The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast
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The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 174

Wednesday 13th December 2017

HOST: Carlton Reid

GUESTS: Dr. Rachel Aldred of the University of Westminster and Tom Maskell of Newcastle University’s OpenLab

TOPIC: We talked about cycle infrastructure, equity, academia, dockless bikes, the dominance of white faces in cycle activism and how to get more bums on bike saddles.

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Episode 173

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable podcast

Transport minister Jesse Norman and Manchester’s cycling csar Chris Boardman

Wednesday 22nd November 2017

Jesse Norman is Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Roads, Local Transport and Devolution. Chris Boardman is Greater Manchester’s cycling and walking commissioner

HOST: Carlton Reid

TOPIC: Audio grabbed from the Innovations in Walking and Cycling conference, Kia Oval, London, staged Tuesday 21st 2017. Info on


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Episode 172: Pashley factory tour to see the making of London’s new “Prospect” public cycle bike

Monday, 30th October 2017

HOST: Carlton Reid

TOPIC Pashley factory tour to see the making of the new Prospect London public hire bike which launched at a press event today.

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The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast

Episode 171: Laudato Si’

Sunday, 8th October 2017

HOST: Carlton Reid

GUESTS: Jim Moss Richard Wittenberg


TOPICS “Icarus” on Netflix – 9.1 on Rotten Tomatoes

Motor doping discovered in French race

Counterfeit frames – 20-article “faking it” series on

Smaller Interbike was result of “down market” says show director

London church starts prayer sessions to stop a cycleway

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This episode is an interview with Matt Briggs who, tragically, lost his wife Kim when she was involved in a road traffic incident in London in 2016. She died a week after being hit by fixie rider Charlie Alliston, whose bicycle didn’t have a front brake which is illegal. Alliston was sentenced to 18 months in youth detention. We don't discuss Charlie Alliston directly, but we do discuss Matt’s campaign to make sure fixie retailers sell legally compliant bicycles. We also discuss Matt’s campaign for a law change, bringing cyclists into line with motorists who kill. It’s this second part of the campaign which has generated an amazing amount of media coverage and promises of government action – there have been mentions of the campaign by Prime Minister Theresa May, the Department for Transport has said it will carry out a review of “cycle safety”, and the minister for transport has sent out an extraordinary letter asking cycling organizations to police cyclists, the kind of letter that has never been sent to motoring organizations (I checked). Matt has been on the BBC, Sky News and all over much of the rest of the media. But this is his first audio interview with a cycle journalist, and I asked questions that the mainstream media didn’t.

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The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast

Episode 169: Oy vey, it's Woodstock for bikes

Sunday, 24th September 2017


HOST: Carlton Reid


David Bernstein, The Forecast

Richard Wittenberg, Factor Bicycles





Saaaaagggggaaaan wins World Championships for record third time.

Cookson is voted out as UCI president. Vive La France!

The Lugano Charter.

Breaking Away

Giro d’Italia to start in Israel – will protests mar the event?

The firestorm over a broken TT bar failure – Red Kite Prayer’s tech explanation.


David’s nerdy way to protect bikes on a roof rack.
Police crackdown on "close pass" drivers leads to huge safety gains – Traffic West Midlands' police twitter feed.

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Episode 168: Talking cycle apparel with the owners of 7Mesh and Showers Pass

Recorded Friday, 22nd September 2017.

HOST: Carlton Reid

GUESTS: 7Mesh CEO Tyler Jordon, CEO Showers Pass CEO Kyle Ranson



Carlton interviews 7Mesh CEO Tyler Jordan in the company HQ in Squamish, Canada, and Showers Pass CEO Kyle Ranson via Skype.

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Episode 167: “Wanton and furious driving”

Friday, 15th September 2017

HOST: Carlton Reid

GUESTS: Casper Hughes, Bez and Martin Porter QC


TOPIC The Alliston case and the Briggs Campaign to get a new “death by dangerous cycling” law, and stop the sale and promotion of brake-free fixies.

