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Day 5 of the Green Goblin retirement tour was a return to the tour that I had intended all along. But while my amateurish chain twisting fix was holding admirably, was my luck going to hold on long enough to complete the tour all on my fix? Day 5 - Green Goblin Retirement Tour Sunset Bay SP to Humbug Mountain SP ALL BY BIKE! :) Check out pics over …
 
Day 4 of the Green Goblin retirement tour meant the end of my extended stay in beautiful Newport. But would a snap decision that morning paired with my hack of a chain repair hold up for the ride south? Day 4 - Green Goblin Retirement Tour Newport, OR to Yachats, OR to Florence, OR (by bus) Florence, OR to Sunset Bay SP (by bike) Check out pics ove…
 
Day 3 of the Green Goblin retirement tour was less touring and more waiting for the bike shop to open up. But would some fiddling with the chain produce... a miracle? Day 3 - Green Goblin Retirement Tour "Zero" mile day at South Beach SP near Newport, OR (I did bike to get beer... that counts?) Check out pics over on Insta! Pedalshift Society look …
 
Day 2 of the Green Goblin retirement tour revealed a larger problem with the bike. I was supposed to make it to Newport and my favorite campsite on the entire coast. But would the bike get me there? Day 2 - Green Goblin Retirement Tour Woods, OR to 1 mile past Neskowin (bike) Then back to Neskowin (bike) Bus to Lincoln City Bus to Newport Newport t…
 
Day 1 of the Green Goblin's retirement tour of the Oregon coast kicked off with some weirdness... mechanical issues, a campsite drought and more. Would this carry through the rest of the trip? Day 1 - Green Goblin Retirement Tour Portland to Tillamook (by bus) Tillamook to Pacific City... and then Woods (by bike) Check out pics over on Insta! Pedal…
 
I used to do it all wrong, now I do it better. On this episode, comparing how I used to handle snack and meal planning on bike tour, and how I do it better now. Snack and Meal Planning Oregon Coast ride About a week Many towns, never a day without resupply options But many long stretches with nothing The old way Buy a lot of snacks in advance Have …
 
For the sestercentennial edition of the pod, it's the summer 2021 tour reveal: the Green Goblin retires its west coast life with one last time on the Oregon coast. Learn all about it right here! Summer Tour 2021 Revealed: The Green Goblin Oregon Coast Retirement Tour After 3 weeks back on the east coast, I'm ready to go back to Oregon to do the Ore…
 
A chat with Sylva Florence, an experienced bicycle tourist and author of many things (including her blog The Sylva Lining) on touring as a solo woman, how people who want to be allies to solo women touring can do that without being creepy, and some of her favorite adventures. Sylva Florence and Solo Touring Check out Sylva at The Sylva Lining and d…
 
The Brompton is an amazing bike and people are constantly coming up with new hacks that will benefit touring. On this episode, I cover five new things I've been seeing. PLUS... Mysterious James and me reunite! Brompton Touring Revisited: Hacks and More See the shownotes at pedalshift.net/247. This summer on Pedalshift Brock Dittus returns in next w…
 
A chat with Caleb Werntz, a filmmaker who has overcome homelessness by learning to live on a bicycle for eight years of epic tours alongside a calico cat named Marilyn. We talk challenges, COVID and Marilyn's origin story. The Interview: Caleb and Marilyn Living by Bike Caleb Werntz is a filmmaker who has overcome homelessness by learning to live o…
 
Avoid catastrophe and think about preventing theft before your next bike tour. On this episode some thoughts and tips on keeping your bike and gear safe. Hat tip to listener Dimitri for the show idea... email me with episode ideas... Check out my prior episode on locks (Pedalshift 066) This is also on my mind as I get ready to roll on the microcamp…
 
Exploring Assateague Island National Seashore and Chincoteague, VA by Brompton. I spent a few summers as a kid in this area, and even though it's grown up from a sleepy hidden gem into a more robust tourist destination, that comes with better bike infrastructure too. Can we bike all the way to the beach? (I mean, I guess the thumbnail gives it away…
 
What’s the most controversial subject in bike touring? No not bike helmets… no, not earbuds… it’s how to deal with loose dogs on bike tour! On this episode, I give my two cents on how to deal with an angry canine that interrupts your pedaling. Originally podcast October 18, 2018.By Tim Mooney
 
