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Call-in talk show about bicycling.

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Bicycle Talk Episode 279

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Bicycle Talk Episode 279: January 24th, 2022:  Ron’s Rant: Vision Zero  Meeting. Take backs and common sense issues. Speed and size of vehicles, DUH,  And how much are we spending to get the answer to and obvious question? Ron covers this more in the show.  On a positive side: A bump in the road update: Monthly progress report   World Championship Cyclocross comes to the US!

More than half of women cyclists started riding or returned to it during the pandemic   More in the show.  The Maintenance Minute:  Beginning cyclist questions answered  Content:. As in the earlier rant, Speed and size   It’s the Speed (stupid)   America’s car crash epidemic  Driving kills as many Americans each year as guns do. Experts say that’s preventable. Bigger and bigger SUVs, pickups are outgrowing home garages, public parking spaces.  More than half of women cyclists started riding or returned to it during the pandemic.  Cyclocross:  Anyone watching world cup cross?  2022 Walmart UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships Jan. 28-30  Cyclocrossfayettevillear2022.com     Local events, and finishing points.

Jan 25 2022

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Bicycle Talk Episode 278

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Bicycle Talk Episode 278: January 17th, 2022:  Ron’s Rant. Mechanics Ask Walmart, Major Bike Manufacturers to Stop Making and Selling ‘Built-to-Fail’ Bikes. Stop buying junk! On a positive side: A bump in the road update: Monthly progress report   Is it possible to kick one’s own butt while teaching an extreme spin class? I have to admit, yes.  The Maintenance Minute:  Bicycle apps.  Content:. It’s Martin Luther King Day and of course I have a picture of him riding a bicycle. Why wouldn’t he? Follow Up on Mayor Eric Adams:  Nonprofit mechanics petition for repairable bikes.  Ron Talks about disposable bicycle industry and why there needs to be regulation. These products are harmful to the environment, erode public confidence in the usefulness and joy of bicycles, and waste the money of the mostly poor and working-class people who buy them.”  Trek buys out another 6 store chain in DC area. The beginning of the end of the LBS.  Local events, and finishing points.

Jan 18 2022

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Bicycle Talk Episode 277

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Bicycle Talk Episode 277: January 10th, 2022:  Ron’s Rant. The motorized vehicles are not looking for you.  The Importance of Being Predictable  On a positive side: A bump in the road update: Monthly progress report   Extreme spin has begun at the community center. The Maintenance Minute:. Fat Biking 101: 10 Things You Need to Know Before Biking in the Snow.   Content: Frans bicycle New Years resolutions. More than half of drivers don’t look for cyclists and pedestrians before turning right, study finds.  The more predictable cyclists are, the less the chance is of injury and crashes and the more drivers will take cyclists seriously and be respectful.. D.C. ‘Parking Cash Out’ Law Makes Employers Refund Workers Who Don’t Drive. The Power of Getting Paid Not to Park at Work. Updates from the bicycle industry.   Cyclocross Nationals in Europe.  Events,  Local events, and finishing points.

Jan 11 2022

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Bicycle Talk Episode 276

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  • Bicycle Talk Episode 276: January 3rd 2022:  Ron’s Rant. Vision Zero lost its way in 2021. Can Eric Adams get it back? Ron rants on the former NYC Mayors history and is hoping for better from Mayor Adams. Eight Years of Vision Zero Ends with More Cars and More Death.  Have you been yelled at by a Tesla yet? Really? What are they thinking? On a positive side: A bump in the road update: Monthly progress report  And now for the Mayor NYC. Also American National Champion, Clara Honsinger is kicking it up in European Cyclocross. Big shout out to Lizzy Gonsalves  The Maintenance Minute:. My hands and feet are freezing. Suggestions to solve that problem.  Content: Ron talks about The new mayor of NYC and shares his personal resolutions for the new year 2022. Shouts out to Pete Buttigieg to please do something about MUTCD. The league works with tech companies developing AI in motorized vehicles. Events,  Local events, and finishing points.

