Pedaling Podcast

Sydney: Time to Ride feat: Of Mountains of Men

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By John Pears
John decided to take on a 20,000km bikepacking from Auckland to London and en route he plans to talk with cycling industry, enthusiasts, athletes and other unique stories along the way. Follow along the journey as he crosses New Zealand, Australia, Asia, India and into Europe.
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DotWatcher with Grace
Grace, from DotWatcher.cc, talks with me about the ultra racing scene, it’s growth, the difference between bikepacking and touring and the furore that surrounded Lael Wilcox Tour Divide participation. Who is Grace Lambert-Smith? Grace is the kind of rider who says she hates hills yet constantly finds herself at the top of them having created a route she thought was benign. No stranger to long-distance, you'll find her taking part in Audax UK events, cycle-touring around Europe and venturing around her local hills in the Peak District, UK. Her 2019 goal is to ride Paris-Brest-Paris. DotWatcher is the home for the best insight, analysis, and conversation from around the bikepacking community, published alongside everything needed to follow the action of the world’s biggest races. Http://DotWatcher.cc Starting my year long bikepacking cycling journey from Sydney all the way back to London. Currently in Riding to Adelaide. Follow along, share the journey and hit me up if you wanna go rubber side down on any part of the route! Follow me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pedalingpodcast/ On Facebook: https://facebook.com/pedalingpodcast
47:01
August 28, 2019
Hayden tackles Silk Road Mountain Race
On my visit to Melbourne I met up with Hayden, Brand Manager at The Pedla, to talk about this huge bikepacking race he is about to compete in. He shares all his insights before going into a race that needs preparation well beyond a few fitness drills. This is absolute meticulous planning, from the Terra Nova custom sleeping bag to training for uphill laden bikepacking workouts!  Show Notes: https://pedalingpodcast.com/podcast/hayden-talks-bikepacking-silk-road-race The Silk Road Mountain Race is a fixed route, unsupported, single-stage cycling race through the mountains of Kyrgyzstan. The clock does not stop and there are no prizes. It follows gravel, single and double track and old soviet roads that have long been forgotten and fallen into disrepair. There is very little tarmac. There is some walking, and at times there is great distances between resupply points..  www.silkroadmountainrace.cc Starting my year long bikepacking cycling journey from Sydney all the way back to London. Currently in Riding to Adelaide. Follow along, share the journey and hit me up if you wanna go rubber side down on any part of the route!   Follow me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pedalingpodcast/  On Facebook: https://facebook.com/pedalingpodcast
1:00:29
August 13, 2019
Attaquer: Stevan & Greg talk apparel
When you’re next riding your bike, take a look at the kit everyone is wearing? You’ll soon see its mostly safe styles. People like to play it safe when deciding what to wear, but Greg and Stevan set out to start something different. I sat down in Sydney to catch up with the pair that first set out creating something different. They share their ideas on the future, how they manage growing and also maintaining a strong connection with the community. Checkout the shownotes for more details. https://pedalingpodcast.com/podcast/attaquer-cycling-sydney-greg-stevan https://attaquercycling.com/ Starting my year long bikepacking cycling journey from Sydney all the way back to London. Currently in Riding to Adelaide.Follow along, share the journey and hit me up if you wanna go rubber side down on any part of the route!  Follow me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pedalingpodcast/ On Facebook: https://facebook.com/pedalingpodcast
44:14
August 7, 2019
Trans Alba with Rupert and Caven
Rupert and Caven took on the Trans Alba, a 1000 mile self-supported bicycle race through Scotland. With this being their first time out racing in a bikepacking event, the pair share all their experiences from waking up at 3am, spending 18 hours on the road and pushing out 200 mile days.. Checkout the shownotes for more details on their trip, including photos. https://pedalingpodcast.com/podcast/trans-alba-bikepacking-rupert-caven Trans Alba Race: https://www.transalbarace.com/ Follow me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pedalingpodcast/ On Facebook: https://facebook.com/pedalingpodcast
49:31
July 28, 2019
Sydney to Canberra - Day 1 - 3 Bikepacking
When I started the trip from Sydney, I set out with an open mind as to what I should expect. WIth that, I also put together a series of audio to document the trip. This is a first for me and hope I’m able to share this documentation as I go. It’s more of a personal insight into my journey that has a lot of highs and lows. Check out the NEW daily journal at http://www.pedalingpodcast.com for images and diary notes from each day.
