After wrapping up the week's racing news, Neal, James and Caley dive into a discussion of the ethical quandary presented by big-money race promoters in ethically dubious countries.
On Nerd Alert, we call up Jeff Rowe of Neutral Sans Frontiers to ask how 12-speed SRAM complicates an already complicated situation.
Finally, we answer VeloClub listener questions, both philosophical and pragmatic.
This week's episode opens with cyclocross worlds, including a dissection of Lucinda Brand's odd pit crash. Then we have a dispatch from Australia and the Herald Sun Tour.
Then, on Nerd Alert, James gets a bit ranty about water bottles that don't use a regular water bottle cage, and we award the first CyclingTippy WHY?! Award.
Finally, we answer a VeloClub question: Are carbon wheels more comfortable than aluminum wheels?
This week's episode opens with the sordid tale of Iljo Keisse's disrespectful act toward a woman in Argentina, his subsequent apology, and then his team's utter failure to properly address the issue.
Then, James posits an interesting question: Is it possible to use equipment to close the gap between riders of different abilities? What's the best way to do it?
The Tour Down Under has wrapped up, Richie Porte won on Willunga again but didn't win the race. Caley and Neal kick off this week's episode with a discussion of Porte's efforts, and then we have a dispatch from Matt de Neef in which he chats with riders who are on new teams.
In this week's Nerd Alert, a debate rages over the fuzzy line between gravel bikes and mountain bikes. At what point is a gravel bike just a hardtail with drop bars? New gravel bikes with 29-inch wheels and 2.0" tires — mountain bike sizes — have us wondering what on earth is going on.
Bike racing is back! Neal, James, and Caley begin with the news that the UCI will ban the painkiller Tramadol, often used in "finish bottles," from competition beginning in March. Then they take a look at Elia Viviani's first WorldTour sprint of the year and chat with Jonathan Vaughters about his team's new kit (and his Flagstaff duel with Neal).
James has issues with some of the vehicle tech being launched at the Consumer Electronics Show, and thinks it may actually make riding more dangerous.
Finally, Neal calls Phil Liggett to talk about his longtime co-commentator, Paul Sherwen, who recently passed away.
Disc brakes can be very loud. It's a reality that road cyclists are beginning to come to grips with, but there are things riders can do to minimize the noise. For some insight, James and Caley call up Christian Huele, a former pro cyclocross racer who now works for SwissStop.
But first, there's quite a lot to be excited about as the 2019 racing season kicks off. Neal has a list of the big moments and trends to keep an eye out for this year.
It's time for the second annual CyclingTips Podcast CyclingTippy Awards!
James Huang and Caley Fretz are joined by Dave Rome (all the way from Sydney) for a rundown of the best, worst, fastest, slowest, and most annoying tech of 2018. Plus, we make our tech predictions for 2019.
James, Neal, and Caley are in the basement for the final episode of 2018 with a pile of questions from you, our dear listeners. They answer questions about gravel bikes, drivetrain upgrades, favorite snacks, road racing tactics, and more.
Thank you to everyone who listened, laughed, shared, and commented this year. The CyclingTips Podcast wouldn't exist without you.
Telecommunications giant Sky is pulling out of cycling. Caley, Neal and James discuss the implications this will have on the sport.
Caley also catches up with EF-Drapac boss Jonathan Vaughters to talk about cycling's future.
In Nerd Alert, James chats about a bike he recently tested and why it's really good.
Is Peter Sagan switching to mountain biking? Where does he rank among the all-time greats? Caley, Neal, and James discuss a recent interview where the three-time world champ suggested he'll leave road racing in a few years.
In Nerd Alert, Donn Kellogg of Donnelly Sports joins the trio to talk tires and things of that nature.
Caley, Neal, and James are back in the basement with a new snack. The trio remembers legendary commentator Paul Sherwen and call Lance Armstrong to get his thoughts. In Nerd Alert, Specialized's Head of Human Performance Todd Carver joins the group to talk 'Q Factor' aka pedal stands width.
Caley, James, and Neal reflect on the Giro Della Donna and Alberto Contador's appearance. Caley talked to Contador about many things while he was in Australia.
Andrea Tafi, as many of you have heard, is attempting to ride Paris-Roubaix next year at 52. We chatted with exercise physiology graduate Zach Nehr about the science behind aging and endurance sports.
In nerd alert, the guys discuss Specialized's new MIPS helmets and give our listeners an impromptu gift guide.
He calls them breakdown rides. Rides that take him deep enough into himself that something breaks or heals, or sometimes both. Iain Treloar speaks to us about a recent breakdown ride he took.
Also, James is back from his top-secret mission to get the scoop on Continental's foray into tubeless road tires. Is an industry standard coming soon?
Caley and Neal chat with Peter Flax and ask him why he stopped wearing a helmet a few months ago.
