Paceline Podcast 190

Paceline Podcast 190

Selene is back from The Mid-South and managed to avoid getting sick and breaking her bike. Patrick is not so much back from spring break as still here; he canceled his trip with his boys. Selene talks about spending a day in red mud and what it was like traveling with a pandemic sweeping the globe.

Shimano’s GRX group is the first component group designed specifically around the needs of the gravel rider. Sound like marketing fluff? It’s not. Patrick has been riding the group and walks through the successes of the group as well as one tiny criticism, both literally and metaphorically.



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Show links:

The Mid South

Shimano GRX


Selene’s piece “A Cyclist’s Guide to Self-Care In These Stressful Times”

Patrick’s piece “What We Wish They Knew”

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  1. TominAlbany

    Great to be able to listen this week and keep a bit of my normal. Great episode. Whenever I can get my hands on a gravel bike…

    Patrick, sorry you had to cancel the visit to Memphis. Keep checking in, though!

    Cheers, all!

  2. Neil Winkelmann

    Great episode.

    Funny about the observation of there being more cyclists out and about. Here, on the North Shore of Vancouver, the opposite seems true. I have local climb to a ski-hill not far from my house. It is very popular with cyclists in normal times. The ski-hill is closed and the car traffic is all but non-existent. I have climbed it (in perfect weather) 6 times this week, and not seen one single other cyclist at all on the climb. That is absolutely unprecedented.

    1. Selene Yeager

      I would say that I’m not seeing more “cyclists” out and about. I’m seeing lots of families, couples, etc. out riding in the parks and in town. They are clearly people who haven’t ridden in a while. The bike shops say they’ve been busy with people dropping off and picking up bikes that haven’t seen a lot of use. I think it’s a product of the gyms being closed and everyone home and riding as a good way to get fresh air and sunshine while staying distant from folks.

    2. Neil Winkelmann

      Interesting. You might be right. I’m deliberately avoiding the waterfront shared-use paths and family-friendly areas for the hilly north shore, precisely to avoid crowds of any type. I’ve been extremely successful in that regard!

    3. Neil Winkelmann

      Update. For reasons that I don’t quite understand, they’ve just closed the road up to the ski-hill. It was so deserted up there, it was the very essence of “social distancing”. Now I’ll be riding on more crowded roads. Go figure.

  3. Ron Anderson

    Sometime early this year I decided I was going to start exploring some podcasts to help get me through a sometimes solitary/boring workday. I found the Paceline Podcast quite by chance and it quickly became a favorite. I have gone back and listened to a couple of the older episodes, and although I found them entertaining I much prefer the current collaboration of Patrick and Selene. The two of you have perspectives just different enough to keep things interesting and balanced, and your on air chemistry is undeniable.
    Although I’m sorry your spring vacation was canceled Patrick, I was delighted to have a new episode this week. It was just the break I needed as our world gets a little crazier day by day with the advancing pandemic. I love how your subject matter, though rooted firmly in cycling, casts a much wider net over everyday life. As cycling events and rides are postponed or canceled I hope you will continue to come up with content to help provide us all with that very welcome diversion from daily life. Something tells me you two could create an hour of engaging, entertaining content about organizing your cycling sock drawer while sheltering in place. Thanks for all you do and keep the good stuff coming.
    On a side note I would imagine it is a bit of an ongoing challenge to monetize The Paceline and RKP (Shimano sponsership aside.) Starting today I’m taking a subscription to RKP to do my little part to help you folks continue to do so well.
    Cheers, Ron A.

    1. Author

      Thank you! A compliment is always nice, but it’s unusual to receive so many in a single comment.

  4. Justin Short

    Hey guys, you bring great happiness to my week! I’ve been meaning to ask you for a while if you know any cyclists working with Wim Hof Method, I’ve been working with it for a little over a year and it’s… well, more on that later.

    I just got a cease and desist letter from Life Time’s lawyer about my gravel event here in Spokane called, aptly, the Dirty Spokanza. If you could (and are willing) to put me in touch with someone in the Kanza/Big Sugar fold who might have a sympathetic ear, I would be most grateful! Honestly, I think if Life Time OWNED and ran the Dirty Spokanza that would probably be the quickest way to fulfill my secret wish to get the 2 of you up here to turn some pedals. Careful though, the winner has to buy the tacos!

    Thanks for doing what you do! You should seriously be billing my insurance for therapy.

  5. Martin Bunge

    Selene, can you enlighten me on your tire choice for Mid-South? Faced with the same road conditions, I would have gone with wider tires (normally run 2.2″ tires on my Ti Fargo) so I’d “float” over the muck and roll easier. Do the thinner tires actually roll better in those conditions? Or was tire clearance your priority? Love the podcast!

    1. Selene Yeager

      In that kind of mud? Thinner! I went with 35s rather than 40s. In those conditions, you want to be able to slice into the mud to gain some traction. Larger tires still sink, pack up more, become heavier, and often fishtail about because they can’t dig in enough.

    2. Author

      Wide tires, however, are the call in sandy conditions. Just the opposite. Strange world, huh?

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