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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: 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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Wednesday Video Roundup: neighborhood history, alphabet walkers, and e-bike power

Wednesday Video Roundup: neighborhood history, alphabet walkers, and e-bike power


Welcome to this week’s roundup! I’ve reviewed 84 videos this week, in addition to attending Filmed By Bike. Did you go? There were some great videos. I’m starting the week with the film that won top marks at the festival, taken by a Slovokian filmmaking duo. It’s very artistic, which is pleasing.


I think the Adventure Night was the best screening of the weekend, though to me the best film version of the following film that was shown at the VIP Night screening. (last week I actually showed a version of this video aimed at promoting the bike manufacturer- I didn’t know there was a full video). Yes, the fashion show was real.

Vancouver’s progress on bike infrastructure has been on BikePortland lately. This video is aimed at businesses, talking about one experience with retail patterns when the bike infrastructure went in.

Streetfilms unearthed some classic transportation videos. Here’s one 1959 emphasizing the failures of the jaywalking pedestrian and invents terms for “gee walker”, “O walker”, “I walker”, and “ex walker”. I don’t think those terms caught on, though “I walking” is how many drivers seem to believe the law goes (“show consideration for the drivers”). But we don’t improperly blame pedestrians anymore, right?

Speaking of Jay, heres a short video showing the number of double-parked cars (and other cars ignoring lane markings) on Jay Street in Brooklyn. This makes the supposedly terrible center bike lanes in DC seem appealing. (note all the scaffolding too)

I really like this springtime video showing riders climbing Col de la Bonette on the first day it has been cleared of snow. There’s a great blog writeup about it too.





Here’s a good intro to techniques and tactics in sprint racing with Dutch track cyclist Jeffrey Hoogland (“a sprint race is just like animals hunting each other”). I really think it’s interesting how different subcultures of cycling are incredibly specialized.

Wheelys Cafe has a series of franchised coffee bikes. (We have coffee bikes too!). This video shows Maria, the owner, getting sweet sweet revenge on Starbucks:

Detroit Bikes was in this week’s news roundup and has been featured in the video roundup too- here’s a promo showing their work with New Belgium Brewing:

E-Bikes are a big deal lately- on the street, on the trail, and (ahem) in racing. Flux bikes wanted to show off what their bike can do by towing a Prius:

I love this history of a neighborhood in Denver. It’s really neat to get a neighborhood’s history, not just a glimpse. It’s from a transportation department yet it gives a fairly neutral history of the neighborhood. After the first seven minutes it turns into an argument for a highway expansion, but goes back into discussion of the history later.

Trans-am rider, bike maker, and adventure rider Sarah Swallow is featured in this episode of ‘Adventure Dispatch’ in Humbolt County, California. The road looks a lot like Larch Mountain to me.

Drawing a bicycle is an interesting memory test (see a previous example of this). A graphical agency had its employees draw a bike from memory. It’s entertaining.

Here’s another bike from the River City Bicycles collection- an early-2000s full-suspension bike.

I like this “road bike safety tips” video from GCN. It’s a good video for a novice who has been on the road for a little bit and is ready to understand the big picture. It’s hard when someone is such a novice that they are struggling with things like shifting and braking, but they are things that are definitely required for proficient road cycling.

Motors in bike racing have been in the news a lot lately. This video is really informative, showing the various ways to detect a motor. It’s a level of detail I haven’t seen from UCI.

This video from Western Bike Works is showing off a new backpack from Shimano, but I’m highlighting it because it’s basically a video postcard to Portland.

It came out that Gino Bartali, who won the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France a combined five times, was smuggling documents by bike for the Italian resistance during World War 2, helping Jewish refugees. The following is from a recent documentary about his efforts:

Here’s a preview for Wolfpack Hustle’s Long Beach race. Good music.

KymNonStop ran the third-annual Mission Crit, this video shows the whole experience, not jut the race.

Red Hook crit crash

I waited a week to avoid spoiling it, and generally highlighting crashes is a little NASCAR-y for me, but the moto-caused crash at Red Hook was epically terrible:

Another view:

Here it is from a rider’s POV:

(want to blame it on the lack of brakes? bikesnobnyc breaks it down)

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.

How do the pros warm up for a time trial? Team Sky is the most precise team in the peloton, so it’s especially interesting to see what they do.

