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2017 Pacific Coast bike tour

The Pedalshift Project 075: Previewing a spring tour of the C&O plus how to handle bridge outages for your 2017 Pacific Coast bike tour

Springtime tours are kicking into gear (bike humor). On this episode I preview my C&O bicycle tour with Belle Starr, the bike touring pug, plus how to handle 2017 Pacific Coast bike tour disappointment and work around that bridge outage in Big Sur. Plus connections!

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The Journal: C&O and 2017 Pacific Coast bike tour

Preview: A spring through tour of the C&O with Belle Starr the touring pug

  • Bike to Union Station
  • Train
  • Ride direct to YMCA (rain likely)
  • Camp at YMCA under the shelter to minimize wet gear
  • Rain should end overnight and be dry for the remainder of the ride
  • It’s going to be chilly each night, but manageable
  • Probably not going to do a tour journal for this one but will do some recording for one of the upcoming episodes
  • Going to be doing more writing up of the new Pedalshift Guide to Bicycling the C&O, which now has a featured spot over at pedalshift.net! Breaking the towpath up into 10 mile segments so you can read up on things ahead of any tour.

2017 Pacific Coast tour route closure: “dude.”

From the ACA:
(Feb 2017) TRAVEL ADVISORY AND DETOUR: There are multiple closures on SR 1 due to mudslides and the failure of Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge just north of Big Sur (on map 47) and south to Ragged Point (on map 49). It is unknown when then bridge will be replaced. Due to a lack of nearby roads, an extensive detour is required. The Salinas Valley Detour is 147.9 mi. and can be found at this RideWithGPS link: ridewithgps.com/routes/19189649 It is about 30 miles longer than the Pacific Coast route. It begins on map 46 in Marina and ends on map 50 south of Cambria. Services are limited for the 60 miles between King City and Paso Robles. Note that the roads around Lake Nacimiento can carry heavy traffic including pickup trucks pulling boat trailers. Also, because this detour travels inland, the weather will be significantly different than that on the coast. It will typically be drier and up to 20 degrees hotter.

To follow the status of the SR 1 closure, check Caltrans Current Highway Conditions at www.dot.ca.gov/cgi-bin/roads.cgi For more information, see also The Big Sur Blog at www.thebigsurblog.com and their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BigSurInformation/?fref=ts and our Forum discussion at forums.adventurecycling.org/index.php?topic=14377.0

  • Inland route looks like craaaaaap. Sorry, it does.
  • Curious how this impacts bike touring numbers on the coast this year? Less overall?
  • More from Canada to SF? Less south of Big Sur?
  • My recs for handling this if you’ve planned a Pacific Coast tour this year
  • It’s going to be there again. Do not despair. The bridge will return and so will you.
  • I strongly recommend Vancouver or Victoria to SF at minimum.
  • A full coast ride may still be possible with a fast forward:
  • One-way car rental from Monterey to someplace south of Big Sur (SLO?) uising inland roads (101, etc.)
    • Amtrak isn’t super helpful here unless you bail on a lot of the ride south of SF.
    • Transit doesn’t appear to be an option (Line 22 for Monterey-Salinas Transit goes to Big Sur, but the bridge being out kills that).
    • Wouldn;t be surprised if some enterprising types do some shuttles for hire, but havent heard anything.
  • TL;DR – this sucks. There are ways to continue on, but they are far from ideal. Vancouver to SF is plenty awesome.
  • ADDENDUM TO THE SHOW: The bridge is super not there, so nevermind with stealth crossings!! Not that you should have done it anyways you reckless malcontents! ūüėČ

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Caleb Jenkinson
Cameron Lien
Andrew MacGregor
Michael Hart
Josiah Matthews
Keith Nagel
Brock Dittus
Thomas Skadow
Michael Riscica
Seth Krieger
Marco Lo
Terrance Manson
Noah Schroer
Harry Telgadas
John Sikorski
Richard Killian
Chris Barron
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Brian Hren
Mark Van Raam
Brad Hipwell
Paul Mulvey
Stuart Buchan
Todd Stutz
Mr. T
Roxanna Arning
Nathan Poulton
And all anonymous and past contributors for helping make this show happen!

