Ted’s Video Roundup: Post-car cities, Brompton factory tour, and more

Posted by on January 30th, 2017 at 12:30 pm

Welcome to my mostly-weekly video roundup! I’ve gone through about a hundred videos this week, and I’m starting off by featuring this fantastic video of Darren Alff’s tour of Norway and Sweden. He has a great recording style and the terrain is beautiful. Also, he’s riding a Co-Motion, how great is that?

Gabe Klein, transit wonk and author of ‘Start-Up City‘ did a great TEDx presentation on how to heal our cities, post-car: (via TB)

Brompton put up a factory tour. All their manufacturing is done in Britain, not just “made in China, assembled in Britain”. (also: here’s their new factory)

Self-driving cars have let people to discover the ‘trolley problem’. It’s nice to see someone resisting that as being a legitimate concern towards the adoption of the cars:

GCN has this smart and snappy video about how to walk (with) your bike. They’ve done several of these, they are funny and generally accurate for capturing roadie styles. (I prefer the stem hold)

This is a ride test of a relatively cheap e-bike. The complaints about the oversized box are strange, but the ride test is really good. He abuses the bike a bit in the name of science. He comes around to the realization that he isn’t the target market for the bike.

Are you a road cyclist trying to get ready for the summer? Here are some good (though basic) tips on how to train for long climbs. Start now and you’ll be ready for De Ronde.

GMBN has been having a lot of fun lately. Here’s their third “game of B.I.K.E.”:


Moments of rage

A cyclist in London was knocked over by a driver who was in a hurry:

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 on Twitter

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Chris I
Chris I

The London video: extreme shoaling.

Valerie Smith
Valerie Smith

There are a few short videos here by a Portlander riding in Thailand:


Darren Alff

Hi Ted, Thanks so much for featuring the video from my cross-Norway and Sweden bike tour in your list of videos his week. I really appreciate it… and I hope your readers like the video as well. Maybe it will inspire some of them to get out and do some bicycle touring of their own?

Robodriving Drivel
Robodriving Drivel

The robodriving video has some appalling logic: People break the law by talking on their phones while driving therefore, instead of actually enforcing the safety law or looking for simple technology that would block people from using their phones while driving, we should allow quick adoption of unproven robodriving technology and make people not legally responsible for who their car kills. Not so “nice to see” BikePortland endorsing this crazy argument.

Ted Drivel too
Ted Drivel too

The Ted talk guy continues the robocars will save the world drivel. Why would people buy fewer cars if they can drive themselves? That’s not what Tesla and all the other automakers are hoping to cash in on. Why would people drive less if driving is made easier? The more likely dystopian scenario is millions of more cars circling city streets aimlessly without drivers on “limitless free energy” just in case they are needed.