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The Wheel Friends Ep. 24 - Don't Take Hand Ups From Eli (With Eli)

Happy Thanksgiving! Craig is back in action after a week off and he's got our old friend Eli back on the show. Eli recounts his shady history of Hand Ups, and we discuss what we would do to go all out with a high Hand Up Budget. Then Craig shares his number one complaint about riding your bike indoors on a trainer. Then Craig and Eli talk about their ideal bicycling videogame. Also Eli seems to think that "Open World" is something Nintendo recently invented. Yeah, it's a...

Duration: 00:23:55

The Wheel Friends Ep. 23 - Biking is Totally Punk (With Emily)

This week on the Wheel Friends Craig is joined by his friend Emily "Hambone". Emily's been racing a lot in the past year and she recounts some of her experiences racing Gravel, Cyclocross and the Occasional Mountain Bike Race. She shares her favorite racing conditions as well as her reasoning for riding road races. Then Craig & Emily tell some stories of bicycling shenanigans, including ways they've dealt with motorists not respecting the bike lane.

Duration: 00:37:15

The Wheel Friends Ep. 22 - A Western... But On Bikes

Mondays are normally reserved for Recording & Editing, but because it was the night of the Devil's Night Poker Run (Check the pics on our instagram) Craig's busting out some B-Roll! Steve's back in this episode with a fresh bike movie pitch for a modern day Western set on bikes. Together the two create a setting for the most buckwild extreme sports movie ever. Check it out!

Duration: 00:15:13

The Wheel Friends Ep. 21 - Night Riding, Halloween Costumes, and Bill De Blasio with Louis

If you're looking for a bunch of bad Halloween Costumes, then this is the bicycling podcast for you! Craig's neighbor and friend Louis is back on the show this week. Louis talks about his recent frame break. Craig shares his experience riding on a recent "Third Shift" night ride. After that Craig talks about an upcoming Poker Run and Costume party on wheels which leads to a creative costume discussion. Finally, Craig is reminded of the state of E-Bikes in New York City and is...

Duration: 00:35:34

Wheel Friends - Ep. 20: Bike Camping in the Manistee National Forest

Holy Smokes! 20 Episodes! After biking 40 miles on a rainy Fall day in Michigan, Craig sits down fire side with Steve, Dustin, And Ari to dry their clothes and talk about their ride. It'll be just like you're camping with them as they regale you with tales of donuts, skeptics, bathroom heaters, mud puddles and a whole lot more. After the fire, hang out with Craig & Steve in their uncomfortably close hammocks to fantasize about breakfast while listening to the rain. This is bike...

Duration: 00:23:02

The Wheel Friends - Ep. 19: Bikecamping & The Starship Gambler

This week on The Wheel Friends Steve is back! Steve has caught a bit of wanderlust and has taken to bikecamping. He shares his experience with Craig, who has some stories of his own. Then Craig & Steve get down to planning for a camping trip this weekend and throw out some unconventional ideas. All that and a whole lot more!

Duration: 00:36:21

Wheel Friends - Ep. 18

In this episode of the Wheel Friends, Craig finally enters a bike race! Craig mics up and participates in the SnapCat 2 Alley Cat. He'll also explain the gist of what an alley cat is and swear at a drinking fountain.

Duration: 00:16:47

The Wheel Friends Ep. 17 - Factory Mike, Gadgets and Accessories

In this accessory heavy episode of the Wheel Friends, Craig is joined by his new neighbor and recent addition to the Grand Rapids bike community, Louis Marzeroti. Louis came overly prepared and Craig shares some of his knowledge origins. Then Louis tasks Craig with decking out a bike for a person he made up. Then its back to Yahoo to help somebody put more gadgets on there bike and while answering the question Craig introduces Louis to another bicycling subculture and airs his...

Duration: 00:33:48

Wheel Friends - Ep. 16

We needed a fun episode this week so Craig had his old pal Steve on the show. Craig shares how he did some major ear damage at the Beer City Bike Fest and Steve talks about biking in Nashville. Then Craig pitches a radio-play idea to Steve and it turns into more bike movie pitches. Lastly Craig shares some of his favorite team names he's seen on the Ladies Army 9 Roster.

Duration: 00:17:43

The Wheel Friend Ep. 15 - Concerned Partners & Childhood Memories

This week's episode of the Wheel Friends gets a little personal. Craig's guest this week is his very own girlfriend, Patience. They discuss what it's like dating a person who bikes a lot and the concerns that come with it and some tools bicyclists can use to help alleviate some of that stress. Then Craig and Pat take a trip down memory lane to talk about when they learned to ride and then they look ahead because Craig is gonna teach Patience to Mountain Bike.

