The Paceline Podcast #18

The Paceline Podcast #18

A Dutchman turned Californian is racing around his adopted home state in the Amgen Tour of California. Laurens ten Dam is an interesting case of work-life balance. He has kept a spot in the pro peloton while making memories with his family, a continent and an ocean away from where his sport thrives.

Owning a bike usually means having to do a few repairs or changes without assistance. Those adjustments and fixes require an assortment of bike specific tools. Padraig, a former wrench, has a list of things every cyclist should consider having in their tool box. Michael takes us on a tour of his garage to show off one cool tool that is completely unnecessary. We also hear from the CEO of Velofix, the company with the mobile bike shops.

We also have more news on the 1X front. A cassette conversion could make it manageable to handle the steepest of grades. And SRAM has responded to the emergence of E-Mtn bikes with a group specific to the class.

Cycling caps are too often buried beneath helmets but two companies are trying to showcase the “soft lid”.  It’s no surprise that Rapha is one of those companies but Herman Miller? The company that probably makes the greatest desk chair has dug into its archives to help create some stand out cycling caps. We talk to the head of creative design about textiles and head wear.



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Laurens ten Dam


Padraig on cycling caps

Rapha-Herman Miller caps

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  1. Shugg McGraw

    Had one of the Herman Miller caps in my basket (£20 UK prices) – went to checkout and found Rapha wanted another £5 for delivery. That was enough to bring me to my senses – £25 for a cycling cap. Bought this instead for £7.50 including delivery:
    It may not have an anti-bacterial lining but I’m prepared to take that risk.
    Come back soon Fatty (not that I’m not enjoying Pagraig and Michael).

  2. wayno

    Padraig – Perhaps one of your most poetic phrases….

    “The a-hole is not in the bike but on the bike”

    So true and not just on e-bikes!

    1. Padraig

      Thanks, and yep. The worst trail damage done by bikes (that I’ve seen) wasn’t done by e-bikes.

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