Music

The Pedalshift Project theme is America courtesy of Jason Kent off his self-titled solo album. Check out his band Sunfields‘ latest release, Habitat, wherever cool music resides. And a little birdy tells me Jason’s recording some new music. More when I know…

Pedalshift 074 fast forward your bike tour

The Pedalshift Project 074: Fast forward your bike tour

On this topic show, we tackle one of my favorites… how to¬†fast forward your bike tour. It’s your ride… make it the best you can by bypassing parts you don’t want, catching up on a schedule or accommodating an extra day in a cool spot!

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Fast forward your bike tour!

Fast forwards – it’s not cheating, it’s your tour
WHY? Why the hell not?
  • Avoiding weather
  • Avoiding climbs
  • Avoiding dodgy roads
  • Making up for zero mile days or staying on track during one
  • Skipping boring stretches to get to better ones
What works for fast forwarding?
  • Mass transit agencies
  • Regional rail
  • Amtrak
  • Intercity busses
  • Hitching
How?
  • Plan ahead – download all the schedules and store on your phone or (gasp!) print them out. Many transit agencies still print their maps and schedules and either post them at stops or¬†you can pick them up in town.
  • Pro tip: know when some transit modes restrict bikes (hint: usually rush hour)
  • Ask around! You’ll learn a lot from transit pros in any given town.

Pedalshift Society

A big thank you to all of the monthly supporters of the show! If you like what you hear, you can help me keep the show listener-supported while expanding the offerings. Five bucks, two bucks or even 1 helps with the costs of hosting the podcast and the website, and you can do it for a bit and cancel anytime. One-shot support is welcome if you’re not into the small monthly thing. Check it out and join at pedalshift.net/society. And society members please go to pedalshift.net/stickers and let me know where to send some Pedalshift stickers to you! On to the Society!

Ethan Georgi
Matt Buker
Kimberly Wilson
Caleb Jenkinson
Cameron Lien
Andrew MacGregor
Michael Hart
Josiah Matthews
Keith Nagel
Brock Dittus
Thomas Skadow
Michael Riscica
Seth Krieger
Marco Lo
Terrance Manson
Noah Schroer
Harry Telgadas
John Sikorski
Richard Killian
Chris Barron
Scott Taylor
Brian Hren
Mark Van Raam
Brad Hipwell
Paul Mulvey
Stuart Buchan
Todd Stutz
Mr. T
Roxanna Arning
And all anonymous and past contributors for helping make this show happen!

Music

The Pedalshift Project theme is America courtesy of Jason Kent off his self-titled solo¬†album. Check out his band Sunfields‘ latest¬†release, Habitat, wherever cool music resides. And a little birdy tells me Jason’s recording some new music. More when I know…

The Pedalshift Project 073: Yoga for bike touring

How do I class up this podcast? Easy… ask my better half to come on the show and chat up how great yoga is for bike touring! On this episode of the pod, we discuss yoga for bike tourists with Kimberly Wilson, founder and owner of Tranquil Space yoga studios in Washington, DC. Plus connections and more!

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The Interview: Kimberly Wilson on yoga for bike touring

Kimberly Wilson is¬†the founder of¬†Tranquil Space¬†yoga studios‚ÄĒnamed among the top 25 in the world by¬†Travel + Leisure, designer of¬†¬†TranquiliT lifestyle line, director of¬†Tranquil Space Foundation, and author of five books {Hip Tranquil Chick,¬†Tranquilista,¬†Tranquilologie,Tranquility du Jour Anthology,¬†52 Weeks of Tranquility Journal}.

Learn more at kimberlywilson.com and listen to her podcast, Tranquility du Jour wherever cool podcasts are podded.

Kimberly Wilson yoga for bike touring

Yoga resources

Pedal Stretch Breathe by Kelli Refer is broader than yoga for bike touring, but it’s the best yoga and bikes zine out there!

A short sun salutation practice by Kimberly herself:

sun salutations direct download (mp3)

Something we didn’t talk about but is super awesome for bike tourists is understanding the six movements of one’s spine. Check out this video Kimberly did on that:

And, finally… a nice yoga practice lead by Kimberly from my WV cabin! (I don’t think I’ve ever shown it on the site before?)

Connections

Turns out we tied!

42-42-16 tie for Pedalshift and Sprocket

Bike oasis

Brock recommends this awesome GoFundMe to support the revamp of Newton Bike Shop’s bike touring hostel The Oasis in the Grass Desert:

https://www.gofundme.com/buildtheoasis

Cool pods and pics

Jeremy of Critical Transit shared a bunch of images and podcasts from his tour of New England… check them out! He’s also a big Brompton tourer, with plans to repeat that ride with his “little clown bike” as I like to call them!