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The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 166 "Get out there and ride!" Sunday, 6th August 2017 08:00 PST HOST: Carlton Reid PANELISTS: Jim Moss David Bernstein Richard Wittenberg Donna Tocci SPONSOR: Jenson USA TOPICS Tour de France wrap-up and David’s experience at Stage 15 Colorado Classic Bicycle Race & Velorama Interbike moving to Reno Tahoe for 2018 show TIPS David – Apple Watch update glitches. Jim – read Confessions of a Strava Hater. Donna - turn everything off and go ride! Richard – yes to riding more! Carlton – Chris Boardman becomes Manchester’s “cycling Csar”

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Episode 165

Wednesday 2nd August, 2017

HOST: Carlton Reid

GUESTS: Pashley CEO Adrian Williams and Fran Martin of Stratford upon Avon’s Traditional Cycle Shop.


TOPICS Pashley, Moulton, the Gov’nor’s Assembly, GB components, and the Traditional Cycle Shop.

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The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 164 Wednesday 19th July, 2017 A VISIT FROM MOUNTAIN BIKE ROYALTY HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: MTB pioneers Charlie Kelly and Joe Breeze TOPICS: Mountain bike history; "Fat Tire Flyer"; MTB Legacy Archive on Kickstarter; plus a comp to win a copy of Bike Boom signed by Charlie Kelly and Joe Breeze. SPONSOR: Jenson USA

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The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 163 Tuesday, June 11th, 2017 GOING WITH THE FLOW A Spokesmen Special from the Velo-City cycle advocacy conference in the Netherlands, staged June 2017. HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Connor Cahill, Liberty Bell, Ireland Thierry Jimenez, Fietsersbond, Belgium Marco Te Brommelstroet ("cycling professor"), Urban Cycling Institute, University of Amsterdam Cornelia Dinca, Sustainable Amsterdam Meredith Glazer, University of Amsterdam Randy Neufeld, SRAM Cycling Fund, Chicago SPONSOR: Jenson USA TOPICS The Liberty Bell program of Boulder, Colorado and Dublin, Ireland; the Belgian "measuring bike"; cycling flows and swarms in Amsterdam; an infrastructure safari of Amsterdam; and cycling advocacy from the SRAM Cycling Fund. PLUS: Queen's "Bicycle song" played by the Gelders Orchestra from the opening of Velo-City in Nijemegen, The Netherlands.

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The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 162 Sunday, June 4th HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Jim Moss & Donna Tocci SPONSOR: Jenson USA TOPICS 200 bikes and a lot of cash: What it costs a bike brand to sponsor a WorldTour team. Will NASCAR’s most popular driver bring cycling to a new audience? Professional Bicycle Mechanic creating training courses for mechanics and National Bicycle Dealers Association buys Barnett Bicycle Institute. Plus, how the UK bike industry has long had a professional qualification for bike mechanics. Crowdfunding in the bike industry. 3-ft passing laws now becoming 5-ft passing laws in some US counties. But should the distance be even greater? How about like in the UK’s Highway Code where the “rule” is to give as much room as a motorist would give a car.

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The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast

Episode 161

Monday May 22nd 2017.

HOST: Carlton Reid

GUEST: Billy No-mates


TOPICS Just me today, reading from Bike Boom. Plus the last Kickstarter plug

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The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast, episode 160

Monday May 15th 2017

A Spokesmen Special – with Specialized's Senior Manager for Retail Development Donny Perry, author of "Leading Out Retail – A Creative Look at Bicycle Retail And What All Retailers Can Learn From It" (2014).

The Spokesmen is sponsored by Jenson USA.

