Guthrie, Aaron & Brock gave a live 20 minute presentation of the show at the first annual Portland Podcast Festival, an exciting event that brought many of Portland’s talented media creators together for a great night of fun. We captured our 20 minute set, plus some audio backstage before and after.
Many thanks to Greg & Sarah of Funemployment Radio and Jason Lamb of Minority Retort for their hard work putting this event together. Keep your eyes on the festival’s website for the next one!
Jeremy Mendelson has been following The Sprocket Podcast for some time, and has been on the show a few times before (once in 2012 and once in 2015), but this is the first time he’s been to Portland! We chat about his many travels by bike, the transit jobs between trips that fund his adventures, and his take on the oft-hailed Portland, Oregon now that he’s finally been able to see it in person. Listen to episodes of his Critical Transit podcast!
BAE BAE is a mostly-female bike club in Portland, OR. We speak to Holly & Laurel about fun, on-time departures and rain, amongst other things. They describe their group this way: “We are building the bike scene we want to be part of – one that is fun, challenging, and exciting while also being safe and supportive. We tolerate exactly zero sexist bullshit. We are not about speed or competition or snobbery; we are just a bunch of badass people who love bikes and are all about empowering each other, especially with regard to getting butts on bikes.”
Calendar URGENT CALL TO ACTION! The Sprocket Podcast has been selected as one of the 10 finalists in the running to be added to the 1st Annual Portland Podcast Festival lineup on December 2nd! We’re asking listeners to vote for us to be in the Festival, cast your vote at http://www.pdxpodfestival.com/vote Voting will last until October 27th at 12:00 pm. The top two vote-getters will make it into the festival.
From OR State Park’s website The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is raising state park camping rates by $2 for some types of campsites effective Nov. 1, 2017.
Mail Aaron Green is Running for Superfan No.2
PBJ Matt on Passing: I actually thought this was the article you were going to reference at the outset of the topic “If you’re riding somewhere so crowded that you’ve got to warn other trail users and all you’ve got time for is “On your left!”, then you’re riding too fast. Slow down and use your grown-up words.”
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.