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)

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

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.

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.

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?

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)

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

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


Pro racing

Look at Sagan’s shiny bike.

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.

We also have the full race recap from UCI:

And inCycle’s recap:

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.

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

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.

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

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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