The Coffee & Cranks Podcast

eBikes, eSports, and the Future of Cycling

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The Coffee & Cranks Podcast, hosted by the coffee-loving, road cycling and music junkie known as Jake Griner, connects cycling with life through interesting interviews and topics like group rides, events, training, amateur racing, commuting, coffee, culture and more! It doesn’t matter what type of bike you own or what kind of riding you do. From beach cruisers to pro racers, this podcast is for you!
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The Coffee & Cranks Podcast, hosted by the coffee-loving, road cycling and music junkie known as Jake Griner, connects cycling with life through interesting interviews and topics like group rides, events, training, amateur racing, commuting, coffee, culture and more! It doesn’t matter what type of bike you own or what kind of riding you do. From beach cruisers to pro racers, this podcast is for you!

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The One After a Two-Month Break
I review a book about exercise-induced arrhythmia that I mentioned a while back (The Haywire Heart: How Too Much Exercise Can Kill You, And What You Can Do To Protect Your Heart) as well as chatting about riding the brutal Six Gap Century in northern Georgia, exploring freezing cold Oklahoma City, losing my dog Dude to lymphoma, wandering around the vast expanse of Detroit before seeing Tool play an amazing show, and what’s in the cards for the future of the podcast.
November 15, 2019
eBikes, eSports, and the Future of Cycling
With big-name teams folding, an aging traditional fan base and a new, younger fan base that demands new forms of interaction and excitement, we should be looking ahead to the future of cycling, because it’s here. We’ll chat about indoor cycling, performance eBikes, Zwift racing, eSports, online national championships, live-streaming + an interview with Jackson Payer, the Supreme Leader of the Worker’s Party (President) of SEGA SORBA, which is the Southeast Georgia chapter of the Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association (SORBA)! Also, be sure to check out the podblog for this episode at and reference episodes 61 and 67 of the Front Lines MTB Podcast for related discussions at!
September 23, 2019
Enter the Pain Cave (36 Chambers), a Six Gap/Three Gap Preview and Training Special
Yes, I ripped off the title of the Wu-Tang Clan’s first album (listen to it, for it will improve your life). This episode is an event preview and a training special. I’ve climbed aboard the Wahoo KICKR, temporarily resigned myself to the pain cave once again, completed the 4DP Full Frontal Fitness Test on The Sufferfest, and now I’m ready to train to conquer the mountains of North Georgia from deep within the hurt locker. We’re within two months of our annual, last-Sunday-of-September pilgrimage to Dahlonega, Georgia, where over 2,000 masochistic, Lycra-clad velo jockeys (just like you and I) will attempt the 31st edition of the Six Gap Century and Three Gap Fifty bike rides. Cyclists will be rewarded with Georgia’s most breathtaking overlooks and mountaintop vistas; however, the only way to the top of the mountain is to suffer in silence and daydream about the spaghetti supper waiting for you at the finish line. Podblog available at!
August 19, 2019
The Future of Cycling: A Preview
A brief preview into an upcoming series titled The Future of Cycling, where we’ll chat about crushing stereotypes, attracting the younger generations, making cycling more appealing and fair to women, and of course, the extremely controversial topic of performance eBikes. ***This episode has no podblog on!***
August 9, 2019
An Intro to The Coffee & Cranks Podcast
An incredibly brief intro to The Coffee & Cranks Podcast, which aims to connect cycling and interesting topics.
July 29, 2019
The Spandex Rodeo + Savannah’s Racing History
This episode is a mid-season check-up; a glance into the Savannah, Georgia bicycle racing scene (Nestor Cup and Rumble at Roebling); and some ridiculously cool facts about automobile racing in Savannah, namely the fact that the first United States Grand Prix was held here in 1908! Nowadays, it’s a Formula One Racing event at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas! Check out the freaking cool blog post at!
July 29, 2019
Dereliction of Duty: An Ode to the Importance of Group Ride Etiquette
Mistakes happen. We’re only human; however, negligence and blatant disregard are not mistakes. This episode focuses on the importance of group ride etiquette, not so much about Velominati rule infractions and verbal lashings that you’d hear from your local “olde guarde”, but instead, the implications of pure negligence on group rides and the potential impacts on the public perception of cyclists, the advancement of advocacy efforts, your local cycling community, and even the business of your local bike shops. Be sure to check out the blog post for this episode at!
July 14, 2019
Greenways and Rails-to-Trails with Bike Effingham
