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!
Josh Liberles is the “super domestique” of Hi Fi Wheels, who offer high performance at a comparatively lower cost and do so in style. We chat about their offerings and Josh’s adventures in this episode, including a ride he took around the east end of Maui one time!
Also: Aaron won a medal & finished his move and Brock walked around the city.
The Community Cycling Center offers bicycles & service to people who might otherwise experience barriers to access. Andrea Chiotti is the bridge between the shop & the office and cares a lot about engaging youth in mechanical skills. David Kurushima recently moved on to other things but appeared on our show before as their shop’s retail manager. We have a lively discussion about access, privilege, and apprenticeship.
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.
Superfan Aqua rejoins us after a brief bout of good weather and tells us about the real Oregon experience. What’s it like to ride in winter weather on two coasts? Also, is it OK to walk through a grocery store in your stretchy bikey clothes?
Ben is a local bike shop mechanic with a lot of deep thoughts. We take the long way around while trying to keep the wheels on during the discussion on bicycle shops & customer service, shame and blame, cutrate online retailers, and more.
Also: Brock just moved, and Aaron helped him do it. Don’t let the rental truck companies sucker you.
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.