Category Archives: Racing

E234 – BOATS with Josh Guttmacher, Andy Schmidt & John Fritz



Josh Guttmacher, Andy Schmidt & John Fritz are boat fans who also like to bicycle.  We discuss, in this long awaited #boatmonth podcast, how boating and bicycling are similar, transporting your vessel by bike, and adventures in getting marooned or racing past “secret” racecourse markers.  Never thought we’d be on a boat.

A few links: Seattle’s Center for Wooden Boats, Portland’s Lincoln Street Kayak & Canoe Museum, Boston’s Community Boating, and their universal access program.

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

Note: When Tammy and Logan came in to Clever Cycles they “were very polite” and apologized to the customer for the interruption.

Also: Inspired to Ride film was awesome, Brock rode De Ronde PDX, and Aaron is testing his newly home-built wheelset.

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Thanks to new donors Anna Olsen, Marco Lo, Rich Otterstrom, Andrew Alderson, and Krista Skucas!

Sustainable Joes documentary is in the works!

University of Washington Press published Bike Battles, a book by James Longhurst on the struggle for bicycle access on American roads.

Phil B in AK writes an editorial on access in Anchorage.

JohnnyK writes some fan fiction & explains wheel taco makers.

John in Goldendale mentions Team Rubicon’s wish list item, the Montague Paratrooper Folding Bike and accessories.

Kathy enjoyed last weeks show!

Gabriel wants us to talk about Friends of Trees.

Robert shares a school bus/bike incident in the other Portland.

Sir Bikes A Lot offers a contender for best transit city: San Antonio, Texas!

Tim mooney is riding amtrak!

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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, 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


E227b – Aaron Aaron Aaron Brock



Aaron Delani is a recent Portland inductee, taking the admonition of “welcome to Portland, now go ride your damn bike” very seriously.  As a webmaster, he codes in coffee shops, and then looks for places to explore and people to ride with.  We discuss his downsizing process as he moved here, a misjudgment of #coffeeoutside, and secret commuter racing, among many other things.  He’s at aarondelani.com

Also: Donate at Patreon if you’re able to help keep us going!

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Many thanks to new donor Christi!  And all of our previous ones.

Matt sends in the saga of a motorcycle cop & a man on a beach cruiser.

Logan mentions CEO of Japan Airlines who took a pay cut and rides the bus to empathize with workers who were forced to retire early.  Reminded us of José Mujica, Uruguayan president who lives small and picks up hitchhikers.

A friend reminds Brock of Tom Allen’s beer can stove.

This week’s shift list: Halley Weaver explains bike-resistance from potential employers:
illegal = “do you have a car” unless the job specifically requires driving.
legal: “Are you able to get to all four counties for your job?” “Do you have reliable transportation?”
If they ask about reliable transportation; you say yes. If they ask for elaborate then you can say something like, “I prefer to travel by bike but have a Plan B in adverse weather conditions.”

Josh G: Which president was a big-time cyclotourist?  Woodrow Wilson! AlsoPresidents’ Day used to be Bicycle Day!

Daniel drops the gauntlet to Alaska with Fraser Cunningham’s -10º Cincinnati commute.  He also mentions the YMCA San Antonio, TX Siclovia, March 29th 10am to 4pm.

Anna shares a question from Oregon’s drivers’ license test.

Eric Iverson (& Paul from yesterday) mention quiet zones for rail crossings: there’s gonna be a lot fewer trains on the show.

JohnnyK is our Google king, and found us foot warming solutions.

Eric recommends a wheelbuilding library of knowledge from Mike Tech Info & Sheldon Brown.

Dave asks about the safety of listening devices while riding on the roads.


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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, John Blood, Alison Wiley, Andy Brunner, Dave Knows, Lars V., Chris Smith, Christi Caister, Caleb Jenkinson, JP Kewley, Matt B.


E199b – Nathan Jones: TransAm Bike Race



Nathan Jones is the owner of Ride Yr Bike who conceived of and organized the Trans Am Bike Race, an unsupported ride from coast to coast in which the participants competed simply for the bragging rights!  He tells us about the trip.

Also: e200 live show!, retort to close pass contest, explosions on the waterfront

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BikePortland: Community bike rally against violence in North Portland

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Dan from MN recommends the Surly Disc Trucker.

Drew clarifies the strength of Brock’s bike repair.

Logan recommends the Soma Saga for its kickstand plate.

Phil in AK corrects Aaron on the origins of the band X.

David joins PDX cargo bike gang!

