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Jul 27, 2020
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Tito Flores  rejoins the Sprocket Podcast to give a more detailed account of his ambition to ride a rural route through the forest outside of Missoula!
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Feb 15, 2017
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Eric calls into the show to remind us of an important calendar item coming up this weekend: Minibike Winter 2017!
Topics: bicycles, portland
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Jan 17, 2017 Brock Dittus & Eric Iverson
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The intrepid crew rides out of Klamath, plays some ping pong, watches a thunderstorm, chops down trees, interviews other bikepackers, and hangs out in a bike shop.
Topics: oregon, outback, bicycles
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Jan 17, 2017 Brock Dittus & Aaron Flores
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Team Grilled By Bike.  The Oregon Outback.  What more needs to be said? Eric, JP, Eilif, & Ross party responsibly across the uninhabited lands of eastern Oregon, encountering mud, rain, fallen trees, and windfall burn barrels, while engaging in the throwing of sharp implements and the playing of table tennis.  How did it go down? They tell us. Stay tuned this week for field recordings of the crew’s adventure, curated by Eric Iverson.  Find  Grilled By Bike on instagram . Fine Print...
Topics: oregon, outback, bicycles
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Jan 17, 2017 Brock Dittus & Aaron Flores
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Guthrie Straw took a trip to India to join his best friend’s wedding, and stayed around for a month to bicycle tour with his sister.  Snakes, elephants, and surprisingly intuitive traffic flow kept him alert and entertained!  We get the whole story on what to expect from such a venture. Thanks to our generous sponsor The Beer Mongers and our Patreon donors that keep us going! Calendar January 28: Collabofest @ Base Camp Brewing + SheJumpsPDX & Oregon Timber Trail February 11: Friends of...
Topics: bicycling, india
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William Henderson , creator of the  Ride Report  app joins us to chat about the new way to track things on your commute. Aaron  is out of the studio tonight, so  Eric Iverson  fills in.  Brock  got new fenders and went to see  Ben Weaver , and Eric has a leaky tube.
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The intrepid crew rides out of Klamath, plays some ping pong, watches a thunderstorm, chops down trees, interviews other bikepackers, and hangs out in a bike shop.
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The crew eats all the queso, finds the endpoint at the Columbia River, talks to more bikepackers, makes camp one last time, and Eric returns to Portland with the record button still activated to talk to even more people.
Topic: adventure
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Oct 14, 2015
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Brock & Aaron are both out of town, but you’re in good hands, since people you’ve met before ARE actually flying this thing.  Eva from Clever Cycles is this week’s guest!  Thanks to our fantastic ghost hosts, Guthrie Straw and Steph Routh! In this episode we cover: – The future of cargo biking. (Or as Portlander’s call it “getting to where I’m going”) – Family friendly riding in Portland, and abroad. – “Making it till you Make it”. – Trivia & Interesting...
Topic: bike shop
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The crew interviews a long-time bikepacker, plays some more ping pong, throws the tomahawk, hangs around a campfire with some other Outback riders, and makes banana boats.
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Team Grilled By Bike.  The Oregon Outback.  What more needs to be said? Eric, JP, Eilif, & Ross party responsibly across the uninhabited lands of eastern Oregon, encountering mud, rain, fallen trees, and windfall burn barrels, while engaging in the throwing of sharp implements and the playing of table tennis.  How did it go down? They tell us. Stay tuned this week for field recordings of the crew’s adventure, curated by Eric Iverson.  Find  Grilled By Bike on instagram .
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Brad Davis  from  EcoSpeed  and  Reuben Deumling  join us this week to talk about that darned technology most of us carry around in our pockets and how much technology you need in life to feel connected, informed, and happy.  No phone? Smartphone? Dumb phone? We mull over the questions. Reuben mentions the film from Carlton students:  Disconnected . We also grasp at the title of Nicholas Carr’s book  The Glass Cage Also:  Aaron & Brock competed in  Bike Scout  over the weekend!
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Oct 14, 2015
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Tim Mooney  from  Pedalshift  is back in town! Strangely, it’s seemingly impossible to get him into the same room as both Aaron AND Brock, so he muses on the possibility that they are the same person.  We are joined by Adele Dittus as a cohost and discuss Portlandy things, long bike rides, and the definition of #notcheating when it comes to adventures. Go to pedalshift.net for the rest of our conversations: THE PEDALSHIFT PROJECT 031: BICYCLE TOURING EFF UPS THE PEDALSHIFT PROJECT 032:...
