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The Rodeo Labs Podcast
68 minutes | 3 months ago
Rodeo Labs Podcast: Episode 11
Across multiple industries, COVID-19 created an initial dip in demand as factories shut down, people quarantined. Global supply chains halted. Now supply while restarted cannot meet the demand. In the bicycle industry, COVID-19 is creating lasting changes and certainly repercussions to business operations. In the meantime, Stephen and I did not see a lot of discussion around what is happening. Some news articles discuss the limited supply of bicycles. As a result, we knew this would be the perfect topic for the podcast.In this episode, a roundtable of folks who work in the bicycle industry (Adam Williams, owner of SloHi Bike Co; Joergen Trepp, owner of Parallel Handbuilt; Sheldon Thompson, lead mechanic at Rodeo Adventure Labs; and Stephen Fitzgerald, owner of Rodeo Adventure Labs) highlight the changes they have implemented to adapt to what is happening. From a stretch of layoffs, to recalling all staff for all hands on deck only a few days later. Overnight changes to business practices had to be implemented. Now, as the day to day settles and a rhythm is found, the industry at large is seeing increased shipping times and subsequently costs. The silver lining is that a downturn creates an opportunity to innovate, to find ways to adapt, try new and bring new things to market. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
68 minutes | 4 months ago
Rodeo Labs Podcast: Episode 10
On the same day that the capital was stormed while the House and Senate were certifying the 2020 election, Stephen and I were scheduled to link back up with Connor Ryan and hear about the Break The (BI)cycle ride. We were stunned. Wondering if we should we carry on with the podcast or reschedule? It is easy to freeze or doom scroll news and social media, but ultimately we want to put something positive into the world. So we sat down with Connor and and we are glad we did!What follows in the episode is a recap of Connor’s ride. Dodging the wildfires in the across the West, Connor started at the Wind River Reservation and finished at the Indigenous owned Bow & Arrow Brewing Company in New Mexico. We talk about the physical toll Connor endured with a massive ramp up in miles. Netting close to 1,000! All the while, Conner was keeping community as the theme of the ride. There is a power in processing in a shared experience. The ride left Connor and Damen invigorated. So much so that Connor details plans to take the momentum from this specific ride into a formalized a non-profit. More rides will be rolled out. At the same time reemphasizing how Break The (BI)cycle ride is NOT just a month-long ride. This is a movement towards supporting Black and Indigenous men’s mental health.Let’s #BreakTheStimga Around Men’s Mental Health75% of all suicides are committed by men while Indigenous men are the highest % and it’s not close.25% of men live with a mental illness but either won’t discuss it or don’t even know how to put language behind what they are going through.Through colonization, slavery and assimilation, Indigenous and Black men lost their roles by design.Black and Indigenous men have not had a true opportunity to identify what they NEED to move forward and become the men our society needs.Stay up to date on what Connor and Break The (BI)cycle are up to @sacredstoke and @breakthebicycle. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
80 minutes | 4 months ago
Rodeo Labs Podcast: Episode 9
On the ninth episode of the podcast, Nik and Stephen catch up with Denver local legend Tom Miller. Tom used to be quite the football quarterback. Tom puts out a max of 32,000 watts in short bursts. Tom has a Hemi. Tom is larger than life. Tom is a regular at Denver group rides and he has been rocking Rodeo colors since 1.0.If Tom isn't at a group ride, he is often found doing 200+ mile days with RMCC. So naturally we discuss what are the motivations behind these epic days and how did he even get started with cycling. 2020 threw a lot at Tom, including a pulmonary embolism scare. Tom has penned some words (found below), in the podcast we discuss how important it is to build friendships. Friends can motivate you, but they can also give perspective when you are too close to something. In this case, knowing when to reach out for help. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
65 minutes | 5 months ago
Rodeo Labs Podcast: Episode 8
On the eighth episode of the podcast, Nik and Stephen virtually catch up with Ashley Carelock and Dr. Seth Wood. They both recently competed in the 2020 Arkansas High Country Race and both set Fastest Known Time(s) (FKT). Your hosts dig into the experience the only way they know how, excitedly asking questions about what happened, like gear choices, or in Seth's case a single gear! The High Country Race is a unique format where the racers can pick the direction to tackle the course, Seth and Ashley break down the importance of this and how they handled gauging their own effort around the racers who went the opposite direction. Bike packing and bike back racing has a lot of ups and downs, it is more than a watts competition. Mental strength and self care to get through a race are critical, we asked what Ashley and Seth brought to get them through the tough moments and their answers speak volumes about their character. Hearing their stories, often unprompted by questions, was brilliant. Seth and Ashley are two resilient people who inspire us, we hope to meet them in person at the start of another adventure someday soon. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
76 minutes | 6 months ago
Rodeo Labs Podcast: Episode 7
On the seventh episode of the podcast, Nik and Stephen dig into which Star Wars movie was best. Just kidding! Rather they regale the trials and tribulations faced when attempting the iconic Kokopelli bike packing route from Fruita, CO to Moab, UT. We cover the motivations behind the trip, gear highlights as well as some choice meals. Most of the recap revolves around how to prep or not prep for a multi day bike pack.For additional details, photos, check the link to our Journal. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
