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The Bike Show Podcast

Podcast devoted to the art, science, politics and transcendental pleasure of cycling, in London and beyond. Presented by Jack Thurston the show has been running since 2004, initially as a radio show on Resonance FM. It covers the intersections of cycling, culture, society and creativity from a variety of perspectives. From Tour de France to roller-racing, from Brompton commuters to bicycle messengers, from Kraftwerk to hip hop, from urban design to countryside trips. Literature, history, travel, art, music and sport.

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Rob Penn on Looking for the Perfect Bike

Cyclist, journalist and author Rob Penn travelled the world to put together his perfect bicycle. We talk about how his journey of discovery sheds light on the history of the bicycle and the contribution of bicycle technology to modern life. … Continue reading → The post Rob Penn on Looking for the Perfect Bike first appeared on The Bike Show.

27 May 2011

Rank #1

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Four Great Lives in Cycling: Kuklos, Robinson, Mustoe, Fignon

Studio discussion of four great lives in cycling: Kuklos, the prolific journalist who documented British cycling scene in the first half of the twentieth century; Brian Robinson (pictured, above), the first Brit to win stages in the Tour de France; … Continue reading → The post Four Great Lives in Cycling: Kuklos, Robinson, Mustoe, Fignon first appeared on The Bike Show.

7 Dec 2010

Rank #2

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Wanted: Bicycle Mechanics

This week’s show looks at the chronic lack of bicycle mechanics with the Ninon Asuni of Bicycle Workshop. Ninon founded Bicycle Workshop nearly thirty years ago after deciding she’d had enough of working as a librarian. She’s now among Britain’s … Continue reading → The post Wanted: Bicycle Mechanics first appeared on The Bike Show.

16 Nov 2009

Rank #3

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Blazing Saddles: Inside the Brooks factory

For long-distance cycling they’re a must and they’ll improve the look of any bicycle. Brooks leather saddles date back to the 1870s and are still made in Birmingham where they were first invented. Steve Green of Brooks talks about the … Continue reading → The post Blazing Saddles: Inside the Brooks factory first appeared on The Bike Show.

13 Jul 2009

Rank #4

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Across Europe by Bike

Andrew Sykes tells of his six week summer journey from his home in Reading to the southern tip of Puglia, in Italy, along the Eurovelo 5 long-distance cycle route, and reads from Good Vibrations, the book he's written about the trip. Jen and Jack talk about the horror of the Waterloo bridge roundabout and the Mayor's plans to remake it (again). Finally, a tribute to Henry Warwick, a veteran London bicycle messenger who was killed in a crash with a coach while working earlier this month. Continue reading → The post Across Europe by Bike first appeared on The Bike Show.

13 Feb 2012

Rank #5

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Un Tour de France de Londres with Stephen Bayley

As part of this year’s London Festival of Architecture, Stephen Bayley leads a ride around the best of French architecture, art and design to be found on the streets of London. Stephen Bayley is the Observer’s architecture and design critic, … Continue reading → The post Un Tour de France de Londres with Stephen Bayley first appeared on The Bike Show.

8 Jul 2010

Rank #6

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Do It Yourself

David Kitchen, aka Velocio, set up the London Fixed Gear and Single Speed Forum almost three years ago. In a short time it has spawned an active and inventive cycling community and in the process the forum has grown to … Continue reading → The post Do It Yourself first appeared on The Bike Show.

26 Jan 2010

Rank #7

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The Lost Cyclist with David Herlihy

In 1892 a young accountant from t, USA, quit his job and set off to cycle solo around the world. Frank Lenz rode a Rover Safety Bicycle, a revolutionary new design that would soon consign the traditional high wheeler – … Continue reading → The post The Lost Cyclist with David Herlihy first appeared on The Bike Show.

16 Jan 2012

Rank #8

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Paris-Brest-Paris: part one

The 1200km Paris-Brest et retour was first raced in 1891 and is the oldest bicycle race still in existence, currently held as a brevet de randonneur every four years. Kieron Yates shares the agony and ecstasy of his second outing … Continue reading → The post Paris-Brest-Paris: part one first appeared on The Bike Show.

10 Oct 2011

Rank #9

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To Copenhagen, City of Cyclists

A trip to the Danish capital of Copenhagen, city of stylish cyclists, where Jack Thurston meets Mikael Colville-Andersen, the force behind Cycle Chic and Copenhagenize. We talk about how a single street photograph set him on a new path of bicycle advocacy, fashion and city planning consulting. And lots and lots of blogging. Continue reading → The post To Copenhagen, City of Cyclists first appeared on The Bike Show.

