Category: Tech podcast

Tech podcast: Demystifying full-suspension bikes with Dave Weagle

Having a hard time understanding modern full-suspension bikes? Not to worry, Dave Weagle helps us wrap our heads around complex concepts.

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Tech podcast: How to layer for winter riding

Welcome to the VeloNews Tech podcast, where we discuss complex tech topics and distill them down into terms we can all understand.

Don’t be such a Dan! A Dan?! That’s right, our tech podcast host Dan Cavallari is a bit timid about riding in foul weather. Not to worry because today he is talking with Rob Pickels, physiologist in advanced development at Pearl Izumi.

They discuss how breathability works (and why that is a misnomer), how waterproof your cycling kit really needs to be, and why zippers actually don’t work that well if you need to cool off. Pickels has plenty of insight on how different fabrics work in different conditions and advice to help you layer more effectively this winter.

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Tech podcast: How a carbon fiber bike is made

Welcome to the VeloNews Tech podcast, where we discuss complex tech topics and distill them down into terms we can all understand.

Carbon fiber bike frames are light years ahead of their predecessors in the early days of the technology. How do bike companies milk so much performance out of such lightweight frames in 2019?

To learn about the technology, we speak with Jeff Soucek, director of research and development at Felt Bicycles. He explains mysterious terms like modulus, resins, additives, and layups. All of this results in better bicycles for all types of riding or racing.

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Tech podcast: How does a power meter work?

Welcome to the VeloNews Tech podcast, where we discuss complex tech topics and distill them down into terms we can all understand.

Power meters are everywhere, but do we actually understand how they work or what they actually do for us as cyclists?

For this episode of the tech podcast, we talk with Pat Warner of Stages Cycling. He helps us understand the basics of how power meters work, from the strain gauges to what bike component houses the power meters.

He also delves into questions about watts per kilo, how to effectively train with a power meter, and the hot-hot question of whether power meters are ruining the Tour de France!

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Tech podcast: Demystifying e-bikes

Welcome to the VeloNews Tech podcast, where we discuss complex tech topics and distill them down into terms we can all understand.

Are you shocked at how common e-bikes have become? We decided to learn more about the basics of how electric-assist bikes work.

To help us understand e-bikes, we called up Jonathan Weinert, sales and marketing manager at Bosch. He explains how the motors give you that tailwind sensation, the technology behind the batteries, and how e-bikes have evolved.

All that and more on this episode of the VeloNews tech podcast.

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Tech podcast: Why are people riding snub-nose saddles?

Welcome to the VeloNews Tech podcast, where we discuss complex tech topics and distill them down into terms we can all understand.

We have noticed a trend: Riders are opting for shorter saddles with pronounced cutouts. What’s the explanation for this shift?

On this episode, we bring on Chris Jacobson, Shimano North America’s product line manager for Pro Components and BikeFitting.com. He answers our many questions about how riders can (or should) select saddles, what are some common bike fit issues, and why saddles have evolved to become shorter.

All that and more on this episode of the VeloNews tech podcast.

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Tech podcast: Why hookless rims?

Welcome to the VeloNews Tech podcast, where we discuss complex tech topics and distill them down into terms we can all understand.

Remember when rims had hooks to hold on the tire beads? Well, that is changing. Hookless rim designs are everywhere in the world of mountain bikes and now they’re coming to road wheels. The design is lighter and offers performance benefits.

We talk to Alto Cycling’s Bobby Sweeting about this evolving technology. He also expands on carbon rim technology, rim brakes, and why pro riders don’t like disc brakes. Finally, Sweeting talks about the controversial test his company conducted to test rival companies’ wheels under the stress of heavy rim braking.

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Tech podcast, ep. 8: Why all the bottom bracket standards?

Welcome to the VeloNews Tech podcast, where we discuss complex tech topics and distill them down into terms we can all understand.

What’s up with all the “standards” in bottom bracket technology? Tech editor Dan Cavallari talks to Jay Sycip from Chris King to find out why there are so many different bottom brackets today, what happened to threaded bottom brackets, and whether we’ll ever see the end of creaky press-fits.

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Tech Podcast, Ep. 7: What is chain line and why does it matter?

Welcome to the VeloNews Tech podcast, where we discuss complex tech topics and distill them down into terms we can all understand.

Your drivetrain does a lot of work, and in order to do it well, a bike has to be designed with chain line in mind. What’s that, you ask? That’s exactly what we cover in this week’s VeloNews tech podcast.

VeloNews tech editor Dan Cavallari asks SRAM’s chief system engineer for road drivetrains, Anthony Medaglia, how your drivetrain’s chain line influences the way your bike is designed. Does chain line matter as much as it did ten years ago? What about 1X drivetrains — what kind of stresses affect the chain when it’s angled like that? Medaglia’s got the answers.

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Tech podcast, ep. 6: What is trail and why does it matter?

Welcome to the VeloNews Tech podcast, where we discuss complex tech topics and distill them down into terms we can all understand.

What is trail? No, not that dirt path you like to mountain bike on — we are talking about the often-misunderstood bike geometry measurement.

In this episode of the VeloNews tech podcast, we speak to BMC Switzerland’s head of engineering, Stefan Christ. He helps us better understand how trail affects a bike’s handling.

But more importantly, he explains why a variety of factors influence the way a bike feels — it isn’t as simple as just one geometry measurement.

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