Honorable Mentions

This week’s honorable mentions: video clip showing ‘moments’ captured on the Cycliq cameras, a dramatic right-hook collision, Laurents ten Dam talking about living and training in California, ride along the new Blackfriars bike superhighway in London (look how busy it is!), discussion from the pros on how to wear cycling caps (“cap down for some of the Italians with their long noses”), Tom Dumoulin’s time trial bike (so many small details), this “new bike” video from Trek is great because it actually markets an entry-level bike with entry-level jargon, the appeal of mountain biking in Northern Scotland, and London police hit a cyclist at Critical Mass.

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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Wednesday Video Roundup: 1970s bike safety, local high-fives, and a touring-oriented fatbike

Wednesday Video Roundup: 1970s bike safety, local high-fives, and a touring-oriented fatbike


Welcome to this week’s roundup! Let’s start with a great success- New Yorkers are happy that the protected Pulaski Bridge Bike Path is open (see it on a map). It was done by reclaiming a lane from cars. The video above, from Streetfilms, shows the path and reactions to it.


This video shows a BMX rider in Long Beach California standing up to a police officer. Clearly the rider knew his rights in the park. He’s confrontational (and warning, spicy language), but hooray for well-informed citizens. As some of the comments say, this isn’t recommended for minorities.

The Little 500 is a race in Indiana, infamously depicted in Breaking Away. There’s a new film called ‘One Day In April’ coming out about it:

Here’s a local video showing PedalPT celebrating “National High Five Day”. Does anybody know that one dude?

This 20-minute video shows the bike boom of the 1970s; the first few minutes show the cyclists explaining why they choose to go by bike. This video, put out by the very pro-car AAA was well-done, discussing what cyclists and motorists should do. For instance, “bikes seem to swerve without reason”, and then it shows why cyclists may alter their path. My favorite quote: “someday there may be separate facilities for bicycles”.





There are a lot of myths about carbon fiber. Does it explode? (no) Can heavy riders use it? (yes)

This video showing how (Polish U23 world champ) Kasia Niewiadoma was discovered is neat. It’s interesting to see how new racers develop:

There are some interesting “swing bikes” in town, one was in the intro vid for the Bike Film Fest last year. Here are some others with more traditional frame geometry. They look interesting, I wonder how long it takes to learn how to ride them.

Tumbleweed Bicycle is an Oakland-based bike company, and this video shows their prototype touring fatbike and some bits of their tour across Mongolia. Their “touring fatbike” is designed to use standard MTB parts, similar to the Surly LHT philosophy. It’s certainly a “product” video, but it’s worthwhile for the discussion of the design and features.

Liège Bastogne Liège

It’s been over a week since LBL, so I allow myself to spoil it. The weather was epic, Wout Poels won from the final three in the breakaway. I strongly recommend watching the CyclingTips recap, which starts with the mercurial weather:

Here’s the official recap:

And OGE’s video (their top rider was in second):

Giro D’Italia preview

The Giro starts in a few days and basically runs through the end of the month. I may trickle in some videos, respecting the spoiler rule. For now, here’s a GCN preview, naming their favorites:

Honorable Mentions

This week’s honorable mentions: BMX in New York City (lots of hooliganism), local moto vs bike crash, riding on new barrier-separated bike lanes in London, GCN: Top 6 Longest Bike Races, pro Warren Barguil talks about his bike setup, somewhat outrageous UK commuter crash on BBC News (see Carlton Reid’s quick take), hooning through San Francisco with smoke bombs, USA Cycling: “do not feel that a ban was prudent”, and footage/bio of a New York fixie rider.

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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Wednesday Video Roundup: Mountain biking the world, a garage race, cool cargo bike, and more

Wednesday Video Roundup: Mountain biking the world, a garage race, cool cargo bike, and more

[Publisher’s note: Yes we know it’s Thursday. Sorry. – Jonathan]


Welcome to this week’s roundup! Our first video (above) shows current research into reusing front derailleurs now that the 1X systems are gaining in popularity. What’s your favorite reuse of this component?

How about the Brompton World Championships? They were at Sea Otter Classic (at Laguna Seca). I assume there’s overlap between Brompton racing and SSCX.

This was a Czech event called Garage Race, which appears to be a race through a parking garage with the least traction possible. It could have been titled “fixie lowsides 2016”. Entertaining, though.

