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!
Lillian Karabaic is a good friend of the show, and has been on many times in the past, but today she brings something new: “purr-sonal” finance! Her new project, Get Your Money Together, aims to knock down the difficulties standing between the average person’s goals of savings and affording the things they need in their lives. She also fills us in on a recent train journey across Europe & Asia, ending in Siberia. Follow Lily’s regularly release personal finance podcast at Oh My Dollar.
Brad Wade is a cross-country bicycle tourist from Newfoundland, and he is unique in his physiology: his heart is located in a different part of his body than most people’s, and only has one functional lung. That hasn’t stopped him from adventuring! We chat with him near the end of his trip about his experiences, health, food access, and (of course) his gear. Aaron Green, author of We Were Like Sons and founder of The Regrainery, joined us in this conversation.
Aaron & Anna joined Team Lime for our friend Lily’s 30th birthday party, which happened to be a transit-system-based adventure scavenger hunt event all over Portland! Jesse, also a member of Team Lime, also comes into the studio so that they can all relive the adventure. From posed photos with transit operators, to karaoke on a party bus, #spy30 happened. Listen for the details!
Harry Dalgaard & Gabriel Amadeus present the first public announcement, explanation, and question/answer session of the Oregon Timber Trail, a new public route allowing people to cross the state of Oregon from south to north (or vice versa, weather conditions depending) by mountain bike or a number of other methods. We were there and caught it on tape! Thanks to Base Camp Brewing for hosting the event, filling its walls with perhaps more beards and cycling caps than ever!
Ride With GPSis 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!
Listener & donor Jeremy Kitchen drops into the studio to talk about how he got into amateur radio and how it connects to bicycling in his experience! Coordination of supported bicycling, response to emergency situations, and meeting people from all over the globe are just a few uses of this versatile communication strategy.
We spent an evening setting up the new studio at StreamPDX, an audio production project that we’re happy to announce we are helping to build. You get to be the fly on the wall as we chat with superhuman tech guru Aaron Parecki and long-time studio collaborator Lillian Karabaic! Super obscure affection for the World Book Encyclopedianear the end of the recording for those who would like to geek out with us.
Superfan Aqua drops in to see how the show is made! We chat aboutAaron’s charity ride to breweries for a clean water project, Brock’s old band’s reunion show, a dustup on twitter over a misconception, and what to do about our feet now that the rainy season is on its way back.
Steve Banfield is the man leading ReachNow out of the planning room and into the future to provide a new take on point-to-point car rentals, and it turns out it’s an approach that is not only smart, but also promises to be classy, easy, spacious, benevolent, and perhaps even someday autonomous! We chat about the fleet of BMW and Mini vehicles that will be rolling out in Portland this week, how they can help meet the transport needs of low-car lifestyles, and what it’s like to take your mom to the top of the Space Needle. “Free-floating car share” for the win!