This week’s studio guest is none other than David Thurston, my very own dad. A London cyclist since the 1970s when he lost his driving license, he explored China in the early 1980s on a Bickerton folder and is now discovering that with Parkinson’s Disease, cycling is more fun than walking.
Also featuring an interview with Irish nutty professor Michael Killian, inventor of the revolutionary Sideways Bike (pictured) with independent front and rear steering, news of Sheldon Brown’s struggle with Multiple Sclerosis and an report by Alex Murray on a high end off-road wheelchair.
It makes perfect sense to travel to Ediburgh with a bicycle overnight on the sleeper train. Once there, I find out what it’s like on two wheels in Scotland’s capital city – watch those cobblestones! Also chatting with Ed Gillespie, who’s about to embark on a round-the-world odyssey of slow travel / low carbon travel: by train, camel and container ship.
Jack Thurston and Jo Upton in search of the best bicycle gadget at Cycle 2006, the UK’s biggest cycling exhibition and trade fair. Glow in the dark pedals, GPS tools, bike storage, heart rate monitors and lights galore.
We are also granted an exclusive audience with the legendary champion of all cycling champions, Eddy Merckx. Eddy shares his views on cycling in Britain, Floyd Landis’s doping disgrace and the latest developments at his boutique framebuilding company.
Second half of Kieron Yates’s ride down the Mississippi. He crosses the Mason-Dixon line and enters the realm of the South. On the way he encounters juke joints, folk art, learns about the role of bicycles in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and has an fascinating encounter with The Voice.
This week’s show is the story of a long, long ride from Fargo, North Dakota to New Orleans, Louisiana following the Mississippi River. Kieron Yates made this journey over the summer just passed, on a fixed wheel bike with just a saddlebag for all his worldly possessions. Safely back home, he joins me in in conversation and we play music and interviews from along the way. The journey took in frozen Mormons, naked yoga, Klan-survivors, sweat and heat, roadkill, cheap motels and plenty of down home blues. Second half next Monday the 9th October.
In this last show of the current season we’re getting technical, with a visit to the Brompton factory. Bromptons are the best all round folding bicycles in the world and the invention of Andrew Ritchie, who started making them in his flat more than 25 years ago. They are still made in west London – in fact the only form of transportation still manufactured in the capital. Matt Tempest is awed by the brazing, bending and bashing that goes into a Brompton. Plus the demystification of wheelbuilding with Ian McCormick.
The Bike Show will be back with the falling of autumn leaves.
In this week’s show we remember ‘Major’ Marshall Taylor, a world champion cyclist from the 1890s and the first black American sports superstar. Kieron Yates talks about Major Taylor’s life with Lynne Tolman of the Major Taylor Association. We also ride the 2006 Etape Du Tour with Alex Murray.