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Oct 14, 2015
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Mariana Mo  is a social media advocate for bike fun.  We ask her about what it takes to rally the troops from afar, along with some discussion of her hometown of Guadalajara, costumes, and what it actually means to “live simply.”
Topic: fun
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Oct 14, 2015
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Today in the studio:  Sara Dittmer , from Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, and Portland.  We talk comparative city life quality, regional disasters, and also talk shop about what one might do with their hair after a bicycle commute ( Adele  joins us by phone to clear up some thoughts that two dudes don’t have the experience to comment on). Also: Aaron’s Mom  also joins us!  Aaron  took Anna and his mom to the Oregon Aquarium.
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Oct 14, 2015
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today in the studio:  David Robinson , Ph.D. of OHSU’s neuroscience graduate program!  Not sure how that relates to our show…  however, he has done some interesting things as he adventures in and out of the city. also in studio are donor Todd the Truck Driver & new PDX resident Sydney! Thanks to our beverage sponsor,  The Beer Mongers ,  and, as always, thanks to our generous  Patreon  donors that keep us going! Also:  Aaron buys a new bike, and Brock goes on a wine tour during...
Topic: bike
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Todd the Truck Driver is a fan of the show and was moving his daughter Sydney into her new home in Portland, so we invited them to join us for the studio session this week!  We talk trucking turkey with Todd and explore the world of freight transport, including how he gets around when his driving hours are up!  Hint: it includes a bicycle.
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Rob Sadowsky  from the  Bicycle Transportation Alliance  drops by to chat about his experience at a bicycle touring ranch, shooting birds, the state of the city and its simpler transport population. Also, Brock goes to Pennsylvania. Thanks to our beverage sponsor,  The Beer Mongers , and, as always, thanks to our generous  Patreon  donors that keep us going!
Topic: bike
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Oct 14, 2015
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The Schmidts  are back for another show;  we spent a lot of time talking with them before  about the route and places they saw on their last tour through central Oregon, but they also know a lot about what a family with young children needs to have a fun and enjoyable tour. Custom advice: coming up! Also:  Brock gets the tallbike stereo back in action and learns the value of simply “rolling,” and Aaron bought a new plastic safety hat.
Topic: tour
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Oct 14, 2015
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Portland’s own Sysfail from Dropout Bike Club, PAZ, and many other bike fun things, joins us to talk about our city then and now, and the state of bike fun.
Topic: PAZ
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We got mail. Hey! We got mail! Also, some news, and Brock recounts his overnight ride to Tacoma, WA from June after Terry at The Beer Mongers reminds him that he never told the story.
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we spend 20 minutes trying to start the show, but get distracted by the flavor of Thomcord grapes, the nature of cultural export, the problem with free speech and dated symbology, and then some more talk about grapes.
Topic: grapes
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Oct 14, 2015
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It has been nearly 5 years now since the podcast first began regular production. What better way to celebrate than with all of our friends at a bike shop? There was bingo, there was trivia, there were tons of thank-yous; we talked on the phone with legendary listener  JohnnyK , interviewed and were interviewed by the amazing  Snack Parade , heard several one minute stories from the audience, and, of course, read some mail. Watch the video from this show here !
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Oct 14, 2015
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Reuben Deumling,  also known as 9watts to frequent  BikePortland  commenters, joins us to talk about his perspective on riding cheaply without sacrificing quality.  For years he’s been refining his methods on buying and repairing his favorite machines without having to spend a fortune, and has plenty of great ideas to share! Also:  Brock floats that lazy river, and Aaron interrupts a misogynistic altercation.
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Andy & Chele Schmidt  have kids and took them on an Eastern Oregonian bike tour! The mountains, the desert, the fun,the pain. What’s it like to be a family on the road?
Topic: tour
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Oct 14, 2015
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Up for debate, actually. We  do  talk about bikes a little. And we  do  talk about transit.  And we  do  talk about simpler living pursuits. So maybe it’s  not  the worst ever; maybe it’s just clickbait.  You’ll have to find out for yourself! Every so often, Brock & Aaron need to kick back with their hybrid grapes and chat about some ol’ bullshit.  That’s what’s going on here! See you next week with another fascinating guest you’ll be sure to love!
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Oct 14, 2015
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Laurie  is a bicycle camping, distance riding, low-car living Portlander who camped near us in January; we finally meet face to face and talk travel, our town, and transit together. My Bike Won’t Fit Here: Federal Edition
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Oct 14, 2015
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This week we catch up on Brock and Aaron. Both arriving home from their prospective trips abroad. Brock talks about diving into the deep end of the pool that is Mtn Bike Oregon and Aaron wonders if he could’ve got a bubble machine. Welcome home Brock, and happy birthday! Thanks to our beverage sponsor,  The Beer Mongers  (don’t forget to look for the photoset of the cyclocross team), and, as always, thanks to our generous  Patreon  donors that keep us going!   note: there was some...
