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Welcome to the Escape Collective podcast network. On this main channel, you’ll find episodes of the Tour Daily in July, plus Placeholders, Wheel Talk, Geek Warning, and Pretty Serious Bike Racing Podcast the rest of the year.

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Welcome to the Escape Collective podcast network. On this main channel, you’ll find episodes of the Tour Daily in July, plus Placeholders, Wheel Talk, Geek Warning, and Pretty Serious Bike Racing Podcast the rest of the year.

Escape Collective is entirely member-funded. If you like this podcast please consider supporting us by becoming a member: https://escapecollective.com/member/

    Geek Warning: Flat bottom chains don’t make the wheels go round

    Geek Warning: Flat bottom chains don’t make the wheels go round

    The tech never stops. This episode Brad Copeland and Dave Rome discuss a handful of new dropbar bikes, a recall, common mistakes with fitting chains, and their favourite… grease. Oh yes, it’s Geek Warning!
    Those new bikes include the fascinatingly simple Specialized Crux DSW, a refreshed Bianchi Arcadex gravel bike, and OBED’s entry into the endurance road space. Meanwhile the geeks discuss Ellsworth’s recent return and entry into gravel.
    Following a repair during the week, on Brad’s mind is how chain direction matters and it spurs a larger conversation about other common chain-related mistakes. Then Dave asks the hard hitting questions, asking Brad to pick a single grease of choice.
    The episode wraps with a recall from Kuat and a tease for the upcoming Spoken Show (formerly Handmade Bicycle Show Australia) in Melbourne, Australia.
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    Time stamps:
    5:25 - Specialized’s new alloy bike and why simple wins20:00 - Bianchi new Arcadex and why UDH is now the common feature in gravel26:48 - Ellsworth returns to the dropbar world33:00 - OBED RVR is another option with a taller stack height39:25 - Chain direction is on Brad’s mind46:40 - Pick one: Grease. Yes, grease.53:50 - Roval releases a Team version of its Rapide CLX II road wheels58:32 - Kuat has a recall that impacts 86,000 racks1:01:30 - High-fives await in Melbourne

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Unchained Binge: No Risk, No Reward

    Unchained Binge: No Risk, No Reward

    With the release of season 2 of Netflix's Tour de France: Unchained, the Unchained Binge podcast is back. In this first episode of the year, Kit Nicholson, Jonny Long, and Caley Fretz dive into the first episode, which sets the scene for another season of drama behind the scenes at the Tour.
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    • 47 min
    Placeholders: Tour de France form check

    Placeholders: Tour de France form check

    On this week's Placeholders, Jonny Long and Kit Nicholson join Caley Fretz to do a form check of the big contenders ahead of the Tour de France and field a few questions from members.
    Escape Collective's podcasts are made possible by our members. Head on over to escapecollective.com/member to support this show and everything else on our podcast network.
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    • 42 min
    Wheel Talk: Three against one, lost it at the line

    Wheel Talk: Three against one, lost it at the line

    This week Abby is joined by Matilda Raynolds and a very special guest - Shawn Clarke, DS for Liv AlUla Jayco. They chat Tour of Britain, how teams decide which DS goes to which race, the transfer market, and more.
    Obsessions: Abby - Fall Guy, Shawn - Tour de Gatineau and Bike Race Ottawa, Tils - Timeshifter app
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Geek Warning Bonus ep: Why experience is still key in the modern bike design world of CFD & CAD

    Geek Warning Bonus ep: Why experience is still key in the modern bike design world of CFD & CAD

    A €9,000 frame, a €27k build, and €22K spent on developing the bottle alone… Wilier has a new TT bike.
    Escape Collective had exclusive access to the development of this new bike in a seemingly impossible time frame. Leading the design project was Marco Genovese, Head of Design at Wilier Triestina. With 14 years of experience in developing over 100 frames, Genovese knows a thing or two about carbon frame design. Escape Tech Editor Ronan Mc Laughlin sat down with Genovese to deep dive on all things frame design to discuss everything from brainwaves in the shower to initial concepts and from modern design tools to made-up UCI rules.
    The Supersonica may be a time trial bike, but this bonus episode of the Geek Warning podcast is for anyone who has ever wondered how bikes are designed.
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    How the Race was Won: A nail-biting Dauphiné

    How the Race was Won: A nail-biting Dauphiné

    Cosmo Catalano and Dane Cash break down the 2024 Critérium du Dauphiné, where Primož Roglič narrowly held off Matteo Jorgensen to win the overall title, and discuss what it all means ahead of the Tour de France.
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    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
734 Ratings

734 Ratings

howboutthisnickne? ,

How did the bike industry get into deep trouble?

I worked in purchasing at one of the company’s mentioned many times in these episodes. Throughout summer 2020 I heard company leadership repeatedly say this was the new normal in the bike industry. I even heard the term “bicycle renaissance” thrown around. The directive was that purchasing needed to order everything they could. It didn’t matter what it was, but it. Those of us who spoke up saying this wasn’t going to last were shut down. I quit at the end of 2020 because I thought the inventory issues were going to come to a head in 2021. I was a year early.

yoga.aha ,

Finally!

You guys guilted me into a 5 star review. Dane Cash and Cosmo both have lurching vocal cadences kind of like Captain Kirk, it’s often hard to listen to. It is also weird to talk more about what you are going to talk about than what you are talking about: this mainly is annoying in the formerly great, How The Race Was Won. In other words you don’t need to say what you are going to talk about in the podcast, just talk about it! You have had a balled man balling listening to the Alison Jackson interview, so excellent….Fascinating discussion of tactics too…. Best race of the last 5 years for sure.

DavidMLewis ,

Most comprehensive and entertaining cycling podcast

I love the depth they go into, and the fact that they are entirely member-supported. The technical articles are superb and they go to some effort to highlight perspectives that are not necessarily their own (i.e. people who might want to start riding). The racing news is often fascinating even though I don’t generally follow racing. Highly recommended, and yes, I ponied up to keep the team in instant ramen (and Dave in tools).

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