Welcome to this week’s roundup! Our first video (above) is an explanation about how Filmed By Bike works and how it helps the cycling community. I love the style of this- there’s enough information and also enough entertainment to keep it interesting.
This new Streetfilms video tries to answer why cycling works in Toyko. Given 14%+ mode share, it’s an interesting question. My favorite quote: “they’re cycling because it makes sense.” There’s a discussion about how expensive cars are, especially parking. I’m sure that helps with the mode share.
Summer may be coming, but it’s wrapping up for the southern hemisphere. Here’s a short video showing gravel grinding in New Zealand. (bonus: hilarious shot of derpy sheep around 40 seconds)
Speaking of that area of the world, this PSA comes from Tasmania. It does a really good job of explaining why it’s important for drivers to give space when passing a cyclist. The video has a great premise, it communicates the message without needing words.
Terrible design comes up in bicycling, especially bike advocacy: can we change the design of things so people intuitively do the right thing? (for instance, can we design a bridge entrance so it isn’t possible to drive on the sidewalk?) This video is about poorly designed doors and how they are so pervasive. Naturally, when it comes to design, it all comes back to 99% Invisible.
I’m a fan of the Armstrong-Pantani era of pro cycling, and I strongly dislike Lance Armstrong. I tend to watch and read everything objective about it, so I couldn’t help but watch this interview series with him. The first one is below; here are others: USADA, do it all again?, EPO vs other doping, lifetime ban, and riders union.
Some cyclists opt to vocalize their frustration with car drivers. Here’s an example where the smallest of comments led to assault. (if someone finds an update on this, please reply below)
GCN has a howto on using disc brakes this week. There are certainly a lot of myths about disc brakes, which are certainly taking over the road bike market.
This week’s honorable mentions: Lucas Brunelle’s ‘love hotel’ filled with bikes outside Cancun (warning: language), what to do when you bonk (aka ‘hit the wall’), Clever Cycles reviewing the Douze and explains why riding a longtail makes sense, and all the places ceramic bearings are used in pro bikes (expensive!).
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. I will delay videos containing pro racing spoilers by 7 days.
– Ted Timmons, @tedder42
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