Steve “Doom” Fassbinder is a bad-ass adventurer who combines mountain biking, rock climbing, and pack rafting to explore deep into desert, mountain, and coastal wilds. His trips require the sort of endurance and suffering that tend to either leave you in awe or scratching your head wondering why. Steve and I talked about his motivations to keep pushing his personal limits, as well as how he got into this sort of adventuring in the first place, his proudest moments, balancing risk and reward, teaching the next generation of adventurers, and a whole lot more.
Our theme music is by Will McKindley Ward.
Photo credit: Andrew Burr
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Posted in Adventure, Bike Touring, Mountain Biking, The Podcast
Tagged adventure, alaska lost coast trip, bike packing, devo explorers, doom, mike curiak, mountain biking, pack rafting, packrafting, steve "doom" fassbinder, steve fassbinder
Tamika Butler is the Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition. She’s only been working in bike advocacy for two years, but she’s already made a big impression on the national bike advocacy world, in large part because of her contribution to the conversation and work around equity, inclusion and intersectionality.
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Posted in Advocacy, The Podcast
Tagged bike advocacy, bike podcast, cycling in la, cycling podcast, equity, equity in bike advocacy, intersectionality, lacbc, los angeles bicycle coalition, tamika butler, women and cycling
Amanda Batty is a professional mountain bike racer and sometimes freelance writer. A little over a year ago she was embroiled in controversy after calling out a colleague for using a date rape metaphor in his review of a new bike. The fall out was swift and ugly and put Amanda on the receiving end of harassment and death threats. We spoke about her racing life, attempt to break into the highest levels of downhill racing, and the pervasive problem of rape culture and misogyny in the bike industry and culture at large.
The Bicycle Story theme music is by Will McKindley-Ward.
Posted in Bike Industry, Cycling Media, Racing, The Podcast
Tagged amanda batty, bike racing, downhill mountain biking, harassment, mountain bikes, pink bike, rape culture, women and cycling, women bike
Anna Brones is a journalist and author of Hello, Bicycle, Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break, and The Culinary Cyclist.
Theme music is by Will McKindley-Ward.
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Posted in Adventure, Bike Touring, Cycling Media, The Podcast
Tagged afghan cycles, anna brones, bike books, bike food, bike touring, cycling food, cycling in paris, elly blue, fika, french cycling, hello bicycle, the culinary cyclist
Steve Smith, better known as Stevil Kinevil, has been working in the bike industry for over two decades. In that time he’s been everything from a warehouse shipper to bike messenger to pro circuit mechanic to product tester. For the last 10 years of that he’s been chronicling his exploits in bikes, art, music, and drinking … first on Swobo’s How To Avoid The Bummer Life blog and now on his website All Hail The Black Market. Stevil’s experience gives him a long perspective on how the bike industry and bike world is changing for better or worse.
Photo by Forrest Arakawa