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Episode #159: From Sustrans to Specialized

May 7th, 2017

HOST: Carlton Reid


Xavier Brice, CEO of Sustrans

Dominek Geyer, Head of Brand – Turbo, Specialized



Xavier Brice of Sustrans discusses the 40th anniversary of the creation of Sustrans, as well as London’s bike boom, and the challenges facing the charity.

From the company’s new pop-up store in Düsseldorf, Specialized’s Dominek Geyer reveals details on the new Vado range of urban e-bikes.

+++ The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast is sponsored by Jenson USA. +++

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The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast

Episode 158 Friday 28th April 2017.

HOST: Carlton Reid


Laura Laker

Simon Warren



Freelance cycle journalist Laura Laker – she writes for The Guardian and BikeBiz – talks advocacy, infrastructure and the joy of cycling. She then turns the tables and interviews Carlton about a Kickstarter project, “Let’s rescue Britain’s forgotten 1930s protected cycleways.”

Author Simon Warren waxes lyrical over a certain climb in Scotland, and the other hundreds of steeps he’s written about in his series of climbs books, and iOS and Android apps.

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The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 157: The prodigal podcaster Sunday 23rd April 2017. HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: David Bernstein Jim Moss SPONSOR: Jenson USA TOPICS Racing news Michele Scarponi Killed by Inattentive Driver Michele Scarponi often went on training rides with his parrot We screwed up, says Specialized over steerer tube race crash Podcasts: Cyclingtips & the Wheelsuckers podcast Industry News Sea Otter is on right now – and Richard picked up a great Joe Breeze story. Advocacy News Cycling to work halves disease risk, finds massive new study, so why aren’t US and UK governments prescribing cycling? Spokesmen listener involved in hit-and-run. News articles: Cyclists injured by angry driver Driver who hit cyclist now in jail Local cyclists concerned with safety followin hit-and-run Man who hit cyclist with car denied bond +++ The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast is sponsored by Jenson USA. +++

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The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 156 Friday 14th April 2017. HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Guardian journalist Peter Walker Martha Roskowski of People for Bikes TV Motos International's Gregg Betonte SPONSOR: Jenson USA TOPICS In this Spokesman Special Carlton Reid interviews three guests. Peter Walker has a book out, "Bike Nation" – its subtitle is "How cycling can save the world". Martha Roskowski is vice president for local innovation at People For Bikes. This US cycle advocacy organisation is urging US cities and towns to choose someone to complete an online City Snapshot to get free access to a new network analysis tool that uses OpenStreetMap to plot existing and potential locations for cycle infrastructure. Gregg Betonte is co-owner of motorbike-filmcrew specialist TV Motos International which provides moto-support to races such as the Tour of California and Tour de Yorkshire. +++ The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast is sponsored by Jenson USA.

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The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Wednesday 12th April 2017. "Bonney's back on a bike" Host: Carlton Reid Guest: Michael Bonney. Industry veteran Michael Bonney fell from his road bike on a sportive in 2013, leaving him paralysed from the neck down. He could have wallowed in self-pity but instead he’s back in the bike industry as a consultant. And he's back on a bike, too. The Boma 7 electric wheelchair bike.

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The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 154 Sunday, April 9th 2017. HOST: Carlton Reid – @carltonreid PANELISTS: Donna Tocci – @donnaTocci Rick Vosper – @rick_vosper SPONSOR: Jenson USA TOPICS: RIP to racer Steve Tilford killed in a car crash and ultra-endurance rider Mike Hall killed by a motorist during a long-distance race in Australia. Canyon comes to the USA, hires executive staff, sets up offices in California, will start shipping this summer. Of course they’ve been saying that since 2011, but this time it seems to be true. Why have cycle sales in the Netherlands dropped to a thirty-year low? UK's first crowdfunded prosecution sees defendant accused of “careless driving" after killing cyclist Michael Mason acquitted by a jury just 17 minutes. UCI relaunches its efforts at becoming one-stop-shop for racing cyclists and everyday cyclists.

