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Wednesday Video Roundup: Christmas tallbike, the ‘Boncho’, and a wet Saltzman

Posted by on December 23rd, 2015 at 8:43 am

Our first video is an obligatory Christmas-themed video: someone riding a tree-equipped tallbike around Paris.

What caused the Dutch bike revolution? Too much traffic, too many traffic deaths, and oil/economic crises. Kindermoort (“children deaths”) went from 400 to nearly zero per year. How’s that different than the US? There hasn’t been a mass movement against these issues here.

This is a well-filmed video traversing Iceland from North to South with mountain biker/freerider/mountain trials rider Hans Rey. The music bed fits very well.

This track bike race in Mexico City is light on details but it shows what Mexico City (and the surrounding region) looks like. I treasure my memories of traversing all of Central America.

While we are talking about racing, here’s the East Coast Cargo Bike Championship. That’s some serious cargo! Warning: spicy language.


This “bike poncho” Kickstarter project is interesting. I wonder how well it would work, especially given the rain we’ve had this month.

Finally, here are two of my recent videos. The first is of Saltzman Road on December 13. We went to check out the truck crash and fire and wanted to see how Saltzman looked with the recent flooding.

Second, I was invited to join some mountain bikers in St. George, Utah. I was experimenting with a new camera (it’s a little bumpy) and I missed most of the slickrock fun. It’s still surreal to see this terrain, given the December we’ve been having!

Honorable mentions: good sportsmanship: not passing a rider who flatted near the line (near end of vid clip; here’s a news article explaining it), the crazy Joe Rogan interviewing the barely-apologetic Lance Armstrong, a boring video of Peter Sagan on a fatbike on snow (but still ensuring I mention Sagan every week), loud music and high-energy mountain biking,
“bandit cross” video, video about Los Angeles’s CicLAvia, and BMX street riding.

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. When it gets to spring, I will delay videos containing pro racing spoilers.

– Ted Timmons, @tedder42

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That truck fire was just barely not more interesting.

If it had ignited a single one of the asphalt tankers odds are they all would have ignited.

But… If any of the asphalt tankers had leaked & burned it would have occurred RIGHT NEXT TO a silicon wafer plant I used to work at. While their chemical storage and protection proceedures are well within standards I don’t suspect there are many contingency plans that include several leaking burning asphalt tankers at the border of your property.

This fire could have become VERY interesting.


seems they’re trying to reinvent the rain cape…

Matt F
Matt F

That Saltzman video…who knew Forest Park would be wet in the winter?!


They don’t work well for drop bars either–block lights on bars. Like a lot of things, they work great in certain situations.


The Saltzman climb is great no matter then conditions, but the Cornell descent crazy no matter what. In heavy rain, no thank you.

Eric Leifsdad
Eric Leifsdad

It sounds like yours had a hood and was too small for you + your bike. I haven’t felt like mine (from was limiting movement, except turn signals in heavy rain + wind. It does block my mirror and sometimes the handlebar mounted headlight, but seemed to work fine with the drop bar (on the hoods) and straight handlebar bikes. Rain pants and booties are a better bet for heavy rain, since your shoes and shins get soaked by splash from your tires and even your hips get splashed by nearby cars plowing through puddles. It’s great for unexpected downpours or sprinkles on warm days. The rest of the winter, I’m already wearing a raincoat as a windbreaker, so rain chaps might be a better backup to keep my legs dry.

The stiffened front on the boncho looks interesting if it will stay down and not blow up. It also looks rather compact and light. Mine does puddle between my arms, so I have to be careful to dump it before trying to signal or it will dump on my leg.

Kiel Johnson (Go By Bike)
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I totally thought that video would be of Dan Saltzman getting wet!!!!!! You click baited me!!!!! 🙂

Russ Roca

This one was just released today. Timely as well.


The rain cape idea is awesome. A wand of springy hoop to keep the front out there where it belongs; and then it helps it to compact the whole thing into a small package. I hope they do well.

I wish they forced every tour-de-France racer to wear a rain cape when it rains in the race. Not only would the riders race in greater comfort, spectators may consider the rain cape for their own use. Rain cape technology would improve too, as competing teams would work on improving the capes. Now that could be some trickle-drown technology that many people would find useful!

If you used a rain cape in the past and hated it, your negative experience may be premature. Fit and material make a big difference. I made a rain cape out of Sunbrella material this week and it is very promising. Will put up a blog post about it in a week or so.