53:32
July 17, 2019
BigBikeTripNZ: Bali to London
Freddy, Arthur and Sean share their big bike trip taking them from Bali all the way to London. With a mission to raise money for Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand they set a target of $1 per kilometre, which is over 23,000km by the way. They endured a life on the road they had been dreaming of for over 10 years. At the same time, there was another part of the trip that had another purpose. With Sean shooting the whole trip with his insane photographic ability, Freddy making a documenting through his journal and Sean piloting the drone, there was another goal. Get a book publishing deal. Checkout the shownotes for more details on their trip, including photos, route and links to all the places you can follow them. https://pedalingpodcast.com/podcast/bigbiketripnz Don’t forget, the Pedaling podcast t-shirt is available online for the next week: https://everpress.com/pedalingpodcast Follow me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pedalingpodcast/ On Facebook: https://facebook.com/pedalingpodcast Follow The Bike Bike Trip NZ https://thebigbiketripnz.wixsite.com/thebigbiketripnz https://www.instagram.com/thebigbiketripnz/
47:54
July 8, 2019
Sami Sauri - Stories Through a Viewfinder
When I first decided to take on this trip, cycling all the way home, I wanted to find a way to showcase the trip, to create memories and inspire other people to do the same thing. As part of the creative side of the trip, I wanted to reach out to likeminded cyclists out there, crafting and creating stories on their journey. Sami gave me an insight to storytelling that I hadn’t thought of, and has since inspired loads of creative ideas. It’s interesting to hear her perspective on visualising the work she does day to day. Listen to Sami Sauri share her experiences, how she got to where she is and how she finds ways to share herself and work with the world. http://www.thereabouts.com.au/ https://www.instagram.com/samisauri https://www.samisauri.com/ Pedaling Podcast is a show bought to you from Australia as I begin my cycle back home to Britain. I’ll be Pedaling 20,000km over a year with a mission to discover cycling stories across the world. I'm finding my own journey at the same time, understanding what drives me to cycle by asking others the same question.  Follow online at www.pedalingpodcast.com http://www.instagram.com/pedalingpodcast
38:53
May 28, 2019
Sydney: Time to Ride feat: Of Mountains of Men
The first step was arriving in Sydney, still not 100% ready, I share my insights and experience so far in Australia as I finalise all the pieces for my bikepacking trip all the way back to the UK. I also chat with my hosts, Paddy and David from Of Mountains and Men, who invited me to stay after listening to my recent podcast with World Spoke People Anneke and Tane, who are also following the same path that they did, just like I am. Pedaling Podcast is a show bought to you from New Zealand as I begin my cycle back home to Britain. I’ll be Pedaling 20,000km over a year with a mission to discover cycling stories across the world. I'm discovering my own journey at the same time, figuring out what drives me to cycle by asking others the same question. Follow online at www.pedalingpodcast.com Instagram too http://www.instagram.com/pedalingpodcast
47:04
May 11, 2019
Cycling the World - World Spokes People
A couple of kiwis with their UK visas coming to an end, decided to get home the long way.  Anneke and Tane share their story with me from the beginning. Listen to their journey that started out in a London pub when the idea first started, the venture across Europe, Asia and back to New Zealand, 20,000 kilometers later. The funny start to the story is that Anekke and Tane gave me the inspiration to do this trip myself. After seeing their journey starting, visiting their website, I would often be found searching across their map. Now that my trip is starting in two weeks, I have both of these two to thank for helping kickstart my trip in a similar way back home. Pedaling Podcast is a show bought to you from New Zealand as I begin my cycle back home to Britain. I’ll be Pedaling 20,000km over a year with a mission to discover cycling stories across the world. I'm discovering my own journey at the same time, figuring out what drives me to cycle by asking others the same question.  Follow online at www.pedalingpodcast.com Instagram too www.instagram.com/pedalingpodcast
1:43:24
April 24, 2019
The Length of Sweden: Erik Nohlin
