FAQ

The Frequently Asked Questions for TV Cycle (answered by show producer Brock Frazier).

General Questions

Why TV Cycle?
TV Cycle is a way to bring the joy of cycling to television. Why TV? Why not?!
How is TV Cycle financed?
TV Cycle is self-funded by producer Brock Frazier. It’s a hobby.
Why should I watch TV Cycle?
A typical episode should be relaxing. In a world where TV goes “blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah [laugh track] blah, blah, blah, blah, blah”, a typical episode of TV Cycle will have fewer than three minutes of speaking. If an episode has more than three minutes of talking, there’s probably a good reason for it.
Can I ride for TV Cycle?
Possibly. See the Be a Rider! page for more info.
The rider breaks the law a lot. Why do they disobey stop signs?
Idaho state laws are very friendly and reasonable towards bicyclists and intersections. In short, a stop sign serves a yield for cyclists, and a stop light serves as a stop sign. Here’s more about Idaho cycling laws.
Who did the theme song?
I wrote and performed it. If I remember correctly, there’s three guitar tracks, one bass track, one lead vocal track, and maybe four backing vocal tracks. What you hear is me, and me, and also me, and me some more, and a few additional tracks of me, plus the drum machine built into my old Zoom MRS-1044 digital recorder.
This show is slow. When does it get exciting?
TV Cycle is not a crime drama. It is passive television. If an episode reaches the “exciting” level, something bad probably happened, like a bike getting hit by a car. An average show is far more relaxing than exciting. This is by design. Past the first 2-3 minutes, you typically don’t even need to hear anything to know what is going on.
The show could use more dialog. Why don’t you at least add some music?
An average episode intentionally lacks dialog after the first three minutes. As to music, if you want some, turn some on! There’s about 13 minutes of ride to end the show, and sound isn’t necessary to understand what is going on. If you watch some “This is Ambient” afterwords (as it is scheduled on Boise cable), you have arguably the most music friendly TV programming ever. Even if I were to add music, you probably wouldn’t like it as much as whatever you were to pick. So, feel free to turn on some tunes when the ride starts. On most weeks, this works quite nicely.
What equipment are you using for TV cycle?
Cameras: The cameras are all digital with solid state recording (no tapes or hard drives). The following assignments could change out quickly, as could the equipment list. This is how it is at the time of writing:

  • Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD2000A: Full 1080p camcorder. It’s typically on the handlebars facing forward
  • Sony Cybershot DSC-S2000: It’s typically aimed up at the rider from the handlebars, and is running in 640×480 movie mode.
  • Samsung BL103: It’s under the saddle on the cycle, and aimed towards the crank.
  • Ativa D33F: It’s a small digital camcorder. Office Depot brand. It isn’t used at all in the first three episodes, but is used in later shows, typically providing additional looks at the ride.

Camera Mounts: I started with a variety of cheap mounts picked up off ebay. The cheap ones averaged about $3 shipped from Hong Kong. The spendy one was $10 shipped. The most demanding camera to mount (the Sanyo) had a mount break while riding, and I have since fabbed together a mount for it out of aluminum, water bottle handlebar brackets, and assorted other parts. All of the camera mounts are now over to aluminum, including a second set for guest rides. It’s scary when your camera is swinging free off the handlebars, and I need not ever see that again.

About Producer Brock Frazier

Do your cycle often?
Yes. It’s a common form of transportation for me. I have cars too, but I ride short trips often and not so short trips sometimes. Depending on where I need to go, the Boise (Idaho, USA) bike lane and greenbelt system gets me around pretty well. It’s not perfect, but it’s improving all the time. Compared to many other places (San Diego, Seattle, and Wichita come to mind) Boise is a street rider’s dream.
What do you ride?
Here’s my bike stash. You’ll notice a trend: Heavy, single speed, built to haul.

  • 1995 Schwinn Classic Cruiser with a huge Wald rear basket rack: This is the main bike, AKA “Studio One”. It has permanent mounts for TV Cycle, so I can just add cameras and do a show. The bike has weighed over 50 lbs. since I added the huge Wald rack to the back. I had a ton of groceries back there on my first haul. The frozen turkey and three gallons of milk weighed 28 lbs. This is my main bike that got me back into cycling. Single speed with a springer front fork.
  • 1998-era Roadmaster Luxury Liner: A classic Brook Stevens design. This is the late last century USA reproduction. Plush! It has a rack on it but I’ve never hauled with it. Single speed with a dual spring front fork.
  • Coker Monster Cruiser Deluxe: The 36 inch tires are for novelty. It’s huge, heavy, and far from practical. It’s fun, though.
  • 2005 China Vehicle TC-93 Rickshaw: A big, heavy single speed rickshaw with a canopy. See my Rickshaw hobby blog for more info.
  • 2003 Main Street Pedicab: A modern rickshaw. The only ride I have with gears (21 of them). Far more capable the rickshaw. Having gears lets me climb places the rickshaw could never go, but the bigger advantages in mind are vastly superior stability and braking. There’s reasons these things cost about ten times as much new than a rickshaw.
Those are heavy rides. What’s the “light” one?
The Schwinn. With the Wald rack on there, it’s around 50 lbs. The Roadmaster has to be more, and the Coker is certainly more. From there, the Main Street is heavier, and then the rickshaw that’s around 210 lbs. Depending on passengers, the rickshaw or perdicab can be quite heavier. I’ve had quite a few rides with the rickshaw where with myself included, it’s over 700 lbs. total weight.
So, efficiency really isn’t a goal…
It actually is on the Main Street, because I’m sharing my ride and want it to be faster for the passengers. The others though, no. I run lower air pressure on the Schwinn a lot, because I welcome the inefficiency. It helps me stay in rickshaw shape. Don’t want to get too low though, or the tubes will shift. I’ve actually pondered combining a bicycle with an exercise bike’s resistant brake so I have added inefficiency doing day-to-day riding. Upping the gearing on the Schwinn might not be a bad idea either.
Any personal riding goals you haven’t met?
There’s a few:

  1. Share bicycle rides with others through TV Cycle. It’s kinda what I’ve been going with the rickshaws anyway, but now through TV.
  2. Take a passenger across northern Idaho on the pedicab, using the Route of the Hiawatha Rail-Trail and the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes

I’ve also pondered mountain biking. I should at least give it a try. The concept of hiking with a bicycle appeals to me, plus it’d be complementary to hauling passengers.

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