Pedalshift Society

A big thank you to all of the monthly supporters of the show! If you like what you hear, you can help me keep the show listener-supported while expanding the offerings. Five bucks, two bucks or even 1 helps with the costs of hosting the podcast and the website, and you can do it for a bit and cancel anytime. One-shot support is welcome if you’re not into the small monthly thing. Check it out and join at pedalshift.net/society. And society members please go to pedalshift.net/stickers and let me know where to send some Pedalshift stickers to you! On to the Society!

Ethan Georgi
Matt Buker
Kimberly Wilson
Caleb Jenkinson
Cameron Lien
Andrew MacGregor
Michael Hart
Josiah Matthews
Keith Nagel
Brock Dittus
Thomas Skadow
Michael Riscica
Seth Krieger
Marco Lo
Terrance Manson
Noah Schroer
Harry Telgadas
John Sikorski
Richard Killian
Chris Barron
Scott Taylor
Brian Hren
Mark Van Raam
Brad Hipwell
Paul Mulvey
Stuart Buchan
Todd Stutz
Mr. T
Roxanna Arning
And all anonymous and past contributors for helping make this show happen!

Music

The Pedalshift Project theme is America courtesy of Jason Kent off his self-titled solo¬†album. Check out his band Sunfields‘ latest¬†release, Habitat, wherever cool music resides. And a little birdy tells me Jason’s recording some new music. More when I know…

The Pedalshift Project 072: Chasing 70 degrees by bicycle

The Pedalshift Project 072: Chasing 70 degrees by bicycle

You have a year and you want to ensure you have nice weather the whole time. How about a ¬†year-long North American bike tour chasing 70¬įF average highs? On this episode, we find a way!

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Chasing 70 degrees by bicycle

The Pedalshift Project 072: Chasing 70 degrees by bicycle
Jan is a very leisurely existence in south Texas
June gets a fast forward
Lows are a problem during areas of elevation
This is a hypothetical thought experiment more than a real route… but it’d be something fun to try!
Average miles (note there are some months that definitely require fast forwards!)
The Pedalshift Project 072: Chasing 70 degrees by bicycle
Daily mileage is pretty key here… note the verrry leisurely pace until summer when you need to do daily mileage that just isn’t sustainable for the average bike tourist.
Images and idea: H/T to Brian B’s Climate Blog!

Connections

FOTS and PSS Member Mark Van Raam doing the southern tier ride this spring…
I’m getting ready to do my bucket list Coast to Coast tour.¬† The ride starts¬†March 3¬†in San Diego, CA and ends¬†April 24¬†in St. Augustine, FL.¬† This tour is fully supported and is mostly camping.
Two of the riders are publishing blogs.  I have contacted both and are OK with you mentioning and/or putting in the show notes.
1- DanHansenJr.com  He is riding a recumbent.  He has pages with checklists, electronics, etc.
2- tandempalooza.com  Guess what kind of bike they are riding?
I’m planning on posting on Instagram as cyclist_306¬†¬†and on FB.¬† I saw how long it took for my wife to write up a blog on our cruise, and it not my thing. I’m also going to keep journal and buy postcards along the way.¬†
Here are the demographics for the upcoming ride.
 
There are 23 riders.  Average age is 60.  Oldest is 71 (two riders).  Youngest is 36.

There are 9 females and 14 males representing three countries and 12 different states.  States with most riders; New York and Georgia each with 3.

Thanks,
Mark Van Raam
Follow along on Mark’s ride starting right about now!

Pedalshift Society

A big thank you to all of the monthly supporters of the show! If you like what you hear, you can help me keep the show listener-supported while expanding the offerings. Five bucks, two bucks or even 1 helps with the costs of hosting the podcast and the website, and you can do it for a bit and cancel anytime. One-shot support is welcome if you’re not into the small monthly thing. Check it out and join at pedalshift.net/society. And society members please go to pedalshift.net/stickers and let me know where to send some Pedalshift stickers to you! On to the Society!

