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 Paceline is hosted Patrick Brady and John Lewis, and is a production by The Cycling Independent.
#257: cycling clothing, are helmet mirrors a good idea?
We can laugh at ourselves, yes? Robot takes aim at cycling costumes, our seriousness, ridiculousness and functionality all being poked, prodded and panned. And maybe justified, too. This week Padraig takes on helmet mirrors. Are they a good idea? What does brain science have to say about them? He digs into that and discusses what we can do to increase the odds that a driver won't go thump-thump over us.
#256: New Dura-Ace and Ultegra, Specialized dumps Mike's Bikes
This week John takes a look at a watershed event in Shimano's history. They have discontinued mechanically operated drivetrains on their Dura-Ace and Ultegra groups. The new versions of these groups we should see before the end of the year will be electronic-only. One of the biggest retailers in the country recently announced their sale to a Dutch holding company. As a result, Specialized severed their relationship with the 12-store chain of Mike's Bikes in Northern California. The big question on everyone's mind is, what were they thinking? Patrick talks to industry veteran and former Specialized marketing director Rick Vosper to get some insight.
#255: Glamping and antecycling, how to squeeze more riding in
John is just back from vacation in New Hampshire's White Mountains. He went glamping with the fam and says it was better than staying in a hotel. Patrick takes on a listener question about strategies to fit more training time in preparation for some long gravel events that he hopes take place next year.
#254: Relative humidity, disc brakes on road bikes
Just what is humidity? For a cyclist, relative humidity can make the difference between a lovely day on the bike and a session of abject suffering. But what does that number really mean and how should we interpret it. Our man Robot goes full nerd. It wasn't too long ago that most roadies were decrying the advent of disc brakes on road bikes as unnecessary technology and a cynical effort to make us all buy new bikes. But they sure seem popular now. Patrick takes on a bit of why.
Tandem: Phil Cavell
In this episode of the Paceline Tandem, we speak with Phil Cavell, author of The MidLife Cyclist, a book that shows the way forward for middle-aged riders (and athletes). Cavell is co-director of Cyclefit, an internationally known fit studio in Central London. With co-founder Julian Wall, Cavell has fit Pro Tour riders, Olympians and legions of aspiring middle-aged cyclists. The MidLife Cyclist is much more than a simple how-to guide. It outlines the specific physical (and mental) challenges we face as we grow older on the bike.
#253: diet and the environment, the Delta variant and riding
This week John considers his diet. He likes eating all the things, including kale. But is that really good for the environment, he asks. Patrick wonders what the delta variant means for doing bike events and travel. Is buying a hazmat suit the answer?
#113-#114 with Selene and Patrick are the best it gets
I couldn’t get into the show before Selene joined and sadly couldn’t after. Patrick is great but the duo of them both is what flies me to this podcast. Gravel, Road, and Mountain Biking are all discussed and it really is a cyclists podcast. From Selene’s tandem episode #5 and the 100 episode run, I’ll re revisiting this “era” all over again. I hope Patrick can find someone to help carry the torch.
Used to like it, now it’s almost un-listenable
For what content there is, that part is great. The hosts are knowledgeable but the last couple of episodes I’ve listened to are horrendous. Just mindless rambling and they cannot help but say the word “yeah” about 400 times an episode. It is really bad. I truly hope they see this review and take it to heart. Cut out the “Yeah” every other word and get to the point and the show would be half as long.
This podcast now officially unlistenable
Sorry mate, but you’ve lost your way. John is possibly worse than patria. Unrelatable. And Patric without proper guardrails is likely to veer into a paychobable ditch. You had a good tun with selene. Maybe it’s just time to pull the plug. Honestly, a 30 minute podcast with Patric alone would be better than this. Add guests to interview rather than as co hosts.