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The Spokesmen Podcast is a roundtable discussion of all of the issues and events surrounding the world of cycling. It features cycling insiders including those from the media, marketing, manufacturing, racing, and advocacy. The show has been produced since 2006 by David Bernstein and Carlton Reid.

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The Spokesmen Podcast is a roundtable discussion of all of the issues and events surrounding the world of cycling. It features cycling insiders including those from the media, marketing, manufacturing, racing, and advocacy. The show has been produced since 2006 by David Bernstein and Carlton Reid.

    EPISODE 346: Monica Garrison of Black Girls Do Bike

    EPISODE 346: Monica Garrison of Black Girls Do Bike

    20th February 2024

    The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast

    EPISODE 346: Monica Garrison

    SPONSOR: Tern Bicycles

    HOST: Carlton Reid

    GUEST: Monica Garrison of Black Girls Do Bike


    LINKS:

    https://www.the-spokesmen.com/

    https://www.ternbicycles.com

    https://www.blackgirlsdobike.org

    https://twitter.com/CarltonReid


    TRANSCRIPT

    Carlton Reid 0:13
    Welcome to Episode 346 of the spokesmen cycling podcast. This show was engineered on Tuesday 20th of February 2024.

    David Bernstein 0:29
    The Spokesmen cycling roundtable podcast is brought to you by Tern bicycles. The good people at Tern are committed to building bikes that are useful enough to ride every day and dependable enough to carry the people you love. In other words, they make the kind of bikes that they want to ride. Tern has e-bikes for every type of rider. Whether you’re commuting, taking your kids to school or even carrying another adult, visit www.ternbicycles.com. That’s t e r n bicycles.com to learn more.

    Carlton Reid 1:03
    I’m Carlton Reid and today’s episode is a half hour chat with Monica Garrison of Black Girls Do Bike a Pennsylvania nonprofit now in its 11th year of group rides and more for black women and girls. And yeah, I should have checked out the weather map before I asked the first stupid question. Have you been riding today?

    Monica Garrison 1:28
    Oh, no! There’s snow everywhere. We had a big storm yesterday. Yeah, yesterday.

    Carlton Reid 1:35
    I should have checked your weather. Okay. So how much of the year can you not cycle in Pittsburgh?

    Monica Garrison 1:43
    Pretty much November to March is pretty snowy and rainy, and cold. So we have a nice big offseason here, though some folks ride through the winter. I’m not one of those people.

    Carlton Reid 1:57
    So you kind of come say March, April, you’re kind of really desperate to get out on your bike, that kind of thing.

    Monica Garrison 2:05
    Oh, yeah, the mid March The weather seems to shift and and cyclists return full force and and then we’re good. I mean, we get pretty hot in August and July, you know, it’s a bit unbearable and humid. So there’s some time there where it’s not so pleasant to be out on the bike, but pretty much yeah, the rest of the year we’re riding.

    Carlton Reid 2:27
    So I really should have checked the weather. Because that was such a stupid question, wasn’t it if you’re deep in snow, and of course. That’s okay. So the rest of the year. tell me about the rest of the year in Pittsburgh. What’s it like riding in Pittsburgh?

    Monica Garrison 2:43
    So Pittsburgh is notorious for its hills. It’s a very hilly city. So it’s not for the faint of heart. Literally. I think over the last 10 years, we’ve had a really good programme, Bike Pittsburgh is our local Bike Ped organisation. And they’ve done a really good job of creating infrastructure that connects. So there are large parts of the city that are interconnected for commuters and everyone else on bikes. So that’s nice. We have what we call the gap trail here, which is a Great Allegheny Passage. And it starts here in Pittsburgh, and you can ride it all the way to Washington, DC. So a lot of local cyclists put that on their list of things to do in the spring and summer, before it gets too hot. And our we have Port Authority, which is our local bus transportation here. And they made an effort a few years ago to outfit all of the buses with bike racks on the front. So no matter where you’re headed, you can take your bike with you

