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50 minutes | Feb 24, 2021
Being Gary Fisher: The godfather of Mountain bikes tells the story behind the sport
Very rarely do we have the chance to ask the inventor of something that changes the world what they were thinking. If you could talk lightbulbs with Thomas Edison, phones with Alexander Graham Bell, what would you say?That’s the conversation we’re having today with Gary Fisher — a man widely credited with the invention and popularization of an entirely new idea that would one day grow to an olympic sport enjoyed by millions across the globe. In this expansive discussion about Gary’s new biography Being Gary Fisher, we cover Gary’s Bay Area California amateur road racing upbringing, his time organizing the Grateful Dead’s first shows, and what led him and a collection of free thinkers to leave the pavement behind to “ride bikes in the woods.” Learn about the evolution of the mountain bike, its trial-and-error development, and rise in popularity. We’ll also talk about how mountain biking evolved into an olympic sport, how Trek got involved, and reveal some of Gary’s favorite places to ride, reminiscing on some of Gary’s most iconic bikes along the way.
40 minutes | Apr 20, 2020
WSJ sports columnist Jason Gay talks writing, riding, and surviving in NYC during COVID
On this episode of Better With Bikes, we’re happy to welcome Wall Street Journal sports columnist, author, and bike nut Jason Gay. Jason joined Mark and Eric, all from their respective living rooms, to talk about COVID-19’s impact on the cycling world, among other things.Together, they discuss the sports world as a whole during the pandemic, talk about what it’s like to be the “bike guy” in the office, and provide a few tips for other aspiring stay-at-home virtual cyclists.
49 minutes | Apr 14, 2020
The science of safety: A talk with the brilliant creators of the WaveCel helmet
Cycling has changed drastically over the last 30 years. Advances in materials science and engineering technology have propelled bike development to places folks previously couldn’t imagine. But despite this boom, a critical piece of the puzzle remained unchanged, stuck in the early 80s: helmet safety technology. Today on the Better With Bikes podcast, you’ll meet the three brilliant minds responsible for bringing WaveCel technology to the forefront of the cycling community.Our host, Mark, and first-time co-host, Eric, sit down with Dr. Steve Madey and biomedical engineer Dr. Michael Bottlang, creators of WaveCel. Trek’s Lead Helmet Designer, Tony White, joins the conversation to discuss how the new safety tech was brought to Trek Bicycle.Together, they’ll discuss how WaveCel came to be, how the technology works, and why it’s so important for the future of cranium protection across the cycling realm and beyond.
72 minutes | Mar 27, 2020
Pedaling through the cold: One polar adventurer & climate change activist’s ride to the South Pole
Eric Larsen is a seasoned adventurer, expedition guide, dog musher, and educator who’s spent the last fifteen years traveling to some of Earth’s most remote remaining places. That’s quite the rap sheet. But his greatest achievement has been sharing his passion for the outdoors with others, educating them on humanity’s impact on our planet. Today, we’re talking with Eric about his polar adventures and how he’s worked to bring awareness to the climate change conversation through his expeditions. There are plenty of inspiring, goofy stories, and Eric’s unique perspective and determined attitude is quite a treat. We sure enjoyed having him in the studio, and hope you learn something helpful while listening to our chat.
34 minutes | Jan 21, 2020
Ruth Winder and Tayler Wiles: Cycling squad goals
Cycling is always better when you’re doing it with the people you enjoy most. For Trek-Segafredo professional women’s team athletes and best friends Ruth Winder and Tayler Wiles, riding for the same team was the opportunity to create a friendship that goes far beyond bikes. On this episode, we’ll dispel some myths about women’s cycling, find out how the dynamic duo spends their off-season, and talk about how these two peas in a pod grew to become the “light-hearted core of the team”.
27 minutes | Jan 8, 2020
Mads Pedersen: Why pro cycling’s biggest shock of the year shouldn’t surprise you
Cycling is a sport known for its rising stars, but it’s not often one of those bright young athletes finds himself shooting straight to the top. At just 23 years old, racing in some of the worst weather the world championship series has ever seen, Mads Pedersen stood atop the podium when the smoke cleared.People were shocked by the outcome, but if you really knew Mads — well, you wouldn’t be all that surprised. Mads, along with his Trek-Segafredo Men’s and Women’s teammates, stopped into Trek HQ for our annual Team Camp. While he was here, we found a few minutes to talk about racing, marriage, pastries, and learn what a world champion orders at McDonald’s.
34 minutes | Dec 16, 2019
Luke Bryan: Huntin’, Fishin’ and Ridin’ Every Day
On this episode of Better with Bikes, we sit down with country music star Luke Bryan. Luke stopped into Trek’s Waterloo, WI headquarters during his annual Farm Tour to spend some time talking bikes and sharing stories with the Trek Family. In addition to a Q&A with Trek employees, you’ll hear about how one of country music’s brightest stars became a passionate cyclist, got comfortable wearing “froufrou pants”, how cycling keeps him in shape when he’s on tour, and more.
