The Pedalshift Project 020: The best bike touring tires + tailwinds forever

The first Pedalshift tour of spring 2015 is right around the corner, so be sure to stay tuned for extra podcasts coming your way to document the trip. We’ve got followup on some past topics, more tire talk, a featured tour of epic proportions and a brand new bike touring story. Onward!

psp020Hey it’s the direct download link for episode 020 (mp3)

Reach out to the show via email, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Don’t forget to join the newsletter too and make sure you do that before Wednesday the 20th, because on Thursday newsletter subscribers get access to the Tour Journals feed that cranks up on the 23rd with daily reports from my bike tour from DC to Pittsburgh!

Who else has some early bike touring overnight stories to share? Send your pics, audio or a quick tweet – all welcome. Email the show or call the brand new Pedalshift voicemail line at (202) 930-1109.


widepathcamper-bicycle-trailer-camper-8Corrections, aka “Tim is so frequently wrong.”

Shows every day the last week in MayNewsletter subscribers will get info on a special daily Tour Journals pod for my C&O and GAP ride. Subscribe to the newsletter before the ride and you’ll get an email with the scoop on how to listen.

More on the shows.

The Journal


Keys to Freeze

keys_to_freeze_3An amazing tour from Key West to Deadhorse – check out the route
Should be in SF this weekend, PDX June 1st and in Deadhorse late August.
Documentary, a novel and benefitting Ntl Parks Conservation Association and Climate Ride – donate!
Check out images and words in their online journal.
Hi Tim, 

We are so excited to start our journey up the Pacific North Coast. We are currently snowed in at a wonderful warmshowers host in Bishop, CA. We are on our way to Yosemite National Park, but Tioga Pass is currently closed. So we shall see what the next couple of days hold. Bike tours are full of unexpected turn of events and exciting adventures. As we enter in the third month of our trip, we are excited to get to Seattle (our half way point). Still feels a bit crazy. We have heard so many amazing things about the Oregon coast and can’t wait to see it for ourselves soon. 
Thanks for reaching out and let us know when the podcast comes out and we will share it! 
Tailwinds forever,



Gear Talk

More tire talk! 

  • Schwalbe
  • Continental
  • Gatorskins
  • Tire liners
  • I vote meh on goo in tubes
  • Tubeless? Not sure if that’s my bag
  • Wider tires and playing with inflation (see episode 019)
  • The devils – radial wires and goatheads
  • My preference: Schwalbe Marathon Supreme (road) and pro (trails or gravel) – “no flats on the entire Pacific coast”

Bike Touring Story

sptsp2LThank you Samuel P. Taylor… whoever you are

Sometimes the most interesting part of the ride is the last night before the end. Often that happens at the state park a half day’s ride from San Francisco in Lagunitas, California…


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!

Featured image (cc) david_c_stone on Flickr