this week we’re sharing a portion of an episode recorded with Dan Gebhart (who’s a time traveler) in his memory. The Portland bicycle community lost Dan on September 22 according to an article on BikePortland.org, and we will miss him dearly. A ride in remembrance is planned for him on Sunday, October 18 at 2pm starting at the Mt. Scott Community Center.
Soren Impey & Dan Gebhart are involved with Bike Loud PDX and drop in to explain why streets don’t have to be dangerous to work, and what their organization is doing to catch the attention of Oregon’s legislators. They’re riding from Portland to Salem to make their voices heard!
this week’s show is released at a time when devastating wildfires have seriously affected many places on the West Coast. we stand in solidarity with all who have been affected by these tragic events and encourage those who are able to donate to reputable charities that are assisting with relief efforts.
Russ Roca of The Path Less Pedaled is our guest/interviewer this week! It’s been several years since he’s been on our show, and now we get to be on his for a livestream (archived on YouTube) where we discuss a little about The Sprocket’s history, and at least the following for Russ:
What’s been going on since Portland?
Move to Missoula
#Floopyflappy, crocs, & online trolls
Thanks to our nationally recognized “top beer bar in Oregon” beverage sponsor, The Beer Mongers, now open for more than 4,000 days consecutively. They have a patio outside the place and, if you’re lucky, you might be able to catch some sports with sound. The big stick remains indoor on the ceiling. And, as always, thanks to our generous Patreon donors that keep us going!
ᐸᐠᐊᐧᒋᓂᓂ (“bugwajiniinii”, or Dan) has been with The Sprocket Podcast since its beginning, and has years of experience in bicycle maintenance, riding, instruction, advocacy with Bike Bemidji, and coffee outside. We had the pleasure to ask him about his experiences and perspective as an enrolled member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe as we spoke with him for this recording – he in his hand-built tiny house and we in our respective locations. We also briefly addressed #boatmonth. Follow his adventures and projects on Instagram at @bugwajiniinii.
We joined Tim at the Pedalshift Project for an edition of his Bicycle Tour Draft, a “fantasy draft pick” exercise in which we assemble our hypothetical gear for a hypothetical tour. As with any fantasy sport, the competition can get heated, and small things turn into big things!
Cast your vote for the winner – Tim says:
“Winner will be determined by fancy RANKED CHOICE VOTING, a super cool and superior way to vote. Click here to rank your top 4 (just drag and drop the names in order) and the winner is crowned! We’ll tally results at midnight on July 1st. Again… you have the rest of June eastern time to vote… who has the better tour setup?”
Image from page 62 of “Wheels and wheeling; an indispensable handbook for cyclists, with over two hundred illustrations” (1892)
We speak with long-time listener, donor, and friend of the show Sebastièn Poule about his experiences with bicycling and mechanics in Sonoma County, and a little about public land and wildlife encounters! He’s the one who founded the Sprocket Podcast Strava Club, gave us our podcast logo mugs, contributed many comments and emails, and is an all-around fun person to talk to.
Been following the show long? This could be your chance to put your voice into the conversation – with all of the remote interviews we’ve been recording, there’s no better time to share your experiences and stories with us! Be in touch!
Tim Mooney joins us as a perennial friend of the show and, of course, host of Pedalshift, the definitely best show on the internet about bicycle touring! He recently completed a “wilderness style” no-contact tour of the C & O Trail near Washington, DC before the campsites were closed, and ruminates with us on the future of bicycle touring after a global pandemic affects us all.
We also present as the second half of this episode the SprocketShift Happy Hour #5 we conducted together right after taping the show, talking about how we’re spending our “school nights.”
Madi & Joe took the train to the City of Angels, and had several adventures in pursuit of the world’s best tacos. You know… tacos. The best food known to humankind. Intersections with simpler living abounded, and we get the details.
Thanks to our beverage sponsor, The Beer Mongers, and, as always, thanks to our generous Patreon donors that keep us going!
Calendar: Feb 15th – Chariot Wars 2020, Essex City Park May 9th – Mohawk Valley Metric Century p/b Eugene Velo June 13 – Hop Head Hundred in Independence, OR August 15th – Swift Summit 200/100 V.4 in Lebanon, OR August 16th – Swift Summit NW Hill Climb (location unknown) TT p/b Chamois Butt’r
From Juntu Oberg: Spread the word about the upcoming Gateway Green park closure. The entire park will be closed in the beginning of March until November for Phase 2 which is includes major facility upgrades as well as improvements for off road cycling and pedestrian use. Since this park is right off the 205 bike path I know some of your listeners would probably be interested in learning more about what is happening. Paul Dickow from Friends of Gateway Green & I are working together to get the word out about.
MAIL: From listener & supporter Mayra M.
From listener & supporter David M. – career inspiration!
From listener & supporter Tim Coleman
From listener Susan Brewster: back injury recovery
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.