Paceline Podcast 117

Paceline Podcast 117

How much do you know about bearings? This week Patrick went to Oakland to visit the folks at Enduro Bearings and talk about how precision bearings have improved how a bicycle performs. He got an apples to apples comparison of how ball bearing quality has improved as well as an explanation of why radial precision bearings are so much better than cup and cone bearings.

We’ve talked on multiple occasions about the darkness that comes during long events, often about 2/3 of the way through. This week Selene discusses the letdown that can come from finishing a big bucket-list event and relates a conversation she had with DKXL second place finisher Yuri Hauswald. As she observed endurance athletes tend to have a demon or two and many of us do long events to silence the voices in our head. After ticking off a big accomplishment, how we deal with that void can make a difference in our day-to-day lives.



The Paceline is also supported by Eliel Cycling. Crafted in California, the Eliel brand combines the latest technology with cycling tradition to deliver an experience that is authentically California. View their retail gear and custom program at


Show links:

Enduro Bearings

Shimano S-Phyre apparel

FBomb Nut Butters


Images of Yuri Hauswald: Myke Hermsmeyer


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  1. Neil Winkelmann

    Year-round commuter in rainy Vancouver, here. This is where drivetrains, bearings and brakes come to die. I hear you Selene. What is supposed to be top quality and durable soon gets exposed if it is not up to scratch.

  2. Neil Winkelmann

    Cool podcast. You’re right, I did enjoy it. DK200 wasn’t exactly a bucket-list race for me, as I only really became aware of it in November, when I started to look for things to do with my new gravel bike. “In at the deep end”, I figured. Nevertheless, it was a wonderful and profound experience. My memory of the race is distorted such that it seems like it went by in a flash. I’m having trouble with the idea that 14 hours has been compressed to about 10 minutes in my mind. I can literally remember only about 10 minutes of actual things that happened.

    I had a hectic and stimulating work-related trip right after the race, so was perhaps spared any significant opportunity for introspection and those things that might go with it. I’m going to enter for next year (fingers crossed) and already have accommodation booked (learnt THAT lesson the hard way)

    DK200 reminded me a lot of Ironman. Side story is that, a week later, an old triathlon buddy of mine did IM Cairns, some 27 years after we lived, trained and raced IM in Australia together. He set a PB and qualified for Kona. My (ongoing) elation at his success perhaps also went some way from preventing me from being too let-down after DK200.

    1. Author

      That we can feel elated from someone else’s accomplishments is one of the real triumphs of empathy.

    2. Neil Winkelmann

      I’m more excited by his result than I am by my own. I don’t think I saw that one coming. But it’s a great feeling.

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