In the summer of 2011, Boaz Frankel and Phillip Ross (of Metrofiets Cargo Bikes) decided to fuse two of their favorite things: talk shows and cargo bikes. They were curious whether it was possible to cram an entire late-night-style-talk-show production into a bicycle. A few months later, The Pedal Powered Talk Show was built and since then they've pedaled it to rooftops, canyon rims, shoe factories, roller skating rinks and goat fields to film interviews with unicycling bagpipers, best-selling authors, 80-year old drag queens, famous musicians and Baldwin brothers. The show has been featured on all major TV stations and newspapers in Oregon as well as USAToday.com, Bicycle Times and a bunch of other places.
If you're new to the show, choose from a few of our favorite episodes right here to see what it's all about:
• Watch us talk with Portland's famous Unipiper (the unicycling bagpiper) in an urban goat field.
• Watch an interview with Native American flute maker in his Eastern Oregon studio.
• Watch us chat with an Abraham Lincoln portrayer in the center of a roller skating rink (also featuring a llama and a marching band).
• Watch an interview with actor/environmentalist Ed Begley Jr.
About the Bike:
The Pedal Powered Talk Show is an Oregon-made contraption through and through. Phillip Ross and James Nichols of Metrofiets conceptualized the bike and built the frame by hand from aircraft grade steel. For the desk we turned to Troy Susan of Bamboo Craftsman who crafted it in his North Portland store. Finally, the wheels were custom made by Jude Kirstein of Sugar Wheel Works in her N. Williams shop. The bike is eight feet long and weighs about seventy-five pounds. Construction of the bike was generously funded by our pals at Keen Footwear.
About the Host:
Boaz Frankel is a filmmaker, TV producer, world record holder, kazoo museum curator, half of a creative advertising team and a native Portlander. You can learn more about him at StuffByBoaz.com.
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