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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: 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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Weekly Video Roundup: Dutch cargo, 14k feet, and more

Weekly Video Roundup: Dutch cargo, 14k feet, and more


Welcome to the weekly video roundup. I have a fresh batch of great cycling videos for you. I want to start off with the latest from Mike Cotty of Col Collective. He’s been branching out from the French Alps as he rides (and narrates) up Mount Evans in Colorado. It’s over 14,000 feet, which is 3000 more than Mt. Hood, the highest in Oregon. It’s also very impressive compared to the European peaks, as the video illustrates.

New Streetfilms videos are always a treat, and this one reminds me of Portland- showing all the families/kids/cargo bikes on the road. I was surprised by the number of adults riding in cargo boxes.

This video mocks congested traffic, arguing why it’s better to be in a car, rather than rushing through like a cyclist.

Strava have been putting out a lot of subtle inspirational videos. I try not to show them all the time, I like this one though. (also: I did this last weekend)

It’s a good week when there’s new Brumotti. My favorite part is where he rides the the edge of the roof. Nope! Not for me.

There’s also new Brunelle. This is a “team time trial” practice. But I’d say it’s gone all weird, given the crazy places they ride through.

If you’re of a certain age you know who Travis Pastrana is. This is a cool bio from him, talking about how he loves to ride (for a specific brand). I didn’t know he was a fred-style road rider too.

From one of my Dutch feeds, here’s a timelapse of a cycle route. Much of it is separated and protected. Even in the least protected area it has rubber stops and paint. AdamH will like the roundabout around the 1-minute mark. Note the temporary cycleway and “cars as guests” roads too. (you can also watch a video showing before/after of this path)

Copenhagen has been building a lot of carfree bridges. I like this video because she does a good job explaining their value. (here’s an explainer on the quirks of the Kissing Bridge)





Do you wave or otherwise greet other cyclists? The first example is what I’d expect when in the middle of nowhere, but probably not the best on a standard basis. I often do a little wave to cyclists while commuting, and my waves/greetings are larger when I’m in more remote areas.

This is a great POV of doing a fast downhill mountain bike course. It starts with loud music and then goes back to ‘natural’ sound. There’s a crunch at about 1:20, either a wheel or a frame bottoming out, maybe?

I like this video of a cross-country trip in Australia. At 14 minutes it wouldn’t be out of place in a Filmed By Bike fest. (the struggles around the 8 minute mark remind me of a churchgoing childhood I’ve tried to forget)

GCN did a museum and factory tour at Trek- perfect for people who like How It’s Made. Note the name of Trek’s paint robot.

Finally, one of my own- a hyperlapse of riding across the Bridge Of The Gods:

Honorable Mentions

This week’s honorable mentions: I’m not great at doing a track stand, but this guy is horrible, paved and mountain bike trail system in Arkansas, see who is paying attention, 40 minutes of Red Hook London, if you like watching things backwards, bike/car collaborations (aka bikes by car companies), and a bike ride as a movie trailer.

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: bike church hostel, llamas, and more

Weekly Video Roundup: bike church hostel, llamas, and more

Welcome to the weekly video roundup.

Between bikecamping, biking, city council, and everything else, it’s been a busy week. I hear the Olympics are happening but ignored them to review over 110 videos. Let’s start with River City Bikes, above; Dave G and Richard Schwinn (yes, he’s a Schwinn, also founder of Waterford and Gunnar cycles) talk about the beauty of classic bikes. I really liked it.

I’ve never gone to a ski resort and done the “ski lift” downhill mountain biking thing. I’ve thought about it. Even though that wasn’t the intent, this gives me an idea of what it’s like (such as “how do I load a bike onto the chairlift?”).

Willamette Week did a bar crawl by Biketown bikes. That means they rode while drunk, which is dangerous and probably illegal. Now that that statement is out of the way, watch the video and enjoy.





The PathLessPedaled road trip spanned several weeks. Here’s a tour of the Spoke’n bike/moto hostel/church in Mitchell, Oregon, just outside Painted Hills:

We (as Portland) have talked about equity and bikeshare. Does bikeshare work for everyone? Here’s a conference that discussed that.

Oh no, Specialized is bringing Hypercolor back. (also daytime running lights)

Brompton World Championships. I’m not going to say they look extra-silly, but I think I just did.

