Wednesday Video Roundup: crosswalk safety, unrideable bike, and an ancient derailleur

Wednesday Video Roundup: crosswalk safety, unrideable bike, and an ancient derailleur


Welcome to this week’s video roundup! This first video shows a mountain bike ride in Arizona. The terrain is beautiful and it’s always cool to watch talented riders doing things I can’t do. (also, it makes me feel better to hear the rider gasping for air the whole time)

Who is doing Portland’s de Ronde this year? I got a tattoo after completing that ride. This ride in Philadelphia is reminiscent of it, and the “camera tricks” in this video make it especially interesting. Skip ahead to the 2 minute mark for “bloopers”.

On a similar vein of suffering, this year’s Tour of Sufferlandria route was announced. As usual, the video is funny and awkward at the same time.

Tom Scott’s videos are great explainers. This one is about crosswalk safety:

Did you see the reverse steering bicycle video last year when it went viral? It turns out that River City has one in their collection. I really like the design they used. It looks like a bodge but is actually pretty elegant.


Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is devastating. Pro cyclist rode up Galibier with a mask simulating COPD’s lack of air.

I really like this old derailleur video. Obviously it’s a very simple (and elegant) gadget. Many retrogrouches may wonder why we don’t use this now- well, it still needs a tensioning device (or very small tooth differentials, as in the video), it would rub against the chain slightly, it requires body contortion to reach. But still, it is pretty.

Honorable mentions: a nighttime bike shop theft, Pedal PT’s new introduction video, riding a velomobile on icy paths in Belgium, Western Bike Works launched a new website, Col Collective: Monte Zoncolan (Italy), Brunelle’s memorial video to Ferny Heria (warning: lots of dangerous riding and skitching. He didn’t die while riding, though.), GCN’s (juvenile) primer to mini tire pumps for road cyclists, and great video of Adam Brayton downhilling.

Inclusion criteria: If I’ve missed something, post it in the comments! I prefer videos published in the last week or so. Note if there’s a specific point in a long video that is worth highlighting. Also note if there is colorful language. When it gets to spring, I will delay videos containing pro racing spoilers.

– Ted Timmons, @tedder42


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