The BICYCLIST Experience Podcast

The BICYCLIST Experience Podcast
The BICYCLIST Experience (#TBEpodcast) is a weekly-ish ‘cycling podcast’ that expands and discusses the stories and news important and interesting to people who ride bikes, race bikes or just plain love the whole idea of traveling the earth on two wheels. Visit for show notes and links to topics discussed in the show.

TBE Episode 162: Vice! Shines A Light On Bicycle-related Fatalities, A Bicycle Made From Recycled Pods, F-HOT-W (Funniest Headlines of the Week)
Sep 18, 2019 • 50 min
Discussing Vice’s investigation in bicycle-related fatalities, how a bike brand creatively used recycled Nespresso pods, funny headlines we read, and the stationary bike saga continues.
TBE Episode 161: Cars Parked in Bike Lanes: A Solution, the Joys of Outdoor Cycling, Peloton’s Predicament, and Watts of Watt Talk
Aug 31, 2019 • 57 min
Is an app that allows riders to report cars parked in bike lanes a public nuisance or a beneficial tool? We discuss the implications of apps like these, plus a tip on potentially avoiding the cost of medical transportation, a listener question regarding…
TBE Episode 160: The Latest Iteration of the ‘Rules of Cycling’, NYT Nods Towards eBikes, and A Record-Length Post-Show for the SuperFans
Aug 24, 2019 • 44 min
We review all of Phil Gaimon’s “11 Rules for Cycling” and reveal our thoughts on the relevancy of these new rules. We cover the increasing popularity of electric bikes, and our record-length post-show delves into the mechanics behind our recording setup…
TBE Episode 159: Another Bite at the Feedback Apple, Defending the Cruiser, Article Read: Cycling’s ‘Weak Culture’, and the Future of Pizza Delivery
Aug 15, 2019 • 49 min
In this episode we discuss the claims of “weak culture” in cycling, complacency in cycling media, how Domino’s is utilizing electric bikes for delivery, and soon all Trek Road Bikes will have compact cranksets.
TBE Episode 158: Steel Bikes and Direct Mount at the Tour de France, the Busiest Bike Lane in North America, and the Importance of Mental Health in Sports
Jul 31, 2019 • 32 min
We summarize the finale of the 2019 Tour de France, along with a discussion of some unusual gear and bikes that were spotted at the Tour. We also dive into how the so-called ‘busiest bike lane in America’ was once considered a bad idea, how one group in…
TBE Episode 157: Office Cameo, No Love Lost for Cruiser Bikes, Viathon Hardtail Gets Reviewed, and Small Guys Take on Big Scooter
Jul 29, 2019 • 40 min
We talk about the “repo-men” who are cleaning up scooters off San Diego streets, as well as our feelings about beach cruiser bikes and models worth considering, and the latest review of Walmart’s Viathon hardtail mountain bike.
TBE Episode 156: On Defense, Mountain of Hell, The Rungu Ride Coming to a Beach Near You and the Lubri Disc – Yay or Nay
Jul 18, 2019 • 53 min
We return for another episode covering the latest cycling news and events coming across the wire. We touch on our thoughts about negative reviews, and then move into our topics for the episode including the viral Mountain of Hell video, the new Lubri…
TBE Episode 155: Fueling Your Adventure Need Not Cost an Arm or a Leg, Unthreading Tariffs on Bikes and Rationals for Economic Forecasting.. Exciting!
Jun 30, 2019 • 30 min
We discuss making bike-packing and touring foods taste good, why it’s important to have good tasting food on the road and trail and we discuss the ways to spice up your meals while you’re touring the trails and roads. Additionally, we dip a toe into the…
TBE Episode 154: Notes on Lighting, Bar Tape Hits and Misses, and the Products that Stood Out at Outdoor Retailer
Jun 25, 2019 • 30 min
We follow-up on some of our lighting discussion from last weeks episode, as well as reviewing some corrosion on new bar tape and why this might be happening. We finish up the episode with a discussion on some gear to try (or toss) from this past week’s…
TBE Episode 153: Follow-up Extravaganza, Insights and Afterthoughts, Ride Tracking, Lighting, and Building Bikes
Jun 14, 2019 • 47 min
We cover some follow-up in this episode including Victor’s in-depth review of his preferred ride tracking apps, as well as the hurdles encountered when building up a vintage bike. And finally, getting the most bang for you buck when searching for…
TBE Episode 152: Giro Over the Shoulder, Flying With Your Bike, A Word on ‘Ventoux’, War of Helmet Marketing Continues
Jun 3, 2019 • 33 min
In today’s episode we discuss options for traveling with a bicycle, or how to acquire a bicycle while traveling. We also discuss some stages and information from the Giro d’Italia 2019, as well as a discussion on following the Pro World Tour in Europe.…
TBE Episode 151: Bike Bath Problems and Solutions, the Gamification of Cycling, and an Ethical Valuation of Laws for Cars vs. Bikes
May 22, 2019 • 59 min
We wrap-up the results from the 2019 Amgen Tour of California. We also discuss advances in washing your bicycle, events this summer that gamify cycling, wilderness access for mountain bikers in Carlsbad, and the implications of laws for drivers vs. bikes.
