Category Archives: Train Travel

E292 – Daniel Erle



We met Daniel and Ashley at Cranksgiving 2015, the charitable alleycat race to benefit people in need.  Daniel is a fascinating fellow, originally from Albany NY, who loves to restore and rebuild old bikes.  We talk about wrenching on specialties, growing up around Amtrak, his touring aspirations, and more.

Also: Brock prepped for his summer adventure by climbing a mountain while his ride is in the shop, and Aaron attempted an early De Ronde!

Thanks to our generous sponsor The Beer Mongers and our Patreon donors that keep us going! And welcome to our newest donor Kampcite! Thanks to Josh Z for upping his support!

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

5/6,7,8/16 Filmed By Bike at the Hollywood Theatre with (off)Street Party at Velo Cult bike shop on Friday 5/6 5-9:30pm

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City of Fort Collins CO: Launches Bicycle Friendly Driver Course

Kansas City Star: Amtrak derailment raises safety, track replacement concerns

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Andre asks about maps for the Mount Saint Helens area; Brock recommends this one.

Josh G mentions transit analysis mistakes and busing to Boston using a national transit map.

JohnnyK shares a crash story, a fat tandem, and making coffee with a bicycle air pump.

Timmy in TX knows of a lot going on in the Dallas area!

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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


E281 – Renee T: West End Transit (or, Squatchin’ By Bus)



Renee works to make sure there is transit access to popular outdoors destinations in the Columbia River Gorge by helping to manage outreach and marketing for the West End Transit (WET) Bus in Washington State’s Skamania County!  Get to the trailhead without a car with the help of Friends of the Columbia Gorge!

Brock climbed 3200 feet and saw Peter Koonce, and Aaron stared at a “family” meeting in Mexico, and is looking for a house to move into.

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4/5/16 7pm humanity On wheels 3 from kick ass oregon history and trimet diariesat the Jack London bar!

Microcosm Publishing turns 20! Fabulous local punk startup celebrates the anniversary on February 12 2016, 5pm at Velo Cult, and Joe Biel gives a reading at Powell’s Books Hawthorne on February 11 2016, 7:30pm

From Momentum via PBJMatt: South Dakota is fighting with Missouri over the dumbest cycling laws

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Johnnyk made us a Roku: https://my.roku.com/add/TheSprocket

“Well I hope you don’t shoot me but I listen to your podcast through my TV.”

Sebastien loved Nathan’s “ripping yarn” about CA travel.  Made him think of this classic picture:

And Scott liked our f*** CA outro; was more offended that we forgot he lived there!

Eric Iverson: “I’m obviously on board for a #kingofdivision ride to Oxbow park w/@kingofdivision &@SprocketPodcast! #pedalpalooza ?”

Josh G wants a commenrtary on the Chinese bike racing movie “To the Fore”?

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E276b – Mail & News with Joe Wheels & David Robinson



Our show with Joe Wheels and David Robinson continues, including:

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The Atlantic, via Logan: Which Jobs Have the Highest Rates of Depression?
50 years of research on bus driver well-being.

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Phil in AK approves of the beards.

JohnnyK adds ASCII beard art and thinks cycling is good for your back pains.

Tim is taking the Amtrak sleeper car too!

TopHat says Amtrak ought to allow cargo bikes.  Say it again!

Nathan chimes in on Amtrak too with a story from his childhood.

Doug Robertson is blogging at four season cycling!

Anna says saddle sores are dumb and there are some solutions:
-diaper rash cream
-hydrocortisone cream
-salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide cream (a.k.a the stuff for acne)

Dom from onebikeoneworld.com shares an unusual saddle to avoid the unpleasantness:

Drew the Welder says saddle sores could be boil/abscess instead of lymph system.  Best to stop riding until it goes away.

Also he mentions the Rinko for easy train travel!

Scott says everyone should get “‘bent” – as in recumbent bicycles. He referencesbikeism, and Australia’s HPV race.

PBJMatt asks: Why is it that all the great adventurers are British?

Review from Logan!  “Great podcast and I look forward to their show every week. Their perspectives foster community and collaboration.”

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


E276a – Joe Wheels (with David Robinson)



Joe Wheels spent a bunch of time as a bicycle racer, and still gets around nearly everywhere he goes on a classy bicycle.

Brock is a hermit but attempted a century; David was at Grilled By Bike.

A two parter!  News and mail in part 276b!

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


E275 – Emily from Hub Bicycle Co.: IN PORTLAND



Emily from the Hub Bicycle Company in Cambridge, MA is on a road trip up the west coast of the USA, and stopped into the studio to give a proper interview afterher induction a year ago in the basement of her Boston area shop.  We talk about the two coasts, MTB in Santa Barbara, camping and renting cars when it gets cold, prairies full of elk, Portland and redevelopment, and other things.  What a great chat!  Emily is totally a game day player for podcasting.

We bid Aaron a fond farewell as he begins a new life south of the border.  (just kidding – he’ll be back in two weeks!)

