Show #300 – WOOO HOOOO – June 4, 2016

Huge thank you to all the listeners and supporters of the show!  I hope you enjoy this 300th episode!

I’ve got three guests to help me celebrate this special occasion including one of the most special people in my life – my life partner Brian Jenks.

You’ve heard me mention him more times than I could possibly count; and, I’ve finally been able to corral him to join me this evening.

Besides being a terrific person, Brian is also one of the most talented and creative people I know. From his perfectly executed frame designs to his impeccable final bicycle builds, Brian leaves no detail un-turned. This evening, we cover a variety of topics – barely scratching the surface of what he knows and does in his work.

Then, we welcome Sam Fox back to the show. With the usual disclaimer that Sam is no relation to Michael J. Fox, he DOES represent the Michael J. Fox Foundation and will fill us in on the “Tour de Fox”, a new 3-event fund and awareness raising series of bicycle tours. Tour du Fox begins right here in NE Ohio with the Great Lakes Tour in July followed by an event in the Pacific Northwest  and another in Sonoma Wine Country.

Finally, we ta lk with Dale Brown from the well-respected and very popular web site Classic Rendezvous. Dale tells us a bit about the history of the site and fills us in on the Classic Rendezvous weekend that will take place June 10-12 in Greensboro, NC.


Show #248 – May 30, 2015

Buests: Ultra endurance fundraiser Sam Fox; world traveler Jamie Bianchini

Every once in a while, we just HAVE to do a “feel good” show and this week is IT!

Our first guest is Sam Fox. He currently works for the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Now, Michael J. Fox has a son named Sam – this isn’t him! However, THIS Sam Fox is one pretty outstanding guy.

He’s a graduate of Yale. He’s an endurance athlete – mostly running, and running, and running, and … you get the picture.  How much running? We’re talking 2650 miles covering the entire Pacific Crest Trail – and, he raised $300,000.00 for Parkinson’s research. He ran 100 miles – in one day – from Manhattan to the tip of Long Island.   He raised $100,000.00 for Parkinson’s research.

Now, Sam is about to embark on a 48 state “Tour de Fox” event and we are all invited to come along. The goal this time is a cool $1,000,000.00. But wait, there’s more! There are $500,000.00 in matching funds for the first 1/2 million dollars raised so – we’re talking a LOT of money that is going to go cutting edge research to help find not only a cure, but to develop better drugs and a better way to manage the disease.

So, why would a young man choose this as his work – besides the fun of being outdoors AND raising boatloads of money? His Mom was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2005. Nuf said!

After our break and some news, we head on down to Jacksonville, Florida to catch up with Jamie Bianchini. His new book, “A Bicycle Built for Two Billion” is the culmination of 8 years, 80 countries, and the best stories he collected as he, his best friend Garryck, and hundreds of tandem rides they offered people along the way. Jamie recounts how he went from riches to rags – gobs of money to bankruptcy – and came out the other side with this idea of committing himself to being the conduit for good things to happen.