Over the years, some truly inspiring riders have come through the doors of Trek Global Headquarters in Waterloo, Wisconsin. Now, for the first time, we’re sharing their stories with you in a podcast about bikes, life, and how both are better together.
The Better with Bikes podcast delivers the unknown, behind the scenes stories of some of the most influential and unlikely figures in our sport. You don’t have to be a cyclist to find something to love and learn in each episode.
Listen and subscribe to hear inspirational, unforgettable stories about cycling, and take them with you wherever you go.
What is a Podcast?
A podcast is a series of audio or video digital media files that users can subscribe to, or listen to.
Podcasts became prominent with the development of RSS feeds and did become popular with the advent of smartphones, and other portable electronic devices capable of playing audio broadcasts to not only myself, but my family.
If you get the staycation bug at anytime, why not pop on your headphones on and follow along with ‘Riding with Good Cyling’.
The Better with Bikes Podcast has been described as a “Back Street Bicycle”, stopping to talk to cyclists and bystanders just a little too busy to talk one on one, but too nosy not to.
It’s a story of the tradition we practice and how it affects those around us.
We’re speaking here of the thrill of being on a bicycle. The feeling of victory in the Tour De France. The sense of joy and fun that comes with a great ride, and the sense of community among cyclists.
Cycling Podcasts don’t really take up too much space on my phone, and the journey time is perfect for the hour or so on the way home.
I like to ride past quite a few of Mark Cavendish ‘s training grounds, so this is a great way to get to know the area, and the people who live and train there.
If you like listening to sports podcasts, why not see if any of these cycling podcasts might tickle your fancy
Is it ok to listen to podcasts while riding mountain Bike?
They do say you can train your brain to only focus on one sound if you listen to something enough times, so yes
For example, when I first started riding without any music the noise of the traffic was overpowering. Fast forward a year, and I barely notice it at all.
It’s the same with the Podcast; if you want to listen to a Podcast, then yes, I would say it is OK to do so.
The key really is if you are distracted by the content, and your performance is affected.
If so, then it is a case of finding a time when it is suitable to listen to podcasts, but not a time when you should not be distracted.
If you are distracted, then you might be in for a nasty shock when you look back at your bike computer.
The Content of Podcasts
If you are unsure as to whether you should listen to a Cycling or Mountain Bike Podcast, then it is really all about the content.
When listening to ‘Riding with Good Cyling’ I am not even sure where the podcaster is riding.
I have listened to several episodes whilst racing, and it does not really matter at all.
He speaks and interviews locals, riders and other interesting people that he meets.
Some episodes are more emotional, whilst others are more laid back.
Quite often, a lot of downtime is involved, where he might just chat with one of his cycling buddies about their travels.
The key thing I like to do is to learn. And these podcasts are great at giving a different perspective about the places you ride.
If you like a bit more lively and upbeat, then I recommend the following podcasts:
There is also a variety of Podcast just in the cycling world alone so feel free to Google more if you are interested in cyclists and their stories
Sometimes it is just not possible to get out of the city to ride, and in those cases, these cycling podcasts will help you pass the time.
Nothing like a little chat about Fantasy Football to take ones mind off the buzz of the world of work.
Cycling Podcasts Can Help You Through the Training Season
If you are a Mountain Biker then you need to make sure you are training right, and having fun, so using a podcast can help you through the training sessions, by taking your mind off the pain.
Colt McCoy’s new podcast, The Pocket Passer, focuses on the stories of NFL veterans and rookies.
Subscribe through Apple Podcasts, TuneIn, Google Play or wherever else you use to listen to podcasts.
If you are feeling brave, then create your own podcast and let me know how you get on.
If you don’t have any ideas about what I could talk about, then maybe you could let us know what you would like me to discuss in a short comment, and I will try to incorporate it into a future podcast in some form or another.
Take Precautions While Riding a Bike With Podcast
Podcasts aren’t a distraction if you’re riding. Sometimes it’s nice to round out the workout with a little extra entertainment or information. Hopefully you’re not using a phone for the ride, so you’ll be able to hear car traffic that you might not otherwise hear. The bikes themselves also can be a distraction. It’s a good idea to listen to a podcast on something you consider safe, like a stationary bike or treadmill. Also, you might want to use earphones instead of speakers so you can focus on the content rather than the sounds around you.
Remember this is supposed to be fun!
If you are unconfident about riding and aren’t sure you are able to pull off the podcast ride safely, then you are better off staying off the bike.
After all. you can always listen to podcasts on a run.
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