This 1939 bicycle safety video was just put on Youtube. Grab some popcorn and watch. “Motorists are careless, fellas. They’ll hit you.”

Switzerland. Singletrack.

The Swiss trip continues. It’s so pretty it’s worth devoting to this series.

And more Switzerland. This is the last one (for now).

Staying on the Euro mountain biking theme, we can go a little west into France to watch this video. I like the more lush terrain, it reminds me of the Olympic National Forest.

How about mountain biking somewhere that is drier? This Cannondale video shows a bunch of riders kinda goofing around in Hurricane, Utah. (pronounced “herkin”, in southwest Utah, near St. George)

If we go farther south, we can watch mountain bike racing in Guanajuato, Mexico.







Now for a change of location and topic- I love that PBOT is uploading videos occasionally. There was a recent video showing a sinkhole repair. Note they encounter old streetcar tracks. (PBOT also put up a Better Naito video, which has been covered on bikeportland already)

Clever Cycles is discussing a tandem/cargo bike combination. It’s a little strange-looking, but this would be useful for larger kids, perhaps?

How about road race bikes? Road bikes meant for rough roads are often introduced during the Spring Classics. Here’s a roundup of the current crop of Classics bikes. (also, lots of talk about Trek’s new bike)

Youtuber Kym went alleycat racing in Bogota, Colombia. She says it’s heavier traffic than Mexico City. If you really like or really hate unsafe bike riding, this video’s for you.

Amstel Gold race

It’s been over a week, so some spoilers for the Amstel Gold race follow. First is the CyclingTips “how the race was won”, which is always a great recap:

Taking everyone by surprise, Gasparotto won, dedicating it to his teammate Demoitie, who died after a motorbike crashed into him. Alsos see OGE’s video for Amstel starts with several minutes of Paris-Roubaix.

Fleche Wallone

It’s been exactly a week since Fleche Wallone, so there are spoilers in here. Both the women and the men had their races up the Mur de Huy. Here’s the official recap of the mens race. During the neutral rollout, Trek rider Fabio Felline had a freak crash, fracturing his skull and nose. There are some comments that he was “adjusting something”, I freeze-framed it and found the image below the video where he’s reaching his front axle, and there’s speculation he got his fingers or hand stuck in the wheel. The front wheel stopped instantly. (backup link to twitter video in case the youtube link goes away)

Here’s the Womens race:

There’s also the OGE team recap of the race.

Liège Bastogne Liège

LBL was in the last weekend. Here’s the official preview video; if there are interesting highlights I’ll put them in next week’s post.

Here’s a video of the Tinkoff team training on the LBL roads:

Honorable Mentions

This week’s honorable mentions: Scottish photographer Sandy Carson talking about ‘Cycling, Cameras, and Cats’, introducing the Scott Solace, their ‘cobbles bike’, quick-thinking Polish cyclist chases down some muggers short video of Mayor Charlie Hales on the Smart City Challenge (this begs for some creative remixing), WBW shows a Boba Fett and Stormtrooper themed helmets, race mechanic truck tour, UCI MTB World Cup: DHOMens XCO Womens XCO, Willamette Week journalist Lizzy Acker operated a pedicab for an evening (read the article too), DCRainmaker testing the Airdog drone in follow-me mode, muddy mountain bike racing in France, riding beautiful terrain in Spain and mountain bike racing in Africa.

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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Wednesday Video Roundup: Tall bike touring, the ‘Grey Escape’, Paris-Roubaix & more

Wednesday Video Roundup: Tall bike touring, the ‘Grey Escape’, Paris-Roubaix & more


Welcome to this week’s roundup! Our first video (above) is a great 10-minute trailer about the Tall Bike Tour and fringe society. It’s somehow related to The Winking Circle (artsy straightedgers?) near Toronto. In any case, the trailer is really interesting even as a standalone piece.

This next video would have been my featured video if I hadn’t found the tallbike family. It deserves to be watched fullscreen. New Zealand is so pretty.

This is another fantastic video/trailer. It’s called “The Grey Escape”, it’s cute (“he’s only 81”). Wonder what they are using those rickshaws for in Norway.

Coming back to the PNW, here’s the Coast Gravity Park up in BC. Their trails look perfect.

