MTB Tech Talk | Does weight really matter?
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Look at any review and you’ll see, in a fairly prominent position, the weight of the bike or component – but does weight really matter? BikeRadar’s tech-head Seb has done the maths, and reckons we might be making a mountain out of a molehill…


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The Gravel Ride.  A cycling podcast
The Gravel Ride. A cycling podcast
Craig Dalton
Apidura: George Huxford - Bags for every cycling adventure
This week we check in with George Huxford from Apidura makers of cycling bags for every gravel cycling adventure. We learn the various types of bags from tip to tail of the bicycle and get some practical advice on packing and load distribution. Episode Sponsor: PNW Components (15% off with code 'thegravelride') Apidura online Apidura Instagram Support the Podcast Automated Transcription (please excuse the typos) Apidura: George Huxford - Bags for every cycling adventure 00:00:05 - 00:05:12 Hello and welcome to The Gravel Ride podcast I'm your host Craig Dalton. This week's podcast is brought to you by our friends at P. N. W. Components. I've been riding the coast handlebar at four hundred and eighty millimeters and the coast dropper post for maybe almost three months now, and after tell you I'm really sold particularly with my recent move down to two Panga California. I've really started to own my appreciation for the suspended dropper post. So, let's make an important distinction. there. I'm a big fan of the dropper post the ability to drop your saddle down via technical sections the Costa Dropper Post is actually a suspended dropper post. So it's air actuated meaning. You can tune it to your body weight and preference, but the post will actually dipped down when I hit a rather aggressive hit with the back end of my bike. So I'm using the dropper component. When I know I'm going to get into some rough stuff and the suspended component when I don't. The net result of this is I'm always protected when I get into the rough stuff saddle up saddle down I've got a little secret weapon. This dropper post combined with the wide handlebars has left me as comfortable as I've ever been getting into the technical terrain. So if you're looking for something to up your technical elements, definitely give pm w components look at pm w components, dot com, and for the gravel ride podcast listeners, you can get fifteen percent off coupon for your first order using the code the gravel ride. So onto this week's guest, really excited to welcome George Houck's furred from the bag company Applera based in London England. Abdur has a full range of bags for gravel cycling bike packing excetera. You guys know I love bags. So as exciting to talk to George and take bags from every different angle on the bike and talk about mixing and matching different bags to meet your gravel cycling needs so I. Hope You enjoy this interview and with that said, let's dive right in George Welcome to the show. Thank you. Thank you. It's great to be here Yeah. It's a real honor you listen to podcasts for. Rages now. Yes. Fantastic guests and yeah. So It's going to be amongst them I appreciate that. Well, let's start off by learning a little bit about you and your cycling background, and then about epidurals and how it came about and I'm excited really everybody on the WHO listened to the podcast knows I'm a big bag geek. So I'm excited to kind of just go from tip to tail and talk about the full range of bags that grovel cyclists can be using to satisfy. Their their gear capacity heeds. Yeah. Yeah. Absolutely. That sounds great. I'm Yeah. I'm a massive Geek on as well. So we're GONNA need someone to stop too much into the details to a perfect house zips work and all that kind of thing. But yeah, we'll try and keep interesting right on. So how did you? How did you get into cycling and how did you find your way to aperture and how did the company get started? Well, I've I like a lot of your guests start off in white shops. Growing up at always been into bike since anything really racing mountain bikes riding Banamex is all kinds of stuff. Are Not led me working in bike shops Off the. Ships bit moved up to the what can brand and. I ended up driving a big van for the demo bikes round the UK, for a number of years to events, setting people up full suspension bikes setting up in talks and trial sentences, which was which was great and that sort of led me down a kind of marketing within the cycle industry Yeah and then I I came across the aperture once they've been what's been going for little bit to kind of help them with the with the growth than. Themselves in the in the kind of wide cycling market. So. Yeah. At this point, I've been here. Account even think maybe it's three is Yes go relatively young company and. Yeah I'm not spend time with them now and when the company was first founded, they've was it founded around us certain specific product or opportunity. yet to ascend extent. So the company was actually founded in two thousand thirteen, but it was it was about a year and for products came out. So a found a tour had been been writing for a great number of years and had really gotten into the side riding coming mugged on a long distance cross country background, and then moving into longer longer events. I'm basically found that the kind of the on offer at that time to kind of backpacking gear wasn't the same kind of experience maybe wasn't the same kind of technical stand as she used to in kind of clothing and in the bikes and suspension electron stuff and I wanted to kind of. 00:05:13 - 00:10:02 Add a bit more technology and make a little bit if people actually get the stuff on their bikes. So having done toward abide, she decided to kind of. Out in south accompanied. By, two thousand fourteen. I packs were on the market. And since then I think we've really entered the golden age of bags on bikes. The innovation has been. Super staggering