13: Bikes, Bikes, Bikes



We here at The Casual Geographer loves ourselves some Earth. Trust us, if any extraterrestrial force showed up and put it in danger, there’s little question how we’d react. Anyway, as it turns out, it’s no secret that a number of terrestrial forces have been chipping away at our fine planet for a long time. Take a good look at the Hollywood sign if you’re in South Central LA. We’ll wait. Oh, you can’t see it? That’s a bummer.

The automobile’s a great invention, no doubt. It compressed space and time and made it possible to travel great distances around this world that Will Smith loved enough to punch an alien in face over. But, there’s no denying that cars have unleashed a giant smoggy ghost over many of our major cities and have been bending the international weather patterns and such. (If you are a crazy person who denies human-made climate change, please comment. We could use the entertainment! Just, please check your spelling.)

ANYWAY, now that inflation has dropkicked our wallets in the face with gasoline prices hovering well above $4 per gallon in many places around the US, many people have taken to the buses (good idea!) and their own bikes (even cheaper!) to get from point A to point B. Lest we forget all of the people who enjoy pulling the two wheels out of the garage on weekends for recreation and a quality workout. This episode is for those people!

Tyler, Bret, and (eventually) Abel talk about their own experiences as cyclists in and out of the SoCal area, as well as tips for how to build your own bikes, protect those bikes, and ultimately yourself when out for a spin. We hope you enjoy it, no matter how shackled you are to your car! And because (again) we love you, here’s a Long Beach bike map by our very own Bret!

Produced by Tyler S. for TDC Productions
Theme Song: “The Face of the Earth” by The Dismemberment Plan
Other Music Included:
The Vandals – “OK”
The Lovin’ Spoonful – “Summer in the City”
This Bike is a Pipe Bomb – “The Black Panther Song”
The Descendents – “Bikeage” (you think we couldn’t play this?)