“GCN does science” are like all anecdotal tests: not exactly science, but still informative. It’s interesting to see the difference in the progression of helmets. (BTW, the temperatures quoted, converted to ‘murican, are 90.7 and 93.0 F)

Can you descend on the road faster by using a mountain bike dropper post? (alternate question, “what the hell is a dropper post?”)

Llamas. Bicycle. That is all.

This is another episode from Russ and Laura’s #GreatWesternRamble. It’s special because they talk about how communities can benefit from touring cyclists.

Over 40,000 bikes per day use this intersection. Wow. Note there are four design elements that reduce the right-hook risk: early green light for bikes, early red for bikes, blue bike lane, and a short stop line for cars.

Honorable Mentions

This week’s honorable mentions: in Soviet Russia, mountain bikes YOU! (sorry, so sorry), a heavily-used bikeway in Amsterdam (and scooterway, apparently), 13.6lb road bike, Black Girls Do Bike in New York City, a relaxing 17-minute cyclepath ride in Utrecht, Netherlands, and a new bike path and redevelopment in NL.

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: new and old mountain bikes, drone videos, and more

Weekly Video Roundup: new and old mountain bikes, drone videos, and more

Bike Fitting 101 Workshop

Welcome to this week’s roundup! I reviewed 60 videos this week to give you the best of them. It seems there are a few video producers that put their vids up on Wednesday. Our first video from Dave at River City is an example- it went up while I was finishing this post. It’s my favorite of the week, showing an early-80s Ritchey mountain bike. Those bars look like BMX bars, though less adjustable, and the fork looks very similar to a road fork. Of course, most forks are straight now, I guess.

This Scott Spark bike advert isn’t terribly notable, except the first minute has really cool camera angles. I’d guess it was CGI but I think it’s all ‘natural’. (also from Scott: groovy music and gravel in Australia, great dirt riding in a moist British Columbia)

Bike Fitting 101 Workshop

E-Bikes. Mountain biking. Is it faster than a standard bike? (yes, on climbs)

Bike Fitting 101 Workshop

Our local friends Russ and Laura at PathLessPedaled went to Lodi, California and put up a short and simple video series on Youtube. It appears to have been entirely shot and edited on an iPhone. Each episode is about a minute long. My biggest complaint is that means about half of each video is the intro/outro. The first video is below, here’s the rest of the series.

Bike Fitting 101 Workshop

A friend has a proper titanium-lugs-and-carbon-fiber Serotta. This is the next generation of that form, 3D printing the lugs. It feels like the future.

Bike Fitting 101 Workshop

A lot of people have seen the hoboat that used to be anchored near Hawthorne Bridge. A local drone operator has been buzzing over the boat, showing that they have a bunch of bikes stashed. That makes the drone operator believe the bikes are part of a bike chop shop. It doesn’t seem like much of a stretch to believe that. Naturally, it led to (possibly) shooting at the drone. What else did you expect?

Bike Fitting 101 Workshop

Yeti Cycles is another one of those classic mountain bike brands. John Parker is sufficiently odd for this to be an entertaining video. (uh, some colorful language)

Bike Fitting 101 Workshop

Travel Oregon put up some pretty videos. They are little glimpses using a lot of drone footage. Here’s Clear Lake:

Bike Fitting 101 Workshop

This is the Table Rocks. (what’s the voiceover saying?)

Bike Fitting 101 Workshop

Pro racing

Look at Sagan’s shiny bike.

Bike Fitting 101 Workshop

I’m past my self-imposed spoiler window, so I have a couple of videos from the womens Aviva Tour. The first are the highlights from Stage 2, which was wet. It was an intersting highlights package, but the absolute best is the sweet little moment of humanity around 9:40. I don’t know, I thought that was neat.

Bike Fitting 101 Workshop

We also have the full race recap from UCI:

Bike Fitting 101 Workshop

And inCycle’s recap:

Bike Fitting 101 Workshop

GCN asked Tiffany Cromwell to show her “pro rider’s kit”. It’s the bag that goes in the mechanic’s car. I don’t know if they picked her specifically because her bag is .. unique .. or if it was random that it was so entertaining.

Bike Fitting 101 Workshop

Finally, there was a great profile on the great Marianne Vos.

Bike Fitting 101 Workshop

Tour de France

It’s that time already! I’m splitting this from the above section and will avoid spoiling a stage until it’s been 7 days.

The guy who puts up ‘how the race was won’ has a preview of TDF. I highly recommend it. It’s also interesting to see what he looks like.

