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Episode 170: An interview with Matt Briggs of the Briggs Campaign

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The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast

Episode 170

Friday, 29th September 2017

HOST: Carlton Reid

GUEST:
Matt Briggs

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Matt Briggs tragically lost his wife Kim when she was involved in a road traffic incident in London in 2016. She died a week after being hit by fixie rider Charlie Alliston, whose bicycle didn’t have a front brake which is illegal. Alliston was sentenced to 18 months in youth detention. We didn’t discuss Charlie Alliston directly, but we did discuss Matt’s campaign to make sure fixie retailers sell legally compliant bicycles. We also discussed Matt’s campaign for a law change, bringing cyclists into line with motorists who kill.

It’s this second part of the campaign which has generated an amazing amount of media coverage and promises of government action – there have been mentions of the campaign by Prime Minister Theresa May, the Department for Transport has said it will carry out a review of “cycle safety” and the minister for transport has sent out an extraordinary letter asking cycling organizations to police cyclists, the kind of letter that has never been sent to motoring organizations (I checked).

Matt has been on the BBC, Sky News and all over much of the rest of the media. But this is his first audio interview with a cycle journalist, and I asked questions that the mainstream media didn’t.

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Oy vey, it’s like Woodstock for bikes

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The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast

Episode 169

Sunday, 24th September 2017

HOST: Carlton Reid

GUESTS:
David Bernstein
Richard Wittenberg

SPONSOR: Jenson USA

TOPICS

Saaaaagggggaaaan wins World Championships for record third time
Cookson is voted out as UCI president. Vive La France!
The Lugano Charter [PDF]
Breaking Away
Giro d’Italia to start in Israel – will protests mar the event?
The firestorm over a broken TT bar failureRed Kite Prayer’s tech explanation.

TIPS
David’s nerdy way to protect bikes on a roof rack.
Police crackdown on “close pass” drivers leads to huge safety gains – Traffic West Midlands’ police twitter feed.
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A Day Out in Stratford upon Avon with Pashley’s Adrian Williams and Fran Martin of the Traditional Cycle Shop

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The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast

Episode 165

Wednesday 2nd August, 2017

HOST: Carlton Reid

GUESTS: Pashley CEO Adrian Williams and Fran Martin of Stratford upon Avon’s Traditional Cycle Shop.

SPONSOR: Jenson USA

Adrian Williams

Adrian Williams

TOPICS

Pashley, Moulton, the Gov’nor’s Assembly, GB components, and the Traditional Cycle Shop.

Fran Martin

Fran Martin

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SPOKESMEN SPECIAL: A Visit from Mountain Bike Royalty

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The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast

Episode 164

Wednesday 19th July, 2017

HOST: Carlton Reid

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GUESTS: Charlie Kelly and Joe Breeze

SPONSOR: Jenson USA

TOPICS

Mountain bike history; Charlie’s book “Fat Tire Flyer”; MTB Legacy Archive on Kickstarter; plus a comp to win a copy of Bike Boom signed by Charlie Kelly and Joe Breeze.

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The Spokesmen #159: From Sustrans to Specialized

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The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast

Episode 159

Sunday 7th April 2017.

HOST: Carlton Reid

GUESTS:

SPONSOR: Jenson USA

TOPICS

Xavier Brice of Sustrans discusses the 40th anniversary of the creation of Sustrans, as well as London’s bike boom, and the challenges facing the charity.

From the company’s new pop-up store in Düsseldorf, Specialized’s Dominek Geyer reveals details on the new Vado range of urban e-bikes.

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The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast is sponsored by Jenson USA.

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Spokesmen 153: Blinged bikes – Prince vs Bugatti

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The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast

Episode 153

Sunday, March 26th 2017

08:00 PST

HOST: Carlton Reid

PANELISTS:

SPONSOR(S): Jenson USA

TOPICS

Ghent-Wevelgem – one year after death of Antoine Demoitié of Team Wanty-Groupe Gobert

Sir Bradley Wiggins – “I’ll shock people”he already has cos he said “marginal gains” and the “chimp thing” are rubbish.

Bling #1 – The North American Handmade Bicycle Show 2017.

NAHBS – Best-in-Show: Prince bike

Not nice – Wolftooth posting on Instagram. Offending link taken down live on air.

You kidding me? – Lord Carlile blames the Westminster Bridge London terrorist attack on the cycleway.

Report scofflaw motorists – Close Call Database: report bad drivers here and others in your area are notified.

Bling #2 – 11 lbs, $40,000 bicycle from PG of Germany and Bugatti.

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The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast is sponsored by Jenson USA.