Topic: portland
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Before his tour started, Brock hung out with listener and generous supporter Andy in Sacramento; Andy took him to  The Bicycle Business  and introduced him to Aimee Benner, an employee of the store who ended up having some fascinating conversation with them.  They cover  Carsick Designs’  bags on the  Jones H Bar , Brock test rides a  Surly ECR , and they talk about the  West Sac Veggie Trike  and builder  CycleTrucks.com !
Topic: bike shop
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Oct 14, 2015
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Yes, I know it’s July. But it’s not like we here at Sprocket Headquarters have any sense of time. I mean, how long did we keep on that #boatmonth thing? Anyway, This is the third (and final?) installment of auditory stimulus from our adventuring two.
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Oct 14, 2015
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We took our voices, recorded them, and out came gold! For those of you who aren’t already fans of Tim’s podcast The PedalShift Project, you’re in for a treat. In this podcaster’s humble opinion, as far as touring-focused podcasts go, this is the most informative and insightful. However, we pretty much talk about everything under the sun EXCEPT bike touring. You can’t cage the conversational beast, you just have to let it run. Also in the studio we welcome back Guthrie Straw of...
Topic: DC
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Oct 14, 2015
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Welcome back “Friend of the Show” Tim Mooney! I’m brining you all headlines and mail first because it’s impossible to cut anything from the interview-proper and as one file I ended up with 1h40m. So, for the sake of bandwith (yours and mine) I’m giving you 2 for the price of one. More to come!
Topic: news
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Clips of Lisa and Aaron. We remark on the dying art of dumpstering with the hanging question of “why can’t we take this trash home?” Aaron invents a reverse haunted house. Lisa admits to online dating.
Topic: dating
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Oct 14, 2015
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Despatch #2 from Brock and Adele “while we’re still comprehensible.” Live from the KOA which uses too many of that letter for my comfort. You asked for it, you got it!
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@afterpalooza  and so much more!   Nathan Jones of  Ride Yr Bike  joins us again! This time we talk about the Afterpalooza movement of bike fun in PDX, and we get him to commit to riding in the  Portland Disaster Relief Trials. Sorry this was a short one. Mr. Jones had to get on his way to lead a ride. Afterpalooza!! Thanks to our beverage sponsor,  The Beer Mongers , and, as always, thanks to our generous  Patreon  donors that keep us going!
Topic: afterpalooza
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Americans have been riding bikes for more than a century now. So why are most American cities still so ill-prepared to handle cyclists? James Longhurst, a historian and avid cyclist, tackles that question by tracing the contentious debates between American bike riders, motorists, and pedestrians over the shared road. Bike Battles  explores the different ways that Americans have thought about the bicycle through popular songs, merit badge pamphlets, advertising, films, newspapers and sitcoms....
Topic: bike
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Oct 14, 2015
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“Off to a really good, butt-kicking start.” -Adele Dittus In this episode, we learn that cycletouring solo as a woman brings out the niceness in naturally nice people and creepy in the creepers. Brock runs into (not over) a little girl on a trail and soothes her with a ClifBar. Brock accidentally plots the covered elevation to the moon. California camp hosts have been great to our intrepid two. Brock on sleeping in the luggage rack on Amtrak “If I’d used a pillow, it’d been...
Topic: tour
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Oct 14, 2015
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Happy tuesday folks! This week we have Tim and Austin formerly from Rolling Wrench (we’ll clear that up in the audio). We talk about his mobile repair shop and the transition into  Holy Spokes , which I mix up all through the episode. Chris Gonzalez from Chico comes back to hang with us because he had a lot of questions about mobile repairs. Guthrie Straw from  Pedal Dream  also joins us as a substitute cohost and fills us in a little with what’s been going on in his life.
Topic: bike shop
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Oct 14, 2015
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From E242, some talk about our  Pedalpalooza  experience so far.
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We pack more people into the studio than ever to celebrate our beverage sponsor,  The Beer Mongers !   Sean Campbell  is the owner of the shop and talks running their unique establishment,  Terry Campbell  is his brother who likes bikes, rides cyclocross races for the BMCC team, and  Sam Jackson  rode up the slopes of Mt. Rainier with Terry. Terry also mentions  Goran Kropp . Thanks to our generous  Patreon  donors that keep us going!  Especially  Chris Gonzales , who’s in the...
