The Spokesmen 72 – Ice Sculptures of Hein Verbruggen

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7 comments to The Spokesmen 72 – Ice Sculptures of Hein Verbruggen

  • Dean

    Really nice to hear Scott O’Raw’s voice in a podcast once again.

  • Joey

    Great podcast, as usual, made all the better with the return of Scott…welcome back!!!

  • lampman

    When a group of marketing people sit around discussing the incremental differences between highend add-ons, it makes me wonder where their heads are when it comes to “growing the Market”? Although being somewhat eccentric, riding old Hybridized 10 speeds, I do buy $50.00 treads and good quality “weather wear” for my commutes. How do you “grow the market” when you cater to a shrinking market 45+ Freds with lots of disposible income. My BC1200 Sigma has over 4500 Kms. on it and I doubt if I’m going to spring for $500 for something that tells me where I’ve been. What is the industry doing to get the 40- group into the saddle? My old Raleigh doesn’t have “McLaren” stamped on it and I still average 22Kph on pavement. If West Texas Crude hits $125.00, be sure commuter bikes will see an increase.Trek, Cannondale, Norco, etc. are you ready? Sorry to Rant, but, hey,let’s get with it. Uncle Tommy.

  • simon

    Great podcast, really like hearing the engineers talking. It might be a bit techy but some of us riders really get into it. Looking forward to the next one.

  • Martin W

    Thanks for an interesting podcast, particularly from the industry insiders. One question I would have liked to hear Damon Rinard on: how closely is the rise of the aero bike connected to the fact that it’s now relatively easy to make a bike that comes under the UCI weight limit?

    I think the safety argument for the weight limit is ridiculous, but that doesn’t mean it’s entirely useless and in fact I quite like it as a clear rule (now that the UCI is thinking of abandoning it). It wouldn’t surprise me if aero bikes are an example of the weight limit working the way it’s meant to, encouraging innovation by providing a level playing field (as regulations do in Formula 1 racing for example).

  • Andy

    Hi there, Very interesting show-enjoyed it.
    Like techy stuff like this, as well as doping scandal too 😉
    More MTB coverage would be good. Wanna hear Carlton praise UK heroes Danny Hart (champ) and Rob Warner (ex-rider now commentator).
    Roll on next show 🙂

  • Drew

    This was great. I can’t wait for you guys to come back.

    Oh, regarding lampman’s post:

    I think where this is getting foggy because, as I understand it, innovation in cycling starts with racing and trickles down to pay for that innovation, through smaller teams, wealthy amateurs, and freds buying speed (the line between those last two is a bit fuzzy).

    If you average 22 kph, you don’t need McLaren written on your saddle. However, if you average 44 kph, you might feel the fun when you pop into a sprint.

    Not everything is for everybody, and a lot of cycling, especially on the road, casts aspirational eyes on the romanticized glory of professional racing and this, in turn, translates all the way down.

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