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Weekly Video Roundup: Dream roads in Bali, a WTF moment, bagel slicing, local ‘cross, and more

Weekly Video Roundup: Dream roads in Bali, a WTF moment, bagel slicing, local ‘cross, and more

Welcome to the weekly video roundup! Sorry for skipping a week of the roundup. Perhaps one of these weeks I’ll actually catch up on my video queue. This first video is the best thing I’ve seen in a while. I like pro bike racing, and the GCN crew did a fun and creative race on Majorca’s Sa Calobra (aka Col del Reis). What really clinched it as a great video to me is that Carlton Kirby did the commentary- he is probably the best-known voice on Eurosport for racing (not just cycling, also Paris-Dakar and more). Anyhow, enjoy.


This is a fairly normal “look at the new road bike” promotional video, but I’m including it because it shows a lot of the beauty in the Malibu mountains. The big hairpin near the end is the Snake on Mulholland Drive, right near Rock Store, Jay Leno’s favorite little diner, famous among cyclists, motorcyclists, and drivers.

This is an artful video of riding (fixie) in Seoul. The concept seems familiar but it’s a new (very chill, very artsy) video. The dirtbike flat bars are distractingly wide:

The ambiance in this video about the Three Peaks cross race is nice. It’s light on showing the route or the race, but it’s a pleasant video. The bumpy ride at the 4 minute mark reminds me of some nearby roads.

More ambiance- riding in the Alps from a few months ago. It’s so pretty. This is a great “lean back and watch” video.

Isla seems to be the best brand for kids bikes, but here’s a video showing the flexibility in Trek bikes. I like the seat handle and adjustable cranks.

This “ride video” from Atlanta attracted me at the beginning for the bagel slicing. I wonder if the one fellow rode the full 200k on the bakfiets- if so, impressive.

Summer in Winter Park looks like fun:

If you like fondos (sportifs to the Euros), here’s GCN’s list of the top 6 fondos. I was surprised to see several in the USA.

In the “plans and dreams” category, look at these roads and trails in Bali.







GMBN has a good “how to ride loose [gravel] turns” video. Useful for MTB and CX types.

And this week’s GMBN episode is interesting- the hosts talk about their scariest cycling moments and about an AWD fatbike headed to the South Pole (at 7:40).

Sven Nys. Cyclocross skills. Trek’s factory track.

Brunelle and crew crashed into a motorcyclist in France, who chased and fought them. I’m confused what happened in the restaurant, though:

Racing

I didn’t come across any local race videos this week. Elsewhere:
Biketoberfest (in Maryland?). Starts slow.

Costume Cross V by State Bicycle Co in Tempe Arizona: (lots of handups, night racing, spicy language)

GCN quizzes pros on pro racing rules:

Local WTF moments

Local Joe Biel had a scary-close pass from a huge flatbed truck. (warning: spicy language)

Elsewhere: disturbingly close pass at night and another one.

Honorable Mentions

This week’s honorable mentions: wordless snippet of cycling in SF, PLP reviews the Exposure Joystick bike light/flashlight, Oregon Field Guide on Dufur (great place to go cycling), Giant’s factory-tubeless hydraulic disc brake race bike and what gentrification looks like in Tijuana, Mexico.

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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Product review: The Knog Oi bike bell

Product review: The Knog Oi bike bell

Black Knog Oi bell looks good next to a GoPro mount

Black Knog Oi bell looks good next to a GoPro mount.
(Photos and video by Ted Timmons)

I’ve been unhappy with bike bells in the past. I’ve found that standard ones take up too much room (for me) or rattle, and some don’t work well. So I’ve placed and replaced bells over the past few years, currently none of my bikes have a bell mounted.

Until now.

Knog, the Australian company that makes lots of little flexible-mount lights, went to Kickstarter to launch a new bike bell. I really like the shape, as it doesn’t take up much space on my bars and blends in nicely. Plus I’m a sucker for Kickstarter projects, so I backed it for a limited-edition model (under $24 including shipping).