Topic: beer
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Oct 14, 2015
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The Professor  has it made! He works for a brewery and got a summer free to have adventures! He explains his travel plans, his take on the first 6 hours in Portland, Oregon, and life in Fort Collins, Colorado. Thanks to our beverage sponsor,  The Beer Mongers , and, as always, thanks to our generous  Patreon  donors that keep us going! Also:   Brock made a bonfire in some aluminum foil & Aaron is twelve years old at the washington monument.
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Oct 14, 2015
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Peter Rice  wrote the book on how to get out there on your bike without a bunch of expensive equipment.  That means he’s right down our alley on philosophical matters of travel: do what you want to with what you already have!  We talk about his new release together with Eric Iverson & Krista Scukas, whom you may be familiar with already.  Find the author at  PeterBRice.com  for all your simpler touring needs. Find the book Spandex Optional Bicycle Touring here!
Topics: tour, book
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Oct 14, 2015
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Laela  had a rollerblading adventure for her birthday!  And she likes bikes.  And she’s from Minneapolis!  We chat about these things, and are also joined by special guest  Aaron Delani . Want to get rollerblading yourself? Check out  Portland Roller Hockey  or  PDX Ball Hockey . Thanks to our beverage sponsor,  The Beer Mongers , and, as always, thanks to our generous  Patreon  donors that keep us going! Also:   Brock & Aaron went camping, met Dan & Paul from Corvallis,...
Topic: skating
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A fun ride leads to a hot night during Portland’s bicycle fun festival; or, how to avert disaster with scissors. Bonus audio from our interview session with author Peter Rice featuring guest cohosts Eric Iverson & Krista Skucas.
Topic: pedalpalooza
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Oct 14, 2015
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Jocelyn Gaudi  is another one of our many-hat-wearing friends.  We talk about her new project with the  Komorebi Cycling Team  which takes women into the woods and off-road.  We also chat about her role on the  KBOO Bike Show  and her employment with  Portland Design Works , also known as PDW! Thanks to our beverage sponsor,  The Beer Mongers , and, as always, thanks to our generous  Patreon  donors that keep us going! Also:    The River Signal  is up and running, Brock has...
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Steph Routh  went vegan for a year on a bet she thought she would win.  Turns out she has incredible self-restraint!  Brock was there for the first non-vegan thing she ate since 2014, and asked if she’d share the moment. Congratulations on a huge life experiment, Steph! It’s inspiring to try something new, even if it’s challenging.
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Seriously, we are PUMPED for Jurassic World.  Extras from our show with Jocelyn Gaudi!
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Brian Benson  has been  a guest on our show before  when he talked about his book, Going Somewhere ; now his project  The River Signal  is about to launch on a summer adventure down the Mississippi River during which he and his crew produce a fictionalized audio drama! After the  live broadcast of the pilot episode  from a shipyard in north Portland, Oregon, and live music from many artists, including  Those Willows , Brian was kind enough to give Brock & Adele a tour of the ship...
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Ayleen Crotty  is preparing for the 13th annual  Filmed By Bike ! This year it’s at a new location in the  Hollywood Theatre  and promises to be every bit as exciting as its previous iterations, including a sweet street party at  Velo Cult Bike Shop .  She also shares a little of her experience as an  AirBnB  host. Thanks to our beverage sponsor,  The Beer Mongers , and, as always, thanks to our generous  Patreon  donors that keep us going! Also:   Brock assembled  a sound...
Topic: film
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Oct 14, 2015
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Listener Jim from New York asked us to check out an interview possibility with people from  Bike Friday , the company in Eugene, Oregon who make bicycles, including the one Jim rides every day.  I spoke with John “Raz” Rezell who hooked Brock up with a Haul-A-Day test model to ride for a month and evaluate.  It was a fantastic ride and great for people who want to haul cargo on a bike that is designed to be portable! Thanks to Raz & Bike Friday for the loan and the conversation, and...
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Oct 14, 2015
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Will Vanlue:  former advocacy organization official, now a hauler of soups and freelance urban sustainability engineer.  He made some sweet rain barrels, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg!  He brews, he builds, he landscapes… and no, that’s not his real twitter account. Thanks to our beverage sponsor,  The Beer Mongers , and, as always, thanks to our generous  Patreon  donors that keep us going! Also:   Brock took a bike camping weekend trip, and Aaron wants to haul his...
Topic: rain barrels
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Oct 14, 2015
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We talk about allergens, home remedies, and blowing your nose on a bike.
