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The CyclingTips Nerd Alert Podcast dives deep into the bikes and tech we all love. Road, gravel, mountain bikes, we cover it all. Hosted by James Huang, Dave Rome, and Caley Fretz.

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    • 4.8 • 37 Ratings

The CyclingTips Nerd Alert Podcast dives deep into the bikes and tech we all love. Road, gravel, mountain bikes, we cover it all. Hosted by James Huang, Dave Rome, and Caley Fretz.

    Designing a cyclocross race bike that isn’t a gravel bike

    Designing a cyclocross race bike that isn’t a gravel bike

    This/next week’s episode of the Nerd Alert Podcast has dropped a little early. That’s because it’s a timely chat about the new Cervelo R5-CX cyclocross race bike that was just announced.  Our guests for this episode are Cervelo’s director of product management, Maria Benson, and the company’s engineering manager, Scott Roy. Dave Rome fills in as host and chats about all the nerdy details of the new model (such as the new threaded bottom bracket!) that was designed specifically for Marianne Vos and Wout van Aert.  It’s worth a quick note to say that while the regular CyclingTips podcast does occasionally do special sponsored episodes that take a deep dive on new bike releases, this isn’t one of those. Rather we just thought it would be interesting to have a candid chat about the discipline-specific design elements that some of the world’s best racers request.

    • 40 min
    Loved products that didn’t make our top 10s

    Loved products that didn’t make our top 10s

    This week’s episode of the CyclingTips Nerd Alert podcast sees tech editors Dave Rome and Ronan McLaughlin take control of the airwaves. 
    They chat about new headset bearings that apparently can’t be killed, some big industry news, and a few new features you can expect to see on Zwift. 
    Ronan and Dave then share a few of their most loved products for this year that didn’t make their respective Top 10s.
    And finally, the episode wraps up with a teaser of what they’re working on for CyclingTips now.

    • 1 hr
    Turns out some bikes are more sustainable than others

    Turns out some bikes are more sustainable than others

    Trek released an inward-facing sustainability report a few months ago, and it’s eye-opening.
    The document doesn’t paint an especially rosy picture (e-bike haters will have a field day with this one), but it does provide some very useful information along with a solid roadmap for how to improve things.
    In this episode, The Nerds sit down with Trek’s director of brand marketing and public relations, Eric Bjorling, to discuss some of the details of the report, and also ask some hard questions about how to deal with some of its inconvenient truths.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Are we finally getting turtle shells for indoor cycling?

    Are we finally getting turtle shells for indoor cycling?

    The Nerds have been pining for some sort of Mario Bros and Zwift mashup that lets us toss turtle shells at our competitors, but Zwift still seems to be too serious for these kinds of shenanigans. However, a new indoor bike called Tiltbike from UK outfit Muoverti nevertheless gives us some hope that we’ll see something like that from someone because built into one of its levers is — for real — a joystick!
    Will our prayers ever be answered? We chat about some other tech news items in this week’s show — and answer a bunch of Ask a Mechanic questions, as usual — but really all we care about is the turtle shells.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Aero gravel wheels are coming

    Aero gravel wheels are coming

    Aero road wheels are everywhere these days, but it turns out the idea is much harder to execute when it comes to gravel.
    Why is that, you wonder? We ask the questions, and Hunt wheel engineer Luisa Grappone has the answers.

    • 55 min
    All of our bikes and parts should be repairable

    All of our bikes and parts should be repairable

    The Right to Repair movement primarily targets the electronics industry, but the concepts behind it strike at the heart of cycling, too: Products should be designed to be repairable, all small parts should be made available — and stay available — manuals, tools, service procedures should be accessible to everyone, and it shouldn’t cost more to repair something than it costs to replace it. In fairness, it’s not all that bad in this respect as far as the bike industry is concerned, but it could be better.

    • 1 hr 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

Maritimer71 ,

Great nerdy podcast

Great nerdy podcast! I think being sponsor-free is excellent as you do product reviews and it adds credibility to your lack of bias.

kbogey ,

Great podcast. I look forward to each episode.

But please practice saying manufacturer and racer names before recording. For example, it is SRAM not SHRAM.

Zorro de Gamma ,

As advertised, very nerdy!

But also a lot of fun.

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