They raised over $1 million (AUD, or about $750k USD) for the project, shipping the bells about eight months after the project. Granted, the shipping was almost three months late, but by crowdfunding standards that isn’t bad.







The bell came in a nice retail-friendly box. I carried it around for a week or so until I had time to mount it and get pictures. As you can see in the pictures, the mount is flexible enough to fit around bars. It uses a single screw- with a 2.5mm hex head. I wish it was 3mm, because I keep four different hex drivers within reach on the bike, but that isn’t one of the four. (perhaps I’ll talk about the hex drivers in a future post)

The semi-circle of the bell is mounted so it can move around- necessary to get a good ringing noise. The clapper is easy to flick, making the bell easy to use. Unfortunately the sound is on the soft side- it’s sufficient but no more. (keep in mind it’s louder than is in the video- I’m limited in camera gear and editing while on the road)

Edit- after riding some more miles, it’s far too quiet. It might work on the quietest of MUPs but even pedestrians will have trouble hearing it. I’ll try some of the bells recommended in the comments.

Verdict? For $25, it’s a stylish bell that I’ll add to all my bikes. I talked to Gladys Bikes, who said they are carrying the bell- I don’t know if they are in stock yet, but they certainly should be soon.

Programming note: I won’t be putting up a weekly video roundup, as instead I’m cycling in Southern Utah. That’s where I’m filing this review.

– Ted Timmons, @tedder42

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Weekly Video Roundup: Riding in North Korea, ‘Cross at Cascade Locks, Glady-ators, and more

Weekly Video Roundup: Riding in North Korea, ‘Cross at Cascade Locks, Glady-ators, and more

Welcome to the weekly video roundup! It was a good and wild week for me- I went on a fantastic muddy ride last Sunday, there were tons of hikers, runners, and cyclists out despite the weather. Anyhow, here’s a great pile of vids to enjoy over the weekend. We’re starting with Brumotti, who never fails to entertain with his bike-handling. Notably, he shows some ways to avoid the gaps next to streetcar tracks.

Similar to the Brumotti, this video also shows skilled riding on jumps:

Speaking of skilled riding, this dusty MTB trail video is great. I like the music, but I also like the fluffy dirt. It reminds me of skiing in powder. There’s a bunch of talk about wheel building and how they tune it for the terrain:

I’ve been following Jaka Parker, who posts great video from North Korea. I don’t know how or why, since they control media and tourists so carefully. But it’s interesting to see a snippet of life. It’s ironic they are cycling on the sidewalk, given the relative lack of cars and the poor quality of the sidewalk.

I’ve been sharing trials videos in the past few weeks, this is the most action-packed recap of the Antwerp even that I’ve seen.

Wout Van Aert’s 17lb Colnago cross bike is pretty slick:

Related, cross champ Sven Nys gives tips for mounting/dismounting while racing CX.

Tri and TT bikes are weird looking, and the latest crop is very exotic. GCN’s weekly show goes through recent bikes and if they meet spec (this segment starts just after the 6 minute mark). There’s also talk of a Strava KOM with 71k riders on the boards.







The pro racers are put up in local hotels for races, especially stage races. It’s hard to get any sort of luxury when 200 cyclists plus huge support crews, fans, and journalists swarm on some small town. That means there are always stories about bad hotels and roommates:

KymNonStop has been traveling and racing, she shows how to fit her bike into a “backpack”. It’s a lot easier with a gearless/brakeless bike. Pro tip: you can mark your seat height with a Sharpie. (bonus kitty cameos)

Road bikes are getting wider tires. They are supposed to actually be faster, and disc brakes have made it much easier. Here’s a nice overview of the topic: (also: overview on choosing the correct drop bars)

If you haven’t noticed, there’s fresh snow on the mountains. If you like to train through the winter, and train outdoors, here’s some helpful tips for doing so:

Racing

There’s a pile of great videos from local cross racing – here we go:

This is a fun video from the Glady-ators from the Cascade Locks races in the Cross Crusade. Great music and editing.

