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

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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)


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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