E195 Lenny Anderson, Touring Old-School

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This week we bring back Lenny “the King of Swan Island” Anderson to tell us about the days of touring without all the fancy gadgets you kids have these days. The last time we talked with Lenny we didn’t get any of his touring stories. He did not disappoint this time. Though he was not impressed with my choice of beverage.

Also with us is Dan B. who comes to PDX from the Volunteer State. Dan will be starting a podcast on sustainability with his siblings and wanted to see what podcasting Sprocket-style looks like. God luck, Dan!

Oh, and Lisa’s back! She has a funny anecdote that turns into a plug for Gladys Bikes (take a drink Krista S).

Mail

We got physical mail From Mark in San Jose!

Letter

 

 

 

 

 

 

We got Voicemail from Tim Mooney

 

From Johnny K. in FLA

OMG you got the intro perfect???  What happened?  Wow I’m totally impressed.  You should go get a lottery ticket.  This never happens.  I know what it is the sky is falling right and hell froze over, Yikes!

I hate clowns too!  I am not afraid of them, I just don’t like them.  Maybe because you can hide a lot of evil behind all that makeup.

I wish someone would serve breakfast on my commute.  That would be awesome.  There is rarely any other cyclist on my commute.  Most people on bicycles are either pedestrians riding the wrong way in the back lane or commuting or traveling in the opposite direction than I am.  If I see 10 bicycles during my commute in a week I am seeing a lot.  If I still worked downtown I may see more but for the most part I don’t see that many cyclist to justify breakfast along my commute.  Anyway I loved the episode and yeah I think she would be a great guest co-host for you Aaron.

From Josh G. in Concordia

I vote Eilif your most entertaining guest.. up there with brewmaster Dan Hynes from Thunder Island Brewing.

Suggested future guest: Jeff Jones, bike builder/designer in Medford, OR

www.jonesbikes.com/

a very opinionated guy

From Brock Dittus in Lake Chelan

I only took two pictures! But here they are. No. 2 is a sunRISE, even though it looks like a sunset.photo 1 (1) photo 2 (1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also, Washington state parks did hiker/biker for us at $12, which was good because the campground was otherwise full. Had us plop down anywhere in the day use area kind of like our experience at battle ground lake! We ended up in the shade next to a YoungLife camp :-)

News

From Gizmogo via listener Mark V

How Cyclists on Fixies Saved California’s Mail Service 120 Years Ago

Over a century ago, a major rail strike in Chicago cut train activity—including mail service—from Illinois straight to the Pacific coast. In order to maintain California’s consistent postal deliveries, a group of bicyclists teamed up to complete a 210-mile relay from the state’s central valley up to San Francisco—on fixies, over unpaved dirt roads. This month [July] marks the 120th anniversary of the route.

On the suggestion of his grocer, [A.C.]Banta [of Fresno,CA] saw an opportunity to connect California’s central valley with the San Francisco Bay Area. Totaling 210 miles, divided into eight relays, and occupying 18 hours the route offered to carry a letter via bicycle from one end to the other for $0.25. While that was ten times the price of standard mail, isolation and desperation closed the price gap. There was simply no alternative, and “the only delay was an occasional punctured tire.”

From TriMet

In anticipation of Portland-Milwaukie light rail service beginning in September 2015, the project is hosting four open house events next week to discuss bus service planning related to the Portland-Milwaukie corridor. The proposal includes potential adjustments to eight bus lines.

Staff will provide information and answer questions regarding the draft proposal. At each open house, a brief presentation will take place 10 minutes after start time.

Monday, July 21

6 to 7:30 p.m.

St. John The Evangelist Episcopal Church

2036 SE Jefferson St., Milwaukie

This location is served by bus line 33-McLoughlin.

Tuesday, July 22

6 to 7:30 p.m.

Pioneer Community Center

615 5th St., Oregon City

This location is served by bus line 35-Macadam/Greeley.

Wednesday, July 23

5 to 6:30 p.m.

Sacred Heart Villa

3925 SE Milwaukie Ave., Portland

This location is served by multiple bus lines.

Thursday, July 24

5 to 6:30 p.m.

