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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

Mail
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.

Mail
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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E107 – News Roundtable & Catching Up



Brock & Aaron hold down the proverbial fort on their own this week in an episode dedicated to clearing the desk of all the cool stuff they’ve learned about in the last month.  We start out with talk about tux mayhem, train etiquette, and Indiegogo perks still to come! We drank Moxie & Bridgeport Ebenezer Ale.

My Bike Won’t Fit Here!
Aaron introduces a new segment this week. Pictures to be posted here when possible – check back.  This week’s egregious bike parking: Fred Meyer!  This is a photo from the Portland location at SE 82nd Avenue & Foster Road.  Thanks to listener David, who works for the corporation, for a timely response to this observation!  We’ll see what changes in the future.

Headlines
BikePortland news roundup: Piscataquis Village Project plans to create a carless “micropolis”
BikePortland: a farmer in the Portland region swaps his truck for a cargo bike
BBC News via Brandon: the Uruguayan president is living meager, but happy!
The Oregonian: speeding car crashes into Sunset TC – from above
Rivendell Bicycle Works: MUSA Splats cover ordinary shoes for wet weather
The Atlantic Cities: media hosts an ecology dustup between cars & transit
BikePortland: Tom LaBonty heads to Texas to teach cargo bike building
Lovely Bicycle: When do we need a cargo bike?
Cycle Wild: Petition asks for decent treatment of self-propelled NPS guests
Happy, Simply: former show guest d’Arcy Lunn has a new simple living project
No Tech via Logan: now you can UN-knit your wool with a bicycle
BikePortland: Chris Sanderson not allowed to recycle metal by bike
Fast Co. Design: designer proposes an aerial tram over Austin

Mailbag
David Heddy mentions a couple touring the Great Divide on a tandem

Eric Krimmel wrote us about his new ebook “The Cross Country Adventures of the Blue Highways Cycling Elite,” a true story of three friends who embark on an 4200 mile bicycle trip across the USA, from Anacortes, Washington to Bar Harbor, Maine.  It’s available on iTunes, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.

Dan in MN recommends Nick Mason of the League of American Bicyclists as an interview. Also, Dan just moved into his own tiny house that he built himself!

Kevin from L.A. donates generously and says he can hook us up with Tall Bike Bobby.

Thanks to Stacy from A Simple Six for recommending our show on Twitter.

Dodson gets in touch about interviewing Brek Boughton (blogger and adventurer) from Cycling Into The Dark: http://cyclingintothedark.com 

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music: Ryan J. Lane (intro & outro) & Hurtbird (headlines)


E102 – Steph Routh: Willamette Pedestrian Coalition (now Oregon Walks)



This week Brock sat down with Steph Routh from the Willamette Pedestrian Coalition (now known as Oregon Walks) and the KBOO Bike Show (as well as many other projects & organizations) to discuss walking, bicycling, and relating to the “old guard” in our town about simpler transportation.

Aaron tells stories and gives tips on his experience with walking as a primary mode of transport.

Headline
BikePortland: pedal-powered phone charging for NYC’s public after disaster

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E100 – Brock & Brandon’s Transit Adventure



Brock & Brandon celebrate 100 episodes of the Sprocket Podcast by traversing the city for hours using every mode of transport they can get into, including TriMet, the Portland Streetcar, the Portland Aerial Tram, and of course Car2Go.  Here’s a “lite” version of the 5 hours of audio we taped during the adventure.

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E099 – Chris Sanderson: Builder By Bike (with Joshua DeParrie)



Chris Sanderson is the proprietor of Builder By Bike, a full service construction business operated out of a bicycle trailer.  We discuss this gargantuan feat with him and bring former guest Joshua DeParrie of Plumbing By Bike in to comment on the details of heavy duty work on two (or more) human-powered wheels.

Joshua DeParrie’s sexy bike commercial can be seen here.

Also, The Sprocket Podcast continues its Indiegogo fundraising campaign to underwrite the next season of the show during a year with thin budgets.  We will be offering many personalized rewards to our backers!  Thanks to our donor Bill this week, and we look forward to an exciting year ahead.  See the details here!

