Spokes and Words



A weekly show about riding bikes not just for fun and fitness, but also for transportation. Mike is a stay at home dad and owns no cars at all. He pushes his kids around in a fancy box bike most days. Randy commutes to work every day by bike and uses his one family car as little as possible.


  • #32 – Tunes from Nantucket

    31/08/2014 Duración: 01h06min

    …in which Randy goes on vacation, and makes his kids ride fifteen miles per day. Mike punctures a tire, and finds a new way of getting around. Headphones and speakers, Bluetooth and otherwise. Children are tailgaters. Beware the stop signs! Mike blames Ira Glass for ruining his hearing. Car noise and conversations between cyclists in […]

  • #31 – Uitgezonderd Fietsers

    18/08/2014 Duración: 01h06min

    …in which we hear about Mike’s trip to Amsterdam, and the new bike his family bought there: If you’re interested, Randy wrote up his review of the Pan-Mass Challenge, which we talked about last week. A visit to the WorkCycles shop in the Jordaan, featuring some strange spokes on a very odd bicycle. Here’s a […]

  • #30 – Season Two

    11/08/2014 Duración: 01h02min

    …in which Randy & Mike return from their summertime hiatus to regale you with tales of endurance, fund-raising, travel to exotic locales, and torrential rains. Randy tells us all about his sixth time riding the Pan-Mass Challenge, and his wife’s first. Mike talks a little bit about his family trip to Amsterdam, and why it’s […]

  • #29 – Leave of Absence

    14/07/2014 Duración: 10min

    … in which Randy talks to himself for 10 minutes to tell you: Mike is away for a few weeks, but will have great stories when he returns. We won’t be posting another show until early August (see first bullet). Randy tries to convince you to support his cause. Randy is riding in the Pan […]

  • #28 – Body parts may be sheared off

    06/07/2014 Duración: 01h06min

    …in which Randy has the greatest day of his life, despite the speedy biting flies in the woods. An optimist and a pessimist discuss existential qualities of the passing of time, and also terms used in framing construction. Randy replaces a chainring again, and discovers that we were wrong about the threading of bottom bracket […]

  • #27 – Flywheels & Flailing Arms

    29/06/2014 Duración: 01h52s

    …in which Randy runs to work, because riding a bike is too easy. Mike used to ride to work so that he would still be able to breathe after two minutes of dancing. Randy continues to debate which trailer he likes better: Surly or Bikes at Work.  Apparently, Mr Money Moustache has one. Even the […]

  • #26 – Don’t trust the suicidal pedestrians

    22/06/2014 Duración: 01h04min

    …in which we both survive close encounters with buses. It was Bike Week in Winnipeg! Say no to last-minute bicycle adjustments just before a big ride. Randy gets hit…by an ambulance. Pedestrian crossing signs in the middle of the road. We discuss different strategies for dealing with pedestrians waiting to cross the street, or crossing […]

  • #25 – 35 Miles From Home

    16/06/2014 Duración: 01h06min

    …in which we continue to practice our circus tricks! Mike reveals his dislike of sports fans, or at least those willing to shell out for special licence plates for their favourite team.  They seem to be more likely to be the perpetrators of “Jerry Brownings”.  (Side note: the original Winnipeg Jets are now the Phoenix Coyotes) […]

  • #24 – King of the Door Zone

    08/06/2014 Duración: 01h04min

    …in which we continue last week’s conversation about teaching kids to ride safely on the road, and Randy actually skips a day of riding his bike to work! Mike talks about his garage being demolished, and the ensuing bicycle storage and security problems. Randy gives us an update on the slow progress of the planning […]

  • #23 – “I Cycle Safely”

    01/06/2014 Duración: 01h03min

    …in which we while away the hour talking about teaching kids how to not get run over by cars. 23 skidoo! Randy considers a radical idea for staying safe on the road. The only real problem is his man-purse… (Note: the word on one of the vests in this overtaking study is “POLITE”) Mike gets […]