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.

Interbike 2012 – Dirt Demo


Hot doesn’t even begin to describe the weather in Nevada!  You could have friend eggs on the ground at Dirt Demo in Bootleg Canyon today. But, Dirt Demo was a smashing success!  It was jammed pack with vendors and attendees alike.  I saw some beautiful kits on riders; I saw some great looking bikes.
There were two DJ’s – each working about 2 hour shifts – that just kept the shaded tent rocking.  Sierra Nevada was giving out beer.  There was free food, free ice cream and popsicles, and every electrolyte drink product on the market.  Shimano gave out free ice-cold towels – a very welcome idea that kept me on my feet when I felt woozy about two hours in.
I think one of the big highlights of the day for me was the introduction of a group of Ride2Recovery riders who had biked in from Las Vegas to Bootleg Canyon and then were heading back out to  Las Vegas.  There were armed service personnel, firefighters, and police – many of whom were amputees.  I will be talking with John Wordin, President and Founder of Ride2Recovery and Chris Spyer from Raleigh.  Raleigh has a department that researches and develops adaptive bikes for these amazing athletes.  Very inspiring!
As the week unfolds, I will be “tweeting” (I thought I’d NEVER say that) at #outspokncyclist on Twitter and on the Outspoken Cyclist Face Book page.
Stay tuned!