A view into the 50-year-long movement of converting abandoned railroads to public trails through “Rails-to-Trails” projects, the economic and health benefits of these Rail-Trails + an interview with Ashley Parker, the founder of Bike Effingham, a non-profit on a mission to create a better cycling community in Effingham County, Georgia through advocacy, education, volunteering, and most important, fun!
July 8, 2019
Cycling Infrastructure & Advocacy with Bike Walk Savannah
A coffee chat, a high-level dive into one of many episodes on cycling infrastructure and advocacy + an interview with Caila Brown, the executive director of Bike Walk Savannah!
June 30, 2019
Good Food = Good Rides and Garbage In = Garbage Out
I chat about my own diet and nutrition adventures + some tips on what to eat before, during and after your bike rides. ​Links to some great Instant Pot recipes for cyclists are in the blog post on!
June 23, 2019
#RidingForFocus with The Specialized Foundation
A dive into Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), how exercise and physical activity promotes positive cognitive changes in people with ADHD + an interview with David Wood, MS/MBA, a United States Marine, family man, athlete, and the Director of Program Management for The Specialized Foundation, a non-profit that uses cycling as a tool for children to achieve academic, health, and social success.
June 16, 2019
Ride Your Bike in Walterboro, South Carolina
Placing the spotlight on the southern small town and cycling hub of Walterboro, South Carolina - The Front Porch of the Lowcountry - and discussing events such as the Rice Festival, Tour de Lowcountry, the Downtown Walterboro Criterium, and FestiVELO + an interview with Christan Spires, the Director of Tourism for the city.
June 10, 2019
Cheaha Challenge 2019 Recap, a UCI Gran Fondo World Series Event
Chatting about Northeast Alabama, the Chief Ladiga and Silver Comet Trails, and the 27th annual Cheaha Challenge, which is one of two UCI Gran Fondo World Series rides in the United States.
June 3, 2019
One Million Acts of Kindness + Cycling to End Childhood Abuse
An interview with Bob Votruba, a man on a cross-country, currently 10-year-long mission with his Kindness Bus, his dog Bogart, and a goal to help everyone carry out One Million Acts of Kindness in their lifetimes + how he uses his bicycle to reach people and to raise awareness and bring an end to childhood abuse.
May 27, 2019
My First Criterium Races + USA CRITS Speed Week 2019 Recap
From the perspective of a newer rider (yours truly with 15 months of road riding experience) and a USA Cycling Category 5 newbie racer (same rider, yours truly): a recap of the Athens Orthopedic Clinic Twilight Criterium, the Downtown Walterboro Criterium and the Spin the District College Park Criterium, which are three of the six amazing USA CRITS Speed Week events + a cool interview with Jan Kozak of 1000 Faces Coffee, a super rad, Athens, Georgia-based coffee roaster that aims to connect the consumer and producer like never before.
May 20, 2019
Road Cycling Culture and Coffee, Part III - Homelessness
Part III of a series on road cycling culture and coffee. A dive into homelessness + bikes and an interview with Pam & Mark Brewer of Homeward Alliance, a Fort Collins, Colorado-based non-profit that serves homeless or near-homeless Coloradans, including bike repairs!
May 13, 2019
Road Cycling Culture and Coffee, Part II - Making a Difference
Part II of a series on road cycling culture and coffee. A brief look into local organizations and how cycling can support great causes and research into diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Autism Spectrum Disorder + an incredibly interesting guest interview with Philip Klayman, co-owner of Three Tree Coffee Roasters in Statesboro, Georgia, where the mission is to Empower the Farmer, End Human Trafficking, and Engage the Community!
May 4, 2019
Road Cycling Culture and Coffee, Part I - A Brief History
Part I of a series on road cycling culture and coffee. A shallow dive into the history, the “rules”, and more + a guest interview with Gideon Kleinman of Pedalers Fork, a restaurant/bar/coffee roaster/bike shop in Calabasas, California.​
April 29, 2019
The Earth Day Bike Special
Exploring our carbon footprint as Americans, the carbon footprint of the bicycle industry + an interview with Shane Cooper, the founder, president and chief sockologist of DeFeet International.
April 22, 2019
Wednesday Worlds and The Macon Dirty Dozen Hill Climb
A bird’s eye view into the most insane 3-1/2 mile group ride you’ve never heard of, a review of the 3rd Annual Dirty Dozen Hill Climb event in Macon, Georgia + an interview with Rachel Hollar, executive director of Bike Walk Macon!
April 14, 2019
A Long Winter in the Pain Cave
Fitness, indoor training, cycling lingo like “watt bombs”, “functional threshold power” and more.
April 8, 2019
Life Behind Handlebars, A Little About Me
A short story about me, why I chose to start a cycling + life podcast, learning to ride bikes, not caring about bikes, eventually reconnecting with bikes and sharing the life-changing impact they can have.
March 28, 2019
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