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GUESTS: Mike Kone; Emily Thornton; Sergio Bravo
It’s amazing that just a few months ago I was wondering where I would get fresh material for the podcast and now, I can barely keep up with all the news, events, legislation, and people who are doing amazing things!
Today, it’s a three-fer!
We mentioned Classic Bicycles Auburn on the last episode and, I wanted to get more information for you as it’s coming up soon.
Mike Kone, the producer of the show, joins me to talk about the venue – an art deco hall in the Cord Duesenberg Museum in Auburn, Indiana – the seminars – with people like frame builders Stephen Bilenky and Doug Fattic – and even a gentleman who does classic car restoration – who will be speaking about the process and how it relates to bicycles. There are rides, a swap meet, and more.
If you live in a city with at least 500,000 people, you would have been considered for the Arris Composites’ America’s Best Biking Cities list. I know you’re wondering who landed where… here’s Arris’ spokesperson, Emily Thornton to fill us in.
Emily Thornton is the spokesperson on behalf of Arris Composites. The company sounds like a really interesting place to work – except I’m not looking for another job! Anyway, you can check out the list of American’s Best Biking Cities at arriscomposites.com/best-biking-cities/
September 6th through the 9th there is a new bicycle gathering in Bentonville, Arkansas. Cycle of Influence is the creation of Sergio Bravo and he’s put together a concept that should result in some innovative and ready-to-implement ideas for bike shops, advocates, and as he says “anyone who wants to see success for the bike industry.”
That would be most of us!
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Guests: Heather Dowd; Josh Poertner
Want to tour Italy? Want to tour Italy and learn about the culture, the food, the wine, and some of the areas many tour companies don’t visit?
Heather Dowd, who along with her husband Beppe Salerno, own and operate Tourissimo – an “Italy Only” tour company that is both innovative and culture-rich, was recently featured in Forbes Magazine in an article that delved into women who own companies such as hers.
We’ll explore Tourissimo’s tour options, how Heather thinks about women and cycling, and a lot more when she joins me in a moment.
Then, we’ll speak with Josh Poertner. Josh is the owner of Silca – yep that iconic company that makes the Silca pumps and now, a whole lot more.
Cycling Tips did an interview with Josh about what is becoming a nightmare to small businesses like his – counterfeit goods, fraud, and theft – and the new rules he had to implement in regard to returns – thousands of dollars of often fraudulent returns!
In a conversation that runs the gamut from what Silca has had to do to cope with fraud, counterfeit product, and outright theft to the future of the independent bike shop and how brands like Silca will fare as the industry continues to consolidate, Josh Poertner has some deep understanding and an ability to make it clear to anyone listening.
At mid-show, I mention two interesting events that are coming up.
First, Classic Bicycles Auburn is a celebration of vintage lightweight bicycles that will be held at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum August 26th to the 28th. You can register for all three days or a-la-carte for any of the many options including the exhibits, the swap-meet, and the rides that are being offered each day. For more information, log on to classicbicyclesauburn.com
And if you can’t get to Indiana for the Classic Bicycles Auburn event, how about going to Pittsburgh for what is one of the oldest and most respected rides in the U.S.? Pedal Pittsburgh started way back in 1994 and is the largest ride in Pennsylvania. This year, the date is August 28th and you can register for the event at pedalpgh.org/register