Pedal Powered Talk Show combines a cargo bike and a TV interview set
By Ben Coxworth
December 19, 2011
The guys over at Portland, Oregon's Metrofiets are a pretty talented bunch when it comes to designing cargo bicycles for more than ... well, for more than hauling cargo. Not long ago, they made headlines with their Beer Bike, that incorporates a tap-equipped wooden bar, space and hardware for two kegs, and a rack created specifically for carrying pizza boxes. They've also built bikes that have served as a mobile coffee shop, and as a go-anywhere bicycle repair station. Their latest creation, however, is aimed at the world of broadcasting - it's a two-wheeled human-powered talk show set.
The bike was created for use in a project called The Pedal Powered Talk Show, and features a hand-made steel frame, custom wheels, and a custom-made solid wood desk. The whole shebang is eight feet (2.4 meters) long, and weighs in at 75 pounds (34 kg).
For the program, host and producer Boaz Frankel will ride the bike around Portland, setting up with a crew at various locations, interviewing locals and visiting people of interest - should anyone wish to transport him and the bike to another location to shoot an interview there, he's apparently open to that, too.
While Boaz and crew have already shot interviews with people such as actor Daniel Baldwin, it seems that he really wants to talk to actress Zooey Deschanel - hopefully she'll be in the Pacific Northwest sometime soon. In the meantime, if he runs into trouble maybe Ben Wyse will pay him a visit, with his self-propelled mobile bicycle repair service.
Episodes of The Pedal Powered Talk Show can be watched online via the program's website, beginning sometime next month.
The following video provides a taste of the kinds of things that viewers can expect.