Cycle Jerks Podcast

Cycle Jerks

Conversation for the love of bikes...all of them. We can't promise that it won't get too nerdy at times but always try to keep it fun and entertaining. We will touch on subject matter ranging in topics for newbies to the hardcore racer and everyone in between. Cyclocross, bike packing, road, mtb, bmx, gravel or just riding in general ...we got ya covered. Interviews with athletes and industry insiders as well as stories that will hopefully entertain as well as inspire you to ride.

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Cycle Jerks Podcast episode 145 with Bike Racing legend turned Paralympian Tara Llanes
May 2 2024
Cycle Jerks Podcast episode 145 with Bike Racing legend turned Paralympian Tara Llanes
In this Episode we are joined by Tara Llanes. Tara had a prolific career as a bike racer that included many championships in BMX that put her in the BMX Hall of Fame, as well as several National Championships on the Mountain bike in both 4 cross and Downhill.  Her professional Mountain Bike racing career was cut short due a crash while racing in Colorado that caused a catastrophic injury to her back that left her paralyzed in 2007. Tara and Mike have a special history together as they both were associated with Giant Bicycles at the time of the crash and Mike was recruited to help with the first Race For Tara thanks to Livermore Locals Thayne and Brian Bolin, both big fans of Tara. The initial race was simply to raise money to help with Taras recovery but later shifted focus to charities involved with recovery. We ran this race for 5 years and raised lots of money thanks to the mountain bike community. We don't talk much about the event during the podcast because there are so many other great things to talk about with Tara but thought you would like to know the connection and the history.  In the podcast we talk about her prolific career in bike racing, her recovery from injury, some of the challenges and what it took to get her off the Oxy that she had been abusing since the injury. Additionally we talk about her current passion wheelchair basketball and how she became a Paralympian. Her experience in the covid Olympics in 2021 and the upcoming Paris 2024 Olympics. We also discuss life after basketball. This was maybe our longest episode but definitely one you don't want to miss. Support the Show.Thanks for listening and following along with our podcasts. We are available on all streaming platforms and most recently we have started uploading episodes to Youtube. If you like what we are doing please leave a comment or a positive review, additionally you can become a subscriber at cylejerkspodcast.buzzsprout.com. We would love to hear from you! Please send all show or guest suggestions to cyclejerkspodcast2023@gmail.com Episodes 1-129 feature intro and Outro music from Beau Grants band Ranchero.. Intro/Outro music from Episode 130 on is from the creative group "All Good Folks Music" and the voiceover is Dave, Mike and Madison. Music from #Uppbeat (free for Creators!):https://uppbeat.io/t/all-good-folks/jump-aroundLicense code: XHVEWTI3ELIY5T8M
Ep 143 Mount Diablo Trails Alliance Mark Moskowitz
Apr 18 2024
Ep 143 Mount Diablo Trails Alliance Mark Moskowitz
We, like many off road riders, are often frustrated by the lack of "legal" trail access. This week we spoke with Mark Moskowitz of the Mount Diablo Trails Alliance. The Alliance is a band of volunteer Trail Champions working to maintain and repair trails on Mount Diablo with a focus on safety, preservation and equitable access. Mark shared the extensive Road & Trail Management Plan to expand shared access on new and existing trails within the Park and how their work is a blue print for other State and Regional Parks. He also dispelled the myth that many Parks are "anti-mountain bike". According to Mark most are just resource constrained which is why the Trails Alliance efforts are so critical.  Support the Show.Thanks for listening and following along with our podcasts. We are available on all streaming platforms and most recently we have started uploading episodes to Youtube. If you like what we are doing please leave a comment or a positive review, additionally you can become a subscriber at cylejerkspodcast.buzzsprout.com. We would love to hear from you! Please send all show or guest suggestions to cyclejerkspodcast2023@gmail.com Episodes 1-129 feature intro and Outro music from Beau Grants band Ranchero.. Intro/Outro music from Episode 130 on is from the creative group "All Good Folks Music" and the voiceover is Dave, Mike and Madison. Music from #Uppbeat (free for Creators!):https://uppbeat.io/t/all-good-folks/jump-aroundLicense code: XHVEWTI3ELIY5T8M