Bike Fitting 101 Workshop

And GCN’s preview. They go through the stages, sprints, climbs, and so on.

Bike Fitting 101 Workshop

Honorable Mentions

Honorable mentions, Dura-Ace edition: the next generation of Dura-Ace was announced today, GCN posted the presser and a ‘first look’. Also DCRainmaker has a first-look blog entry (this will have the most information).

Honorable mentions, Travel Oregon edition: Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, VR of Southern Oregon Coast, VR of Hellgate Canyon, VR of Smith Rock State Park.

This week’s honorable mentions, standard edition: (none!)

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: NYC parking removal, MTBing in Jamaica, and more

Weekly Video Roundup: NYC parking removal, MTBing in Jamaica, and more

Welcome to this week’s roundup! I’m posting this later in the week because I’ve been busy. At least I was busy with cycling, right? We’re starting with a video from New York, showing some of the activism that was required to get the new parking-protected bike lane on Amsterdam Avenue from 72nd to 110th. They seem really happy with it.

This Youtube vlogger is an American living in Germany. In this episode she talks about cycling in Munich and how she went from being a decent bicycle rider in America to being terrible in Germany. She explains the dream versus reality of cycling in a summer skirt and talks about grade separation too. The comments are civil and pleasant, especially this comment about bicycling to school as a child.

These “bikes you’ve never heard of” are all exotic/niche bikes, of course, but the 33lb folding electric bike is interesting, and the Bastion was pretty cool.

Here’s a Shimano video ostensibly following enduro (mountain bike) racing. Ultimately it’s just a well-produced video showing some beautiful scenery and some riding.

On the mountain topic, here’s a super-muddy ride on the Les Gets downhill course. Sure, riding in mud isn’t good for the trail, but it’s also sooooooo muddy.

This ‘Roll With It’ book from Blackburn looks really cool- I like the illustrations, at least. I’ve been wanting to see the film (of the same name), this comes with a download code, which is perfect. (the 26-minute film is available for rent for $10)

Alleycat racer Lucas Brunelle records a lot of videos. He’s in Florida here, and it’s clear he’s skitching most of the way. Super-dangerous. (an instance of colorful language past the 2 minute mark)

The peeps at GCN did a saddle height test to see if it affects performance, but it’s time for the mountain biking peeps at GMBN to do the same:







I have a new bike with a SRAM powerlink. I’ve dealt with them before but I had problems this time. I need to bookmark this video because it explains how to deal with various brands and types of chain links. (also, what’s the difference between short/mid/long deraillers?)

I love my Brunotti vids. This one is water-themed. So much fun.

I’ve never thought about cycling in Jamaica, let alone mountain biking. This video hooked me in the first minute:

Pro racing

The Aviva Women’s Tour started in Britain last week. This video covers the first stage, with a preview and recap/spoilers (hey, it’s been a week).

Vlogger KymNonStop had a rough time at Dirty Kanza. Here’s her experience. (warning for language and showing the injury, also, her recovery vlog)

Other interesting racing videos: team car/mechanic ridealong during the Tour de Suisse (no obvious spoilers), profile of Prendas Ciclismo, a classic jersey reproduction company (including that ugly Mapei one and the one I want), another Dirty Kanza rider interview, pro racer Hannah Barnes talks about recovering from an injury too, and 60-plus Dirty Kanza winner talks about how extreme it was, profile on the rise of Orica GreenEdge.

Tour de France

It’s that time already! I’m splitting this from the above section and will avoid spoiling a stage until it’s been 7 days.

Anyhow, GCN’s weekly episode had a section on their TDF picks (starting around the 7 minute mark, expect spoilers of other races, like Giro and Tour de Suisse). This is their pre-preview show, I guess.

Honorable Mentions

This week’s honorable mentions: the most British cycling etiquette question ever, POV of a huge road descent on Mallorca, inspirational ‘lifestyle marketing’ from Strava, Trek’s new Silque, a endurance road bike designed for women, Queensboro Bridge improvements over the past 16 years, Brompton Urban Challenge in the Philippines, and 5 products that could be the future of cycling (but won’t).

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: Portland archives, speed cameras, and more

Weekly Video Roundup: Portland archives, speed cameras, and more


Welcome to this week’s roundup! My pile of videos was lighter than normal this week, but there are some good ones. I’m starting off the week with a couple of local videos. Above, Joe Biel posted a video about the “dinner and bikes tour“. I hadn’t heard of it, but.. bicycles, film shorts, and a seven-course buffet. Sounds perfect. Has anyone gone to it in the past?

