The Sprocket Podcast gets to catch up with Darrell Shines of The Blackstage Pass! Darrell has spent time cycling and living the commuter life in NY, Italy, and many others abroad. A recent resident, we chat about the “Portland” experience, and what it’s like to have fresh eyes on the city we call home.
Check out his latest project in PDX, Cosmic Studios.
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!
Alex Phillips works with Oregon State Parks on the Scenic Bikeways program to create beautiful rides in scenic corridors, and she drops by to explain how the system works. We’re lucky to have these opportunities in our state, and we were happy to have her in to chat about them!
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.
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.
Brad Wade is a cross-country bicycle tourist from Newfoundland, and he is unique in his physiology: his heart is located in a different part of his body than most people’s, and only has one functional lung. That hasn’t stopped him from adventuring! We chat with him near the end of his trip about his experiences, health, food access, and (of course) his gear. Aaron Green, author of We Were Like Sons and founder of The Regrainery, joined us in this conversation.
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.
Josh Liberles is the “super domestique” of Hi Fi Wheels, who offer high performance at a comparatively lower cost and do so in style. We chat about their offerings and Josh’s adventures in this episode, including a ride he took around the east end of Maui one time!
Also: Aaron won a medal & finished his move and Brock walked around the city.
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.