Category Archives: Fun

E347 – SPRING BREAK



Brock & Aaron spent some time traveling!  Brock went to New Mexico and didn’t ride a bike.  Aaron went to Hawaii and rode a bike!  We talk about the trips and some thoughts on bicycling in Hawaii (and abroad in general), and the relative merits of standby travel.

Thanks to our generous sponsor The Beer Mongers and our Patreon donors that keep us going!

Calendar – Be A Part of It!
2nd Friday of every month: Indianapolis Bike Party
April 15: 10am, Ladd’s 500
April 29: De Rhonde
April 30: La Doyenne
May 5: Filmed By Bike
May 20: Reach the Beach!
June 10: Clever Cycles turns 10!
June 11: Dads on Vacation
June 14: Bicycle exsmuss
June 24: The Gathering at Gateway Green -Featuring Dirt Lab-
July 7: The Steens Mazama 1000
July 15-16: The Seattle-To-Portland
Oct 6: The AML_X challenge

Headlines
From bikeportland: Vandals hit at least 11 Biketown stations, over 200 bikes

From archdaily.com via William C in Detroit (“Keep killing it in Portland! Add Detroit to the cause!”): 13 Inspiring Architectural Projects for Bicycles

From the Guardian via Mr. T: Uber for bikes: how ‘dockless’ cycles flooded China – and are heading overseas

Mail
From Phil in AK: glacier rides

Richard W sends us a pic of his patch:

So did Glenn!

Fine Print
Produced at STREAM PDX thanks to Open Signal
music: Ryan J. Lane (intro & outro) & Hurtbird (headlines)
graphic design: Marcus Norman
web: http://thesprocketpodcast.com
email us: thesprocketpodcast@gmail.com
phone/SMS: 503-847-9774
twitter: @SprocketPodcast

Thanks to our sustaining donors for supporting our show costs:
Logan Smith, Shadowfoot, Kathrina Mellemgaard, Wayne Norman, Doug Robertson, Ethan Georgi, Justin Martin, Eric Iverson, Cameron Lien, Richard Wezensky, Tim Mooney, Orange & Purple, Glenn Kubish, Matt Kelly, Jim Goodin, Eric Weisz, Doug CohenMiller, Todd Parker, Chris Gonzalez, Dan Gebhart, Zoe Campagna, Dave Knows, Chris Smith, Christi Caister, Caleb Jenkinson, JP Kewley, Peanut Butter Jar Matt, Patrick Archain, Sebastien Poule, Marco Lo, Rich Otterstrom, Andrew in Colorado, Drew the Welder, Anna, Krista, Jon Wasserman, Andre Johnson, Josh Zisson, Richard G, Guthrie Straw, Branden Shelby, Kampcite, Aaron Green, Mac Nurse David, Kathy at Cycling Walking Eating Talking, Nathan Poulton, Chris Rawson, Rory in Michigan, Michael Flournoy, Jeremy Kitchen, David Belais, Tim Coleman, Mr. T, Harry Hugel, Ed Whitman, E.J. Finneran, Paul Culbertson, Brad Hipwell, Thomas Skadow, Christopher Barnett, Keith Hutchison, Tom Benenati


E345 – Megan Ramey from Bikabout



 

Megan Ramey had a vision to simplify the good trip.  Why fret over car rentals, unfamiliar expressways with angry drivers, and spend half of your time dreading the drives to come when you could explore cities the way they are best experienced – by bike?  She and her family have been living the dream for some time, guiding others into relaxing, human-scaled city tours with their travel guides, and getting there in style on Amtrak.  We get the skinny on Bikabout.

Thanks to our generous sponsor The Beer Mongers and our Patreon donors that keep us going!

Calendar – Be A Part of It!
2nd Friday of every month: Indianapolis Bike Party
March 23: The Timber Trail launch party
March 30: Wolf OR-7 Expedition
April 15: 10am, Ladd’s 500
May 5: Filmed By Bike
June 10: Clever Cycles turns 10!
June 11: Dads on Vacation
June 14: Bicycle exsmuss
July 7: The Steens Mazama 1000
July 15-16: The Seattle-To-Portland
Oct 6: The AML_X challenge

Headlines
KPTV: We were on television!  Our feature about Stream PDX

From the Washington Post via Tim Mooney (“Look at DC being all PDXy!”): D.C. wants employers to pay workers not to drive to work

Mail
A series from @oregon_history and @seb_velo on towing an Airstream by bike

Josh G. captioned our screenshot: “A. wistfully remembers his 1st podcast ever”

A letter of praise from Gregory B., & 2 questions.