CH2M Hill Lunch Room, 5th Floor

2020 SW 4th Ave., Portland

This location is served by multiple bus lines.

 

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E194 Swing-Bike Eric and His Amazing Friends

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A little out-of-the-norm for us cycle-tourists, but who doesn’t like some good old-fashioned fun on bikes? Today we talk about bike fun on bikes that are fun in their own right. Swing Bikes!!! Eric Iverson, now dubbed Swingbike Eric, come to the studio with his friends J.P. and Eilif who introduced me to maybe one of the most fun ways to get from Point A to Point B. It’s possible you’ve already met these three. Anyone remember that whole Grill By Bike ride?!? That was these guys, and you know we’re gonna be talking about that. IMG_1320 photo(8) photo(10) unnamed   mail (btw, this is the 4th time I’ve edited and posted this section)

from Johnny K. in FLA The secret agent 004 was in the movie Thunderball well at least according to this website http://www.jamesbondwiki.com/page/004 … I like Tim you should keep him while Brock is on his sabbatical. Anyway not much to say this week however I could go on and on about the jerk from the Washington Post but really stupid is as stupid does. Anyway I am heading over to Tim’s podcast now… Live Long and Prosper! sorry still can’t get the Star Trek junk out of my head. Marvin K Mooney will you please go now!https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marvin_K._Mooney_Will_You_Please_Go_Now! Hey Tim is Marvin any relation to you?

from Wayne Norman

Dear Aaron, Between Episode 188 and 189 there was a change to the list of sustaining donors. Episode 188: Thanks to our sustaining donors for supporting our show costs: Logan Smith, Shadowfoot, Kathrina Mellemgaard, Roger Grigsby, Wayne Norman, Doug Robertson, Ethan Georgi, & Justin Martin Episode 189:  thanks to our sustaining donors Logan Smith, Shadowfoot, Kathrina Mellemgaard, Roger Grigsby & Wayne Norman, Doug Robertson, Ethan Georgi, & Justin Martin Episode 192:  thanks to our sustaining donors Logan Smith, Shadowfoot, Kathrina Mellemgaard, Roger Grigsby & Wayne Norman, Doug Robertson, Ethan Georgi, Justin Martin and Terra Firma Somehow ‘Roger Grigsby, Wayne Norman’ was changed to ‘ Roger Grigsby & Wayne Norman’.  I can assure you that Roger and I are not ‘together’ Love the show.  Keep up the good work. Wayne Norman

From: Eric W.Dear sprocket,I have listened from the beginning and always enjoy your shows. Aaron, feel free to nerdout whenever you like. It is always fun. Anyway,  I have started to ride my bike to work up to a 20 mile ride with my kids. I have found that as I ride my hands go numb. It is obnoxious. I Have ergo grips that I thought were to prevent hand fatigue and numbness. Do I have them positioned wrong? Is there an optimal angle to have them at? What about bar ends? Will they help? I would hope to make it more than two miles before I can’t feel most of my fingers.Anyway, thank you for the great shows, congrats on the new studio space and keep up the good workEric in Vancouver.

 

Dear Brock and Aaron,

After listening to that show, I’m sorry to report to you that I CANCELLED my $5/mo. donorship.  I knew this was going to happen, eventually.  But this show really was the “last straw”, as they say.Sorry, I can no longer support you guys at that level.

I suppose I should mention, though, that not too long after visiting PayPay and CANCELLING my subscription,  I went back to your site and subscribed at the still-too-cheapo rate of $10/mo. But I still have a bone to pick with you two:  Why don’t you offer a less cheapskate subscription option?  I mean, c’mon guys!  If you had a $20/mo button, I might have picked that one … still cheap at $4-5/show.

Is there something in the air in Portland that causes this “glass ceiling” effect?  Or do all people think that bicyclists are cheapskates, and hence EXPECT them to be cheapskates by only offering cheapskate possibilities for supporting good stuff? Maybe that could be a “philosophical topic” for discussion on a show someday ….

Meanwhile, but busy and put some “less cheapskate” subscription options on the paypal thingie!   Many of us just want one easy button to hit, and then fugeddaboudit. Hope you and Adele are havin’ a great rest !!!