Ethan Georgi
Matt Buker
Kimberly Wilson
Caleb Jenkinson
Cameron Lien
Andrew MacGregor
Michael Hart
Josiah Matthews
Keith Nagel
Brock Dittus
Thomas Skadow
Michael Riscica
Seth Krieger
Marco Lo
Terrance Manson
Noah Schroer
Harry Telgadas
John Sikorski
Richard Killian
Chris Barron
Scott Taylor
Brian Hren
Mark Van Raam
Brad Hipwell
Paul Mulvey
Stuart Buchan
Todd Stutz
Mr. T
Roxanna Arning
And all anonymous and past contributors for helping make this show happen!

Music

The Pedalshift Project theme is America courtesy of Jason Kent off his self-titled solo¬†album. Check out his band Sunfields‘ latest¬†release, Habitat, wherever cool music resides. And a little birdy tells me Jason’s recording some new music. More when I know…

The Pedalshift Project 069: Jasmine and Fiji bicycle the world, living the vagabond life

The Pedalshift Project 069: Jasmine and Fiji bicycle the world, living the vagabond life

A chat with global bike tourist –and all around awesome person — Jasmine Reese, on her journey, her four-legged companion, Fiji, and the adventures living the vagabond life.

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The Interview: The Vagabond Life with Jasmine Reese

Jasmine Reese is a violinist and self-described vagabond on a¬†personal adventure she describes as her ‚ÄúRoad School of Music.‚ÄĚ On March 1, 2016, she¬†hopped on her¬†bicycle¬†wither¬†dog¬†Fiji and violin in tow, living a boundless life full of musical opportunities. She believes in inspiring people, not just with her story, but also through the random acts of kindness and generous people she meets on a daily basis. Jasmine wants people to feel hope in a seemingly hopeless world.

The Pedalshift Project 069: Jasmine and Fiji bicycle the world, living the vagabond life
 

You are tackling the great challenge of any bicycle traveller – going around the world. What were the things that triggered this adventure for you?

You ride with gear that is pretty atypical for a world traveler… your fiddle and your dog Fiji¬†to name two. What’s your setup like and how has it evolved as you’ve been traveling?

Most recently you crossed Canada this summer and you’ve traveled the US now and before… what would you say is the biggest contrast between the countries from a touring perspective?

Over on one of the FB groups you addressed your experience as a woman of color cycling the world. Sadly the thread got hijacked by some pretty awful people, but I was wondering if you’d talk about it here?

From a FB post:¬†What do you like most about living on a bicycle? When I am riding, I feel powerful. I don’t feel fat. I don’t feel ugly. I feel like the most beautiful person in the world, exploring some of the most beautiful places. It was this year while bicycling that I finally said to myself something I’ve never said before, “I like me. I like myself.” <—¬†Does that sum up 2016 for you?

What are your goals for 2017?

How can Pedalshift listeners follow or pitch in?

fijapaw.com
FijaPAW on Facebook

Listen to another conversation with Jasmine over on Cat Caperello’s great podcast, The Joyride too!

Update since we spoke, Jasmine has a line on possibly sailing to Mexico, so her adventures are really starting to warm up. Be sure to add her to your follow list on social media… as you heard, Jasmine is an inspiring person!

Pedalshift Society

A big thank you to all of the monthly supporters of the show! If you like what you hear, you can help me keep the show listener-supported while expanding the offerings. Five bucks, two bucks or even 1 helps with the costs of hosting the podcast and the website, and you can do it for a bit and cancel anytime. One-shot support is welcome if you’re not into the small monthly thing. Check it out and join at pedalshift.net/society. And society members please go to pedalshift.net/stickers and let me know where to send some Pedalshift stickers to you! On to the Society!

Ethan Georgi
Matt Buker
Kimberly Wilson
Caleb Jenkinson
Cameron Lien
Andrew MacGregor
Michael Hart
Josiah Matthews
Keith Nagel
Brock Dittus
Thomas Skadow
Michael Riscica
Seth Krieger
Marco Lo
Terrance Manson
Noah Schroer
Harry Telgadas
John Sikorski
Richard Killian
Chris Barron
Scott Taylor
Brian Hren
Mark Van Raam
Brad Hipwell
Paul Mulvey
Stuart Buchan
And all anonymous and past contributors for helping make this show happen!

