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.
AJA #20: The Pipeline Problem
It's a strange time to be in the bike industry. Pro teams are scrounging for components. New frames are hard to come by. Bike shops are swamped with extraordinary demand, but nothing to sell. So in this AJA episode, Josh brings a ton of practical insight into making the best of a problematic pipeline.
We also talk about how Silca goes about greenlighting a new product, marginal gains on gravel, and what Josh really wants marginal gainers to think about when we're on our bikes.
3D Ti Printing & Marginal Gains
Josh is obsessed with Titanium printing, and Fatty and Hottie have been badgering him to talk on the podcast about why for months. With the release of Silca's Mensola computer mount, Josh can get into the weeds on why 3D printing is a big deal, the work that's goes into installation, engineering, and production, and what opportunities and constraints this technology brings to the bike industry.
Ask Josh Anything #19
If you care about drivetrains, aero tweaks, and wheels on your bike setup, this episode will really scratch that itch. We do a deep dive into the why, how, and what of Silca's new diamond-polished chains, how properly-lubed chains affect cog and chainring wear and tear, and whether you really need to replace that quick link after each chain connect/disconnect cycle. We also get to the best ways to locate your hydration on long rides and the question of whether — wheelwise — deeper is always better.
Failure and Marginal Gains
Here at Marginal Gains, we are NOT big fans of the old saying, "Failure is not an option." As far as we're concerned, failure is not only an option, but a valuable part of development. In this episode, Josh gets into how he changed his mind about failure, why we see failure at the sharp end of the sport, and why mistakes we make as riders can lead to marginal gains.
Jens Voigt: The Hour, Chains, & Marginal Gains
This may not be the most technical episode of Marginal Gains to date, but it absolutely is one of the most pragmatic and entertaining. Jens Voigt joins Josh to talkk about everything from training wheels to the cold war to Aussies to A/C Sales to bike team finances to the early days of marginal gains...and of course the hour record. Jens is a treasure; enjoy this chat about his amazing career and life.
Ask Josh Anything #18
We love every listener question we get at Marginal Gains. But this episode, one question got Josh so excited he's pretty sure he was going to lose sleep over it. Of course, we saved that one to the end, but you'll want to listen to the whole show anyway because we've got great questions about the super tuck and dropper posts, off-label use of lube (and many more lube-related questions), marginal gains and handlebar bags, FKT updates, and more. As always, it's a can't-miss AJA episode of Marginal Gains.
Art and Science
I’m not even a cyclist anymore but I still find this podcast fascinating. It’s helping me understand the technique behind the mind blowing performances I’m seeing as a passionate fan of racing. The content here is a fine example of the uncanny similarities between Art and Science. Thanks fellas!
Great material, but they take soooo long to deliver it. Twenty minutes of material in a one hour show. If you’re really into cycling, you’ll like it anyway.
Probably my favorite cycling related podcast. Scratches my itch for knowledge on stuff that nobody really needs to know.. keep it up!