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The transportation bill NEEDS to be reauthorized – and soon! Like this coming week! That fact led me to Noa Banayan – the Director of Federal Affairs for People for Bikes. Noa, who is headquartered in Washington, DC. is the liaison between government and us when it comes to support for and funding of programs that will impact bicycling on so many l…
 
Today, we’re going to the movies! The Bicycle Film Festival, which is celebrating its 20th year, has been screening films virtually since last year when everything was shut down. with over 50 cities already screening films this year, Cleveland is up this week. Brendt Barbur is the founder and owner of the Bicycle Film Festival. To get YOUR ticket t…
 
It’s Our Anniversary. Welcome to our show for September 11, 2021. Of course the significance of the date is not lost on me and I’m sure not on you either. I have vivid memories of that day twenty years ago and it’s sobering to think about the lives lost and the fear that was burned into our hearts and minds. Ironically, today is also a day to celeb…
 
This week, we explore the USBRS – AKA, the U.S. Bicycle Route System with ACA’s Jenn Hamelman. Jen has “touched” every mile of the maps that ACA offers – she was a cartographer for the organization for almost 20 years. Now, she is tasked with coordinating the US bicycle route system and just this past month, 2,903 new miles were added in 5 states. …
 
My first guest is Jim Sayer. Jim was the Executive Director of the Adventure Cycling Association or 15 years, stepping down at the start of 2020. Now, he’s on a bicycling tour to complete the perimeter ride he’s been working on for many years. One of his stops was right here in NE Ohio and we invited him to stay with us. On his way into town, Jim w…
 
This week’s show is a two-fer and both guests have joined me in the past. Back in 2019, Sociology Professor Ben Brewer asked custom frame builders to respond to a survey he had designed with the hopes of learning about as he calls it the “micro-enterprise” of frame building. COVID sort of delayed the survey, but in fact, gave Ben some extra time to…
 
If you’re like me, the thought of racing a mountain bike for 100 miles, starting at 10,000 feet and climbing 12,500 feet in a day is utterly terrifying! And yet, my first guest has done it 23 times – finishing it 22… and is about to go again – today actually – August 14th. Elden Nelson is, by all rights, the Leadville 100 Guru – he even has a great…
 
This week, we welcome one great guest to the show – someone who has a wide and deep knowledge of the UCI AND the peloton. As you know, there was a lot of controversy in this year’s Tour de France about all the incidents – beginning with day one’s crash from a spectator leaning into the peloton and taking out the lead rider, causing the domino effec…
 
The show this week is taking a different road – out to California to speak with just one guest in great conversation – frame builder Chris Kelly. Last week, in some banter on FB, I inadvertently mixed up Chris Kelly and Charlie Kelly… shame on me! They are both amazing people and, since I had Charlie on the show back in 2015, it was high time Chris…
 
One of the cycling events I’ll be watching is a version of Keirin – Japanese track racing.. And, auspiciously, The War on Wheels, Inside the Keirin and Japan’s Cycling Subculture, the first really in-depth book about the sport, the riders, the bikes, and the subculture has just been published. Justin McCurry. who has lived in Japan since 1991, is t…
 
My first guest is not new to The Outspoken Cyclist.. She is one of the bravest, most passionate, and ardent activists for women’s rights, Shannon Galpin. Her message today should strike a chord in the very depths of your psyche as she offers us the unvarnished truth about what is happening to the women of Afghanistan – especially the women’s cyclin…
 
How much has changed in our world of cycling since 2012? When I think back to some of the very first chatter about advocacy and how we can get more people riding, it seems SO long ago. But, as with many things, cycling and its place in a sustainable world, has evolved much more quickly in the past 10 years than in the previous 25! With that in mind…
 
Well, this week saw some really cool things happen… Mark Cavendish winning stages, some impressive athletes in many disciplines ready to head to Tokyo for the Olympics, and a record breaker for the ages! RAAM rider, Leah Goldstein crossed the finish line in Annapolis, MD in 11 days, 3 hours, and 3 minutes – ahead of EVERYONE ELSE! Walking the last …
 
Want to hear the best bicycle pick-up line ever? Harriet Fell chased down Sheldon Brown on a ride in 1979 and her first words to him were “you’re riding fixed gear aren’t you? and the rest as they say, was history. Sheldon and Harriet were married 8 months later. So fast forward to June 13, 2021 when Harris Cyclery, in Ma. – the home of Sheldon Bro…
 
Their motto is public land for public good… and today, we speak with the NY State Director for the Trust for Public Land, Carter Strickland. TPL was founded in 1972 on the conviction that all people need and deserve access to nature and the outdoors, close to home, in the cities and communities where they live, as a matter of health, equity, and ju…
 
This week, we jump across the pond (as they say) to speak with David Bradford. David is the fitness editor for Cycling Weekly and his article titled ” Why Is the peloton hiding its true colors?” is getting a lot of attention – in fact, it caught mine! David spent a lot of time trying to find someone to speak with him about the topic of gay riders i…
 
