The Outspoken Cyclist – 03/24/2012

Well, we’ve survived our St. Patrick’s Day hiatus, and Diane spent the week in DC at the Bike Summit. This week, Cleveland saw 4 consecutive days with temperatures of at least 80 degrees, which brought many cyclists out for early season “shorts” rides.  With all those reasons to smile, let’s add two more: this week’s guests on The Outspoken Cyclist.

First up this week is Rich Olken, whose roots in cycling go back to his late father Ben Olken, who was a pioneering bicycle dealer and importer of fine bicycles. To say that Rich has held leadership positions with the National Bicycle Dealers Association, Bikes Belong, and Hosteling International doesn’t really convey how deeply he and his family are woven into the fabric and history of cycling in America. To understand that, you’ll have to listen for yourself.

Featured in the second half of the hour is a guy who’s been ‘actually making his own [stuff]‘ since about 1974. Bruce Gordon is the founder, owner, and resident curmudgeon of Bruce Gordon Cycles, where he makes (and sometimes even sells) extremely durable, gorgeous frames, racks, and other components. He’s also the Benevolent Co-Dictator for Life of SOPWAMTOS, whose website contributed to the 90 minutes I vaporized writing this post. Perfect browsing material while you’re listening to Bruce and Rich!

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