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A cycling podcast devoted to one-on-one interviews with artisans about their craft.

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A cycling podcast devoted to one-on-one interviews with artisans about their craft.

    #54: Frame Builder Mark Nobilette

    #54: Frame Builder Mark Nobilette

    Of the many frame builder who can capably be called masters of the craft, it is distinctly possible that no one has been at the bench longer than Mark Nobilette. His credentials are impeccable. He was trained by Albert Eisentraut in the first frame building class that Eisentraut taught, which was held in Chicago, before he moved to California, way back in 1973. Nobilette went to work for Eisentraut and since then has gone on to produce thousands of frames in the Eisentraut tradition, with thinned lug points that are often reshaped, as well as with windows cut in to his taste. But unlike so many of his contemporaries, Nobilette hasn't confined himself to just making lugged steel creations. He's made mountain bikes for Gary Fisher, recumbents, track bikes ridden by Olympians and just about everything in between. We talk craft, how he approaches it and what gets him up in the morning. 

    • 58 min
    #53: Toby Stanton of Hot Tubes, Part II

    #53: Toby Stanton of Hot Tubes, Part II

    In this second part of my interview with Toby Stanton, we discuss his team of juniors and what the ingredients are that has made the team so incredibly and consistently successful. Hot Tubes riders and stars and stripes jerseys are kinda like peanut butter and jelly. There are other things you can do with peanut butter, but peanut butter with jelly doesn't really surprise anyone. Stanton is incredibly candid and he gives insight not just to what makes his riders ride so well, but also how he sees his relationship to him and how he defines leadership. He could teach a course. This is one interview that is so full of keen insight into the human condition I expect I'll be listening back to this one for years to come. 

    • 1 hr 3 min

    #51: David Wages of Ellis Cycles

    #51: David Wages of Ellis Cycles

    My guest today is frame builder David Wages of Ellis Cycles. There was a time when the most common career path for a frame builder was to put in solid years building bikes for a brand that sold bikes in production sizing. Only after having put in a couple of decades at the bench was a builder established enough in reputation to venture out and order decals with his nam. David Wages may be among the last builders to have worked for established brands before he concluded it was time to make his name known. Of course, by the time he did decide to open his own shop, he was one of the more experienced builders in the U.S. with more than a dozen years split between Serotta Competition Cycles and Waterford Precision Cycles. By any contemporary standard, Wages was a master builder by the time he set up his own shop.Since then, his work has gone on to be highly recognized. At the North American Handmade Bicycle Show he has won the categories of best road frame, best steel frame, best lugged frame and best fillet frame, as well as winning Best in Show. To my knowledge, he is the only builder ever to win both the best lugged and best fillet categories, which speaks to the breadth of his talent.

    • 1 hr 18 min
    #50: Steven Kotler, Author and Flow State Expert

    #50: Steven Kotler, Author and Flow State Expert

    This week my guest is writer and flow state expert Steven Kotler. Kotler is a New York Times-bestselling author known for his work decoding the neurochemistry of flow. What began as a series of articles for Discover Magazine led to his first book of nonfiction, West of Jesus, a tale of surfing, spirituality and a reappraisal of mystical states. His book The Rise of Superman explores how flow states lead extreme athletes to progress at a rate that is unheard of in other sports. He breaks down how chasing flow leads to progression in ability, no matter what the realm is. He goes on to identify flow triggers so that anyone can improve the frequency and quality of flow in their own lives. Rise was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in nonfiction. While flow is a term coined by psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, it was Kotler’s work in West of Jesus that first aggregated all the research that had been done on flow, creating the first portrait of the experience at the biological level. For me, finding out that flow was a verifiable, tangible phenomenon, and not just some cute name for a good mood made a huge impact on me, helping to legitimize many of my life’s pursuits, and my ongoing love of the bike. In 2017 Kotler and then-business partner Jamie Wheal released Stealing Fire, a book that explores how altered states of consciousness—not just flow—lead to breakthroughs and optimal performance. It’s a book that asks the reader to suspend judgment on commonly held beliefs about psychedelics and what they may offer us as a tool to a richer, more rewarding life. Be sure to listen to the end; Kotler hints at something in store for RKP's audience. 

    • 42 min
    #49: Austin McInerny (ex) of NICA

    #49: Austin McInerny (ex) of NICA

    My guest this week is the former executive director of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association, the organization that oversees, administers and fosters mountain bike racing for high school kids. McInerny has been involved with the organization almost since its inception and became the executive director in 2012. At the time, McInerny told the board he planned to do the job for three to five years, but ended up staying on for seven years. The organization has grown dramatically, and will soon have leagues in 30 different states. He’s about to take an extended vacation, but before leaving he has lent some effort to a new advocacy organization in mountain biking, and we will talk about them and their purpose as well as his efforts on their behalf.

    • 1 hr 10 min

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Deep dives into lives of craftsmanship

No other podcast has seen me listen to episode after episode without getting over saturated with some aspect of the show. As an admitted cycling nerd, Brady’s interviews with frame builders in particular are music to my ears. I absolutely love the stories each episode unfurls, and am eager to hear more. I’d love to hear an interview with Rob English at some point! Thanks for sharing these conversations with us, Patrick!

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Good stuff as always from Patrick

Just discovered The Pull this week. Great work by Patrick, I really enjoy the podcasts with the builders. For anyone who appreciates a hand built bicycle these are a must listen!

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