33 episodes

Bikes or Death is a podcast centered around the growing sport of bikepacking, adventure cycling, and the outdoors. The show features the amazing people who participate in these activities and contribute so greatly to the cycling community. The Bikes or Death Podcast is dedicated to sharing the stories and experiences of these individuals with the hopes that it inspires others to get outside, get on their bikes, and experience what our natural world has waiting for them. At its heart Bikes or Death is more than just a podcast. Bikes or Death is a lifestyle. It’s the idea that a life without bikes is a life not worth living. Now go ride your damn bike!

Bikes or Death Podcast Patrick Farnsworth

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Bikes or Death is a podcast centered around the growing sport of bikepacking, adventure cycling, and the outdoors. The show features the amazing people who participate in these activities and contribute so greatly to the cycling community. The Bikes or Death Podcast is dedicated to sharing the stories and experiences of these individuals with the hopes that it inspires others to get outside, get on their bikes, and experience what our natural world has waiting for them. At its heart Bikes or Death is more than just a podcast. Bikes or Death is a lifestyle. It’s the idea that a life without bikes is a life not worth living. Now go ride your damn bike!

    Ep. 33 - Roger Gilles author of Women on the Move

    Ep. 33 - Roger Gilles author of Women on the Move

     



    In this episode I interview Roger Gilles, author of Women on the Move: The Forgotten Era of Women's Bicycle Racing. I originally became interested in this book when a documentary I was watching called Bicycle mentioned a women bike racer by the name of Dottie Farnsworth. As a Farnsworth myself, and knowing that it is an uncommon name, I knew there was a good chance I was related to her. My mom happens to be a genealogist, so I put her to work on the lineage while I started my search to track down everything I could find out about Dottie Farnsworth. As it turns out there was very little out there, but I did find some pictures and other bits of information floating around on the internet.


    Dottie Farnsworth


    Shortly after I started my search Roger released his new book Women on the Move that featured Dottie as one of the main characters, along with many other equally fascinating women. What started as a search to find out more about a distant relative turned into a eye opening journey that paints a picture of a time period in our sport that I was completely unaware of. This book covers a 7 year period from 1985-1902 when women's endurance cycling races were at an all time high in America. The women who dared to race were truly pioneers by pushing the boundaries of not only what everyone thought was physically possible, but also they pushed the boundaries of clothing and sociatile norms. They truly had to fight on and off the track to pursue their goals and what they accomplished is truly astonishing.


    We all owe these women so much, but I hope women in particular will find inspiration in these stories of courage and athletic accomplishments that took place only 120 years ago.

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Ep. 32 - Alana Rose Parent, 16 year old bikepacker - Be Inspired

    Ep. 32 - Alana Rose Parent, 16 year old bikepacker - Be Inspired

    At the age of 14 Alana was introduced to bikepacking through The Anchorage GRIT Program that is put on by Lael Wilcox and Cait Rodriguez. If you've been following along you have probably heard Lael's version of meeting and getting to know Alana, now you get to hear from the young lady herself.
    As a seasoned bikepacker at the age of 16 she has already completed a 1,000+ mile trip in Alaska and a tour of the Pacific Coast and she's done both SOLO. Check out this episode to learn more about those trips, what she loves about bikepacking, and her plans for the future!
    If you'd like to support her in her adventures, she has an Etsy Shop were she sells bike art jewelry she made herself.
    This podcast is made possible by the listeners who give their support. If you'd like to a contributing listener head over to BikesorDeath.com for more details.