And the Cascade Locks venue inspired filmmaker Patrick Croasdaile to include an homage to native tribes in his fantastic edit:

Here’s video of the same series from River City Bikes. It has great music and editing too:

Apparently I missed a video from RCB at the Alpenrose sessions of Cross Crusade. Here it is:

Also: BMC racing team talks about their success at the team time trial and about new BMC time trial bikes.

Local WTF moments

Up in the Southwest Hills towards Council Crest is a confusing intersection- though it’s unlikely drivers there are unfamiliar with it. This video shows a driver (of a Toyota, Oregon 301-GTF) who can’t wait their turn.

Elsewhere: people explaining why they ride with cameras

Honorable Mentions

This week’s honorable mentions: memorializing Dave Mirra (RAAM competitor among lots of other 2-wheeled sports, committed suicide this year), discussion about Curtis Keene’s Specialized Enduro 29 (worthwhile for the tool storage discussion alone), overview of hardtail mountain bike categories, inspiration and evolution of the Jones H-Bar, promotional vid for Giro della Donna, Australia, PBOT interviews about a new sidewalk constructed for Safe Routes To School in east Portland: a mom, the principal, how pros scrub jumps, and tips on riding safety and bike theft safety.

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 byline]

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Weekly Video Roundup: bike lock picking, winter prep, Tom Ritchey, and more

Weekly Video Roundup: bike lock picking, winter prep, Tom Ritchey, and more

Welcome to the weekly video roundup!

I made sure to get a ride in on Wednesday before the crazy weather started. Now I’m mostly hunkering down with the cats. It’s clear the weather has started to turn. River City Bikes did a video about “winter-proofing” your bike last year, and it’s a good time to show it again. (Also: Russ of PLP shows a zillion ways to wear a Buff and gives good glove strategies)

Okay, enough winter. Warm up by watching this vid about cycling in Klamath from PLP:

It’s warm and sunny in Los Angeles, which is where this week’s Brumotti is at. Love this guy.

I had no idea Seattle was doing something similar to a crossbike for a bike path. Note some ramping that slows the vehicles down.

Have you ever cycled a ‘century’? Riding 100 miles in a day is a great accomplishment. If you’ve never done one it is a nice aspirational goal. Training certainly helps, as does a bike computer (sorry, Adam).

This is a funny vid about faux pas for trail riders. Does anyone ride with people in the video?

This ad for Cycliq’s bike cams is funny.

This is a 3 minute compilation of a UCI BMX Freestyle competition. It’s 3 minutes of great jumps and tricks and whatever the kids call it these days.







Hood River, trails, “the road scene is better here than people realize”

Dutch-style bike locks basically clamp the rear wheel to the frame. You can still carry the bike away, but they are especially effective on heavy bikes or fiets. Some of the locks are very easy to pick. (and another picking; thanks to RA for these)

Tom Ritchey (and his moustache) is in this CyclingTips video, which is supposed to be a timed ‘elevator pitch’ to sell their new products. There are perhaps two dozen videos, but this one is great because.. Tom Ritchey. He had to be prompted to actually do the marketing spiel in the last 30 seconds. (another one was Otto Locks, the ribbon-style lock on Kickstarter that has been covered here)

Vox, home of the explainers, shows the Barcelona ‘pedestrian superblock’ solution to give space back to people. It might be a good video to send to friends who don’t understand things like Better Naito.

I love watching Mike Cotty’s Col Collective soooo much. He’s above Venice on the Monte Grappa. which is home to the remains of over 12,000 soldiers.

Here’s a preview of NACCC (“the Olympics for couriers”) in NYC:

Factory tours are fun. This one is of CycleOps production at Saris in Wisconsin: (as someone said later, the video is unsarisfactory due to the lack of puns)

Keith Bontrager is a smart dude, I’ve featured him before. This is a great video where he talks about… well, smart bikey stuff.

