Show #393 – March 24, 2018

Guests: Richard Schwinn; Joe Nocella

Richard Schwinn in the house this week!  Yes, Richard came to visit dealers in the Midwest, and he stopped in NE Ohio to visit Brian as well as chat with me.

We talk about the state-of-the-custom-bike-business, how Waterford Precision stays on top of technology, and of course we talk a little bit of politics (as it relates to the tariffs in particular).

Always a good conversation!

Then, it’s off to Brooklyn, NY for an interview with Joe Nocella from 718 Cycles.

Joe – architect, teacher, LaCrosse coach, and shop owner – had to make some choices and picked LaCrosse and the shop.

718 Cycles isn’t your usual suspect when it comes to bike shops and Joe isn’t afraid to try something different to keep the business relevant and profitable.

Oh… and did I mention Van Halen? Yeah – that too.

So, settle in for a great hour of the Outspoken Cyclist podcast!

 

Show #326 – December 17, 2016

Special Guest: Richard Schwinn

With only a couple of more weeks until 2017, I thought it would be a good time to bring back one of our most interesting and well-received guests for a one-on-one show.

Richard Schwinn grew up in our industry, took a leave of absence for college, and came back when the company needed a guiding hand to navigate the changing waters of the 90’s.

Out of the sale of the company in the early 1990’s, Richard Schwinn and Mark Muller retained the Paramount name and factory in Waterford Wisconsin and Waterford Precision Bicycles was born.

Today, in the midst of a carbon fiber frenzy, Waterford Precision and its companion brand Gunnar, are a bright and shining star in the custom bike world.

Richard and I discuss a variety of topics from the current state of the business to the future of the independent bike dealer and more.

It’s a fascinating conversation and I hope you enjoy it.

Show #278 – December 26, 2015

Guests: Richard Schwinn, Maynard Hershon, Ross Shafer (this is an encore presentation of three of my favorite interviews from the past two seasons)

Encore! Encore! They shouted… and, so while we take the holiday off this week, we bring you three of my favorite interviews!

A name known to anyone who has ridden a bike for more than a few minutes – my interview with Richard Schwinn from December of 2013 is, as every conversation with Richard always seems to be, delightful.

Then we hear one of my favorite stories from my favorite bicycle story-teller, Maynard Hershon. If you haven’t heard him tell the tale of the “Nice Wheels” – (and even if you’ve heard it on another show), it is a beautiful story and told in a beautiful way.

Finally, I go back to August of 2014 to my great interview with Ross Shafer – the force behind Salsa Cycles. Only today, Ross is only involved in cycling on the periphery. His interests and his talents go far and wide.

I hope you enjoy this “encore” presentation of the Outspoken Cyclist.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

Show #208 – August 23, 2014

Guests: Encore presentation of interviews with Ross Shafer & Richard Schwinn

This week we bring you an encore presentation of interviews with two of my all-time favorite people.

Our first interview, which took place August 27, 2011 is with one of our industry’s true Renaissance Men – as Greg puts it. Ross Shafer has done a bunch of cool things in his career, including launching and running Salsa Cycles from 1981 to 1997. These days, Ross runs his own design, fabrication and consulting company called Six-Nine Design from his home base in Petaluma, California.

After a quick break, we’ll be back to bring you my conversation from August 13, 2011 (see a pattern here?) with the venerable Richard Schwinn from Waterford Precision Cycles. From the economics of transportation to bike polo, there is no part of our business that goes unturned when we talk with Richard.

Even if you’ve heard these two interviews when they originally aired, I know you’ll find them fascinating with something you missed this time!

We will be back next week with a brand new episode of The Outspoken Cyclist when we talk with super-star Katie Compton!

Show #174 – December 21, 2013

GUESTS: Richard Schwinn and Anna Schwinn

If you were living in the United States at any point in the 20th century, the name Schwinn needs no further explanation, and likely evokes some fond memories of a time when the bikes everyone wanted were made in Chicago, Illinois. Whether it was a Varsity, Continental, or Sting-Ray, Schwinn was the coveted brand. Although Schwinn-branded bikes are still being produced, our guests today are two members of the Schwinn family who are making their mark in a different way on cycling in the 21st century.

First up is Richard Schwinn, great-grandson of Ignaz Schwinn, who founded the eponymous bicycle company. Richard is a frequent flyer on The Outspoken Cyclist, and we always look forward to his insights and opinions (of which there is no shortage). Richard of course, is the proprietor of Waterford and Gunnar, and has recently been busy making frames for a new bicycle company called Shinola (which bought the name from the now-defunct shoe polish company). Richard holds forth on this and many other topics, including the dubious benefit of disc brakes on road bikes.

After a break and the news, we continue our “Schwinn-derful” show by welcoming Anna Schwinn (Richard’s daughter) who is making a name for herself as a bike designer. She started her career with Zipp Speed Weaponry, and is now the Head Engineer at All City Cycles, a QBP brand. Anna is also involved in promoting women’s racing in her new home of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Some of us have the “bicycle gene” and then others really have it.

Show #108 – Interbike… Part I

Carolyn Szczepanski, Karen Brooks, Micah Rice, Richard Schwinn

Here is the first of our shows from the media booth as I interviewed some of the high profile folks from the world of cycling:

She actually recorded more interviews than we have time for on this week’s radio show, so look for more from Interbike coming up in the near future.