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The Pedalshift Project 044: Bike touring music

This episode we talk about bike touring music. It’s such a personal thing, music… but we thought we’d take the time to chat about musical tastes, its role in our bike tours, and then build a cool Spotify playlist for your next tour, or to inspire you to build a new one for yourself.
This special mega-sized pod features our friends from the Land of Sunshine and Bunnies™️, Brock Dittus and Aaron Flores of The Sprocket Podcast.

The Pedalshift Project 044: Bike touring music

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The Interview

bike touring musicBe sure to listen to The Sprocket Podcast 286 for part one of our hijinks. Then, come back fed and hydrated because this is a long one. Since this show is of unusual length, here’s the chapter breakdown:
00:00:10    Intro
00:06:21    Brock’s musical preferences
00:14:52    Aaron’s musical preferences
00:24:35    Tim’s music preferences
00:42:44    How we use music with bike touring
00:45:21    Do you like Metal?
00:51:38    Building the Pedalshift/Sprocket Podcast Playlist
00:52:05    Songs for first thing in the morning
00:56:36    Songs for long stretches
01:02:29    Songs for climbs
01:06:20    Sidebar: earbuds or no?
01:10:15    Songs for bombing down hills
01:17:53    Songs for transitioning home
01:21:26    Wildcards!
01:29:33    Thanks Brock and Aaron!
01:30:19    Closing

Bike touring music playlist

Check out the list embedded in the show notes, or if you’re a Spotify user look for Pedalshift Sprocket Project.

The usual music

The Pedalshift Project theme is America courtesy of Jason Kent off his self-titled solo album. Check out his band Sunfields‘ album, Habitat, wherever cool music resides.  I heard Jason’s new album in January and it is AWESOME. More info when that drops this spring!


  1. PBJ Matt says:

    I was getting extremely concerned that hip-hop was not going to get any love! Nice recommendation on Dem Atlas. Reminds me a bit of The Pharcyde.

    • Tim Mooney says:

      Totally agree… The Pharcyde belong on the list of hip hop artists we mentioned along with Tribe, Common, Mos Def, Blackstar, Talib Kweli… I also would add in an artist I first heard in a tattoo shop in the Lower East Side: Big L. I’m also into Graduation-era and before Kanye. And a whole raft of other artists.

      • PBJ Matt says:

        Big L is great. Too bad he died so young. Agree with everyone you mentioned. Kanye’s College Dropout is genius, but I’m not a huge fan of his work after that, and he really rubs me the wrong way. I could post a laundry list of my favorites, but I’ll spare you of most. Del, Souls of Mischief and the whole Hieroglyphics crew has been high on my rotation lately, as well as Cormega’s most recent album (Mega Philosophy).

        • Tim Mooney says:

          We may need to make playlists by genre. Kanye’s Graduation beats out College Dropout if only for Barry Bonds. So great. I also can’t believe I left Public Enemy off my list. Hip hop cred revoked…

  2. Tim,

    You and I have very similar taste in music (except Oasis). I love Sugar’s Copper Blue.

    If you aren’t familiar with them already, you should check out my latest favorite, Lord Huron. Anything from Strange Trails is brilliant, but certainly check out The World Ender.

      • Sorry. Here’s a bit of clarity to my comment. The World Ender is a song on their album Strange Trails.

        My only memories of Oasis are of DB frat boys (no offense to any who follow you) blaring their music, up and down the beach, during spring break. Left a bad taste in my mouth.

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