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Nerd Alert podcast: Flat tires and sketchy brakes — it’s Field Test time again!

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Nerd Alert podcast: Flat tires and sketchy brakes — it’s Field Test time again!

This week’s Nerd Alert episode comes to you live from Steamboat Springs, Colorado, where we’ve assembled four testers and a video team to evaluate ten different bikes. We’ve split them into six gravel and four road models this time around, with a focus on lower-priced options. The full reveal will come a bit later once we’re all done with testing, but let’s just say some of the bikes have already genuinely surprised us with how good they are, while others have made some unforgivable missteps.

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Freewheeling: Tour de Suisse was epic

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Freewheeling: Tour de Suisse was epic

Epic is a word that is potentially overused but no doubt applied to the battle that was the Tour de Suisse. A race that will be WorldTour in 2023, and definitely earned that right this year. The Freewheeling team gather to discuss the four-day stage race and the new additions to the WorldTour calendar next season.

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Nerd Alert podcast: Does the world really need another premium bike brand?

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Nerd Alert podcast: Does the world really need another premium bike brand?

If you’ve got a decent chunk of change and are looking for a higher-end carbon drop-bar bike, there’s certainly no shortage of good options — and probably too many of them, in fact. So why on earth would someone think it’s a good idea to start yet another one given this hyper-competitive environment?

Well, that’s just what the folks at Bridge Bike Works are doing in Toronto, Canada. The company’s first bike sounds interesting enough, but the story behind the brand is arguably more compelling. And that’s exactly what this week’s Nerd Alert deep dive covers.

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CyclingTips Podcast: L’Anticipation

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CyclingTips Podcast: L'Anticipation

The Tour de Suisse is over, the Dauphiné is over, Slovenia is over. The Tour de France is coming. This week the crew breaks down where the contenders stand, argues over Thibaut Pinot’s future, and laments some argy-bargy in Belgium.

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Freewheeling: Bonus seconds and live coverage at the Women’s Tour

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Freewheeling: Bonus seconds and live coverage at the Women's Tour

This week we chat about all the action from the Women’s Tour, the live coverage, and more.

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CyclingTips Podcast: Who is the real Tour leader at Jumbo-Visma?

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CyclingTips Podcast: Who is the real Tour leader at Jumbo-Visma?

The Criterium du Dauphine has wrapped up and, as usual, it answers some questions and creates some others ahead of the Tour de France. Jumbo-Visma was hugely impressive, but will that mean anything when Tadej Pogacar shows up?

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CyclingTips Podcast: Powering Rupert Guinness across America

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CyclingTips Podcast: Powering Rupert Guinness across America

We have a special episode this week. Caley sits down with longtime friend of the podcast (and Tour de France podcast host) Rupert Guinness, who is less than a week from starting the Race Across America. He’ll race 4,900 km in 12 days, riding 18-20 hours per day. What will power him through?

You can follow Rupert’s efforts on Instagram and via the RAAM website.

A warning for listeners: this episode discusses mental health, sexual abuse, and disordered eating.

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Nerd Alert podcast: So. Many. New. Bikes.

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Nerd Alert podcast: So. Many. New. Bikes.

June is turning out to be an exceptionally hot month in terms of new bike releases, and Ronan joins James and Dave as a special guest on the Nerd Alert podcast to help us talk through them all. Although we don’t have official information just yet, we know a new Trek Madone, Giant Propel, Canyon Ultimate, and Scott Foil are all likely to be announced within the next few weeks — and thanks to revamped UCI technical regulations, there’s once again some legitimately unique thinking going on in terms of design features.

We also dissect Pinarello’s new Grevil F gravel race bike, chat about Dave’s favourite bikes from the Handmade Bicycle Show Australia, and wrap up with another round of Ask a Mechanic.

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Freewheeling: Rebecca McConnell on her recent winning streak

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Freewheeling: Rebecca McConnell on her recent winning streak

Amy Jones caught up with current World Cup XCO leader Rebecca McConnell ahead of the next round of racing in Leogang, Austria.

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Nerd Alert podcast: Things that shouldn’t break 

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Nerd Alert podcast: Things that shouldn’t break 

Modern bikes are marvellous creations, forever pushing engineering boundaries with a continued focus on lighter, faster, and sleeker. However, that raises a big question: is the bicycle industry flying a little close to the sun when it comes to safety?

It’s exactly this concern that this week’s Nerd Alert deep dive episode covers. Join James and Dave as they speak with world-renowned carbon fibre repair, testing, and inspection expert Raoul Luescher of Melbourne-based Luescher Teknik.

The conversation covers existing test standards related to forks, the perceived gaps in those standards, where the industry could (and should) do more, and some helpful hints for safety checking what’s arguably the most critical part of your bike.

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CyclingTips Podcast: How many pineapple pizzas out of five?