    Carlton Reid 3:52
    Now, we’re very jealous. When when we see Americans with, with buses with that on the front, we get very jealous, we’ve got very few services that will will do that. So I’ve seen photographs on your, on your website, where it’s like the media images where you can get these the photographs you’re allowed to use. And there’s you and your kids, and there’s a bike lane in Pittsburgh. So I can visualise extremely well, t

    • 30 min
    EPISODE 345: 24 hour racing with Josh Reid on Scotland's Strathpuffer

    EPISODE 345: 24 hour racing with Josh Reid on Scotland's Strathpuffer

    26th January 2024

    The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast

    EPISODE 345: 24 hour racing with Josh Reid on Scotland’s Strathpuffer

    SPONSOR: Tern Bicycles

    HOST: Carlton Reid

    GUESTS: Josh Reid, Alfie Marsh

    TOPICS:

    LINKS:

    https://www.the-spokesmen.com/

    https://www.ternbicycles.com

    https://twitter.com/CarltonReid

    https://strathpuffer.co.uk

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IS-SjvNeRcU&t=175s

    TRANSCRIPT:

    Carlton Reid 0:13
    Welcome to Episode 345 of the Spokesmen cycling podcast. This show was engineered on Saturday 27th of January 2024.

    David Bernstein 0:29
    The Spokesmen cycling roundtable podcast is brought to you by Tern bicycles. The good people at Tern are committed to building bikes that are useful enough to ride every day and dependable enough to carry the people you love. In other words, they make the kind of bikes that they want to ride. Tern has e-bikes for every type of rider. Whether you’re commuting, taking your kids to school or even carrying another adult, visit www.ternbicycles.com. That’s t e r n bicycles.com to learn more.

    Carlton Reid 1:04
    I’m Carlton Reid. And on today’s episode we follow my son Josh with 24 hours 24 hours of mountain bike racing on the hills above Strathpeffer in the freezing Scottish Highlands, I was support crew handing Josh his food, water and bubble-free Red Bulls from a rental Range Rover at the side of a fire road climb right on the Strathpuffer course. You’ll hear audio recorded during the day when Josh was chipper, and then through the 17 hours of darkness when he was well — spoiler alert — suffering. He managed 20 laps of what’s affectionately known as the Puffer. And that’s quite some achievement for him because …

    Josh Reid 1:57
    it’s very technical. …

    Carlton Reid 1:59
    … because he’s more of a roadie/gravel rider. And that snippet of information yelled at me as Josh came past on his first lap told me he’d likely lose a bunch of time on the technical descents. Let’s get rolling, beginning with some audio of me clipped from a video recorded on the long drive up to Scotland. We stopped in Glasgow to pick up filmmaker Alfie Marsh who helped Josh produce a stunning film of the event, the YouTube link for which is on the show notes at the hyphen spokesmen.com. I’m not gonna look at you, by the way, I’m going to be keeping my eyes completely focused on the road. So I do not normally drive an internal combustion engine car and certainly not one as mental as this Range Rover that I’ve got. But Josh needs to go to this event, we’re driving on the A9 up towards Inverness, and we’re gonna go to Strathpeffer — Josh can tell you exactly what the event we’re doing, but clue’s in the name, I guess. But to get out there to get all the kit, and to make sure we’re kind of comfortable. So we have hired this car. And it’s from a company called Turo. So I last time I hired a Turo in America in 2015 when I actually got a Tesla. But here, they’ve been in the last couple of years. It’s basically Airbnb of car hire. So basically rented it off somebody into his personal so it’s Gurinder’s personal Range Rover. And obviously looking after it’s not, you know, it’s a rental so don’t be gentle, no that you can look after the car. And we’re going to be stopping shortly. For coffee breaks, beautiful day here in the Scottish Highlands. And Josh exactly what are we going to so Strathpeffer, what’s the event that we’re actually physically going to be doing? You’re gonna be doing not me. So we’re

