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53/39 Cycling Podcast
60 minutes | Oct 17, 2021
He is Ted King
So who is Ted King? Well, he is a Professional World Tour bike racer turned professional bike rider, Ted King is now an ambassador for the general sport of cycling. He lobbies in support of putting more peoples’ butts on bikes, which takes the form of dabbling in gravel, coaching, hosting a pair of events with Rooted Vermont and King Challenge, operating on the board of organizations like Mountain Bike Afghanistan, and instigating stoke for the sport of cycling. It was great to sit down and talk with Ted and learn about all the things he is into from his love of cooking to the wonderful world of unTapped! You can find Ted on: Website YouTube Facebook Strava Photo Credit: Ansel Dickey, Brian Bailey & Paul Reitano If you enjoy this podcast, please consider supporting us on Patreon.
66 minutes | Oct 3, 2021
Meet Lex Albrecht
This week we talk to Lex Albrecht. Lex Albrecht is a Canadian athlete who began racing as a professional road cyclist in 2012. She has been a member of the Canadian National Team and various professional teams including UCI Women’s World Tour teams. She is a 8 time Champion of Québec, 3 time podium finisher at the Canadian National Championships, and has represented Canada on 4 occasions at the World Championships, and other prestigious international events in four continents Raised in Barrie and Oro-Medonte, Canada, Lex moved to the province of Québec at the age of 18. There, she became proficient in French and studied Medical Biology (Biologie médicale) at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. Lex worked as a research assistant at the Institut National de la Recherche Scientfique (INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier). Lex also races gravel, and loves mountain biking and motorcycling. She’s dabbled in track cycling and even picked up a BMX on a few occasions. Lex is based in Montréal, Canada, was coached by Chris Rozdilsky for most of her career and is now coached by Joy McCulloch who she found through TrainingPeaks’ coach matching service. Lex rides and races BMC bikes, and wears Sena Smart Helmets. If you enjoy this podcast, please consider supporting us on Patreon.
89 minutes | Sep 19, 2021
Meet Nick Arend – Certified Goofball & Cyclist
We have been following Nick’s instagram page for a while. Once he started doing the Nick and Rick reels, we knew we had to have him on the show. You can follow him on instagram @nickarend. Nick has a very strong passion for cycling, but he has combined that with his love for photography. Our conversation ranges from his struggle with vanity vs comfort on the bike to building his dream bike, and taking time to stare at it everyday, to how he found his way to train indoors. We hope you enjoy listening to the conversation. Follow Nick Arend On Instagram If you enjoy this podcast, please consider supporting us on Patreon.
80 minutes | Sep 6, 2021
Meet Graham Foster
This episode, we talk to Graham Foster, sales manager of Trek. Despite being from Greenville, South Carolina, he was not racing bikes as a youngster. Graham was a runner who found bike racing in college. Despite this, we learn about his rise from a category racer to being a domestic pro. Graham shares his experience going through the ranks and has some advice for those looking to start racing. We learn about Graham’s memorable experience in the ATHENS TWILIGHT CRITERIUM. Graham also gives us an insider’s prospective on the current state of the cycling industry. We talk about the supply chain issues, increased demand, and the future of cycling. We also find out if his dream bike is a Trek or something else. Trek Robinson If you enjoy this podcast, please consider supporting us on Patreon.
68 minutes | Aug 22, 2021
Meet Keith – Have Bike Will Gravel
Keith has been cycling for many years and started off biking as a kid, but found his passion for gravel and all things rails to trails. In his spare time he runs a blog called have bike will gravel. Have Bike Will Gravel is a light-hearted blog about gravel biking Rails-To-Trails in Southwestern Pennsylvania and the tri-state region. He has two Jamis Renegades, an Exile and an S-4. He also have a custom-built drop-bar fat bike and a road bike. Cycling not only keeps him healthy mentally and physically, but also gives him the opportunity to experience new places and things. He write a non-regular blog on Medium called Have Bike, Will Gravel which also happens to be his Instagram handle. Follow Keith on: Strava – https://www.strava.com/athletes/40249460?oq=Keith Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/have_bike_will_gravel/ Medium – https://medium.com/@havebikewillgravel Keith Mentioned: https://www.instagram.com/huotbroscycling/ https://www.instagram.com/jamisbikes/ https://www.instagram.com/jengreenheadbadges/ https://www.instagram.com/redshiftsports/ If you enjoy this podcast, please consider supporting us on Patreon.
