Paceline Podcast 143

Paceline Podcast 143

You’d think eating is easy. We’ve all been doing it longer than we can remember. But eating on the bike while pedaling hard enough to make people miss the couch isn’t easy. If it was, we wouldn’t be getting listeners asking about how best to execute so they don’t bonk. Bonking, after all, is a thing. But not our favorite thing. Selene addresses strategies to make sure you get everything down, keep it down and finish strong.

Patrick takes on a listener’s question about who and under what circumstances someone should order a custom bike. What should you expect to get out of a custom bike? Also, for those going to the North American Handmade Bicycle Show, what’s the best way to make use of your time there? 

And Patrick says you can race in rain and mud and with the right fender on your gravel bike you don’t have to look like you mud-wrestled a pig.




The Paceline is 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:

Jess Cerra’s Joje Bar

North American Handmade Bicycle Show

Floyd’s of Leadville Full-Spectrum CBD lavender balm

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  1. Scott

    Thanks for answering my questions about custom bikes. Good points about weight distribution and fit. I think I could use a little more weight over the front wheel. Is 60/40 a good starting point for road bikes?

    I’m overdue for another bike fit. Can you recommend anyone in the SF Bay area? If the best option is Patrick Brady I’d be happy to pay a visit to RKP headquarters.

    1. Author

      I’m a *good* fitter, but there are better out there, for sure. I’d encourage you to drive over the bridge to either Studio Velo or Above Category, unless you’re closer to the South Bay, and then I suggest considering a drive down to Santa Cruz to the Spokesman. There are a lot of fine shops out there, but these are places that have distinguished themselves as places that really emphasize fit. And yes, 60/40 is a good place to start for weight distribution, and if you suspect that you don’t have enough weight on your front wheel that would keep you from loving a bike.

  2. Neil M Winkelmann

    Rode the 250km RAMROD in Washington last year. Real food was in the form of a custom-made fresh “deli sandwich” at the final rest stop. The anticipation of that sandwich was perhaps more beneficial than the actual fuel it provided for the final stretch back into town.

    Gu Roctane was my choice for DK200. Stroopwafels, gel and drink mix. Worked an absolute treat. Added some real food at the final 2 checkpoints.

  3. Kurtis boyce

    I never heard of CBD until yesterday when I listened to the podcast Science Vs , from November. Their take was that it has been overhyped since a seemingly genuine benefit with epileptics was discovered.
    I then heard two cycling podcasts promoting it. Do you know of any medical studies?

    1. Selene Yeager

      Oh it’s been insanely overhyped. There are people talking about it like it’s a panacea for everything all the way up to cancer. But that’s not to say there isn’t some benefit. Definitely need more human studies. Like anything, it doesn’t seem to work for everyone. Others find pretty great relief. I find it works pretty nicely for general aches and pains after a huge day on the bike, likely because of its antiinflammatory properties. This is a pretty fair summary:

    2. Author

      I’m with Selene; it’s been overhyped, a bit like the Beatles, back in 1965. But, like the Beatles, it’s really that good … for the stuff it really does. For nerve pain, that is, the burning pinpoint pain you get when a nerve is pinched, nothing else works as well. I was prescribed Gabapentin and wound up so stoned from the stuff I couldn’t even watch TV. I can also speak to it helping with anxiety, which can also confer a benefit if you have trouble getting to sleep because your brain won’t shut off. But it won’t cure cancer, raise your IQ, speed up the harvest or blast you off this rock. (Apologies to Luke Skywalker.)

  4. shiggy

    Add a down tube splash guard to your seat tube fender and you have what PNW riders a known about and used for 30 years. Welcome to 1990!

  5. Steve

    I was surprised to hear that Selene say she really liked aluminum frames. I know there are some good aluminum bikes out there but they seem to be few and generally a cost related choice. Frankly, I’d love to ride a top end AL frame, because I’ve never experienced anything all that special with the couple I’ve ridden. Are we just talking Mountain or Gravel here?

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