Show #390 – March 3, 2018

Guests: Katie Compton; Lennard Zinn

Radiothon 2018 is officially over and we are awaiting the final tally… thanks to all who pledged support for the station AND our show.

My first guest this week is the incomparable Katie Compton. With too many wins to list here, suffice it to say that she IS the winning-est cyclocross racer EVER!

Our fun and lively conversation covers a bit of her history, her training, her philosophy on the sport, and how she manages her health to stay competitive as she approaches 40.

We also touch upon the racing she and blind cyclist Klarissa Whitsell did in the paralympics.

Guest #2 is Lennard Zinn. His new book – the 6th Edition of Zinn & the Art Of Mountain Bike Maintenance was just published by Velo Press last month. An enormous tome, it contains “everything you always wanted and needed to know” about the care and upkeep of mountain, hybrid, and fat bikes.

We talk about tubeless tires, SRAM’s 1X system, and the care and feeding of disc brakes – especially hydraulics.

After a short break, Lennard and I also talk about the current situation with the heart issue he has been very frank and open about both in his articles for Velo News and in the book he co-wrote The Haywire Heart.

Sit back and enjoy show #390…

 

 

 

 

Show #260 – August 22, 2015

Guests: Lennard Zinn; Anna Brones

When we spoke with tech guru, frame builder, and endurance athlete Lennard Zinn, then 55, back in 2013, we were super impressed with the depth and breadth of his knowledge and expertise. In fact, our interview had to be broken into two parts to cover all the details of our conversation.

But what we didn’t talk about on air was the terrifying and life threatening physical issues he was experiencing.

Fast forward to 2015 and the now 57 year old has had to make some serious life choices because of his experiences. These issues were highlighted in a recent Velo News article, Cycling to Extremes – Are endurance athletes hurting their hearts by repeatedly pushing beyond what is normal?”

The lengthy piece graphically and bluntly details what is happening to endurance athletes like Lennard who seemingly just get leaner, stronger, and faster as they age. But, there may be a silent killer lurking and this evening, Lennard and I delve into not only what happened to him, but what he believes may be a reason to take a serious look at your training, riding, and racing choices as you age.

After our break and some current events, we take a bit of a different and lighter tone as we head on over to Paris, France to speak with Anna Brones about her new book, The Culinary Cyclist. In the handlebar bag size book, Anna shares some of her wonderful recipes, practical ideas, and endearing etiquette with us.

Show #171 – November 30, 2013

Guests: Lennard Zinn – Part II; Paralympic Bronze Medalist Rob Jones; Founder & CEO of Ride2Recovery JohnWordin

Here in the U.S., the annual War on Thanksgiving has been waged once again, and in an effort to lower the commercial quotient of this weekend, we have an episode of The Outspoken Cyclist for you that contains nothing but thoughts, ideas, and a story of triumph over adversity. We hope you find it a bright spot in your Thanksgiving and/or Hannukah holiday.

We open this episode with the return of Lennard Zinn, Technical Editor of VeloNews. Lennard was on the show back in April, and time ran out before the discussion turned to crank arm length, which is one of his unique specialties. This time around, we get the lowdown on how to determine optimal crank arm length (and why) as well as an update on disc brakes for road bikes, and a peek behind the scenes at his Technical FAQ column.

The second half of the show is devoted to the subject of wounded warriors and cycling. First up is Rob Jones, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who lost both legs as a result of combat in Afghanistan. With the help of Ride 2 Recovery at Walter Reed Hospital in Maryland, Rob re-mastered the ability to ride an upright bicycle. He’s now on a cross-country ride (with SAG support from his brother) to raise awareness and funds for the organization that helped him. He also found time to win a bronze medal in rowing at the 2012 London Paralympics.

To get a little more background on Ride 2 Recovery, Diane wraps up the show with a conversation with its president John Wordin. John is a former pro cyclist who now leads an organization that helps returning veterans reclaim mobility and fitness by adapting bicycles to accommodate their post-injury bodies. Our military medical personnel have become legendary for saving lives in combat; now organizations like Ride 2 Recovery are helping raise the quality of those soldiers’ lives after they return home.

Show #138 – April 13, 2013

GUESTS: ANDY HAMPSTEN, LENNARD ZINN

 

Trust me when I tell you that this guy has nothing on our guests this week, who happen to be two titans of the cycling world.

As Bob Roll put it, back in the 1980s Andy Hampsten “cracked the chest of European road racing and feasted on its heart.” Andy went on to win the Giro d’Italia, and a stage at the TdF, among other accomplishments. These days, he owns Hampsten Cycles with his brother Steve, and he combines his passion for Italian food, wine, and riding as proprietor of Cinghiale Tours. Andy checked in just before getting ready to head over to Italy for the Giro, and his own touring season.

After the break and some news, Lennard Zinn joins us. Lennard is one of the most knowledgeable people in the area of bike tech, and the fourth edition of his book Zinn and the Art of Road Bike Maintenance has just been released. He is also the longest-running columnist in VeloNews. Listen and learn about his journey from physics major, to racer, to framebuilder and technical guru.