25 episodes

The Marginal Gains Podcast, presented by Silca is the show that makes a big deal about the little things, and how those little things...can be a big deal. Josh Poertner of Silca, along with Hottie and Fatty, talks about all aspects of cycling — design, manufacturing, marketing, riding, racing, management and most likely every from a thoughtful perspective. It's a podcast for the thinking cyclist.

Marginal Gains Cycling Podcast, Presented by Silca SILCA

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The Marginal Gains Podcast, presented by Silca is the show that makes a big deal about the little things, and how those little things...can be a big deal. Josh Poertner of Silca, along with Hottie and Fatty, talks about all aspects of cycling — design, manufacturing, marketing, riding, racing, management and most likely every from a thoughtful perspective. It's a podcast for the thinking cyclist.

    Granola and Cargo Cults

    Granola and Cargo Cults

    Cyclists are always on the prowl for marginal gains. We slam our stems, because we've seen pros do it, and they're fast. We eat mounds of spaghetti before races, because we've heard that fast cyclists carbo-load. In many ways, cyclists and cargo cults are remarkably similar. 

    What's a cargo cult, though, and what does it have to do with granola? We'll tie it all together in this episode of Marginal Gains!

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Bikes, Journalism, and Integrity with CyclingTips' James Huang

    Bikes, Journalism, and Integrity with CyclingTips' James Huang

    James Huang, Global Technical Editor of CyclingTips, is one of the most-trusted cycling journalists in the industry today — and for good reason. He brings a knowledge, experience, humor, and integrity to everything he covers. In this episode, Josh and James have a great, wide-ranging conversation — from their similar histories in getting into the cycling industry, to how the cycling world has changed, to the relationship of cycling journalism and product manufacturers, and much more.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Ask Josh Anything #010

    Ask Josh Anything #010

    We've got a great batch of questions from you for Josh to contemplate this episode:

    Where should we measure when applying the rule of 105?

    How much does a patched tube affect a bike's CRR?

    Are oversized pulley wheels still relevant?

    How marginal of a gain do you get with a really nice hub?

    Is it faster to run a deeper wheel in the front than the rear?

    Josh will answer all of these—and more!—in this episode of Marginal Gains (Disclaimer: the answer almost always begins with "it depends.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    The Placebo Effect and Marginal Gains

    The Placebo Effect and Marginal Gains

    You know you've had this suspicion: the core of the cycling industry—much of what it's really selling you—is not tech, speed, or fitness. Nope, the truth is that one of the most powerful marginal gains you'll ever get is thanks to the placebo effect. Josh, Fatty, and Hottie talk about what it is and how potent a force it is in cycling.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Ask Josh Anything #009

    Ask Josh Anything #009

    In this Ask-Josh-Anything episode of Marginal Gains, we ask you to imagine Josh as your boy scout leader, and whether that would be the most awesome — or terrifying — thing in the world. (The jury's out on that question by the way). Then we settle in and talk about how Silca's new online Pressure Calculator works, why aero tires are no longer a thing, hysteresis issues of swerving under hard effort, whether being aero matters when you're in a big peloton, and a lot more. Gather round the fire!

    • 55 min
    The Hour Record, Part 4: A Conversation With Robert Chung

    The Hour Record, Part 4: A Conversation With Robert Chung

    We always planned on our Hour Record trilogy being three episodes long. But then Josh got to talking with Robert Chung — one of Josh's intellectual heroes — and we just had to share it.

    If you think most episodes of the Marginal Gains Podcast are too lightweight and you've been jonesing for a show where Josh has an intellectual equal to talk with (mostly but definitely not exclusively about the Hour Reord), this is the episode for you.

    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

Microgas Man ,

Bike Geek Manna from Heaven

Amazingly intricate and well presented technical podcast series by Joshua Poertner and the cycling team. Learn all about interesting facts and developments from material technology through hysteresis energy losses. Like listening to Dr Karl Kruszelnicki just relevant to cycling. Highly recommend, essential listening.

theDevistater ,

This Podcast Changed my Life

Heck, I can’t begin to explain how good this show is. Josh puts my jaw on the floor almost every episode, his knowledge and ability to explain is second to none; I’ve reached new levels of nerd I didn’t think were possible without the universe collapsing. I’m waiting to be able to enroll in a Masters by Coursework at Poertner University!

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