Weekly Video Roundup: St. Helens adventure, brake abuse, and more

Welcome to the weekly video roundup! I reviewed 45 videos this week so I could show you the best. As always, a third of the videos were just posted in the last 36 hours. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are always busy with this. I’m starting the week with a video that is on Vimeo- it ends up being the forgotten step-sibling but the videos are often great. This is no exception to that- it looks like a really fun adventure on the side of Mt. St. Helens.

There’s new Brumotti. He’s in California (America’s Italy, climate-wise?); I wonder if he’s doing a manual down LA’s Fargo Street.

@kitchen has a new bike and has been experimenting with how to cook the rear disc brake. This machinist took it to the next level. (I can’t understand much of what he says, but it gets better at 2:30; the fun stuff begins at 3:30)

Here’s a new Streetfilms piece about a bike (and cargo-bike) building in Sweden– but it’s really about infrastructure in Sweden. Look at that service station- it even has a bike wash.

I had to highlight this video of an aggressive driver in California. He passed a cyclist at high speed (thankfully giving room) and.. crashed one minute later. Watch for yourself. (related driver vids: traffic engineer mom in a cargo bike is mansplained on traffic laws)


I came across this in my video feed, and it’s a great example of how various subcultures of cycling can be really awesome- it’s the Farm To Fork Fondo series in the northeast US; in some ways it seems like the Chris King Gourmet Century. I would love to do both of these.

I’ve read a lot about modern tubeless systems. This informal survey shows how many mountain bikers at Whistler are actually running tubeless. It seems like a location that would have high adoption of them.

Keith Bontrager, who you might recognize as a name of components (especially wheels) at Trek, is an early mountain biker and one of the people who really thinks about the fabrication and material science side of things. He’s still in the field, and in this video he talks about workshop tips- really, he just talks and it’s awesome.

The Travel Oregon videos about the scenic bikeways are always inspirational. The Cascade Siskiyou Scenic Bikeway is a loop that goes east from Ashland. The video style looked familiar, I confirmed that it was done by Path Less Pedaled with Laura providing narration.

I’m keeping the mountain theme going- Wyoming isn’t often discussed for riding but it certainly has varied terrain. It’s neat how there’s a culture where locals give riders a lift up the mountain.

Are you thinking about getting a new bike and having trouble justifying it to yourself? This is a cute listicle on how to convince yourself or those who are questioning you.

Honorable Mentions

This week’s honorable mentions: GCN does some simple aerodynamic testing, cycling makes it easy to interact and help people, even drivers, Dutch cyclists and mobility scooters using a roundabout between some pedestrian underpasses, really dense nerdy video about UCI bicycle regulations and an eMTB promo video.

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.

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– Ted Timmons, @tedder42

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