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3 Lights Better Than 1

A conversation with Thomas Prehn, a founding member of professional USA Cycling and inventor of the best bike lights money can by. Visit and enter discount code BEN for a 20% discount.


The Unpavement Project

A conversation with Jeremy McGhee, adaptive bike ride, surfer and skier extraordinaire. Since a car hit Jeremy on his motorbike and took away the use of his legs, 16 years ago, he has made it his life's mission to get off the pavement. Nothing gets this guy down. “If it’s money, figure it out. If it’s time, figure it out. You get less of it every day, so do it now”


My Brother's Legacy

Back in June, 2017, I interviewed April Paige from the Check-In foundation about the work she is doing to raise awareness for the appalling numbers of people who commit suicide each year. Since that time I have had personal connections to 4 people who have commited suicide. 3 of them High School Students, 1 of them middle aged. All of them male, all of them white, all of them tragic. White male suicide is a national epidemic. Today I talk to the team from 7njvygbr


The Places I Pee - 2

Back in April I interviewed Sophie George and Chris Haag just before they set off for Alaska to begin their 20,000 mile, 2 year bicycle adventure starting in Homer Alaska and ending in Uswaya Argentina. The episode was called the Places I Pee. If you want to know about why I named the episode this way, or why their web site is so called, I suggest you listen to the episode. Here we are, about 6 months later and they have made it all the way from Homer to the Mexican...


The Bike Ninja

As ever I love it when a listener reaches out to me to be on the ben and bikes podcast If you’d like to be on the show please email me on or go to and click on the contact button on the nav bar. Today’s guest, who sent me an email, is joining me via Skype all the way from Spain. His real name is Axel Blumenberg, but he also goes by the Bike Ninja. From what I understand Axel was one of those people suffering a soul destroying, life wasting and exhausting...


Risk & Reward

Nike was founded by Bill Bowerman and Phil Knight, both keen runners (and waffle fans), Trek was founded by Richard Burke a keen cyclist and GoPro was founded by Nick Woodman so he could take rad movies while he was surfing. My guest today is Josh Sprague, a competitive endurance athlete, who is the founder of Orange Mud, a manufacturer of some very unique running, biking and lifestyle brands. From a garage built prototype through to global distribution using his web site and...


Bikes Stopped Me From Being A Jerk

Receiving feedback from listeners is one of the most rewarding things about producing the Ben and Bikes Podcast. It’s a double bonus when those people want to share their bike story with me on the show. Back in June of 2017 I spoke with Robert Raymond about his experiences commuting to work in Florida - You can find this episode on my web site - Today I’m joined by Sam Campbell, from Illinois.


Knives, Flannel & Women Truck Drivers

Domestic Violence Awareness. Comedian Mara Marek rides her bike across the country to raise awareness for Domestic Violence Awareness. She and her dog Frank join me to talk about her experiences.


Bike Frame Failed At 40 MPH

Some of you may remember that my Podcast used to be called Bikes And...where I’d fill in the next part with the subject of the show. Bikes And...Beer, Bikes and Community, etc. This episode goes all the way back to Episode 15, Bikes and Making the best of it, where I was honoured to talk to Jamie Osbourne. A man who suffered a catastrophic spinal injury when his road bike’s frame collapsed travelling at more than 40 miles per hour. His approach to recovery is one of tenacity, character and...


You Are What You Eat

An interview with NYC Chef and Cyclist Seamus Mullen. We talk about how diet and exercise and a change in lifestyle allowed him to lose weight and help to battle his battle with early onset Rheumatoid Arthritis.


Blood, Sweat & Tears

Last week end I had the honour to see the Leadville 100 MTB race from the athletes point of view, talking to as many as would allow me to shove an annoying microphone into their face. I recorded more than 100 interviews and of course fitting them all into a podcast that lasts a little less than one hour is not possible. But I’ve a created representative selection to give you an insight into what makes people do this, their backgrounds and motivations. I am in awe of you all. This episode...


Who Dares, Wins

I will be up in Leadville, Colorado this weekend interviewing the athletes crazy enough to attempt the Leadville 100 mountain bike race. While I'm doing this, please enjoy an episode from earlier this year where I interview the race's founders, Ken Chlouber and Merilee Maupin. In my next episode I'll be playing some of those interviews.


The Deal - Part 2

There are two sides to every story. In the last Episode of Ben and Bikes I spoke with Ian Dille about what happened at the 2001 Road National Championships in Florida and the subsequent article he wrote for this month’s edition of Bicycling Magazine titled “The Deal”. Long story short: With a few laps to go on a grueling circuit, the race was between Ian Dille and Mike Friedman. Ian who had been in the lead for a while, Mike who had just caught up to him. Ian’s recollection is that Mike...


The Deal - Part 1

All of us can probably remember a time in our lives where we wish we could go back and change a decision we made. The results of that decision probably stick with us today, and probably will for the rest of our lives. For today’s guest, that time was 2001, and his decision was based on 6 words. It was the 2001 U23 National Criterium Championship and Ian Dille was sitting on the starting line with 100 or more other hungry young racers. It was a tough field stacked with pros, previous...


You gotta practice your winning pose, because it’s gonna happen

It was surfing legend and fitness guru Laird Hamilton who once said “Make sure your worst enemy doesn't live between your own two ears” There is meaning in this quote for both the sport he loves and for all aspects of his life. So often sports metaphors make this transitive leap. Others include: Driving for show, putting for doughSet your goals high, and don't stop till you get thereIt’s not the will to win that matters—everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that mattersIf you...


That Time I Went Full Enduro

Gloria Liu writes in the article titled That Time I Went Full Enduro “It was a fabulous lifestyle. I got over feeling guilty about spending a whole day taking lifts or banging up some steep road to get to the downhills faster. Enduro was mountain biking’s five-pound bag of red Swedish Fish; there were none of the boring flavors, only the best one. Finally, I could eschew all that character-building stuff and maximize the fun.”


The Places I Pee

Today’s guests, joining me from St. George, Utah, are Chris Haag and Sophie George. They will be riding their bikes from Alaska to Argentina, a distance of 20,000 miles; it will take them 2 years to complete. You can learn more about their adventure and keep tabs on their progress by visiting and there will be a link to this page on the web site.


The Behind Handlebars Project

There is a saying that sometimes you can’t see the wood for the trees. Translation: In this crazy world, where we spin around the cities and communities where we live at brake neck speeds, we forget to stop and look around and take into account what we take advantage of. So what better way to do this than on a bike. Today’s guest, joining us from, Denmark, is Oliver Andersen – the Urban Bicycle Explorer. His goal is to inspire people all around the globe to bike and use it as a tool for...


Our Land and (S)oil

When most people think of a multi-day bike tour they might consider doing it in places like the Napa Valley, Croatia or maybe even The French Alps. But not today’s guest. Martin Eberlen decided to ride 1,600 miles from the City of Stanley, North Dakota where the Dakota Access Pipeline begins through to its end in Patoka, Illinois. This controversial pipeline transports 470,000 barrels of crude oil a day across four states. The end result of his ride is a book called Our Land and...


The Diva From Down Under

The Diva from Down Under is how Rapha describes today’s guest. Tiffany Cromwell is one of the World’s most accomplished female road riders having lived her stellar career racing in some of the most illustrious events on pro cycling’s calendar. Currently racing for Team Canyon-SRAM she calls Adelaide Australia her home, but spends a lot of her time racing and training on the roads of Europe. In the off season, Tiffany likes to relax with running marathons, mountain bike racing, boxercise...