Show #422 – October 13, 2018

Guests: From French Fender Days: Peter Weigel, Jan Heine, Deb Banks, Carlos Pintos, Corey Thompson, Dave Cain, Simon Firth; Christine Acostas, Whit Blanton

A View from Above.


French Fender Days! Peter Weigel! And, it’s off to Connecticut for 6 short conversations with folks attending the iconic framebuilder’s once-yearly event!

We chat with Peter first and learn about the event then… it’s the “cast of characters” in the following order:

Jan Heine – from Bicycle Quarterly & Compass Cycles attending his 1st FFD

Deb Banks – from Rivet Cycle Works in California (and the “hostess” with a small “h”)

Carlos Pintos – from Ontario, Canada. He’s a flight attendant whose international travel schedule allows him to find French fendered treasures and ride all over the world.

Corey Thompson – from Thompson Cycle Works in Olympia, Washington. He’s a newlywed who will be taking his bride to PBP in 2019 on the tandem he built. He’s a randonneur, frame builder, and more.

Dave Cain – even though we just talked with Dave from Waxwing Bag Company recently, he alluded to a new product and lets us in on it in this short conversation.

Simon Firth Philly frame builder, retailer, and just a super cool guy takes us around the FFD bike stable and points out a few interesting machines.

Then, after a break, we hear a conversation between Christine Acosta from Pedal Power Promoters and Whit Blanton from Forward Pinellas, the county planning organization as they discuss their take AND rebuttal of the WSJ article that said Pinellas Count, Florida was the most dangerous place in the US to ride.

BIG SHOW – get can extra beer out of the frig!

Show #418 – September 15, 2018

Guests: Matt Manuel; Dylan Reynolds; David Cain

It is interesting how people come to the bicycle business and what compels them to do so.

My first guest is a commercial airline pilot – he’s also a dad with two young children, and… he’s a new frame builder. He’s not fresh out of school – obviously – but, his frames are starting to get some traction in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada as well as reaching further west into the country.

Matthew Manuel is the proprietor of Fluent Frames – and a great story as to how he came up with name – and we’ll talk with him in a moment.

Then, just to break it up, we’ll head to Provence, France where I caught up with Dylan Reynolds, the founder of Ride and Seek Bicycle Adventures. As I mentioned on last week’s show, we will be talking about a new epic tour he is offering from Berlin to Budapest.

I ask Dylan what makes an epic tour, who rides with him and his many tour guides, and what we might expect different from Ride & Seek.

Then, it’s off to Vermont to speak with David Cain. David is a wood worker by trade; and, he fell in love with handlebar bags, panniers, and other bike bags when he saw a Rivendell bag he just could not get out of his mind.

Now, he spends as much time as he can making custom randonneuring and touring bags, along with some pretty clever accessories at his company Waxwing Bag Company.