It’s been nearly 5 months since my last installment of my “favorite interviews” from Diane Lees’ weekly show on WJCU, The Outspoken Cyclist, so I figured an update was new. As a reminder, Diane is a long-time friend as well as the producer and host of the Outspoken Cyclist on WJCU in Cleveland, Ohio. Her program airs every Saturday evening at 5:30 and you can download shows after the fact from either the WJCU – Outspoken Cyclist webpage or at the iTunes Store.
However, before providing my latest compendium of “must listen-to shows” I feel compelled to share a link to the complete version of John Lee Hooker’s song “The Healer” that Diane uses as bumper music for her show. Despite having listened to the bumper more times than I can count, I’m still mesmerized by the rhythm section and flute intro. Oh yeah, and that guy Carlos is pretty good on the guitar.
As in my previous updates, the interviews I’ve listed here (with descriptions by sound engineer Greg Priddy) are simply the ones I found to be the most interesting, which is not to say the others weren’t uninteresting… as that’s not the case. In fact, all of the interviews have been interesting and informative but we all have our biases and preferences and I’m a geek, so the bike industry ones resonate with me more so than any others.
- Ron Burzese, Bicyclingblind.org; Bina Bilenky, BCW & Maynard Hershon – 10/29/2011: We have three guests who are simply wonderful people, each with a great story to tell. Ron Burzese is a competitive cyclist who has raced in numerous Texas state championships, a world championship, and nearly qualified for the Athens Paralympics. And he achieved all this without eyesight! Ron is a blind tandem stoker who works as a certified travel instructor for other blind people. Along with a few other like-minded people, Ron started the U.S. Blind Cycling Connection a little less than two years ago. Bicyclingblind.org helps connect sighted captains with vision-impaired stokers, and opens up a whole new world for folks whose legs and lungs refuse to to obey the limits of their eyes. We have a short, but fun conversation wth Bina Bilenky, who’s the organizer of the Philly Bike Expo, which is happening this weekend in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. And to wrap up the hour is Maynard Hershon who will bring us an amazing story that also happens to be 100% true. Not to be missed! Play in new window | Download
- Interbike Interviews: Peter Enright (Phil Wood) & Craig Calfee (Calfee Design), & Nelson Vails – 9/17/2011: It’s mid-September, and that means it’s time for… Interbike. Diane got to conduct Outspoken Cyclist interviews in the official media booth right on the show floor! So this week’s show is all about the guests, and there are plenty of them, so let’s jump right in: Peter & Garrett Enright, of Phil Wood & Co., makers of legendary hubs, bottom brackets, and other bulletproof components (and even some non-bicycle stuff); Craig Calfee of Calfee Design; Nelson Vails, former track cycling great, and one of Diane’s few true heroes. Play in new window | Download
- Ross Shafer, Six-Nine Design – 8/27/2011: Diane welcomes one of the true Renaissance people of bicycling. Ross Shafer has done a bunch of cool things in his career, including launching and running Salsa Cycles from 1981 to 1997. These days, Ross runs his own design, fabrication and consulting company calledSix-Nine Design from his home base in Petaluma, California. Play in new window | Download
- Richard Schwinn, Waterford Precision Cycles – 8/13-2011: Richard Schwinn, of Waterford Precision Cycles has appeared on the show before, but he always has something fresh, interesting and worthwhile to say. Today is no exception, as Richard and Diane cover frame materials, bike polo and the economics of transportation. Play in new window | Download
Tom Kellogg, Spectrum Cycles – 8/6/2011: Tom has raced motorcycles, still races bicycles, and has been a frame builder since 1976, building and designing under his own name, as well as Ross, Merlin, and now Spectrum Cycles. We’re delighted to have Tom on The Outspoken Cyclist this week; we think you’ll be entertained, informed, and inspired. Be sure to stay with us during the second half of the hour for a discussion on high speed bike shimmy. Play in new window | Download