E210 – Rachael Pecore-Valdez: Tracking Wolves by Bike

Rachael Pecore-Valdez is a storyteller and educator from the Wolf OR-7 Expedition, a venture of several curious adventurers to follow the path of a radio collared wolf through eastern Oregon and into northern California, where it became the first documented free-roaming wolf there in about 90 years.  She tells us about some details of the project and its subject, the team’s use of cyclocross bikes during its travels, and learning about different kinds of people on all sides of the wolf conservation issue by meeting them in person.  Thanks to Jonathan at BikePortland for turning us on to this story last spring!

Rachael also wants to thank Methow Cycle & Sport in Winthrop, WA for their assistance in making their Kona bikes a reality for the expedition!

Also: Brock & Aaron discuss the unusual cold weather, and Brock issues a call to action around Michael Andersen’s recent proposition for better urban development.

Headlines

Bikecommuters.com: Veloloop (via Marcus in Chicago)

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Todd the Truck Driver: “The grocery getter snowed in, in Oakdale WI”Todd-Grocerygettersnowed

Listener Jim thanks us for the book recommendation from E197: Going Somewhere by Brian Benson; he liked it!

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E209 – Daniel Harkins: Feats of Strength (with Nathan Jones)

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Daniel Harkins, as the muscle of Team Sincerity, is a certifiable badass due to his many feats of strength.  He is the only person we’ve met who once commuted 65 miles in the snow by bike, has completed many adventurous bicycle tours with a bit of stealth camping, and is also a member of the National Guard.  He tells us what it takes to be awesome no matter where you are.

We’re also joined by another certifiable badass who’s no stranger to feats of strength himself: Nathan Jones of Portland bicycle shop Ride Yr Bike and the TransAm Bike Race.

A great resource for people on bikes in Oregon is Ride Oregon Ride.

Also: Nathan Jones had a burger jump BBQ, and Brock had some issues with a U-lock, and Minnesota Public Radio’s Pedal Hub is a fantastic show!

Headlines

CityLab: Does Cycling Culture Have a Drinking Problem?

The Wide Path Camper (From Marcus in Chicago), which reminds us of Brian Campbell & the Bike RV project.

BikePortland:
Portland legislators launch effort to put 82nd Ave under PBOT control

Thoughts on “passing chaos” on new Williams Ave bike lane

Why civil disobedience needs more bikes

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JohnnyK asks “where’s Brock’s tiger tail?”, and reminds us that you can charge USB devices in many ways.

Richard from TX adds his support to the use of bicycling mirrors, especially homemade ones from ReBcycle!

Jim in NY assures us he likes public transit as much as we do, but loves not waiting for stalled trains in the subway tunnel when he can be riding his folding bike.  Brock adds a link to smarter fare math in NYC.

Marcus goes for a tweed ride in the windy city!

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Logan Smith, JohnnyK, Shadowfoot, Kathrina Mellemgaard, Roger Grigsby, 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 RideYrBike

E208 – type 5 MAX car preview

BrockMAXHey there folks!  So we promised you an episode, then we tried to record it and the forces of nature knocked out the power to our studio and sucked our first attempt into the abyss. Fortunately, I have all of this interview audio from my visit to the TriMet Type 5 rail car preview lying around, and I’d been meaning to get it out to you anyways.  So accept this rough sketch of a show as a token of our appreciation for you, the listener!  We’ll be back next week with the elements on our side.  Until then, cheers!  – Brock

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E207 – Meghan Sinnott: Head & Shoulders Knees & Toes

Megan Sinnott joins us to talk about her employer, Nutcase Helmets & their design contest, trade tips on clothing & fashion aboard bikes, running social media for many events including the WNBR and the Midnight Mystery Ride and her connection to the much-loved Filmed By Bike festival.

Note: a portion of this week’s recording was lost to technical problems; the break in recording is signified by a static sound effect, and we reference the lost conversation occasionally from then on.  Our apologies, and we’ve ordered some new equipment to mitigate these sorts of problems in the future. Thanks for your patience & understanding!

Also: Brock dressed as a tiger for Halloween and appreciates sewing; Aaron does a little more rain cape testing.

Headlines

BikePortland: National ‘Bicyclist Safety’ report out today gets actual safety trends backwards
BikePortland: Vision 0.08: Why any major safe-streets effort must tackle alcohol

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Mark S. has the Portland rain jacket from Showers Pass, loves it, and tells Aaron to splurge.  He also shares his experience with an (almost) vegan bacon cheeseburger made by a young Orthodox Jewish lady.

Dan in MN shares some bicycle camping photos. (and, pertinent to last week’s musing, Shawn Granton does know about him, as evidenced by a tumblr trail.)

Jeremy from Transit Matters shares his thoughts on the finger, Aaron’s legal patch, and sharrows; also recommends use of mirrors for communication while riding.

Orfos Flares are the next big thing in bicycle lighting, says Pete Clyde.  Kickstarter in progress, based out of Seattle and designed for wet climates.

JohnnyK shares Nauticraft out of Michigan, makers of pedal-powered watercraft!

Doug says: “OK, that was weird. There was a 60 sec segment during this podcast where Dan from Minnesota, Shawn Granton, and Garrison Keillor were all mentioned. What’s weird about that? I’ve met all three of them!”

Jim in NY is riding to work!  “Ride on rain this morning. Breaking in my new commute to work less #mta more pedaling @SprocketPodcast a #dahon (pictures)

Scott Morgan finds Cory Poole a longboard stroller.

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Logan Smith, JohnnyK, Shadowfoot, Kathrina Mellemgaard, Roger Grigsby, 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 CampagnaMeghanShh