The Marginal Gains Podcast, presented by Silca is the show that makes a big deal about the little things, and how those little things...can be a big deal. Josh Poertner of Silca, along with Hottie and Fatty, talks about all aspects of cycling — design, manufacturing, marketing, riding, racing, management and most likely every from a thoughtful perspective. It's a podcast for the thinking cyclist.
A Conversation with Bastion Cycles' James Woolcock
This is an Engineer's episode if there ever was one. Josh talks to James Woolcock of Bastion cycles, a maker of "Bespoke Luxury Performance Bicycles." These bikes come with a significant price tag, but there's a lot of custom engineering based on a customer’s wants and needs going into each of their highly unique, high-performance bikes. Even if you're not in the market for an ultra-high-end bike, however, you'll enjoy the conversation between these two marginal gainers with engineering degrees.
Ask Josh Anything #14
The TdF is on, and we've got questions. Do racers REALLY still ride with tires at 120psi? Is tubeless on the verge of replacing tubular as the wheel setup of choice?
We've also got a great crop of questions from our listeners:
What are the meaningful aero differences between solo and group riding?
When is a wheel upgrade worth it?
What's the best way to execute your bottom-of-segment turnaround in an Everesting attempt?
Got a question? Give us a call or text us at 317-343-4506.
Talking with Factor Bikes' Rob Gitelis
Factor is a relatively new name in the industry. But after just a few years in the marketplace, a leading publication put Factor alongside Giant, Specialized and Cannondale as the next bike to own. And Factor has been brought to prominence by Rob Gitelis. In addition to applying his experience as an engineer to build a really terrific bicycle, Rob has shown incredible instinct to quickly elevate the Factor name. In this conversation, Rob tells Josh how many of the most popular bike products get made.
A Conversation with Shimano Brand Manager Nick Legan
Nick Legan is a familiar name to cycling enthusiasts. Nick was the tech editor at Velo Magazine and Adventure Cyclist Magazine. He is also the author of the book “Gravel Cycling.”
Josh and Nick talk about Gravel riding, bikepacking, Nick's time as a pro bike mechanic in Europe, running a “Service Only” bike shop in Colorado, coaching and what it’s like to oversee one of the most important component brands on the planet.
Ronan McLaughlin: Using Marginal Gains to Set an Everesting Record
Shortly after setting a new Everesting record — obliterating Alberto Contador's time by 20 minutes — Ronan McLaughlin reached out to Josh with some remarkable news: Silca Products and the Marginal Gains podcast had been an important piece of his extraordinary accomplishment. Needless to say, Josh immediately set up this interview to talk about Ronan's incredible accomplishment.
Ask Josh Anything #13
We've asked you to ask Josh anything, and you do not disappoint. In this episode, however, we completely lose track of the "ask" for a bit because we are SO GEEKED OUT on Ronan McLaughlin's new Everesting record.
We do (eventually!) get to your questions, including:
- The most reasonable way to measure your wheel circumference
- The best bike positions ... if you take aero OUT of the equation
- How nearby barriers affect your time trialing
- How new pavement should affect your tire pressure
Customer ReviewsSee All
The discussions in the Marginal Gains Podcast seem to closely match my interest in trying to BE more and think more critically about less-than-obvious factors that enhance my awareness and improve my odds at achieving an intended outcome.
Although the podcast is primarily aimed at cycling performance, which I thoroughly enjoy, its undertone applies to much more in life. Question (presumed) dogma. Search for improvement where others have already concluded it can’t be found. Reframe your perspective and work to achieve more than you thought (or were told) was possible. Surround yourself with people who share these goals for mutual, beneficial improvement.
Josh, Fatty, and Hottie, I applaud your abilities to dissect and share ideas on complex yet interesting topics, while also providing historical context and often philosophical balance to the equation. This podcast is informative and thought provoking. Keep up the excellent work!
Super Content and Superb Production
Josh, Fatty, and Hottie, Thank you for making my now favorite podcast! I have binged through all of the episodes. The topics are great and I really appreciate the production effort you make - it is easy to hear even when driving in my old minivan and the better sound quality makes that Marginal Gains difference!
Right? Right? Right?
Podcast and information is good. But he needs to stop saying “right?.... Right?” At the end of each sentence as if he’s looking for approval and unsure of what he is saying. Doesn’t sound confident and sounds like he’s questioning himself. Or, the other two guys could at least try to audibly show some acknowledgement.