the last few years. Likes, and we now see bags attached almost everywhere across the bike and I needed. Yeah. Yeah. That's that's a good point I mean when? When bought packing I died it was really. It was more about what it wasn't. It wasn't racks and Patios and that meant people can put bags on the kind of bikes that particular surface they weren't to right. Instead of starting with a bike, the luggage you start with the ride bike for the kind of writing once. said, he wanted to ride for a week on a mountain bike of two weeks on a road bike you went. Held back trying to find something that could run a rack Sarah it comes style that way the the archetype. Like packing ranges probably the saddle pack then quite quickly. So handlebar pox name frame packs. And those kind of like there's three pieces make what most people think the covered. By packing south. You're quite right and plenty of of places on the bike where you can squeeze and space if you want to. Yeah I think you know one of the big takeaways I wanted to have the listener? Arrive at from this conversation was just they already have a bike that's capable of doing massive amounts of adventure from. Multi Week, multi-month touring to just being more comfortable on a long big day ride. So if we talk about the different types of packs I thought, it'd be a good way to start just a start at the front of the bike and let's go through all the different modalities because you've referenced handlebar bags frame bags and saddlebags which will drill into but there's also additional mounting points from top to mounts to folk mounts two. Different I know you've got different accessory packs that velcro onto the bike anywhere you want who? Let's start at the front of the bike and maybe down at the fork and just talk about what's possible. Yeah. Yeah. That's that's a really good way of going I'm semi when I look at a kind of applied this I'm always trying to balance out is. Accessibility, that's it's the the white and the white balance on the bike So as you get kind of. Away from where you are a writer, that's the kind of stuff way you've got limited accessibility it's so stop worrying to go into maybe just the beginning of the ride or at the end of the ride. So on the full quayle talking about this there's loads of companies now, really getting into the idea of helping white pack is out wiping more mounts on their bikes. On the foot mounts really good spot for that image you can carry around comfortabl…
41 min
Cyclocross Radio
Cyclocross Radio
Episode 204 | Beef Season, Beringen and Bern
With the battle for the ages between Wout and MvdP at Flanders still fresh in our minds, it could not go without saying that Beef Season continued full on. Micheal, Zach and Bill got together to dissect the aftermath and if the balance of power in the biggest beef of them all had shifted. We then moved on to break down the Ethias Cross race at Beringen and the EKZ CrossTour Bern race. Follow Micheal on Twitter at @landsoftly Instagram at @yeahyouride Follow Zach on Twitter at @theshoestar and instagram at @zacharyschuster This episode is sponsored by Willa's Oat Milk! Find out more at Enter the code CROSSHAIRS20 for 20 percent off your first order. Cyclocross Radio is part of the Wide Angle Podium network. Please consider becoming a member. Go to to learn more and contribute. Subscribe to the Wide Angle Podium newsletter at Check out the latest CX Heat Check and subscribe to the Wide Angle Podium YouTube channel at Please subscribe to Cyclocross Radio and all of the Wide Angle Podium shows on Apple Podcasts, if that’s how you consume podcasts. Also, rate and review on Apple Podcasts, even if it’s not the way you consume podcasts. To keep up to date, follow @cxhairs on Instagram and Twitter. Have a question, comment, complaint or general inquiry? Hit us up at And don’t hesitate to call the helpline: 405-CXHAIRS. Need coffee? (Trick question, you do). Check out our partnership with Grimpeur Bros and the amazingly tasty Hello Cyclocross Friends! Espresso blend. You can get these flavorful and possibly magical beans here:
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Ask a Cycling Coach - TrainerRoad Podcast
Ask a Cycling Coach - TrainerRoad Podcast
Base Training Myths, Cycling Team Roles, MTB Stage Racing & More – Ask a Cycling Coach 281
What happens when you do high intensity efforts during base training, what it was like for Amber to be a pro domestique, and tips for beginner racers on their first year of racing and mountain bike stage races. Tune into Episode 281 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast for this and more! Find mentioned studies and products from this episode: TrainerRoad Forum ------------------------------------------------------------------ ABOUT TRAINERROAD — CYCLING’S MOST EFFECTIVE TRAINING SYSTEM TrainerRoad makes cyclists faster. Athletes get structured indoor workouts, science-backed training plans, and easy-to-use performance analysis tools to reach their goals. • Build Your Custom Plan: • Train Together with Group Workouts: • Get Started: ------------------------------------------------------------------ TOPICS COVERED IN THIS EPISODE • Off-season plans for the hosts • How to plan an off-season • First season tips for beginners • MTB stage race tips from Alex Wild • What it was like for Amber being a pro domestique • Warming up for Enduro and other short races • A guide to ERG mode • How often should you take the Ramp Test • Guide to getting strength training equipment • Training in bad air quality • Mid-ride bottle handling etiquette • Which power smoothing settings are best? • Do high intensity efforts ruin base training? • What is the goal of base training? • Can you race during the Base Phase? • Would you rather have a high FTP or sustainable power? ------------------------------------------------------------------ SUCCESSFUL ATHLETES PODCAST • iTunes: • Google Podcasts: ------------------------------------------------------------------ STAY IN TOUCH Facebook: Instagram: Twitter: Strava Club:
2 hr 3 min
The Rouleur Podcast
The Rouleur Podcast
Rouleur Magazine
The Rouleur Longreads Podcast: The Wout Factor from Rouleur 20.7
“The ’cross background puts riders like Wout and Mathieu in an ideal position to fight for the win in the final of a Classic. They’re used to pushing top end power for an hour in a way most riders can’t,” says Merijn. “Explosive power is harder to develop than endurance. It’s also a mental thing: if you’ve learned to push yourself at a young age, it’s something that sticks with you. It’s very hard to pick up later if you haven’t got it.”  Some say cyclo-cross riders also have a better feel for the race. “You learn that riding ’cross – bike handling, positioning, timing,” says Wout. And with the constant micro-adjustments and anticipation, riders get better at gauging their effort, sensing when to push or hold back. “The racing is more instinctive, not just relying on power readings,” he says. One of the added challenges in the winter discipline has been the increasingly technical courses. “It’s great for the spectators, but shifts the racing more towards interval efforts, less steady state,” says Wout. “I’m more of a power rider and this recent development tends to favour lighter, more technical riders like Mathieu.” Of course, Wout has amazing skills, but Mathieu is nimbler. “It means usually having to chase him coming out of the bends.” Having Van der Poel as a rival meant there was never any room for complacency. In interviews, Wout’s trainer Marc Lamberts has said that it led to him forcing Wout’s development harder and earlier than he would if the Dutchman hadn’t been around. Wout would have had more time to grow into the under-23s. They pushed each other and now everyone else is suffering. Fully recovered from his horrific 2019 Tour crash, Wout van Aert is the most exciting bike racer in the world. Domestique, sprinter, climber, time trials, cyclo-cross and Tour de France stage wins - he can do it all The Rouleur Longreads Podcast brings you selected long form articles from the magazine, especially recorded for Rouleur. Don’t stop what you’re doing – do it while listening to the world’s best cycling writing. The latest in this series is ‘The Wout Factor’ by Olivier Nilsson-Julien, from Rouleur 20.7. Download the Rouleur app and use the code WOUTFACTOR to read the whole issue free of charge.   See for privacy and opt-out information.
21 min
Successful Athletes Podcast - Presented by TrainerRoad
Successful Athletes Podcast - Presented by TrainerRoad
How a Pro Supercross Racer Trains with Justin Brayton – Successful Athletes Podcast 23
Justin Brayton is one of the best Supercross racers in the world and he uses cycling and structured training with TrainerRoad to achieve success. Learn how he uses principles of periodization, training intensity, stress balance and more to be one of the world's most elite athletes. * Justin Brayton on Strava: • Justin Brayton on Instagram: * Continue the discussion with Justin on the TrainerRoad Forum: ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ABOUT TRAINERROAD — CYCLING’S MOST EFFECTIVE TRAINING SYSTEM TrainerRoad makes cyclists faster. Athletes get structured indoor workouts, science-backed training plans, and easy-to-use performance analysis tools to reach their goals * Build Your Custom Plan: * Train Together with Group Workouts: * Get Started: ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ATHLETE INTERVIEWS THAT MAKE YOU FASTER The Successful Athletes Podcast dissects the preparation and execution of outstanding performances by TrainerRoad athletes. From world record performances to personal records and life changing health improvements, get an inside look at what it takes to get faster. * Subscribe to the Successful Athletes Podcast on iTunes: ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- TOPICS COVERED IN THIS EPISODE: * What a typical season of Supercross is like * How Justin periodizes his training around his races * Staying safe and healthy while traveling for the Supercross season * Why Supercross is so physically demanding * How cycling training compliments Supercross racing * Why Justin chooses to train with structured training * How Justin uses TrainerRoad to help his Supercross * Justin’s total training volume in a week * How Justin fuels his training * Why racing supercross helps Justin’s bike handling * Justin’s plans for after Supercross ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FOLLOW TRAINERROAD * Facebook: * Instagram: * Twitter: * Strava Club:
57 min
Cyclist Magazine Podcast
Cyclist Magazine Podcast
Dennis Publishing
Episode 13 - The one with England and Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster
In association with Castelli. Ben Foster is an 8-time capped England goalkeeper who has played Premier League football for Manchester United, Birmingham City, West Brom and Watford, where he is still currently club captain. But it turns out he is also a cycling fanatic. That's right, he is one of us! A bonafide leg-shaving, Rapha-wearing, Specialized-riding roadie who loves his cycling so much he even uses oversized Ceramic Speed jockey wheels. So we got Ben on to the Cyclist Magazine Podcast to discuss how road cycling became his passion, balancing the bike and football, which footballer would make the ultimate pro cyclist and why he wants to try the Race Across America when he retires. Ben's new YouTube channel, The Cycling GK, has already launched and you can check that out here - James got all misty-eyed about gravel biking and the Stayer Groadinger. That's probably because Issue 4 of Cyclist Off-Road just hit the shelves! You can buy your copy from the Cyclist shop here - Joe talks about the Kask Valegro that he really likes. He reviewed this lid a while back and you can read that here - For more on the Cyclist Magazine Podcast - Subscribe to Cyclist Magazine now -
42 min
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