46 minutes | 7 months ago
Rodeo Labs Podcast: Episode 6
On the sixth episode of the podcast, Nik and Stephen sit down with Evan Christenson. We talk about Evan's multitude of bike touring trips, how he ended up getting his second choice pick of a custom bicycle–a Flaanimal 4.0– a bike he immediately took bike-packing in Morocco and Uganda. He seemingly hasn't looked back, but if he isn't out under the stars he has been at protests across the West photographing and taking part in the Black Lives Matter protests and handling customer service at Rodeo Adventure Labs.For additional details, photos, check the link to our Journal. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
59 minutes | 8 months ago
Rodeo Labs Podcast: Episode 5
On the fifth episode of the podcast, Nik and Stephen sit down with Connor Ryan, a Natives Outdoors athlete. We talk about Connor riding 1,000 miles at the Break the (BI)cycle. The focus of this ride is to break the silence around mental health for black and Indigenous men. For Connor, the ride starts on September 10th, and he is up for the long haul and raising awareness!For additional details, photos, and links to resources, check the link to our Journal. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
43 minutes | 8 months ago
Rodeo Adventure Labs Podcast: Episode 4
Rodeo Labs and friends sit down with the Rodeo Adventure Posse and hear their origin story of how they created a space for women to empower other women regardless of what bike or kit you are wearing.Topics range from sharing that spark of riding a bike, onto women specific kits designed by women and making the most of covid while starting a posse. Here we lean into finding inspiration when things are cancelled, how to still get after it and raise awareness for mental health, and finally a run down on a mullet, err business bike build.Check out the Posse on IG, @rodeo.adventure.posse See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
62 minutes | 9 months ago
Rodeo Labs Podcast: Episode 3
On episode 3 of the Rodeo Labs podcast we talk about our recent ride up to Jones Pass and the Continental Divide on our drop bar gravel bikes. Is this sort of riding fun? What sort of gear did we run? What do you need to know before you go?On the second chapter of the podcast we sit down with Logan Jones Wilkins to talk about his recent solo road trip all over the Western US with his Donkey in tow.For full photos, route, and a companion video of the Jone's Pass ride check the link to our Journal. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
47 minutes | 9 months ago
The Rodeo Labs Podcast Episode 2: The Corral
For the second episode of the Rodeo Labs Podcast we had a little huddle and talked about what's been going on lately here at The Lab. One of our goals with this podcast is to give a bit of an unscripted peek behind the curtain and show more of the behind the scenes of what we do.It's been a busy year so there is always a lot to cover. On this episode we talk about the RDO LAB kit release we just dropped and the ongoing Flaanimal 5 launch, manufacturing, building, and delivering saga. Of course we get a little sidetracked as well and talk about whatever else strikes our fancy. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
46 minutes | 9 months ago
Episode 1: Our first podcast + Natalie Starr cycling photographer
On the first ever Rodeo Labs Podcast we warm up by way of a conversation with the talented and awesome Natalie Starr. Natalie is a cyclist and Cycling photographer hailing from Denver, Colorado. With a background in fashion photography under her belt she brings a unique aesthetic to the cycling world. We also talk to Natalie about the origins of her beautiful custom Traildonkey 3 gravel bike which is custom painted in an ornate floral pattern. (which can be seen on our website)Also per our conversation here is Natalie's list of female cycling photographers to follow:Abby Cooper: https://www.instagram.com/abbydells/Michelle Parker: https://www.instagram.com/myshellparkerRuglie Kaladyte: https://www.instagram.com/rugilekaladyte/Robin O’Neill: https://www.instagram.com/robinoneillJen See: https://www.instagram.com/iamjensee/Katie Lozancich: https://www.instagram.com/_katielo/Kristina Vackova: https://www.instagram.com/kiphotomedia/Leslie Kehmeier: https://www.instagram.com/thewideeyedworld/Samantha Dugon: https://www.instagram.com/saskiadugon/Ashley Rosemeyer: https://www.instagram.com/thrashley_photo/Natalie Starr: https://www.instagram.com/natalierstarr/Corie Spruill: https://www.instagram.com/corie.spruill.photography/Brenda Ernst: https://www.instagram.com/e_r_n_s_t_a_g_r_a_m/Gritchelle: https://www.instagram.com/gritchelle/Kylie Fly: https://www.instagram.com/kylie.fly/Amber Hoadley: https://www.amberhoadley.com/Patty V: https://www.instagram.com/pattyvphotography/Emily Sierra: https://www.emilysierra.com/Ronia Nash: https://www.instagram.com/ronianash/Hailey Elise: https://www.hailey-elise.com/photography-portfolioSarah Alvarado: https://www.instagram.com/sarahalvaradophoto/Lisa Paarvio: https://www.instagram.com/lisapaarviophotography/Jessica Wunderlich: https://www.instagram.com/jmwunderlich/?hl=enBérengère Boës: https://www.instagram.com/berengereboes9/Ali Niklas: https://www.instagram.com/alynicklas/Jordan Curet: https://www.instagram.com/jcuret/Leslie Hittmeier: https://www.instagram.com/lesliehittmeier/Emily Tidwell: https://www.instagram.com/lynk_nation/Heather Young: https://www.instagram.com/heather_young_/Emily Maye: https://www.instagram.com/emilymaye/JoJo Harper: https://www.instagram.com/jojoharperphoto/Lian: https://www.instagram.com/saltlake_lian/Additional photographers that are dudes that Natalie recommends:Satchel Cronk: https://www.instagram.com/satchscratch/Joey Schulser: https://www.instagram.com/joeyschusler/John Braynard: https://www.instagram.com/jbraynard/Anthony Smith: https://www.instagram.com/the4color/Dave Trumpore: https://www.instagram.com/davetrumporephoto/Paris Gore: https://www.instagram.com/parisgore/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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