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.
@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).
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