Jan 04 2022

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Bicycle Talk Episode 275

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Bicycle Talk Episode 275:  December 27th, 2021:  Ron’s Rant. The Windshield Perspective.  Make City Cops Bike Their Precincts

An annual requirement to ride in the bike lanes would go a long way toward changing their ‘windshield perspective.’ How our leaders and legislators see everything from the windshield of a motorized vehicle. Also Norman Garrick responds: Storrs pedestrian fatality It’s speed stupid! On a positive side: A bump in the road update: Monthly progress report  Off of the Beta Blockers! Fran watched me dump them out!  Big shout out to BICICO  Also Big shout out to New Haven CT City Engineer Giovanni Zinn  New Havener of the year. The Maintenance Minute:. Maintenance schedules and the end of the outdoor season. Content: Ron talks about Norman W. Garrick’s comments about the pedestrian fatality in Storrs. Ron addresses,  Make City Cops Bike Their Precincts. BiCiCo in the news along with other cities and programs nationwide.  Reflections of 2021. Active transportation infrastructure and policy. Moving forward!  Good news for your brain health and health in general.  World Cyclocross. Mariana Vos.  Local events, and finishing points.

Dec 27 2021

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Bicycle Talk Episode 274

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Bicycle Talk Episode 274: December 20th, 2021:  Ron’s Rant.  The Myth of the Demon Biker. Why is it that bicycle pedestrian accidents get more media attention than motorized vehicle / pedestrian accidents?  Ron also talks about the “heart thing”.  On a positive side: A bump in the road update: Monthly progress report   The Maintenance Minute: Christmas and your favorite cyclist. Bicycling Magazines list of presents critiqued by Ron  and Fran. Content: Ron talks about The Myth of the Demon Biker.  The media is at it again, disguising motorized vehicle incidents with bicycle to pedestrian camouflage. Also how the pandemic reduced cycling deaths. How much of your life do you spend in your car every year stuck in traffic. Reports from Chicago and New Jersey. Report: To Sustain the Cycling Boom, U.S. Must Build Up American Bike Manufacturing. Bring it back to the US. Astonishing information on how much of the bicycle industry is connected with China.  Local events, Cyclocross, and finishing points.

Dec 21 2021

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Bicycle Talk Episode 273

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Bicycle Talk Episode 273: December 6th, 2021:  Ron’s Rant.  So, what if you are the person driving the car that kills the pedestrian or cyclist? Ron shares a link to “Audacious” episode on Connecticut Public Radio with his friend Chion Wolf.  Spoiler Alert     Peloton, in the news!      Spoiler Alert   Cycling takes a hit?  Cyclocross Nationals. Big shout out to our New England  65+ masters! And Women’s U23

On a positive side: A bump in the road update: Monthly progress report   The Maintenance Minute: Ron talks about 2 youtube sites and what to get for your favorite cyclist.  Content: Ron talks about Chion’s  latest show and what it must feel like to hurt someone with a motorized vehicle. Sex in the City shocks their viewing audience with Peloton incident.   Fran chimes in with insight on the medical front. Cyclocross Nationals. Big shout out to our New England  65+ masters! And Women’s U23.  STUDY: Better Bike Policy Could Prevent 15K U.S. Deaths Every Year — And Not Just in Crashes  Local events in the next few months, Cyclocross, and finishing points.

Dec 14 2021

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Bicycle Talk Episode 272

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Bicycle Talk Episode 272: December 6th, 2021:  Ron’s Rant.  A tragedy in Storrs. Pedestrian killed at a crosswalk.  What makes a crosswalk safe? Ron rants more in he show. On a positive side: A bump in the road update: Monthly progress report   Reduced meds Feeling better. Indoor cycling  classes  continue at the Community Center.  Sharrow responses from last week’s show. Nice to see people’s comments. The Maintenance Minute: Ron talks about getting the right size bike for your child. Content: Ron talks about crosswalks and sharrows. The trouble with crosswalks. How to calm traffic. Insights form a Uconn Professor Norman Garrick on speed humps. And as far as Sharrows, Ron Picks up where he left off last week.  Ends show on a funny comment about shadows from an avid listener and bicycle advocate. Local events in the next few months, Cyclocross, and finishing points.