In a few months I'm starting the journey of New Zealand (Tour Aotearoa), not only covering the distance in 30-40 days, but sharing the story on my journey. But what exactly do I want to share? How will the journey shape the story? How do I creatively manage my ideas whilst producing and riding consecutive days? In this new series, I'm talking with creative thinkers from inside the cycling industry, starting with Erik Nohlin. Some call him the Dark Lord, others call him a creative cycling messiah. Erik is the Creative Director on the Sagan Collection and the chief architect of a bikepacking movie called the Length of Sweden, the story that inspired me most. Erik shares his perspective on creativity, what drives him to create and the story behind the Length of Sweden and offers me advice on bringing my own journey to life. Pedaling Podcast is a show bought to you from New Zealand as I begin my cycle back home to Britain. I’ll be Pedaling 20,000km over a year with a mission to discover cycling stories across the world. I'm discovering my own journey at the same time, figuring out what drives me to cycle by asking others the same question.  Follow online at www.pedalingpodcast.com Instagram too http://www.instagram.com/pedalingpodcast
41:26
March 25, 2019
Bicycle Junction: Bikes for Transport
Back when I was in Wellington, I had no intention of talking with Dan at Bicycle Junction, mostly because I didn't know much about him and the shop. After a few days cycling around, seeing the shop, their social media and the odd things going on, I was curious. I stepped in and had a coffee, watched everything go by and was fascinated by what Dan was doing, from the style of bikes, the coffee shop, the layout of the space and the odd-looking bikes parked outside. Dan sat down to take me through his journey to where he is now, his motivation for doing what he loves and the true purpose to why he setup Bicycle Junction. This show was setup around this idea of exploring the way the cycling industry is shifting and changing and Dan's story is a key part of that change that is focused, niche and offers something different. I’m John, Pedaling from New Zealand back home to Britain. I’ll be Pedaling 20,000km over a year with a mission to discover cycling stories across the world. Follow my travels online and Instagram by searching “Pedaling Podcast”
49:01
March 17, 2019
Kennett Brothers - NZ's Cycling Pioneers
Passing through Wellington, New Zealand, I stopped by to meet-up and talk with the Kennett Brothers. You've probably heard of them if you'd done a little cycling research in this country, but I knew little about how everything has come about since the 1980's. Listen to how these three kiwis have pioneered cycling in their home country on a scale not often seen in a single lifetime. They're still influencing big decisions, coaching volunteers and building lots of tools to showcase why New Zealand is a big destination for all types of cycling activities.  I’m John, Pedaling from New Zealand back home to Britain. I’ll be Pedaling 20,000km over a year with a mission to discover cycling stories across the world. Follow my travels online and Instagram by searching “Pedaling Podcast”
56:46
March 9, 2019
Wheelworks: The Dark Art of Building Wheels
New Zealand's artisan wheel builders invited me into their Wellington hub to talk about the dark arts of building great wheels, every time. If you're like me and you don't know the difference between a basic wheel, a wheel bought online and why you would spend extra money for a company like Wheel Works to build your wheels, then have a listen to this. I’m John, Pedaling from New Zealand back home to Britain. I’ll be Pedaling 20,000km over a year with a mission to discover cycling stories across the world. Follow my travels online and Instagram by searching “Pedaling Podcast”
45:34
February 9, 2019
Wyn Masters - Gold Mines to Wheelie Wednesdays
Absolute kiwi legend sits down with me in his mums back yard to share his journey from riding ponies as a kid, working in the gold mines of Australia to racing Enduro World Series, racing cyclocross and of course, Wheelie Wednesdays. I’m John, Pedaling from New Zealand back home to Britain. I’ll be Pedaling 20,000km over a year with a mission to discover cycling stories across the world. Follow my travels online and Instagram by searching “Pedaling Podcast”
1:01:18
January 31, 2019
The Big Trip Explained
Sharing where I am currently at with my big bike trip back home. Covering off all things such as the route I’ll be riding, how I am budgetting, the equipment I’m planning to use and the bike I’ll be riding home. If you’re interested in hearing about the trip than plug in, turn up and listen to me thoughts.
