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E364 – Rob Asks Questions



Rob Sadowsky worked in Portland bicycle advocacy for a long time; long enough to have some questions about how life works in this town.  We talk about change, will & apathy, the new bike tax (of course), nonprofits & government, and what it’s like to be be unemployed/underemployed.  Questions can find answers!

Also: Brock had some adventures around town and Guthrie made unexpected bicycle world connections at a potluck.

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

Calendar – Be A Part of It!
August 5: Jen’s Bike Move (friend of former guest Gerald Fitipaldi) 10 am
Aug 26: Cycle in the City Bike Party in Edmonton (thanks Glenn Kubish)
Aug 27-28: Dirty Sellwood (sellwood to cape lookout)
Sept 1: Filmed By Bike in Petosky, MI, Eugene, OR, Seattle, WA, and Charlevoix, MI
Oct 6: The AML_X challenge
Oct 6-8:  Youth Bicycle Summit

Headlines
From former cohost Brandon Rhodes – Willamette Week: A people-powered railcar ride on the Oregon Coast

Food Puns
Bicycle crash incident sparks garden pun thread on social network!

Mail
Nemo sends us some cash to rent a tandem with!

Aqua’s dad found the Seatylock!

Ranger Tom goes bicycling on highway 14… almost.

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Produced at STREAM PDX thanks to Open Signal
music: Ryan J. Lane (intro & outro) & Hurtbird (headlines)
graphic design: Marcus Norman
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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, Keith Hutchison, Ranger Tom, Joyce Wilson, Ryan Tam, Derek Waggoner, Jason Aufdenberg, Microcosm Publishing, David Moore, Dennis O’Brien


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.”

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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


E304 – Will Has New Rain Barrels



Will Vanlue is back! With new tales of rain barrels and riding bikes with his son! He breaks down what’s great about low-car life in a family context, recaps his fascinating rain barrel system described in episode 236 and describes the upgrade that he recently installed!  Resilience is strong with this one.

Will recommends Green Concepts Container as a resource for clean, safe barrels.
Here’s the link to the City of Portland’s (surprisingly useful) rain barrel guide:
Calendar

June 24: The Little Lebowski Urban Achiever Ride (NEW DATE)
July 1: nails yall pop-up at Gladys Bikes 6-8pm
July 16: Brompton Urban Challenge!
August 11: Pam Nichols Art Show at Western Bike Works Tigard 6pm

Headlines
BikePortland journalism scores two awards in five-state contest

From oregonlive.com: Washington State provost grows bee beard to raise cash for bee center

From The Mirror, via bikeportland.org: Mum unwittingly joins triathlon bike ride – and ends up cycling entire route

Mail
New donor Michael Flournoy, thanks!

Unicorn Mike is going to have an adventure, but it’s not our fault.

Richard W warns of heat exhaustion, but likes the heat; also notifies of a new show called Ride Bikes Radio.

Fine Print
music: Ryan J. Lane (intro & outro) & Hurtbird (headlines)
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, JohnnyK, 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, Scott McAllister Morgan, Chris Gonzalez, Dan Gebhart, Zoe Campagna, Andy Brunner, Dave Knows, Chris Smith, Christi Caister, Caleb Jenkinson, JP Kewley, Peanut Butter Jar Matt, Patrick Archain, Sebastien Poule, Marco Lo, Rich Otterstrom, Andrew Alderson, Drew the Welder, Anna, Krista, Jon Wasserman, Andre Johnson, Shelly & Troy, Kingof Division, Josh Zisson, Richard G, Guthrie Straw, Christopher Barnett, Branden Shelby, Kampcite, Aaron Green, Mac Nurse David, Kathryn Minchin, Nathan Poulton, Chris Rawson, Rory Closz, Michael Flournoy

E301b – Gerald & Ray Go To Grad School



Gerald Fittipaldi & Ray Atkinson are grad-level students at Portland State University.  They’ve been studying the fine craft of city-building and city-shaping, and worked to start the advocacy group Bike PSU to fill a need they saw for student involvement in their transportation environment.  We talk to them about what they’ve been up to!

Also: Brock got a flat on the way to work, and Aaron got a room.

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

Calendar
June 10: The Little Lebowski Urban Achiever Ride
June 11: The Last Bowie/Prince Ride
June 11: Grilled By Bike!
June 15: Biking Vikings!
June 18: The 3rd Annual Bike Mechanic Challenge! (SOLD OUT!)
June 21: The Pollen Ride! (NEW DATE)
July 16: Brompton Urban Challenge!

Headlines
a new tote from North St. Bags

From oregonlive.com:
Pair of 15-year-old boys accused of stealing TriMet bus
And Two men arrested in apparent bout of speed racing on Interstate 84

From bikeportland.org: Two videos that will help you understand homelessness in Portland

From mentalfloss.com: You Should Totally Pee in the Shower

Mail
Rory in MI sends us a donation!

Andre Johnson sends a donation and some studio swag!