In an article she wrote for teamusa.org’s triathlon site on May 19th, Clarice Lorenzini says: “I’m Clarice Lorenzini and I’m Here To Make A Difference.” As the only Asian-American Pro Triathlete on the Ironman Circuit, Clarice is bound and determined to race proud as a member of the AAPI community as well as give back to the cycling community at la…
 
We talk about advocacy, safety, trails, and planning a lot; and today, we wrap much of that into a conversation with Dave Sndyer, the executive director of CalBike – the California Bicycle Coalition. Dave was BORN to advocacy… I don’t mean that as literally as it sounds; but, his passion for the work started in college and has never waned. Today, D…
 
This week, Dr. Etienne Krug, Director of the Department of Social Determinants of Health at WHO, joins me to talk about the UN Global Road Safety Week – it’s not only a thing – it’s a BIG thing! Every day, 3,000 children and young people are killed or seriously injured on the world’s roads. It’s a statistic that is both staggering and sobering. Dr.…
 
Yes, it’s short and sweet this week… but, a worthy conversation! For many of you, it might seem as if we are beating the topic of inclusion in our sport to death; but, whether you ride with a club, race on a local team, or enter any of the many many events that will come back this cycling season, I would venture to say that the riders who participa…
 
Last week, I had probably one of the most interesting conversations ever about food and cycling. To say that Alan Murchison, who is a Scottish Michelin Star Chef, is passionate about his work, might be a gross understatement. On the road for 80 days this year as the chef for the Canyon-SRAM Women’s World Team, Alan Murchison has had to learn about …
 
You might remember that, two weeks ago, we spoke with members of the Business Climate Leaders organization about the importance of a bill introduced into Congress by Representative Deutch of Florida that would begin putting a price on carbon emissions. Today, we bring it down to a personal level with Jon Biemer. Jon is a Portland Engineer and Energ…
 
First up, is a story that went viral via TikTok this week when some teenagers in Perth Amboy, NJ were stopped by the police, had their bikes temporarily confiscated, and one of the teens was arrested. As things go these days, this incident was caught on two videos, and Billy Binion, the assistant editor for Reason.com, a print and online magazine, …
 
This week, it’s about climate and carbon pricing first. There is, of course, a sea change of thought and action in Washington about climate, thank goodness, and the need for action; and the bicycle industry has a place in that conversation. And, there’s has been a lot of talk about carbon pricing and frankly, I didn’t really understand it. It’s not…
 
This week’s show started out a lot differently from the way it has ended up. We do have a fabulous conversation with Max Pratt, a young and very talented frame designer/builder from Providence, RI. And, I think you’ll find his perspective about frame building and the other projects he supports refreshing and somewhat unusual. By chance, I was looki…
 
This week, we take a trip east – first to Worcester, Mass to meet Lynne Tolman, the president of the Major Taylor Association. Most of us know who Major Taylor was and today especially, his life and achievements stand out as being most remarkable. Arguably, he was the first black athlete to break the color barrier, and long before Jackie Robinson, …
 
In July of 2017, I spoke with wildlife biologist Sara Dykman. At that time, she was embarking on a 10,000 plus mile journey to follow the migration of monarch butterflies – by bicycle. Starting in Mexico, bicycling up to Canada and then to the east coast of the U.S., she made the return trip to Mexico to complete a full migration cycle. Today, Sara…
 
I want to begin this week’s show with a statement and a question. We 100% support the wearing of bicycle helmets – for everyone. That said, should there be a legal mandate insisting that everyone wear one when riding? We begin with Kings County, Washington, into which Seattle’s boundaries fall. It’s had a bicycle helmet law on the books for YEARS. …
 
In a mini-tribute to Women’s History Month, this week’s show highlights a woman-owned tour company and a woman from history who changed the face of bicycling while adding to the rich history of women’s emancipation at the turn of the last Century. My first guest is Victoria Munro. Victoria is executive director of the Alice Austen House on Staten I…
 
My first guest is Patrick Lucas. Have you ever thought about who owns the land under your wheels when you roll out onto a trail with your bike? What if these trails were built without the permission of the land owners? Patrick Lucas not only thinks about these things, he does something about them as a community planner and intermediary between Firs…
 
This week, we meet journalist and long-distance cyclist Elizabeth McGowan. In addition to her work – she’s a Pulitzer prize winning journalist – she’s also an ardent adventurer and a cancer survivor. I found her to be one of the most articulate, interesting, and candid people I’ve spoken with over the many hundreds – nope thousands – of interviews …
 
We have two interesting conversations for you this week. The first is with Brendt Babur. Now, I believe I might have mispronounced his surname DURING the conversation and I want to apologize in advance if I did. While I like to not make mistakes like that, I think you will appreciate our conversation and the work he does. Brendt founded the Bicycle…
 
Our show this week features two incredibly passionate and fascinating people. The first, who is not new to TOC, is ex-pro and bicycle hall of fame inductee and way way more, George Mount. When you want the truth about anything in the bicycle racing world – just ask George! He has much to say about the state of cycling in the U.S. and he says it in …
 