Sonja Trauss, part of the new SF Bay Area Renters Federation (aka SFBARF, not to be confused with BARF, also SF-based), is speaking in this short Vimeo segment. I’m personally happy to see renters groups that are focusing on zoning and construction, not just rent stabilization. They have a good FAQ on their subreddit that is worth reading too.

Have you ever wanted to ride in a Thunderdome? Here’s the story of setting up for the “Inger Rucker” race (by Dirty Fingers Bikes) in Skamania County, probably near Trout Lake. This was part of Bike Film Fest last year.

People seem to be better at seeing cars on the streets than bicyclists. Perhaps the answer is not to beat them, but to join them? This faux-car doesn’t quite reach the uncanny valley, but it seems like it might work. The inventor, Mikael Kjellman, is trying to raise funds on indiegogo. (if the youtube link goes away, try watching it on facebook; h/t JM)

San Antonio is one of the many cities that does ciclovia events (like our Sunday Parkways). Via Streetsblog, here’s a video showing their 10th Siclovia event:

I like when Russ comes in from bikefishing and puts videos up on PathLessPedaled. They are always well-produced. This rando bag is really nice and modern; Russ also reviewed an Ortleib bikepacking bag, similar to the Apidura bags.

Staying local, here’s an early mountain bike in the River City Bikes museum collection. I wish Velo Cult did something like this with all their beautiful bikes.

Most bikes are made in Taiwan. GCN got a factory tour in SRAM’s factory. I’m always fascinated by the combination of high-tech and low-tech in the manufacturing process, and I like the original/nondubbed versions of How It’s Made.







Mike Cotty of Col Collective put up a video of riding up Tenerife (which is a ~7000ft climb).

It’s nice to see new video from Specialized’s Win Tunnel. In this test they evaluate the effect of cadence on aerodynamics:

This is an entertaining 25-minute video called “A Slice of British Pie”. It’s basically.. hooning in the dirt. It’s high intensity with music to match, and the riders have a great combination of skill and invincibility.

Finally, here’s a simple video showing a custom frame build from paper to brazing to component assembly. The sounds are all ‘natural’, which makes the audio the best part.

Bike conflicts

I’m putting this under a header so it’s skippable. I don’t want to always feature car-vs-bike incidents, but I don’t want to fully ban them, either. There were some interesting videos this week.

First, this is from Gothamist, illustrating how cars regularly ignore right of way. There’s a great argument in the article about lawbreaking by mode: “Yes, pedestrians and cyclists sometimes break the law, and they should never do that, but simple physics dictates that we must hold automobiles to a much higher standard, and that is why we are not soliciting clips from drivers.”

This video is what many of us are scared about- being hit by a car that approached behind us. This person said they ended up with a broken hip. Sigh. (skip ahead to 1:55, the previous content isn’t important)

Here’s a scary near-miss of a cyclist:

This is another one of those WTFs that some of us have had- behavior from a driver where we don’t even understand the reason. I wonder if people like this understand how lethal it can be. The person posted an update in the comments.

Finally for this section, here are 9 terrible bike lanes around the world:

Paris-Roubaix results

It’s been over a week, so I’m spoiling Paris-Roubaix (aka Hell of the North). The big news is.. pretty much nobody expected OGE’s Matthew Hayman to win. The odds were 400 to 1 for him to win, he’s one of the oldest winner to date, but the OGE team is very happy.

Other things of note include a motorcycle-on-rider crash, American Phil Gaimon crashing out, Cancellara crashed twice, pretty much every rider on Sky crashed, and Sagan jumped over a crash, surprising himself:

The CyclingTips “How the Race Was Won” recap is the best way to see what happened during the race:

GCN’s recap/discussion is pretty good too:

Naturally, OGE, Hayman’s team, is really happy. Here’s their video. They also put up a 360-degree video showing a bike change (360deg videos are really disorienting unless you have some sort of VR setup).

Here’s the official recap video:

Here’s the official on-bike footage (from Velon), they edited together some great small moments- and one of the crashes (at 1:40-2:25):

Other videos: Cannondale’s preview and Michael Matthews talking about the race.