Portland is vying in the federal Smart City Challenge. Naturally, it’s proposing a mobile app, because.. apps. It’s an interesting video, well-shot and with locals like Steve Novick, Leah Treat, and both Wheeler and Hales.

Staying with the politician theme, this video out of New York shows a politician being very pro-speed-camera. Given that small traffic speeds lead to drastically higher fatality rates, it’s nice to hear.







As Michael showed us on Monday, archives of the proto-Streetfilms cable access show bikeTV were posted, including old Pedalpalooza footage. This one has discussion of bike lanes in New York, especially Manhattan and Harlem. It’s from 2004 and still contains radical ideas. I’m not surprised to see footage of a bike lane being used for parking.

There was also a full bikeTV episode posted about Portland, showing a bike move, vinyl bike stencil art, the Esplanade, bike signal sensors, Ayleen Crotty’s bike move, the City Repair Project, and more.

Pro racing

Sometimes descending is worse than climbing: some of the worst descents in pro racing.

OGE’s Caleb Ewan talks about developing into a sprinter:

Also: Aviva Women’s Tour of Britain preview

Honorable Mentions

This week’s honorable mentions: 5-way downhill/enduro bike comparo, 10 mins of Dirty Kanza POV, and a roundup of a bunch of new road/enduro/gravel bikes (warning: race spoilers).

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: Santa Monica modes, horses, racing and more

Weekly Video Roundup: Santa Monica modes, horses, racing and more


Welcome to this week’s roundup! I went bike camping over the long weekend, rolling 165 miles in three days on a 40+ year old bike. I also managed to review 45 videos for the roundup. We start with this Streetfilms video from Santa Monica, which is a strange place. In some ways it is isolated from the rest of Los Angeles, but it’s also full of tourists and celebrities. The Third Street Promenade has two different crowds: during the day it is mostly office workers, and in the evening it’s people out for entertainment. A light rail line was just extended there, which quickly led to classism. Look at those buffered bike lanes! Also note their bikeshare uses the same system as Biketown.


There was another cool Streetfilms video out this week showing “peloton commuters”. I like riding across Hawthorne to Clinton or Broadway to Williams during ‘rush hour’ for the same reason- it’s cool to be surrounded by other cyclists. In many ways it feels safer.

There’s a new video on Mike Cotty’s Col Collective, cycling from Girona (Spain) up to Rocacorba. It’s really close to Girona where many pro riders are based. Here’s the climb on Strava, the closest nearby comparison I could find is part of the Mt. St. Helens climb.

I like this Vox segment on “cars vs horses”. They equate it to “cars vs self driving cars”, but it applies to “car vs bikes” too. Certainly the auto industry did a great job making cars the status quo. Note the final quote, discussing how removing horses will decrease accidents and traffic. (the video is distilled from G Wayne Miller’s book, “Car Crazy”)

‘Ask GCNything’ (get it?) is an neat segment. I enjoyed the community answers to the question of “how often should I wash my [lycra] kit?”, and the post-ride nutrition strategy is helpful too.

If you like how that video ends, you probably like Brunotti. I certainly do. This video is pretty much every Italian cliche, scenery-wise.

I’m featuring two Brunotti vids this week. Usually I restrain myself. But I love the “180 onto rollers” and the bridge crossings in this. So good.

Brompton had an “instagram film contest”. Here’s a compilation of the top videos- I especially liked the Romania and China entries.

A lot of riders are nervous about descending. I mentioned Cornell on here and there were a few responses about avoiding descending it. Here are some tips from GCN.







BikeRadar reviewed a handful of bikes with trickle-down tech from the Tour de France. They aren’t cheap, but they are more affordable than the top-spec bikes.

Seeing ‘science’ is often fun. In this video, two of the GCN hosts go into the lab to see how much harder their bodies work at 2700 meters (almost 9000 feet).

Tour of California

It’s been over a week since TOC finished, so here are a couple of recap videos. First, the womens race. It’s neat to see TOC as part of the Women’s WorldTour. The podium and jerseys were all claimed by American riders. (also see SRAM’s on-bike footage)

Next, the mens race. Here’s on-bike footage from SRAM:

Giro d’Italia

It has just finished. Any videos here don’t spoil the race or leaders.