    So we’re going to Strathpeffer, but the event is Strathpuffer, or people call it the Puffer. And it’s a 24 hour mountain bike event going round a 12 kilometre circuit. And as you can see, I’ve got laden with bikes in the back here. So I’ve got my gravel bike and full-suss mountain bike. And basically the aim is to just ride around a circuit for 24 hours and not to stop at all and see if I can get on the podium. We’re in

    • 21 min
    EPISODE 344: Computer Modelling of How Cyclists (And Motorists) Hit Potholes

    EPISODE 344: Computer Modelling of How Cyclists (And Motorists) Hit Potholes

    28th December 2023

    The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast

    EPISODE 344: Computer Modelling of How Cyclists (And Motorists) Hit Potholes 

    SPONSOR: Tern Bicycles

    HOST: Carlton Reid

    GUEST: Kara Laing

    TOPICS: Automotive engineering analyst Kara Laing, an everyday cyclist, explains her new work on the modelling of hitting potholes

    LINKS:

    https://www.the-spokesmen.com/

    https://www.ternbicycles.com

    https://twitter.com/CarltonReid

    https://twitter.com/1pluseipi/status/1737776983457554814

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/kara-laing-997b733/

    https://www.cyclinguk.org/site-search?search_api_fulltext=pothole

    https://seesense.cc

    • 34 min
    EPISODE 343: Mr & Mrs McAleese moving to Oz

    EPISODE 343: Mr & Mrs McAleese moving to Oz

    21st November 2023

    The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast

    EPISODE 343: Mr & Mrs McAleese moving to Oz 

    SPONSOR: Tern Bicycles

    HOST: Carlton Reid

    GUESTS: Philip and Irene McAleese of See-sense

    TOPICS: Philip and Irene McAleese of see-sense, the Northern Irish bike lights and data company, are upping sticks and moving down under. We also talk V2X beacons, Cycling Industries Europe, Kevin Mayne, Jon Parkin, Velo-city and Geordie accents.

    LINKS:

    https://www.the-spokesmen.com/

    https://www.ternbicycles.com

    https://twitter.com/CarltonReid

    https://seesense.cc

    https://twitter.com/_IreneMc

    https://twitter.com/_PhilipM

    https://twitter.com/JohnParkin28

    https://twitter.com/seesense_cc

    https://twitter.com/maynekevin?lang=en

    https://cyclingindustries.com

    • 54 min
    EPISODE 342: Yorkshire Coast Gravel With Markus Stitz

    EPISODE 342: Yorkshire Coast Gravel With Markus Stitz

    3rd November 2023

    The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast

    EPISODE 342: Yorkshire Coast Gravel With Markus Stitz

    SPONSOR: Tern Bicycles

    HOST: Carlton Reid

    GUEST: Markus Stitz

    TOPICS: Two epic wet days riding in Yorkshire with gravel guru Markus Stitz

    LINKS:

    https://www.the-spokesmen.com/

    https://www.ternbicycles.com

    https://twitter.com/CarltonReid

    https://www.routeyc.co.uk

    https://www.bikeandboot.com

    https://www.lner.co.uk

    https://www.youtube.com/@Josh-Reid

    • 28 min
    EPISODE 341: In conversation with Carla Francome

    EPISODE 341: In conversation with Carla Francome

    25th October 2023

    The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast

    EPISODE 341: In conversation with Carla Francome

    SPONSOR: Tern Bicycles

    HOST: Carlton Reid

    GUEST: Carla Francome

    TOPICS: The joy of cycling with commuter-to-club-cyclist Carla Francome

    LINKS:

    https://www.the-spokesmen.com/

    https://www.ternbicycles.com

    https://twitter.com/CarltonReid

    https://twitter.com/carlafrancome

    • 48 min

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