Ep 140 Mike and Dave talking Classics and tough climbs! One in Nor Cal the other in Hawaii
Mar 28 2024
Ep 140 Mike and Dave talking Classics and tough climbs! One in Nor Cal the other in Hawaii
Couple of old dudes talking bike racing and the overall health of the world tour right now. It has never been better in our estimation! Who is your favorite right now? Tadej? MVDP? Jonas?  Mads? Jasper? Bernal? Wout? Powless?  The list in long and getting longer every year on the mens side with all of the young talent entering the World Tour stage? Not to mention the exciting racing that is happening on the womens side! It is so great to see Womens Professional Cycling finally getting the credit and airtime it deserves. Whos you favorite? Kopecky? Vollering? Vos?  Niewiadoma?Wiebes? Van Vleuten? Balsamo? Dygert? Its a great time to be a fan of cycling! Also we chat about Mikes recent attempt at Mauna Kea and Dave chats about a local climb here in Nor Cal Del Porto Canyon. Good times! Support the Show.Thanks for listening and following along with our podcasts. We are available on all streaming platforms and most recently we have started uploading episodes to Youtube. If you like what we are doing please leave a comment or a positive review, additionally you can become a subscriber at cylejerkspodcast.buzzsprout.com. We would love to hear from you! Please send all show or guest suggestions to cyclejerkspodcast2023@gmail.com Episodes 1-129 feature intro and Outro music from Beau Grants band Ranchero.. Intro/Outro music from Episode 130 on is from the creative group "All Good Folks Music" and the voiceover is Dave, Mike and Madison. Music from #Uppbeat (free for Creators!):https://uppbeat.io/t/all-good-folks/jump-aroundLicense code: XHVEWTI3ELIY5T8M
Ep 133 The Luna Cycling Family
Feb 8 2024
Ep 133 The Luna Cycling Family
In this episode we meet up with Joel Luna and his 2 boys Josh and Jacob.  Joel grew up in the Philippines and moved to the US at age 15. He raced bikes there before coming to the US and has also raced here but this episode is focused on his two boys and their life racing bikes. Josh 18 and Jacob 14 are racing road bikes and doing quite well. They are both racing for teams and developing as young cyclists. Mom and Dad have given them tremendous support and have even gone so far as to dedicate a room in their house for smart trainers and Zwift sessions. These sessions often include the boys and Mom and Dad! The boys share stories of and some of their challenges of racing and training while juggling a full-time school schedule.  From where we are sitting it seems like they are doing quite well. Neither of them really focusses on climbing and yet at this year's Mt. Diablo Challenge they managed to both ride sub 55 minutes which is very respectable at any age! Support the Show.Thanks for listening and following along with our podcasts. We are available on all streaming platforms and most recently we have started uploading episodes to Youtube. If you like what we are doing please leave a comment or a positive review, additionally you can become a subscriber at cylejerkspodcast.buzzsprout.com. We would love to hear from you! Please send all show or guest suggestions to cyclejerkspodcast2023@gmail.com Episodes 1-129 feature intro and Outro music from Beau Grants band Ranchero.. Intro/Outro music from Episode 130 on is from the creative group "All Good Folks Music" and the voiceover is Dave, Mike and Madison. Music from #Uppbeat (free for Creators!):https://uppbeat.io/t/all-good-folks/jump-aroundLicense code: XHVEWTI3ELIY5T8M
EP 132 World Bicycle Relief with Alex Gee
Feb 1 2024
EP 132 World Bicycle Relief with Alex Gee
This episode we are joined by Alex Gee of World Bicycle Relief (WBR). Alex is a Community Marketing Associate for this great organization. WBR has provided hundreds of thousands of bikes to people in need in 6 different countries. 779,000 to be exact with a goal of 1Mill by 2025! These are not just any bike, they have been specifically designed to be ultra simple and durable. They call them Buffalo's, it is a 50lb beast of a bike that is made to be ultra durable and capable of carrying up to 220lbs of cargo. The bicycles that are donated help people in need with getting around in a more efficient way. This can mean the difference between a child going to school or not, being able to get water to the family in less than half the time,  healthcare in a timely manner, etc. All kinds of fantastic outcomes that are made possible thanks to the increased mobility of the bicycle. As you can imagine this can be life changing not just for the recipient but his surrounding friends and family as well.  