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Andrew Shaw-Kitch & Scott Anselmo  from  Bikes For Humanity  drop in to chat about how they’re getting more bikes under people for the common good and enjoying themselves along the way!  Also, Anna’s mom  Betsy Meeker  visits from Oklahoma and fills us in on the “bike phenomenon” of the 1970’s! Thanks to our beverage sponsor,  The Beer Mongers , and, as always, thanks to our generous  Patreon  donors that keep us going! Also:   Thanks to  Sebastien  for the mugs!...
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You’ve heard us talk about  Inspired To Ride , the documentary about the  Trans Am Race invented by our friend Nathan Jones of Portland’s  Ride Yr Bike .  Now, here’s the question and answer session featuring many competitors from the race & corresponding film addressing the audience’s curiosity.  The film was great, and we recommend it highly!
Topic: distance
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David Griffiths  took a trip to Colombia with his handcycle for the  World Bicycle Forum after his first visit to our studio, and returns to share some of his experiences there, as well as some new ideas on transportation and mobility!  Also Brock tries to come up with a way to tie this into #boatmonth.
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Oct 14, 2015
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Josh Guttmacher, Andy Schmidt & John Fritz  are boat fans who also like to bicycle.  We discuss, in this long awaited #boatmonth podcast, how boating and bicycling are similar, transporting your vessel by bike, and adventures in getting marooned or racing past “secret” racecourse markers.  Never thought we’d be on a boat. A few links: Seattle’s  Center for Wooden Boats , Portland’s  Lincoln Street Kayak & Canoe Museum , Boston’s  Community Boating , and their ...
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“Twitterless” Andy shares his experience doing some stealth pruning and getting caught. #boatmonth #notaboutboats
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Oct 14, 2015
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Erin Kelley  just wanted to see how the podcast was made, and ended up chatting with us about Brock’s bike camping weekend, Aaron’s plans to adopt a new bike with someone special, and her own time off from work and how that gave her time to sort and declutter her stuff!  And it turns out she was a fascinating guest!  Aaron also googled the highest point in PDX . Here’s  the video Brock made about suburban scale after he forgot his sleeping bag .
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Brandon Rhodes  is The Sprocket Podcast’s former cohost, and founder of the bicycle-based local organic produce delivery business  Rolling Oasis Grocers . Scott Davison  created  Vocoform , an organization that helps people with barriers to advancement find their calling in meaningful work, and powered the startup of Rolling Oasis. Mychal Tetteh  is CEO of the Community Cycling Center , a Portland nonprofit with the goal of “broadening access to bicycling and its benefits” that is...
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Oct 14, 2015
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Leah Benson  is the proprietor of Gladys Bikes , a bike shop catering specifically to the needs of women in Portland, Oregon, and one host of the newly created podcast  Snack Parade ! Brian Benson  is the author of  Going Somewhere , a book based on his crosscountry bicycle trip from Wisconsin to Oregon, and is working on creating The River Signal, an audio drama podcast, which will begin production this summer! We talk about kayaking the Columbia River, sea lions, wearing pants, philosophy...
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Oct 14, 2015
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Glenn Kubish  is a longtime listener and supporter of our show.  He’s well connected in the Edmonton, Alberta bicycling community, and when he recommended a guest, we knew that we’d never make it up to Canada in time to interview him, so we asked, “would you be willing to do the interview?” A resounding positive answer meant that we now get to deliver this gem of an interview with a man who, in Glenn’s words, has “the spirit of the @SprocketPodcast ” in him. “Plus,” he...
Topic: edmonton
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Oct 14, 2015
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Jenn Dederich  is the CEO of  Portland Pedal Power , a bicycle delivery service that is focused on delivering local goods to hungry people.  We talk about the mechanics of the operation, the value of working with local businesses, and a few adventures that Jenn’s had when not running the company. Also:  Spinlister credit contest: “When did you most need a bike but not have one?” Inspired to Ride film is coming soon  (4/18 in Portland), Brock had beers with a few listeners and got...
Topic: cargo
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Oct 14, 2015
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Transit Sleuth  is on the case; he’s been following sustainable transit modes and reporting on them for some time here in Portland OR! We chat about the state of transportation in our town, along with Adron’s youth near trains and his eventual disenchantment with sweating in traffic.  Read the latest updates at  transitsleuth.com Also:  TriMet’s annual report is available ,  Inspired to Ride film is coming soon  (4/18 in Portland), Brock dug some dirt out of Will Vanlue’s yard and...
