The Coffee & Cranks Podcast

The Coffee & Cranks Podcast
The Coffee & Cranks Podcast, hosted by the coffee-loving, road cycling and music junkie known as Jake Griner, connects cycling with life through interesting interviews and topics like group rides, events, training, amateur racing, commuting, coffee, culture and more! It doesn’t matter what type of bike you own or what kind of riding you do. From beach cruisers to pro racers, this podcast is for you! Episode info and blogs are on the easy-to-use website,! Please subscribe and rate/review the podcast on Apple Podcasts and more!

eBikes, eSports, and the Future of Cycling
Sep 22 • 57 min
With big-name teams folding, an aging traditional fan base and a new, younger fan base that demands new forms of interaction and excitement, we should be looking ahead to the future of cycling, because it’s here. We’ll chat about indoor cycling,…
Enter the Pain Cave (36 Chambers), a Six Gap/Three Gap Preview and Training Special
Aug 19 • 43 min
Yes, I ripped off the title of the Wu-Tang Clan’s first album (listen to it, for it will improve your life). This episode is an event preview and a training special. I’ve climbed aboard the Wahoo KICKR, temporarily resigned myself to the pain cave once…
The Future of Cycling: A Preview
Aug 9 • 7 min
A brief preview into an upcoming series titled The Future of Cycling, where we’ll chat about crushing stereotypes, attracting the younger generations, making cycling more appealing and fair to women, and of course, the extremely controversial topic of…
An Intro to The Coffee & Cranks Podcast
Jul 28 • 1 min
An incredibly brief intro to The Coffee & Cranks Podcast, which aims to connect cycling and interesting topics. —- Send in a voice message:
The Spandex Rodeo + Savannah’s Racing History
Jul 28 • 13 min
This episode is a mid-season check-up; a glance into the Savannah, Georgia bicycle racing scene (Nestor Cup and Rumble at Roebling); and some ridiculously cool facts about automobile racing in Savannah, namely the fact that the first United States Grand…
Dereliction of Duty: An Ode to the Importance of Group Ride Etiquette
Jul 14 • 15 min
Mistakes happen. We’re only human; however, negligence and blatant disregard are not mistakes. This episode focuses on the importance of group ride etiquette, not so much about Velominati rule infractions and verbal lashings that you’d hear from your…
Greenways and Rails-to-Trails with Bike Effingham
Jul 7 • 53 min
A view into the 50-year-long movement of converting abandoned railroads to public trails through “Rails-to-Trails” projects, the economic and health benefits of these Rail-Trails + an interview with Ashley Parker, the founder of Bike Effingham, a…
Cycling Infrastructure & Advocacy with Bike Walk Savannah
Jun 30 • 25 min
A coffee chat, a high-level dive into one of many episodes on cycling infrastructure and advocacy + an interview with Caila Brown, the executive director of Bike Walk Savannah! —- Send in a voice message:
Good Food = Good Rides and Garbage In = Garbage Out
Jun 23 • 17 min
I chat about my own diet and nutrition adventures + some tips on what to eat before, during and after your bike rides. ​Links to some great Instant Pot recipes for cyclists are in the blog post on! —- Send in a voice message:…
#RidingForFocus with The Specialized Foundation
Jun 16 • 19 min
A dive into Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), how exercise and physical activity promotes positive cognitive changes in people with ADHD + an interview with David Wood, MS/MBA, a United States Marine, family man, athlete, and the Director…
Ride Your Bike in Walterboro, South Carolina
Jun 10 • 22 min
Placing the spotlight on the southern small town and cycling hub of Walterboro, South Carolina - The Front Porch of the Lowcountry - and discussing events such as the Rice Festival, Tour de Lowcountry, the Downtown Walterboro Criterium, and FestiVELO + an…
Cheaha Challenge 2019 Recap, a UCI Gran Fondo World Series Event
Jun 3 • 14 min
Chatting about Northeast Alabama, the Chief Ladiga and Silver Comet Trails, and the 27th annual Cheaha Challenge, which is one of two UCI Gran Fondo World Series rides in the United States. —- Send in a voice message:…
One Million Acts of Kindness + Cycling to End Childhood Abuse
May 27 • 37 min
An interview with Bob Votruba, a man on a cross-country, currently 10-year-long mission with his Kindness Bus, his dog Bogart, and a goal to help everyone carry out One Million Acts of Kindness in their lifetimes + how he uses his bicycle to reach people…
My First Criterium Races + USA CRITS Speed Week 2019 Recap
May 20 • 36 min
From the perspective of a newer rider (yours truly with 15 months of road riding experience) and a USA Cycling Category 5 newbie racer (same rider, yours truly): a recap of the Athens Orthopedic Clinic Twilight Criterium, the Downtown Walterboro Criterium…
Road Cycling Culture and Coffee, Part III - Homelessness
May 13 • 28 min
Part III of a series on road cycling culture and coffee. A dive into homelessness + bikes and an interview with Pam & Mark Brewer of Homeward Alliance, a Fort Collins, Colorado-based non-profit that serves homeless or near-homeless Coloradans, including…
Road Cycling Culture and Coffee, Part II - Making a Difference
May 3 • 22 min
Part II of a series on road cycling culture and coffee. A brief look into local organizations and how cycling can support great causes and research into diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Autism Spectrum Disorder + an incredibly interesting guest interview…
Road Cycling Culture and Coffee, Part I - A Brief History
Apr 29 • 22 min
Part I of a series on road cycling culture and coffee. A shallow dive into the history, the “rules”, and more + a guest interview with Gideon Kleinman of Pedalers Fork, a restaurant/bar/coffee roaster/bike shop in Calabasas, California.​ —- Send in a…
The Earth Day Bike Special
Apr 22 • 24 min
Exploring our carbon footprint as Americans, the carbon footprint of the bicycle industry + an interview with Shane Cooper, the founder, president and chief sockologist of DeFeet International. —- Send in a voice message:…
Wednesday Worlds and The Macon Dirty Dozen Hill Climb
Apr 14 • 25 min
A bird’s eye view into the most insane 3-1/2 mile group ride you’ve never heard of, a review of the 3rd Annual Dirty Dozen Hill Climb event in Macon, Georgia + an interview with Rachel Hollar, executive director of Bike Walk Macon! —- Send in a voice…
A Long Winter in the Pain Cave
Apr 8 • 19 min
Fitness, indoor training, cycling lingo like “watt bombs”, “functional threshold power” and more. —- Send in a voice message:
Life Behind Handlebars, A Little About Me
Mar 28 • 14 min
A short story about me, why I chose to start a cycling + life podcast, learning to ride bikes, not caring about bikes, eventually reconnecting with bikes and sharing the life-changing impact they can have. —- Send in a voice message:…