Wednesday Video Roundup: DIY repair help, Maupin, and the world’s fastest bike

Wednesday Video Roundup: DIY repair help, Maupin, and the world’s fastest bike


Welcome to this week’s roundup! Apologies that it has been delayed, but I’m still calling it a Wednesday roundup. I mean, Wednesday is a state of mind, right?

Our first video is a DIY series by a community bike organization. They have a full series of videos in English and Spanish and are even downloadable- handy for working on a bike that is on the street. I’m highlighting the rear derailleur installation, since it’s difficult to adjust for those new to wrenching. They are from Bikes Not Bombs, which is a Boston-area community bike resource. The audio mixing is a little rough, but they demonstrate a good range of common repairs.

Here’s a great story out of Dallas, Texas on a bike recovery. The local news happend to see her thief while they were working on the story. It’s awesome when they confront him.

This is a bike tourist showing his cross-Europe trip, cycling to the Alps and then up the highest passes. His video is really good for a solo traveller- the selfie stick certainly helps. There’s a cargo bike tourist around the 4:48 mark, and I’ve climed the pass around the 7 minute mark (Glandon), which didn’t make the Top 10. This is a really pleasant video.

This short clip is about The Program, the film with Ben Foster about Lance Armstrong’s doping. It’s a short making-of clip (“I can’t believe we got through two weeks [of filming] without crashes”). The film itself is playing at Living Room Theaters, I don’t think it will play for too long though.





Russ from PathLessPedaled has a quick clip about the Imperial River Company, a cute hotel/lodge/restaurant in Maupin. I’ve stayed there to ride Blazing Pedals (is that ride sitll happening?), and I know the OBRA/RAO types go out there for the Ring of Fire endurance time trial event. Anyhow, Maupin is a great town for cyclists and outdoorsy types. There’s some pretty terrain and good rides. It’s interesting to hear the owner discussing their bicycle business.

This subtle promo from Specialized does a good job capturing the anticipation of the beginning of a ride. It’s fairly inclusive to different types of rides.

Here’s another one from Specialized showing many different types of rides. It’s a trailer for.. something. There’s a lot of classic American Southwest desert riding but more too.

Here’s a similar promo from Shimano.

I don’t feature enough BMX. This is a nice video with a good soundtrack. Enjoy.

Cargo bike peeps should enjoy this- a good video on the e-assist Urban Arrow cargo bike. The enclosed chain is really slick. Look at that poncho too!

Brooklyn-based Affinity makes a steel track bike. It’s cool to see custom bike building, of course.

A few years ago some of us backed the Aerovelo project on Kickstarter, which was a human land speed record attempt. They set the record after many setbacks. Watch this video to see how the bike wraps around the rider- certainly not something for anyone who is claustrophobic. Here’s a more artsy video showing the record-setting run,

Here’s a pleasant video of downhill mountain bike riding in Bali. It looks like they had a great time- and it reminds me that tropical areas get a lot of rain.

This week’s honorable mentions: GCN’s how to make your bike last longer, and GCN talks about the two racing fatalities at the beginning of their weekly show, and a super-simple ‘learn to ride a bike’ video.

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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