March 23, 2006

Recumbent Inventor Interviewed

Recumbent Inventor Interviewed

On Monday, we completed our long scheduled interview with a man who has had more to do with making it fun for humans to move about than any man alive today. It's no small wonder that he got his beginning selling plans for what was arguably the first recumbent bicycle since they got banned from racing in 1934. Laugh with us as we

TALK with Robert Q. Riley, a man whose life is so huge it could fill an entire set of encyclopedias.


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Fast Freddy Markham Up Close and Personal

Fast Freddy Up Close and Personal

A couple of days after he took the keys to the Easy Racer factory, we spoke with Fast Freddy Markham, a man who I have had the privilege of knowing for almost two decades now. During that time, I have watched him shatter innumerable speed records both on uprights and on a bike made by one of the early pioneers of the modern day recumbent movement, a man who recently passed away, the legendary Gardner Martin. And as fate would have it, the company Gardner built, Easy Racers is now owned by the man who made the Easy Racer name synonymous with speed. Here is Part ONE of our two part interview!

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March 08, 2006

Wood Bent Plans, the Burley Bike story, Slip Not Eyewear - the David & Goliath story

- Ever thought you'd like to build a bike from the ground floor up but don't have the welding equipment or know how that you need? What about wood? As Tom Kabat long has shown us with his wood bikes, the ride can be glorious. Well now another wood builder has come forward with plans. And James Robinson's bikes are pretty trick looking indeed. To find out how you can get bent with wood for $25 , click HERE.

- Last Friday we went to Eugene, OR to talk with the people at Burley Design Cooperative , a worker owned collective that is one of the darlings of Northwest industry. Tune in as we talk about how Burley keeps jobs in America as they keep up with the growing national demand for their trailers, recumbents, tandems, road bikes and rain gear. A true success story, go to:

To see the Burley work force, go to click on the thumbnail and scroll away!

- The week before, we spent some time with Kevin Johnson, a jazz pianist and composer who washes windows by day and plays music at night as he also works to make his patented sunglass innovation a reality that more people, especially cyclists, can enjoy. If eyewear that you barely even know you're wearing is of interest to you, you might do well to listen to this true David and Goliath story at:

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