Dec 06 2021

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Bicycle Talk Episode 271

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Bicycle Talk Episode 271: November 29th, 2021:  Ron’s Rant.  Wisconsin is back. Details evolve. Why don’t we impound motor vehicles when they have been used to attempt murder?  Many  states do when guns are involved. More in the show  On a positive side: A bump in the road update: Weekly progress report   Reduced meds Feeling better. Great indoor cycling  class this morning  at the Community Center.  The Maintenance Minute: Ron talks about upgrading that e-bike battery and what he has learned so far. Content: Domestic disturbances using a car as the weapon and then driver is left to continue using his car? Seems like a bad idea. So, All I hear is rising gas prices and complaints. Is anyone out there listening? Ride your bike. Take 20% off your driving and consumption and watch what happens.START THE REVOLUTION!. Let’s talk Sharrows. What doing they mean?  Local events in the next few months, Cyclocross, and finishing points.

Nov 29 2021

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Bicycle Talk Episode 270

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Bicycle Talk Episode 270: November 22nd, 2021:  Ron’s Rant. A shout out to our friends in Wisconsin. Please be careful out there. We may have to revisit this, guns aside, is the motorized vehicle a ‘weapon of mass destruction’   More in the show  On a positive side: A bump in the road update: Weekly progress report  Week 28  Tomorrow! . Reduced meds Feeling better. Still teaching indoor cycling at the Community Center. More infrastructure Bill, continued from previous  weeks.   It’s Thanksgiving week! Or is it Cranksgiving? More  Build back better and what it means to bicycles. More in the show. The Maintenance Minute: First time with cycling shorts? Ron talks a little about a class participant that was not aware of the underwear issue. Content: Ron talks talks about A sociologist who thinks cars are a ‘weapon of mass destruction’ and likens driving to a drug addiction. Interesting points to ponder. Cranksgiving food drive events on the upswing in 2021. The e-bike tax credit. 2022  30%!  Joe Biden drives an electric Hummer. What’s wrong with that statement?  Dear Joe: The Electric Hummer is Not the Future.  And from Bicycle Retailer, The hidden big picture in the Pon/Dorel story.  Local events in the next few months, Cyclocross, and finishing points. Lots of fall events

Nov 23 2021

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Bicycle Talk Episode 269

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Bicycle Talk Episode 269: November 15th, 2021:  Ron’s Rant. Are you tired of hearing this? “Bicycles don’t belong on the roads”. In an attempt to cure the ignorance,  Ron shares the CT. DOT share the road information to people who drive motorized vehicles. On a positive side: A bump in the road update: Weekly progress report  Week 27  Tomorrow! . Reduced meds Feeling better. Still teaching indoor cycling at the Community Center. The infrastructure Bill, continued from last week. Build back better and what it means to bicycles. The world climate summit!  More in the show. The Maintenance Minute: Maintaining that E-Bike. Basics. Content: Ron talks talks more  about Build Back Better, Electric Bicycles,World climate summit. Have you been paying attention? Coalition addresses COP26 climate summit with open letter about bicycling benefits. People for bikes and their world climate presence. Infrastructure act passage will fund more bike lanes, trails. Ron compares the cost of car ownership vs., e-bikes by the numbers. How would you like to save $18,000.00 in 4 years? Local events in the next few months, Cyclocross, and finishing points. Lots of fall events

Nov 15 2021

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Bicycle Talk Episode 268

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Bicycle Talk Episode 268: November 8th, 2021:  Ron’s Rant. Ron tells a funny story about a bank rider who used a bicycle as his get away vehicle.   On a positive side: A bump in the road update: Weekly progress report  Week 26  Tomorrow! . Reduced meds Feeling better. Still teaching indoor cycling at the Community Center. The infrastructure Bill, Build back better and what it means to bicycles. More in the show.The Maintenance Minute: Support your LBS!  Content: Ron talks aboutRon talks and rants about Build Back Better, Electric Bicycles, automatic detection equipment to warn motorized vehicle about pedestrians and cyclists. Dorel moving Cannondale back to US. Peloton Delivers Poor Earnings Report, Gets Subpoenaed By The DOJ and DHS.  Local events in the next few months, Cyclocross, and finishing points. Lots of fall events

