The Paceline Podcast #13

The Paceline Podcast #13

The Hell of the North was a helluva surprise. An Aussie is the unlikely winner of Paris-Roubaix and he did it on a bike better suited for criteriums than cobbles. The Paceline covers the podium, the gear choices and the crashes of the Queen of the Classics.

A bike that seems too good to be true gets a once over from our gear-heads. The SpeedX has become a Kickstarter phenom. The Paceline points out some red flags.

A Norther California Sheriff’s Department has the radar guns out on local trails. Mountain bikers are again being targeted over speed. But here’s the kick in the chamois region: The trail speed enforcement is being done in Marin County, the birthplace of mountain biking.

The Paceline has given lots of coverage to 1X systems but Padraig is lobbying for a return to cassettes with shift jumps that don’t shock the legs.



Show Links

A day in the life of a Paris-Roubaix winner.

SpeedX Leopard

Marin County using radar on trails to catch speeding mountain bikers

Padraig lobbies for a cassette that starts with a 13 instead of a 10

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  1. Ty

    Did the SpeedX rip off the Cervélo R5 paint design? Or is this some “classic” design? If the former, it needs to be pointed out how shameless this is amidst all the “buzz” for this bike.

  2. Steve


    I love listening to the paceline. It’s nice to find a podcast that doesn’t sound like it was done out of someone’s garage, has great content, a great mix of personalities, and isn’t three hours long. In a recent episode, you were discussing the results of ParisRoubiax and made a quick mention of the use of disc brakes but no in-depth discussion. I’d be very interested in your analysis of this post


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      Michael Hotten

      We will talk about Ventoso and the fallout in Show #14. News of his injury broke after we had finished Show #13. Working on a way to deal with breaking news in between shows. Thanks for listening and writing.

  3. John Kopp

    When I started serious riding (ca 1979) the group I rode with was looking for the small gear starting at 15 or 16. We were mostly into touring, very few racers.

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  5. phi

    Michael for the ammount of cycling expertise you had i would’ve thought you would understand why it’s so cheap. there are no percentage costs incorporated into the price that are going to sponsoring numerous teams. specialized canyon, pinarello all incorporate percentage costs to sponsoring teams. es

  6. Les.B.

    Love the podcast, all the episodes. I would like to take one of the issues discussed this week a bit further.

    Regarding the MTB speed traps, in the category of “underlying cause.”

    Speed guns on MTB paths seems outrageous on the surface. Are the popo merely supplying funds to their governmental treasury? Like the stop sign cameras tucked away in remote locations of the Santa Monica Moutains?:

    Or, it could be a matter of serving the public. Were cyclists creating dangerous situations with their speed?

    I ask this because there seems to be a scofflaw element to MTB.

    Hikers and officials complain about MTBers riding on hiking trails where bikes are not allowed. A problem here, beyond safety issues, is that the wheels create a rut in the middle of the path, so that when it rains flowing water will erode the path.

    I’d like to say that it’s a matter of a few bad apples making the majority look bad. But I personally know two MTBers who I do not consider scofflaw type people who do this.

    One complains that “because of the Sierra Club”, there is a prime MTB area in Palos Verdes that has been made off-limits to Cyclists. Then I heard about this situation from another perspective, that of the Audubon Society, revealing that this is not the doing of the Sierra Club.

    The area in question was purchased by the city 20 years ago for the express purpose as a nature preserve. MTBers have torn down the surrounding fence to gain their illegal access. And they have physically threatened people who have taken exception.

    Cycling is fun, but not worth committing a felony over.

    1. Padraig

      There are idiots in every population. Cycling, the Sierra Club, city administrations, the 405. Not pointing a finger, but no matter where you go, there will always be some people who don’t see how their behavior reflects badly on the group. That said, there’s a tomato/tomahto element in this in that a reasonable cyclist can pass a person at a reasonable speed and can be accused of breaking the sound barrier. Peaceful coexistence can’t happen unless it’s what everyone wants.

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