69 minutes | Aug 9, 2021
Meet Cam Nicholls – Road Cycling Academy
This week we talk to Cam Nicholls, Cam creates cycling videos and cycling vlogs covering inspirational and entertaining local cycling stories, training and racing tips (notably criterium racing tips), and in-depth reviews of road bikes and road cycling products. Cam, along with his business partner Neill also run the road cycling academy. The Road Cycling Academy was created to cater for the needs of the busy road cyclist that wants to take their performance to the next level. Without having to forego the rides that got them into the sport in the first place. Cam’s YouTube Channel Road Cycling Academy CamNicholls.com If you enjoy this podcast, please consider supporting us on Patreon.
62 minutes | Jul 25, 2021
Buying A Bike…How Hard Can It Be?
Buying a bike is simple, right? We know it can be a much more complicated purchase than it may seem. You just walk into the store, find the prettiest one, and pull out your credit card, right? We’ll walk you through how to make the important decisions. What type of bike? Gravel, endurance, racing What components do I want? Shimano, Sram, Campagnolo, Electronic The debate that makes friends stop talking to each other: Rim or Disc Brake? What frame material? How much do I want to lighten my wallet? Other considerations? What extra’s will I need? What recommendations do Nick and Andrew have for the first bike you should buy? For this week’s dream bike, Andrew shows that you don’t need to take out a second mortgage to get a quality road bike. Meet the Giant Contend AR3. For $1,300 USD, we feel this packs a serious punch for the money. Support our ride to end cancer here. If you would like to join us for our ride to end cancer in Columbus, OH, email us at rides(at)5339cycling.com to learn more. If you enjoy this podcast, please consider supporting us on Patreon.
2 minutes | Jul 16, 2021
A Little About 53/39
Welcome to 53/ 39. There’s a lot of new listeners. So I figured I would take some time to explain our podcast just so you don’t have to listen to episode one. My name is Andrew and along with Nick, we are average cyclists. While we enjoy many of the existing cycling content outlets ranging from mammoth to small. We recognize there’s a void. That void, is focused on the average cyclist. We get it. We want to ride a $12,000 bike who doesn’t, but those bikes, aren’t the people we ride with. They’re not the people that we see on the roads and they’re not the people in the trails and let’s face it if you have a $12,000. You’re not worried about trying to find the best disc brake for your bike at the best price. we’re here to kind of fill that void and talk to you as a cyclist. we’re looking to be the cycling podcast that you would listen to because we are average, right? We aren’t former pros nor do we ride with any of them. We admire their abilities and certainly we are envious at times. We recognize that they demand a lot more from their than we do marginal gains, which means the world to them only appears as a second mortgage. Nick and I love cycling. It’s a massive part of our life and we’re average in every single way. We’re just looking to improve ourselves in both mind and body, but we also bike for our own. We want to speak to people just like us. People who enjoy spending the pedals, who recognize as many benefits from it ranging from physical to mental or to simply being outdoors and spending time with friends. We aim to be conversational with how we present our guests and our regular content. We want to bring you fun and enjoyable stuff from the bike community. So if you don’t have a bike community nearby, We want to be that for you. I hope you enjoy our podcast. If you continue to listen, feel free to review us on social media or where you download your podcasts. Also, you can support us on Patrion. The links are on our website at 5339cycling.com. Or you can find it in the description below hammer on. Support Our Podcast
70 minutes | Jul 16, 2021
Meet Joe Apgar: President of Pelotonia
A Little About Joe Apgar Joe was recently named President of Pelotonia. Joe is responsible for developing and overseeing all efforts to increase awareness of, participation in, and support for the Pelotonia movement, as well as ensuring the strategic and responsible utilization of Pelotonia funds. He has been with the organization since 2016. As a cancer survivor himself, he knows as well as anyone the impact of Pelotonia. Learn his full story here. A Litte About Pelotonia Pelotonia started as an idea. A ride. A weekend. To make a difference. To make an impact. But we know, Pelotonia was never just about the Ride. It’s always been about setting and achieving an ambitious goal, and raising critical funds to fight a disease that impacts us all. And that’s exactly what we’ll do again this year. And the year after that. Pelotonia is embarking on its 13th year. The organization blew past all initial goals and forecasts in the first year and hasn’t looked back since. At the time of recording, $223 Million has been raised for cancer research. In this episode, we find out, in Joe’s own words, what makes Pelotonia unique. Get Involved Support Our Pelotonia Team If you enjoy this podcast, please consider supporting us on Patreon.
