91 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 Patrick Farnsworth

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    • 4.8 • 32 Ratings

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. 92. - Katy McGuire, our 2021 ETS Lantern Rouge

    Ep. 92. - Katy McGuire, our 2021 ETS Lantern Rouge

    From Wikipedia, "The lanterne rouge is the competitor in last place in a cycling race, the phrase comes from the French for "Red Lantern" and refers to the red lantern hung on the rear vehicle of a passenger railway train or the brake van of a freight train, which signalmen would look for in order to make sure none of the couplings had become disconnected."

    I first met Katy at a 6 hour MTB race in 2016, she had just moved to town and we became fast friends. Since then we've both found our way into the bikepacking world. She spent the past 5 months riding 5 routes and accumulating over 4,000 miles of bikepacking, most of it solo. Somewhere in there I announced the East Texas Showdown and I sent her a personal invitation to participate. She accepted and lined up with high expectations for the race. She had just spent 5 months riding some impressive routes and she was ready to put it to the test. Also seeing old friends again after months of solo riding was a big draw for her as well.

    Unfortunately, illness prevented her from achieving her race goals, which turned to more survival than bike race. That is what makes the Lantern Rouge a honored position, it usually indicates some that had a tough go of it, wanted to quit, but didn't. That is worth celebrating, as is ever single person who lined up and started regardless of how far they made it. Many people are too scared or are unable to even try something like that, so I applauded them all.

    Katy and I met up at a park in Austin, TX four days after the race. We had a enjoyable chat thanks to her open and honest approach to live and bikepacking. We wish her luck on her job hunt, and if an interviewer is seeing this....you should definitely hire her!!

    Here are the routes Katy did that we mentioned in the episode. Has anyone else ridden any of these? The comment section is open at www.bikesordeath.com. 

    C&O Canal
    Great Allegheny Passage
    Western wildlands Route
    Baldy Bruiser, CA
    SoCal Desert Ramble

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    Mulberry Gap - Is a new advertising partner, but Kate Gates and Mulberry Gap are no stranger to the podcast. I conducted 5 podcast interviews at the 2019 Bikepacking Summit which was hosted at Mulberry Gap. Of the 5 guest, Kate was one of them. The story about how Mulberry Gap came to be and how it is run is quite fascinating. If you'd like to learn more about Mulberry Gap, check out my episode with Kate Gates and a write up I did on my experience riding and eating there!

    Huge thanks to our newest Patrons:
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    • 2 hrs 14 min
    Ep. 91 - Kyle Gilbert & Nick Ybarra on their ETS Experience

    Ep. 91 - Kyle Gilbert & Nick Ybarra on their ETS Experience

    The inaugural East Texas Showdown is over and now comes the podcasts! Hearing everyones stories after their rides as we shared food and beverages was a true pleasure, enjoyed by all. It was really probably the magic sauce that made this event special. I went to Austin shortly after the race and recorded 3 episodes with five guests and I look forward to sharing some of that post race fodder with you over the next couple of weeks. First up are Nick Ybarra (Showdown, 4th) and Kyle Gilbert (Showdown,. 6th). We meet the Wednesday after the race at Kyles workshop in Austin, which made for a cool backdrop to our conversation.

    On this episode Nick and Kyle share their experience on this years ETS. It was both of their first bikepacking race and they had different approaches. For example, Nick wore sandals for, had rim brakes, carried very minimal gear, and no aero bars. Whereas, Kyle was clipless, with disc brakes, ran aerobars, and lived on crackers. It created some good conversation about different approaches to the same course.

    It was a lot of fun for me to get to hear about my event from their perspectives. I had all kinds of concerns as a first time racer director with a brand new route, but as I heard more and more stories like these all of my concerns have been squashed. The feedback I got from participants was overwhelmingly positive. In fact, a Spring date was highly requested and we are happy to make that happen. Dates coming soon!


    These episodes aren't possible without support. Thanks to this weeks supporting partners:

    Kuat - They just released the Piston Pro X, and it's badass. How do you tell your bike you love it without saying I love you? Answer, you get it a Piston Pro X.

    NM Bikepacking Summit - Part Summit, Part Bikepacking Party, 100% good times, good rides, and good tacos.

    Schedule
    Oct. 21st at 6:00pm - 12-15 mile mellow gravel ride
    Oct. 22nd 8:20-11:00am & 2-5pm - Bikepacking Summit
    - @7:30pm I'll be interview Cjell Mone' with a live audience
    Oct. 23rd at 9:00am - Dangerbird Group Start
    Contact Matt Mason for more info!

    Huge thanks to our newest Patrons:
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    • 1 hr 55 min
    Ep. 90 - Matt Fitzgerald, How Bad Do You Want It

    Ep. 90 - Matt Fitzgerald, How Bad Do You Want It

    In 2018 I took on the biggest challenge in my life, a 500 miles bikepacking race. To prepare mentally I relied heavily on the book "How Bad do You Want it" by Matt Fitzgerald. Matt is an endurance athlete himself and has made a career out of the study of endurance. He's written over 20 books on the subject, coaches endurance athletes, host his own podcast, and is a wealth of knowledge on the topic of endurance sports and athletes.

    In this episode we focus on his book "How Bad Do You Want It?: Mastering the Psychology of Mind over Muscle" which as you can infer by the title is all about how our mind is the thing that limits us, not our physical ability. Matt uses real examples of athletes overcoming obstacles to showcase the scientific principles outlined in his book. I found this format to way more digestible and relatable than a scholarly paper. Thankfully, Matt has done the hard work of reviewing and collecting the science and stories of athletes to add context to the science while making more relatable.