Looking for an inexpensive mountain bike? One of the people who did a “ride a Walmart bike on gnarly roads” video gave a legit recommendation here. The idea of avoiding suspension seems wise at that price point.

Here’s a short trailer for a post-WW2 race between the two halves of Germany.

The “Dutch Reach”, a way for drivers to reduce dooring, has been popularized in the past few weeks (I like that several people assumed it was NSFW). Honestly, I don’t think this is the solution, I’m still going to ride outside of the door zone.

Next time I’m in France, I want to ride this. Look at that knife edge! Looks like a fun ride.

Racing

There’s a pile of great videos from local cross racing- here we go:

GP Brad Ross, Oct 1 at Heiser Farm:

GP Brad Ross, Oct 1 at Heiser Farm: (yes, another one at that race)

Cross Crusade #1, Oct 8 at Alpenrose:

Cross Crusade #1, Oct 8th and 9th at Alpenrose:

This is from the Red Hook Milano crit. It’s basically five minutes of beautiful editing, including slo-mo.

Local WTF moments

Bikeportland commenter Merle posted a video of confused drivers at the new Tillamook/Interstate/Broadway area. (also: textbook example of a driver not stopping at a crosswalk)

Elsewhere: scooter pulling out in front of cyclist (“you passed the test, didn’t you?) and amazingly oblivious driver on his phone.

Honorable Mentions

This week’s honorable mentions: new electronic gadgets at Interbike, DCRainmaker’s review of the GoPro Karma drone, wooden recumbent electric bike (all four of those words are fun..), great trials riding, GMBN’s tips for riding Vancouver’s North Shore, mountain bikers have discovered velodrome-style corners, L’Eroica preview in Tuscany (Strade Bianche), Jeremy Powers’ cross bike, queue jumping for buses in Seattle, an obsessive way of getting perfectly straight bars, and dreamy video from a big Rapha ride in Australia.

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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Weekly Video Roundup: ending oppression, mathematical theories of driving, and more

Weekly Video Roundup: ending oppression, mathematical theories of driving, and more


Welcome to the weekly video roundup!

Cycle Oregon was great, and I’m still trying to catch up from that and other chaos. Thankfully I’ve had time to review a big batch of videos. I actually have more in the queue but don’t want to make this post too long, so I’ll continue catching up over the coming weeks. When I saw the above video I knew it was the right one to feature- what says overthrowing oppression and defying a fatwa better than a bicycle? It’s been happening for 135+ years, leading to women’s suffarage and women wearing pants, and perhaps even the entire feminist movement.

The brilliant mathematician Vi Hart (of hexaflexagon fame?) philosophizes about the properties of math seen in traffic, such as Zeno’s paradox. (there’s very little commentary about “bad driving”, unfortunately; derivatives really come into play when Vi talks about hovercars)

“Iceland Adventure camp”. If those words don’t get you interested, see if the first 20 seconds of the video do. Wow. This is just a 2 minute preview, there’s a short article too.

Dave of River City Bikes talks about a beautiful 1972 Colnago, which came in through Citybikes. By discussing it here, I like how this is a Portland-on-Portland-on-Portland story.

I’ve discovered the joy of seeing a city by bike. It’s a great speed to see buildings, parks, monuments, and so on. Here’s a great mode comparison in London. It’s a much better challenge than simply seeing who can get from A to B the quickest.

Related, this is a nice primer to cycling in the city from GCN. Some of the basics: it doesn’t matter what bike you use, it doesn’t matter what you wear, think about what route you take, bikes let you see pretty places and make stops… but it’s GCN, so they always wear helmets.

Staying on the “funny accent” theme, Islabikes is launching what they call the Imagine Project, sustainable bikes that are rented to families, rather than getting stowed in a corner of a garage when it is outgrown. I know there are some commenters who are very vocal about avoiding the throw-away economy. I like this. Their UK website bounces me to the US version which doesn’t have info on this, here’s a way to see the page about it. (h/t Maria Schur, aka BicycleKitty)

This is a fun compilation of MTB crashes (obviously, warning for people who don’t like that). They are submitted by the riders, which is why it’s funny and not mean to me.

