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Bikes & Big Ideas is the weekly podcast from BLISTER (blisterreview.com) that's dedicated to the most interesting conversations and ideas from the bike world — and beyond.
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Bikes & Big Ideas is the weekly podcast from BLISTER (blisterreview.com) that's dedicated to the most interesting conversations and ideas from the bike world — and beyond.
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    Yoann Barelli on his move to Guerrilla Gravity; Coaching; Comfort Zones; & More

    Yoann Barelli on his move to Guerrilla Gravity; Coaching; Comfort Zones; & More

    Yoann Barelli just signed on with Guerrilla Gravity, so we thought this would be a good time to catch up with him and talk about why he thinks GG is a great fit. (And for some important context here, we highly recommend checking out the conversation I had with the founders of GG and their composites engineer.)
    Yoann and Jonathan Ellsworth also discuss the coaching he’s been doing (see barelliconcepts.com) and he offers some good coaching tips; we talk about his first introduction to bikes and to racing, and his plans for 2021 and beyond.
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    Comfort Zones (9:00)Yoann’s introduction to mountain biking (19:04)Coaching (barelliconcepts.com) (31:31)New partnership with Guerrilla Gravity (40:40)Dialing in a bike: feeling good vs making it fast (48:14)Recovering from injury & 2021 plans (55:27)Yoann’s big idea (59:30)RELATED LINKS
    Bikes & Big Ideas ep. 3: Guerrilla Gravity’s New Bikes & Big Ideas

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    • 1 hr 6 min
    2020: Gear in Review

    2020: Gear in Review

    We talk with Blister’s bike editor, David Golay, about some of the gear he’s recently been testing; some of the most surprising products of the past year; some of the standout products of 2020; and a few predictions for 2021.
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    Canyon Stoic (2:36)Ohlins suspension (8:13)Most Surprising Products of 2020 (9:36)Standout products of 2020 (11:56)Predictions for 2021 (17:15)

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    Sage Cattabriga-Alosa on Biking, Skiing, Similarities, & Transitions

    Sage Cattabriga-Alosa on Biking, Skiing, Similarities, & Transitions

    Sage Cattabriga-Alosa is one of the best big line skiers of all time, and he’s an extremely good — and extremely passionate — mountain biker, too. So we talked with Sage about how he thinks about the similarities of skiing & mountain biking; riding lines in Virgin, Utah back in 2004; riding with Cam McCaul; what aspect of mountain biking he is most focused on improving; and his film, Balance.
    TOPICS:
    Transitioning between biking & skiing (3:54)When did you first really get into biking? (15:00)Parallels between biking & skiing (19:57)Filming Balance & riding with Cam McCaul (38:16)What aspect of riding are you working to improve? (43:19)RELATED LINKS:
    Survivor Endurance phone case Our experience with the Survivor EnduranceBlister Podcast, Ep. 41: Sage Cattabriga-Alosa on Skiing SpinesBikes & Big Ideas, Ep. 28: Cam McCaul on Preparing for Big Lines

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    • 59 min
    Reviewer Reports: Parenthood, Carbon Wheels, Convertible Helmets, & Forks

    Reviewer Reports: Parenthood, Carbon Wheels, Convertible Helmets, & Forks

    Noah Bodman is back to offer his review of parenthood (he’s a new dad); discuss carbon wheels; Sweet Protection’s convertible full-face helmet; and a number of forks that Noah has been spending time on.
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    Parenthood (3:06)Hunt Impact Carbon Wheelset (7:39)Sweet Protection Arbitrator MIPS (18:56)Forks (20:25)RELATED LINKS
    Survivor Endurance phone case Our experience with the Survivor Endurance

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    • 27 min
    Canfield Bikes’ Lance Canfield

    Canfield Bikes’ Lance Canfield

    We talk to Lance Canfield about their new Tilt and Lithium bikes and the rest of the Canfield Bikes 20/21 lineup; the origins story of Canfield; the evolution of Rampage and competing in the first Rampage comps; the mountain bike industry today; and more.
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    Origins of Canfield Bikes (3:35)Getting into bikes, jumping off roofs (8:49)Competing at Rampage in its first years (16:49)Move to Fruita (26:23)Describe the Canfield customer (28:28)The 20/21 Canfield lineup (32:25)Thoughts on the mtn bike industry today (46:28)What’s your current big idea? (51:30)
    RELATED LINKS
    Survivor Endurance phone case Our experience with the Survivor Endurance
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Anneke Beerten on Her Accident; Recovery; Pastranaland; & More

    Anneke Beerten on Her Accident; Recovery; Pastranaland; & More

    Anneke Beerten was on episode #34 of Bikes & Big Ideas, and we did not expect to have the 2 x world champion BMX rider, 3-time Four Cross world champion, and Queen of Crankworx (who hails from the Netherlands) back on the show under these circumstances. Anneke was in an accident and suffered a serious concussion, so we wanted to check in with about what happened; get a firsthand report of her recovery; and present a public service announcement that we all need to hear.
    But we then shift gears and talk about her time at Travis Pastrana’s very own theme park, where she participated in the Pastranaland Pit Bike Championships. So this is both a serious and super fun conversation.
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    Anneke’s accident (2:44)Concussions (10:49)Anneke’s recovery progress (22:32)Advice for others (27:31)Pastranaland Pit Bike Championships (32:44)Project updates & the upcoming season (37:00)
    RELATED LINKS
    Bikes & Big Ideas, ep. 34: Anneke Beerten on Racing, ‘Badass’ Books, & Big Ideas
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