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The Spokesmen # 150 – The Great Puddle

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TOPICS:

Flooding cause chaos – no, not in California in Tour of Oman

Nicole Cooke’s testimony to the House of Commons Culture, Media, and Sport committee yet. Plus: Bicycling survey.

Lance Armstrong set to go to trial – and the bets are that he will win. (And he has a podcast.)

Interbike rules out Utah for new show venue. Outdoor Retailer pulls away from Salt lake City, and all because of Utah’s stance on public lands.

Riding MTBs keeps people sane, says UK report.

Strava adds Instagram’s Kevin Weil to board – to go even more social?

2015 Spokesmen Holiday Gift Guide

It’s that time of the year again and you need to either find the perfect gift for the cyclist in your life, or you want to tell your friends and family what they can put under the tree for you. The Spokesmen are here to help with our 2015 holiday gift guide for the cyclist or bike nerd in your life! We asked each of our regular contributors to give us a sampling of the items they think everyone who rides a bicycle might like, and here are (some of) their suggestions including links to where you can find these products quickly and easily (more to come!):

David

Carlton


Tim
  • Zevlin – Two brothers in Dallas, Texas who make some great products, but especially their bar tape. Just installed their 2.5mm tape and LOVE it. Other great stuff too, and genuinely good dudes. 
  • Pioneer Power Meters – For full disclosure, they are a client of mine, but I genuinely think they make a great product. They are running a special right now for a free computer unit with purchase of a dual leg system. 
  • NiteRider Lights – They are a former employer, and they are San Diego based. Winter means darkness! 
  • SockGuy socks! Also local to San Diego! Also good people! Remember all of my old Sock of the Day pics? Yeah … SockGuy. 
  • Abbey Bike Tools– the “Snap-On” of the bike industry! I love Park and Pedros, but Abbey makes THE tools of the pros. Simply the best. 

Rich

  • Hozan JIS #2 Screwdriver – A Hozan JIS #2 screwdriver for all your derailleur screw adjusting! Amazon’s got a few to choose from, but here’s one that won’t have to be shipped from Japan.
  • Podium Pants – The final bit of kit the you never knew you were missing: Tour de France jersey themed underwear for the podium and other times when you’re out of your chamois. Colorful and fun underwear in polka dot, green and yellow in men’s and women’s versions from Look Mum No Hands in the UK.
  • Sealskinz Halo Lightweight Booties – With velcro straps under the sole for easy on off, the booties also come with a blinky red light on the heel of each foot for extra visibility beyond the reflective strips – important during this time of year when rides tend to run out of sunlight quicker. They have Kevlar built into the heels and toes for durability and are also available in a heavier duty neoprene version.
  • Kinetic Road Machine Smart – With power measurement built in that links to the Kinetic Fit App for smartphones and tablets, you’ll have everything you need to get stronger and stay fit this offseason. This might even be the least expensive way to get into training with power. Kinetic builds a solid trainer and it comes with a lifetime warranty. 
  • Ten Speed Hero Apparel – Attractive alternatives to the team and event jerseys and kits we all wear but still with an athletic vibe to them. TSH is a small, design-oriented company that has fun with their brand. Their “Real World Fit Guide” is an awesome resource to help see how their pieces fit different body types before ordering. Worth a look even if you’re not in the market for new apparel.
  • Race Support Vehicles Art Print – This print by David Sparshott makes a great choice for giving art to the pro-cycling fan in your life. The print features beautiful illustrations of various notable support vehicles from the past few decades including Molteni, Mavic, TI-Raleigh and even the old Buick station wagon from Campagnolo North America’s race support program in the 1980’s.
  • Bell Limited Edition Star Wars Helmets – Not enough Star Wars in your life, yet? Bell has some awesome officially licensed Star Wars helmets to feed your passion for that galaxy far, far away. My favorites are the full-face Stormtrooper and Boba Fett helmets with MIPS protection.
  • Lezyne Seat Packs – Seat packs with no velcro straps around the seat post to damage your expensive shorts. You know that’s what’s been causing that hole to form on all your shorts, right?
  • Strava Premium membership – Give them the benefit of having the little orange badge icon next to their username on Strava. Also gives access to extra bits of data on their riding to help with training.
  • Pedro’s Bike Lust – Smells nice and makes your bike look shiny and new.
  • Gift Card or Certificate to their local bike shop – Good for service or gear, every cyclist will appreciate an extra excuse to head down to their favorite local bicycle shop with some extra money to spend while there.

Motorized Doping Video

On yesterday’s episode of The Spokesmen, we discussed the topic of motorized doping. For the most part, we dismissed the reports and focused on the Gruber Assist device.

As Carlton’s subsequent Bike Biz story and the following YouTube video point out, this matter quite obviously requires additional scrutiny.

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