Here’s a tour inside a team car- they carry a lot and are prepared to respond to a ton of possible problems.

What screens do racers have on their bike computer? It’s interesting to see the pro-power and anti-power camps; I agree with the riders who say power is more useful in training.

What is in a rider’s musette bag? It’s especially interesting to see the “real food” since the Allen Lim food revolution hit- there are a lot more rice cakes and cakes than in the past. (see also: what food is in their pockets?)

Honorable Mentions

This week’s honorable mentions: super-basic “can bicycles ride two abreast?” presentation from an officer in Michigan, PathLessPedaled reviews water filters for bikepacking and two wood/alcohol stoves, KymNonStop at the Long Beach crit, 5 terrible gadgets for your bike, DCRainmaker on the latest crop of high-end bike trainers, Col Collective’s Mike Cotty talking with David Millar, and bike lanes used for truck deliveries in NYC.

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

Edited 5pm 6/2/2016: removed Santa Monica/Big Blue Bus statement “(including a bus system that isn’t compatible with the local payment system)”, which is not true anymore. Thanks commenter LAPDXtransplant.

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Weekly Video Roundup: playing on closed streets, bikepacking Norway, more

Weekly Video Roundup: playing on closed streets, bikepacking Norway, more


Welcome to this week’s roundup! I’ve been travelling and otherwise busy the last few weeks, it’s nice to catch up on all the cycling videos. I watched 103 vids this week. We’re starting off with a local video, documentation of the Better Block Broadway project from TransitSleuth. There’s one colorful rant in the middle. There are more vids from him below.


I have crossed paths with the Ovarian Psycos, a powerful feminist cycling group in Los Angeles fighting racism, sexism, and gentrification. There was a documentary about them at SXSW this year. I’d love to see it here in Portland.

STREETFILMS has been unearthing old videos. This one is from 1968 and shows streets being closed so children can play in them. It seems we are just rediscovering this concept almost a half-century later. Does anyone know what the game is with the pool cues around the 2 minute mark? (also: 1954 film about parking and the beauty of parking garages)

I love this video from english-speaking travellers who went bikepacking in Norway. The video quality and audio mixing isn’t perfect, but the terrain is stunning and it’s a great video watch in the background. It’s cool that the “conversation around the campfire” was included. Those are often interesting times. Great music at the end. (the language gets progressively spicy by the 19 minute mark)

TransitSleuth highlights some of the issues with the Williams Street pathway. I like the pathway, but he shows problems like riding in door zones and confusion about which side a cyclist should pass on. It’s certainly better than alternatives, but.. which side would you expect to pass or be passed on? (see also: his observation of Fremont/Williams/Vancouver, his suggestion for a Hawthorne bus island)

I’m always excited for a Brunotti video. Now that it’s racing season we get treated to more of them. Here he is playing on various irrigation infrastructure (among other things, including a reverse front wheel manual). (also: who wants to attempt that water crossing?, playing on a gymnasium/school roof and a crash, and even more new Brunotti!)

Staying on the lighthearted theme, the Brompton Urban Challenge is coming to Portland this summer. I’ll be participating as Team Candy Ass Llamas. This video shows the London version of the Urban Challenge.







Russ from PathLessPedaled, giving a review of the new Ortleib handlebar roll for bikepacking. Does anyone know if there’s a shop in town that carries this?

Have you heard of the “gearbox shifting” system? I’ve seen that Pinion makes one, but I’ve never seen a review on it. Here’s a review of using it for MTB use:

New Yorkers are cycling more. Why? There are plenty of reasons, here are fast-paced responses to “why do you ride?”

Staying in New York, Michael Anderson linked to the 111 Moms video a while back, but it’s worth featuring here. It’s a great complement to the above video.

I like this video of a guy riding a fixie through San Francisco. The night riding is zenlike with a lack of drivers. It then goes to “daytime punk” mode (warning: languge). (see also: a few weeks ago when I featured a SF fixie video)

Tr

ek is somewhat distinctive for being a large bike manufacturer in the USA. This is a cute and lightweight video overview of the company:

This ethereal video about the Cape Epic gets good around the 3-minute mark, which is when people start talking about what the bicycle does for women in South Africa.

Here’s Specialized Racing following Jared Graves on an endurance race. He talks about training, problems in a previous race (“microwave-sized rock”), and then it shows parts of this race. It’s a very human video.