Music

The Pedalshift Project theme is America courtesy of Jason Kent off his self-titled solo¬†album. Check out his band Sunfields‘ latest¬†release, Habitat, wherever cool music resides. And a little birdy tells me Jason’s recording some new music. More when I know…

The Pedalshift Project 065: The Pedalshift Holiday Spectacular 2016

It’s the end of the year and that means it’s time for the Pedalshift Holiday Spectacular! Join Shifty the Elf and Tim for a showcase of the best of Pedalshift in 2016!

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The Pedalshift Holiday Spectacular 2016

The Pedalshift Project 065: The Pedalshift Holiday Spectacular 2016

Music

The Pedalshift Project theme is America courtesy of Jason Kent off his self-titled solo¬†album. Check out his band Sunfields‘ latest¬†release, Habitat, wherever cool music resides. And a little birdy tells me Jason’s recording some new music. More when I know…

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The Pedalshift Project 059: Bike touring tributes

On¬†this episode we chat with Instagrammer extraordinaire and cross-country bike touring vet, Patience — aka @biker_girl_pay — on overcoming obstacles and turning loss into something better. Bike touring tributes, plus connections¬†and more!

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Dedication

This episode is dedicated to Shelli Snyder. Many of you have heard she was on a tour from Cleveland to Seattle and was struck from behind by a person driving a vehicle in Montana. She’s in very bad shape, but we’re hearing good news about her recovery. Pedalshift Society members… your monthly contributions are all going to her recovery fund at GoFundMe. If you’re listening to this and would like to help more, check out the¬†GoFundMe¬†page and consider supporting the fund for her recovery.
 
The story hits close to home in particular because Patience, as you’ll hear, met Shelly on her ride. I’m really happy to be able to share her experience with you so we know a little more about Shelli outside of what happened in Montana.

Latest update since recording and as the show goes live: Shelli has been transferred home to Cleveland’s MetroHealth. She’s in good hands, but obviously has a long road to recovery.

The Interview: Bike touring tributes with Patience

patience

Patience, or “Pay” AKA @biker_girl_pay on Instagram and her adventures crossing America — from Seattle to Boston — by bicycle.

  • Your adventure had two main driving forces… a bike touring tribute to a friend you lost last year and doing something big between graduation and “the real world.” What about biking from Seattle to Boston checked those boxes?
  • How did the people in your life react to your trip?
  • Your photos in Instagram were¬† stunning and helped tell your story so well… what were you using to take the pictures and was there anything you’d recommend to bike tourers on how to up their Instagram game?
  • One of the things that pulled me into your ride was it had some classic bike touring drama… some pretty low parts revealing humanity’s awfulness and high points showing off real generosity. What’s stuck with you more?
  • You had someone you were riding with take your wallet… how does that color trust of fellow riders in the future?
  • Let’s talk about your gear. First of all I saw lots of orange so Pedalshift stamp of approval. What were you riding and what guided your bike and gear choices?
    What one thing did you think you’d use a lot, but ended up sending back or otherwise regretting to bring?
  • What was the thing you think most people don’t take on tour, but you wouldn’t leave home without?
  • People often have trouble adjusting to the end of tours… you also are transitioning from school to work…. and you have a connection to the tragedy of Shelli Snyder from Cleveland who was struck from behind by a person in a vehicle¬†in Montana which has really impacted a lot of us.¬†Any one of these things is tough… how has this triple whammy return to “the real world” gone?
  • Any future tours on the horizon?

Connections

Merit Badge?

PS member and FOTS Ethan Georgi
Just listened to ep 58 with Riscica talking about being homeless while bike touring & it reminded me. Recently on tour someone asked me if I was homeless. Is there a merit badge for that?

Congrats, you win the first Pedalshift Merit Badge! This is the highly coveted, “Dude, really?” badge for those SMH questions you get on tour.

Collect all 44 badges1 by making one up and emailing pedalshift@pedalshift.net.

Rabbit hole.

FOTS Todd Tillinger 

More on the rolling resistance of tires. This is for touring and e-bikes, but they test other categories as well.

http://www.bicyclerollingresistance.com/tour-reviews

It’s a nerd’s delight… graphs and data on rolling resistance plotted ¬† against inflation PSI, puncture resistance and more. My head hurts… in a good way!

