Show #334 – February 11, 2017

Guests: Roger Bird; Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Don Walker; Greg Siple

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Now – on to a GREAT show this week.

On a sad note, the bicycle world lost a larger-than-life icon when Chris Kegel, owner of Wheel & Sprocket in Wisconsin succumbed to a rare form of liver cancer that was diagnosed last year. In an effort to convey just what an amazing person Chris was and what his legacy will be, I asked Roger Bird, a long time friend and colleague, to offer us his thoughts about Chris, the loss, the future, and the legacy.

Then, we head on down to Washington, D.C. to speak with Senator Sherrod Brown, (D-OH) about his views on infrastructure, the environment, and a host of other topics. Senator Brown pulls no punches and holds little back as he talks about the current administration and what listeners can do to keep the pressure on for those things they want and those things they don’t.

We take short break, then head on down to Kentucky to chat with NAHBS’ show director Don Walker. the 13th annual North American Handmade Show will kick off on March 10th at the Salt Palace in SLC, Utah and Don fills us in on what’s new for 2017, gives us a peek into a new project he’ s working on with Nelson Vails and Raleigh, and tell us why NAHBS is still so relevant in an environment that is seeing trade shows falling into the abyss.

Finally, we help send Greg Siple off into retirement. After 40 years, the co-founder of BikeCentennial and Adventure Cycling, is stepping away from the organization that has been so near and dear to he and his wife. He reminisces a bit about how it all started and gives us a peek into how he sees cycling.

Quite a show!

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2 Replies to “Show #334 – February 11, 2017”

  1. Great show as usual.. I regrettably have to report of another passing on February 6th. Ed Haldeman, father of Lon Haldeman, RAAM veteran and co-operator of PACTour. Without the dedicated support of Ed, there may not have been a Great American Bike Race, which morphed into RAAM. I rode three of Lon and Susan’s PAC Tours, which Ed was on the support crew of. He was a tremendous positive influence on every rider. After a respectful delay, I suggest Lon as a guest on your show. Lon and Susan do an incredible job supporting riders on once in a lifetime rides across the country and other adventures. Research to learn of Lon’s efforts in Peru to build schools and support local children. He has also run a burn camp adventure right here in Wisconsin to get these folks out on bicycles and many other charitable events.

    1. Ohhhh – so sorry to hear this. Thank you for letting me know. I’ve wanted to talk with Lon Haldeman and/or Ssuan Notorangelo for some time… I’ll pursue it some more.



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