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Weekly Video Roundup: Dutch cargo, 14k feet, and more

Posted by on August 18th, 2016 at 9:15 pm

Welcome to the weekly video roundup. I have a fresh batch of great cycling videos for you. I want to start off with the latest from Mike Cotty of Col Collective. He’s been branching out from the French Alps as he rides (and narrates) up Mount Evans in Colorado. It’s over 14,000 feet, which is 3000 more than Mt. Hood, the highest in Oregon. It’s also very impressive compared to the European peaks, as the video illustrates.

New Streetfilms videos are always a treat, and this one reminds me of Portland- showing all the families/kids/cargo bikes on the road. I was surprised by the number of adults riding in cargo boxes.

This video mocks congested traffic, arguing why it’s better to be in a car, rather than rushing through like a cyclist.

Strava have been putting out a lot of subtle inspirational videos. I try not to show them all the time, I like this one though. (also: I did this last weekend)

It’s a good week when there’s new Brumotti. My favorite part is where he rides the the edge of the roof. Nope! Not for me.

There’s also new Brunelle. This is a “team time trial” practice. But I’d say it’s gone all weird, given the crazy places they ride through.

If you’re of a certain age you know who Travis Pastrana is. This is a cool bio from him, talking about how he loves to ride (for a specific brand). I didn’t know he was a fred-style road rider too.

From one of my Dutch feeds, here’s a timelapse of a cycle route. Much of it is separated and protected. Even in the least protected area it has rubber stops and paint. AdamH will like the roundabout around the 1-minute mark. Note the temporary cycleway and “cars as guests” roads too. (you can also watch a video showing before/after of this path)

Copenhagen has been building a lot of carfree bridges. I like this video because she does a good job explaining their value. (here’s an explainer on the quirks of the Kissing Bridge)

Do you wave or otherwise greet other cyclists? The first example is what I’d expect when in the middle of nowhere, but probably not the best on a standard basis. I often do a little wave to cyclists while commuting, and my waves/greetings are larger when I’m in more remote areas.

This is a great POV of doing a fast downhill mountain bike course. It starts with loud music and then goes back to ‘natural’ sound. There’s a crunch at about 1:20, either a wheel or a frame bottoming out, maybe?

I like this video of a cross-country trip in Australia. At 14 minutes it wouldn’t be out of place in a Filmed By Bike fest. (the struggles around the 8 minute mark remind me of a churchgoing childhood I’ve tried to forget)

GCN did a museum and factory tour at Trek- perfect for people who like How It’s Made. Note the name of Trek’s paint robot.

Finally, one of my own- a hyperlapse of riding across the Bridge Of The Gods:

Honorable Mentions

This week’s honorable mentions: I’m not great at doing a track stand, but this guy is horrible, paved and mountain bike trail system in Arkansas, see who is paying attention, 40 minutes of Red Hook London, if you like watching things backwards, bike/car collaborations (aka bikes by car companies), and a bike ride as a movie trailer.

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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12 Comments
  • B. Carfree August 18, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    On the video from Denmark, their “cycleway, cars are guest” are the same as many roads I ride on: narrow two-lane road where one simply takes the lane and standard right of way means the overtaking vehicle must wait for oncoming traffic to clear in order to pass. That said, I fear that the way this will be imported is to turn our bike paths into roads that allow cars.

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    • bradwagon August 19, 2016 at 10:56 am

      It appeared to me the intent of those roads were local access only. As in, cars need to make a reasonable effort to only use the pathway as little as required. In that way it would be quite different from most “sharrow” streets that are a part of the grid for thru traffic. The diverters going into eastside cycling routes would be comparable to this effort I believe.

      In general came to comment that that cycling / non motor traffic pathway infrustructure is amazing. Looked up that area on a map and the video covers roughly 12 miles of which there was only 1 significant gap. We can only dream of such pathways, imagine being able to actually get between significant town centers with such ease and with such a vast network of paths.

      We need to radically change our mindset towards cycle pathways, bike lanes are not enough, paths like the spring water should be a bare minimum. Granted we do not have the rural setting between smaller towns like Europe but it’s time we start converting portions of direct routes through the city from vehicle to MUP. Roads like Capitol Hwy, Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, Barbur Blvd, Hwy 43, Hwy 26, NE Sandy all need road diets that result in wide seperated paths that promote connected and quick, long distance travel. I live in South Beaverton and hate that what should be a 45 minute 10 mile ride with my family to downtown is a completely absurd idea.

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  • TheCat August 18, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    > If you’re of a certain age you know who Travis Pastrana is.

    I’m 50 and have no idea who he is. How old is “a certain age” these days?

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    • Ted Timmons (Contributor) August 19, 2016 at 8:38 am

      I believe it would the age bracket that watched videos on MTV. Formerly GenX/GenY, now the latter is generally lumped as “Millennial”.

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      • BB August 19, 2016 at 2:27 pm

        Gen X are born from the early to mid-1960s and ending birth years ranging from the late 1970s to early 1980s.
        Gen Y or “Millenials” use the early 1980s as starting birth years and the mid-1990s to the early 2000s as final birth years for the Millennial Generation.

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    • bradwagon August 19, 2016 at 10:39 am

      The “X-Games Generation”.

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  • Spiffy August 19, 2016 at 8:02 am

    my favorite is “see who is paying attention”…

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  • mikeybikey August 19, 2016 at 11:17 am

    from the Copenhagen video: “save travel time for bicycles and pedestrians” and “convenience”. these are two things that seem largely missing from the discussion and activism around better bike infrastructure in here but are key to getting high levels of ridership.

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  • ethan August 19, 2016 at 11:52 am

    It’s interesting that on the Knippelsbro bridge, there are almost 3 times as many people biking there per day than there are vehicles that go across the Burnside bridge each day.

    Not only that, but there are about 7,000 more people riding bikes on that bridge than there are on ANY PBOT owned road (according to this site: https://pdx.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=7ce8d1f5053141f1bc0f5bd7905351e6)

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  • Eric Leifsdad August 19, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    Is the title missing a comma? “Dutch, cargo”?

    0:44 in the copenhagen cargo vid: 2 kids on the back of a recumbent tadpole trike – square aluminum tubes, shed-built maybe?

    I noticed quite a few ~5yo kids on the top-tube saddle, seemingly with no footrests. Keeping feet out of the wheel/spoke area might be easier with taller head tubes? This and the stem mounted seats only work for very upright setups, but it is much easier to have a conversation with the passenger up front.

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