A Missive from the Midwest via Keith H. In Indy

Ethan Georgi re: going car-free

Heather on Twitter: “Be nice to your drivers (all the time, not just tmrrw)”

Harry H on Twitter re: @sarahforpdx How the hell did I not know about Arleta Library Bakery and Cafe?

Seb P on aaron flat-tire hell: you might find tire talc helpful with your tire situation.

Ed M. also on flat tires: ”The technique is not to let the lever go past 90 degrees when levering the tire on the wheel.”

Fine Print
Produced at STREAM PDX thanks to Open Signal
music: Ryan J. Lane (intro & outro) & Hurtbird (headlines)
graphic design: Marcus Norman
web: http://thesprocketpodcast.com
email us: thesprocketpodcast@gmail.com
phone/SMS: 503-847-9774
twitter: @SprocketPodcast

Thanks to our sustaining donors for supporting our show costs:
Logan Smith, Shadowfoot, Kathrina Mellemgaard, Wayne Norman, Doug Robertson, Ethan Georgi, Justin Martin, Eric Iverson, Cameron Lien, Richard Wezensky, Tim Mooney, Orange & Purple, Glenn Kubish, Matt Kelly, Jim Goodin, Eric Weisz, Doug CohenMiller, Todd Parker, Chris Gonzalez, Dan Gebhart, Zoe Campagna, Dave Knows, Chris Smith, Christi Caister, Caleb Jenkinson, JP Kewley, Peanut Butter Jar Matt, Patrick Archain, Sebastien Poule, Marco Lo, Rich Otterstrom, Andrew in Colorado, Drew the Welder, Anna, Krista, Jon Wasserman, Andre Johnson, Josh Zisson, Richard G, Guthrie Straw, Branden Shelby, Kampcite, Aaron Green, Mac Nurse David, Kathy at Cycling Walking Eating Talking, Nathan Poulton, Chris Rawson, Rory in Michigan, Michael Flournoy, Jeremy Kitchen, David Belais, Tim Coleman, Mr. T, Harry Hugel, Ed Whitman, E.J. Finneran, Paul Culbertson, Brad Hipwell, Thomas Skadow, Christopher Barnett, Keith Hutchison, Tom Benenati


E344 – Ride With GPS, and with Kevin & Zack!



Ride With GPS is a fantastic tool for bicycle riders, designed by bicycle riders who code.  Kevin & Zack join us to explain how their new Ride Report function can provide expert, local opinions on the rides you have wanted to take, but weren’t sure if you should.  Their Ambassador program has been connecting people with information, too!  We are also joined by a bottle of whiskey, a mystery bag, and a hell of a lot of laughter.  Enjoy!


E343x – KPTV Interview & The Beer Mongers on St. Patrick’s Day!



Hey, I don’t know if you heard, but we were on the TV!

Don’t worry, you can watch it on the internet if you killed yours.  Here’s the link!
http://www.kptv.com/story/34939343/hear-portlanders-stories-on-stream-pdx

Also, Brock stops by the Beer Mongers (on SE Division & 12th) for St. Patrick’s Day!


E342 – David K’s Inclusive Sales Floor



David Kurushima is the Retail Manager for the Community Cycling Center, a nonprofit based in Portland, Oregon that aims to broaden access to bicycles for everyone, working to remove barriers that might keep someone off their ideal bicycle.  To that end, how do they design the bike shop experience for the best results?  David tells us about what he considers in this effort as he guides their staff and shop layout!

Thanks to our generous sponsor The Beer Mongers and our Patreon donors that keep us going!

Calendar – Be A Part of It!
2nd Friday of every month: Indianapolis Bike Party
March 9: Thursday Night Ride #100! In Portland, OR
March 11: The Dalles Mountain 60!
March 17: transit driver appreciation day
March 23: The Timber Trail launch party
April 15: 10am, Ladd’s 500
May 5: Filmed By Bike
June 10: Clever Cycles turns 10!
June 11: Dads on Vacation
June 14: Bicycle exsmuss
July 7: The Steens Mazama 1000
July 15-16: The Seattle-To-Portland

Headlines
Help fund the Bike Hostel in Newton, Kansas!