TBE Episode 150: Bike Goodr Super Fly Sunglasses, Bike Campouts and the Viability of Viathon
May 13, 2019 • 50 min
We have fun reviewing the Super Fly packaging and sunglasses sent over to us by Bike Goodr, while discussing the important considerations to make when shopping for cycling sunglasses. We talk Walmart’s new high-end bike brand and what the outcome might…
TBE Episode 149: Amstel Gold Race, SRAM Acquires PowerTap, and Reviewing the Jones Bikes SWB Complete Plus
May 1, 2019 • 43 min
We continue our brief series on the history of some of the famous events in the UCI Road World Championships history, including the recent Amstel Gold race. We also discuss SRAM’s acquisition of PowerTap, and why some of us think power meters are…
TBE Episode 148: Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix Review and History, In Search of Equity By Bicycle
Apr 20, 2019 • 43 min
TBE Episode 147: Rancho Recap!, Trail Tool Giveaway, Questions on Frugality and Some of the Favorite Riders for Two Spring Classics
Apr 13, 2019 • 30 min
We recap the fun had at SDMBA’s Ride the Rancho event in San Diego and announce our Trail Boss trail tools giveaway, courtesy of 911 Law. We also discuss some upcoming Spring Classic races and the predictions for favorites to win. In the post-show we…
TBE Episode 146: The Future of Owning a Car, Helmet Testing Debacle, and Rider Stats That We Cannot Beat
Mar 29, 2019 • 52 min
We discuss how bike shops should be evaluated, predictions that owning a car won’t be so necessary in the future, how bikeways promote physical activity, MIPS vs. WaveCel helmet claims, Professional Cyclists discuss their experiences with depression and…
TBE Episode 145: Visiting Orange County Bike Shops, Sorting Out That Squishy Feeling, Tech on our Radar
Mar 22, 2019 • 50 min
In this episode we recap results of a recent survey that shows Los Angeles has the most aggressive drivers in the country (and how they measured this), we talk about notable Orange County bike shops that we stopped by on our magazine delivery route,…
TBE Episode 144: The Continued Evolution of Drivetrain Design, the Spring Classics have Sprung, and OC Bike Shop Reports
Mar 13, 2019 • 65 min
We follow up on our discussion of the ‘Rotor’ stepping stone and the continued evolution of drivetrain design. We also discuss professional racing hot topics including the results of Strade Bianche, the first stage and the history of Paris-Nice, and…
TBE Episode 143: Bike Shop Stops in San Diego, New Rules for Throwing Bidons in the Peloton, and the Rotor 1×13 Hydraulic Drivetrain Release
Mar 6, 2019 • 33 min
We discuss notable bike shops in San Diego during our magazine delivery route, we also touch on some ground-breaking rules regarding tossing bidons in the peloton and the fines riders could incur for doing so. We wrap up the episode with a discussion on…
TBE Episode 142: Advances in Ride Tracking Methods, Reviewing the Merits of Labelling ‘Luxury’, Numb Toes, Ammonia Smells, and Tipping Your Bike Mechanic
Feb 26, 2019 • 57 min
We talk some new advancements being made in ride tracking, including a bike computer that runs for 96 hours and Strava’s (beta) route mapping feature, as well as thoughts on how the Red Hook Crit can come back full throttle in 2020, why your feet may be…
Episode 141: Prospects of A New Bike Deal, Race Alternatives, and Solidarity Amongst People Who Ride Bikes
Feb 18, 2019 • 48 min
This episode we talk some popular races cancelling their events for 2019, including the Red Hook Crit, while some new types of events make their way into the cycling scene, such as virtual racing. We also discuss the politics of bicycling nationally, the…
