Category Archives: Mechanics

E338 – Aqua Survives An Oregon Winter



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?

Also: it was the Big Game.  To me, those balls are perfect. (thanks Funemployment Radio)

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

Calendar – Be A Part of It!
February 10: Live the Revolution: Bike Love Stories
February 11: Friends of Gateway Green work party (RSVP)
February 12: Bike Tour Cuba – Photos and Info
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
From Sleepbus.co: a sneak peek!

From bikeportland.org: A bicycle rider has died in a collision with a box truck driver in North Portland

Mail
From listener Bill C via facebook: “I’ve reached maximum complication and just want to ride my bike!”

From Thomas Skay-Doe: deep cuts, Pedalshift, and pronunciations

From Colin at thepodcasthost.com: kind words

From Harry H: “After a crap day like today @SprocketPodcast always puts a smile on my face.”

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music: Ryan J. Lane (intro & outro) & Hurtbird (headlines)
graphic design: Marcus Norman
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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


E324 – Ben. Just Ben.



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.

Calendar
November 5: Puddlecycle: Waterslide Ride!
November 11: Moonlit Miles – MatSu River Park in Palmer, AK  at 7:30 PM
November 12: Bikes for Humanity’s Gear Up Gala 6-9pm (Aaron emcees!)
November 13: Puddlecycle: Sunrise Corridor Ride ‘n Walk
November 19: Cranksgiving at Velo Cult
November 26: Puddlecycle: Off We Go To Lake Oswego
December 4: Puddlecycle: Symbols of the Season At Pittock Mansion
December 11: Kimmy Cross at The Beer Mongers! (Brock and Aaron play “black knights”)
February 27: Menagerie In Motion Kinetic Derby, Gainesville FL

Headlines
From citylab via Josh G The Ideal Cycling Speed Is 8 to 9 MPH, Says Science

Mail
From Phil in AK on riding in snow, parking in his garage, college days, and more bear news.
From Ethan Georgi: White Zombie
From Rachel in AL: listening to the show and riding distance

Fine Print
music: Ryan J. Lane (intro & outro) & Hurtbird (headlines)
graphic design: Marcus Norman
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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, 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, Kathryn Minchin, 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, subvrt


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

E299 – David Goes Places



David Robinson helped a bunch of people enjoy a Saturday by making them ride in circles (i.e. The Ladd’s 500) and also had a hell of a time riding his bike through the woods (the Venersborg 200).  Such adventures bear repeating for our benefit!

Also: Brock took a practice hike. Aaron drove through the original and better Broadway. They both went to a school bus rodeo!

And: Shadowfoot is in the studio with us from NZ!

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

Calendar
May 19: 5-7pm at Clever Cycles, Hug Your Dog Tour
May 20: 6-7pm at Clever Cycles, Heinz Stucke: 50 Years Around the World by Bike
June 10: The Little Lebowski Urban Achiever Ride
June 11: The Last Bowie/Prince Ride
June 11: Grilled By Bike! Eric VM
June 15: The Pollen Ride!  Comisserate with fellow allergen-sufferers
June 18: The 3rd Annual Bike Mechanic Challenge!

Headlnes
Dan C. is on KPSU

From bikepackersmagazine.com via new listener Aqua: Introducing the Bikepack Backpack

From bikepacking.com BIKEPACKING HACKS

Mail
New Listener Aqua!

Tweet from Pedalshift: “Old Skool bike touring slogan from @brockmon & @sprocketpodcast appropriated by a flavored sugar water company”

From Sebastien Poole: Estrella Beer in the USA

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


E288 – Ellee & Joe: Pack’n Heat When Sh*t Goes Down



Ellee Thalheimer is our favorite touring guidebook author (Cycling Sojourner), a member of the Portland Society, and a mother who loves to take family adventures!

Joe Partridge is Ellee’s partner in crime, a disaster relief manager who advocateshaving a plan, and also loves adventures in nature with the family, especially in the snow.

Cycling Sojourner is releasing the Malheur County/Steens Mountain tour for free!
[link forthcoming, check back soon!]

Brock took his musical gear to a show by bike & Aaron moved into a new space.

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

Calendar
PSC Hearing on TSP
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, 2500 SW 4th Ave
Tuesday, March 22th (meeting as 5pm, agenda item time TBD)

Comprehensive Plan Hearing on Amendments
City Hall Council Chambers 1221 SW 4th Ave
Thursday, April 14 2016, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

4/5/16 7pm humanity On wheels 3 from kick ass oregon history and trimet diariesat the Jack London bar!  Including music by Dr. Something

Headlines

Pedalpalooza is coming!

Mail

Welcome and thanks to new donor Christopher!

Agent of VT on twitter was entertained by our Pedalshift crossover!  Tim postedour “music for touring” Pedalshift episode and its associated Spotify playlist!

