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Welcome to Geek Warning, a podcast focused on how bikes work and how to make them better. Hosted by Dave Rome, Ronan Mc Laughlin and Brad Copeland, this weekly show is your fix for tech geekitude, covering the latest tech news, industry trends, and whatever else is on our minds.

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

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Welcome to Geek Warning, a podcast focused on how bikes work and how to make them better. Hosted by Dave Rome, Ronan Mc Laughlin and Brad Copeland, this weekly show is your fix for tech geekitude, covering the latest tech news, industry trends, and whatever else is on our minds.

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

    The (lack of) spares we carry

    The (lack of) spares we carry

    For the first time in a long time the bike industry is taking a breather on new product drops. With that, Dave Rome and Brad Copeland catch up to discuss what’s on their minds.
    There’s a nostalgic chat about Brad and Dave’s dream bikes as awkward teens. Dave raises his frustrations around integrated shifter and brake clamp systems on mountain bikes. And the geeks discuss what spares they carry on local rides.
    There’s a small amount of worthy tech news at the end, including factory-waxed chains from KMC and Wippermann, plus a chat about Wolf Tooth’s updated dropper and how it compares.
    Timestamps:
    2:50 - Corrections Corner related to OneUp hubs5:50 - Dream bikes in our teens, plus a tangent21:00 - Why can’t MatchMaker make our match?34:05 - Pick One Returns! Our spares50:00 - A quick repeat of a PSA52:10 - Waxed chains straight from the factory are here!59:10 - Wolf Tooth’s Revolve Rev2 shows how Right to Repair should be1:02:50 - Wolf Tooth’s news presents another Pick One segment

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Flat mount should be flat!

    Flat mount should be flat!

    Eurobike is now in the rearview mirror and the buzz of the Tour continues to grow. In this week’s Geek Warning episode you’ll hear (without sound issues, horray!) a wrap-up from Eurobike, learn about Schwalbe’s intriguing new Clik Valve, Canyon’s Tempr shoes bring them into a new product category, and some bold claims from Parcours for the gravel race scene.
    Brad and Dave also discuss the latest Trek Top Fuel mountain bike and Dangerholm’s incredible 5.89 kg (12.99 lb) hardtail. Plus you’ll hear about the latest from Feedback Sports, DT Swiss, Manitou, and Shimano.
    The big conversation for this episode is all about the generally poor quality control of flat-mount brake mounts, and it warrants a language warning as Dave feels his anger grow. Seriously, a message to bike manufacturers and brands, it shouldn’t be up to the local shop to fix this stuff!
    Escape Collective's podcasts are made possible by our members. Head on over to escapecollective.com/join to support this show and everything else on our podcast network.
    Time stamps:
    1:48 - Parcours’ FKT aero gravel race wheelset10:00 - Canyon enters the high-end shoe market18:40 - Ronan’s experience at Eurobike25:55 - Schwalbe Clik Valve - a new valve we may just like30:15 - Trek’s fourth-gen Top Fuel37:30 - Dangerholm’s latest ‘lightest hardtail’43:05 - Dave gets a little sweary: flat mount should be flat!55:10 - Feedback Sports enters the electric stand market1:00:20 - It’s DT Swiss’ 30th anniversary1:02:00 - Manitou releases its R8 cross-country fork1:04:45 - Shimano’s new second-tier S-Phyre RC7 shoes, plus the case for spending more on certain things

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Eurobike week and a two-chain bike for a great cause

    Eurobike week and a two-chain bike for a great cause

    It’s the week of all weeks for cycling tech. The Tour de France has kicked off, the world’s largest cycling tradeshow – Eurobike – is on, and we’ve seen many smaller handmade bike shows, too. With that, Dave Rome, Brad Copeland, and Ronan Mc Laughlin have plenty of things to geek out over.
    The geeks discuss the new Classified and TRP drivetrain collab, plus new budget groupset options from Microshift and SRAM. Ronan gives a brief overview of Continental’s new aero tyres, while there’s also chat of a new fancy chain waxing tool seen at the Tour.
    There’s a chat about how to keep a check on your brake tracks. And then to finish things off, you’ll hear Brad and Dave discuss new hubs from OneUp, a new gravel bike from Giant, some question marks about Ohlins suspension, and the entrance of drone-experts DJI into bicycles (wait, what?). And lastly, the new Buffalo bike for World Bicycle Relief is discussed.
    And once again, we apologise for the sound quality on this one. This time, it was Brad with the technical issues, sounding a little distant on the backup audio we had to use.
    Time stamps:
    3:50 - Classified and TRP collaborate on a groupset14:45 - The Aero111 tyre from DT Swiss, Swiss Side, and Continental21:40 - SRAM’s new S-1000 Transmission27:05 - Microshift Sword Black, even cheaper and 9-speed31:35 - Cyclowax teases on-bike chain waxing38:25 - Handmade bikes everywhere!43:40 - PSA: saying it once more, measure those brake tracks!54:45 - A workforce reduction at Ohlins57:40 - Oneup enters the hub market1:01:58 - KOM’s Xeno hub has us intrigued1:05:00 - We drone on about DJI’s entrance into e-bikes1:08:20 - Giant’s new Revolt Advanced gravel bike1:11:15 - The new Buffalo bike