From bikeportland.org via Steven B.: New ‘Friends on Bikes’ group wants to create a warm welcome for women of color

Who-Sent-Whom

Mail
From Josh G: geek rap about drop bars

From Eric:Is there etiquette for loading your bike on the bus when there are two slots open? And a voicemail!

From Mr.T, our resident bike geek on going to a compact double: “don’t overgear your way into a spinning Wheelhouse of Regret.”  Sheldon Brown gear inch calculations

From Keith H: Indiana is apparently the most liberated bike fun state

From Tomas Skadow: is Spinlister safe? (yes)

Fine Print
music: Ryan J. Lane (intro & outro) & Hurtbird (headlines)
graphic design: Marcus Norman
web: http://thesprocketpodcast.com
email us: thesprocketpodcast@gmail.com
phone/SMS: 503-847-9774
twitter: @SprocketPodcast

Thanks to our sustaining donors for supporting our show costs:
Logan Smith, Shadowfoot, Kathrina Mellemgaard, Wayne Norman, Doug Robertson, Ethan Georgi, Justin Martin, Eric Iverson, Cameron Lien, Richard Wezensky, Tim Mooney, Orange & Purple, Glenn Kubish, Matt Kelly, Jim Goodin, Eric Weisz, Doug CohenMiller, Todd Parker, Chris Gonzalez, Dan Gebhart, Zoe Campagna, Dave Knows, Chris Smith, Christi Caister, Caleb Jenkinson, JP Kewley, Peanut Butter Jar Matt, Patrick Archain, Sebastien Poule, Marco Lo, Rich Otterstrom, Andrew in Colorado, Drew the Welder, Anna, Krista, Jon Wasserman, Andre Johnson, Josh Zisson, Richard G, Guthrie Straw, Branden Shelby, Kampcite, Aaron Green, Mac Nurse David, Kathy at Cycling Walking Eating Talking, Nathan Poulton, Chris Rawson, Rory in Michigan, Michael Flournoy, Jeremy Kitchen, David Belais, Tim Coleman, Mr. T, Harry Hugel, Ed Whitman, E.J. Finneran, Paul Culbertson, Brad Hipwell, Thomas Skadow, Christopher Barnett, Keith Hutchison


E340 – Ashley & Daniel Go To Cuba



Ashley & Daniel have been on the show before, and that’s when we learned they were planning a bike tour to Cuba.  Now that they’ve gone there and returned, we ask all the crucial questions about base camp in Havana, headwinds, pollution & climbing, buying internet, camping in the humid air, and what you do when you run out of money.  Read the ORbike article here!

Also: Brock took a weekend bike trip to camp in a yurt, and Ross went to the 2017 Chariot Wars.

Thanks to our generous sponsor The Beer Mongers and our Patreon donors that keep us going!

Calendar – Be A Part of It!
February 25: Open Signal, Portland Community Media Open House
February 26: Chilly Hilly ride in Seattle
February 27: Menagerie In Motion Kinetic Derby, Gainesville FL
March 11: The Dalles Mountain 60!
March 23: The Timber Trail launch party
April 15: 10am, Ladd’s 500
May 5: Filmed By Bike
June 11: Dads on Vacation
June 14: Bicycle Chrissmus
July 7: The Steens Mazama 1000

Headlines
Tyesha from Open Signal on OPB’s Think Out Loud!

Who-Sent-Whom

Mail
Thomas sends EXTRA donations and asks us to buy good beer.  Thanks!

STREAM PDX sends us a thank-you note which we pass on to you, our donors!

Kirk: Hey @SprocketPodcast
Do hip Portlanders use this umbrella technique as seen all over Japan?

Tim from Pedalshift went car-free!

Fine Print
music: Ryan J. Lane (intro & outro) & Hurtbird (headlines)
graphic design: Marcus Norman
web: http://thesprocketpodcast.com
email us: thesprocketpodcast@gmail.com
phone/SMS: 503-847-9774
twitter: @SprocketPodcast