Aaron Green and others liked our monologues for E300.

Jim goodin DID pedal to the end of the block as he recovers.

Chris in Parker CO spotted velo Cult in W. Kamau Bell’s United Shades of America

Guthrie fielded a weird email about a rude cyclist.

Joseph & Chris Smith connected on some wonky urban design stuff.

Fine Print
music: Ryan J. Lane (intro & outro) & Hurtbird (headlines)
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, JohnnyK, 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, Scott McAllister Morgan, Chris Gonzalez, Dan Gebhart, Zoe Campagna, Andy Brunner, Dave Knows, Chris Smith, Christi Caister, Caleb Jenkinson, JP Kewley, Peanut Butter Jar Matt, Patrick Archain, Sebastien Poule, Marco Lo, Rich Otterstrom, Andrew Alderson, Drew the Welder, Anna, Krista, Jon Wasserman, Andre Johnson, Shelly & Troy, Kingof Division, Josh Zisson, Richard G, Guthrie Straw, Christopher Barnett, Branden Shelby, Kampcite, Aaron Green, Mac Nurse David, Kathryn Minchin, Nathan Poulton, Chris Rawson, Rory Closz


E300b – Heinz Stücke Travels The World for 50 Years



For part of our 300th episode gala, how could we possibly avoid sharing the many stories and perspectives of one Heinz Stücke, especially when he came to Portland?

Heinz is promoting his new book, Home Is Elsewhere, as he cycles across America.  He’s been everywhere, man, and has some wisdom to share on nearly every aspect of living on the road.  He’s been sponsored by Brompton, everyone’s favorite folding bicycle company, since 2009, who has helped bring his book to the presses and on to the public!

Thanks to Clever Cycles in Portland, Oregon for hosting this informal session.  Like we said, he’s been everywhere, so this Q&A lasts for almost two hours.  Our recording got the whole room so it’s a little echo-y.  But it’s all good stuff!  We hope you enjoy hearing from this legendary icon of bicycle touring.

Oh yeah, Shawn Granton did a write-up on this event too!

And if you want even more Heinz, former Sprocket Podcast guests Travelling Two also did an interview with him back in 2010!


E300 – THE BIG ONE



Well, this is it.  We made it to 300 episodes, and, rather than go big with a live event like we have for previous milestone episodes, we decided to go small and dive into our own internal process on bicycling, the simpler life, and our relationship with you, the listener. Brock & Aaron do a little intro banter, and then both of us recorded monologues that we hope are enlightening, encouraging, and express our grateful attitude toward your repeat visits to our little show every week.

Thanks so much for listening! We wouldn’t be here without you.

also: Brock hiked in central Oregon and tried to help a phoneless guy, and Aaron saw lifetime bicycle tourist Heinz Stucke.  Look for audio from his appearance atClever Cycles in our feed soon!

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

Calendar
June 10: The Little Lebowski Urban Achiever Ride
June 11: The Last Bowie/Prince Ride
June 11: Grilled By Bike!
June 15: The Pollen Ride!  Comisserate with fellow allergen-sufferers
June 18: The 3rd Annual Bike Mechanic Challenge!
July 16: Brompton Urban Challenge!

Headlines

Columbia Gorge Express opens up bus service to areas east of Portland for carless people!

WBUR covers move by bike in Portland! Thanks for the link, Josh G.

Mail

Tim from Pedalshift shares the can opener hack.

Jim in NY talks about getting into a collision, observing a grief and our influence on his thought process.

Chris in Denver shares his self-defense strategy: pepper spray, mounted on the handlebars.

Swiftly, a classy transit app, is launching in Portland.

Fine Print
music: Ryan J. Lane (intro & outro) & Hurtbird (headlines)
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, JohnnyK, 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, Scott McAllister Morgan, Chris Gonzalez, Dan Gebhart, Zoe Campagna, Andy Brunner, Dave Knows, Chris Smith, Christi Caister, Caleb Jenkinson, JP Kewley, Peanut Butter Jar Matt, Patrick Archain, Sebastien Poule, Marco Lo, Rich Otterstrom, Andrew Alderson, Drew the Welder, Anna, Krista, Jon Wasserman, Andre Johnson, Shelly & Troy, Kingof Division, Josh Zisson, Richard G, Guthrie Straw, Christopher Barnett, Branden Shelby, Kampcite, Aaron Green, Mac Nurse David, Kathryn Minchin, Nathan Poulton, Chris Rawson


E278 – Nathan Jones’ Spicy Southwestern…



Nathan Jones is the reigning world champion, but encountered a significant setback on his most recent conquest.  From Portland to California’s Central Valley and back again, but not in the way you’d expect.

Brock lost some important bits of metal, and Aaron went to MEXICO.

headlines

4/5/16 7pm humanity On wheels 3 from kick ass oregon history and trimet diariesat the Jack London bar!