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music: Ryan J. Lane (intro & outro) & Hurtbird (headlines)

Thanks to our sustaining donors for supporting our show costs:
Logan Smith, Shadowfoot, Kathrina Mellemgaard, Roger Grigsby, Wayne Norman, Doug Robertson, Ethan Georgi, Justin Martin, Eric Iverson, Cameron Lien, Richard Wezensky


E199 – Kath Youell & Tessa Walker: Flatroute Your Laundry



Kath Youell is a return guest who runs Portlandize.com and participated in the 2014 Disaster Relief Trials in Portland;

Tessa Walker owns a sweet little handmade cargo bike (that has a tumblr!) and also competed in the DRT.

We talk about the experience of the disaster simulation, “flatrouting,” and doing laundry by bike, amongst other things.

Also: Listener Drew welds Brock’s bike back together, drink segment dedicated to Aaron’s niece, retort to close pass contest

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BBC: cargo delivery by bike hits the news again!

Tom Allen: how and why to WWOOF around the world by bike

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Darren recommends the Vivente World Randonneur.

Harm from Rotorua NZ has a wicked commute in New Zealand!

JohnnyK asks about recumbent bakfietsen.

Dan from MN sponors this week’s episode with a donation!

Tim Mooney from Pedalshift calls in! check out his tour journals. He also sends a picture of a train for us to get hot and bothered about.

Sebastien asks about the warranty on Brock’s broken bike.

Chris in Arcata: Northern CA now has red asphalt for its bike lanes, & a question about glasses

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Thanks to our sustaining donors for supporting our show costs:
Logan Smith, Shadowfoot, Kathrina Mellemgaard, Roger Grigsby, Wayne Norman, Doug Robertson, Ethan Georgi, Justin Martin, Eric Iverson, Cameron Lien


E183 – Diane Goodwin: Transit On Tap



Diane Goodwin coordinates the Transit on Tap events for TriMet, allowing the interested public and transit experts to interact about important issues concerning public transportation.  We chat with her about the event series, her own personal history with transit, and many other things related to Portland’s regional transit provider!

Also:
tickets now available for Aftermass

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BikePortland: Ashland OR man cited for leaving bike lane found guilty
Thunder Island Brewing: Bicycle Eclectic Portrait Exhibit now on display at the brewery
Jan Heine from Bicycle Quarterly: Pro-joy instead of Anti-racing

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Phoebe writes in on women’s safety in transportation options, and cheering for running bus riders.

Timo writes appreciation for Madi & Katie’s episode and comments on the laws around cell phone use pertaining to bus drivers.

Mark shares a great summary of the Idaho Stop Law.

Neighbor Kelly found this Sprocket Beer:

and Tim in DC found ”the OG cargo bike:”

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music: Ryan J. Lane (intro & outro) & Hurtbird (headlines)

Thanks to our sustaining donors for supporting our show costs:
Logan SmithShadowfoot, Kathrina Mellemgaard, Roger Grigsby, Wayne Norman, Doug Robertson, Ethan Georgi, & Justin Martin


E180 – Dan Kaufman & Nathan Jones: Fatbikes & GPS



Dan Kaufman runs CrankMyChain Cycle TV & pdxk productions and has a deep love for bicycles and their implications for culture & conservation (and this time around, we didn’t make him come on the show while he lost his voice!)
Nathan Jones is the proprietor of Ride Yr Bike and has had numerous inspiring adventures in nature using bikes, including Tour Divide, the Oregon Outback, and his inspired TransAmerica touring race.

Both of them also are enthusiastic supporters of the Salmonberry Corridor project to renovate a derelict rail line into a multi-use path from Washington County to the Oregon coast; so much so, in fact, that they rode self-supported to one of the public input meetings in Wheeler, OR to add their voices.  We talk about all of this and more!

Also:
tickets now available for Aftermass
Pedal powered talk show season three launch party

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OregonLive: a name is chosen for the new transit bridge!

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Steve in WY feels for Aaron & his donut shop conflict, and is glad that the small towns he lives in are bike friendly places.

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Thanks to our sustaining donors for supporting our show costs:

Logan Smith
Shadowfoot
Kathrina Mellemgaard
Roger Grigsby
Wayne Norman
Doug Robertson
Ethan Georgi


E177 – Maria Schur



Maria Schur loves bicycles, lives in Portland, and works for Western Bike Works.  She enjoys gravel rides and doesn’t own a car, and likes pink but doesn’t want to be stereotyped.  She also writes on her blog about the various adventures she gets into.  We talk about all of this and more!

Also: Brock, Aaron & Adele recap their California touring adventures.

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Ethan becomes a new sustaining donor.  Thanks!

Doug in Duluth (another new donor – thanks!) suggests another bicycle shop equivalent of Stairway.

Jolene & The Stickman enjoyed hearing Madi & Katie’s chat on family rides.

Jake enjoyed the episode with Phil B; Phil also fills in the blanks on our gun-toting question.