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Tim Navarette  is a longtime Portland resident who’s currently a local representative of GenZe , a company working on mobility solutions for urban areas.  Their new  electric bicycle  is one great way to get around in a city full of transportation options.  Brock spoke with Tim on his street about the bike and took a few turns around the block to see what it was like!  Adele also joins for a chance at a test ride for part of our conversation.
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Aaron Delani  is a recent Portland inductee, taking the admonition of “welcome to Portland, now go ride your damn bike” very seriously.  As a webmaster, he codes in coffee shops, and then looks for places to explore and people to ride with.  We discuss his downsizing process as he moved here, a misjudgment of #coffeeoutside, and secret commuter racing, among many other things.  He’s at  aarondelani.com
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Aaron M. Green  is the author of the soon-to-be-published  We Were Like Sons , a memoir describing his bicycle tour from California to New York City and how he changed along the way.   Help him reach his goal for self-publishing the book on Kickstarter !  He’s even offering guided bicycle tours as a reward.  We discuss, among other things, the writing process, and the nature of offering or receiving hospitality. This is part one of a two part conversation with 3 Aarons and a Brock....
Topic: books
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Oct 14, 2015
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Paul & Caroline Zavitkovski  are perhaps the biking-est couple in Portland.  They had  a bicycle honeymoon of epic proportions ,  transport their pug Rando in a specially built bicycle sidecar , and are cheerfully dialed into the bicycle culture here in town.  We discuss the best Pug ever, a bikey wedding, and a honeymoon across the northern tier of the continental US, including North Dakota, Minnesota, Michigan, & Maine. Also : Aaron has his fancy hub on order, and Brock saw a...
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Stephen Szucs  is fascinated by more sustainable living solutions that the average Joe can implement.  He rode one of Organic Transit’s ELF trikes, Rita, on his  #RETHINK tour from Canada to Florida.  We also talk about transportation choices such as longboarding, housing choices like  Craig & Connie Cook’s earthship , and other kinds of choices we can make to create a better world for people now and in the future. follow this link to Brock’s ELF trike test ride from a year ago ....
Topic: ELF
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Oct 14, 2015
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Alex Reed  helped to launch and coordinate  Bike Loud PDX .  Kari Schlosshauer  is a concerned and involved bikey mom who lives near SE Clinton street. We talk about starting an advocacy movement, the case study of Portland’s first neighborhood greenway, the nature of advocacy vs. that of activism (and are they the same thing?), and innovative experiments such as  Better Block . Want to support a Safer Oregon?  Buy some Clinton Street swag inspired by Bike Loud PDX! Also : Brock takes...
Topic: Clinton
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Vivian Satterfield  is a representative of  OPAL Environmental Justice , an advocacy group in Portland, OR committed to improving the transportation experience of people using buses and light rail to get around town.  We talk about her bicycling experience, work around transit, and how being in public connects us to the world around us. Also : Brock & Aaron led the  Team Sincerity Ride on Presidents’ Day !
Topic: transit
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Oct 14, 2015
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David Griffiths  is a person on a bicycle using adaptive technology for mobility and transportation, and is playing to his strengths!  We discuss all the aspects of that statement in this bonus episode.  What is this town like for someone using specialized equipment?  And how do people react? Find  David’s fundraiser for his trip to Columbia  and the  World Bike Forum  here and  chip in a few bucks  if you can! Read the extensive  Friday Profile of David on BikePortland .  David...
Topic: handcycle
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Bryan Hance  is one of the people behind the  Bike Index , a database of bicycle serial numbers and traits that helps tie people to them when a theft occurs.  We talk about the website, the situation on thefts (especially in Portland OR), avoidance tips, and their partnership with Spinlister.  Bryan mentioned  this inspiring story about some people who got their bikes back ! Brock also asked a few questions about the dialogue on bicycle theft as it relates to homelessness, and meant to...
Topic: theft
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Boston month may be over, but we still have one more interview to bring you: Jeremy Mendelson of  Critical Transit . Jeremy is a traveling geographer, bike and transit fan, and sustainable transportation advocate. He has designed bus and rail networks for a wide range of transit agencies; toured dozens of cities and towns; and written extensively about transportation planning, social and environmental justice and equity. Originally from New York City and Boston, Jeremy was recently hanging out...
Topic: boston
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This was just too good to leave on the cutting room floor. Brock and Jeremy talk about cats, how jazz legend Charles Mingus developed a method to toilet train cats, Jake’s (Jeremy’s cat) opinions on transit, and a m.f. snake on a m.f. train. Enjoy!
