Show #325 – December 10, 2016

Guests: Roland Della Santa; Gloria Liu

Tonight, we meet veteran frame builder and a man of great taste (especially in music and food!) Roland Della Santa.

Roland has stuck with his beliefs and ideas about frame building for over 40 years and still produces his classic Della Santa frames in the “Italian” tradition – steel, lugged, and FAST racing machines.

We discuss frames, forks, wheels, Roland’s relationship with Greg LeMond, and even our favorite musicians – Frank Zappa and Joe Bonamassa!

As for food – what would you expect? Italian in the Tuscany tradition!

Roland pulls NO punches about what he believes, how he builds frames, and what he thinks about today’s offerings in the bike biz.

In the second half of the show, it’s buckling down to “get ‘er done” with just two weeks until the gift giving holidays of Christmas and Hannukah.

So, I checked in with Gloria Liu, senior tech editor at Bicycling Magazine (as well as a consummate adventurer!) Gloria has some great gift ideas for you!

From small stocking stuffers to that one big “gift under the tree”, we will bring you some fresh ideas.

So, out to Reno the outspoken cyclist goes to talk with the outspoken frame builder Roland Della Santa.

4 Replies to “Show #325 – December 10, 2016”

  1. Hi Diane,

    I listen to many of your shows but not all. If you have given an update on your knee operation, I missed it. How are you doing? Do you recommend the stem cell procedure.

    Thanks and Happy Holidays

    1. Hey Roger;

      Thanks for listening and for asking about my knee. In one word it is FABULOUS! The stem cell therapy was a great success and I have about 95% of my range of motion along with pretty much zero pain in the knee. Back in the summer, I had a second PRP (plasma rich platelet) injection to get the biggest bang for the buck out of the stem cells themselves. The thinking is that they grow and “do their thing” for about a year and that another “booster” of PRP might extend that a bit. I’m not sure if it made any difference; but, it didn’t hurt to do it.

      My more complete answer has to be that, if you are a candidate (and the doctors would have to help determine that) I would highly recommend it. Yes, it was expensive – $6,000+ – but a new knee, the rehab time, the possibility that it would only sort-of improve my ability to do what I love and want – made it an easy decision.

      I am able to practice yoga without limitations – other than those I self-impose – and I rode over 800 miles on the tandem with Brian this year; a new record for the past 8-10 years – and with no pain. We rode in Mississippi in early April, the Horsey 100 in May, and did a 2-day self-supported tour of the Erie Canal in July. I am able to hike and walk without pain and about the only thing that is holding me back from running is me – I’m too chicken to try it! (And, I’m a lot older than when I ran in the past).

      I hope this helps answer your questions. If you want more information, listen to the Monday evening Webinar with Dr. Chris Centeno at

      Happy holidays!


  2. I don’t know how much control you have on the audio, but it would be great if you could boost the sound of your interviewees when they are on phones.

    1. Roger that! Thanks! Sometimes, it’s just not possible to get great audio – unfortunately, you can’t get these folks in to a studio to chat.

      Keep listening! We’ll keep trying to raise the bar.



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