W/ Don Robitaille
I RIDE A BIKE
by Seth Balliett
6M ago
SEASON 4 / EPISODE 11: On a hot summer day I took a drive to Lewiston, Maine where I met 91-year-young Don Robitaille at his home of 63 years. His darling wife poured me a glass of lemonade over ice as we sat down at their kitchen table to record the final episode of season 4 — where Don primarily shared snippets and stories from his solo ride from Maine to Seattle at the age of 70. Full of great advice and stories of heartwarming interactions, I felt lucky to have had the conversation. OH, and today (August 25) is Don’s 92 birthday! Happy Birthday Don!! To many more years of pedaling! Click ..read more
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W/ Tim Bruce
I RIDE A BIKE
by Seth Balliett
6M ago
Season 4 / Episode 10: I met Tim Bruce while having post-race beers after Rasputitsa in East Burke, VT in April 2023. We were all chatting about the day and sharing our experiences, and then Tim started to share some bike stories from years past. I had him hit pause and asked if he'd like to share them on the mic (which didn't take much convincing) so we reconnected a couple months later to record this episode. There are the standard memories from first bikes and that excitement from the early years, and a great recounting of his recent ride at the Unbound Gravel in Kansas. But what really mak ..read more
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W/ Time Bruce
I RIDE A BIKE
by Seth Balliett
7M ago
Season 4 / Episode 10: I met Tim Bruce while having post-race beers after Rasputitsa in East Burke, VT in April 2023. We were all chatting about the day and sharing our experiences, and then Tim started to share some bike stories from years past. I had him hit pause and asked if he'd like to share them on the mic (which didn't take much convincing) so we reconnected a couple months later to record this episode. There are the standard memories from first bikes and that excitement from the early years, and a great recounting of his recent ride at the Unbound Gravel in Kansas. But what really mak ..read more
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W/ Tira Denny
I RIDE A BIKE
by Seth Balliett
8M ago
Season 4 / Episode 9: With Tira Denny's race season in full swing (and an energetic toddler at home), I was so appreciative that she shared a bit of her valuable down time to chat bike stories on the mic. We start with an early memory, where a long bike ride and a bit of bribery turned into a brand new bike thanks to her dad. Then we travel across the Atlantic to a time when an ambitious London adventure turned into a less-than-exciting UberX ride. And I particularly enjoyed hearing how endurance racing began with a rather simple goal of self-fulfillment through competition, and how her partne ..read more
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BIKE SHORTS w/ Eric Brackett
I RIDE A BIKE
by Seth Balliett
8M ago
BIKE SHORTS Episode 4: Last October (‘22) I sat down with my good friend and adventure buddy Eric Brackett to record this episode of Bike Shorts. He said he had a story he’d been holding on to, and wanted to get my honest reaction while we were on the mic. And this one certainly didn’t disappoint! Without giving it all away, it’s a stolen bike story that doesn’t go exactly as you might expect when a man known as Wolf enters the picture. Sadly, in January of 2023, Nicholas “Wolf” Gardner’s life was cut tragically short. After learning of this, I wanted to give some time before releasing this e ..read more
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W/ Michael Stefanakos
I RIDE A BIKE
by Seth Balliett
9M ago
SEASON 4 / EPISODE 8: When looking back at his childhood, Michael's single greatest Christmas was when we walked into the living room to find a beautiful gold and silver bike from Montgomery Ward leaning against the wall. And he's been hooked ever since. As he grew, so did his style of riding and the types of bikes that where associated — from BMX with giant back-yard jumps to a Schwinn Varsity that he took for a 100-mile ride when he was only 12 while listening to 38 Special on repeat. Later in his teens he found inspiration watching the Tour de France on The Wide World of Sports and sti ..read more
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W/ Eric Desautels
I RIDE A BIKE
by Seth Balliett
9M ago
SEASON 4 / EPISODE 7: Eric Desautels wasn't really into T-ball as a kid, so when his dad convinced him to take his first group MTB ride at the age of 6, it was on a bike that he discovered what would become his life's passion and joy. He quickly started entering some local races, and by the time he was in his early teens, he was already winning championships up against kids several years older. In addition to the races, there were healthy doses of your standard backyard BMX shenanigans, riding miles and miles to buy a Coke, and just the pure joy of summer adventures. And even as he competes at ..read more
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BIKE SHORTS w/ Scott Furr
I RIDE A BIKE
by Seth Balliett
10M ago
BIKE SHORTS Episode 3: When local kite-boarding legend and amazing trail builder Scott Furr first shared his story of an unexpected encounter with a porcupine while on a night ride, I knew I had to get him on the mic for an episode of Bike Shorts. It’s one of those things you just have to hear (and see) to believe. Want to learn to kite board? Scott will show you the way. And there's no porcupines involved: www.KiteMaine.com -- WHAT IS BIKE SHORTS? I often chat with fellow cyclists that say they don’t have enough bike-related stories to fill a full episode, so the idea of BIKE SHORTS was born ..read more
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W/ Leah Day
I RIDE A BIKE
by Seth Balliett
10M ago
SEASON 4 / EPISODE 6: Bike-riding enthusiast, author, and super rad mom Leah Day was kind enough to share a few great bike stories between her Friday group ride and opening her bike shop to the public. Her fire for adventure was ignited at an early age while living in Philadelphia, and when you hear her stories of a cross-country bike tour with her son Oakley, or her recent solo ride over the Andes Mountains, her energy and excitement is sure to inspire. And if you're one of the listeners that may not have ridden in a while, do yourself a favor and head to Lighthouse Bikes! Leah would love to ..read more
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W/ Mardi Millay
I RIDE A BIKE
by Seth Balliett
10M ago
SEASON 4 / EPISODE 5: Artist and photographer Mardi Millay rode her bike over on a beautiful spring day to share stories of her life's journey — which began in a Cambodian orphanage in the late 1980s. After an arduous beginning, Mardi and 9 international siblings were adopted by a family on the coast of Maine, where cycling really began to take hold. She recounts first memories of riding bikes around the Bar Harbor area, but it’s when she moved to Portland that she really got her first taste of the freedom and independence a bike would allow. Now she rides as often as possible; always learning ..read more
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