43:46
January 28, 2019
Haimona Ngata: Beer, BMX & Burgers
It's hard to pigeon hole Haimona as anything other than pretty original. In his thoughts, ideas, career and opportunities he's created, he's a little different to your average cyclist. Pretty much head-to-toe in tattoos, Haimona has taken his career from a pissed-off video editor to a one-man business that his is lead by his pursuit to show the world something different. An extra long podcast show but totally worth the listen as he shares his insights into building a editing studio, getting sponsored to do his thing, working with Redbull and the social media world we now live in. Also sorry for the expletives, theres only so much editing time I have!
1:36:17
January 23, 2019
Building a Performance Bike Brand: Chapter 2 with Mike Pryde
Ever wondered what it takes to build your own bike brand? Mike Pryde takes us through what it takes to sketch an idea on paper, get the moulds created, distribute the brand to new markets and keep building performance bikes for the future.
54:04
January 9, 2019
Grit Coaching in Auckland, Logan Mort
Logan is a young coach that is driven by his own experiences to help others succeed in coaching. It’s a unique perspective that has helped him discover what really motives himself to help others be the best they can, but not in a way that sacrifices his soul in a way some coaches have to. Find out how Logan has built something special today and how all his experiences have led to it. The community he has helped nourish and his aims and ambitions for tomorrow. Are you interested in becoming a coach? Logan gives some advice on what you can do to take that step forward. Not feeling comfortable on a bike? Well Logan spends some of his time helping athletes get the right feeling for peddling, but its not all as simple as you might think. Tune in and listen to why coaching is a big part of the industry.
58:04
November 7, 2018
Pedal Press: Liam Friary
In this episode I get talking with Liam Friary, the owner of Pedal Press in New Zealand. Publishing two magazines, Cycling Journal and NZ Mountain Biker, Liams story is one of opportunity and determination. Explaining his story from obese to athlete, Liam shares what it takes to be creative and publish every month. A unique part of Liam’s story is how he became the owner of these two national magazines. Listen to the latest podcast to hear how Pedal Press was born and how he took on two poor performing magazines and breathed new life into them. He also shares advice on creating your own magazine and if you’re a content producer, either illustrator, writer or photographer, hear his advice on the best ways to get your work published and start a relationship with a publisher. What is Pedaling Podcast? Im John, I created Pedaling Podcast as a way to document the cycling stories as I cycle all the way from Auckland, New Zealand to London, United Kingdom. I became interested in the industry almost recently, when I spent a brief period working in Auckland’s oldest bike shop called T Whites. I mulled over this idea of collecting the stories, politics, business and social side of the cycling industry. I run everything either through the website, http://www.pedalingpodcast.com or via my Instagram https://www.instagram.com/pedalingpodcast If you have any feedback on my journey home, the show itself or recommend anyone I should speak to on the journey, follow the above links and get in touch.
48:30
November 2, 2018
Success is Knowing Your Market: Allister Worrall
I get talking with Allister Worrall who operates the family business, Worralls. With over 100 years in the distribution business. So what exactly is it like leading a premium distribution business like Worralls? How do they decide which products to launch and what is the relationship like with brands? Do you run a bike shop? Want to know the best ways a company like Worralls can support you? Or curious to know what makes a successful retail shop? What is Pedaling Podcast? Im John, I created Pedaling Podcast as a way to document the cycling stories as I cycle all the way from Auckland, New Zealand to London, United Kingdom. I became interested in the industry almost recently, when I spent a brief period working in Auckland’s oldest bike shop called T Whites. I mulled over this idea of collecting the stories, politics, business and social side of the cycling industry. I run everything either through the website, http://www.pedalingpodcast.com or via my Instagram https://www.instagram.com/pedalingpodcast If you have any feedback on my journey home, the show itself or recommend anyone I should speak to on the journey, follow the above links and get in touch.
42:50
October 16, 2018
Bike Auckland: Barbara Cuthbert
Barbara discusses all things cycling in her crusade for improving the streets for riding bikes and getting more of us out on two wheels. But what exactly does a non-profit voice for cycling do? How much difference are they making to our cities? If you’re interested to know, than listen to Barbara explain the nuances of running a day-to-day operation.
51:44
October 10, 2018
Introduction to the Show
A brief update of what I'm planning so I can bring you the show by cycling from one end of the world to the other. Follow show notes and updates of my journey on: http://www.pedalingpodcast.com If find me on instagram http://instagram.com/pedalingpodcast
01:50
October 1, 2018
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