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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Show #304 – July 9, 2016

Jul 9, 2016 by

When cyclist Matt van Ohlen, co-founder of BikeStock was deliberately run down and murdered last week in NYC, there was once again an outcry for justice for cyclists. And, according to Streetsblog editor-in-chief Ben Fried, the response was “business as usual” when police began ticketing cyclists near the scene of the crime the following day. Since then, the car has been found – the hit-and-run driver has not. And, in fact, less than 15% of all hit and run crashes are resolved. Ben joins me to talk about Matt van Ohlen, the incident itself, and the mood of both the cycling community and the police in NYC. The, I walk with Doug Ulman, CEO and President of Peolotonia – purportedly the “largest single-event cycling fundraiser benefiting cancer research in the United States”. To date,...

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Show #303 – July 2, 2016

Jul 2, 2016 by

“Doping? Again?” I’m going to suggest that you suspend all your previous thoughts about Lance, Floyd, Tyler, and the U.S. Postal Team! My guest this week has written a riveting book about one of our most favorite and displeasing topics – doping. Now, before you say – “What, another book about doping?” I want to preface the conversation by saying this is an approach I don’t believe anyone else has taken thus far. He asks and answers such questions as: How, why, and when did we become so indignant and disgusted with athletic doping? What does it say about us and our society as a whole? How have these attitudes shifted over time? And, are you certain we as a society aren’t somewhat complicit? Mark Johnson’s new book, “Spitting in the Soup: Inside the...

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Show #302 – June 18, 2016...

Jun 18, 2016 by

Guest: Richard Sachs   He’s iconic, smart, outspoken (like me!), and revered. And, it’s been a while since we spoke. After his blog entry this week titled “Adjusting the Torch” I asked him to join me once again and he accepted. Richard Sachs and I caught up with one another early Friday morning to talk about a variety of subjects in an in-depth conversation on the show. We cover such topics as his early career and how he sees today’s frame building craft, True Temper’s decision to stop making bicycle tubes and, what a young person might be thinking about frame building today. He needs no further introduction – so, sit back and enjoy! http://www.wjcu.org/files/2016/06/wjcu-the_outspoken_cyclist_061816.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android |...

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Show #301 – June 11, 2016...

Jun 11, 2016 by

Back in February, I spoke with World Bicycle Relief Ambassador Carlos Perea about his remarkable fund raising efforts on behalf of the WBR. Little did Carlos know that just a few months later, he would be asked to take a trip to Africa with the WBR team to see first-hand how the work he was doing impacted the people who benefit from that work. Tonight, Carlos and I talk about how he came to be one of the “lucky ones” to go on this tour, what he saw, and how he celebrated his 31st birthday! After a break and some news, we head on down to Cincinnati to speak with Ohio bicycle lawyer, Steve Magas. In light of the horrific crash in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Tuesday, June 7th, Steve and I discuss the charges...

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Show #300 – WOOO HOOOO – June 4, 2016...

Jun 4, 2016 by

Huge thank you to all the listeners and supporters of the show!  I hope you enjoy this 300th episode! I’ve got three guests to help me celebrate this special occasion including one of the most special people in my life – my life partner Brian Jenks. You’ve heard me mention him more times than I could possibly count; and, I’ve finally been able to corral him to join me this evening. Besides being a terrific person, Brian is also one of the most talented and creative people I know. From his perfectly executed frame designs to his impeccable final bicycle builds, Brian leaves no detail un-turned. This evening, we cover a variety of topics – barely scratching the surface of what he knows and does in his work. Then, we welcome Sam Fox back...

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