Topic: cats
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Oct 14, 2015
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Maren Souders  has never, ever owned a car.  That’s an achievement even for those who’ve tried!  She brings us some inspiring stories and thoughts on low-car life, the value of listening, and trying to eat vegan while taking Amtrak trains across the country.  Notably, she’s spent some time on a multi-city listening tour, sitting in public places with a “free empathy” sign!  Her webistes: dreamintochange.com  &  happytolisten.com click here to find her petition for easier...
Topic: peace
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Oct 14, 2015
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Greg Hum  is a drumbiker.  What is that, you ask? Well, take some rhythm and add it to your transportation.  That’s where it starts.  Brock speaks with him at his apartment in Cambridge, MA about sound and motion, bike fun, and the delicate line along which an event organizer walks when dealing with sensitive authority figures.   Watch his videos on YouTube , especially the film “ Making a Splash in Miami ” that he submitted to last year’s Filmed By Bike, and  join in on the fun...
Topic: drumbike
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Armando Luna  is  a twitter genius  with his finger on the pulse of the Portland bicycle culture.  He’s a mountain bike enthusiast and a fun loving ride participant, a father and a husband, an all-around good guy.  Also: he’s a listener!  We sit down and wind a conversation through our points of commonality. Also : Brock got some knee pain ( helpful advice from BikePortland ) and went to the  horse races ; Aaron got seen on the trail  by a mystery tweeter , and bought pants.   Path...
Topic: dudeluna
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Oct 14, 2015
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Phoebe Sinclair  lives in Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood and has a great sense of connection with the world around her.  We appreciate her ability to cut the BS and buckle down to a mindful lifestyle, and have been grateful for her comments since she became one of our listeners several years ago.  Our discussions rolls through several topics, including food, bicycling, transit, local community involvement, and dancing!  Follow Phoebe’s adventures and observations at...
Topic: peace
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Beth Hamon  is a cantorial soloist on a circuit to synagogues in various parts of the USA, sharing her talents of music and spiritual direction with the people she has made connections with there.  She joins us to give an update on her most recent work, discuss the environmental impact of air travel, and consider ethical living in transport as well as the rest of life. Some of the resources Beth shared: NYT:  The Biggest Carbon Sin? Wikipedia:  Environmental Impact of Air Travel Ivan...
Topic: cantorial
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Hub Powderworks  is the new project from our friends in Cambridge, MA –  Josh Zisson , whom we’ve interviewed before, and  Emily Thibodeau , the woman behind  Hub Bicycle Co.   We talk a little about the unique aspects of her shop, and then we discuss retro-reflection and how you get it onto your bicycle frame. Hub Powderworks is licensed by  Halo Coatings  to offer their patented retro-reflective powder coat for individual bicycle frames.  Since we recorded the interview, prices...
Topic: powdercoat
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Oct 14, 2015
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It’s a step back to catch up with ourselves.   Brock & Aaron did the Midnight Mystery Ride, Aaron rebuilt his seized rear hub, and Brock rode 120 miles for the Phantom Horse Thief Century.
Topic: chat
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Susan McLucas  teaches adults to ride bicycles if they have never learned to ride before.  Her compassionate attitude and generous spirit are easily felt when speaking with her! We talk about what it takes to teach people to ride, what her experience in the field has been over 30 years of teaching.  Find out more at  bicycleridingschool.org !
Topic: bicycle
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Branden Shelby & Daniel Harkins  come in to tell us about their epic wilderness tour last summer.  They took a turn through the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and lived to tell about it, including negotiations after a stealth camping bust, a difficult fix on the side of a road, and midnight attempts for tacos at a fast food drive-thru. Also:  it’s Boston month (interviews), Brock went to Boston, and Aaron went to Missoula.
Topic: tour
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For the first time, Brock & Aaron try a full length movie commentary on the 2012 feature Premium Rush , starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt.  They are joined by Adele and (right at the end) Anna, and give their two cents on the film. Note: if this isn’t your thing, don’t worry, there will be more shows in the style you’re accustomed to soon!  Due to the nature of movie commentary, there are many periods of silence in the audio; this show will be best enjoyed by pairing it with the film we...
Topic: movie
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Brock gets into a predicament and can’t make it into the studio.  This is an explanation of the predicament.  What happens when you can’t find a bathroom?  And are there any lessons to be learned from such an experience? note: those sensitive to conversation about bodily functions may wish to bypass this episode, as it contains many references to such. music from Waxxelerated ( Willbe ) /  CC BY-NC-SA 3.0
Topic: poop
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Ed Hanna  was having beers at the Landmark Saloon in SE Portland, Oregon, when Brock locked up his bike in front of the place.  Ed asked him a few questions about his bike setup, and eventually they decided to share  Ed’s European bicycle tour stories  on the podcast.  Spoilers: it’s tricky getting started! Also : Hi, Jason in Eugene who got Brock’s free bus tickets.  Brock breaks his grandpa’s tandem seat post, may or may not have used Uber, and has a scatalogical emergency....