Then, Caley calls up James to chat about the new SRAM 12-speed cassette that was spotted over the weekend at the Saitama Criterium in Japan. The nerd alert duo discusses the other new tech they spotted beside the cassette.
Caley, James and Neal are back in the basement discussing an array of topics from Neal's weight-loss plan, power meters and radios in bike racing, and personalizing your frame with anodization.
Caley, James, and Neal are in the basement talking gravel bikes and how to make your gravel bike better. The conversation gets nerdy when it comes to tires and wheels. Is 650b the way to go for a gravel bike?
And, the trio talks about the WorldTour calendar and how it's way too long and too complicated.
Caley, Neal, and James are in the basement to discuss Thibaut Pinot's emphatic victory at Il Lombardia and how the Frenchman is cycling's most mortal star.
The trio then debates Zwift racing and whether virtual racing is a future discipline of cycling. Sides are definitely chosen between the three when talking about the pros and cons.
Finally, James gets super nerdy when he brings up a gearbox he saw at Chris King's recent open house and builder showcase in Portland. Are gearboxes the future?
Caley, Neal, and James open the episode in the basement by reading an email they received from a fan.
The trio then discusses how to fix bike racing. The conversation centres around Rapha's new partnership with EF-Drapac. We hear from EF-Drapac CEO Jonathan Vaughters and Rapha CEO and founder Simon Mottram.
Also in nerd alert, James dives deep into how he reviews products. The conversation turns to his relationship with bike companies. Do companies incentivize him to write a good review?
Caley, Neal, and James are back in the basement, albeit a bit later this week, but, nonetheless, the trio discusses the many layers that are surrounding Alejandro Valverde's win at the world road championships.
In nerd alert, James catches up with Oakley's Kyle Donahue at Interbike to examine lens tints and what sort of technology goes into creating lenses that let us see the world crisply. As it turns out, the technology isn't all that simple.
Caley, Neal, and James are back together in the basement to tackle what they see as a major problem in professional cycling — the calendar. The UCI announced new reforms for 2020 and the trio are less than thrilled.
Also, James caught up with Challenge Tires' Morgan Nicol to discuss the future of gravel tires and Nicol revealed an interesting new product the company is working. Challenge has been testing a tubular gravel tire. Could a tubular gravel tire change the gravel scene as we currently see it?
It's just Caley and Neal in the basement this week with James away at Interbike.
Neal catches up with EF-Drapac's Michael Woods to discuss his La Vuelta stage win and the very personal story he shared on live television after.
Also, the duo discusses the upcoming vote for President of the CPA, the rider's union, and the controversy surrounding the vote.
Finally, Caley calls James to ask the one question everyone wants to know from the 2018 Interbike show, "What's the coolest thing he's seen?"
Caley, Neal, and James dive deep into the price of bikes, especially high-end bikes. Why is a top-end road bike, so much more expensive than a top-end mountain bike? Are bike companies taking advantage of consumers?
Plus, Neal and Caley look at the week in racing and discuss American Kate Courtney's emphatic win at the cross-country mountain bike world championships.
Caley, James, and Neal open this week's episode chatting about Kanstantsin Siutsou's positive test for EPO.
Then the trio talks about Ashton Lambie's individual pursuit record and how he isn't your typical track world record holder. We also hear from Lambie.
Finally, Steve Frothingham of Bicycle Retailer joins the show to talk tariffs and how the new tariffs taking effect against China will affect the bicycle market - and potentially make buying bikes in the US more expensive.
Caley, James, and Neal open this week's episode examining the opening days of the Vuelta a Espana and look at the recent emergence of LottoNL-Jumbo as a serious GC grand tour team.
The trio also chats about the folding of Aqua Blue Sport and a peculiar anonymous email we received.
Finally, Italian frame builder Dario Pegoretti passed away last week at the age of 62. We talk with Silca's Joshua Poertner, who worked closely with Pegoretti, about the Italian legend.
A bike, any bike, is a sum of its decisions. Good ones and, yes, sometimes bad ones.
Who makes those decisions? People do. Well, mostly. Computers help quite a lot these days. But even with all sorts of fancy software, building a new bike from scratch still takes a huge team of people. It takes engineers of all sorts. A product manager to make sure the thing works. Aerodynamicists to make it fast. Designers to make it pretty. The announcement of a new model is the final step in a process that began two to three years prior. That’s two to three years of decisions.
A pile of new bikes came out before the Tour de France this year. Among them was this Venge. We wrote about it then, and we’ve been riding it since. One thing stuck out: It’s a lot better than the last Venge. Way better.
That comes down to decisions. So, at Specialized’s invitation, we flew to Morgan Hill, California, home of Specialized HQ, and sat down with four people responsible for most of those decisions.
This episode is brought to you by Specialized.