WBR has done extensive studies on the effectiveness of this program and have found that one bicycle typically serves 5 people in these communities. For as little as $165 you can provide a complete Buffalo bicycle and change lives forever. The donated bicycles are just part of the story with WBR be sure to listen to this one and check out their website at www.worldbicyclerelief.org you can also find great content on youtube. Support the Show.Thanks for listening and following along with our podcasts. We are available on all streaming platforms and most recently we have started uploading episodes to Youtube. If you like what we are doing please leave a comment or a positive review, additionally you can become a subscriber at cylejerkspodcast.buzzsprout.com. We would love to hear from you! Please send all show or guest suggestions to cyclejerkspodcast2023@gmail.com Episodes 1-129 feature intro and Outro music from Beau Grants band Ranchero.. Intro/Outro music from Episode 130 on is from the creative group "All Good Folks Music" and the voiceover is Dave, Mike and Madison. Music from #Uppbeat (free for Creators!):https://uppbeat.io/t/all-good-folks/jump-aroundLicense code: XHVEWTI3ELIY5T8M
Ep 131 Kendra Ramsey Executive Director of California Bike Coalition
Jan 25 2024
Ep 131 Kendra Ramsey Executive Director of California Bike Coalition
Kendra Ramsey joins us from the California Bicycle Coalition.  If you are not familiar with the organization they work on transportation infrastructure and focus improving safety and access for all to navigate cities more comfortably by bike, foot, or mass transit. Kendra knows these needs all too well as she frequently relied on all of them growing up in the city. As you can imagine this had a big impact on her life growing up and has spent much of her adult life working on this in one capacity or another.  We cover what they are working on currently as well as "safe Routes to School" and some of the challenges of securing funding. E Bike's are also playing a big role in planning and expanding opportunities to improve cycling infrastructure for on and off road. For more information, please check out www.calbike.org Also you may notice our new intro/outro. The music is from the creative group "All Good Folks Music" and the voiceover is Dave, Mike and Madison. Music from #Uppbeat (free for Creators!):https://uppbeat.io/t/all-good-folks/jump-aroundLicense code: XHVEWTI3ELIY5T8MSupport the Show.Thanks for listening and following along with our podcasts. We are available on all streaming platforms and most recently we have started uploading episodes to Youtube. If you like what we are doing please leave a comment or a positive review, additionally you can become a subscriber at cylejerkspodcast.buzzsprout.com. We would love to hear from you! Please send all show or guest suggestions to cyclejerkspodcast2023@gmail.com Episodes 1-129 feature intro and Outro music from Beau Grants band Ranchero.. Intro/Outro music from Episode 130 on is from the creative group "All Good Folks Music" and the voiceover is Dave, Mike and Madison. Music from #Uppbeat (free for Creators!):https://uppbeat.io/t/all-good-folks/jump-aroundLicense code: XHVEWTI3ELIY5T8M
Ep 130 The CyclingCEO Monica B
Jan 18 2024
Ep 130 The CyclingCEO Monica B
Monica has created a wonderful life thanks to Cycling. She believes Cycling saved her life as she was working her own PR firm in Hollywood and working 90 hours a week. Crushing it but the work and stress was overwhelming, and it landed her in the hospital with a massive tumor. Thankfully they were able to catch it in time and she has recovered but an event like that made her take a hard look at her life and she knew she had to make a change. While in recovery a friend suggested they go for a short bike ride together, and that was the beginning of her life changing journey with cycling. Since that time, she has ridden her bike across America and has been to 48 states in the US by bike. Additionally she has ridden in 8 countries as well. Born in the Philippines she actually grew up in Los Angeles, and now living in South Korea Monica likes to keep it interesting! She is a true adventurer, she make it easy to follow along or participate in some of her travels thru social media and her website Home - The Cycling CEO . She is the founder of Cycle Travel Club be sure to check out her site or on Social Media, just search thecyclingceo. Also you may notice our new intro/outro. The music is from the creative group "All Good Folks Music" and the voiceover is Dave, Mike and