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Road Is Dead

Road Cycling, Cyclocross, Track or Velodrome Cycling, Bicycle technology, Cycling industry, Racing, Gravel. Discussion and interviews. Like hanging out in a bike shop. Guests from local to national level. The view as we see it from the midwest and more specifically the Chicago area.
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Jun 4, 2018

American Pro is a new book written by Jamie Smith and Published by Velopress. It chronicles the journey of the Astellas team from day one until the final race and podium. 

Astellas being a Chicago based team makes the book amazingly close to home in so many ways for the Chicago Cycling community and yet the stories throughout tell the true story of what it means to be in this sport in the United States. 

As mentioned in the podcast here is the link to buy the books:

https://www.velopress.com/?s=jamie+smith

Also the link to the Bike Forums thread where it all started: https://www.bikeforums.net/road-cycling/200479-we-re-going-yell-you.html

Apr 28, 2018

Its not the cost, attitudes, speed, etc. - Americans don't want to play if they're not the best. Correlations between road license numbers and performance at the top level of the sport.

 

Cast:

Alex Edwards

Anthony Mikos

Robert Curtis 

Apr 24, 2018

It is more often than not becoming the norm for bicycle races to cease paying out any race other than the top men's and women's races. For some (cough - masters racers - cough) this elimination of a payout has become too big of a pill to swallow. 

For this episode we were sent a copy of an actual email that an actual "masters racer" sent to the promoters of a local race. 

Feb 27, 2018

Edwin Bull was in Chicago after the CABDA show so we invited him over to the shop for a podcast and to show off some bikes. We discuss all sorts of things from his background and experience into how the company started, etc. 

Give it a listen and check out their bikes at: https://www.vandesselcycles.com/

Cast:

Edwin Bull - https://www.instagram.com/edwin__bull/

https://www.instagram.com/van_dessel/

Leah Sanda - https://www.instagram.com/lrsanda/

Anthony Mikos - https://www.instagram.com/unstagrum/

Rob Curtis - https://www.instagram.com/psimet/

Feb 9, 2018

We discuss the end of the cyclocross season with some nationals and worlds coverage and impressions. We talk a bit about Aspire Racing and sponsorship. We also cover some winter tech and our own projects. 

Links to our youtube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMJ7ywz2t-2xuApwWlm_OrQ?view_as=subscriber

Cast:

Robert Curtis - PSIMET - https://www.instagram.com/psimet/?hl=en

Anthony Mikos - Tormund Giantsbane - https://www.instagram.com/unstagrum/?hl=en

Leah Sanda - Tawny Kitaen - https://www.instagram.com/lrsanda/?hl=en

Barron Gira - A Young Chevy Chase - https://www.instagram.com/barrongira/?hl=en

Dec 1, 2017

Debbie Dust hops on the phone to discuss the landscape of Domestic Pro Cycling and how it's changed. We discuss a bit of what it means to be a pro and/or at what level is sponsorship seeking and crowdfunding really just having friends pay for your hobby?

Note after the podcast from Debbie: "One other thing about being a "pro" that I didn't mention but is certainly something to include: a pro doesn't take to social media to complain and whine about "sketchy" riding that causes wrecks. A pro knows where to be in the group so they don't get sucked into the "sketchiness." If you don't know "how" to race, yeah, you're going to wreck. Go learn how to race. I was wrecked relatively infrequently in all my years of racing and have very few scars and injuries tied to those years. Even when I wasn't the strongest rider, I still know how to race and ride intelligently. I also never called anyone out unless they were being lazy cuz that's not racing. It's just being an a-hole."

Cast:

Debbie Dust

Anthony Mikos

Robert Curtis

Oct 19, 2017

Cast

Val Brostrom

Leah Sanda

Anthony Mikos

Robert Curtis

Oct 6, 2017

Cast

Kelli Richter

Barron Gira

Leah Sanda

Anthony Mikos

Robert Curtis

Sep 21, 2017

Alex Edwards walks into a bike shop with a 6 pack of beer. What ensues is a bit of a sleep deprived fueled spouting of thoughts regarding many things. 

Cast:

Robert Curtis

Alex Edwards

Anthony Mikos

Buy some Coffee: http://www.psimet.com/category/coffee/

Aug 21, 2017

Good stuff and a bit of a filler until we can talk Bro Deal in the upcoming episodes. We cover the changes to the cross schedule here locally - talk about Ryan Trebon's work and then cover the purchase of Rapha by a private equity firm that has some stretched ties to descendants of the Walmart founding Walton family. Delicious jokes ensue.

 

Cast:

Anthony Mikos - The muddy Redbeard of Bicycles

Barron Gira - Everyone's Prince Charming - will he ever reveal his dark side?

Leah Sanda - 5 seconds of Leah at the end. She was busy practicing her Tawny Kitaen routine for her 35th high school reunion

Rob Curtis - Acting like he didn't have any coffee that morning. 