76 minutes | Jun 27, 2021
Meet Trace Velo; A.K.A. Luke
A Little About Luke He loves cycling, and loves getting pro cycling kit for less. If it’s cheap, from China, and made of carbon fiber, he’s interested! Road cycling can be an expensive hobby, and the barrier to entry for good quality cycling gear can be exceptionally high. His whole ethos is to get pro-level cycling gear on the cheap, and show that you don’t have to have to spend extortionate amounts to get some fantastic kit! Check out Trace Velo On YouTube Luke’s First Bike Claud Butler Lavante – He eventually converted it to dropbar. Current Bike Build Trifox X16 Carbon Frame Shimano 105 R 7000 Toseek Handlebars Elite Wheels If you enjoy this podcast, please consider supporting us on Patreon.
57 minutes | Jun 14, 2021
Rest Day?! Who needs a rest day?!
In this episode, we discuss our best and worst rides on our bikes. What’s your best or worst ride? Learn about Nick not being sure if he was going to make it back to the parking lot and how Andrew did a century ride by accident. We also discuss over training, both causes and outcomes. If you would like to learn more about Pelotonia, our team, or support our ride to end cancer, click here for our team like. Advice We all love to ride our bikes, and who doesn’t? As much as we would love to ride as much as the pros do, especially if we got paid, but over training can create serious problems if ignored. Don’t ignore the symptoms. More gains are made on rest days than on training days, even if Andrew doesn’t like those facts. Combine some of the stretching we discussed in episode 12 with a rest day to be sure you get the recovery you need to hammer it on your next ride. Dream Bike Nick’s goal is to get a reaction out of Andrew with each of his dream bikes. The Rodeo Labs Traildonkey did exactly that. We discussed both the Traildonkey 2.1 and the Traildonkey 3.1. They come as framesets and not full builds, but they got a reaction out of Andrew and that is what the dream bike portion is all about.
56 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
My saddle bags are immense
In this episode, we learn how Andrew completely ignored Nick’s advice from last episode. What changes happened to Andrews bike stable? We also teach Andrew more about pro racing. Is there a word he cannot pronounce correctly? Listen to find out! Gear Omne Air Spin The helmet that inspires the will for more. Whether on the morning commute or a long weekend ride, the Omne Air SPIN pushes you to go farther. Optimal liner density and thicker core protection zones provide ideal all-round protection for everyday use. The ventilation channels and low weight – inspired by our award-winning road cycling helmets the Octal and the Ventral – deliver optimum comfort and functionality on longer rides. It incorporates SPIN, POC’s patent-pending silicone pad technology. And by taking a whole helmet approach to the creation of the Omne Air SPIN it delivers superior levels of comfort, fit and performance. Check Out The Helmet Bontrager Pro Quick Cleat Saddle Bag Since it’s not the most exciting piece of gear we use, Nick discusses his saddle bag preference. The Bontrager Pro Quick Cleat Seat Pack is for riders on-the-go. The Quick Cleat attachment system makes it easy to switch packs from bike to bike or take your essentials with you after rides end. Built with durable nylon to handle road grime from awesome adventures, its lightweight construction cradles your essentials through your favorite rides. Bontrager Pro Quick Cleat Saddle Bag Advice Stretching is quite important for performance and recovery. Here is a list of some of our favorite video routines. Dream Bike 1991 Greg Lemond Team Z – Pro Caliber More About The bike If you enjoy this podcast, please consider supporting us on Patreon.
64 minutes | May 18, 2021
It’s A Me Mario!
Today we talk about different group sets. What is the difference between Shimano, SRAM and Campagnolo. What is the primary difference between them? Which one is best? You’ll have to listen to find out. We also learn that Shimano released a coffee table book for their 100th anniversary. Which disappointed both Nick and Andrew. Gear Nick and Andrew review their Gatorskin tires. For at-least the past 3 years, we have exclusively used gator skin tires on our bikes. Needless to say, we may love the, Find Gatorskins on Amazon Advice How should you behave on group rides? Well we talk about some of the things you should do and not do on a group ride. Dream Bike Climbs, corners, flat-out sprints—the Allez Sprint does it all. Being the most advanced alloy road bike we’ve ever made, and one that often out-performs the carbon fiber bikes of other brands, the Allez Sprint is capable as a crit-racing tool or an everyday road steed. But even better, it performs all of the above at a price that’s affordable for any racer’s budget. For the build, this Allez meshes performance and value with Shimano 105 shifting and hydraulic disc brakes, DT R470 Disc alloy wheels, and a fan-favorite Body Geometry Power saddle. View The Allez Sprint Comp Disc on Specialized.com
57 minutes | May 9, 2021
Meet Cheri – Liv Brand Ambassador
Meet Cheri – Liv Brand Ambassador Liv Cycling USA; promoting women cycling. In this episode we talk about women in cycling and she tells us about Liv and the awesome stuff they are making for women by women. Follow Cheri On Instagram Follow Liv Bikes On Instagram Gear: Liv – Langma Advanced Disc Liv – Avow Advanced Liv – Intrigue
64 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
Join The Club
Topic: We talk about how Nick and Andrew met. Also we cover Local bike club, Strava Metrics and Shoes! Gear: We both review the Bontrager Circuit Road Cycling Shoe Advice: Strava metrics, what are they and how do we understand them better, FTP, Intensity, Total work, Training average, what does all this mean for you in the end? Dream Bike: Canyon Endurace AL Disc 7.0 An all-round road bike with a world-class frame and the added control of disc brakes – this aluminium bike can take on everything, from all-day rides to weekend adventures, and Gran Fondos. If you enjoy this podcast, please consider supporting us on Patreon.