22 May 2012

Rank #10

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If the bike fits…

Following on from last week’s show on well-being, we look at the importance of getting a good fit between rider and machine. Scherritt Knoesen of The Bike Whisperer, is a leading London-based bike fitter. We talk geometry, contact points and … Continue reading → The post If the bike fits… first appeared on The Bike Show.

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19 Jan 2010

Rank #11

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Cycle Superhighways – Waste of Paint or Copenhagenization?

A long, hard look at the Mayor of London’s plans for 12 cycle superhighways – bike routes from the outer boroughs along London’s main arterial roads. With Kulveer Ranger, Boris Johnson’s top transport adviser, Rob Ainsley of the Real Cycling … Continue reading → The post Cycle Superhighways – Waste of Paint or Copenhagenization? first appeared on The Bike Show.

18 May 2010

Rank #12

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Another day for you and me in Carradice

Jack travels over the Yorkshire moors to Nelson, Lancashire to visit one of the oldest and most venerable companies in British cycling. Cotton mill worker Wilf Carradice began producing his indestructible canvas saddlebags in the 1930s and in 2011 sales … Continue reading → The post Another day for you and me in Carradice first appeared on The Bike Show.

28 Nov 2011

Rank #13

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200 Years of Cycling

This year marks 200 years since Karl Drais invented a two wheeled 'running machine'. Since then all sorts of people have ridden all sorts of bicycles for all sorts of reasons. Looking back at two centuries of cycling and cyclists is Dr Michael Hutchinson, former professional bike racer and author of several books about cycling. His latest is "Re:Cyclists - 200 years on two wheels" is an engaging and affectionate look back at the cyclists of the past two hundred years and has just been published by Bloomsbury. Continue reading → The post 200 Years of Cycling first appeared on The Bike Show.

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6 Apr 2017

Rank #14

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Lance Armstrong: My Part in His Downfall

New York Times reporter Juliet Macur has covered the Lance Armstrong doping story for almost a decade. Her bestselling new book Cycle of Lies, reveals how he won a record seven Tour de France victories and how the truth about his team's doping finally came out. We discuss whether cycling is cleaning up its act and the risks of sports journalists becoming over-invested in the success of the stars they report on. Continue reading → The post Lance Armstrong: My Part in His Downfall first appeared on The Bike Show.

16 Apr 2014

Rank #15

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How to Ride Your Bike Faster

With the recent reawakening of interest in the Hour Record, host Jack Thurston is joined by Michael Hutchinson, a professional bike racer who has dominated the UK time trialling scene for more than a decade, setting national records for distances from 10 miles to 100 miles. He's also an accomplished writer and his latest book Faster: The Obsession, Science and Luck Behind the World's Fastest Cyclists documents with forensic detail and wry humour his career-long quest to ride his bicycle very, very fast. Jack and Michael also reveal the Listeners' Hour Challenge. Continue reading → The post How to Ride Your Bike Faster first appeared on The Bike Show.

23 Feb 2015

Rank #16

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Tour de Farce?

A long, hard look at doping in professional cycling, with journalist Lionel Birnie of Cycling Weekly and theatre director Roland Smith, whose play Pedal Pusher, opens in London on 7th July. Play on links below. The post Tour de Farce? first appeared on The Bike Show.

6 Jul 2009

Rank #17

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A Midsummer Misadventure with Dixe Wills (and a podcast bonus)

On a Midsummer’s Night Dixe Wills, travel writer and author of a new book on Britain’s tiny campsites, guides us on a ride from central London up the Lea Valley to a wild camping spot for a ‘sub twenty four … Continue reading → The post A Midsummer Misadventure with Dixe Wills (and a podcast bonus) first appeared on The Bike Show.

27 Jun 2011

Rank #18

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Burrows on the Bicycle (part one)

Mike Burrows is probably best known for his design of the Lotus 108 pursuit bike that Chris Boardman rode in the Barcelona Olympics, winning the first gold medal for a British cyclist in over 70 years. But Mike has made a huge contribution to pedal powered machines more widely. His compact road frame first developed for Giant is now a design standard and his designs have moved the world of laid back or recumbent bicycles on from the early, pioneering days in 1970s California. Burrows remains inventive, opinionated and passionate about bicycles. This is the first of a two part extended interview. Continue reading → The post Burrows on the Bicycle (part one) first appeared on The Bike Show.

17 Apr 2012

Rank #19

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Burrows on the Bicycle (part two – laid back)

In the concluding half of an extended interview with engineer and bicycle inventor Mike Burrows, we talk about Mike's biggest passion: laid back bicycles. He explains how these human powered vehicles came about and where he hopes they're going. Plus Simon Nurse discusses the possibility of a cycling equivalent of the London Marathon. Continue reading → The post Burrows on the Bicycle (part two – laid back) first appeared on The Bike Show.

24 Apr 2012

Rank #20