    • 1 hr
    Bikepacking Summit Series - Ultraromance

    Bikepacking Summit Series - Ultraromance

     



    You don't schedule an interview with Ultraromance. The universe must align in such a way that your paths cross and you may find yourself sitting down with the most mythical personality our sport has ever seen. In this exclusive interview I ask the questions you've been dying to know like, "What's your name?" and "Do you take showers?". Find out his answer to these and many more in this ultra episode of the Bikes or Death Podcast.
    Follow him on Instagram (ummm just in case you don't already)
    You can find the products we discussed on the show on his website www.ronsbikes.com and his new tire corporation www.ultradynamico.com

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Bikepacking Summit Series - Lael & Rue

    Bikepacking Summit Series - Lael & Rue

     



    At the Bikepacking Summit I had the honor of sitting down with Lael Wilcox and Rugile Kaladyte (Rue) in their first interview together. After they found themselves in the middle of drama on the Tour Divide this year it was nice to chat with both of them to hear their thoughts on riding and documents bikepacking events. Personally, I'm grateful for what they are trying to do through documenting this great sport that we love. Inspired to Ride spurred a new generation of bikepackers and Tour Divide participants, myself included. I am grateful for the efforts they have been making to tell the stories of events like the Tour Divide or the Navidad 1000. Those stories inspire and inspiration leads to more people on bikes and that's something we should all be rallied around.
    Having been fortunate enough to spend time riding, socializing, and interviewing both Lael and Rue I have seen first hand their love for this sport, the community, and their desire to share these stories in the most respectful way possible.


    Yesterday Pearl Izumi launch Rue's new film I Just Want to Ride documenting Tour Divide 2019. It is worth a watch and then a rewatch. How cool is it to be able to watch the dots, see some social media post from time to time, and then watch a film about the event and see first hand some of the conditions and challenges that the riders were facing only five months ago!? Thank you Lael and Rue for keeping the course in the face of adversary. As you will hear on this episode there is nothing easy about documenting an event like this and to do it under such scrutiny from the community you love added a whole new level of difficulty. The new film is a beautiful look into the lives of the ultra endurance riders we love and the routes we aspire to ride. I look forward to future projects and more content like this. Maybe in the future people will put down their keyboards and go ride their damn bikes!

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Bikepacking Summit Series - Kate Gates

    Bikepacking Summit Series - Kate Gates

     



    Kate Gates is one of the owners of Mulberry Gap in Ellijay, GA and it was the venue for this years Bikepacking Summit. Their property is located in Southern Appalachian Mountains of Northwest Georgia and is surrounded by National Forest, gravel roads, and cycling friendly trails. It wouldn't be a far stretch to say that their facility is an oasis for cyclist and outdoors people.
    A large part of what makes the venue special are it's proprietors. This is very much a family owned and operated business. Grandma's are LITERALLY in the kitchen whipping up some of the best homemade southern comfort food your hungry little heart desires. I would be remiss if I didn't mention the coffee and cold beer as both are a necessity to most. Their hospitality does not start or end with the food, but it's a good place to get your attention. The true magic of the place comes from the top down. Everyone who runs this facility loves what they do, they community the do it for, and the people on an individual level. Just add awesome cyclist and hot damn you've got yourself a party!


    Thank you Kate and Andrew Gates (and their families) for hosting such a great event and making each of us feel welcome in your home.

    • 51 min
    Bikepacking Summit Series - Joe Cruz

    Bikepacking Summit Series - Joe Cruz

     



    Joe Cruz is a powerful and incredibly insightful person, which stems from his background as a professor of philosophy at Williams College and his decades of bikepacking and bike traveling all over the world. Additionally, he is an editor at large for Bikepacking.com.
    Joe was the opening presenter on Friday morning at the Bikepacking Summit this year. What we as the audience experienced was a powerful lesson in fear, our understand of it, and our relationship with it. His understanding and relationship with fear is probably deeper than most of our own. It's the kind of relationship you have after spending 3 decades traveling the world via bicycle. He would tell you, any moments of fear he experienced are greatly outnumbered by the good, positive, and wonderful experiences. So how do we look at fear in contrast to these amazing experiences? I'll let Joe tell you in his own words.
    This interview was very impromptu. I had just finished recording with Greg Hardy and had a small window before my next interview. After Joes presentation he unknowingly put himself on my radar for a possible interview. So when I looked around and saw him chatting with some fellow attendees I took the opportunity to have him share some of this presentation with you.
    I wish you could have been there on Friday morning to hear his presentation, to see the emotion in his eyes, and to feel that emotion reverberate through the room. If you weren't able to be there I hope you will get a taste of what we all experienced through this podcast.

    • 43 min

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