The Pedalshift Project: Bicycle Touring Podcast

The Pedalshift Project: Bicycle Touring Podcast

A podcast about bicycle touring, bikepacking, bike camping... any way you describe adventure travel by bike, it's covered here! From tips and tricks to ideas on how to ride your ride. Let's shrink the world by bike.... Show More

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October 15, 2020 44 min

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 in the Blanks on the C&O

A very nice view of the Potomac River...

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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.

 

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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 for a mixed paid/stealth tour
  • Spring or fall would be best... lots of traffic an...
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    September 24, 2020 54 min

    A chat with Mary McGowan — the Rebel Without a Car. She's a Delaware native now in South Carolina who went from a car-free bike commuter to bike tourist and has discovered a ton of adventure along the way.

    Upcoming Bikey Events Follow the Underground Railroad Ride... I'm in touch with the folks behind it and trying to get them on the show, but they are just about ready to roll so we might be checking in down the line. Do fo...
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    Russ Roca joins the Pedalshift Project to talk about his work on The Path Less Pedaled and using photography, video and storytellng to advocate the joys of bicycle travel. Originally podcast March 1, 2018

    Also be sure to check out our livestream over on Path Less Pedaled's YouTube channel live at 8pm 9/16/20 or catch the replay anytime.

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    September 10, 2020 31 min

    With our... shall we say... unusual touring season this year, a lot of folks haven't been able to have as much bike goodness in their life. And ordinarily, a cool bike film festival isn't plopping down in your living room. But 2020's edition of Filmed by Bike is! Ayleen Crotty joins us on this edition to chat all things bike fun, plus previews the bike adventure film in this year's offerings.

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    September 3, 2020 40 min

    Day 4 of the 4x44 GAP Loop came too quickly, but featured the ultimate payback for a day and a half of climbing... the giant downhill to the finish line.

    STATISTICS   Miles biked 44 (GO ORANGE!) Bagels eaten like, 6 Food resupplies 0 Rattlesnakes 0 Big ass hills 1 Flats 0
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    August 27, 2020 40 min

    Day 3 was sneakily the toughest of the 4x44 GAP Loop. Sure the hill wasn't as steep as day 1, but this one was the full 44 miles long. Would the heat get the best of me?

    Upcoming Bikey Events   The 18th Annual Filmed by Bike is happening virtually this year September 10-13. I've wanted to check this out for years but could never coordinate my Portland travels or check out any of the roads shows. But this year, I'm in. ...
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    August 20, 2020 39 min

    Day 2 was, at least on paper, the most chill of the 4 segments—all downhill and the coolest of the remaining days. But with an unexpected state of affairs in Ohiopyle, will my chill day become the most stressful of the tour?

    The GAP 4x44 Loop It seems hard to believe I hadn't bike toured on anything except the C&O in six months. SIX months! I love me some C&O, but if you're like me variety helps keep me sane. So in...
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    The GAP 4x44 Loop tour begins with some question marks about heat and hydration, and oh yeah... a 24 mile climb to the eastern continental divide. With no climbing in my bicycling since 2019, could I haul me and a fully loaded bike up that hill?

    It seems hard to believe I hadn't bike toured on anything except the C&O in six months. SIX months! I love me some C&O, but if you're like me variety helps keep me sane. So ...
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    A look back on a weekend overnight in triple digit heat, plus my top hot weather bike touring tips. Originally podcast July 27, 2017.

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    As I round the corner to my next tour of the Great Allegheny Passage, what are my biggest challenges? You know, other than the pandemic thing. The GAP 4x44 Loop tour preview has all the answers...   Housekeeping   Morning rides on the C&O and WMRT - not seeing a lot of signs of touring in Hancock and I mention this as a followup from last week's show... I'd expect to see someone in the Hancock area but I'm only surv...
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    As we adjust to the new normal, can we bike tour safely and responsibly during a pandemic? On this episode, I share the thoughts of fellow listeners, a bike touring organization and my personal recommendations for bike touring during COVID times.

    News and housekeeping Stay tuned for my next tour at the end of the show! Kind of a spoiler alert since the topic is touring during COVID that I'm on the side of "yes you can, bu...
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    With my proper trail bike in the shop but a real need to get out for an overnight, I turned to a C&O newbie... my trusty 12" wheeled, very orange Brompton as my chariot to an urban(ish) stealth camping overnight. Would the trail chew up the Brompton? Would my orange gear prove too, well, orange for stealth camping? If you can't get your adventure by the liter these days, may as well do it in sips...

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    Concluding my western C&O loop adventure! Day 3 began with a chilly, rainy start. The loop had to be closed, but would anything other than rain and tunnels stand in my way?

    News and housekeeping Aaron Flores now holds the belt and is the winner of the Jun e 2020 draft. I came in a distant second, Guthrie third and Brock's peculiar tall bike tour,  was a beautiful unicorn that did not resonate with you, the voter.   My bike ...
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    In the summer of 2016, with one more big(ish) bike tour in my sights, it was prep time for an Oregon coast ride plus an extended bit of gear talk… what do I look for in the perfect bike touring tires and tents? Originally podcast July 21, 2016.

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    Continuing my western C&O loop adventure! On Day 2, I left the unique confines of Potomac Forks campground and looked to resupply in Cumberland and loop back. But would Cumberland offer me what I needed and would I get distracted from completing a full loop from where I began my day?

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    Hey, be sure to make your vote be heard! Ok, that too BUT ALSO for the Episode 207 Bike Touring Draft. Click here to rank yo...

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    Everyone's universe has shrunk a lot since the beginning of the pandemic, and nowhere has it hit home more for me than bicycle touring. I'm fortunate enough to have one of the country's crown jewel routes right around where I live. The first trip this year looped the eastern third near DC. This time, I roll out into the wilderness of the western third, looking for adventure and solitude. On Day 1, I picked up a freshly ...

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    Six months since the defeat of Mysterious James in the inaugural Pedalshift Bicycle Tour Draft, we sweeten the pot with 3 new contestants from a certain show podcasting from The Land of Sunshine and Bunnies™ to vie for my title belt! I explain the rules at the top, and we kind of make it up as we go along, but the essence is each of us chooses pieces of gear or other elements of a bike tour that the other person now cannot choose, ...

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    A chat with global bike tourist Jasmine Reese, on her journey, her four-legged companion, Fiji, and the adventures living the cycling vagabond life. Originally podcast February 2, 2017.

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