Tour of California

Nothing terribly interesting.

Giro d’Italia

It’s going on all month. I’m not going to cover it much because of spoilers. Any videos here don’t spoil the race or leaders.

One of the GCN hosts is also gives TV commentary during the race. I’ve never seen a “behind the scenes” of pro racing commentators that was this detailed:

GCN does bus walkthroughs. Here’s the Team Movistar bus, which is much fancier than other teams:

GCN’s “6 iconic climbs of the Giro”

Honorable Mentions

This week’s honorable mentions: a glimpse into suburban parking lot drama, police car in SF crashes into cyclist, “I’m a cyclist too but…” always leads to the same lecture, GCN’s humorous excuses for ‘sitting on’, GCN’s tips for steep climbs, BMX/street cyclists bringing life to La Defense in Paris, weird/freaky video from Leader Bikes, obsessive wind tunnel testing: where should an inner tube be carried?, very stylized and dubsteppy MTB video from Shimano for the Albstadt race, review of the bottom bracket standards (I’m going to bookmark this one), National Parks event to see the cherry blossoms in DC, bio of Ultra Romance, long-haired thrasher cyclist dude, and yo dog, I heard you like tubeless tires, so I put a tube in 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.

– Ted Timmons, @tedder42

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Weekly Video Roundup: Steel Bridge model and how highways wrecked American cities

Weekly Video Roundup: Steel Bridge model and how highways wrecked American cities


Welcome to this week’s roundup! I’ve reviewed 70 videos this week so I can share the best. Today’s first video (above) combines the beauty and history of Italy with some great road bike trials riding. Brunotti is super-talented. The “reverse front manual” is especially cool. (it’s from Giro, but there are no spoilers)


Portlanders love our bridges, especially founding BikePortland subscribers. Local maker Frank Howarth created a (functional!) CNC version of the Steel Bridge with some assistance from his son:

Vox has a great summarization on “how highways wrecked American cities”. It’s a nice 4.5-minute explainer. If you’re not going to watch it all, skip ahead to the 3-minute mark where it shows some before/after maps of neighborhoods.

Last week I included a BikeRadar video showing the UCI motor detection system. Here’s the official video from UCI. The tech is interesting, even though I’m tired of the topic.

Do you like watching amateur racing? Here’s a (damp) gravel race in North Carolina. (you can read the ride report too; if you like that, here’s a Missouri gravel race vid)







@kitchen and I went bike camping at Stub Stewart. Here’s a vid showing what it was like, including the CZ Trail.

This dude skateboards down super-steep hill in Los Angeles, which is steeper than anything in SF. (language)

The Cycliq Fly12 is a new camera+light. I got mine last week, so I took a test video comparing it to a low-end helmet camera. (see also: see also: DCRainmaker’s Paris test montage vid and intentionally ‘crashing’ with the camera)

Tour of California preview

The Giro is going on, but the rest of the riders are on TOC this week (including Sagan). Obviously I won’t spoil it for a while. Here’s a preview of the race itself:

And here’s a preview of the best riders.

Giro d’Italia highlights

It’s going on all month. I’m not going to cover it much because of spoilers. Any videos here don’t spoil the race or leaders.

A mechanic talks about the logistics of starting in Netherlands and then continuing in Italy:

GCN on the toughest stages of Giro over the years- basically, the coldest/snowiest days:

A preview of Stage 8, which includes Strade Bianche-style gravel:

See also: GCN’s top 6 Giro riders of all time.

See also, with spoilers: GCN’s rest day recap, looking at the bikes at the Giro, supercute stage recap from OGE (check out the Play-Doh elevation profile), rest day ride with OGE (and some interviews), OGE Stage 10 recap (including solely for the ass-grabbing).

Honorable Mentions

This week’s honorable mentions: that’s carbon fiber, buddy! Full suspension! (language), climbing, paddling, and mountain biking through the southeast with Steve Fassbinder, highlights of the UCI Womens stage races at Chongming Island, OGE didn’t have rights to show the Giro, here’s their re-enactment of the opening stage, GCN, looking for the coolest tech at the Giro time trial, KymNonStop’s experience at the Red Hook Crit, DCRainmaker reviews the CycleOps Hammer trainer (competes against the Wahoo KICKR), BikeRadar’s trailbike of the year, and riding the Tour of California with the riders on Zwift.

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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