Nov 08 2021

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Bicycle Talk Episode 267

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Bicycle Talk Episode 267: November 1st, 2021:  Ron’s Rant. Stat’s are in. Bad year for auto deaths in the USA  Still waiting to hear the stats on Bicycles and pedestrians.  On a positive side: A bump in the road update: Weekly progress report  Week 25  Tomorrow! . Reduced meds Feeling better. Still teaching indoor cycling at the Community Center. Attended a Rails to  trails meeting online. Great Information. Airline Trail Report North  More in the show.The Maintenance Minute: Ron talks about cleaning the  muddy Airline Trail off of his cross bike. Content: Ron talks about his experience on the Airline Trail North. It’s open!  Driver pleads guilty and is sentenced in Bernstein hit-and-run.  More in the show: Scary statistics:  https://www.outsideonline.com/2409749/outside-cycling-deaths-2020/#content   Streets blog Contest  Local events in the next few months, Cyclocross, and finishing points. Lots of fall events 

Nov 01 2021

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Bicycle Talk Episode 267

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Bicycle Talk Episode 267: October 18th, 2021:  Ron’s Rant.  Driving in traffic. Why? People do this every day? Why?  Also: Patent Watch: Trek, Canyon and others patent bike boxes for the D2C market. Do they care about the bicycle dealer. Not looking so good.  Hey Pete where are you?  On a positive side: A bump in the road update. Ron keeps listeners up to date on his condition  Wow, Ron travels to DC and remarks on the bicycle scooter traffic. The Maintenance Minute: Put a bell on it!  Content:  Hey Pete where are you?  Secretary of transportation radio silent on bicycles? DC.   D.C.’s New Vision Zero Law Could Be a Boon for Bike Lanes Modeled on a Cambridge ordinance that mandates protected bicycle infrastructure citywide, the District’s approach to taming traffic deaths is being closely watched. The Complete Business Case for Converting Street Parking Into Bike Lanes.  Sudden retirement for Kaitie Keough after Fayetteville  Local events in the next few months, Cyclocross, and finishing points. Lots of fall events!

Oct 18 2021

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Bicycle Talk Episode 266

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Bicycle Talk Episode 266: October 11th, 2021:  Ron’s Rant.  Still no word from Texas. The bicycle world just got bigger or is it smaller. Dorel announces sale to Pon.  Lots of business news today.   Early Estimate of Motor Vehicle Traffic Fatalities for the First Quarter of 2021

Think the roads are getting crazier?  On a positive side: A bump in the road update. Ron keeps listeners up to date on his condition. 2nd week on reduced medication. Mansfield Hollow Cyclocross. CCAP kids bring tears to this old guy’s eyes.  The Maintenance Minute: Who is really qualified to work on your bike?  Geek Squad? Wait until you hear the latest in E-Bikes  What qualifications do you need to be a bicycle mechanic?   Content:  Dorel sells to Ron Industries. What does this mean to the bike business as we know it.  Cannondale featured at Dick’s new speciality stores. Who is Pon Industries?  Specialized has a serious recall. Best Buy plugs back into e-mobility. E-Bikes from your electronic store?   Ron reflects on the Mansfield Hollow Cyclocross event from last weekend. World cup event in Waterloo WI.  Local events in the next few months, Cyclocross, and finishing points. Lots of fall events!

Oct 11 2021

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Bicycle Talk Episode 265

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Bicycle Talk Episode 265: October 4th, 2021:  Ron’s Rant.  16 year old pickup truck driver who ran over cyclists in Texas while trying to “coal roll” them still not charged? Really, more in the show. On a positive side: A bump in the road update. Ron keeps listeners up to date on his condition. 1st week on reduced medication. I am alive!  Great Farm to Fork Fondo Weekend. The Paris-Roubaix! The Maintenance Minute: Ron talks more about mirrors and and other options just discovered from a listener. The Paris Roubaix, amazing weekend. Best in years, The Women have their first Paris Roubaix!  Content: Ron reflects on hold friend and bike rep Gary Teller’s passing. Consequences to hitting cyclists in Texas. What’ wrong with Texas? Ron Has a few ideas.  Ron talks in more detail about the 2021 Paris Roubaix. Ron reflects on the Mansfield Hollow Cyclocross event coming up this weekend that he started in 1983.  Local events in the next few months, Cyclocross, and finishing points. Lots of fall events!

