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.
The Pedal Powered Talk Show was conceived and built in Oregon. Phillip Ross and James Nichols of Metrofiets designed the bike and built the frame by hand from aircraft grade steel. Troy Susan of Bamboo Craftsman crafted the solid wood desk 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.
Boaz Frankel hosted his first talk show in 2002 when he launched “On the Cusp,” an often-strange late night talk show on NYU-TV, the university’s closed-circuit television station. Since then he’s interviewed hundreds of people you’ve probably heard of including George Clooney, Judi Dench, the cast of The Office, Natalie Portman, Donald Trump and Sesame Street’s Grover. In addition to hosting this talk show, Boaz is also a filmmaker, 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.