Topic: tour
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note: Brock fell ill suddenly and I called on  Aaron  Delani  to fill in. I also panicked and didn’t plug in my ipod to the soundboard. this episode will be interesting from a production standpoint. Brad Davis and  Jean Abbot  of  EsoSpeed  were very good sports with the Aarons’ tomfoolery. EcoSpeed is the leading maker of mid-drive type electric assists for bikes and trikes. Mid-drives give more performance for a given motor and battery weight and, unlike hub motors, don’t create...
Topic: electric assist
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Alison Wiley  blogs at  Diamond Cut Life  on simpler living for better quality of life; we can’t get enough of her common sense advice on matters like  cold winter house heating , living like a salmon for an epic life, and  using transit to break away on your vacation , and her recent discovery of ethical clothing company  541 Threads  inspired her to get back in touch for another show.  Plus: we swear less when we talk to her! Also : Brock rents a Prius through  RelayRides , and...
Topics: simple, living
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Bryan Blanc  is a podcast listener who is studying transportation at Portland State University and collaborating on the  ORcycle mobile phone app  that aims to collect data for the purpose of improving our local infrastructure ( BikePortland article here ).  We also talk about his experiences in Connecticut & Oregon on both sides of the transportation choice he made when he sold his car! Also : Steph mentions  an article about bike equity , and Brock hasn’t had any adventures since...
Topic: bicycle
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Jeff Everett  ( the  Jeff Everett ) is a relatively new Portland resident, but he’s been coordinating bike fun for years.  We talk about his early life in the southern US states, the bicycling scene in St. Louis, Missouri, and his move to Spokane, Washington where he established the long-running  FBC , a series of rides at night leading from bar to bar, and through some shenanigans.  Jeff also fearlessly disassembled our sound board before the show to fix an issue, like a champ. Check...
Topic: fun
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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...
Topic: wolves
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We ended up capturing some conversation after our interview with Rachael Pecore-Valdez that seemed interesting enough to share; we talked about Rachael’s old trusty Huffy, and a little about the Columbia River & its scenic areas.
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We had such a good time with Daniel Harkins & Nathan Jones that we asked them to stay and hang out while we taped updates on our personal lives!  Also featured: Anna, Aaron, & Brock.
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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...
Topic: style
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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 ...
Topic: touring
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Hey 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...
Topic: transit
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Anna Olsen  used to be a podcast listener from Oklahoma. Now, she’s a guest!  I guess she’ll never have to listen again.  We’re glad to welcome her to Portland after an education at  United Bicycle Institute  where she learned to be a bicycle mechanic.  Her coworker Justin Miles  joins us as well. Also : Drew lends the rain cape! Brock gives it a first go; the  Transportastic studio opener is on 10/25 6:30pm at IPRC! Aaron’s still on drugs, and does a very frugal thing followed...
Topic: portland
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Oct 14, 2015
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Timo & Esther  are established figures in the Portland transportation scene, Timo as a part of the  Portland Bureau of Transportation  & Esther with  Sunday Parkways  events. We chat with them about how bicycling (and  breakfast on the bridges ) brought them together, a bikey wedding near Silverton, OR, and a honeymoon of epic proportions through southern Europe! Our musings on  bicycle music  brought these mentions:  Johnnyrandom’s “Bespoken” , Frank Zappa , and the ...
Topic: bike
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So now that we at Open Roads Broadcasting have a network of shows being produced around themes of bicycling, transport, and simpler living, we decided to throw a party at the Independent Publishing Resource Center to show off our new digs.  We recorded audio postcards (short interviews which you’ll hear included in future shows soon), posed in a photo booth that turns you into a crosswalk signal, played urban growth boundary twister, and recorded a live podcast for the crowd using...
Topic: roads
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Oct 14, 2015
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Dingo Dizmal & Olive Rootbeer  are professional clowns in Portland and make entertainment and fun a lifestyle.  From days of yore to the present day, their distinctive style & bikes make them local icons and loved legends in bikey circles.  We chat about their cafe shows, clowning & its phobia, tallbikes and their occasional misappropriation, and how activism dovetails into everyday lifestyle habits. So much good stuff! I couldn’t edit it down. Settle in folks, it’s a long...
Topic: clowns