The Pedalshift Project 040: Bikecentennial at 40 + 2016 tour planning

Do podcasts get middle aged? Well we’re 40. Know what else is turning 40 this year? Bikecentennial… arguably the origin of modern bicycle touring. We’ll touch on one of the things going on to celebrate the milestone, dig in on some 2016 tour plans and hit the backlog of gear talk and connections from before the holidays.

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Bikecentennial 40

Bikecentennial on Wikipedia
The TransAm and Bikecentennial
Bike your park day 9/24/16
Path Less Pedaled has some cool images:

Tour Journals

Spring CA coast ride
Considering hosting a weekend Pedalshift tour from DC to my cabin in WV.

Gear Talk

Bromptons: when flying, go stealth mode

And eff Delta. And eff Brompton traitors who work for Delta.
Never has it been more clear that stealth mode is important than now.

Ugh. Wanna know how and why?

It’s a trap!

Tech on the road

bike touring recovered iPhoneFOTS Paul Mulvey:

Selected past posts on tech:

Google Maps bike directions

FOTS Paul Mulvey on issues with Google Maps bike layers See the Google Maps product forum thread for more.

Followup on bulging tires

Mike Cobb from Facebook:

A section of plastic soda bottle, cut to a size extending 1.5″ outside of the bulge, with sanded edges (using patch kit sand paper or pavement), duct taped to the inside of the tire, can often provide a permanent solution to damaged casing on a tire wider than 1.5″. Narrower tires can be fixed similarly, but the lump is felt.

I find this comforting, because in the U.S., it’s pretty easy to find discarded soda bottles on the side of the road or at least in garbage cans.


One comment

  1. johnnyk says:

    Every time I listen to your show I learn something new. Wow your getting more international listeners. This is great. Yeah I signed up and am interested in your ride from DC to WV it sounds like a lot of fun.
    Hey I have a question on your tech on the road. Do you still use the Sanyo dynamo hub and which charger are you using these days?
    I was listening to the last episode with MJ and he has inspired me so now I would really like to get a fatbike and use that for everyday riding. I am still looking for a way to sit up straighter. I think bike manufactures still build bikes for a racing position. I don’t like that position much and would like to sit up straight. I think if I could do that then I would be able to ride longer and get further. Anyway I don’t know what others thoughts are on that but would be interested to get some input. As always I love love love this podcast and hey don’t freaking worry about the quality of this show it’s great and I would listen no matter what. I mentioned that in my post on the previous episode as well.

What do you think?