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Bonus ep: Speaking from Spoken

    Bonus ep: Speaking from Spoken

    If you managed to take a look at some of the bikes from Spoken, you’ll quickly realise there’s a whole lot of tech to talk about. For this member’s special bonus episode of Geek Warning, Dave Rome sits down with a number of exhibitors while at the show. In this episode you’ll hear interviews with builders such as Feather Cycles and Woods Bicycle Co. Dave chats with Silca’s owner Josh Poertner about the future of chain waxing and 3D titanium printing. You’ll learn about the latest from Melbourne-based Curve Cycling and Project Flock. Plus, discussion on bike fit with RiderFit.CC and the future of the Spoken show with event co-founder Nathan Lorkin.
    Only members of Escape Collective can listen to the full version of this episode, however, this shorter version is available here for free (and hopefully to once again, encourage you to join).
    Also, we'd love to get your feedback on this show and our other shows. Share your thoughts at escapecollective.com/podcast-survey.
    Time stamps:
    1:00 - Feather Cycles and the launch of WKNDR9:40 - Woods Bicycle Co on hidden cable routing19:30 - Josh Poertner on 3D titanium printing and the next-generation of chain waxing40:00 - Project Flock44:30 - Curve Cycling and going higher-end49:00 - Stewart Morton of RiderFit56:30 - The future of Spoken?

    • 34 min
    Lateral thinking, a new way to consider chain wear

    Lateral thinking, a new way to consider chain wear

    In this week’s episode of Geek Warning, Escape Collective's tech editors Dave Rome and Ronan McLaughlin get lost in thought and go well over the magic hour. Hit play to hear whether Trek’s move to turn two race bikes into one is a decision based on performance or business, whether lateral chain wear is a measurement we should be considering, what we look for in bib shorts, and what possessed Ronan to do a nearly 20-hour-long ride.
    Of course, the geeks also talk about other new products just released, including Wolf Tooth’s entry into mini pumps, Wahoo’s new heart rate strap, and Willier’s latest road bike. Enjoy!
    Also, we'd love to get your feedback on this show and our other shows. Share your thoughts at escapecollective.com/podcast-survey.
    Time stamps
    3:00 - Trek goes all-in on the new Madone21:30 - Wilier’s new climbing bike31:30 - Abbey Bike Tools introduces a less thought way of measuring chain wear44:20 - RIP Jurgen Falke45:10 - Ronan’s big ride is on Dave’s mind55:30 - Picking one bib-short1:02:30 - Wahoo’s new heart rate strap, will this one last?1:09:40 - Wolf Tooth gets into mini pumps with internal storage1:13:30 - Bossi’s new Grit titanium gravel bike1:14:20 - MADE Australia is this weekend, while Ronan is heading to the Tour and Eurobike

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Chisel in the Dogma

    Chisel in the Dogma

    It’s time to geek out. This week Brad Copeland, Ronan McLaughlin, and Dave Rome are on the pod to talk all the major news in the world of tech and what’s on their minds.
    There’s a new road bike from Pinarello, and a new head unit that promises to be self-sustaining, and a more affordable full suspension race bike from Specialized. Plus Dave and Brad share some things on their minds.
    Forward warning and an apology as the sound quality on this one doesn’t meet our usual standard. Dave was already under the weather, and if that weren’t enough, he then had mic issues. The information is there, it’s just Dave sounds like virus-riddled bot!
    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.
    Also, we'd love to get your feedback on this show and our other shows. Share your thoughts at escapecollective.com/podcast-survey.
    Time stamps:
    2:24 - New Pinarello Dogma11:50 - Coros’ entry into head units22:05 - More new alloy from Specialized, this time the Chisel FS28:33 - Spoken has been run, a bonus episode is incoming29:25 - Spare seatpost length is on Brad’s mind33:30 - Dave explains why he’s a reformed chain waxer43:50 - Quick tech bite in the form of Giant’s new kids bike50:05 - Brad shares a tip for getting tips

    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
270 Ratings

270 Ratings

TheSkieur ,

For Ronan

Gave 5 stars for Ronan because he recently said he didn’t see a lot of them and his articles are great.
Gave 5 stars for James because he is also a fellow TWT alumnus. I started working there a year after he left so we never got to meet, but he was a legend and everyone at the shop always read his articles.
Gave 5 stars for Dave and his Threaded newsletter. It’s not helping my bank account since I like good quality tools, but such is life.

Valinhorn ,

If you love bike tech and TERRIBLE puns, this is the place for you!

The bike tech reviews are in-depth like no other, Dave, James and Ronan have a wealth of insights and experience that they love to share. This is an excellent resource for the community and worth your time to give it a listen, even if Dave's puns are sometimes terrible (they have their moments).

Snookanglr ,

Going deep

If you’re into cycling tech and equipment this is the podcast for you. It’s informative and entertaining.

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