Roger

News: From Gearjunkie.com, via Brock: Holy shit. I’m drunk in eastern wa and this looks amazing.

Triple-Fat-Tire Trike Is Beast Made For Sand And Snow

http://gearjunkie.com/bullfrog-fat-tire-trike

What may be the frontrunner for the heaviest, weirdest, and slowest fat bike on the market, we introduce the Juggernaut. This mutant creation is the newest trike from the California-based brand, Rungu. Called a Bullfrog Trike, this thing has a single wheel in the rear and two wheels up front.

A special steering system on the bars allows the wheels to pivot together. At 55.8 pounds, it’s insanely heavy, yet the brand claims that “the 26-inch front wheels with over 29-inches in projected diameter overcome obstacles up to 6” tall at crawl speed.”

The Juggernaut is available online now for $2,600. While we’ve yet to ride this monster, judging from the wide front wheels, and funky bar setup, it likely wouldn’t be good for much other than riding in a straight line.

From Bike Portland via Byline http://bikeportland.org/2014/07/03/bike-tourism-takes-transit-options-108149

As bike tourism matures throughout Oregon, its economic ripple effects are being felt in many interesting ways. With more people seeking out the growing number of bike adventures being developed by both the public and private sector, transit providers are responding to meet a growing demand for car-free tourism. This demand is growing because for many people, having to drive a car to their riding destination is a major buzzkill, if not a deal-breaker altogether.

Fortunately, we’ve noticed a growing number of developments in bike/transit options that allow people to access destinations they could never (or don’t want to) reach by leg-power alone.   Just last month, Amtrak announced that their new baggage cars on long-distance routes will allow for roll-on bike storage. So far they’re calling it a test and it’s only in limited markets, but hopefully we’ll see these on trains that service Oregon soon.

These improvements in transit options illustrate how the menu for carfree adventuring in Oregon continues to expand in delicious ways. All you need is a bike and a plan. If you know of other bike-friendly transit options in Oregon, let us know. We’d love to put together a comprehensive guide to carfree bike travel.

 

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E193 Carl Larson on Bike Fun. Lisa Nims on Anything Else

E193a E193b E193c E193dIf you don’t know Carl Larson by now that’s your loss. Considered by many (well… me) as  bike fun incarnate, Carl is here to set the record straight that bike fun is best when not centered around the bike. Pay homage to history by listening especially to his story about riding with DarcelleXV

Joining us is my friend Lisa Nims. She and I used to work together, but we don’t now. Now I have a friend that’s not a work friend. Lisa shares her experiences riding, her trepidations on riding in groups, and stories from volunteering at the Marie Smith Center. She was also instrumental in putting together the ‘zine and tumblr: Tell it Like it Tiz. Stories from those with whom she shares time at the Marie Smith. With luck she’ll be co-hosting more often.

 

Mail:

From Glenn Kubish in YEG via Twitter

“Hey Sprocket Podcast. Have you considered why traffic reports are all about cars? What if things were different?”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8s1YJruNEVE

 

Terra Firma signs up as a new monthly donor! Thanks!

 

From Tom Allen via twitter: Tom Allen wants to give you his bike. (oops contest ended already, I should really have looked at this more closely)

Headlines:

from Tony Deis via Facebook: Free Lecture – Subsistence Hunting & Foraging

4617 SE Milwaukie Avenue, Portland, OR

August 16 6:30pm in PDT

 

From Bike Portland via Byline

http://bikeportland.org/2014/07/09/new-business-looks-to-use-bikes-as-billboards-108216

a local business is setting out to sell ads attached to each side of local bike commuters’ front wheels.

“It’s a first-of-its-kind-in-the-nation business, because it’s basically for the bike commuters, the year-round riders,” BikeCommuterAds.com founder Gary Courter said in an interview Tuesday. “They’ve been riding green all this time for nothing — years! — and we’re trying to change that.”

Participants, who must be at least 18, share their “general territory and route” with Courter and sign a contract promising that they commute to school or a full-time job by bicycle. Future advertisers will be able to select billboards that ride through whichever areas of the city they want to target. Riders have the right to refuse any ad, and pay nothing other than taxes on any money they receive.

