The Pedalshift Project 012: A bike surfing tour and pedaling pugs

We complete our first dozen episodes featuring bike surfing tour from a past encounter, a story about biking dogs (sort of) and generating power as you roll.

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The Journal

Featured journal – a bike surfing tour

Matt Weiner, surfing the Oregon coast by bike

bike surfing tour Matt Weiner

  • Met Matt on my first unsupported Pacific coast tour, rolling with Mysterious James.
  • Modified a BOB single wheel trailer with bamboo to haul his shortboard down the Oregon coast.
  • Timed his arrivals in different beaches to coincide with the tide coming in for better waves
  • His trip always stuck with me… using a bike as a method to your adventure madness. Why just bike the Oregon coast when you can add a board and rock a bike surfing tour?

surfing tours by bike

Big thanks to Matt for getting back in touch… mazel tov on the wedding and hope to see you on the road again sometime!

NEWWOMAN1Special treat for episode 013… featuring the first woman to bike across the US and the first to do an assisted round the world tour. IN 1894. The amazing Annie Londonderry, brought to us with a special interview of Gillian Klempner Willman
Producer, Director of the documentary The New Woman: Annie ‘Londonderry’ Kopchovsky. Cannot wait to share this with Pedalshifters!

The Lab

Revisiting my dynohub setup

The Sanyo Dynohub... good value.

  • My original post – An Uncommonly Silly Blog
  • Refined setup – Pedalshift
  • The Sanyo dynohub
  • LightCharge converter
  • Purchased the hub and wheel built as one unit – took a bit of a gamble on that, but the price was right.
  • Support your LBS when you can – it probably has a talented wheel builder who can really match your needs for bike touring.
  • Many dynohubs are directly wired to lighting systems… mine goes to a 5V USB converter so I can directly power USB devices or cache the electrons into a battery.
  • (note, drool-worthy Tout Terrain makes a more sophisticated integrated version of this that’s 3x the price. )
  • Modern batteries are so huge and so small it’s quite possible to do long tours and not have to worry about charging your devices.
  • Helps avoid the issue I ran into at a campground this past trip – my battery was stolen while charging in a campground bathroom. I was being a little electron greedy and paid the price. No more of that!
  • Alternative (untested but looks GREAT) – essentially a detachable dynohub by SivaCycle.

Bike Touring Story

Louis bike touring experiment #1 of 1
louis the pug

  • Special thanks to my talented and beautiful girlfriend Kimberly Wilson for helping to tell this tale. You can read all about her amazing pursuits at kimberlywilson.com.
  • Music courtesy of the fine artists at Purple Planet.
  • The original video…

Connections

  • Richard and Tony – thanks for your questions on dynohub setups
  • The ubiquitous FOTS JohnnyK on the Novara Safari

Music

The Pedalshift Project theme is America courtesy of Jason Kent off his self-titled solo album. Check out his band Sunfields‘ new release, Habitat, wherever cool music resides. And hey, new video for Ghost!

7 comments

  1. ethan says:

    Hey, really liked this ep, especially the Lab portion on dynohubs. As much as I like to “unplug” when I’m on tour, the last time something went horribly wrong on the last day & I had to choose between using the GPS & calling for help. If/When I build my dream ride, it will almost certainly have dynohubs.

    Hello to Kimberly and Louis!

    • Tim Mooney says:

      Thanks Ethan! I struggled early on with the plug vs. unplug notion… that might be a good topic for a future show. I’ve found technology dramatically improves my rides (access to maps, route info, reservations, emergency needs, etc.). Even if one falls in the “unplug” camp, a cell phone would be a good piece of safety equipment and having a backup battery or dynohub to charge it might be handy for long tours.

      Kimberly and Louis say hello right back!

  2. JohnnyK says:

    From what I understand it takes time to train Dogs to ride along. He may learn to enjoy it over time. They do have bike trailers just for dogs. You just have to take it slow as in keep it simple. I for one am looking for a trailer for my dogs and so I am in the middle of researching this subject pretty heavy at the moment. Anyway if I decide on a brand I will post back about it. Again loved the show and thanks for the nice comments about my posts. I love bikes and I love podcasts. I listen to several podcasts not just biking podcasts but the bike podcasts are my favorites. Also I see it as my way of giving back to the community since much of what I know about bicycle commuting, touring, and general bicycle stuff has been from blogs and podcasts like this. Anyway speaking of dogs mine are needing to be walked… Again another wonderful episode Tim. Keep up the good work.

  3. JohnnyK says:

    As far as getting a dynamo hub wheel you can get them online. Harris Cycling has a really reasonable priced wheel http://www.sheldonbrown.com/harris/lighting/shimano.html Of course there is Peter White cycles http://www.peterwhitecycles.com/index.html and there is Joe Bike http://www.joe-bike.com/accessories/generator-hubs-and-lights/ Just to name a few online places. I have not bought one yet I will probably take Tim’s suggestion and work with my LBS to build me a wheel. I have seen many videos on building a dynamo hub wheel but I think I would like to be able to sit down with regular hubs to learn to build wheels. I hear it is not hard but it does take time and a lot of patience. I’m not sure if I have those qualities in sufficient quantities to achieve the goal. However I would love to learn. I have a couple of old bikes that are not in shape to be ridden right now maybe I will practice with their wheels. Really I need a truing stand. Using your break pads are okay to temporarily true a wheel to get you to a shop but I doubt it would be a good enough on a newly built wheel.

    • Tim Mooney says:

      All good options – I think the more dynohub options out there the better price to quality ratio we have available to us. Back when I was first looking there was only one local wheelbuilder who had much experience with dynohubs… now that’s changing. If you’re lucky to be in a town with a good LBS or two, that’s always a good place to start up the dialogue. Good to know there’s online + delivery options for those that have to count WalMart as their bike shop option!

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