Show #294 – The Outspoken Cyclist...

Apr 23, 2016 by

Guests: Scott Cowan; Maggie Solis & Richard Weis Our show this week is about Challenges. The bicycle world in the U.S. is full of challenges: from local rides and tours to Race Across American and the Amgen Tour of California. But, there are the personal and local challenges that often are overlooked by the media and this evening, we are going to highlight two of them. Our first guest is Scott Cowan.  Scott is the owner of Century Cycles, a 3-store retail chain here in NE Ohio.  I’ve known Scott personally since he was in high school (at least he says so!) and I’ve watched Century Cycles grow and mature into one of the most well run organizations in our industry.  Scott has always stuck with his goals – to cater to families and...

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Show #293 – April 16, 2013...

Apr 16, 2016 by

Guets: Kimball Taylor; Tim Neenan Back from vacation and ready to rock and roll! My first guest thought the story he was sent to research and then report on was about the environment when he uncovered a smuggling operation between the U.S. and Mexico in which thousands of abandoned bicycles began to appear on trails across the border in Mexico. Kimball Taylor is the author and journalist who wrote The Coyote’s Bicycle: The Untold Story of 7,000 Bicycles and the Rise of a Borderland Empire. The story begins with a young boy growing up in an impoverished village of Mexico when his parents decide to follow their older children to the U.S. leaving Pablito behind to finish his secondary education and find a way to survive. When his grandfather, with whom he was left...

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Show #292 – April 2, 2016...

Apr 8, 2016 by

Guests: Chef Biju Thomas; Journalist Dan Wuori Sorry this is late everyone!  I was on vacation in Ridgeland, Mississippi for the OBO Tandem Rally.  A really well put-together event, 41 teams began the day on Saturday.  This was my first “extended” ride since my stem cell therapy last July, so I was delighted to have finished the 41 mile route. Rode another 24 on Sunday and then left Mississippi headed for New Orleans.  We stayed at the Fleur de Lis Mansion in the Garden District and walked EVERYWHERE.  We did not move the car or take any other form of transportation until we left on Wednesday.  New Orleans is without a doubt one of the most interesting places I’ve ever visited.  The culture(s), food, architecture, and rich history were a bit overwhelming and difficult...

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Show #291 – March 26, 2016...

Mar 26, 2016 by

Guests: Custom bike builder Mike DeSalvo; Urban planner, writer, and author Emilie Bahr My guests this week are custom bike builder Mike DeSalvo of DeSalvo Cycles in Ashland, Oregon and Emilie Bahr, whose new book Urban Revolutions: A Woman’s Guide to Two-Wheeled Transportation, is full of advice, information, and inspiration for someone who is thinking about getting on a bike – for whatever reasons she might have! Mike offers the full range of bicycles from single speed to full blown racing machine and gives us some insight into how the custom builder can have one-up on the big manufacturers in covering trends and seeing a market for a specific kind of machine. He also likes pizza, doesn’t have a shop dog, and does love snow boarding! Emilie, who lives and work in New Orleans, is...

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Show #290 – March 19, 2016...

Mar 19, 2016 by

Guests: Race director Martin Ernest Bruhn; Ride director Rodney McConnell But, it’s also the harbinger of Spring and THAT makes me very happy. Tonight, we are going to talk with two event directors about two very different events – and, we are doing that now because you need to plan for them in advance. First up is one of the most enthusiastic, passionate, and well-versed-in-the-competitive-event-world race directors with whom I’ve ever had a conversation. Martin Bruhn is the force behind the Woodstock Women’s Cycling Grand Prix (WWCGP) in iconic and lovely Woodstock, NY. Racing through the magnificent Catskill Mountains, this WOMEN’S ONLY event takes place Saturday, May 7th. Here is what Martin has to say about the mission of this event: to highlight the need for equal sportsmanship and attention for female bicycle racers...

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Show #289 – March 12, 2016...

Mar 12, 2016 by

Back from the North American Handmade Show and bringing you another great frame builder’s story. Greg White has been a chef, a Hollywood cinematographer, a pro cyclist, and now is the force behind Magic Cycle Werks in Bend, Oregon.  Greg and I talk about his background, his education, and especially his thoughts about bikes. Greg debuted a special frame he built for Team Sky’s Ian Boswell at the show and we learn the interesting and serendipitous story behind it. After a break and some news, I head over to Ridgeland, Mississippi to speak with his Honor the Mayor!  Gene McGee and I will meet face-to-face at the OBO Tandem Rally in Ridgeland and I wanted to get the skinny of the city, the riding, and the food! So, buckle up.  It’s The Outspoken Cyclist!...

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