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

Posted by on August 25th, 2016 at 9:34 am

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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    Anne August 25, 2016 at 9:48 am

    I was riding my usual route, eastbound on Willamette Blvd and had just turned on to Rosa Parks. I heard the screeching of wheels, a car trying to maintain control while turning too fast. Some joker sped up to turn right in front of me. He nearly crashed into a curb on Atlantic or Villard.

    After I got over the shock of nearly being hit, I was mad I did not get a chance to laugh at his crash, and explain to the police exactly how it happened.

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    Ride With GPS August 25, 2016 at 10:11 am

    We work with the good folks that put on the Farm to Fork Fondo events. Even was able to attend one of their first ones. It was great getting to see cyclists interact with all of the local farmers, and hear how the event and riders made a big impact for them.

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      Ted Timmons (Contributor) August 25, 2016 at 11:22 am

      Glad to hear that! Nice that there’s a Portland connection to it.

      Considering those two crowds are users of rural roads, not bad to have them meeting each other.

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    Teddy August 25, 2016 at 11:55 am

    I look forward to watching these videos on my laptop later!

    I find that slowing down for bikes when on NE Lloyd and moving right to turn onto Martin Luther King Jr. usually results in surprised and/or annoyed drivers. I can survive a rear end collision better in a vehicle than a bike and I do not want to mow anyone down nor have another vehicle mow down someone because I sped up.

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    Lester Burnham August 25, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    It makes me wonder how many posters on BP actually try to instigate confrontations with other road users and then try to capture it all to show the world what martyrs we are on bicycles.

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      Jeremy Kitchen August 28, 2016 at 7:26 pm

      I mean, it’s not like we really have to TRY to get people to harass us…

      Ride a bike between Broadway and stark on 28th a few times and let me know how that goes.

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      Adam H. August 29, 2016 at 9:34 am

      Usually simply being on bicycle is enough for many drivers.

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    bradwagon August 25, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    So ‘mansplaining’ is just when a man argues with a woman?… If the genders were reversed would it have been ‘womansplaining’? I don’t see how gender shaped that interaction at all. Seems the term should be reserved for situations when a man ignorantly offers opinion on something from a male biased point of view… but “Yay, Buzzword!” I guess, huh?

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    Clark in Vancouver August 26, 2016 at 9:35 am

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    So ‘mansplaining’ is just when a man argues with a woman?… If the genders were reversed would it have been ‘womansplaining’?
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    For the longest time I inferred that the term “mansplaining” was when a smart woman had to talk to a dumb man laying out each step as if he was a clueless child. (Maybe I’m just used to the woman I know hooking up with alcoholic losers.)
    Anyway, it turns out it means something else. Wikipedia is good to have.

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    Clark in Vancouver August 26, 2016 at 9:37 am

    Lester Burnham
    It makes me wonder how many posters on BP actually try to instigate confrontations with other road users and then try to capture it all to show the world what martyrs we are on bicycles.
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    That’s a theory that I’ve heard before. It holds no water though. It’s crazy to think that someone would endanger their lives just to get some cool argument videos.
    No, more like the same motive that drivers have when they install their dash cams.

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      Jeff August 26, 2016 at 10:46 pm

      holds no water? the whole thing couldn’t be staged and have participants on both sides in front a camera? yeah…crazy stuff there.

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