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Weekly Video Roundup: Riding in North Korea, ‘Cross at Cascade Locks, Glady-ators, and more

Avatar by on October 21st, 2016 at 4:09 pm

Welcome to the weekly video roundup! It was a good and wild week for me- I went on a fantastic muddy ride last Sunday, there were tons of hikers, runners, and cyclists out despite the weather. Anyhow, here’s a great pile of vids to enjoy over the weekend. We’re starting with Brumotti, who never fails to entertain with his bike-handling. Notably, he shows some ways to avoid the gaps next to streetcar tracks.
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Weekly Video Roundup: St. Helens adventure, brake abuse, and more

Avatar 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.

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

Avatar 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.

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Weekly Video Roundup: bike church hostel, llamas, and more

Avatar by on August 12th, 2016 at 9:51 am

Welcome to the weekly video roundup.

Between bikecamping, biking, city council, and everything else, it’s been a busy week. I hear the Olympics are happening but ignored them to review over 110 videos. Let’s start with River City Bikes, above; Dave G and Richard Schwinn (yes, he’s a Schwinn, also founder of Waterford and Gunnar cycles) talk about the beauty of classic bikes. I really liked it.

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Weekly Video Roundup: new and old mountain bikes, drone videos, and more

Avatar by on June 29th, 2016 at 4:52 pm

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Welcome to this week’s roundup! I reviewed 60 videos this week to give you the best of them. It seems there are a few video producers that put their vids up on Wednesday. Our first video from Dave at River City is an example- it went up while I was finishing this post. It’s my favorite of the week, showing an early-80s Ritchey mountain bike. Those bars look like BMX bars, though less adjustable, and the fork looks very similar to a road fork. Of course, most forks are straight now, I guess.

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Weekly Video Roundup: NYC parking removal, MTBing in Jamaica, and more

Avatar by on June 24th, 2016 at 10:47 am

Welcome to this week’s roundup! I’m posting this later in the week because I’ve been busy. At least I was busy with cycling, right? We’re starting with a video from New York, showing some of the activism that was required to get the new parking-protected bike lane on Amsterdam Avenue from 72nd to 110th. They seem really happy with it.

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Weekly Video Roundup: Portland archives, speed cameras, and more

Avatar by on June 15th, 2016 at 3:26 pm

Welcome to this week’s roundup! My pile of videos was lighter than normal this week, but there are some good ones. I’m starting off the week with a couple of local videos. Above, Joe Biel posted a video about the “dinner and bikes tour“. I hadn’t heard of it, but.. bicycles, film shorts, and a seven-course buffet. Sounds perfect. Has anyone gone to it in the past?

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Weekly Video Roundup: Santa Monica modes, horses, racing and more

Avatar by on June 2nd, 2016 at 9:15 am

Welcome to this week’s roundup! I went bike camping over the long weekend, rolling 165 miles in three days on a 40+ year old bike. I also managed to review 45 videos for the roundup. We start with this Streetfilms video from Santa Monica, which is a strange place. In some ways it is isolated from the rest of Los Angeles, but it’s also full of tourists and celebrities. The Third Street Promenade has two different crowds: during the day it is mostly office workers, and in the evening it’s people out for entertainment. A light rail line was just extended there, which quickly led to classism. Look at those buffered bike lanes! Also note their bikeshare uses the same system as Biketown.

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Weekly Video Roundup: playing on closed streets, bikepacking Norway, more

Avatar by on May 26th, 2016 at 9:09 am

Welcome to this week’s roundup! I’ve been travelling and otherwise busy the last few weeks, it’s nice to catch up on all the cycling videos. I watched 103 vids this week. We’re starting off with a local video, documentation of the Better Block Broadway project from TransitSleuth. There’s one colorful rant in the middle. There are more vids from him below.

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Weekly Video Roundup: Steel Bridge model and how highways wrecked American cities

Avatar by on May 19th, 2016 at 8:05 am

Welcome to this week’s roundup! I’ve reviewed 70 videos this week so I can share the best. Today’s first video (above) combines the beauty and history of Italy with some great road bike trials riding. Brunotti is super-talented. The “reverse front manual” is especially cool. (it’s from Giro, but there are no spoilers)

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