47 minutes | Apr 12, 2021
Gettin Jiggy With It
TOPIC: LOOK Keo Classic Vs. Shimano SPL-SL which is better? Many have asked, many have wondered. We take a stab at the question. Nick and Andrew switched pedals and rode with the opposite pedal for three weeks. You might be shocked at what we say. GEAR: Aftershockz Air Titanium – Pretty solid open air headphones. Super Caz Bar Tap – Nick swears by it. Great sticky bar tape. ADVICE: Music – Andrew takes a deep dive into music and how it can improve performance and enhance motivation. Please make sure you are using passive headphones when cycling and listening to headphones. Without passive/open air headphones, you pose a risk to yourself and others. Hammer Fest Playlist Apple Music – Spotify Clippys Yacht Rock Playlist Apple Music – Spotify Welcome To Paintown Playlist Apple Music – Spotify DREAM BIKE: Bastion Cycles – Completely custom geometry. Standard or custom paint. Uniquely precision crafted just for you. With the Superleggera we have maximised the stiffness of the frame for the weight resulting in less choices than Road, but you can choose to have a more flexible seat tube for increased comfort. If you enjoy this podcast, please consider supporting us on Patreon.
64 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
Can We Fix It? Yes we can!
This week forget what we are talking about, finally finishing the project bike, multitools, convertible jackets and home maintenance. Topic: Project Bike Update! Check out Facebook or Instagram to see the finished product! Gear: Lezyne RAP II TOOL MultiTool PEARL IZUMI Men’s Ride Elite Barrier Convertible Jacket Advice: We talk about home maintenance, what are the basics and how do you fix all the things? Dream Bike: Argon 18 – Dark Matter Go way off the beaten path with this gravel racer featuring true road race-inspired geometry derived from Argon 18’s legendary race bikes. Some will blaze the trail, but on the Dark Matter, you will scorch it, apparently… If you enjoy this podcast, please consider supporting us on Patreon.
54 minutes | Mar 16, 2021
And Now I know my ABC’s
This week on our show, we take a look at the ABC’s of cycling, and learn that Andrew is still unable to say Tiagra… Topic: The ABCs of Cycling jargon. Andrew and Nick learned something during the making of this alphabet. Gear: Andrew’s Pick – Torege Polarized Sports Sunglasses With 3 Interchangeable Lenses Nick’s Pick – Revant Optics – Premium replacement lenses at a fraction of the cost Advice: What should I carry in my saddle bag or jersey pocket? Andrew is a minimalist, Nick is a bit more thorough (or as some would put it…brings the kitchen sink). Dream Bike: Émonda ALR 5 – Phenomenal value for the price and it comes in purple!
59 minutes | Mar 2, 2021
Now That’s A Rack!
In this episode we catch up on our our recent rides, common cycling fears and a mystery dream bike review. Topic: E-Bikes, are they that bad or are they hated darling of the cycling world. Gear: 1up Bike Rack Mavic Cosmic Disc 700c Wheelset Advice: Common Cycling Fears Dream Bike: Scott Contessa Speedster
79 minutes | Feb 23, 2021
Enter The Matrix, err I mean Zwift
In this episode we catch up on our riding progress, training, mechanical issues and Andrew’s zwifting habit. Topic: Zwift, aka the matrix. Check out Zwift. Gear: Headsweats – Cycling Cap Ass Saver Advice: Indoor Training Dream Bike: ORRO – 2021 VENTURI STC ULTEGRA DI2 Resources: TacX Trainer Zwift Zwift Power Elite Trainer
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