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 #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!