Show #439 – February 9, 2019

Guests: Heidi Myers; Jonathan Asher; Phil Gaimon


We begin this week’s show with two timely topics.

First is the topic of distracted driving. Heidi Myers is the marketing strategist for Louis Garneau and I caught up with her to talk about an initiative Louis launched late last year – Don’t Text & Drive. On December 22, 2017, one of Louis’ team members, 22 year old Jason Lowndes – was hit and killed by a distracted driver. The follow summer, Louis was hit and suffered a concussion.

Out of those two incidents and the pain and suffering that they have caused, Louis decided to launch the International Con’t Text & Drive Initiative.

Our second topic is about land and water conservancy and a plea for our help in getting Congress to reauthorize and important bill that will guarantee the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Jonathan Asher of the Wilderness Society Action Fund fills us in on the LWCF, the approaching legislation, and why this is so important to all of us who value our national lands.

Lastly, we have a fun and lively conversation with ex-pro racer Phil Gaimon. After pro-racing, Phil wanted and needed to reinvent himself. He has a college degree, has started businesses, and of course, still rides his bike. But, combining all of his expertise and adding cookies, hill climbs, controversies, and KOM’s, Phil has become somewhat of a YouTube phenom as his “Worst Retirement Ever” series is downloaded and viewed thousands and thousands of times.

Oh yeah – we also talk about his book, Draft Animals – and the controversy that erupted over it.

Show #346 – May 6, 2017

Guests: Rev. Laura Everett, Katelynn Alexoff & Chris Vorwald; Phil Gaimon

My first guest this week is Reverend Laura Everett. Her new book, Holy Spokes – The Search for Urban Spirituality on Two Wheels. takes her background as a pastor, combines it with an abiding love for year-round cycling, and adds the spiritual teachings of Brother Lawrence to offer up an insightful and beautifully written book that combines her religious background with a secular perspective.

Dissecting the bike into its concrete parts, Reverend Laura equates each part with a down-to-earth look at life that I found enlightening.

Then, we check in with the Katelynn and Chris, two of the owners of Vari-Wall in Columbiana, Ohio. Founded in 1985, the company specializes in resolving tubular design problem and is upping its game in the bicycle tubing arena. Offering air hardened steel tubes, Vari-Wall is looking to expand its market to frame builders – just as True Temper steps away.

Lastly, I have a delightful conversation with recently retired pro racer Phil Gaimon. Always brutally honest and usually hilarious, we talk about how and why he retired, the reasons bicycle racing isn’t so “all that”, and about his new book, Ask A Pro: Deep Thought and Unreliable Advice from America’s Foremost Cycling Sage. We talk about cookies too!