Honorable Mentions

This week’s honorable mentions: a ‘Frankentrike’ crowdfunding pitch (h/t JM), security/safety reminder to Tour de France spectators, Interview after Kirstin Armstrong’s 2016 Redlands Classic stage race win, GCN’s highest climbs in Europe, pro racer ladies trail riding on forest fire-scorched land in South Africa, Princess Mary of Denmark taking her kids to school in a cargo bike, GCN’s overview of the Bespoked (custom) Bike Show, GCN reviews the exotic-looking Orbea Ordu time trial bike, Merida’s response to the banning of disc brakes in road racing, David Millar tries a Brooks saddle on the cobbles (“one of the things I want to do is not be a human billboard anymore”), and street stunting in Korea.

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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Wednesday Video Roundup: SF, Chicago, racing, and PBOT

Wednesday Video Roundup: SF, Chicago, racing, and PBOT


Welcome to this week’s roundup! I had over 80 videos in my queue to watch and share this week. There aren’t 80 videos below, but it’s certainly a bumper crop for the Wednesday Video Roundup. Here’s a short snippet of rider/messenger Chas Christiansen riding a proper fixie on the streets. I’m not sure what is scarier- climbing the hills or leg-braking down them.

While we’re talking about SF, here’s some “bike parkour” (urban trials on BMX bikes?). There are some great moves- I especially like the white bike around the 1:10 mark. Too bad it’s an ad for a car company.

This Vox video discusses how the vast majority of vehicles are used by a single person (no passengers). Lyft has worked on a matching system called Lyft Line, and they are beginning to expand it outside of the Bay Area. Certainly this technology may help people change their lifestyle, but it seems like there are many other things that would also help. (h/t MA)

Passive social observations can be very interesting. This video identifies drivers who are clearly “distracted”. Using a phone isn’t against the law in Florida, but the legality doesn’t really change its level of danger.

Cycling is dangerous- but sometimes in different ways than you’d expect:

Shinola is a bike company in Detroit. They build bikes in a former car factory, which is appropriate. This video from Shinola is a nice tribute to the city. (You may remember the ‘Slow Roll’ movement in Detroit)

Mountain riding at night seems like it’d be overwhelming, but this is on a lit course and the camerawork makes it look really awesome:

The slow-mo of the pedestrian stopping and then looking at the cyclist is.. kind of freaky. The full-speed video was a normal moment, but seeing it slow-mo (at 0:33) shows her reaction. One of the things I like about being a human on a bicycle is the ability to communicate with a pedestrian- “it’s okay to go in front of me”.

This video shows Greg Herbold winning the mountain biking championship in 1990 and looks like the spoof of a 1990 retro movie. Note his board shorts and the colors. It’s a great retro-tech video.

Specialized’s Adventure Dispatch series has a video up showing sides of LA that most people don’t see. It looks like Hathaway is riding on and near Angeles Crest for the most part.

SSCX (single speed cyclocross) is more a way of life than a style of bike riding. The culture around the racing is .. entertaining. Here’s video from the European Championships. I’ve featured a lot of SSCX videos because they are consistently great to watch. Note the cowbell that is shown in the video. (see also: 24 hours of Pueblo, which is similarly strange)

Ignoring a little bit of ‘acting’, this video shows the beauty of riding near Vancouver BC. It looks like the rider is riding rarely-used terrain, which is really pretty in a PNW way.

This video, similarly based in dirt, is titled ‘Always Moving’ and that’s a great explanation of it. The camerawork and editing is impressive.

For the last video in this section, here’s a laid-back video to enjoy. If you’re interested, click through and read the story attached to the video.







PBOT

Our PBOT put up a series of videos this week. There are a bunch of “how-tos” about construction sidewalk closures, putting a moving pod on the street, moving trucks, lane closure permit (that hat! this video has a lot more flavor), but the highlight for BikePortland is this time-lapse video showing the application of sharrow art.

(The above video is a lot more entertaining with the Benny Hill Yakity Sax music).

Tour of Flanders

Tour of Flanders, aka De Ronde, aka Ronde van Vlaanderen, was a week and a half ago, which is over my one-week spoiler window, so spoilers are below. The Belgian Classics are full of pain this year, between cycling deaths and the terrorist attacks.