We are live baby live for the first live show of 2021... an update on the LACROSSE! plus summer touring and ask me anything! No real shownotes for this one, but if you want to check out the video (There are extras! Pug drama! More!) go to the YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcSkL04eK0c…
 
Can a person (me) who is barely competent with tools build out a very strangely shaped 4-door sedan ("it's not a sedan... it's a LACROSSE!!") into a comfortable sleeping pod slash microcamper? Join me on a journey into good intentions, lack of patience, mostly level and somewhat square woodworking , and the birth of a micorcamper built for bike tou…
 
Needs (really, wants) meet opportunity for a new project that scratches an itch and might have bike touring utility: welcome to the Pedalshift microcamper build! On this episode, I cover the background on the project, how it relates to bike touring, and more. The Pedalshift Microcamper Project What prompted this? Vaxxed Made a list of things I want…
 
Part three on my two day trip from Hancock, MD to Paw Paw, WV and back focuses on the return trip and the little surprise that started it off. Pedalshift Tour Journals: Paw Paw Tunnel Bypass - Part 3 A little background... the NPS is closing the tunnel... for real this time... to complete a massive descaling project on the downstream side of the Pa…
 
Part one on my two day trip from Hancock, MD to Paw Paw, WV and back, highlighting the Paw Paw Tunnel bypass trail. Housekeeping Reminder... new music! Brock Dittus - Most Important Thing Sunfields new album Late Bloomers available now Pedalshift Tour Journals: Paw Paw Tunnel Bypass - Part 1 A little background... the NPS is closing the tunnel... f…
 
The thrilling conclusion to our series scouting Pennsylvania Route S for a future tour! On this episode, we cover the section between Morgantown, PA and... well that would be telling. Housekeeping Reminder... new music! Brock Dittus - Most Important Thing Sunfields new album Late Bloomers available now Scouting Pennsylvania bike route S Part of the…
 
Continuing scouting Pennsylvania Route S for a future tour! On this episode, the third edition of four, we cover the section of south central PA between York and Morgantown. Housekeeping Reminder... new music! Brock Dittus - Most Important Thing Sunfields new album Late Bloomers drops 3/12 and the first track - Got Some (But it Ain't Enough) is ava…
 
If you’re going on a bike adventure, you’re usually confronted with a situation that requires a fix or an adjustment. On this episode of the Best of Pedalshift we explore tools you must bring, what you should bring, and maybe a few things you haven’t thought about. Originally podcast July 19, 2018.By Tim Mooney
 
Hey, it's still winter... so with snow on the ground and actual touring on hiatus for at least a few more weeks, why don't we continue scouting Pennsylvania Route S? On this episode, the second edition for four, we hit the road and scout the second day of the ride to New York between Chambersburg and York. Housekeeping Hey, new music! Brock Dittus …
 
You know how a few days into a tour you have a pannier full of rando things in no particular order? Welcome to the 233rd edition of the pod, then! Odds and ends, followups and a Black History Month recommendation with a bike touring twist! The All Rando Pannier Episode Odds and ends on my mind, inbcluding follow ups and a suggestion for some Black …
 
Detours and closures are a part of bike touring, but how do you handle it? On this edition, five things to think about on how to handle bike route detours and closures without losing your cool. Handling Bike Route Detours & Closures Whites Ferry - closed and both sides of the river are digging in Hwy 1 near Big Sur... washed out again... repairs li…
 
It only took 81 episodes to finally talk about bikepacking on Pedalshift… better late than never, right? On this best of episode, Rob Knapp joins us and chats about what it was like to pick up bikepacking as a racer and how that informs him in how he bikepacks when not trying to come in first. Originally podcast May 25, 2017.…
 
I'll admit, I've been bikepacking curious for awhile. As my touring continues to expand and evolve I'm thinking more about bikepacking options for 2021 and I thought I'd share the process on the pod. Join me, won't you? Exploring bikepacking options Evolving gear - what is touring and what is bikepacking? Does it matter? Expanding gear to suit tour…
 
A new year, a new bike route! On this episode, we hit the road and scout out a new bike touring route to see if it looks as good in person and it does on the screen. Scouting a new bike touring route Part of the route mentioned in Pedalshift 228 US Highway 11 and US Highway 30 Apologies for the rough audio in parts of this! Pedalshift Society As al…
 
After sitting with it a few weeks since my return from bicycling the Katy Trail, I shared my thoughts on everything about the ride… the heat, the rain, the trail surface, and much more. Where does the Katy Trail stand up to other tour routes in the US? I have some thoughts on that! Originally podcast June 28, 2018.…
 
