Category Archives: Doin’ It

E193 – Carl Larson on Bike Fun. Lisa Nims on Anything Else.



If you don’t know Carl Larson by now that’s your loss. Considered by many (well… me) as  bike fun incarnate, Carl is here to set the record straight that bike fun is best when not centered around the bike. Pay homage to history by listening especially to his story about riding with DarcelleXV

Joining us is my friend Lisa Nims. She and I used to work together, but we don’t now. Now I have a friend that’s not a work friend. Lisa shares her experiences riding, her trepidations on riding in groups, and stories from volunteering at the Marie Smith Center. She was also instrumental in putting together the ‘zine and tumblr: Tell it Like it Tiz. Stories from those with whom she shares time at the Marie Smith. With luck she’ll be co-hosting more often.

Mail
From Glenn Kubish in YEG via Twitter:
“Hey Sprocket Podcast. Have you considered why traffic reports are all about cars?What if things were different?

Terra Firma signs up as a new monthly donor! Thanks!

From Tom Allen via twitter: Tom Allen wants to give you his bike.
(oops contest ended already, I should really have looked at this more closely)

Headlines
from Tony Deis via Facebook: Free Lecture – Subsistence Hunting & Foraging

From Bike Portland: new business looks to use bikes as billboards

From Bike Portland: PPB chief Reese takes shift on downtown bike patrol

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thanks to Ryan J Lane for providing our theme music
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E191 – Maria Schur’s Oregon Outback plus Brock and Adele week 1&2



Maria Schur’s second time on the show was a little difficult to get recorded. Scheduling conflicts abounded! Still, I felt it important, nay necessary, to get her story out for all of you to hear. In the end, I took a ride to her place with iPod in hand and sat down with her for some morning coffee and conversation.

Pictures!! I keep forgetting to take pictures. These next few shows may be semi-photoless. For what it’s worth, I did get a shot of the steed she rode through the Outback.

I dub this episode an “aaron light” episode. No mail or headlines this week, but I did insert Brock and Adele’s week 1 and 2 dispatches from the road.

as always:

find us on the Internet at thesprocketpodcast.com
send feedback about the program and suggestions for topics or guests –
write us via email, the address is thesprocketpodcast@gmail.com
call and leave us a message or text to 503.847.9774
connect with us on Twitter @SprocketPodcast
thanks to Ryan J Lane for providing our theme music
thanks to Hurtbird for our headlines sounder

and thanks to our sustaining donors Logan Smith, Shadowfoot, Kathrina Mellemgaard, Roger Grigsby & Wayne Norman, Doug Robertson, Ethan Georgi,  Justin Martin and Terra Firma


E136 – Emily Finch!



Emily Finch is a success story of transitioning herself and her family from auto-dependent life into simpler transport thanks to the genius of the bicycle – specifically, the bakfiets.  Her amazing story has been featured by BikePortland, broadcast to the masses on Ricki Lake’s television program, and also passed around Reddit.  Today she shares her story with us!

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


E126 – Dan Kauffman & Zed Bailey: Open Bike



Zed Bailey & Dan Kauffman are the driving force behind Open Bike Night,CrankMyChain Cycle TV, and a host of creative projects and activism around the city of Portland.  We drink and talk about a host of topics, including Pedalpalooza, Einstein and the Theory of Relativity, cycling in SLC, Rev. Phil, Zoobombing, the Magical Midnight Mystery Ride, and “doing it better.”  Dan even plays a few original songs for us.

Zed mentions a song from Enter The Haggis: “Gasoline

Mail
John from Hawaii adds some input to Aaron’s planning for his trip to the islands.

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E114 – Dan Christensen: Roll Easy



Dan Christensen is a transit bus driver who shares his experiences by blog, twitter, and live storytelling.  He was kind enough to drop in for a chat about being a driver, dealing with traffic and bicycles, and experiencing Mount Saint Helens’ eruption in 1980.  Read his writing at rolleasyblog.com!

We also implore our listeners to drunk dial us (503-847-9774), Brock describes an amorous evening gone wrong over the last weekend, and we discuss bicycle touring as a near-future occurrence.

