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The Marginal Gains Podcast, presented by Silca is the show that makes a big deal about the little things, and how those little things...can be a big deal. Josh Poertner of Silca, along with Hottie and Fatty, talks about all aspects of cycling — design, manufacturing, marketing, riding, racing, management and most likely every from a thoughtful perspective. It's a podcast for the thinking cyclist.
 
Dan Jones returns to host a brand new podcast brought to you by GreenEdge Cycling. While the world is on lockdown, Jonesy will be chatting to various Mitchelton-SCOTT riders from both the men's and women's teams to find out how they're dealing with life indoors, what they miss most about racing and a lot more. Listeners will also have a chance to put their questions to the riders in the Shimano 'Ask Anything' segment of the show.
 
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In this week’s news roundup podcast, Jack and Simon discuss an exclusive scoop on a couple of juicy patents that suggest Shimano could have an SPD-SL power meter road pedal in the works. Will it ever make it to market? What might it look like if it does? Listen in for all of this and more, then head to BikeRadar.com for all the nitty gritty details…
 
Following on from Katherine Moore’s recent article on BikeRadar.com, Simon and Katherine are joined by Aneela McKenna, a MTB coach and guide for Go Where Scotland, and Zahir Nayani, a British-Asian road and utility cyclist, to discuss why championing and improving diversity in cycling is so important. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out i…
 
If you were to rank the hardest working parts on a bicycle, you’d be hard-pressed to find a component that goes through more than the chain. And keeping that chain working well has become a real obsession for Marginal Gainers. So this episode, we dig into chains, lubes, and who should be using what.
 
2020 has been a rough year for traditional racing, but has brought a surge in interest in Everests and Fastest Known Time (FKT) efforts on well-known courses. And for these solo, pride-of-place FKT attempts, Marginal Gains matter. In this episode, WorldTour-Pro-Roadie-Turned-Gravel-Privateer Pete Stetina nerds out with Josh, Fatty, & Hottie about h…
 
The mountain bike world is full of technological wonders – from hydraulic brakes to highly sophisticated suspension dampers, space-age materials to good old steel. There are plenty more out there that either never quite saw the light of day, or did, but quickly disappeared into obscurity, and it’s these that Tech Eds Tom and Seb discuss here. If yo…
 
Before Open Cycles and the now-famous U.P., Gerard and Josh collaborated in Europe with Test Team Cervelo. Like a lot of guests on this show, Gerard Vroomen is an engineer first. He and Phil White took a school project they started in a basement in Montreal and turned into Cervelo Bikes. Against much bigger companies, their bikes not only revolutio…
 
In this latest Bikeradar meets we catch up with road racing legend Alberto Contador to quiz him on his new venture Aurum bikes and their debut bike the Magma. Aurum is a partnership with fellow grand tour winner & legend Ivan Basso designing bikes they tell us are ‘born from experience’ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
Nobody enjoyed seeing (or hearing about) Chloé Dygert's recent crash, but it was an extraordinary illustration of one of the effects discussed in our most recent episode on Bifurcation. Josh breaks it down (and we all wish her a fast recovery and speedy return to racing). We also discuss UCI frame rules modifications, and how those open the door fo…
 
Jack and Matthew look back over the biggest news stories from BikeRadar over the last few weeks, including the surprise announcement that Rose is pulling out of the UK market – and it’s not for the reason you might think. The pair also talk through Basso’s mad suspension-equipped Tera gravel bike and give early impressions on their latest review bi…
 
What do aircraft wings, the Tacoma Narrows bridge and Coronavirus modeling all have in common? As you may have guessed from the title, it's bifurcation — just about the least intuitive (or predictable) behavior known to humankind. In this episode, we talk about bifurcation and its relation to all of these — as well as how understanding bifurcation …
 
This is an Engineer's episode if there ever was one. Josh talks to James Woolcock of Bastion cycles, a maker of custom frames, or as the site puts it, "Bespoke Luxury Performance Bicycles." As you would expect, these bikes come with a significant price tag, but there's a lot of custom engineering based on a customer’s wants and needs going into eac…
 
If you're considering ways to make your bike faster down the hill, have you thought about coaching? Both Tom and Seb have had numerous coaching sessions in the past, and reckon it's the best way to spend a hundred pounds on your bike/ Pound for pound, it's the most efficient way to upgrade your ride(ing). See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-o…
 
The ‘race of truth’ has been a staple of the Tour de France ever since its first appearance in the 1934 edition, but in recent years the length and quantity of time trials has dwindled at sport’s biggest race. Devoted TT fans Rob, Simon and Jack have joined forces to discuss why this is happening and to make an impassioned plea for a re-think. See …
 
