The Spokesmen #12 – February 5, 2007

The twelfth episode of The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast included David from The FredCast Cycling Podcast, Carlton Reid from Bike Biz Magazine and Cycling News and Views Podcast, and Tim Grahl from The Crooked Cog Network. Among the topics we discussed:

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  1. February 6, 2007

    AskANinja ROCKS.

  2. February 7, 2007

    Shame you guys didn’t have anyone around to put the helmet-skeptic case!

  3. February 8, 2007


    My position is pro-helmet, anti-compulsion. It was crafty of David to throw the helmet topic in to the mix: he knew he’d get explosions, just as he got strong opinions on the Fredcast.

    There are strong feelings all ways around the ‘helmet’ topic. I like helmets, but I never forget they’re just bits of polystyrene and will likely not protect me in a bike v car collision.

  4. February 8, 2007

    That’s me . . . crafty!

  5. February 12, 2007

    Sounds like Carlton and Tim have read Robert Hurst’s “The Art of Cycling” (link below). Hurst’s book contains the best discussion of cyclist helmet use I have ever read. Both sides of the debate are covered well – and there was some interesting facts and information I’d never heard before. For example, helmet use can contribute to neck injury (I think Tim may have mentioned that too).

    I highly recommend this book for more than just the helmet discussion; I’m just about done with it and am really enjoying it. Heavily footnoted, if you could get a PhD in cycling, this would be one of the primary texts.


  6. Chris
    February 14, 2007

    Hi guys

    Love the podcast and all you discuss… just a minor complaint. Could you and all the spokesmen/women turn off the sound on their PCs/Macs when they are doing the show? I listen at work and I am hearing Skype and google chat new message laerts all the way through the show… 🙂

  7. February 14, 2007


    Thanks for the compliment and the constructive criticism. The audio quality of The Spokesmen is one of my pet peeves and I am working on a way to increase to overall audio quality of the show. Thanks for your patience. We’ll get this worked out soon!


  8. February 17, 2007

    In 4 years of BikeBlogging I’ve seen our Blogging Niche grow, and expand beyond anything I might have imagined.

    I’ve only just recently discovered that the lasted addition is Podcasting, something a friend suggested I should try this year.

    Looks like I need to add another list to my Sidebar of Resources. ;-D

    Y’all shall be the 1st to go there. ;-D

    Pardon me while I go set things in motion. ;-D

  9. February 21, 2007

    Sometime ago the Spokesman discussed why it is that cyclists are sometimes perceived as being on the fringes of society. Well, here in the UK yesterday the front page of The Times newspaper read, “Man held over letter bombings is a cyclist”. Is it any wonder that with such poor journalism emanating from a supposed “serious” newspaper, cyclists are perceived as being strange?

  10. Andy
    February 25, 2007

    Hi to you all,

    Where’s the latest ‘cast got to????

    Andy, UK

  11. February 25, 2007

    Sorry, everyone. The Tour of California has taken up all my time. The Spokesmen will be back soon!

  12. Mark
    February 27, 2007

    I just listened you your Feb. 5th podcast. I agree that helmets should be worn, but not mandated. If we are going to REQUIRE helmets so that an injured person doesn’t become a burden to society, why don’t we start regulating things that are proven to cause harm to individuals and others? Things like alcohol and tobacco. Those are two things that people use everyday, are proven to have the ability to cause injury to themselves and others, and cause many more individuals to be hospitalized every year than bicyclists who sustain head injuries. Yet there is no law MANDATING prevention of their use. Why mandate the use of a helmet when we don’t do anything about more obvious problems?

  13. April 6, 2007 is a useful resource on the cycle helmet issue if only for the comprehensive set of references listed there. You can take or leave their criticisms of the published research as you choose.

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