I’m shocked that this series popped up- it’s a four-part series reminding Uber drivers about laws and etiquette surrounding cyclists in San Francisco. It feels about 90% correct and well-stated to me; two things I noticed was that while it says “it is illegal and dangerous to drive or park in the bike lane” and discusses right hooks, it avoids using that term and never explains that the bike lane has legal right of way. (ht @GeraldFitt)

PathLessPedaled had yet another fun adventure. This one is on Steens Mountain:

Winter is coming. Specialized is proud of their innovative new fenders, which seem to just be fenders with moveable extensions. Still, how they demonstrate it is interesting. (I found the head wobble interesting)







This Red Bull downhill MTB course is crazy. The upper section through the trees isn’t something I’d want to do except maybe at walking speed.

As always, Streetfilms has great videos for the BikePortland audience. This one shows Vancouver’s network of cycleways and interviews a few locals. The protected bike lanes look much safer than simply using paint. I wonder how much those plastic self-watering planters cost.

KymNonStop put up a (paid) PSA on the dangers of texting while driving. I think it’s aimed at ‘millenials’/the younger generations.

While we’re talking MTB, maybe the kids that went to MTB Day will like this video showing some skills you can learn- especially in a parking lot or on a street.

I held back on most of the racing vids this year because they were either in spoiler territory or it was late enough that those who wanted to know already knew. This is a great recap of the new Women’s WorldTour with commentary by USA’s own racer Megan Guarnier:

This MTB adventure is titled ‘Wandering’ and doesn’t have much product placement, despite being put out by Shimano. They are certainly riding through beautiful terrain.

This “how to stand with your bike” etiquette video is hilarious.. to me, at least.

Local WTF moments

Local Joe Rowe, an activist and one of Fallon Smart‘s teachers, has taken video showing one of the dangerous pinch points along a repaved section of (lower) Interstate. Both PBOTrans and pdxvisionzero commented on it, and it echoes the work done here in February for Gap Week. It’s unfortunate to see bike lanes on roads that (nearly) disappear when they are needed most.

Elsewhere: taxi driver texting.

Honorable Mentions

This week’s honorable mentions: behind the scenes with a photographer at a UCI downhill race, b-roll of cargo bikes in Vancouver BC from Streetfilms, three hours of amateur cross cup racing, three hours of pro cross cup racing (six hours of rare tl;dw for me), 5 new road bikes for 2017, innovations in MTB tech at Interbike, and gravelbike roundup.

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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Ride report: ‘Cycling Against Hate’ rallies the community

Ride report: ‘Cycling Against Hate’ rallies the community

Mychal Tetteh.

Community Cycling Center CEO Mychal Tetteh speaking at the ride.
(Photos: Ted Timmons)

The Cycling Against Hate ride, planned in response to an ugly pepper-spraying incident in northeast Portland last week, happened on Sunday. BikePortland correspondent Ted Timmons was there and shares the following recap…







About 90 riders showed up; including familiar faces like former mayoral candidate Sarah Iannarone, Community Cycling Center CEO Mychal Tetteh and author, publisher, and activist Elly Blue. Organizer Taz Loomans had a family emergency to attend to so Elly stepped in to lead it.

We started with a moment of silence, then community members and leaders spoke.

"Share some of the reasons that you showed up today with someone that you don't know." #cyclingagainsthate

A photo posted by Microcosm Publishing (@microcosm_pub) on

And we are off! #cyclingagainsthate

A photo posted by Microcosm Publishing (@microcosm_pub) on

"It means a lot to have this many people come out and care." #cyclingagainsthate

A photo posted by Microcosm Publishing (@microcosm_pub) on

After being introduced by Mychal Tetteh of Community Cycling Center, Sarah Iannarone spoke, challenging us to become a more inclusive city and especially a more includive bike community. “Get educated, further educated. Please, read a book, talk to your colleagues”. Here’s video of her speech:

Longtime friend of the family Wendy Williams also spoke about how this hate crime has impacted the children, then thanked the bike community for showing up to support the family.

