Show #310 – August 27, 2016...

Aug 27, 2016 by

Guests: Mountain2Mountain’s Shannon Galpin; Atlanta’s Byron Rushing; Greg Priddy With the militant attack on the American University in Kabul this week, it is difficult to believe that there might be good news coming from Afghanistan. But, Shannon Galpin, the force behind the Nobel Peace Prize nominated Women’s Cycling Team in Afghanistan, does have some good news about the riders and their quest for equality as well as a spot in the 2020 Olympics. Shannon also weighs in on women’s rights worldwide and how Muslim women are dealing with the “duality” of being true to themselves as well as their religion while still trying to compete on the world stage. I also talk with Atlanta Regional Commission’s bike and pedestrian planner, Byron Rushing. Atlanta has some big plans on the table for both short and...

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Show #309 – August 20, 2016...

Aug 20, 2016 by

Guests: Brent Bookwalter; Greg Daniel. Many, many thanks to Sean Weide for his assistance in lining up our guests this week. We begin with Olympian and Tour de France pro rider Brent Bookwalter. A bit jet-lagged from his trip back from Rio, Brent nonetheless offers us a great glimpse into this year’s Olympic races as the only American to ride both the road race and the time trial. He got to see Rio from a unique perspective and tells us about his experiences. Brent is also deeply involved with the Association of National Professional Road Cyclists here in the U.S working tirelessly for the rights of cyclists including salaries, benefits, and retirement. And, to “give it back” there’s Brent’s “Bookwalter Binge Gran Fondo” in Otober. It’s a fun event for the end-of-season that invites...

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Show #308 – August 13, 2016...

Aug 13, 2016 by

Guests: NICA’s Austin McInerny & Kurt Wolfgang; Davis Tucker from NXNW in Austin As the 2016 Olympics enter their second week, we’ve seen some big wins and some big disappointments. Kristin Armstrong won her third consecutive gold in the individual time trial, setting a new record in the cycling world while 26 year old Taylor Phinney did not finish the Rio road race and was a distant 22nd in Wednesday’s time trial. It’s been a great Olympics so far; we’ll see what happens next week. This week, our show goes out to San Francisco to talk with the National Interscholastic Cycling Association’s executive director Austin McInerny and coach/development manager Kurt Wolfgang. Austin and Kurt fill us in on the numbers – how many states have teams, how many students are participating, and how the...

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Show #307 – August 5, 2016...

Aug 8, 2016 by

Guests: Former NYC Tranportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan; Soigneur Shelly Verses This week’s show is exceptionally satisfying to me! From the persistence-pays-off-department of journalism, I am delighted to be able to tell you that former Transportation Commissioner Janet Sadik-Khan is my guest this week. Appointed by Mayor Bloomburg in 2007, Janette spent 6 years, 7 months, and 18 days in the position. (I learned that from her new book, Street Fight – Handbook for an Urban Revolution.) Janette was the force behind what some might call the transformation of NYC’s surface transportation – from bike lanes to major street scapes. Her book details much of the work she was able to accomplish over those 6+ years as well as offer practical ideas into transforming cities – large and small – into livable communities for all....

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Show #306 – July 30, 2016...

Jul 30, 2016 by

Guests: Marc Sani; Leah Shahum This week Diane talks with Bicycle Retailer and Industry News‘ Marc Sani about “Future Shock” and how Alvin Toffler‘s seminal work might give us some insight into the dilemmas faced by bicycle dealers today. With a decision by Quality Bicycle Products to move one of their lines, Salsa Bicycles, into REI, the proverbial poop storm was kicked up by a bevy of dealers and Marc has some great insight into what the industry might want to do to move forward – without kicking and screaming. After our break and some news, including a fabulous video with Chris Froome and the “Minis”, we head on out to San Francisco to speak with Vision Zero Network‘s Leah Shahum. Leah, who has a deep understanding of transportation, especially as it relates to...

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THIS is show #305! – July 23, 2016...

Jul 23, 2016 by

This week’s show was supposed to be a bit different from what is actually is going to be. Along with our guests, I was going to talk with you about a short self-supported bike trip Brian and I took last week; but, when I woke up Thursday morning it was to the news that one of my colleagues, the curator of MOMBAT  – (Museum of Mountain Bike Art and Technology) and one of the nicest guys you’d ever want to me was hit and killed while crossing the street in his home town of Statesville, N.C. Jeff Archer was one of the really good guys – smart, savvy, and a valued part of the NAHBS judging team that year on year chooses the “best of show” in all categories.  He owned First Flight Bicycles and...

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NOT show #305 – July 16, 2016...

Jul 16, 2016 by

Spent a couple of days on the Erie Canal Towpath in NY with some friends of ours from Oswego, NY this week.  Rode from Lockport to Brockport and back, self-supported, with great tailwinds on day 1 and killer headwinds on day 2.  And, we thought Cleveland had some fierce winds! Some highlights of the trip included: – Watching how the locks work in Lockport.  What a feat of engineering this stuff is! – Finding a GREAT coffee shop in Middleport – Alternative Grounds Caffe.  Excellent coffee, fabulous food, beautiful store! – Heard an excellent 4-man band – The Third Degree Hot Rockin Band – in Brockport on Thursday night.  Bunch of retired “hippie” types playing everything from Van Morrison and the Beatles to CCR.  Great vocals, guitars, and drums!  90 minutes of non-stop fun. –...

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