The Marathon Supremes I roll on get 5/5… I also got some good data-based advice on what pressure is best to roll on. It also confirmed that the puncture resistance is great on the tread but below average on the sides… which we know ūüėČ

Strava + Google Streetview followup

Chatted about Strava heat maps in Ep 056… here’s what¬†PS Society member Cameron Lein on what he does:

What I used to do is look at google maps and try to piece my route together by looking at the overall map and zooming into streetview to see if it is a safe/do-able route. This took some time if I was say headed from western Oregon to eastern Oregon. Now I start by looking at the Strava map and see what route most people are taking. If I look at a section of road and there isn’t any bike traffic then there is usually a good reason for that.¬†

Glacier Bandits on the GAP

Shares a pic from outside The Crabby Pig in Cumberland…

glacier-bandits-in-cumberland

We can haz evin moar 5 star reviews!!!

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Greg Braith
Runner from Evanston

Pedalshift Society

A big thank you to all of the monthly supporters of the show! If you like what you hear, you can help me keep the show listener-supported while expanding the offerings. A buck, two bucks or even 5 helps with the costs of hosting the podcast and the website, plus the ¬†Pedalshift Society¬†allows me to do cool new things I’ll be rolling out in future shows. AND brand new by popular request‚Ķ one-shot annual support and ‚Äúchoose your own adventure‚ÄĚ one shot support if you‚Äôre not into the small monthly thing.¬†Check it out and join at pedalshift.net/society. On to the Society!

  • Ethan Georgi
  • Matt Buker
  • Kimberly Wilson
  • Caleb Jenkinson
  • Cameron Lien
  • Andrew MacGregor
  • Michael Hart
  • Johnny K
  • Josiah Matthews
  • Keith Nagel
  • Brock Dittus
  • David Kolb
  • Michael Riscica
  • Seth Krieger
  • Marco Lo
  • Terrance Manson

Thank you for supporting the show!

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!


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The Pedalshift Project 058: Bike touring across America

Ever wonder what it’s like to cross the US by bike? On this episode of the pod, we chat with a guy who’s done it not once, not twice, but three times! Michael Riscica talks about the highs and lows of bike touring across America, including what it’s like to transition to the real world back home. Plus gear talk and more!

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Gear Talk

Touring Brompton specs: ‚ÄúThe Pedalshift Touring Brompton‚ÄĚ

Touring Brompton specs
– Boo: no orange for Bromptons! H/T Anna at Clever Cycles for letting me in on that.
РA few things to add: I really like the Brompton toolkit (ingenious storage in the tube) and the third party Off Yer Bike handle. For a lock, I’m experimenting with a folding version that’s a knockoff of the ALBUS ones and I just supported a Kickstarter campaign for a cinching lock by a Portland company called Ottolock. Super lightweight and fairly resistant to cutting.

Bicycling with your dog followup

Based on the advice of fellow dog biker and follower Jim in Louisville, I asked for Outward Hound’s Pooch Pouch backpack for my recent bday… both pups fit in it, Belle Starr a little better than Mookie. Looking to a fall overnight with her to test it all out!

The Interview: Bike touring across America with Michael Riscica

mr-sidebarMichael Riscica is a Licensed Architect in Oregon. He grew up in the New York City Area and moved to Portland by bike in 2007. A veteran of three cross-America bike tours, Michael rode the Transam in 2005, the Northern Tier in 2007 and returned to the Transam in 2016‚Ķ all east to west, like a boss. He writes at YoungArchitect.com and coast2coastbikeride.com. He’s also on Instagram & Twitter [@BikeTouring999].

  • What was your inspiration to move across country by bike on your first cross country ride?
  • You strike me as a pretty laid back guy, but critics of your ride, your gear or your style, and even how you wrote your blog got under your skin. Frankly as a reader I felt the same way. What’s your take on “backseat bicyclists”?
  • Your dog patiently waited for your return and you could tell you missed her a lot on the ride. Would you consider bringing her along on a future ride?
  • How challenging was it to do work on the road? Was there ever a point when you needed internet or cell signal and didn’t have it?
  • What’s the one thing friends and family got consistently wrong about your rides that you always felt you needed to correct about bike touring across America?
  • What’s the best advice or assistance you got on tour?
  • Favorite gear?
  • You’ve done the northern tier and the Trans Am now twice. Are you thinking about trying the southern tier ride at some point?
  • Three cross-country rides in… what’s changed with riding across country?
  • Did you have a tough time transitioning back into reality when you got back? What tips do you have?

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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!