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The Pedalshift Project 004: Aaron Flores + Crossover with The Sprocket Podcast

On this episode… a pre-ride report from the biking land of sunshine and bunnies, Portland, Oregon… a crossover show with The Sprocket Podcast 192 featuring a sit-down with co-host Aaron Flores.

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The Journal

News from Amtrak on unboxed transport of bikes.

Lewis+Clark/Teddy Roosevelt tour update – transforming into the Heat Stroke Avoidance Alternative Border to Border Tour!

Deconstructing bikes, reconstructing them, etc.
How to pack your panniers for your next tour – America ByCycle and Traveling Two.

Special thanks to Bike Gallery in downtown Portland for their help in making a simple fix – memo to bike shippers… bag up those top tube spacers!

Follow along the route @pedalshift and on the raw podcast feed Tour Diaries: Pedalshift! I’ll be uploading snippets from the road on this tour, possibly compiling some for the main podcast next episode.

Would love to hear from you! pedalshiftproject@gmail.com


The Lab

Sanyo dynohub for juicing my ride
2012 ideas – generating green energy by bike via uncommonsilly.com
2013 implementation

Tips and tricks for keeping your devices powered up

Doubling up: DEET vs. Premethrin for mosquito control

Using a dry bag as a beer cooler – @brockmon

Have cool ideas to share with the show?  pedalshiftproject@gmail.com



Rental revenue adjusted for cleaning costs – not a carrying cost, so I want to factor it it:
$2534/ 38 days
=$66.68/day … getting into the “cheap hotel every day” range but I plan on camping everywhere except SF and L.A.

The Interview

aaron floresDescribed by his friends as “35 and going nowhere,” Aaron is a relative newcomer to Cascadia with only 3 years in Portland under his belt. His formative years were spent in the rural lowlands of south-east Michigan where he did things like can vegetables, pick apples, climb trees, and eat fried baloney. He’s lived many different places and enjoyed learning various skills since then. He has many stories about the colorful places and people in his long life and shares these experiences on The Sprocket Podcast. You can’t follow Aaron on Twitter, but you can follow his red Surly Disc Trucker, which is not at all part of a cult: @RdHareAmngHrses.

Subscribe + Connect

Hey, The Pedalshift Project is on iTunes (we’ve even been featured in the Outdoors section already!) but if you like you can use your favorite aggregator (like iCatcher on your iPhone for instance), with old timey RSS. Email me at pedalshiftproject@gmail.com – I’d love to bring more voices to the show!


The Pedalshift Project theme is America courtesy of Jason Kent off his debut album. Check out his band Sunfields‘ new release, Habitat, including this track, wherever cool music resides:



  1. JohnnyK says:

    Guess what Tim? You have a new stalker umm follower umm listener yeah that’s it Listener. This is what happens when you crossover. Anyway I can’t wait to follow along. BTW a good natural repellent for Mosquito’s is cinnamon oil mixed with olive oil or witch hazel. I suggest using witch hazel as it will sooth your skin and is better for cycling. You can either rub it or spay it on.

    Oh Tim you have a Safari that is funny (small world) that is what I have. I love my Safari it is the most comfortable ride I have ever rode. It is like riding on a cloud with the harps and everything. Maybe I am just biased as the bike is new to me.
    Now the bike I had before this was a Cannondale Quick6 which is a hybrid flat-bar communter and I rode that for 3 years and kept adding and changing stuff like Aaron did but the decision to buy the Safari this year was to have a bike that was built to handle the loads and the everyday use that I put the Cannondale through. The Cannondale was ok for simple commuting but was not designed for long distances although that did not stop me from using it for that. However after replacing everything but the frame and it now needs all those components replaced again I decided to go with the Safari. I still use the Cannondale but only as a backup. But the comfort difference between the Safari and the Quick is far and away in favor of the Safari.
    Mirrors are great and if you only have enough money to buy a helmet or a mirror I would go with the mirror every single time. It has saved my life and it makes it great in traffic.
    I see nothing wrong with questioning everything.. If you don’t question things then how do you know its good for you? Anyway I think I have found another great podcast to bother umm post. Anyway great podcast and I can’t wait to listen to all the episodes.

    • Tim Mooney says:

      Outstanding… good to see you over here at Pedalshift JohnnyK! Maybe we can organize other Safari owners and cult it up like the Surly people! 😉 I forgot to mention the stock handlebars on the Safari are a huge plus for people like me who prefers a butterfly/mustache bar to drops.

      I’ll sing the praises of mirrors all up and down the coast. Makes a huge difference. Thankfully I don’t have to choose between a mirror and a helmet, but I’m inclined to agree… I’d take the mirror before a helmet if I wanted to have the best tool to keep me safer.

  2. Roger says:

    Hey Tim,

    Yeah, now it’s confirmed! Your show with Aaron clarified that you ARE one of the “crazy guys”, the good kind!

    Yup, “crazy” ain’t a bad thing if it’s decoded as “Openness to and dancing with world without pre formatting it into stuffy old wine skins” … or something like that.

    Hope to “meet up with you” at some point on your rollabout down the Cali Coast.


  3. Tim Mooney says:

    Right on Roger! We had a great time and I’m really glad our schedules meshed to make this epic crossover happen. Hopefully our paths will cross in a few weeks during the Heat Stroke Avoidance Alternative Border to Border Tour (HSAAB2BT)!

What do you think?