Guthrie, Aaron, and Armando loaded up the mobile recording equipment and headed out to Gateway Green, the first bike park in Portland, Oregon. Gateway Green is located in East Portland and offers an asphalt pump track as well as single track trails. Our hosts chatted with users about recent upgrades and how they’re using the park and its features.
Karen & Keith were interested in bicycle camping, and so they went out to try it for the first time! We talk about what the experience was like from the perspective of someone who’s new to the idea. Routefinding, traffic & road surfaces, tire sizes, tents, and camp stoves, and much more. Follow Karen at @pogschampion and Keith at @eyeletsandoptions.
Also, Brock & Aaron chat about mechanical difficulties and other mishaps.
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!
Calendar: we’re gonna start up our calendar section again. If you have a COVID-responsible event you’d like us to promote let us know!
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!
Kevin Prentice has joined us before – he’s one of the geniuses at Ride With GPS, an indispensable tool for planning and having active adventures. He brings his friend Donnie Kolb from oregonbikepacking.com onto the show to talk about adventures in dirt and how to get into some fun trouble in the woods or the desert. Some of you might remember Donnie from the Oregon Outback route or his former project VeloDirt; we’re excited to finally get to meet him.
Our friend and work travel correspondent Eric Iverson dropped in on the Salt Lake City version of the Thursday Night Ride phenomenon, known locally as The 9.9.9, and caught some great conversation with various participants! He also recaps a visit to the great state of Alaska where he met listener Phil, who notoriously wears a live bear on his back to keep warm. We’re grateful to have a friend who can let us listen in to so many adventures!
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Wayne Norman is a long-time donor to our show with a road trip happening now and an incredible story of recovering from a health scare to keep on moving from Adventure To Adventure! Maria Schur is a friend who has been on our show several other times. We invited her in to describe her involvement in the Swift Summit 200/100 and how she wants to approach the event. Annalisa took a cross country bicycle tour while taking photographs & managing type 1 diabetes, and ended up staying with Guthrie who happens to be her warmshowers.org host. Check out her portrait series at 4000milesofportraits.com!
Also, Brock & Guthrie ask everyone how their eclipse experiences were.
We Got To Hang Out is a fairly new cycling-centric podcast that is already exploding in popularity! We met them while chatting on an episode of the KBOO Bike Show a few months back about podcasting about bicycling. Annalisa Fish & Abby Watson are enthusiastic about outdoor recreation and have had the chance to interview many notable people in the field, including Katie “Fn” Compton and John Watson of The Radavist. We Got To Hang Out is a proud member of the Wide Angle Podium network, host to many other fine shows about active outdoor recreation. You’ll want to hear their show!
Also: Brock rode a lot of miles in a chamois, and Aaron rented a car for his upcoming move.