A few local news crews, who kept a low profile, were there: KATU, KGW, KPTV.

It was nice that they didn’t overwhelm the event, but tried to quietly report on it.

– Ted Timmons, @tedder42

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Ride report: ‘Cycling Against Hate’ rallies the community

Ride report: ‘Cycling Against Hate’ rallies the community

Mychal Tetteh.

Community Cycling Center CEO Mychal Tetteh speaking at the ride.
(Photos: Ted Timmons)

The Cycling Against Hate ride, planned in response to an ugly pepper-spraying incident in northeast Portland last week, happened on Sunday. BikePortland correspondent Ted Timmons was there and shares the following recap…







About 90 riders showed up; including familiar faces like former mayoral candidate Sarah Iannarone, Community Cycling Center CEO Mychal Tetteh and author, publisher, and activist Elly Blue. Organizer Taz Loomans had a family emergency to attend to so Elly stepped in to lead it.

We started with a moment of silence, then community members and leaders spoke.

"Share some of the reasons that you showed up today with someone that you don't know." #cyclingagainsthate

A photo posted by Microcosm Publishing (@microcosm_pub) on

And we are off! #cyclingagainsthate

A photo posted by Microcosm Publishing (@microcosm_pub) on

"It means a lot to have this many people come out and care." #cyclingagainsthate

A photo posted by Microcosm Publishing (@microcosm_pub) on

After being introduced by Mychal Tetteh of Community Cycling Center, Sarah Iannarone spoke, challenging us to become a more inclusive city and especially a more includive bike community. “Get educated, further educated. Please, read a book, talk to your colleagues”. Here’s video of her speech:

Longtime friend of the family Wendy Williams also spoke about how this hate crime has impacted the children, then thanked the bike community for showing up to support the family.

A few local news crews, who kept a low profile, were there: KATU, KGW, KPTV.

It was nice that they didn’t overwhelm the event, but tried to quietly report on it.

– Ted Timmons, @tedder42

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Weekly Video Roundup: A Sunday in Hell, the science of steep climbing and more

Weekly Video Roundup: A Sunday in Hell, the science of steep climbing and more

Welcome to the weekly video roundup! There were some interesting videos this week, but I felt like none were feature-worthy. So I’m going back to the vault. This is 1976’s “A Sunday in Hell”. It shows 100 minutes on the Paris-Roubaix race including Eddy Merckx. Enjoy. I’m watching it again as I’m posting this. (also: this race is alluded to below- +3 internet points for the first person to spot it)


Have you ever heard “don’t ride faster than your headlights”? Basically, you should be able to stop when something obstructs your path. Jon from Perth didn’t get the memo:

This downhill MTB run is.. amazing. It really shows how fast your brain needs to process terrain- or how much you need to memorize. (one instance of colorful language past the two minute mark; otherwise the audio is fantastic because you get to hear the breathing)

Here’s new e-MTB tech. I like the idea of a “push mode”. If you’ve got the motor, why not?

In the MTB theme, there’s a couple riders on a course in BC. It’s a good “lean back and watch” type video. (also: DH in NC)

Here’s a good “how to get into MTB” video. Basically: it’s okay to borrow a bike, don’t worry about being slow, etc:

This video is “should you climb in the saddle or out of the saddle?”, but a better title would be “the Brits go to SF”.







It’s often fun to watch trials. Here’s a World Champ run. There were other videos using 20″ wheels, which looks weird. This class was for 26″ wheels.

I don’t have a chain tool. I think I’ll just buy one.

Are you interested in Zwift? Don’t know what it is, or what the new crop of “smart trainers” look like? I don’t really enjoy Zwift but I do love my smart trainer (in the winter). There’s some demos of VR Zwift in the weekly GCN show.