The Tour de France is underway, and we've got questions (and answers) about it. For example, do racers REALLY still ride with tires at 120psi as Phil Liggett suggested? (Hint: no.) Why are riders turning their hoods inward? Is tubeless on the verge of replacing tubular as the wheel setup of choice? We've also got a great crop of questions from our …
 
The Tour de France has been the proving ground for many of the sport’s greatest technological innovations over the years, but what are the greatest ever bits of Tour de France tech? To discuss this and more, four of BikeRadar’s nerdiest staff members convened via the magic of the internet, for a deep dive into the annals of Tour tech history. See a…
 
Diego Costa is the lead mechanic for the Ineos Grenadiers team at this year’s Tour de France. Ahead of the season’s biggest race, we caught up with him to discuss the mechanic’s life on the Tour, why the team hasn’t switched to disc brakes yet and at what point they start building a yellow bike in advance of a potential overall race win. See acast.…
 
Factor is a relatively new name in the industry. But after just a few years in the marketplace, a leading publication put Factor alongside Giant, Specialized and Cannondale as the next bike to own. And Factor has been brought to prominence by Rob Gitelis. In addition to applying his experience as an engineer to build a really terrific bicycle, Rob …
 
Is the Tour de France an incredible celebration of the sport’s best features, or is it old fashioned, complicated and maybe even a little boring? Rob, Alex and Simon share an introspective, free flowing conversation about whether being a fan of bikes of any kind means you should also be a fan of the Tour de France. See acast.com/privacy for privacy…
 
Nick Legan is a name anyone with more than a casual interest in cycling has probably come across. Nick was the tech editor at Velo Magazine and Adventure Cyclist Magazine. He is also the author of the book “Gravel Cycling.” Josh and Nick talk about Gravel riding, bikepacking (not exactly the aero discussion we normally have around these parts but w…
 
Whether you're pushing on the pedals or letting gravity do the work, wind resistance is one of the major factors keeping you from going at warp speed. Road cycling is full of aero this, wind-cheating that, with millions of dollars spent developing (and marketing) the slipperiest of products. But this is a conversation rarely had in mountain biking.…
 
Assistant editor, Jack Luke, and technical writer, Simon Bromley, talk through some the hottest stories published this week on BikeRadar.com, from pictures of what could be Chris Froome’s new bike, to the new Canyon Aeroad and all the juicy details on Mondraker’s latest ultralight XC frameset. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out informati…
 
Seb dives deep into how, why and where suspension tuning works with Jake Ireland of Sprung Suspension. Suspension tuning can seems like a dark art. But what exactly can a tuning company do to improve your (already very sophisticated) mountain bike suspension? And if what they do is so good, why don't the shocks and forks they work on come with thes…
 
With COVID 19 Lockdown restrictions slowly easing across the United Kingdom, many of us have been lucky enough to get back out into the real world and enjoy the pleasures of socially distanced riding with friends, visiting different places and even taking part in the occasional race. With that in mind, Simon, Tom and Felix sat down (virtually) to d…
 
Shortly after setting a new Everesting record — obliterating Alberto Contador's time by 20 minutes — Ronan McLaughlin reached out to Josh with some remarkable news: Silca Products and the Marginal Gains podcast had been an important piece of his extraordinary accomplishment. Needless to say, Josh immediately set up this interview to talk about Rona…
 
We talk to Richard Thorpe CEO & founder of British bike brand GoCycle on how he went from a design engineer at Formula One legends McLaren cars to creating one of the most innovative urban bikes around. Richard shares his thoughts on all-things (go)Cycle, from design choices and the challenges of making something so different, to his hopes for cycl…
 
We've asked you to ask Josh anything (kind of meta, we know), and you do not disappoint. In this episode, however, we completely lose track of the "ask" thing because we are SO GEEKED OUT on Ronan McLaughlin's new Everesting record. If ever there's been a full-circle Marginal Gain moment, this is it. Listen and you'll understand. Eventually, howeve…
 
XC is having a vintage year in 2020, with a raft of new bikes being released. While the Olympics might not be happening, bike development hasn't stopped. We're also seeing the massive growth in 'downcountry' bikes - slacker short-travel trail bikes with plenty of XC DNA woven into their carbon frames. We've tested numerous here at BikeRadar, so Tom…
 
We catch up with the voice of ITV’s Tour de France coverage as he waits anxiously for the 2020 race to get underway and tells us how much he’s missed professional cycling and reveals the secrets of Gary Imlach’s shirts… See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
 
Sean Small of Ruckus Composites is our guest for this episode. This is going to be a great interview for any listener who has spent any amount of time on a carbon bike. Sean is going to reveal a frame’s strong spots and the areas where it is most vulnerable. We also talk about the importance of torque, which company is making the best product and a…
 
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