Headlines
New York Times: The Flight From Conversation
League of American Bicyclists: a compendium of bicycle laws in all 50 states!
BikePortland: Oregon City votes to build bike tourism “epicenter” in Amtrak station

 

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


E101 – Bill Lascher: Amtrak Stories



Bill Lascher is a journalist preparing a book on Melville Jacoby, the first Time magazine reporter killed on duty, and producer of the fabulous Thinkingest Podcast which examines our over-examining tendencies.  Today he joins us to share some of his stories of travel by train on the United States’ passenger rail service Amtrak.

After we concluded the show, there was so much to discuss that we kept on talking while the tape kept running.  More conversation with Bill Lascher here!

Portland Afoot just published some more kind words about our crossover episode a few weeks back!  Thanks as always to Michael, Lily and their crew for the fantastic work they do around low-car mobility and culture.

Also, The Sprocket Podcast concludes its Indiegogo fundraising campaign to underwrite the next season of the show during a year with thin budgets!  We have offered many personalized rewards to our backers, most recently Bryan (AKA Orange), Steve, Russ & Laura, and Jeremy!  Thanks to all of our donors for their generous support!  See the details here!

Headlines
No Tech Magazine via Logan: Bicycle Trailer with Solar Panel Charges Electric Bicycle
Peak Moment TV via Logan: Can Pedals Power the World?
BikePortland: Portland area resident rides every single road in the entire region

Mailbag
Steve laments the lack of an RSS button on the website.  We fix it!
Another Steve supports our fundraising effort and buys us new headphones!
Jeremy looks forward to his transit ride with the hosts when he visits Portland.
Bryan (AKA Orange) simply says: “Best. Podcast. Ever.”
Carl visits New England and likes the bikey things he sees there.

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


E075 – Michael Andersen: Low-Car Life & Politics



We welcome our favorite relentlessly upbeat transit journalist Michael Andersen, chief dictator of the fine publication Portland Afoot, back to the show for more talk about Portland’s transit environment and economy and the joys of low-car life.

Brandon is freaked out by billionaire asteroid miners.

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.

Michael brings a lightning round quiz for simple life perspectives on nouns, but after a discussion on local transit politics.

Headlines
BikePortland: “Dutchtubs” are about to revolutionize Portland OR’s leisure scene
BikePortland: jogger asks about legality and courtesy of jogging in streets
Grid Chicago: Bees are coming!  On bikes!
Taking the Lane: Elly Blue hosts a contest to discover the nation’s worst bicycling streets
BikePortland: circling Mt. Hood on a mountain bike just got easier
PSU Vanguard: Bus, MAX, streetcar, or taxi?

Mailbag
Jim says: “Check out this link to an upcoming indie film to be released regarding Tom Allen’s big tour and the decisions he had to make….:http://janapar.com/ Looking forward to your upcoming path less pedaled interview… and also appreciated your interview w Rebecca Lerner.”

Dan in MN on the foraging episode: “looking for free food was a must in my family when I was growing up. We caught fish, ate mushrooms, harvested wild rice, did maple sirup camp, picked hazelnuts, and ate ferns. We also made our own medicines. Nice to know that other people do this.”

JohnnyK in FL: “if you don’t want flats from glass just get Tire Liners; however you will never get a Fred to use these because God forbid they add weight to their bikes.”  Also: “Ok just got back from the Dinner with Elly Blue and friends.  I really enjoyed it and it was very much a learning experience.  So now I cannot wait for your interview with her.” 

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


E009 – (Not) Doin’ It – Fertility Awareness as Birth Control



Our most awkward episode yet!  Friends Adele and Mary Lou discuss fertility awareness and understanding the feminine body.  Also, in the news, an Oregon law proposal seeks to keep kids on bikes off the streets, to the dismay of many.  And of course, much juvenile merriment is made over words like “mucus” and “vaginal.”  We promise next week will be different.

Drinks
Brandon enjoys his cousin’s blackberry ale, Adele drinks a Pinot Grigio & someChimay, Mary Lou has Adele’s homemade kombucha, and Brock drank a 24 oz.Tecate cerveza.

No music this week to avoid juxtaposing a reputable artist with our dubious subject material.  More music next week!

Fine Print
email us: thesprocketpodcast@gmail.com
twitter: @SprocketPodcast
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music: Ryan J. Lane (intro & outro) & Hurtbird (headlines)

Stories from BikePortland.org featured with permission from editor Jonathan Maus.