting our show costs.


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.

Headlines
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.

Headlines
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.

Headlines
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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E115 – Sky Boyer: Velo Cult



photo by beervanabuzz.com

Sky Boyer is the genius behind Portland’s unique bicycle shop and tavern, Velo Cult, a common space that is open late for business and amenable to events and impromptu gatherings.  He welcomed us into the seemingly unending space in their Hollywood district location to chat about his philosophy on bicycles and business.  We discuss: weddings, the “man-cave” beginnings of the shop, moving to Portland and becoming a cultural epicenter, touring (particularly off-road), his experience in racing, the dearth of mountain bike access in Portland, the region’s unique climate, San Diego’s negative aspects, the danger and excitement of the velodrome, the future of Velo Cult, and the artistic side of a talented employee.

A little more audio of our conversation with Sky can be heard here.

Brock & Aaron also discuss drunk texts, itunes, Steph & Ed’s move by bike, andGigantic Brewing.

Headlines
fastcodesign.com via Brandon: The Growler Bike is designed around beer transport

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JohnnyK comments on stickers and notes that a cargo bucket is a good place to display them.  Does the bucket rattle, and is it stable? (great directions here)
and lastly, on Piscataquis Village: Reminds him of St. Petersburg FL’s pre-colonial section and would be a “utopia”, and asks: Wouldn’t connected buildings increase the fire hazard?

Tracy Gayton responds that buildings would need to be built meeting a certain level of fire resistance.  Additionally he adds that a donor was inspired to pledge to the project.  As a postscript, he corrects Aaron on Maine counties.

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E113 – Tracy Gayton: Piscataquis Village



Piscataquis Village will be a European-styled, carless development in the US state of Maine, and the vision of Tracy Gayton who joins us for this show.  Tracy envisions a city with six key elements: small plazas, really narrow streets, attached buildings, arcaded sidewalks, interior courtyards and streets free from car traffic.  After it caught our attention, he was kind enough to supply us with a full rundown on how it might look.  [piscataquisvillage.org]  We also discuss comparisons to the Bicycle City idea, appealing to misanthropes, and how people might get to and from the village, as well as governmental red tape, bad weather, and Tracy’s own downsized life after retirement.

Mentioned resources:
Tracy’s TEDx talk
The Carfree Design Manual & carfree.com
The Small Streets blog, smallstreets.com

Brock & Aaron discuss ice on the roads, ice in Brock’s beard, the months-long soaking of socks, Aaron’s ditching of his cell phone, and Brock & Brandon’s utilization of the supertrailer.

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JohnnyK asks us where to put a sticker on a bicycle, and says that in Jacksonville a fellow cyclist is like “finding water in a desert.”  This makes the cycling traffic problems of Portland somewhat niche.

Darren says “thanks” for the song Brock wrote about his cycling journey, and adds:
“I have been meaning to update my blog, write a closing post and list the highs and lows of the journey, but more importantly, sharing what I learnt whilst in the road. I think the song has just inspired me to do so.”
If you’d like a copy of the song, you can find it here.

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E108 – Dave Feucht: Crash Story



This week Dave Feucht from Portlandize.com gives us the lowdown on a recent accident he was involved in.

Headlines
Ricki Lake: Emily Finch talks about her multi-kid bakfiets setup on national TV
BikePortland: Tom LaBonty heads to Texas to teach cargo bike building
Lovely Bicycle: When do we need a cargo bike?

Mailbag
Listener Ryan has been having difficulties with Apple’s new podcasts app and our show (as have many others).  Our take? Apple is effed.

David writes in from Fred Meyer HQ to address our displeasure with local bike racks.
“If you send me photos for ammunition I’ll be sure to harass our planning department about this :-). If I recall correctly, they try to remodel each store ~ every 10 years, I’m guessing these stores are due… “

Darren Alff from BicycleTouringPro.com announces the launch of sister siteGoBicycleTouring.com and is giving away free touring packages in a contest as part of the site launch! 

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