Nathan Jones hasn’t been on the show in a while, and that’s because he’s been busy riding 18,000 miles around the planet. This weekend he gave a presentation at Bike Gallery’s Westmoreland location about the whole trip, including passage through monastery-filled eastern Europe, assembling a bike alone at 4am in an Indian airport, viewing a piece of Skylab at a truck stop in Australia, and letting the wind blow him around for a while in America’s heartland. He also discussed Mike Hall’s legacy and how he carried Mike’s bicycle tire pump the entire way. We’re sharing audio from the entire 2 hour presentation here!
Thanks to Bike Gallery Westmoreland for hosting this event! Visit their new location at 6717 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR 97202.
Trevor Spangle organized a new event in Lebanon, Oregon this year, the Swift Summit 200/100, one that he described as “part brevet, part gran fondo, part self-supported endurance road race.” We host a speed-dating-styled roundup of 7 participants on their experiences with the event, including hills, gravel, climbing, heat exhaustion, vomit, and, of course, successful completion. Many thanks to all of the people who came in to share their stories! This is definitely one to catch next year.
Galen Mook & Jess “DJ Hot Mic” are hosts on Cambridge’s BikeTalk 88.1, a live radio show broadcasting every other Wednesday at 8pm EST on FM & web. They’ve been visiting Oregon’s prime locations including Bend, Hood River, & Portland. Small catch: it’s been really smoky here due to some cataclysmic wildfires – they haven’t seen any mountains yet. Enter Bikabout.com: their friends Megan (who’s been on the show before) and Kyle Ramey got out of dodge for awhile to avoid the smoke from the Eagle Creek Fire, and dropped into the studio as well. We catch up with them and find out what’s next for the bicycle travel guide website and the people behind it.
Eric Iverson & Ross Putnam rode the famed Oregon Outback route to view the 2017 total eclipse. We love getting audio from peoples’ adventures, and they were kind enough to send voice memos specifically for us while on the trip. They also posted quite a few #trailtips on the @graveneutral Instagram account! So we stitched them into a neat little documentary of their trip for your listening pleasure. Be sure to watch their daily recap videos on Eric’s personal account as well for even more adventure that we didn’t include in this episode.
Rob Sadowsky worked in Portland bicycle advocacy for a long time; long enough to have some questions about how life works in this town. We talk about change, will & apathy, the new bike tax (of course), nonprofits & government, and what it’s like to be be unemployed/underemployed. Questions can find answers!
Also: Brockhad some adventures around town and Guthrie made unexpected bicycle world connections at a potluck.
Bryce & Bean are relatively new transplants to Portland, but they’re probably taking the summer temperatures better than we are. Living in Tucson, Arizona gave them plenty of experience in beating the heat and riding bikes in it. Bryce works for Velo Cult as one of their shop staff after having a “come to bicycles” moment, and Bean spent a lot of time in a bakery with the cool bike kids of the Southwest. We talk about life there and here, and what’s next for the two of them.
Also: Brock did the WNBR, and Aaron did not, no buts about it. Aaron built 2 bikes in one day.
Steven Butler is a long-time friend and coworker of Brock and Aaron who has spent over a year commuting in to Portland from Vancouver, Washington. We ask him what’s to know about crossing the bridge under one’s own power.
Brock & Aaron participated in The Ladd’s 500, arguably the stupidest bike event of the spring season. And that’s why it’s so great! Five hundred laps around a ⅕ mile circle, mostly by relay teams but also by a few individuals. What happened? All the stories, here.
Justin Patti is an acquaintance from Colorado who recently moved to Portland! He’s a friend of former show guest The Professor, a bicycle enthusiast who once helped staff KRFC’s Bikes and Beer radio show, and he recently took a low-structure trip to have bicycling adventures in southern California.
Brock & Aaron spent some time traveling! Brock went to New Mexico and didn’t ride a bike. Aaron went to Hawaii and rode a bike! We talk about the trips and some thoughts on bicycling in Hawaii (and abroad in general), and the relative merits of standby travel.