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


E274 – Three Duuudes



In a post-holiday season show, Brock describes a recent medical problem and why Amtrak’s sleeper car is the best way to travel, Aaron has some back pain and is a Filmed By Bike juror! And David Robinson rides his 29er through the icy slush to join the discussion.

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from theradavist.com: 3D PRINTED PROSTHETICS ENABLE A KID TO RIDE BMX PART 1

from Portland’s roll easy blog: WAMGAD! WHAT MAKES GRUMPY ASS DRIVERS

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from cycletourstore.co.uk – a cycle touring podcast roundup

Wayne: Xmas card!

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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


E259 – Tim Mooney



Tim Mooney from Pedalshift is back in town! Strangely, it’s seemingly impossible to get him into the same room as both Aaron AND Brock, so he muses on the possibility that they are the same person.  We are joined by Adele Dittus as a cohost and discuss Portlandy things, long bike rides, and the definition of #notcheating when it comes to adventures.

Go to pedalshift.net for the rest of our conversations:
THE PEDALSHIFT PROJECT 031: BICYCLE TOURING EFF UPS
THE PEDALSHIFT PROJECT 032: BICYCLE TOURISTS WE LOVE (AND THE OTHER KIND)

Thanks to our beverage sponsor, The Beer Mongers (hosting Chris Fest October 20!), and, as always, thanks to our generous Patreon donors that keep us going!

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Tim wrote in before he arrived in the studio about technology’s place in life.

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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


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


E233 – Erin Kelley: Just Listening In



Erin Kelley just wanted to see how the podcast was made, and ended up chatting with us about Brock’s bike camping weekend, Aaron’s plans to adopt a new bike with someone special, and her own time off from work and how that gave her time to sort and declutter her stuff!  And it turns out she was a fascinating guest!  Aaron also googled the highest point in PDX.

Here’s the video Brock made about suburban scale after he forgot his sleeping bag.

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

Also: Inspired to Ride film is coming soon & the trailer is now available (4/18 in Portland).

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bikeportland.org: Man issues citizen citation after police decline to investigate red-light collision

bikeportland.org: Petition launched to strip Portland of ‘Platinum’ bike-friendly status

humantransit.org: San Francisco: A world-class transit map unveiled

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Thanks to Sebastien for his generous donation & for sending in a book about Ed Ricketts!

Thanks also to new donors Marco Lo, Rich Otterstrom, and Andrew Alderson!

Drew the Welder reminds us that De Ronde PDX is coming next weekend!

JohnnyK found bluetooth cycling communication kits – one from Cardo and anothercheaper option.

Maren Souders sends in this article about the Amtrak Cascades line’s uncertain future. Funding is drying up.

Jason asks about how to find cities with good public transit services.

Scott Morgan sends in this week’s “My Bike Won’t Fit Here!”

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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


E231 – The Benson Twins: #boatmonth



Leah Benson is the proprietor ofGladys Bikes, a bike shop catering specifically to the needs of women in Portland, Oregon, and one host of the newly created podcast Snack Parade!
Brian Benson
is the author ofGoing Somewhere, a book based on his crosscountry bicycle trip from Wisconsin to Oregon, and is working on creating The River Signal, an audio drama podcast, which will begin production this summer!

We talk about kayaking the Columbia River, sea lions, wearing pants, philosophy around bicycling, and more.  We also unwittingly created #boatmonth on the show!

Maren Souders Skypes in to update us on the petition to provide vegan meal options aboard Amtrak dining cars.

Also: Spinlister credit contest: “When did you most need a bike but not have one?” Inspired to Ride film is coming soon & the trailer is now available (4/18 in Portland).  Rolling Oasis grocers is launching an expansion Kickstarter and hosting an event at Community Cycling Center this thursday!

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

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Tom Allen is working on a new film project!

Aaron Green’s We Were Like Sons is funded!

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The stickman’s son takes his first bike ride.

John from Goldendale finds a news story on LA’s newly legal free public gardening.

Gerald offers reverse psychology for angry motorists.

Ethan Georgi deals with parent drivers in school zones and makes an effort to maintain a zen-like calm.

Jim Goodin eschews earbuds while riding his bike and cranks the iPhone speaker.

Harm in NZ shares an awesome cycling/skating documentary.

Maren Souders sent us some car-sharing news.

Peanut butter jar Matt shares a few links on voluntarily limiting your technology.
Wired: Artificial Light May Be Harmful
Good Reads: 4 Arguments for the Elimination of Television

Glenn from Marrowstone Island has a suggestion for more compassionate automobility.

Path Less Pedaled met a Sprocket listener in Alabama!

Marcus Graham is shining up an old bike for a touring event!

Bicycle-towed tiny home gypsy wagon, found on Facebook & shared by David Griffiths

JohnnyK comments on the cost of living and says we’d better step up our game to compete with #YEGbike!

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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., Patrick Archain, Gabriel Trainer, Sebastien Poule