Show #410 – July 21, 2018

Guests: Dorothy Pacheco; Taliah Lempert; Bruce Hagen

My first guest is Dorothy Pacheco. When we talk about women in the bike industry, we don’t always see someone who is so broadly versed in a variety of business disciplines.

Dorothy, who was born and raised in Colorado, was one of the first people to bring mountain bike racing to the U.S. in the form of NORBA – the national off road bicycling association – where she set up the first series of races. Then, she helped to bring mountain bike racing to the Olympics.

Today, Dorothy is on the board of Little Bellas – which we’ll discuss – and is the sales and marketing manager for a new line of bicycles that will be introduced this September – Batch Bikes.

Then, we’ll talk with bicycle artist Talia Lempert. If you’ve ever seen her work, you know that it is instantly recognizable. Her paintings of bicycles – both new and old – are bold and colorful; and, her commissions come from all over the world.

Today, we’re going to talk a bit about her new book project – it’s her third – titled Classic Bicycle Coloring Book. Taken from paintings she has done in the past, the drawings are a unique way to express your own creativity.

Lastly, and I know this subject it always contentious and seems to come up way too often – I speak with Georgia Bike Law’s Bruce Hagen. This week, he posted an article on his blog titled – Another Cyclist Killed: Another Shoddy Police Investigation.

While this IS the crux of the conversation, something Bruce said has stuck with me – He said” “If your brain is shut off at the existence of cyclists; of course it appears like we come out of nowhere”. It’s a telling comment and one that we discuss in some detail.

Show # 321 – November 12, 2016

This week we begin the first of our “holiday” shows with a delightful conversation about bicycle paintings. Taliah Lempert’s work is immediately recognizable for its style and color.  Her “statement” says:

“Bicycles are important, beautiful, and worth a close look.

Most bikes I paint are, or have been, used daily for transportation, recreation, messenger work and/or for racing, They are worn and customized uniquely,
being at once a specific bike and a collective symbol of empowerment.”

Her work has been applied to all kinds of “stuff“: magnets, coffee cups, coloring books, and T-shirts.  And, she uses her talents to paint custom bike portraits, much like you’d have a painting of your wife, husband, children, or pets.

It’s a fun and chatty conversation!

Then, we wrap up 2016 and look at the new cycling season with one of my favorite cycling journalists and man-in-the-know, Dan Wuori.  Author of the popular column “At the Back” for Velo News, Dan breaks down the 2016 season from the Spring Classics to the Olympics.

We talk about winners and losers, teams and riders, and who to watch for the upcoming year.