Local WTF moments

This section is for recent helmet cam videos from the area. I didn’t see any, but there’s a scary pass of a cyclist by a bike racing team bus going around. Team Sky immediately responded with an apology and promise of further investigation, which is good. (warning: loud shouting; this version is bleeped but it’s clear what was being said; here’s the original version; here’s BSNYC making fun of the ‘fred bus’)

Honorable Mentions

This week’s honorable mentions: Eurobike: a disc disc, Eurobike: slick new mountain bikes, Eurobike: new stuff, including two great all-rounder bikes, this is a bike introduction?, new bike bibs for ladies, makes nature breaks easier (there are many variants, this is new), SRAM 12-speed XX1 review, really interesting Adidas technical bike clothing (worthwhile just for the pronunciation of Adidas), how do pro racers cross-train in the off season?, and tons of x-rays and other painful injuries (warning: well, you get it).

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.

P.S. I’ll be out on cycling adventures for the next two weeks. I’ll catch up on videos when I get back!

– Ted Timmons, @tedder42

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Weekly Video Roundup: Ultraendurance, bikefishing, cows, and more

Weekly Video Roundup: Ultraendurance, bikefishing, cows, and more


Welcome to the weekly video roundup! I’m getting this out before I leave for a big bike adventure this weekend. The above video is 45 minutes on this year’s RAAM, which includes Juliana Buhring, the hero of Inspired To Ride (which is about the “self-supported RAAM” though not affiliated with RAAM). Such an amazing ultraendurance race; I love the humanity that comes from showing the riders.


On ‘The Collision Chronicles‘, commenter 21 Speed posted the following video- it’s a cute example of how a road range incident could turn out.

This is a good bio of an ultra-distance athlete. There’s some marketing, but it’s still really interesting as he talks about his workout, riding 96mi and up 9000ft “to get to the trailhead”, where he then runs 9 miles with 6000ft climb.

Running cows. Jumping cows.

This is MTB footage from 1985, showing a fully rigid mountain bike:

And here’s some modern MTB footage. This camera is aimed down enough that some may get motion-sick, but the audio is pure and it’s a beautiful area.

Pro racer Chad Haga was one of the Giant-Alpecin team that was hit by a driver who was oncoming on the wrong side of the road. Haga says he was “not sure if it was some prankster trying to scare us”. There’s some blood and scars in this video. When this happened (early this year), one of the major pro racing sites called it an “accident”. Sigh.

All helmets aren’t the same. The new MIPS helmets should help to reduce brain injury. Here’s a quick explainer. (also: how new helmets are designed)

Path Less Pedaled led a bikefishing trip:

If you don’t like laughing at failures (or pain), don’t watch this. It’s a roundup of “epic MTB crashes” from GMBN.

This is a cool comparison of an early (Trek) carbon bike versus a modern (Trek) carbon bike- 1992 to 2016.

A lot of this video talks about the bike choice itself, but after the 4 minute mark they talk about the Cape Epic ride, which is .. epic.

BikePortland’s Mr. Jonathan Maus is doing Cross again this year. I imagine this was his thought process.







Related. If you don’t get the reference, your homework is to watch Field of Dreams. (you can follow that up with Waterworld and The Postman)

Brush your teeth, not your bike’s handlebar grips. What do you do if you want to clean your bar tape? We have a bike/rider profile coming where the rider really likes his yellow bar tape. Maybe this will help.

Speaking of yellow bar tape, here’s a really short piece from RCB:

Burlington (Vermont) has a pretty pedestrian mall. It looks really liveable. It was done in the 1980s, so similar to our Pioneer Square, but more day-to-day liveable. Further, they are working on physical design to make the streets attractive and friendly to pedestrians. What I noticed is when he talked about pedestrian crossings, he said “pedestrians have right of way… you don’t need to think too much about watching for traffic”.