Microcosm Publishing turns 20! Fabulous local punk startup celebrates the anniversary on February 12 2016, 5pm at Velo Cult, and Joe Biel gives a reading at Powell’s Books Hawthorne on February 11 2016, 7:30pm

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Richard yells at our podcast about toy HPVs.  Shares a badass adult big wheel video!

JohnnyK had a big wheel too!  And passes on Paul Elkins’ DIY projects, as well as something that makes this, too, #boatmonth: a bike-towable boat camper.

PBJ Matt is a fan of wonky conversations!

Box Bike Collective in Santa Cruz is launching a funding project for affordable e-assist cargo bikes!

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email us: thesprocketpodcast@gmail.com
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Thanks to our sustaining donors for supporting our show costs:
Logan Smith, JohnnyK, 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, Scott McAllister Morgan, Chris Gonzalez, Dan Gebhart, Zoe Campagna, Andy Brunner, Dave Knows, Chris Smith, Christi Caister, Caleb Jenkinson, JP Kewley, Peanut Butter Jar Matt, Patrick Archain, Gabriel Trainer, Sebastien Poule, Marco Lo, Rich Otterstrom, Andrew Alderson, Drew the Welder, Anna, Krista, Jon Wasserman, Andre Johnson, Shelly & Troy, Kingof Division, Josh Zisson, Richard G, Guthrie Straw


E272 – Leah Benson & Jocelyn Gaudi, & a Pizza



Today we’re joined by two of Portland’s bike legends: Jocelyn Gaudi joins us to update about her trips with womens’ cycling adventurers Komorebi Cycling TeamLeah Benson talks home ownership, and we attempt to eat a pizza while recording.

headlines
from bikeportland.org: Advocate! Tell the city how to change residential infill rules

Madi Carlson: Urban Cycling book signing party at Clever Cycles

TriMet.org: Celebrate Safely with TriMet for New Year’s Eve

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music: Ryan J. Lane (intro & outro) & Hurtbird (headlines)
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email us: thesprocketpodcast@gmail.com
phone/SMS: 503-847-9774
twitter: @SprocketPodcast
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Brock Dittus/The Sprocket Podcast
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1001 SE Division St
Portland OR 97202

Thanks to our sustaining donors for supporting our show costs:
Logan Smith, JohnnyK, 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, Scott McAllister Morgan, Chris Gonzalez, Dan Gebhart, Zoe Campagna, John Blood, Alison Wiley, Andy Brunner, Dave Knows, Lars V.,Chris Smith, Christi Caister, Caleb Jenkinson, JP Kewley, Peanut Butter Jar Matt, Patrick Archain, Gabriel Trainer, Sebastien Poule, Marco Lo, Rich Otterstrom, Andrew Alderson, Drew the Welder, Anna, Krista Skucas, Jon Wasserman, Andre Johnson, Shelly & Troy, Kingof Division, Josh Zisson, Richard G


E252a – Worst. Episode. Ever.



Up for debate, actually. We do talk about bikes a little. And we do talk about transit.  And we do talk about simpler living pursuits. So maybe it’s not the worst ever; maybe it’s just clickbait.  You’ll have to find out for yourself!

Every so often, Brock & Aaron need to kick back with their hybrid grapes and chat about some ol’ bullshit.  That’s what’s going on here!

See you next week with another fascinating guest you’ll be sure to love!

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music: Ryan J. Lane (intro & outro) & Hurtbird (headlines)
web: http://thesprocketpodcast.com
email us: thesprocketpodcast@gmail.com
phone/SMS: 503-847-9774
twitter: @SprocketPodcast
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Brock Dittus/The Sprocket Podcast
℅ IPRC
1001 SE Division St
Portland OR 97202

Thanks to our sustaining donors for supporting our show costs:
Logan Smith, JohnnyK, 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, Scott McAllister Morgan, Chris Gonzalez, Dan Gebhart, Zoe Campagna, John Blood, Alison Wiley, Andy Brunner,Dave Knows, Lars V., Chris Smith, Christi Caister, Caleb Jenkinson, JP Kewley, Peanut Butter Jar Matt, Patrick Archain, Gabriel Trainer, Sebastien Poule, Marco Lo, Rich Otterstrom, Andrew Alderson, Drew the Welder, Anna Olsen, Marco Lo, Rich Otterstrom, Andrew Alderson, Krista Skucas, Jon Wasserman, Andre Johnson, Shelly & Troy


E237b – Brian Benson Lives On A Boat



Brian Benson has been a guest on our show before when he talked about his book,Going Somewhere; now his project The River Signal is about to launch on a summer adventure down the Mississippi River during which he and his crew produce a fictionalized audio drama!

After the live broadcast of the pilot episode from a shipyard in north Portland, Oregon, and live music from many artists, including Those Willows, Brian was kind enough to give Brock & Adele a tour of the ship that he calls home, an old warship that is being restored into a haven for artists.  We’re pleased to share this exploration of alternate dwellings with you, and also to extend #boatmonth just a little farther.