This week we dive into part II of Dan Cavallari’s holiday gift ideas with a focus on cool things you might not necessarily need but wouldn’t mind seeing in your stocking or under the tree.
First though, we check in with my friend and colleague, Shannon Galpin. It’s been a while since we talked and much has transpired since our last conversation. The amazing activist, author, artist, and human rights advocate is still working to evacuate more women, girls, and families from Afghanistan while helping to work with a variety of entities to place those who are stuck in a sort of limbo. There are also some women who have resettled around the world and still need help – with education, bikes, housing, and most importantly a pathway to feeling accepted in their new countries.
When I log in to chat with Dan Cavallari, he’s sitting in his garage with a microphone and computer, only it doesn’t look much like the inside of a garage. As a rabid product tester for a variety of entities, Dan’s garage actually looks more like the inside of a bike shop.
This week, he gives us 5 picks for holiday ideas. Share with friends and family! Dan Cavallari, The Slow Guy on the Fast Ride, joined me from his garage again.
Then, it’s my annual pre-holiday gift chat with Bicycling features editor Gloria Liu. This year, we talk about a new “convertible jacket” from Pearl Izumi, a handlebar bag from North St. Bags in Portland, Oregon, some new light weight entries in the children’s bike market, and of course what’s hot in tech.
Guests: Gold medal Cyclist and industry maven Hugh Walton; 4-time successful Kickstarter inventor Brian Davis
Canadian born Hugh Walton holds 12 gold medals, qualified for 2 Olympics, won over 100 professional bicycle races, and made Pearl Izumi a household name. **
We get to explore his history as a pro cyclist as well as his long and successful career in the bicycle industry – working with Raleigh, Pearl Izumi, Hind, and Mavic.
Hugh suffered a stroke 4 years ago and after recuperating and getting back on a bike, he’s about to come back with a new on-line apparel concept. Waltoncustom.comwill launch on February 15th and offer the customer a one-off jersey – digitally printed – in three weeks!
The conversation is lively, fun, and truly fascinating.
** Note: There are not many articles or much history about Hugh on line.
After a break and our weekly news round-up, we talk with a 4-time Kickstarter winner Brian Davis. He finds his inspiration from the things that annoy him while riding his bike and, from his first project, The FixItStiks to his latest product The Weatherneck, Brian understands what makes a great product AND a successful crowd-funding campaign.