First up – Radiothon! It’s our annual fundraiser here at WJCU and it begins this coming Friday, February 12th and runs until midnight February 21st. Now I know many, many Outspoken Cyclist listeners are outside of the NE Ohio area and might be wondering why it is important to support a local NE Ohio college station. Two great reasons – first, WJCU …
 
A couple of weeks ago, Shimano announced that it would take over neutral support for the peloton at the 2021 Tour de France. Many of you know that neutral support has been the pervue of Mavic with their yellow support vehicles loaded with bikes, wheels, and other equipment. Today, we learn a lot more about neutral support from someone who was not o…
 
We start out this week’s episode in Bentonville, Arkansas. Yes, it’s the home of Wal-Mart and the Walton family. And, it’s recently been billed as the mountain bike capital of the world. With events such as Big Sugar (which was originally the Dirty Kanza) and hundreds of miles of great trails that expand into other parts of the state from Bentonvil…
 
I always think of Alaska as being exotic and so far away. I know many of you have been there, but I haven’t. So, almost like being there, we’re going to talk with AJ Roan. AJ writes for North of 60 Mining News and you might wonder what we’d have to talk about since his work is in mining – which is another whole topic we don’t get into a lot in our …
 
My first guest is blunt, to the point, and doesn’t mince words when it comes to the Mayor of NYC and the NYPD. Gersh Kuntzman is the editor of Streetsblog NYC and Streetsblog USA and this past week, he published a Streetsblog entry based upon a report by TransAlt about New York City’s Failure to Add Bike Parking, although it was promised, and what …
 
HAPPY HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope you had a great holiday – not too much carousing and all! With SO much anticipation for a better year, I’m hopeful that will be the case. Today, I thought we’d begin with a wrap-up of the 2020 bicycling season with Steve Frothingham, the editor in chief of Bicycle Retailer and Industry News,. To say it’s been a stressfu…
 
Happy boxing day – happy holidays – and I hope you are finding some time to relax! We’ve got almost two feet of snow here in NE Ohio and it’s been just fine with me to take my time and put together what I think is a great show. I want to start with asking if you have lived the life you want, following your dreams and finding the path that is satisf…
 
As promised, Gary Fisher is back to talk about his new book, Being Gary Fisher – well, we SORT of talk about it. Let me explain. There is no one quite like Gary Fisher – and from the time he was a little boy, he’s marched to the beat of his own drum. He says his new book, Being Gary Fisher – And The Bicycle Revolution – isn’t a memoir; rather a col…
 
We have a most interesting show today, highlighting two amazing people and the work that they do. His voice is unmistakable and his ability to recall facts, figures, names, dates, and stages of any continental race for the past 4+ decades is staggering. Yes, my guest today is Phil Liggett. Spending the 2020 cycling season at home in England, Phil L…
 
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and that you are all safe and well. This week, it’s a three-fer! as we speak with Leah Missbach Day from World Bicycle Relief, Mike Lessard from Adventure Cycling Association, and author Daniel DeVise, whose book, The Comeback piqued the interest of a Congressman in a very special way. Over the years, we hav…
 
There is always a lot of anticipation for the books, magazines, and bicycle components that come out of the prolific mind of Jan Heine. The Winter edition of Bicycle Quarterly just rolled off the presses and his 4th book, The All-Road Bike Revolution has just been published. In his foreword to the book, Ted King says” Jan has one of the most inquis…
 
This past week, the cycling world lost Eddy Borysewicz – or Eddie B as so many knew him. Eddie died November 16th from COVID 19 while visiting his home country of Poland. I wanted to talk with someone who knew Eddie well and so, I invitedChris Carmichael, who first met Eddy when Chris was a junior racer way back when. Then, we’ll have the third and…
 
As many of you know, I am an advisory board member to the East Coast Greenway and when something exciting happens with the organization, I like to share it with you. One of the BEST things about the Greenway is its commitment to the environment, knowing that infrastructure that expands walking, biking, and other outdoor activities is good for all o…
 
Tonight, I welcome Paul Brodie. His handle is fussy framebuilder and at one time, Paul Brodie’s business produced hundreds of frames. Paul, who was originally born in England and has lived in British Columbia now for most of his life, has transitioned from producing frames to teaching frame building to starring in videos on his You Tube channel wit…
 
Guests: Mark Gainey; Josh Crisp My first guest today is Mark Gainey, co-founder and Chairman of Strava. Mark and his friend Michael Horvath met in college and when they graduated and went their separate ways, their practice of sharing their activities had no real time outlet. And so, Strava was born. Today, with 70+ million users worldwide, Strava …
 
So, how is politics impacting cycling? Is there undue influence to how we perceive our “cycling movement” from the outside- or even from the inside? What do equity and inclusiveness REALLY look like? And, why is infrastructure – bicycle infrastructure – so important to the overall success of cycling? Of even more urgency is to understand why it is …
 
We turn to racing this week with a keen eye to the future. Rob DeMartini, the new CEO of USA Cycling, didn’t come from a cycling background and brings what I believe will be a fresh and welcoming approach to a national organization that we all can and might finally want to embrace. From his forward thinking about the 2021 Olympics to every day ride…
 
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