On this episode, we continue a tradition like no other, a futile attempt to review the year in podcast form. And since no amount of fictional podcast elves or award shows can possibly out-2020 this year, we have special guests and friends of the show Brock Dittus and Aaron Flores of the Sprocket Podcast to help make sense of this year and the year …
 
It's the end of the season, but that doesn't mean we can't dream up new tours. In this edition, I open up my thought process and planning technique for a brand new tour I'm thinking about next year. Once upon a time Snake Plissken escaped from NY... my next tour turns the tables! More tour wishcasting - Escape to NY A potential spring 2021 tour to …
 
I tried to make the last tour of 2020 a sufferfest, but it turns out one last time on the C&O for the year was pretty festive. It's the final tour journal for a very oddball year! The Journal: One Last Time on the C&O for 2020 No shownotes, no stats, just me yammering away for 40 minutes on a bike tour. In other words, the usual!…
 
Every time I come across an eBike I wonder if you go touring on something like that? On this episode, I chat about my research on the topic! Gear Talk: Exploring eBike Touring First - I'm far from an expert on this. This picqued my interest in the spring of 2019 when I was riding the DC to Cinci route and I got SMOKED on the Ohio to Erie trail by a…
 
In the second of a two-parter, my trusty Brompton and I continue our transit-aided bicycle tour from Washington, DC to Astoria, Oregon. This week features a more-challenging-than-expected short mileage day, a visit to Kurt Cobain’s riverfront hangout, and a long bridge serving as a finish line. Originally podcast March 29, 2018.…
 
In the first of a two-parter, join me and my trusty Brompton for 4 days of transit-aided bicycle tour from Washington, DC to Seattle to the Olympic Peninsula and wrapping things up in Astoria, Oregon. Part one features the machinations of getting from DC to a tent in the shadows of the Olympic Mountains (if there were, y’know… sun) and the first ve…
 
Extending the Life of Your Touring Bike Housekeeping: Hey, people listen to this thing!? I'm told the last 30 days we ranked in a bunch of cool countries: Position 9 in the category Places & Travel (New Zealand) Position 12 in the category Places & Travel (Finland) Position 14 in the category Places & Travel (Slovenia) Position 18 in the category P…
 
Time is opening up a little bit for me for the next couple of months so I'm spending some time winter bike tour planning, one locally and exploring if there is a safe and responsible way to get a warm-weather location ride in January or February. The Journal: Winter Bike Tour Planning All Weather Ride? I might seek out cruddy weather. Last week's b…
 
Fall bike touring is my favorite kind of touring… just hopping on a bike, hearing the crunch of the leaves under the tires and enjoying the cool temperatures inside a warm tent. This episode I chat about my 2016 mini-tours on the C&O plus ideas for winter rides I still may tackle! Originally podcast October 14, 2016.…
 
You've got our bike, you know where you're going... the next biggest thing is what to bring and how to pack it! On this edition of the pod, my top five strategies for packing for a bike tour. Top-5 bike tour packing strategies 1 - You really want waterproof storage* 2 - Bike touring life is about balance 3 - Luxury item vs. too many clothes 4 - Pac…
 
My three day weekend tour was about to be washed out by the remnants of yet another hurricane rolling through the area. And since the C&O isn't exactly the best trail in a soaker, it was a good idea to reverse course and head back to my cabin. But would the tropical gusher wipe me out or would my "special" river crossing be impossible to traverse? …
 
They say you only live once and some people shorten that up to YOLO, turn that into a verb and make questionable decisions. Sometimes that's a pathway to adventure. And sometimes, it's a convenient excuse to do things you aren't supposed to. On my first day to complete a full ride of the C&O this year, I YOLO'd more than I typically YOLO. Filling i…
 
Kerry Gross wanted more stories of inspiring women. So, she decided to ride her bike from California to Maine in search of women who inspire others. Now she brings those stories to us via the Women Who Dare podcast, the story of Kerry’s 5,700-mile bike ride and the interviews with these remarkable women. Originally podcast April 26, 2018.…
 
A few weeks ago I set out to do some on-the-bike stealth camp scouting for a future tour of the Delmarva Peninsula. Is the eastern shore a good bet for some sneaky no-impact camping? plenty of opportunities, not all of them great further north may have more limited opportunity as a lot of the wooded areas are cleared for ag use May be a good option…
 
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