Aug 4, 2017

We are back after adding coffee to the operation here at PSIMET. Check out our new coffee club or simply order some 11 Jackson Heckler blend:http://www.psimet.com/category/coffee/

We take a look at the current state of tubeless technology as it pertains to Cyclocross racing specifically. In preparation for the episode we discussed the issue with a lot of pros who have had documented success running tubeless in racing scenarios. 

Cast:

Leah Sanda

Anthony Mikos

Gary Dicicco

Robert Curtis

Mar 16, 2017

Part 2 of 3. Great stuff. Stories of the old days.

 

Cast:

Wayne Simon

Kevin Moncrieff

Anthony Mikos

Robert Curtis

Feb 28, 2017

There's name dropping galore in here - Lance, Julich, Hincapie, among many many others. Multi-time bad ass and Enzo's creator and owner Wayne Simon stopped by to kill some time. A little into the discussion Kevin Moncrieff dropped in. Turns out the two have a lot in common. The discussion went for 3 hours - we cut a lot but it's still a 2 part. Enjoy

 

Cast:

Anthony Mikos

Robert Curtis

Leah Sanda (briefly)

Wayne Simon

Kevin Moncrieff

Feb 15, 2017

Cast 

Barron Gira

Anthony Mikos

Rob Curtis

Feb 2, 2017

Jen finishes her discussion of what it is like to be a souigneur and what she sees herself doing in the future. 

 

Cast:

Jen Agan

Anthony Mikos

Robert Curtis

Jan 17, 2017

Cast:

Anthony Mikos

Robert Curtis

Jen Agan

Jan 12, 2017

Laura Van Gilder calls in to discuss a bit of a snub that came from a VeloNews video regarding her win in the women's 50+ cyclocross national championships. They in essence called her a sadbagger. What's a 52 year old supposed to do when they aren't contending the top race anymore? Isn't that what a masters race is for? Is masters supposed to just be for those amateurs that couldn't make it in elites?

 

Cast:

Robert Curtis

Anthony Mikos

Leah Sanda

Laura Van Gilder

Dec 8, 2016

Geoff Siepker stopped by the shop and we stuck a mic in his face and asked him questions. We talk about his background in racing as well as his recent trip and return from Masters Worlds in Belgium. 

Cast:

Anthony Mikos

Robert Curtis

Geoff Siepker

Nov 30, 2016

We get into discussing the post that popped up with Adam Myerson saying he had a bad heckle experience. Barron is back in house and we end up talking to Anthony about training with power. Easy listen. Taped pre-Thanksgiving.

 

Cast:

Anthony Mikos

Barron Gira

Robert Curtis

Nov 19, 2016

We discuss a lot of what is going on in the season - a little bit of #rakegate2016. Some Heckling. The "old" days of chicago cross. Upgrades, Killing the series comp for cat 4, etc

The man Barron Gira - nic-named "tall dark and handsome" and set up in my phone contacts as my "boyfriend" is one of the most genuine and nicest person you will ever meet possessing a voice for radio and the story telling abilities that rival the Bard himself. 

Then there's Matt. He's a criminal................defense lawyer who has some very hard opinions on just about everything but he speaks the truth. He's an old riding and racing buddy that has been with me for all of the racing I have done in the Chicago area.

Then there's Anthony and myself. 

Nov 18, 2016

Rob and Anthony are joined by Brian Piotrowsi and Scott Van Maldegiam to discuss the local cross season so far, the final ever (?) race weekend at Hilton Indian Lakes, and the current state of diplomatic relations in the Middle East.

Oct 31, 2016

Cast - Sydney Guagliardo

Anthony Mikos

Robert Curtis

Nathan Schneeberger

Jared Verbecke

Leah Sanda

Oct 26, 2016

Cast

Jim Canella - ABD - Orange Home Services

Jim Canella

Rob Curtis

Anthony Mikos

Leah Sanda

Oct 20, 2016

Just Anthony and Rob talking about Cyclocross, Jeremy Powers, Tim Johnson, Ryan Trebon, Carpentersville, Jinglecross, Trek, Sven Nys, Katie Compton, Georgia Gould, etc....

Sep 20, 2016

Welcome to the Road Is Dead Episode 11. In this episode I take the opportunity to drive everyone through a bit of the history of how we ended up in the current state of the bike industry as we know it from a retail perspective. Some if it is rather basic but there are tidbits in there that even the most stalwart veteran of the industry will find thought provoking. Many who know me have probably heard this discussion in parts before but most likely not all laid out in this format. I actually took notes and tried to make it concise and coherent.

I'm timing this so people can listen while on their way or while at Interbike. It might spur you to ask some deeper questions over dinner and drinks with individuals whose roles are actually more nemesis than ally.

The next step: open invite to industry insiders to partake in a roundtable discussion that will become one of our future podcasts. We will have to limit the panel and not many will want to go on record so if you have the intestinal fortitude to endure then step up and drop me a line.

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