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

Monday, January 30th, 2017

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?

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I helped sweep bike lanes this weekend (and it felt great)

Monday, January 30th, 2017

Volunteers sweeping a bike path on SE Division near 87th.
(Photos: Ted Timmons)

Earlier this week the PDX Transformation Twitter account put out a call for volunteers for a public service project

I inquired what was going on and found out the project was to do some winter gravel cleanup. I thought that sounded like fun!

Ultimately five of us showed up. PDX Transformation loaned some safety equipment, and we each brought brooms. We rode out to the raised bikeway at 85th and Division and went to work. The raised bikeway was a good choice, because I assume it’s one of the harder places for PBOT to run a sweeper, and it also doesn’t get any vehicle traffic to help push the debris away.

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In Brief: Cycle Oregon 2017 is at Bend/Crater Lake

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

Tonight was the route announcement for Cycle Oregon’s 30th anniversary ride. There’s a large loop that includes Crater Lake and Sisters/Bend. The start/finish is at the town of Tumalo, just north of Bend. The route is very similar to the 2007 route; here’s the breakdown.
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Ted’s Video Roundup: Vision Zero 101, cycling anime, LA gravel, and more

Friday, January 20th, 2017

Welcome to my mostly-weekly video roundup! Today seems as good as any other day to watch bike videos. Right? I’ve watched about 100 bike videos this week so I can share the best with you.

We’re starting on a safety/wonky/political note this week- a fantastic overview of Vision Zero. Watch the first 40 seconds for this: “mobility is a basic human right. No one should have to risk their life to get to work, to go shopping, or to go out with a friend.” While talking about systematic safety, “we’re human, a system that is safe only if people don’t make mistakes is not a system that is made for humans.”

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Ted’s Video Roundup: Bikes on Amtrak, Zwift HQ tour, Powertap factory, and more

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

Welcome to the first Video Roundup of 2017! Since I missed a few weeks there are a lot of videos. I watched about 150 videos this week so we can show you the best.

First up is this video from Giant/Liv. I usually shy away from featuring a promo/marketing video, but this is low-key with beautiful footage.

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In brief: Mt. Scott traffic violence fatality has neighbors concerned

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

Jonathan is on a well-earned family vacation. He may cover this in more depth later.

Photo of Samuel Chiriac from his gofundme memorial.

Photo of Samuel Chiriac from his gofundme memorial.

There was a traffic violence fatality on Mt. Scott over the holiday- Samuel Chiriac, 16, was a passenger in a car being driven by Seba Pop, 17. Seba Pop was driving in a three-car caravan, and “passed one of his friends in the oncoming lane and missed a sharp turn, driving off of the roadway and crashing. Dense fog may have played a factor in the crash.” (source: Portland Police)

This was a half mile away from where Karla DeBaillie was killed in August by Mary Dieter while DeBaillie was on a bicycle.
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Ted’s Video Roundup, Special Gift Edition

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

This is my Gift Guide Video Roundup! Sure, it’s getting to be late for Christmas, but many of these videos were recently posted. I’m still a few dozen entries behind on videos for the Weekly Roundup, but I came across these that made sense to post together. I’m starting with GCN’s gift list (above). Enjoy!
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Ted’s Weekly Video Roundup: Climbing hills, SSCXWC, gift ideas, and more

Friday, December 9th, 2016

Welcome to the weekly video roundup! Sure, it’s an icy mess in Portland right now, but I have some videos to entertain you and cheer you up.

Our first video (above) is the latest from Col Collective, which features Italy’s Colle delle Finestre. (the descent is posted, too; it’s very relaxed, no narration)

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Weekly Video Roundup: Seattle visit, how carbon wheels are made, midpriced bike torture

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

Welcome to the weekly video roundup! Last week was busy, with a train trip to Seattle for a no-friends no-family Thanksgiving. So I’m back to playing catchup – there are about 60 videos in the queue for next week already. So this week’s entries are on the short side, but they are still great!

The video above is from ‘Bike Kill NYC’, which is … I can’t summarize it any better than Gothamist: “a few hundred bike punks riding mutant welded art-cycles and throwing weird shit at each other in an endless counter-clockwise beer gyre while onlookers partied to the searing riffs of live metal bands”.
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Roundup of bike-related Black Friday sales in Portland

Monday, November 21st, 2016

unnamedSeveral local bike businesses will have special deals this Friday — a.k.a. “Black Friday”. We got the details below…

Sales

Clever Cycles, 11-6pm – demo and former rental Bromptons plus some parts on sale, gift for first 15 in line. Any remaining bikes will be available for sale online Saturday. (see the youtube promotion)

Holy Spokes (3070 SE Division), 8am-8pm – 15% off of all kids bikes and balance bikes, plus a $10 gift card for with purchase of $100.

Blaq Packs, Friday through Monday get 20 percent off everything in store and online. Check them out at 2505 SE 11th.
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