Oct 05 2021

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Bicycle Talk Episode 264

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Bicycle Talk Episode 264: September 27th, 2021:  Ron’s Rant.  16 year old pickup truck driver runs over cyclists in Texas while trying to “coal roll” them. Consequences? On a positive side: A bump in the road update. Ron keeps listeners up to date on his condition. 1st road ride on reduced medication. I am alive!  Great ride on Sunday with friends. The worlds. The Maintenance Minute: Ron talks about mirrors and silent cars. Content:   The Worlds, amazing weekend. Tony Martin retires in style. New pedestrian laws go into effect in CT. Jan Ullrich: I was just like Marco Pantani… nearly dead.  Amazing interview with Lance and George. Local events in the next few months, Cyclocross, and finishing points. Lots of fall events! 

Sep 27 2021

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Bicycle Talk Episode 263

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Bicycle Talk Episode 263: September 20th, 2021:  Ron’s Rant.The on going rant on the American “Big Truck” deadly by design vehicles. Chevy Colorado Pickup Truck  2015 ad campaign. Really? Posted on FB Page. On a positive side: A bump in the road update. Ron keeps listeners up to date on his condition.  Teaching indoor cycling at the Community Center. 5 days last week!  Great ride on Sunday with friends. The Maintenance Minute:   Not too much to say this week.   Content:  The Freedom ad campaign (from last week)TBC:  How Much Does It Really Cost To Own Your Car? You’ll Be Amazed. How Much Does It Cost to Commute by Bike? More Giant truck and SUV facts: More covid and climate change comments pertains to bicycles and the bike industry. Jay Townley: There is no return to normal   Local events in the next few months, Cyclocross, and finishing points. 

Sep 22 2021

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Bicycle Talk Episode 262

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Bicycle Talk Episode 262: September 13th, 2021:  Ron’s Rant. Ron rant’s about Freedom and the use of the word to sell cars and trucks. On a positive side: A bump in the road update. Ron keeps listeners up to date on his condition.  Great ride on Saturday. Longest ride since the bypass.  Shout out to Chris Cane in  Australia!  The Maintenance Minute:   Check out that Cyclocross Bike, Race season is upon us.  Content:  Here’s why your next bike should be a cyclocross bike. Ron explains a lot about Cyclocross Bikes, the roots of New England racing, and the difference between Road, Cross, and Gravel bikes. The Paris Roubaix, and Toxic car ads again.   Local events in the next few months, Cyclocross, and finishing points.  

Sep 13 2021

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Bicycle Talk Episode 261

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Bicycle Talk Episode 261: September 7th, 2021:  Ron’s Rant. Ron rant’s about Strava through a Facebook post from Cycling over 60. On a positive side: A bump in the road update. Ron keeps listeners up to date on his condition.  The Vuelta Espania is over  Finger Lake FTF Fondo!  The Maintenance Minute:   Ceramic Sealed bearings. A listener asks Ron if they are  worth it.  Content:   The Vuelta comes to a close:  OTHER THINGS OF NOTE FROM THE 76TH VUELTA . The Americans Lawson Craddock and Sepp Kuss.  So, before you give up your day job,  is it worth it to race bikes?Top 20 highest paid riders, according to L’Équipe according the the publication and website from GB Cyclist. Ron reflects on his conversations with an alternative transportation specialist he met. America’s Most Toxic Car Ad: Hummer EV vs. H3 . Is Car Culture Is Getting Even Worse?  How Much Does It Really Cost To Own Your Car? You’ll Be Amazed.  How Much Does It Cost to Commute by Bike? Watch out for those sneaky hybrids and electric cars.  Local events in the next few months, Cyclocross, and finishing points.

Sep 07 2021

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By santosdave - Apr 21 2020
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Talk about whatever you want. I think it is still allowed. I enjoy it even though I’m conservative. However, I am not a draft dodging, racist, rapist, mentally defective, coward.

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By HarrisTweeter - Jul 23 2017
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I learned about the Farm To Fork Fondo through this enjoyable podcast. Had a great time.