FSA’s electronic shifting system is (finally) out. It’s partially wireless, the rocker-shifters look good, and the “button mapping” is configurable. Their (optional) mobile app is clever too. Neat. (also: first ride on this groupset)

Here’s some bike footage from Gravel Worlds in Nebraska. Pretty cool. And pretty. (also: drinking beer with Gravel Worlds athletes)

Utrect, Netherlands, converted a former main highway into a bikeway. I notice that some segments aren’t zero-car, but it’s clear that the priorities are humans first, cars second. (and your moment of zen, cycling along this path)

Local WTF moments

Perhaps I’ll start a section for some of the helmet cam videos from the area. There are three amazingly terrible drivers in this compilation:

Elsewhere: this week, a compilation of close calls (some VERY close), compilation of SMIDSY moments in the UK.

Honorable Mentions

This week’s honorable mentions: self-driving cars are better than humans for driving (and traffic; note no mention of non-SOV options), discussion about Sagan’s Olympics MTB effort (also discusses the Oregon Timber Trail), explainer on (not) using the left lane when driving (they also figured out how to solve all traffic problems), ebike vs gondola ride for mountain biking, “Farley: More to Love” makes me think of Chris Farley and GCN’s 7 tips for young cyclists.

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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Weekly Video Roundup: St. Helens adventure, brake abuse, and more

Weekly Video Roundup: St. Helens adventure, brake abuse, and more


Welcome to the weekly video roundup! I reviewed 45 videos this week so I could show you the best. As always, a third of the videos were just posted in the last 36 hours. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are always busy with this. I’m starting the week with a video that is on Vimeo- it ends up being the forgotten step-sibling but the videos are often great. This is no exception to that- it looks like a really fun adventure on the side of Mt. St. Helens.

There’s new Brumotti. He’s in California (America’s Italy, climate-wise?); I wonder if he’s doing a manual down LA’s Fargo Street.

@kitchen has a new bike and has been experimenting with how to cook the rear disc brake. This machinist took it to the next level. (I can’t understand much of what he says, but it gets better at 2:30; the fun stuff begins at 3:30)

Here’s a new Streetfilms piece about a bike (and cargo-bike) building in Sweden– but it’s really about infrastructure in Sweden. Look at that service station- it even has a bike wash.

I had to highlight this video of an aggressive driver in California. He passed a cyclist at high speed (thankfully giving room) and.. crashed one minute later. Watch for yourself. (related driver vids: traffic engineer mom in a cargo bike is mansplained on traffic laws)







I came across this in my video feed, and it’s a great example of how various subcultures of cycling can be really awesome- it’s the Farm To Fork Fondo series in the northeast US; in some ways it seems like the Chris King Gourmet Century. I would love to do both of these.

I’ve read a lot about modern tubeless systems. This informal survey shows how many mountain bikers at Whistler are actually running tubeless. It seems like a location that would have high adoption of them.

Keith Bontrager, who you might recognize as a name of components (especially wheels) at Trek, is an early mountain biker and one of the people who really thinks about the fabrication and material science side of things. He’s still in the field, and in this video he talks about workshop tips- really, he just talks and it’s awesome.

The Travel Oregon videos about the scenic bikeways are always inspirational. The Cascade Siskiyou Scenic Bikeway is a loop that goes east from Ashland. The video style looked familiar, I confirmed that it was done by Path Less Pedaled with Laura providing narration.

I’m keeping the mountain theme going- Wyoming isn’t often discussed for riding but it certainly has varied terrain. It’s neat how there’s a culture where locals give riders a lift up the mountain.

Are you thinking about getting a new bike and having trouble justifying it to yourself? This is a cute listicle on how to convince yourself or those who are questioning you.

Honorable Mentions

This week’s honorable mentions: GCN does some simple aerodynamic testing, cycling makes it easy to interact and help people, even drivers, Dutch cyclists and mobility scooters using a roundabout between some pedestrian underpasses, really dense nerdy video about UCI bicycle regulations and an eMTB promo 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.

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– Ted Timmons, @tedder42

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