Courter is excited to be bringing his vision to market, though he laughs about reactions like one from the man he was trying to buy general business liability insurance from.

“He was looking at my website and the agent, he goes, ‘I don’t even know how to classify you,’” Courter said. “It’s been a crazy road. … I told my mom, ‘If this doesn’t go in Portland, it won’t go anywhere.’”

 

From Bike Portland via byline

http://bikeportland.org/2014/06/18/ppb-chief-reese-takes-shift-downtown-bike-patrol-107500

I follow @chiefreese on Twitter and this morning he mentioned he was out with bike officers today. Then, after a few readers texted me his whereabouts (thanks Ryan and Dee!), I rolled out to track him down. I ended up meeting him and Officer Todd Engstrom near the corner of SW 2nd and Burnside.

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E192 Sprocket/Pedalshift Crossover

Tim MooneyTim Mooney from D.C. is in town for The World Domination Summit. What started out as a chance to connect over a beer and soda turned into not one, but two episodes of talking and fun. We discuss Tim’s tour curse, his newest foray into podcasting, selling out.

Headlines:

Aaron sells out! After 2+ years of being cash-only I decide to get a bank account. To be clear, this doesn’t make me any more of an adult than I already am! Not really talked about in our headline section, I actually break the news during the meat of our talks.

from everywhere: the netospheres is angry again, I couldn’t help but bring this Washington Post article up with Tim.

Mail:

From Dan Portland
Hey Aaron, 
Great work as the stand in host. The last few shows have been great, and I’ve had some really interesting reactions from pedestrians as I ride by laughing out loud.
My brother, sister, and I have been discussing starting a podcast recently. If we start it, it will fall on me to produce and upload the episodes. I was wondering if you would be willing to let me sit in on the recording and/or production of an episode so that I can see it done once before I start trying to accomplish it on my own. 
I hope you’re enjoying your week.
Thanks,
Dan
From my Brother Dan (a one-act play performed by Sprocket Theatre)
So Bob the Afghan, a friend of mine, asked on facebook to name his child and I was just kidding with my suggestions.  Well….  Lesson learned.

From Johnny K.

I’m not sure if you noticed this but the ladies were really loud.  Maybe they are loud anyway but they were much louder than you guys.  It was almost like you guys were the background singers to the Kellys being the headliners.

BTW it is so hot here in Florida that not even the Mosquito’s come out.  The mosquitos only come out early in the mornings and late in the afternoons as the sun is coming up and going down.  But when the mosquitos are out you don’t want ot be there that is for sure.  Lets just say we use battery powered electrified tennis rackets to swat the beast.  I have heard of small animals and children being taken off by the creatures and cattle with their blood completely drained due to these pests.

In the movie Star Trek V: The Final Frontier Sulu was Captian of his own ship.  So yes Sulu as a pilot would be in line for the Captian seat. anyway wiki about the uniformshttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starfleet_ranks_and_insignia and http://stexpanded.wikia.com/wiki/Starfleet_ranks_%28officers%29  
As for the line of succesion for Presedent of the US here is a wiki on thathttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_line_of_succession andhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presidential_Succession_Act

Okay honestly when looking up the infromation about Star Trek it made me go further than any Man would ever want to go, pun intended. As I found some really strange sitehttp://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Hikaru_Sulu …  I did find the information but it was a rabbit hole that I would just soon stay out of.  People get way too serious about the Star Trek religion.

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E191 Maria Schur’s Oregon Outback plus Brock and Adele week 1&2

Maria Schur’s second time on the show was a little difficult to get recorded. Scheduling conflicts abounded! Still, I felt it important, nay necessary, to get her story out for all of you to hear. In the end, I took a ride to her place with iPod in hand and sat down with her for some morning coffee and conversation.

Pictures!! I keep forgetting to take pictures. These next few shows may be semi-photoless. For what it’s worth, I did get a shot of the steed she rode through the Outback.

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I dub this episode an “aaron light” episode. No mail or headlines this week, but I did insert Brock and Adele’s week 1 and 2 dispatches from the road.

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