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CyclingTips Podcast: How many pineapple pizzas out of five?

The first Aussie winner of the Giro d’Italia, an Ineos that didn’t get what it was coming for, and a superstar who embraced memehood. The crew sit down to discuss (and rate) this year’s Giro.

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Freewheeling: Does a hat trick count if no one could watch it?

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Freewheeling: Does a hat trick count if no one could watch it?

Loren, Amy and Tilda discuss the two unseen stages of RideLondon as well as the final (downtown) London circuit. Meanwhile, over in Germany, the LOTTO Thüringen Tour featured dominant performances by Team BikeExchange-Jayco and provided live coverage of all six stages.

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CyclingTips Podcast: The Giro’s perfect final weekend

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CyclingTips Podcast: The Giro's perfect final weekend

We’ve reached the final weekend of the Giro d’Italia, just one big mountain stage and one time trial to go. Only three seconds separate the top two. Does it get any better?

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From the Top: Building Rocket Espresso

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From the Top: Building Rocket Espresso

Rocket Espresso is not a cycling brand per se, but it’s arguably the best-known coffee brand within the orbit of our own little cycling world. 

Most cyclists have an appreciation for the sort of beautiful, mechanical, craftsmanship that Rocket does so wonderfully. It’s easy to see why the brand connects so strongly with cyclists.

New Zealander Andrew Meo is the co-founder of Rocket Espresso and it’s no coincidence that the brand found its way into cycling. Andrew is a lifelong avid cyclist and  his passion for coffee didn’t come until a bit later in his life …

I hope you enjoy the tale of Andrew’s remarkable journey across the globe that lifted coffee machines to a whole new level.

Thank you to Malcolm Bloedel for producing this episode and Ashley de Neef for composing the music.


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CyclingTips Podcast: The mountains are here

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CyclingTips Podcast: The mountains are here

Saturday’s thrilling Giro stage can teach us lessons about creating chaos and excitement in the middle of Grand Tours. Caley, Ronan, Kit, and Shoddy sit down to talk through the weekend’s racing, plus look ahead at the mountainous final week.

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Freewheeling: Vuelta a Burgos offered daily opportunities for “new” names

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Freewheeling: Vuelta a Burgos offered daily opportunities for "new" names

This week Tilda joins Loren, Amy, and Gracie to chat about the Vuelta a Burgos, where some familiar names who haven’t won yet notched impressive victories. Coming up we’ve got two stage races in the U.K., but neither will have the UCI’s minimum live coverage. Should they be kicked out of the WorldTour in 2023?

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CyclingTips Podcast: Girmay makes history

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CyclingTips Podcast: Girmay makes history

It was a thrilling week of racing at the Giro d’Italia, from a historic stage win for Biniam Girmay to breakaway victory to the first Italian stage win. It came with surprises too, not least of which was a cork straight to Girmay’s eye. Caley, Ronan, Jonny, and Shoddy break it all down.

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Nerd Alert podcast: A little honesty goes a long way 

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Nerd Alert podcast: A little honesty goes a long way 

It’s time for another Nerd Alert podcast group show. This week the original cast of James Huang, Dave Rome, and Caley Fretz get together to chat about the latest in cycling tech.

Roval has finally cleared the air on why its earlier Rapide CLX and Alpinist CLX wheels weren’t tubeless-compatible when they launched in 2020, and while the final outcome is positive, it would’ve been nice if it hadn’t also come with a healthy dose of obfuscation for the past two years.

We also give Wilco Kelderman a lesson in how bikes work, speculate about Campagnolo’s mysterious new wheels spotted at the Giro, discuss some new hardware developments at Zwift (or lack thereof, as the case may be), and reveal why you shouldn’t wash your bike like Peter Sagan. 

And we finish with the always-present Ask a Mechanic segment.

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Freewheeling: WWT stage race season is underway at Itzulia Women

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Freewheeling: WWT stage race season is underway at Itzulia Women

The ladies of Freewheeling get together to chat about Itzulia Women, the opening three-day stage race of the Women’s WorldTour season. SD Worx showed up with only four riders but was hands down the winningest team of the weekend. Still, a few teams look to be gaining some momentum.

There were a few significant takeaways before we look to the next stage race Volta a Burgos on Thursday.

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CyclingTips Podcast: Shows of strength and signs of trouble at the Giro

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CyclingTips Podcast: Shows of strength and signs of trouble at the Giro

In this week’s episode: The first real GC day, a glorious Thomas De Gendt breakaway, and Mathieu van der Poel’s tactical nous (or lack thereof) highlighted a week of racing at the Giro d’Italia. Caley, Ronan, Amy, and Shoddy are back to discuss it all and look ahead to the sprint days to come. 

Plus, Shoddy reports in from Itzulia Women and Amy explains why Demi Vollering has been simply unbeatable. 

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