Show #422 – October 13, 2018

Guests: From French Fender Days: Peter Weigel, Jan Heine, Deb Banks, Carlos Pintos, Corey Thompson, Dave Cain, Simon Firth; Christine Acostas, Whit Blanton

A View from Above.

 

French Fender Days! Peter Weigel! And, it’s off to Connecticut for 6 short conversations with folks attending the iconic framebuilder’s once-yearly event!

We chat with Peter first and learn about the event then… it’s the “cast of characters” in the following order:

Jan Heine – from Bicycle Quarterly & Compass Cycles attending his 1st FFD

Deb Banks – from Rivet Cycle Works in California (and the “hostess” with a small “h”)

Carlos Pintos – from Ontario, Canada. He’s a flight attendant whose international travel schedule allows him to find French fendered treasures and ride all over the world.

Corey Thompson – from Thompson Cycle Works in Olympia, Washington. He’s a newlywed who will be taking his bride to PBP in 2019 on the tandem he built. He’s a randonneur, frame builder, and more.

Dave Cain – even though we just talked with Dave from Waxwing Bag Company recently, he alluded to a new product and lets us in on it in this short conversation.

Simon Firth Philly frame builder, retailer, and just a super cool guy takes us around the FFD bike stable and points out a few interesting machines.

Then, after a break, we hear a conversation between Christine Acosta from Pedal Power Promoters and Whit Blanton from Forward Pinellas, the county planning organization as they discuss their take AND rebuttal of the WSJ article that said Pinellas Count, Florida was the most dangerous place in the US to ride.

BIG SHOW – get can extra beer out of the frig!

Show #415 August 25, 2019

Guests: Jan Heine; Eric Weis

As promised, it’s a brand new conversation with Jan Heine!

From his Bicycle Quarterly Magazine, which turned 15 this year, to his comprehensive blog, Off The Beaten Path, and his store – Compass Cycles – where many of the components he offers comes from his extensive research, development, and testing, Jan and I talk about upgrades, riding on gravel, some of his recent travels, and more

It’s a delightful in-depth interview!

Then, Eric Weis, founder and director of the New England Builder’s Ball, joins me to fill us in on this year’s September 22nd event at the Boston Innovation & Design Building.

Show #373 – November 4, 2017

Guest: Peter Weigle

The Concours du Machines 2017 Winner by Peter Weigel. Commissioned by Jan Heine
The Concours de Machines 2017 2nd place Winner by Peter Weigel. Commissioned by Jan Heine

This week, Diane speaks with Peter Weigle – for the entire show!

We talk about his time at the Choir School in NYC, his stint at Witcomb Cycles in London, his love of physics, and so much more.

Peter’s bike for the 2017 Concours de Machines in Paris, France, commissioned and ridden by Jan Heine, won accolades all around, yet didn’t win first place. (You’ll need to listen to find out why!)

Enjoy!

 

Show #363 – September 2, 2017

Guest: Jan Heine

Many listeners have been eagerly awaiting the show this week; and, as promised, my guest is Mr. Bicycle Quarterly himself, Jan Heine.

For those who do not know him, I’ll run down a few facts:

He IS the editor and publisher at Bicycle Quarterly, which is celebrating its 15th year with the Autumn edition – #61. Even in this day of and instant and abundant news, every issue of BQ is eagerly awaited and devoured by its devoted fans. It is the only bicycle magazine that does not depend upon advertising, relying solely on its subscribers.

Out of his journalistic work has come the development of a bevy of products in the “Compass” store.

He is the one of the major forces behind the 650B tire revolution

Jan is a long distance cyclist who uses his adventures to develop and test new equipment

And, so much more!

There have countless articles, interviews, and conversation with and about Jan – I’m hoping you enjoy this one!