Category: Blog

May 11, 2018 / / Blog
April 9, 2018 / / Blog

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The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast

Episode 186

Monday 9th April 2018

HOST: Carlton Reid

GUEST:
BikeBiz Woman of the Year 2018 Ceri Dipple owner of Twenty3c of Stony Stratford

SPONSOR: Jenson USA

TOPIC:
Ceri Dipple opened road bike shop Twenty3c of Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes, at the tender age of 22. We discuss that as well as the future of bike retail, going Bianchi-only, whether Women Specific Design is snake-oil, and why Ceri went through the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Programme. There’s also mention of Team On Form and Writtle University College’s WUC Cycling Performance degree.

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March 31, 2018 / / Blog

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Episode 185

Saturday 21st March 2018

HOST: Carlton Reid

GUESTS:
Roger Geffen of Cycling UK
Chris Star of Australia’s 3CR community radio station
Technology writer Max Glaskin
Lloyd Alter of Treehugger.com
Caspar Hughes of Stop Killing Cyclists.

SPONSOR: Jenson USA

TOPIC:

Episode two in a two-part series looking at adding driverless-car friendly sensors to bicycles, people, lamp-posts and animals. (Here’s part one.)

This follows a talk given at the Geneva Motor Show by a bike industry organisation boss – he called for all bicycles to have beacons so they can be seen by the semi- and fully-autonomous cars of the near feature. On the previous show istorian Peter Norton – author of “Fighting Traffic” – discussed the historical, ethical and mobility-centre issues that such a call raises.

On this show five other experts give their points of view on this technology and whether the bike industry should be talking to the automotive and telecommunications industries who believe the “connected car” future could be one where no cyclists or pedestrians get killed on the roads.

Will a beaconised future be one of unalloyed freedom for cyclists and pedestrians, or the very opposite?

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March 26, 2018 / / Blog

 

 

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The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast

Episode 184

Monday 26th March 2018

HOST: Carlton Reid

GUEST: Peter Norton.

SPONSOR: Jenson USA

TOPIC:

Episode one in a two-part series looking at adding driverless-car friendly sensors to bicycles, people, lamp-posts and animals. (Here’s part two.)

This follows a talk given at the Geneva Motor Show by a bike industry organisation boss – he called for all bicycles to have beacons so they can be seen by the semi- and fully-autonomous cars of the near feature. Historian Peter Norton – author of “Fighting Traffic” – discusses the historical, ethical and mobility-centre issues that such a call raises.

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February 4, 2018 / / Blog

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The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast

Episode 181

Sunday, 4th February 2018

HOST: Carlton Reid

GUESTS: Bekka Wright and Jonathan Fertig

SPONSOR: Jenson USA

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TOPICS:

Tactical urbanism, protest art and bicycle advocacy in Boston and beyond.

Pot plant bike lanes.

Tactical urbanism cut-outs.

Saying it with flowers.

Tactical urbanism, video from Streetfilms.

Tactical urbanism, the book.

Bikeyface, the books.

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January 28, 2018 / / Blog

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Episode 180

Sunday, 28th January 2018

HOST: Carlton Reid

GUESTS: Chris Garrison and Anna Schwinn

SPONSOR: Jenson USA

TOPICS:

Will the step-through frames on dockless bikes popularize the shape for both sexes?

Tour Down Under women to have prize money ‘topped up’ to match men [suggested by listener Don]

The Outer Line: Women’s cycling must own the road ahead, Velonews.com

Manchester City mens’ and womens’ soccer video

The Revolve folding wheel

Look Mum No Hands, London

RETAIL RELATED CYCLING TIPS

Industry folks need to get into bike shops more, and rely less on bro deals.

Make mechanics the stars and the service area into a stage.

Window frontage – use these to draw more women into stores (inclusivity boosts sales across the board).

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January 14, 2018 / / Blog

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Episode 178

Tuesday 14th January 2018

HOST: Carlton Reid

GUESTS: Donna Tocci, PR expert; Jim Moss, attorney; and Caspar Hughes, of Rollapaluza.

SPONSOR: Jenson USA

TOPICS:

Rollapaluza show-reel.

Condor London Club Championships, Feb 8th.

“Stop Killing Cyclists”.

Lotto-Soudal’s Tim Wellens says cyclists using inhalers are cheating.

Sochi doping lab now a restaurant serving drinks, ‘B Sample’ & ‘Meldonium’.

Colorado Classic is coming back to Vail & Denver.

National Bike Dealer Association hot gun Executive Director is gone after 16 months. What’s up?

Did Patrick O’Grady (Mad Dog Media) get too political for BRAIN? Are bike suppliers all Republicans, and bike journalists/PR people all Democrats? Is cycling intrinsically “left wing”?

National Cyclocross Masters Champs – Sprint in last lap. All three podium finishers awarded same time.

Trek works with Ford on AI-based bicycle-to-vehicle comms system.

Guardian article: The gym that pays you to exercisegetting fit with Deliveroo.

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September 29, 2017 / / Blog

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Episode 170

Friday, 29th September 2017

HOST: Carlton Reid

GUEST:
Matt Briggs

TOPIC

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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September 24, 2017 / / Blog

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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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August 2, 2017 / / Blog

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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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