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!
Jimmy Diesel & his sister Mary join to chat about Jimmy’s bicycle adventure from Lake Tahoe to Portland, Oregon to Portland, Maine! He fills us in on his 104 day trip. Tim Mooney from Pedalshift joins us as well, because, y’know, bike touring!
Mail From Todd G in DC: A friendly FYI. Aaron was nearly impossible to hear this week.
From P-nut Butter Jar Matt – Speaking of the indignity of riding transit, did you happen to catch this State Farm ad?
Also, I saw these in my local grocery store the other day. Overnight oats are going mainstream! But, don’t buy these, just make them at home. It’s not hard. Seriously.
Guthrie, Aaron & Brock gave a live 20 minute presentation of the show at the first annual Portland Podcast Festival, an exciting event that brought many of Portland’s talented media creators together for a great night of fun. We captured our 20 minute set, plus some audio backstage before and after.
Many thanks to Greg & Sarah of Funemployment Radio and Jason Lamb of Minority Retort for their hard work putting this event together. Keep your eyes on the festival’s website for the next one!
Elly Blue and Joe Biel of Microcosm Publishing and Brian “VeloGioielli” are here to talk about Bike Craft and holiday shopping with ethics. Get your locally produced bicycle-related goods for the people you care about this holiday season!
Also, Guthrie MC’d his first event with the Sprocket, and Aaron got his flight schedules mixed up.
Tom McTighe has been coordinating Cranksgiving, the yearly charity-driven alleycat race, for a few years here in Portland, Oregon, and this year he brings another event with his team of amazing volunteers for a tight, short course to keep the generous out of the rain when possible. It’s coming this Saturday! Find one in your area (if you’re not in PDX) by checking cranksgiving.org! It happens all over.
Also Thanks to our drink sponsor The Beer Mongers for generously providing our libations, and our generous Patreon donors for underwriting our operating costs!
BAE BAE is a mostly-female bike club in Portland, OR. We speak to Holly & Laurel about fun, on-time departures and rain, amongst other things. They describe their group this way: “We are building the bike scene we want to be part of – one that is fun, challenging, and exciting while also being safe and supportive. We tolerate exactly zero sexist bullshit. We are not about speed or competition or snobbery; we are just a bunch of badass people who love bikes and are all about empowering each other, especially with regard to getting butts on bikes.”
Calendar URGENT CALL TO ACTION! The Sprocket Podcast has been selected as one of the 10 finalists in the running to be added to the 1st Annual Portland Podcast Festival lineup on December 2nd! We’re asking listeners to vote for us to be in the Festival, cast your vote at http://www.pdxpodfestival.com/vote Voting will last until October 27th at 12:00 pm. The top two vote-getters will make it into the festival.
From OR State Park’s website The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is raising state park camping rates by $2 for some types of campsites effective Nov. 1, 2017.
Mail Aaron Green is Running for Superfan No.2
PBJ Matt on Passing: I actually thought this was the article you were going to reference at the outset of the topic “If you’re riding somewhere so crowded that you’ve got to warn other trail users and all you’ve got time for is “On your left!”, then you’re riding too fast. Slow down and use your grown-up words.”
Tim Mooney of The Pedalshift Project returns to help us light up another episode of the however-many-timers’ club, chat a bit about his upcoming coastal bike tour, and provoke us to maximum jackassery. And apparently he was a child actor?!?!
Also: It’s Brock’s last show, and he passes a literal four foot torch to new cohost Guthrie Straw; Guthrie wears a face mask while driving and gets away from the smoke on the coast, Aaron picks up trash with Bae Bae PDX, and Brock has a chicken named after him.
Our friend and work travel correspondent Eric Iverson dropped in on the Salt Lake City version of the Thursday Night Ride phenomenon, known locally as The 9.9.9, and caught some great conversation with various participants! He also recaps a visit to the great state of Alaska where he met listener Phil, who notoriously wears a live bear on his back to keep warm. We’re grateful to have a friend who can let us listen in to so many adventures!
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Emee has been on the show before, and after a recent conversation we decided to do an episode about what she likes about music on bikes! While we’ve talked about major scale sound systems like our friend PJ’s, how does the average music fan get into a mobile setup? What do you listen to on your rides? And how does one approach the dreaded multi-system cacophony of too many sound systems in one place? Armando, known music-on-bikes fan, crashes the podcast to offer his thoughts as well!And he brought a pizza.