About The Bicycle Story

The bicycle is a fascinating object. Far more than just a tool to get around, it is an intersection of sport, transportation, politics, environmentalism, art, style, and craft. Cycling’s rich history spans over two centuries and charts a growth from bourgeois hobby to mass-culture pursuit to world-renowned sport, billion-dollar industry, and political tool.

But for all its significance, the bicycle would be nothing without people. The athletes that devote the prime of their life to training and suffering in order to perform their brilliant feats of strength. The artisans that design and build the bicycles and components we ride. The advocates that work tirelessly to open trails and make roads safer to ride on. The dirtbags that get drawn to cycling generation after generation.

The Bicycle Story is a podcast about adventure, heartbreak, political intrigue, philosophy, science, history, and more told by the fascinating people that make cycling so great.

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About Josh

Josh Cohen is an independent journalist in Seattle, Washington. He’s in love with just about all forms of bike riding from two mile rides to the bar to bike touring, mountain biking, cyclocross racing, and beyond.

5 Responses to About

  1. Old school…I never had the nicer road bikes of my day, but I rode the hell out of my Vista and my trusty Takara with cottered cranks. All day jaunts around the city and county, starting at about 11 years old. 10-15 mile runs by a 6th grader were uncommon, but not to me and my group of friends. And BMX excursions? If we knew where a drop-in or a jump or any type of natural obstacle that created the potential to get air, we rode to it, literally crossing town and staying gone all day. I inherited a nice Motobecane from my dad, and from 89-92, I rode my bike to work. I made a homemade strap for my lunch cooler so I could ride w/out having to hold my lunch box. I turned 21 in 1990, and I remember riding downtown to the bank to cash that paycheck and pedaled over to a little dive to legally buy one of my first beers. I have cranked the miles like many other ” bicycle riders ” who never had the luxury of purchasing a new road bike, and having all week-end to crank out planned rides. I recently bought a road bike, ~1992 Specialized Allez, and I mad it a point to get a STEEL frame. It has AL forks, but I am OK wih that. I also own a nice Giant Rincon, a rigid mountain bike, and aside from the gears it rides like a flat bar road bike and I would take nothing for it. It too, is steel and I have had it since 97. I really hate clipless pedals as I am so in tune with my cadence and riding style, I feel I do not need them, yes I have heard the arguments. I am still efficient and proficient. I am getting ready to get some maintenance on my road bike and get fitted to my bike for the first time. We’ll see if I can break through the barrier…but until then please know that just because my legs are not shaved, I wear baggy riding shorts with my jersey, and I do not have a $2500 carbon frame racer, does not make me less of a cycling enthusiast. I do not need to ride 6 feet out from the curb to justify ” sharing the road “. I can hug the curb with precision, and honed that riding technique before you ever started med school. Am I the cycling snob? I hope not….I can’t afford to be. Cheers to all!

  2. Josh, Found your site thru Winter’s FB page. Hope to see more of My first bike. Really found these interviews interesting hope you add more!
    Thanks, NATE

  3. Thanks for putting the time and effort into this. And a huge thanks for the interview with Garro! That guy was a blast to ride with and really was the force behind me getting so passionate about cycling.

  4. I love the interviews and admire all the time and effort you’ve no doubt put into this project. My hat goes off to you!

  5. Geeta Padmanabhan

    Hi Josh Cohen,
    Absolutely thrilled to have found this site! Thanks for the wonderful stories you relate here about wheels that have withstood the test of time and competition! Thanks for keeping the romance of bicycling going!
    I am from India, and in our state Tamil Nadu, a far-thinking Chief Minister brought about a revolution in girls’ education by giving them free bicycles so their parents would have no excuse for not sending them to school, specially in rural areas. The result – literacy rates for girls went up, child marriages put off, girls took up jobs, their health improved and the standard of living of scores of families took an upward turn. The economic revival is for all to see! All because of the humble bicycle!

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