Duration: 00:13:15

Wheel Friends - Ep. 14

This week the Wheel Friends Podcast is looking to the future. Craig discusses his vision for the winter and also announces the potential for more weekly episodes (Frick yes). Then he takes to Sarahah to answer a super quick user question before diving into picking up groceries by biking. Embrace racks, bags and the commuter life!

Duration: 00:09:42

The Wheel Friends Ep. 13 - Bike Touring, Chico the Dog, and Optimal Pit Stops

This week's episode of the Wheel Friends is pure Michigan and adventures bike touring. My new friend Jake tells of his adventure biking from Grand Rapids, Michigan all the way to the Soo Locks. We discuss bicycle touring, ways to stay entertained on long rides and the best music to keep your brain occupied through it all. We also discuss the finer points of Strava as well as the optimal time for catastrophe to strike. Also we hear about a pup named Chico and a cat named Jelly Bean.

Duration: 00:24:09

The Wheel Friends Podcast Ep. 12 - Sharrows, Wahlfield Trail, and Eli's Backyard Bike Ranch

This week on the Wheel Friends Podcast we welcome the return of our Bestie Eli! He's been busy being a grown up but he still knows how to party. He tells me what motivated him to finally commute to work, which segued into him and I airing our grievances with sharrows. Then we switch gears and talk mountain biking! Specifically Wahlfield Trail North of Grand Rapids and its brand new Flow Track Section. Then we discuss my plans for Eli's new backyard...

Duration: 00:28:46

The Wheel Friends Podcast Ep. 11 - Big Screen Bikes, Gary Legstrong, & Excuses To Get Out Of Riding?

In this week's episode of the Wheel Friends Podcast we've got our eyes on the big screen. Dustin is back with his roommate John and a bunch of crickets. We discuss bicycles in cinema, saturday morning propaganda, and come up with a few story pitches of our own. I'll also list my top 3 bike movies and we help a person come up with excuses not to ride with their significant other, but it's for a good reason. Again, you can listen to Dustin's music here.

Duration: 00:18:16

The Wheel Friends Podcast Ep. 10 - Backpack Butterflies & Triggered Pedestrians

In this week's episode Craig talks with his friend Jonathan Tasman, a recent initiate in the world of bicycling about his first month of riding, ways to increase visibility, and they attempt to answer some more questions from strangers. You can find Jonathan's work at and you can see him and Craig riding in one of his recent youtube videos here

Duration: 00:14:24

The Wheel Friends Podcast Ep. 9 - Bike Co-Ops , Bike Thieves, And Cookie Dad

In this episode of the Wheel Friends Podcast Craig is joined by his friend, Liz Rennie! Liz is an artist and a bike mechanic at the Spoke Folks Bicycle Co-Op in Grand Rapids, MI. They're gonna talk about Bike Co-Ops and Liz's favorite bike repair. Then they'll try and help poor Charlene from Yahoo Answers figure out who stole her bike. They close talking about taking their bikes on travels, as well as Craig crashing his bike...

Duration: 00:14:05

The Wheel Friends Podcast Ep. 8 - Augmented Reality Biking

In this episode of The Wheel Friends Podcast Craig is joined by his favorite Metalhead, Dustin Matthews. Dustin & Craig take in some nature, discuss fun group bike rides, and then dive headfirst into the potential for creating some unique experiences in riding your bicycle in Augmented Reality. After all that, Craig & Dustin attempt to answer a question from Yahoo Answers. Dustin's Doom/Death/Black Metal Project is called Dreichmere and you can find his music on Bandcamp. We do...

Duration: 00:15:29

Le Tour De Luna

To those in the bicycling world it is now the one time of year where outsiders might want to talk to you about Le Tour De France. But what if you don't actually know anything about The Tour? Well, I certainly hope this episode of The Wheel Friends might help you with a few talking points. We talk about The Tour's history and some of its rules. We'll teach you how to pick your favorite rider. We talk about the Elbow Incident between Cavendish & Sagan, and for a cherry on top we discuss...

Duration: 00:20:36

The Wheel Friends Podcast Ep. 6: POLO!

In this episode of the Wheel Friends, I sit court-side with my friend Avery Miller to discuss the Windy City Classic Bike Polo Tournament, the world of Bike Polo and the Hand-built Bicycle Frame company he co-founded, Symbiote Cycleworks.

Duration: 00:13:31

The Wheel Friends Ep. 5 - Bicycle Laser Tag

In Episode 5 of the Wheel Friends I am once again joined by Eli, who keeps trying to get me to call him the co-host. In this episode we briefly discuss the deer I hit with my car (sparing the gory details), we imagine a bicycle to get us home in a hypothetical scenario, we talk about fixed gear bikes, and we make up really cool bike products we'd like to see in 2018.

Duration: 00:13:56

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