It was nice to see Peter Sagan winning the race. He’s had a ton of second-place finishes since winning the rainbow stripes last September. (skip ahead 35 seconds to avoid the advertising, skip ahead to 3:10 and 4:35 to see the winning moves)

What about the women, who ran a 141k race? Their footage is more limited but has been expanding this year. In a nice twist, Lizzie Armistead, also in rainbow stripes, won the race. (highlights for me: Emma Johansson’s interview; winning moves at 3:10, 3:50, 4:25, and finally 5:15; UCI’s tone-deaf ‘podium girls’ can be seen at 5:45)

This is a video roundup, but the photo of Sagan and Armistead together on the podium, in their rainbow stripes, is pretty cool.

Other notable Tour of Flanders videos: the Orica Greenedge backstage pass video, GCN’s on-site episode discussion.

Paris-Roubaix preview

Paris-Roubaix was a few days ago, but it’s inside the spoiler window, so previews only this week. It’s an epic race- probably one of the toughest on bikes and bodies. Here’s the official preview video:

Here’s a video bio of Tom Boonen, a very strong classics rider. He had won the Paris-Roubaix four times (through 2015- not indicating if he won P-R this year or not) and is retiring this year.

Here’s GCN’s preview of the race.

Tinkoff also posted a team recon with slightly ominous music.

Honorable mentions

This week’s honorable mentions: going on a drunk nighttime cycling adventure (warning, language), rear POV of crashes in a local crit, a look at ROTOR’s hydraulic shifting, annoying (and potentially very dangerous) left hook caught on camera, “cycling and snot production go hand-in-hand”, sample video from a skewer-mounted gopro, poor quality video showing a rider skitching in Australia (yes, skitching), GCN riding up the over-20% Muro de Aia (feels like a knockoff of Col Collective), Ride Like A Girl at WBW, and cycling in Nepal.

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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Wednesday Video Roundup: bridge pedaling, test bikes, and bamboo bikes

Wednesday Video Roundup: bridge pedaling, test bikes, and bamboo bikes


Welcome to this week’s roundup! This past weekend was the Emerald City Bike Ride in Seattle. It’s the first year, and the highlights were riding across the new Hwy 520 floating bridge and then going down the I-5 express lanes. It had a similar surreal feeling as riding over the Fremont Bridge during our city’s Bridge Pedal event. Above is my short highlights video; another interesting view was from the rider who was first out and got to set the KOM across the bridge and then again on the express lanes.


The weather has been nice (though it rained Sunday night- did anyone else get caught out in it?), but that doesn’t mean your raingear can be stashed. Western Bikeworks tested Showers Pass gear. It’s a cute video and worth watching all the way through- it pays off at the end.

This video from Trek is, of course, meant for selling their bike, but I liked seeing what the “test bikes” looked like. (you can also see how the adjustable seattube ‘suspension’ works or watch GCN’s segment on it)

Cannondale put up a video where their riders mountain biked in southern Utah. The terrain of that area always seems so exotic to me.

It’s been over a week, so I can spoil Gent-Wevelgem. Peter Sagan won, which is great considering how many second-place finishes he’s had. This behind-the-scenes video is nice, as it shows a different POV than you normally see. (here’s a preview of Tour of Flanders, aka De Ronde. It was a few days ago, but no spoilers this week)

Here’s more Sagan- on a team training ride. He’s in the white jersey, watch him hoon around. Looks like he’s having fun.

On the topic of the Tour of Flanders, this is a great overview of what the Koppenberg is all about. It’s only a couple hundred feet, so why is it so legendary and so difficult? (see also: on-the-scenes preview of the general race circuit)

Calfee has a bamboo bike, this video is for their “DIY kit”, but the most interesting part is where Craig Calfee talks about the company history.







April Fools videos

in addition to Portland’s bike-themed April fools jokes, there were a few on the ‘net. I put this at the bottom, because.. April Fools gets old. GCN’s announcement wasn’t terribly funny, but Mike Cotty’s Col Collective announcement was good. It’s a fantastic series, and thi video jokes that he’s branching out to “Cow Collective”.

Google’s “self driving bicycle” was fun. The joke was that biking would be safer if it didn’t have an operator.

Honorable mentions

This week’s honorable mentions: reverse bike theft from KymNonStop (warning: language), Carlton Reid showing off the new Victoria Embankment cycleway, BikeRadar extolling the virtues of the new aluminum CAAD12, their ‘bike of the year’, short interview of (current road world champion) Lizzie Armistead, and Factor One race bike with a double-downtube design.

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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