The Sprocket Podcast Talks Bicycle Touring

The Sprocket Podcast is a online radio show hosted by Portland, Oregon residents Brock Dittus and Brandon Rhodes. On the show, the men discuss a multitude of topics – everything from food, art, bicycles, travel, the Internet and more!

I recently had the pleasure of joining Brock and Brandon on their latest podcast session and while I was on the show we discussed a number of different things. Things like…

  • The Portland beard craze
  • Slow Internet connections
  • Coming home early from your travels
  • How I started bicycle touring at the age of 17
  • My 11 years of big and wild adventures
  • Working while traveling and how I stay self-employed
  • Park City, Utah
  • What kind of information you can find on
  • Cold weather bicycle touring in Europe
  • My 2005 skateboard bicycle tour (where I stopped and skateboarded at skate parks along the way)
  • Being told “you’re doing it wrong”
  • My 5-month sojourn in Peru
  • Renting cheap bicycles
  • Tricycle touring on a single-speed tricycle taxi cab
  • Vegetarian eating
  • The difference between dignitarian, flexitarian, and freegan
  • Stealth camping & hospitality is Peru vs. America
  • How traveling in Europe can be done on a budget
  • Supplementing your income by renting out your home
  • My attempts at running a marathon with absolutely no training
  • The music I’m listening to right now
  • And a whole lot more!

To listen to my interview with Brock and Brandon… or to check out any of the other Sprocket podcasts… head on over to

About Darren Alff

Hi there! My name is Darren Alff... and I make a living by cycling around the world, writing articles like this one, and helping others discover the joy of bike travel. If you like my work, consider supporting Bicycle Touring Pro. If you donate $10 USD or more I will mail you a postcard from wherever I happen to be in the world as a little thank you gift.

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