Thanks to our sustaining donors for supporting our show costs:
Logan Smith, Shadowfoot, Kathrina Mellemgaard, Wayne Norman, Doug Robertson, Ethan Georgi, Justin Martin, Eric Iverson, Cameron Lien, Richard Wezensky, Tim Mooney, Orange & Purple, Glenn Kubish, Matt Kelly, Jim Goodin, Eric Weisz, Doug CohenMiller, Todd Parker, Chris Gonzalez, Dan Gebhart, Zoe Campagna, Dave Knows, Chris Smith, Christi Caister, Caleb Jenkinson, JP Kewley, Peanut Butter Jar Matt, Patrick Archain, Sebastien Poule, Marco Lo, Rich Otterstrom, Andrew in Colorado, Drew the Welder, Anna, Krista, Jon Wasserman, Andre Johnson, Josh Zisson, Richard G, Guthrie Straw, Branden Shelby, Kampcite, Aaron Green, Mac Nurse David, Kathy at Cycling Walking Eating Talking, Nathan Poulton, Chris Rawson, Rory in Michigan, Michael Flournoy, Jeremy Kitchen, David Belais, Tim Coleman, Mr. T, Harry Hugel, Ed Whitman, E.J. Finneran, Paul Culbertson, Brad Hipwell, Thomas Skadow


E339 – Cory Skates in Other Cities



Cory Poole returns to talk about what it’s like to travel with a skateboard in a new city, whether that’s his recent trip to San Diego or your upcoming trip to Portland.  How does it work as you try to find your way around?  What should you know before you go?  We also chat a bit about skating with a young child in the city and what the law requires of us.

Also: Aaron and Anna “lived the revolution” and Aaron received a lot of hugs. Brock rented a car2go for a long trip when another option fell through.

Thanks to our generous sponsor The Beer Mongers and our Patreon donors that keep us going!

Calendar – Be A Part of It!
February 25: Open Signal, Portland Community Media Open House
February 26: Chilly Hilly ride in Seattle
February 27: Menagerie In Motion Kinetic Derby, Gainesville FL
March 11: The Dalles Mountain 60!
March 23: The Timber Trail launch party
April 15: 10am, Ladd’s 500
May 5: Filmed By Bike
June 11: Dads on Vacation
June 14: Bicycle Chrissmus
July 7: The Steens Mazama 1000

Headlines
The Washington Post via Chris R.: ‘Every second counts.’ Cities turn to cyclists to save lives

Inside Science: Driving Fee Rolls Back Asthma Attacks in Stockholm

Who-Sent-Whom
Pedalshift: 2     Sprocket: 0     Bicycle Times: 1

Mail
Alexis replies to Johns comment on E331

Mac Nurse David joins Team Sincerity for Ladds 500

Harry H. has pixies recommendations for Brock

Josh G is safety-conscious while expanding his mind, and found a disaster TV show that starts with a bicycle scene.

Russell P has been listening since E005 and is the son of a lorry driver (who are required to bike for greater empathy).

Sebastien Poole has listened to all episodes! “…hooked me way back when Retroshift was on. Later, I went back to the archives and gobbled up the rest.”  And: “Devo themed rides do happen”

From listener Jay: “Screw victim blaming from non cyclists and cyclists alike.”

Keith is a new listener. Welcome to the fold Keith!

Lastly, our senior bear-pelt correspondent gives us the what is the what.

Fine Print
music: Ryan J. Lane (intro & outro) & Hurtbird (headlines)
graphic design: Marcus Norman
web: http://thesprocketpodcast.com
email us: thesprocketpodcast@gmail.com
phone/SMS: 503-847-9774
twitter: @SprocketPodcast

Thanks to our sustaining donors for supporting our show costs:
Logan Smith, Shadowfoot, Kathrina Mellemgaard, Wayne Norman, Doug Robertson, Ethan Georgi, Justin Martin, Eric Iverson, Cameron Lien, Richard Wezensky, Tim Mooney, Orange & Purple, Glenn Kubish, Matt Kelly, Jim Goodin, Eric Weisz, Doug CohenMiller, Todd Parker, Chris Gonzalez, Dan Gebhart, Zoe Campagna, Dave Knows, Chris Smith, Christi Caister, Caleb Jenkinson, JP Kewley, Peanut Butter Jar Matt, Patrick Archain, Sebastien Poule, Marco Lo, Rich Otterstrom, Andrew in Colorado, Drew the Welder, Anna, Krista, Jon Wasserman, Andre Johnson, Josh Zisson, Richard G, Guthrie Straw, Branden Shelby, Kampcite, Aaron Green, Mac Nurse David, Kathy at Cycling Walking Eating Talking, Nathan Poulton, Chris Rawson, Rory in Michigan, Michael Flournoy, Jeremy Kitchen, David Belais, Tim Coleman, Mr. T, Harry Hugel, Ed Whitman, E.J. Finneran, Paul Culbertson, Brad Hipwell, Thomas Skadow