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The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 12 – What’s the Future of Bike Shops?

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After a week away for donuting and field testing, we’re back!

Maybe you spotted your first mountain bike after you happened to wander into one. Maybe you spent more time and money in one than you’d ever like to admit. Maybe, if you’re lucky, you’ve spent a few years (or more) working in one. Whatever your history with them might be, local bikes shops have played an undeniably important role in our sport. But the thing is, that role has had to evolve with the internet and changing times.

Our dozenenth episode is all about hallowed ground: The local bike shop. With over thirty years of shop experience between us, Brian, Kazimer, Jimmy-James, and I look back at what our local shops meant to us during the grom-years, recount some of our most memorable customers and stories, and really embrace that ”back in the good ol’ days” vibe. We also make a good case for shop experience, and especially mechanical experience, as an important perspective when it comes to reviewing bikes and components. But as anyone who’s found nothing but an elitist, bro-ski vibe knows, bike shops aren’t always the welcoming, helpful place we wish they were…

Available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, or wherever else you get your podcasts.

May 27th, 2020

“Sorry, we’re gonna have to order that part…”

Hosted by Mike Levy and featuring a rotating cast of the editorial team and other guests, the Pinkbike Podcast is a weekly update on all the latest stories from around the world of mountain biking, as well as some frank discussion about tech, racing, and everything in between.

Previous Pinkbike Podcasts
Episode 1 – Why Are Bikes So Expensive?
Episode 2 – Where the Hell is the Grim Donut?
Episode 3 – Pond Beaver Tech
Episode 4 – Why is Every Bike a Trail Bike?
Episode 5 – Can You Trust Bike Reviews?
Episode 6 – Over Biked Or Under Biked?
Episode 7 – Wild Project Bikes
Episode 8 – Do We Need an Even Larger Wheel Size?
Episode 9 – Why Are We Doing a Cross-Country Field Test?
Episode 10 – Getting Nerdy About Bike Setup
Episode 11 – Are We Going Racing This Year?

Hit us in the comments with your suggestions: What do you want to hear us talk about? Would you be into watching a video version, or are our dulcet voices enough for you?

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