FIVE THINGS is a weekly feature on the Banjo Brothers Blog. It’s a short interview about life and bicycles with a notable person and sometimes persons. This week’s FIVE THINGS is with the crew of The Slowride Podcast, Matt "Little Guy" Allen, Spencer Haugh and Tim "Super Rookie" Hayes.
The trio is 201 episodes deep, in what could be described as the golden age of podcasting. The Slowride Podcast made its debut in March of 2014 and now lives as a part of the Wide Angle Podium Network which is an artist-owned network of like-minded, cycling podcasters including Bike Shop CX., We Got to Hang Out, Crosshairs Radio, The Honest Bicycle Program, The Myerson Line and more.
The Slowride Pod is unscripted, free-flowing banter with three guys neck-deep in cycling from slightly different angles. They met in Minneapolis as bike messengers fifteen years ago and now podcast from three separate locales: Minneapolis, Boston and Orlando. There's a racing-rich bent to the show and they are quick-witted and knowledgeable about cycling-culture-at-large. You might come for the race talk and stay for the irreverence.
Haugh is a long time bicycle industry veteran with stints at TIME Bicycles, QBP, Ridley Bicycles, Lazer Helmets, and Kryptonite Locks. Hayes is a former bike shop owner (gone but not forgotten, Swift Cycle) and works in the cycling industry for Endura. Unconfirmed,at press time but Allen is still listed on the show bio as a bicycle messenger in Minneapolis, and regional cyclocross powerhouse and perhaps the nicest guy in the cycling hotbed of the Upper Midwest.
We hope you enjoy this week's Banjo Brothers Five Things.
BANJO BROS: WHAT ARE YOU RIDING?
Tim: Until recently I was playing the role of the 35+ Masters Dentist and was always on my Moots VaMoots CR with full Campy Chorus, but I have recently seen the light and my favorite ride right now is the full on front cargo bike from Yuba called the Supermarché. Load up the kid and a few snacks and we are off on another adventure!
Matt: Medici Gran -Turismo, the only touring bike with no water bottle bosses on the seat tube.
Spencer: Right now I'm really digging making what was old new again. I've got two older mtb's, an Independent Fabrication and a Bianchi W.U.S.S that I've modernized a bit by stuffing 27.5" wheels into, and I've really be enjoy ripping around on them! Both are fully rigid, the IF with gears, and the WUSS is a single speed, and they both are so fun to get shreddy on. I'll never have the newest bikes, but I will always have the most fun bikes I can!
BANJO BROS: WHERE ARE YOU RIDING?
Tim: As a resident of Orlando I am doing my part to help build a cycling community by going to the highly controversial bike lanes just three blocks from my house and repeatedly going for the Strava KOM in front of my second home, Ocean Sun Brewing. I am currently not the Strava king, but my parents told me to set goals.
Matt: Circles around downtown Minneapolis.
Spencer: I'm riding in New England, and it rules. The trails are rocky and unforgiving and fun. But my favorite is taking a weekend mini-vaca up to Kingdom Trails in Vermont. 100 miles of fast, flowy, super fun trails. It really can't be beat. If you are looking for a bike vacation, put it on your short list!
BANJO BROS: WHAT ARE YOU READING/LISTENING TOO?
Tim: I find myself listening to cxhairs radio on the Wide Angle Podium network a lot. Mostly because they kind of know what they are talking about rather thinking like they know what they are talking about which is pretty much our podcast.
Matt: Happily slogging through Gravity's Rainbow. I'm gonna make it this time.
Spencer: I'm watching the NHL playoffs because both the Bruins and the Wild (for now) are in! It's the best being about to root for both my home teams! I've been listening to Bike Shop CX podcast and picking up tons of tips on bike maintenance and care.
My favorite ride right now is the full on front cargo bike from Yuba called the Supermarché. Load up the kid and a few snacks and we are off on another adventure!
BANJO BROS: WHAT ARE YOU EATING/DRINKING?
Tim: Nothing but meat. Meat ice cream. Meat Popsicles. Meat vegetables and my favorite, meat tofu.
Matt: The bits my son rejects that I don't want wasted. So mostly beans and bread crust.
Spencer: I've been drinking Tandem Roasters Coffee. They're up in Maine and they make some dyn-o-mite coffee. I can't get enough.
BANJO BROS: WHAT'S STUCK IN YOUR CRAW?
Tim: If you would have asked me a few weeks ago I would have a list that would make your head explode. Now, after having my head explode I have realized what is really important and that is my friends, family and cargo bike (with my son in the front). I also want a Klein Attitude. Gator fade.
Matt: I'm currently obsessed with knowing who built every house in my neighborhood. It's amazing the number of houses I walk past every day that started their life on another block.
Spencer: I've been thinking about the bees. We gotta save 'em, you guys.
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A big Banjo Bros. thank Matt, Spencer and Tim via the Slowride Podcast for participating in this week's edition of Banjo Brothers' Five Things.These short interviews about life and bicycles will appear every Friday on the Banjo Brothers Blog. If you liked this FIVE THINGS from Banjo Brothers you should check our our full series of past five things interviews.
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