42 minutes | Nov 18, 2019
Jolanda Neff: Cycling’s Triple Threat
At only 26 years old, Jolanda Neff has already achieved a somewhat mythical reputation in the cycling world. Racing professionally in three — yes, three — disciplines (road, mountain, and cyclocross) brings its own set of unique challenges, but Jolanda still has plenty of fun.On this installment of Better with Bikes, we sit down with the former World Champion, European Champion, and multiple-time World Cup winner to discuss how Jolanda got her start in the sport, why she’s surprised to find herself in a professional career, and the differences between the three disciplines she races.We’ll also cover her growing acting portfolio, how she ended up a Tennessee state champion, and settle the “Swiss vs. Belgian chocolate” debate once and for all.
57 minutes | Oct 29, 2019
Bo Knows Bikes: How the world’s greatest athlete gives back through cycling
On this installment of Better With Bikes, Mark sits down with the legendary Bo Jackson. Widely considered the greatest athlete of all time, Bo’s not just a fierce competitor — he’s a caring, passionate person with an unshakable love for his community. When Alabama was torn apart by tornadoes in 2011, Bo knew he had to pull the community back together. Thus, Bo Bikes Bama was born.Listen in to hear about the origins of Bo Bikes Bama, the ride’s impact on the community, what Bo does to escape being Bo, and much, much more.
32 minutes | Oct 8, 2019
Building a better Bat Cage: Bureo’s ocean plastic solution
Marine pollution is a massive issue that’s plaguing our planet. Through Trek’s partnership with the NextWave consortium, we were introduced to Bureo, a company that recycles hundreds of thousands of tons of fishing nets from the ocean. On this episode, we’ll talk to Bureo’s founder, David Stover, to discuss the massive problem of ocean pollution and learn what we can do about it. We’ll tell Bureo’s story, discuss how plastics threaten the Earth’s fragile ecosystems, and unpack ways both companies and consumers alike can reduce waste and give Mother Nature the helping hand she deserves.
64 minutes | Sep 17, 2019
Growing up Jens: The unconventional childhood of a cycling legend
You surely know Jens Voigt from his storied career and reputation as one of cycling’s hardest workers — but once you hear his whole story, you’ll love this cycling great even more. Today, this cycling legend joins us in the studio to talk about growing up in East Germany, his cycling career, his family life, and — believe it or not — his newfound passion in the world of birds.
39 minutes | Sep 3, 2019
Same pain, same gain: Why an equal pay World Cup matters for cyclocross
What exactly is Cyclocross? Where did this cycling oddball come from? And what makes it such a fun sport for both spectators and athletes alike?On this episode, we chat with Scott Daubert (Trek’s Race Shop Manager) and Ellen Noble (Professional athlete) to talk all things CX. They’ll dig into Trek’s dedication to ‘cross, the relationships that shaped the sport’s first equal pay World Cup, what it means to be a professional racer, and more.Along the way, Scott provides sneak peaks at the 2019 event, insight on how this year’s course layout came to be, and shows why World Cup Waterloo is cycling’s biggest FOMO-inducing event.
45 minutes | Jul 3, 2019
Return to Earth: Anthill Films and Jackson Goldstone take us inside this year’s biggest release
On this episode, we sit down with Anthill Films' Return to Earth Cinematographers Colin Jones and Matt Butterworth to talk about the filming process, what it takes to secure the perfect soundtrack, and the message behind the film. 15 year-old bike park phenom Jackson Goldstone joins the conversation to discuss growing up with bikes and offers a behind-the-scenes rider's perspective.
28 minutes | Jul 3, 2019
The representation cycling needs now: How Black Girls Do Bike is changing cycling with founder Monica Garrison
Black Girls Do Bike started life as an online community, but quickly blossomed into much, much more. BGDB now proudly gives a voice to two of the most under-represented and under-served groups of the cycling community. We sat down with Monica Garrison, Founder of Black Girls Do Bike, to talk about how the organization came to life, how "Sheroes" offer support and guidance for new riders, and the program's future in cycling advocacy.
21 minutes | Jul 3, 2019
Bikes over blitzes: NFL Legend Brett Favre talks why life after football is best spent on a bike
When we heard our favorite Super Bowl Champion would be hanging around Trek HQ for the afternoon, we couldn't help but ask him to hop on the mic. On this installment of Better with Bikes, we chat with NFL gunslinger Brett Favre about how cycling became a bigger part of daily life than he'd ever imagined. From hitting jumps in Hattiesburg to racing hills with Bo Jackson, we'll discuss how bikes offer a new outlet for Brett's competitive nature, keep him (more than) fit on a daily basis, how he and his wife met, and more.
19 minutes | Jul 2, 2019
What the Tour takes: Trek-Segafredo's Luca Guercilena and Toms Skujins preview the 2019 Tour de France
On this episode of Better with Bikes, we chat with General Manager Luca Guercilena and rider Toms Skujiņš of Trek–Segafredo as they hit the road, prepping for the Tour de France. You'll hear about Luca's transition from military officer to team manager and what it’s like to manage a team through one of sport’s most competitive and challenging events. Toms Skujiņš walks us through the preparations for life on tour what it is about potatoes he enjoys so much, and what it’s like to be engaged to a fellow professional cyclist. We’ll also see just how much the new Latvian National Champion knows about his home country.
3 minutes | Jun 27, 2019
Better with Bikes: Preview
On this episode, you'll meet your host, Mark Joslyn and catch a glimpse into our first few episodes. Stay tuned — more content is on the way shortly. We can't wait to share the good stuff we've got in store.
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