Episode 140: Steel Touring Bike Wishlist, Tour of California Route Announced, Biking in Extreme Weather, and A Misstep for Quick-Step
Feb 7, 2019 • 58 min
In this episode we fawn over epic steel touring bikes, we admire the athletes and commuters who cycle in extreme weather (and we add some tips for cycling in rain or snow), we also review the announced route for the 2019 Amgen Tour of California, and…
139: Tech Predictions for 2019, Defending Millennial Pro Cyclists, and the ‘Honda’ of Bicycles
Jan 29, 2019 • 62 min
We talk our tech predictions for the bicycle industry in 2019 (including more tubeless tires and sustainable materials), how the peloton responds on words of former pro trying to relive his glory days at Paris-Roubaix, and railing against the claim that…
138: The Tour Down Under Gets Messy, Electric Battery Explosion, Jess Varnish Loses the Battle but Not the War, and How to Get Americans Interested in Bicycle Racing
Jan 22, 2019 • 53 min
137: Race Meat, Carbo-loading, Riding With Cars, Warm Showers, Why It Matters Santa Ana Got A Protected Bike Lane, The ‘Stigma of the Vegan Brand’
Jan 14, 2019 • 49 min
136: BICYCLIST Adventure Team Overnight Preview, Pro Cycling and the ‘Sky, Goodbye’, Virtual Racing and the Electro-motion of Everything
Jan 10, 2019 • 50 min
135: Fixmas in Fullerton, Controversy Surrounding Race Radios in the Peloton, and Virtual Group Rides Becoming More Popular
Dec 10, 2018
Recorded on December 8th, 2018 Hosted by Kelley O’Toole Co-Hosts: Chris Reynolds, Victor Prestinary Editing: Chris Reynolds FOLLOW UP *Issue 154 Over the Shoulder (0:59) TOPICS *META: Issue 155, Prologue (4:55) *SHOUT-OUT: Justin T, Melbourne Florida…
134: The Pete Rose of Pro Cycling, Team Abuse Allegations, Electric Bikes Better Than Walking, Clif Embracing A Solar Destiny
Nov 26, 2018
Recorded on November 24, 2018 Hosted by Kelley O’Toole Co-Hosts: Chris Reynolds, Victor Prestinary Editing: Chris Reynolds FOLLOW UP *TOPIC | e132: Peter Flax and Helmets; Additional Studies (0:50) *POST-SHOW | e133: Invasive Plants, Irvine Ranch…
133: Big (and Small) Changes to the Racing Rulebook, Bankruptcy Strikes the Industry Landscape, Excerpts from the New Sagan Book, Notes From the Commute
Nov 20, 2018
Recorded on November 17th, 2018 Hosted by Kelley O’Toole Co-Hosts: Chris Reynolds, Victor Prestinary Editing: Chris Reynolds FOLLOW-UP eScooter Scare Hits Close to Home (1:06) ANNOUNCEMENTS BICYCLIST Magazine 153 Sponsors -Jones Bikes -Poseidon Bikes…
132: The Latest Electrifying Debate, Pushing Back Against Helmet Apathy, and those Millennials Are at it Again
Nov 19, 2018 • 48 min
Recorded on November 10th, 2018 Hosted by Kelley O’Toole, Co-Hosts: Chris Reynolds, Victor Prestinary, Editing: Chris Reynolds FOLLOW UP CA Proposition 6 Defeated (1:57) eScooter Share Follow-up (3:27) Bird sues Beverly Hills over its ban of motorized…
131: Bike the Vote! Tricking Drivers Into Safety, Beer Talk, Outdoor Photography Gear and Starting Points
Oct 30, 2018 • 40 min
TOPICS Happy Halloween: “Stationary Bike”, by Stephen King (1:37) California Prop 6 – Vote No! (3:45) Streetsblog interview with Nichole Morris, St. Paul Researcher on Driver Compliance (7:34) Electrolyte Beers, and Wishful Thinking (14:47) Photography…
130: The BICYCLIST Take On ‘Best Cities’ Rankings, Not Getting Doored Rehashed, Bikes Get A Shout-out in the IPCC Report, VW and Harley-Davidson Making Bikes
Oct 24, 2018
Recorded on October 22nd, 2018 Hosted by Kelley O’Toole Co-Hosts: Chris Reynolds Editing: Chris Reynolds FOLLOW UP e-Scooter Shares, Lawsuits Begin (1:17) TOPICS Best Cities for Cycling via. Bicycling magazine (10:40) How Not to Get ‘Door-ed’ (20:38)…
