The Paceline is a cycling podcast aimed at roadies, mountain bikers, commuters, cyclocross enthusiasts , those who grind gravel—indeed anyone who claims cycling for their own. The bicycle is more than a thing, it's an issue. The Paceline also discusses the bike's place in society. The hosts love bike gear so expect some banter about what works and what does not on the road and trail. The show is hosted by Patrick Brady and Patria Vandermark, and is a production by The Cycling Independent.
#245: Recaps, choosing the right mountain bike
This week Robot follows up on threads from several previous episodes. He'd like us to believe he's a short, bad human. We know that's not true; he's a robot. Patrick takes on a listener question in the form of what kind of mountain bike to buy. This isn't a brand question, it's a type question. And he admits that the answer is somewhat location dependent.
#244: making bad choices, when to go mountain biking in California
This week our man about the gravel town, John Emlyn "Robot" Lewis, gives us an inside look at what happens when ego overrides good decision-making. For some it makes for comedy. For our hero, less so. Patrick received a listener question about when the best time is to visit California for a summer mountain biking trip. His answer is less about summer heat than its effects.
#243: getting ready for a gravel event, what bike to recommend to a non-cyclist
John has a gravel event coming up this weekend, and he was wishing for something that would give him instant base miles, which he's lacking. Instead, he managed to find a way to make the coming weekend more challenging, not less so. It's not uncommon for our non-cycling friends to come to us for advice on bike purchases. Patrick recently got a question from a buddy about what sort of bike to recommend to his non-cycling friend.
#242: new bike negotiations, tandeming
John may have talked his wife into another bike for their household. He's not sure he's at Wizard Level 10 yet, but she seems to agree with him. Tandems are back into Patrick's rotation of riding, or at least one tandem is back in rotation. He looks at why a bicycle built for two is so much fun and how it can be a constructive way to teach a novice cyclist about road riding. Our apologies for the lawnmower in the background; the grass is growing in Massachusetts.
#241: planning a post-pandemic calendar, returning ride life to normal
This week John talks about beginning to put together a calendar of events that he will enter. He'll be fully vaccinated soon and the upshot is that he may actually have to get in shape. Patrick has been thinking about the letdown that can come at the end of a crisis. Once the danger is in the rear view mirror, it's not uncommon to have everything we didn't permit ourselves to feel to come crashing down on us in a big wave of melancholy, or worse.
#240: being the weakest link, allergies and antihistamines
Before we get to this week's episode, there were a few problem's with last week's episode; they've been fixed and we've replaced the file. This week John "Robot" Lewis returns as guest host and he talks about what it means to have less than stellar fitness and to be the weakest link on a ride. He's made his peace and is still having fun he says. Patrick says that Sonoma County is into the part of spring where everything is blooming and the air is full of pollen. He's got a fair number of allergies and talks antihistamines and why they aren't all made equal.