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The Pedalshift Project #197: Xtracycle Touring with Kids

Ever wonder what’s it’s like to strap your kid to an Xtracycle and bring them along for one of the more scenic tours in the San Francisco Bay Area? On this episiode, veteran podcaster and tech reporter Cyrus Farivar shares his experience bringing his daughter on a tour from the East Bay to Half Moon Bay on his trusty ride. Xtracycle touring—it’s a thing!

The Pedalshift Project 197: Xtracycle Touring with Kids

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Hey, sadly the  event-cancelling-virus struck the National Bike Summit and I won’t be presenting. To be clear, this was absolutely the responsible choice. Hope to present next year!

Fellow Star Wars nerds! I have the Disney audio but need some time to distill it. Look for that later this month.

The Missing Link bike tour

Hey, tour-cancelling-virus-willing, I’ll be flying to southern California with my Brompton to ride the one piece of the California coast I missed in my 2014 tour! Possible meetup opportunity in San Diego – it would be a Friday night 3/27 probably in the Gaslamp area. If you’re interested check out the details at pedalshift.net/sandiego and give me a heads up so I can be in touch. Not a late night because this guy has a stupid early train!

UPDATE. Yeah, I won’t be going to CA as planned, and The Missing Link tour is postponed (but will happen eventually). Pedalshift 199 will include the process that brought me to this decision and reveal my plans for that time. I think there’s a responsible bike touring alternative, and if it’s happening I’ll reveal it on that episode.

The Interview: Cyrus Farivar on Xtracycle Touring with Kids

Cyrus Farivar on Xtracycle Touring with Kids

Cyrus [“suh-ROOS”] is an investigative tech reporter at NBC News in San Francisco.

In addition to being a radio producer and author, Cyrus was most recently a senior tech policy reporter at Ars Technica. He was also previously the sci-tech editor and host of “Spectrum” at Deutsche Welle English, Germany’s international broadcaster, from 2010-2012.

Cyrus is the author of multiple books, including Habeas Data (2018) and The Internet of Elsewhere (2011). Praised by The New Yorker, among others, Habeas Data takes a look at legal cases that have had an outsized impact on surveillance law in America. His first book focuses on the history and effects of the Internet on different countries around the world.

In 2019, Cyrus and Olivia Solon won the Technology Reporting award from the Society of Professional Journalists, Northern California Chapter for their coverage of Silicon Valley, including reporting on privacy, facial recognition, and more.

Two years earlier, Cyrus and Joe Mullin also won the Technology Reporting award from SPJ NorCal for their August 2016 story: “Stealing bitcoins with badges: How Silk Road’s dirty cops got caught.”

Cyrus has also reported for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, National Public Radio, Public Radio International, The Economist, Wired, The New York Times, Slate, and many others.

He received his B.A. in Political Economy from the University of California, Berkeley and his M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

He lives in Oakland, California.

Twitter: @cfarivar

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