Madison. Music from #Uppbeat (free for Creators!):https://uppbeat.io/t/all-good-folks/jump-aroundLicense code: XHVEWTI3ELIY5T8MSupport the Show.Thanks for listening and following along with our podcasts. We are available on all streaming platforms and most recently we have started uploading episodes to Youtube. If you like what we are doing please leave a comment or a positive review, additionally you can become a subscriber at cylejerkspodcast.buzzsprout.com. We would love to hear from you! Please send all show or guest suggestions to cyclejerkspodcast2023@gmail.com Episodes 1-129 feature intro and Outro music from Beau Grants band Ranchero.. Intro/Outro music from Episode 130 on is from the creative group "All Good Folks Music" and the voiceover is Dave, Mike and Madison. Music from #Uppbeat (free for Creators!):https://uppbeat.io/t/all-good-folks/jump-aroundLicense code: XHVEWTI3ELIY5T8M
Ep 129 Former Pro Skater Mike Rafter
Jan 11 2024
Ep 129 Former Pro Skater Mike Rafter
This was a heavy one! Mike Rafter has lived a very interesting life and had so much success first as a pro skater travelling the world doing demos and contests, and later even worked for Thrasher Mag! After the skate career he tried his hand at owning a couple of skate shops but that is a tough market and had pursue taking a job. Ended up Working at Apple for 10 years and is now working at Vimeo. He has had some incredible highs and some tough lows. Mike opens up about his relationship with his late father and how tough it was and has been since his passing as well as some of his coping mechanisms. Mike has some great advice for all of us regarding our mental health. We talk about this recent marriage last September and buying a house. Life is good, he spends his time riding his bike, going on adventures and taking fantastic pictures. You can check out his artistry on Instagram @raftr This is a good one, give it a listen and let us know what you think. Support the Show.Thanks for listening and following along with our podcasts. We are available on all streaming platforms and most recently we have started uploading episodes to Youtube. If you like what we are doing please leave a comment or a positive review, additionally you can become a subscriber at cylejerkspodcast.buzzsprout.com. We would love to hear from you! Please send all show or guest suggestions to cyclejerkspodcast2023@gmail.com Episodes 1-129 feature intro and Outro music from Beau Grants band Ranchero.. Intro/Outro music from Episode 130 on is from the creative group "All Good Folks Music" and the voiceover is Dave, Mike and Madison. Music from #Uppbeat (free for Creators!):https://uppbeat.io/t/all-good-folks/jump-aroundLicense code: XHVEWTI3ELIY5T8M
Ep 128 Massimo Alpian with Ride for Racial Justice
Dec 21 2023
Ep 128 Massimo Alpian with Ride for Racial Justice
The son of immigrants Massimo grew up in New York City. As a child he convinced his parents to buy him a bike and he learned to ride on the busy streets of New York. As challenging as that may have been he was hooked and the bike has been a significant part of his life ever since. From high school to college and beyond. Speaking of college Massimo holds a Masters Degree from Columbia University in international relations and post graduate degrees from New York University and St Johns. Yeah Dave and I were in over our head with this guy ;) Seriously Massimo is a great guy doing great things as a board member of Ride For Racial Justice (RFRJ). Their mission is to ensure access to resources, education, and community for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Cyclist and to dismantle systemic racism. Learn all about why they started, details of their ambassador program, and whats ahead for RFRJ in this episode. If you would like to learn more visit rideforracialjustice.org and check them out on Instagram @RideForRacialJusticeSupport the Show.Thanks for listening and following along with our podcasts. We are available on all streaming platforms and most recently we have started uploading episodes to Youtube. If you like what we are doing please leave a comment or a positive review, additionally you can become a subscriber at cylejerkspodcast.buzzsprout.com. We would love to hear from you! Please send all show or guest suggestions to cyclejerkspodcast2023@gmail.com Episodes 1-129 feature intro and Outro music from Beau Grants band Ranchero.. Intro/Outro music from Episode 130 on is from the creative group "All Good Folks Music" and the voiceover is Dave, Mike and Madison. Music from #Uppbeat (free for Creators!):https://uppbeat.io/t/all-good-folks/jump-aroundLicense code: XHVEWTI3ELIY5T8M