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The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast

Episode 153

Sunday, March 26th 2017

08:00 PST

HOSTCarlton Reid




Ghent-Wevelgem – one year after death of Antoine Demoitié of Team Wanty-Groupe Gobert

Sir Bradley Wiggins – “I’ll shock people” – he already has cos he said “marginal gains” and the “chimp thing” are rubbish.

Bling #1 – The North American Handmade Bicycle Show 2017.

NAHBS – Best-in-Show: Prince bike

Not nice – Wolftooth posting on Instagram. Offending link taken down live on air.

You kidding me? – Lord Carlile blames the Westminster Bridge London terrorist attack on the cycleway.

Report scofflaw motorists – Close Call Database: report bad drivers here and others in your area are notified.

Bling #2 – 11 lbs, $40,000 bicycle from PG of Germany and Bugatti. 


The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast is sponsored by Jenson USA.


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It's Vitamin V – but no need to get cocky

HOST: Carlton Reid

PANELISTS: Jim Moss Donna Tocci



*That* BBC video interview with the US professor and his adorable kids.

Strong winds force cancellation of Cape Town Cycle Tour in South Africa disappointing 35,000 would-be participants.

Team Sky riders trialled Viagra for, er, “performance benefits”.

Lance admits he was a “duck” (but with an "i").

Team Sky’s Exploding Shimano wheels @ 60kph in the Tirreno-Adriatico.

Cycleways cause pollution, says MP who drives a dirty old muscle-car.

NZ gov’t campaign to get more people on bikes.

Boston Transportation Department Offers Free Cycling Clinics for Women this Summer

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This isn’t the usual show, it’s a Spokesmen Special, with three academics as guests. Host: Carlton Reid.

PETER NORTON is associate professor of history at the University of Virginia and author of Fighting Traffic: The Dawn of the Motor Age in the American City. This reveals how, in the 1920s and 1930s, the American motor lobby invented and popularized the term “jaywalking” in order to reframe what streets were for (and they were no longer for pedestrians and cyclists.  

MELODY HOFFMAN of Minneapolis describes herself on her blog as an “urban bicycle scholar, critical feminist, community engagement professor.” Her book Bike Lanes are White Lanes discusses how seemingly benign cycle infrastructure can ring alarm bells with some black communities, why cycle advocacy can sometimes shout “white privilege”, and how “invisible riders” get neither recognition nor cycle facilities.  

CHRIS OLIVER is a professor of medicine and tweets as @CyclingSurgeon. He is a consultant orthopaedic trauma surgeon at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, and also advises the Scottish government on active travel. Once morbidly obese he lost 168lbs (76 kilos) and took up cycling to keep fit. He has ridden Lands End to John o’Groats, and with his daughter, he has also ridden coast to coast across America. 


The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast is sponsored by Jenson USA.

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The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 150 Sunday, February 19th 2017 THE GREAT PUDDLE HOST: Carlton Reid PANELISTS: Donna Tocci Jim Moss Chris Garrison Ayesha McGowan SPONSOR: Jenson USA TOPICS Flooding cause chaos – no, not in California in Tour of Oman Nicole Cooke’s testimony to the House of Commons Culture, Media, and Sport committee. Lance Armstrong set to go to trial – and the bets are that he will win. (And he has a podcast.) Interbike rules out Utah for new show venue. Outdoor Retailer pulls away from Salt lake City, and all because of Utah’s stance on public lands. Riding MTBs keeps people sane, says UK report. Strava to go even more social? WEB SITE: The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommerical-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.

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The Spokesmen # 149 – February 5th, 2017


The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast

Episode 149

Sunday, February 5th, 2017.

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Has extreme weather softened races and riders?
Day The Strong Men Cried
Trek ambassadors
President Trump and the bicycle industry
Felt bought by Rossignol – new Rossignol MTB on the cards
Canyon finally coming to the U.S.
Book dedication saves advocate’s life

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