129: Nix the Outdoor Selfie, Covering Your Tracks in the Wilderness, Times Up for Sexist Announcer, and Floyd Landis Starts a Cycling Team
Oct 9, 2018 • 33 min
Recorded on October 8th, 2018 Hosted by Kelley O’Toole Co-Hosts: Chris Reynolds FOLLOW UP Wilderness, Social Media, and the Quest for Extreme Selfies (1:23) Cool Commuter Helmet: Park and Diamond Helmet (12:00) TOPICS Leave No Trace / Leave No Poop (4:45)…
128: Travel Debrief, The 2018 Interbike Experience, The Risky Business of Electric Scooters, Uber Invests Big in Cycling Advocacy
Oct 2, 2018 • 49 min
*Recorded on September 29th, 2018* Hosted by Kelley O’Toole Co-Hosts: Chris Reynolds, Victor Prestinary Editing: Chris Reynolds FOLLOW UP * Catching-up: Ireland, Costa Rica, Reno (0:57) TOPICS * Interbike, Our Experience (12:48) * Interbike, Industry…
127: The Real Problem with eScooters, Vuelta a Espana Mayhem, Goodbye to Aqua Blue Sport, Electric Folders Discussed, and Oakland Ride Director Najari Smith Unjustly Arrested
Sep 3, 2018 • 44 min
126: Saddles: Snub-Nosed and Cut-Outs, Remembering a BICYCLIST Eternal, and Updates on the Pro Peloton
Aug 28, 2018 • 29 min
Jelly Belly ends sponsorship of UCI Domestic Prot Team, thoughts on the upcoming Vuelta a Espana, Dario Pegoretti’s passing, and snub-nosed and cut-out saddles.
125.5 | INTERVIEW | Denise Mueller-Korenek and Coach John Howard on Her Attempt to Smash the Men’s World Speed Record
Aug 21, 2018 • 44 min
125: Self-Supported Double Century in San Diego, 2018 TdF Thoughts and Disillusionment, Playa Vista Downtown Goes Car-Free
Aug 14, 2018 • 49 min
Recorded on August 11th, 2018 Hosted by Kelley O’Toole Co-Hosts: Chris Reynolds, Justin Macias, Victor Prestinary Editing: Chris Reynolds FOLLOW UP • Justin’s Double Century, Recap (1:34) • STRAVA data • CyclistThings Instagram • BMC Racing Team Will be…
124: A New Drivetrain Concept that Eliminates the Need for Chains, Tour de France Stages 1-8 Recap, and Reviewing the Team Bikes
Jul 17, 2018 • 50 min
123: Road Diet Meets Resistance in Venice, Helmet Ratings and MIPS, and Cycling Summer Sounds
Jul 3, 2018 • 59 min
122: When The Peloton Protests, Phil the Thrill vs. Spartacus, and Tariffs Coming to the Bike Industry
Jun 26, 2018 • 36 min
121: Painkillers and Pro Cycling, BMC Racing May Be No More, And Tips For Selling Your Old Bike
Jun 21, 2018 • 31 min
120: Why Los Angeles is the Deadliest City for Cyclists, Summer Event Preview, and Fat Bikes Making Tracks in Anchorage, Alaska
Jun 11, 2018 • 41 min
119 | INTERVIEW | Jamie Smith, Author of ‘American Pro: The True Story of Bike Racing in America’
Jun 6, 2018 • 30 min
118: Sagan’s Dirt Fondo Recap, Bicycles are the Vehicles of the Future, and the Struggle to Charge Motorists with Murder
May 29, 2018 • 53 min
117: Mountain Bikers Help Build Trails in California, Giro D’Italia & Appearance Fees, PFB: Best Places for Biking in the USA
May 17, 2018 • 39 min
116: Visibility for Women’s Cycling/Sports, Riders Moving Away From Road Bikes, and Biking to Work Takes Less Time Than You Think
May 3, 2018 • 59 min
115: Can Californians Wean Themselves From Cars, Runners in the Bike Lane, the Amgen Tour of California Approaches, and the ALAN Mito
Apr 21, 2018 • 37 min
114: A Muddy and Exciting Strade Bianche, Keeping ‘Podium Girls’ in the Giro d’Italia is Not Sexist, and the Urgent Need for Safe Streets
Mar 22, 2018 • 50 min
Recorded on March 10th, 2018 Hosted by Kelley O’Toole Co-Hosts: Justin Macias, Victor Prestinary, Chris Reynolds, Tim Wilson Editing: Chris Reynolds FOLLOW UP: Icarus Wins Oscar for Best Documentary (1:21) ANNOUNCEMENT: Sagan Fondo Coming to California…