Tim forgot to mention the DC Streetcar opened!

PBJ Matt adds a pronunciation guide.

Anikwenze asks if our jobs will soon be obsolete.

Sebastien liked Bicycle Times!

Jordan says you don’t have to tip gas station attendants in Oregon.

Eric Iverson is going bladepacking!

Fine Print

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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, 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


E284 – Jude Gerace: Sugar Wheel Works



Jude Gerace is the proprietor of Sugar Wheel Works; we chat about what keeps us rolling, but first talk about bicycle storytelling event Live the Revolution, which she helped to start, and then cover wheel building and what she uses hers for.

Also: Aaron is still looking for a house, and Brock went to Eugene for the weekend.

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

headlines

Lumberjack (Brock’s band) playing The Old Gilbert Road Tavern March 4!

4/5/16 7pm humanity On wheels 3 from kick ass oregon history and trimet diariesat the Jack London bar!  Including music by Dr. Something

surly, via Wayne: Don’t Be a ****

mail

Alex on twitter wonders about Aaron’s phone setup.

Rob & Eric talk about Strava & GPS art!

Wayne shares Liz Thomas’ PDX urban hike plans.

Phil in AK has good things to say about South Dakota’s Badlands and running without a phone.

Richard congratulates PDX on finally getting a bike share program.

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
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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, 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


E264 – Adam Stewart & Friends: Overnight Ride



Adam Stewart is a mechanic at Portland’s Velo Cult Bike Shop & Tavern, and took a bunch of his friends on an overnight gravel ride through the woods. How did it go? How was the morale? What should you do if you wanted to follow suit? Friends Kevin and Craig pitch in to fill out the answers.

Also: Brock goes to Steens Moutain, and Aaron needs some vitamin D.

Thanks to our beverage sponsor, The Beer Mongers, and, as always, thanks to our generous Patreon donors that keep us going!

Headlines
from nytimes.com: When Gas Becomes Cheaper, Americans Buy More Expensive Gas

from theguardian.com: Oslo moves to ban cars from city centre within four years

Mail
comments from E263
Sebastien Poule says: “Thinking about leadership: I’ve always rejected the mantle of leader but don’t mind being an instigator.”

Ethan Georgi: “Glad to hear I’m not the only person who talks to himself while riding alone in the middle of nowhere.”

Johnny K : protection & bike deserts

comments from 262
Sebastein Poule send us a video mail gram thing: All that talk about burn barrels sent me looking for this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRJ5cCP0ZPE

Chris R in CO sends us an article on electric bike mod kits.

Jeremy from critical transit sets the record straight on Mackinac Island, and shares his experience with bikes on buses.

tweets
from @Eric_Ivy @SprocketPodcast E597 loved your interview with Elon Musk regarding how he was wrong about the whole car thing. #futurepodcast

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
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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, Krista Skucas, Jon Wasserman, Andre Johnson, Shelly & Troy, Kingof Division, Josh Zisson, Richard G


E261a – Team Grilled By Bike does the Oregon Outback



Team Grilled By Bike.  The Oregon Outback.  What more needs to be said? Eric, JP, Eilif, & Ross party responsibly across the uninhabited lands of eastern Oregon, encountering mud, rain, fallen trees, and windfall burn barrels, while engaging in the throwing of sharp implements and the playing of table tennis.  How did it go down? They tell us.

Stay tuned this week for field recordings of the crew’s adventure, curated by Eric Iverson.  Find Grilled By Bike on instagram.

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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
℅ 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, Krista Skucas, Jon Wasserman, Andre Johnson, Shelly & Troy, Kingof Division, Josh Zisson, Richard G


E254 – sysfail



Portland’s own Sysfail from Dropout Bike Club, PAZ, and many other bike fun things, joins us to talk about our city then and now, and the state of bike fun.

Headlines
from theverge.com via Logan in Cali
Google’s self-driving cars might be too good at braking for cyclists

from mplsbike.org the Minneapolis Bike Connection
Health Connections: “Active Transportation” Report Summary
link to the referenced report and summary

from bikeportland.org
SW 3rd Avenue is about to get downtown’s only buffered bike lane

Please step up and support BikePortland today

Mail

Glenn says you can can meat.

-tweets

from Scott M: he rides with us in his ear.\

from Eric Iverson: “Clearly this guy needs to listen to @SprocketPodcast.

from Rory C.: #coffeeoutside at Lake Michigan

-comments

“E253b – News, Mail, and an Overnight Ride”

Tim Mooney and JohnnyK support late night riding.

Richard Wezensky likes our old-timey voices.

“E252x – grapes of confederate flag wrath”

Brother Dan in HI clearing up our import/export confusion: “Aaron is an island export!”

-Physical Mail!

Extra-excited to see what Listener/Donor Christi Caister mailed us: instant underpants!

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
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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

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