Headlines
BikePortland: Spinlister makes peer-to-peer bike sharing a reality in many cities
BikePortland: builder Tom LaBonty introduces the Hydrofiets to Portland
Bicycle Touring Pro: Darren Alff gets more than he bargained for on Romanian roads

Mailbag
Aaron “The Professor” LaVanchy from Fort Collins gives the Sprocket some love with a strategic sticker placement: on the Bixby Bridge in Big Sur.  We’ll be talking to him again later this fall!

And Jeremy from Critical Transit calls in about civility on the roads.

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E085 – Lane Kagay: CETMAcargo



Lane Kagay is the man behind CETMAcargo & CETMAracks out of Eugene, Oregon.  We spoke with him on the phone about his company and its history, Eugene as a cycling town, bike messenger experience and touring with a cargo bike.

Bike Safe Portland wallet-sized accident reports are available now in Portland bicycle shops near you!  Thanks to Josh Zisson from Bike Safe Boston and the Bike Safe Nation project.

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E082b – Travis Wittwer & Dave Feucht: TRANSPORTland



We met with Travis Wittwer & Dave Feucht of TRANSPORTland over soup and beer at Dave’s place to discuss cargo bikes, the Disaster Relief Trials event yesterday, transit and bicycle integration, improving the infrastructure or culture of bicycling, and many other things.  Powered byHopworks’ hefeweizen and 7 grain stout beers!

Tour de Clack is coming, led by our friend and former guest Matt Picio!  Tour de Clack is an inaugural bike ride in rural Clackamas County on July 7 2012.  It’s free, and to draw attention to water quality projects done by the ride’s sponsor, the Clackamas River Basin Council (CRBC).

Bike Safe Portland wallet-sized accident reports are available now in Portland bicycle shops near you!  Thanks to Josh Zisson from Bike Safe Boston and the Bike Safe Nation project. 

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music: Ryan J. Lane (intro & outro) & Hurtbird (headlines)


E079 – Kick Ass Oregon Bicycling History



Vincent Caldoni sits in for Brandon while he’s gone, and we are joined by resident historian of ORhistory.com Doug Kenck-Crispin to discuss Oregon’s early adoption of bicycles into many parts of life, and how the past informs the present.

Brock’s 30th birthday party is coming up at CartlandiaBest Bands Ever 2012, a free music festival!

Bike Safe Portland wallet-sized accident reports are available now in Portland bicycle shops near you!  Thanks to Josh Zisson from Bike Safe Boston and the Bike Safe Nation project.

The Sprocket Podcast is now available on Stitcher smart radio!  If you use the service, you can add us to your programming roster.

A list of Brock’s sources for the history discussion:
Eric Lundgren on Governor Geer
Eric Lundgren on Bemer Pague & Portland’s early cycle paths
Sheldon Brown defines: Scorcher
Eric Lundgren’s detailed essay on early Portland bicycling
Stewart Holbrook’s “The Three Sirens of Portland”
Jonathan Maus reports on author Sue Macy’s presentation of early women bicyclists
her book: Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle To Freedom 
Jonathan Maus compares 1890s & 2000s fixed gear riders

Headlines
RowdyKittens & The Path Less Pedaled on L.L. “Stubb” Stewart State Park
BikePortland celebrates the return of Portland OR to the #1 city for cycling

Mailbag
Anonymous: http://gutterparty.com/no-2/

Carl from CA: “Hey guys – just bumped into this on the inter webs on the FB… AN XTRACYCLE  SIDE CAR! Imagine tour with this rig?.”

Blayne from BC: “Thanks for the re-tweets for my blog [http://thecynicalcyclist.blogspot.com/]. Summer can’t get here fast enough. I am preparing for my first solo trip, a four day trip on Northern Vancouver Island, later in August. If any Sprocket listeners are vacationing on Vancouver Island this summer I would love to hear from you. Contact me through my blog. Have a great summer and “Find Adventure.”

Dan in MN in response to the Disaster Relief Trials sponsored by TRANSPORTland: “When I worked in public health I had asked the EMS program if they would consider getting on bicycles. Getting them on bicycles to respond a first responder situation quicker and easier.”

Donations from Blayne in BC & JohnnyK in FL! Thanks!  If you’d like to donate, you can do so using the donate button in the right-hand sidebar.

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music: Ryan J. Lane (intro & outro) & Hurtbird (headlines)