Nick & Sue from the Bay Area are fans wishing us well!

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Thanks to our sustaining donors for supporting our show costs:
Logan Smith
Shadowfoot
Kathrina Mellemgaard
Roger Grigsby
Wayne Norman
Doug Robertson
Ethan Georgi


E172 – Leah Benson: Gladys Bikes



Leah Benson of Gladys Bikes in North Portland, Oregon tells us a little about running a bicycle shop that’s a little different than the norm!  Her business focuses on helping non-male customers find bicycles and accessories that suit their bodies best for the task at hand, including the operation of a saddle lending library that lets anyone borrow a number of them to find the one that feels best!

Also: Public transit to Mount Hood, rides on Sauvie Island, and how laziness shapes Aaron’s laundry situation.

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Diamond Cut Life: Tips for riding Amtrak & intercity bus enjoyably.

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Christina writes in to let us know about free legal clinics for bicyclists hosted by the BTA & law firm Swanson, Thomas, Coon & Newton.  The dates are March 26th, May 21st, June 25th, August 27th, and November 19th from 6-7:00 PM at the BTA Headquarters, 618 NW Glisan Street #401, in downtown Portland.  They will cover Oregon bicycle and pedestrian laws, insurance policy coverage, and what to do if you’re in a crash; all attendees receive a free copy of attorney Ray Thomas’ book, “Pedal Power: a Legal Guide for Oregon Cyclists.”

JohnnyK loves last week’s show with Bojun, and is a new sustaining donor!  We express our immense thanks to everyone who has signed on so far.

Jame also loved the interview with Bojun and wants to see better messaging about bicycles.

And more entertainment from the space bike comment thread on episode 165.

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Thanks to sustaining donors Logan Smith, Shadowfoot, & Kathrina Mellemgaard for supporting our show costs.


E161 – Cathy Hastie: Those Arrogant Bikers



Cathy Hastie is a BikePortland lifestyle contributor who has written about comparative car sharing, fashion & clothing on bikes, and an article on “those arrogant bikers” recentlylabeled by Bike Snob as “possibly the smuggest article posted to [Bikeportland] to date.”  She’s also a lifelong Portland resident who has been downplaying personal car use her entire life, so if anyone has claim to the right to be smug about transportation, it’s her!  We taped more great conversation than you can shake a stick at.

Aaron & Brock also discuss Portland’s poet laureate, cold weather, and, later, the drinking club with a running problem (hashing!)

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RowdyKittens.com: Tammy Strobel launches A Simple Year: 12 months of guided simplicity
Oregonian: TriMet on the verge of sending vintage trolley cars to St. Louis, MO

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Glenn in Edmonton clarifies #YEGbike, and inquires about GoPro, citing an archive on the topic both here and here.

A text: “Hmm a 40oz and Prince and The Revolution!”

Listener Dion twitters this article about Specialized’s suit against Cochrane bike builder; “but they won’t try that with Fuji, they sell a roubaix road bike”

Beercycling.com sends us their press release for the Ardennes Trappist Challenge – July 2014 will contain bikes & beer!

And iTunes and Stitcher reviews from our listeners!

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Thanks to sustaining donor Brian Logan for supporting our show costs.


E157 – Chris & Kelley: Sunrise Coffee Club



Christopher & Kelley of the Sunrise Coffee Club talk about early morning coffee-making rides, touring, and food, including eggnog!  Kelly brought cookies, too – and they were good.

Listeners Phoebe & Dave from Boston were also in the room and provided beverages!  Phoebe chips in on our discussion of hauling laptops by bike, and Dave adds to our consideration of plantains.

Cranksgiving Portland 2013 is an event happening at Velo Cult consisting of an alleycat race & a food drive for those in need!  We’ll have a little interview with Laura Recker who is coordinating this event in next week’s show.

Aaron & Brock discuss rides to restaurants around town, the anniversary of Montana’s statehood, and mystery rides.  Also, we were unusually plagued with microphone & cable malfunctions this episode! Sorry, and we’ll get on that to make it nicer in the future.

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Tom’s Bike Trip: a review of a USB charger & some thoughts on electronics & travel
BikePortland: new bike-friendly micro-apartments – 200 square feet and no car parking

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David from Thunder Island Brewing was pleasantly surprised to find our show, offers a pint next time we visit Cascade Locks, and can also help us find a better place to stay than next to the train tracks.

Timo notes to our Portland-area listeners who want to hear more from Mychal Tetteh that he will be the presenter at this month’s Bicycle Brown Bag.  Thurs, Nov. 21, Noon to one pm at City Hall.

Dan Flores wrote “Aaron, wear a helmet!!!”

And a new iTunes review from scottmacs – thanks!

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