    Visit www.BikesorDeath.com for a full write up and pictures of Matt.
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    This weeks episode is brought to us by the Sponsors of The East Texas Showdown

    Rockgeist
    Wren Sports
    Kuat
    Ruby Coffee
    Quad Lock
    Avani Salon

    Big thanks also to our newest Patrons!
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    Thomas Buttery
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    • 1 hr 22 min
    Ep. 89 - Miles Arbour and the Tree to Sea Loop

    Ep. 89 - Miles Arbour and the Tree to Sea Loop

    On this episode my buddy Miles Arbour is back on the podcast for a 3rd time to talk about his newly published route called the Tree to Sea Loop. This was a great excuse to catch up with Miles and also hear all about this epic new 1,000 km route in British Columbia.
    Because Miles works at Bikepacking.com he is exposed to a lot of different facets of the industry. I took this opportunity to ask him about his favorite bikepacking tire, favorite cycling shorts “that don’t look like cycling shorts”, we also talk poop stories, and much more.
    We always have a great time, and I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did. You can find our episode link below and find all the route info over at Bikepacking.com
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    Wren Sports: Cameron is back on to talk about the new bikepacking specific gravel fork they call the Beefcake. Use code “BOD10” for 10% off your entire order.
    Ruby Coffee: Jesse comes on to tell us about coffee from different regions and what makes them different. Use code “BIKESORDEATH” for 15% off your first order or 20% off your first order of a subscription.
    This week’s newest sustaining Patrons! Welcome to The After Party 🎉

    David George – Newest patron
    Paul Drees – 2nd longest patron
    Miles Arbour – 3rd longest patron

    • 1 hr 40 min
    Ep. 88 - Quinn Brett, First to complete the Tour Divide on a Adaptive Handcycle

    Ep. 88 - Quinn Brett, First to complete the Tour Divide on a Adaptive Handcycle

    This year the Tour Divide produced a new record, but one that wasn't set to be beaten. Quinn Brett just became the first person to complete the Tour Divide on an adaptive handcycle, with a time of 25 days. For her, this was more about showing the world what is possible for disabled people and that adventures like this are not only for the abled bodied. Thanks to advancements in bike technology, there are now some very capable options available, and Quinn's accomplishment are proof of what these machines are capable of.

     

    For a full write up with lots of pretty pictures visit BikesorDeath.com.
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    Quad Lock: Professional downhill mountain biker Ben Moore has been riding with QL for 4 years and he came on to share some of his experiences!

    This week’s newest sustaining Patrons! Welcome to The After Party 🎉
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    Joshua Perry
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    Kyle Koch
    Daniel Osman
    Ryan Mcnabb - Longest Patron 🥇 
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    • 1 hr 32 min
    Ep. 87 - East Texas Showdown

    Ep. 87 - East Texas Showdown

    Join me in the van as I scout a re-reoute for this years East Texas Showdown and Slowdown. Back in July on a scouting mission we discovered a 25 mile section of road that looked good on the maps, but once we saw it in person it was an obvious "no go" for safety reasons. This left a huge hole in the route and with only 4 months until race day I had to scramble for a solution.

    On this episode I take you along the journey as I scout a new section for the route. Along the way I share what to expect for people who are signed up for the race or may want to ride it at some point in the future. I speak directly to folks from all over the world who have never been to Texas and have know idea what to expect, but I hope locals will find it helpful as well.

    As we go along I share updates on the progress and also important details about surface type, tire choice, weather, a little Texas history, and anything else that pops in my head. If you are considering creating a route/race like this you may also find this episode helpful as I share some of my reasons for this event, what I hope to accomplish, challenges I faced, and how I am tackling things that come up.

    At the end of this episode I answer questions that have come up since releasing the route and I also announce the live Facebook event for race participants. This will be part route overview and part Q&A to tie up any loose ends that may still be dangling in the wind.

    Showdown Route Stats

    373 miles 15,800 ft. elevation 60% gravel The hardest part of this route may be the last 40 miles.  At mile 329 you will pass the Bullet Grill and you may be tempted to stop for a burger and beer, but will you get back out on route?? Time will tell!  If it helps, the last 20 miles on the route are some of my personal favorites.  
    Slowdown Route Stats

    273 miles 11,300 ft. elevation 64% gravel
    There are 2 days left to register and 3 spots left.


    Episode Sponsors: tell them thanks for making this episode possible!

    Ruby Coffee: This week Jesse shares some tips on brewing the perfect cup of coffee at home. Use code “BIKESORDEATH” for 15% off your first order or 20% off your first order of a subscription 
    NM Bikepacking Summit: Matt Mason tells us a little about what they've got brewing for the first ever NM bikepacking summit on Oct. 22nd in Las Cruces, NM.

    Thanks to this week’s newest sustaining Patrons and welcome to The After Party 🎉
    Jonas Schaller
    Christy & Ross Jones
    Jim Barrow
    Brandon Masters

    • 1 hr 54 min

Customer Reviews

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32 Ratings

32 Ratings

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Your podcast with Lewis Ciddor was awesome, bring on episode 2.

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Well deserved 5 stars

The BOD team deliver Insightful interviews and content in a regular basis complete with top quality audio.
Love it and will keep coming back!

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