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!
In the studio today we have Robert Weaver who rode his recumbent bike across the land. He gives us the lowdown on being closer to the ground, and what he learned as he crossed the continent! We’re glad he got in touch on his way to the west coast. Follow Robert at whatifitspossiblenow.com
Eric Iverson & Ross Putnam rode the famed Oregon Outback route to view the 2017 total eclipse. We love getting audio from peoples’ adventures, and they were kind enough to send voice memos specifically for us while on the trip. They also posted quite a few #trailtips on the @graveneutral Instagram account! So we stitched them into a neat little documentary of their trip for your listening pleasure. Be sure to watch their daily recap videos on Eric’s personal account as well for even more adventure that we didn’t include in this episode.
Brad Wade is a cross-country bicycle tourist from Newfoundland, and he is unique in his physiology: his heart is located in a different part of his body than most people’s, and only has one functional lung. That hasn’t stopped him from adventuring! We chat with him near the end of his trip about his experiences, health, food access, and (of course) his gear. Aaron Green, author of We Were Like Sons and founder of The Regrainery, joined us in this conversation.
Lizzy took a huge bike tour over 6 months covering all 48 contiguous states, with a pet rat, Beefy, in tow, and ate a vegan diet the whole time. She tells us some tales from the road. Did we mention she’s a friend of Superfan Aqua? Check out her adventures from multiple tours at withinbikingdistance.com
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?
Brock met Ryan LaBarre at Velo Cult and they got to talking about bicycling and camping. Ryan and Val Brown of The Om Cycle experimented with camping by bike in Santa Cruz, San Francisco & Napa Valley before moving to Portland and camping at Ainsworth State Park. We talk about the experiences, what they learned, and what they want to do next!
Also: Brock & Adele ride the Steens Mountain area, and Aaron asks a question about road use.
Brock & Aaron participated in The Ladd’s 500, arguably the stupidest bike event of the spring season. And that’s why it’s so great! Five hundred laps around a ⅕ mile circle, mostly by relay teams but also by a few individuals. What happened? All the stories, here.
Justin Patti is an acquaintance from Colorado who recently moved to Portland! He’s a friend of former show guest The Professor, a bicycle enthusiast who once helped staff KRFC’s Bikes and Beer radio show, and he recently took a low-structure trip to have bicycling adventures in southern California.