The end of the road

It’s the end of the road for The Bike Show. Find out why in this special podcast only final edition featuring many Bike Show favourites including Buffalo Bill, editor of Moving Target, cycle sport correspondent William Greswell, London bike messenger Nhatt Attack, Barry Mason of Southwark Cyclists, and Joe and Wes from the London Bicycle Repair Company.

Please note that this special episode was broadcast on 1 April and is what is known, in France, as Un Poisson D’Avril.

34 Responses to The end of the road

  1. Jezza April 1, 2009 at 5:56 am #

    Excellent news, long overdue. But “The Automobile Show” is a bit of a mouthful. As you get used to driving, you’ll discover that the aim is to stay in the highest gear possible. That is the gear that allows the internal combustion engine to run at the speed which is the most efficient. Parts do not wear when you drive this way, so the vehicle doesn’t depreciate. In fact any car that has been able to run in the highest gear, and at the highest speed, for all its life, is worth more than the price you paid those lovely people at the dealership for it (they only sell it to you so cheap because they are too busy nursing sick kittens and teaching underprivileged third-world children how to read.) If it wasn’t for all those pesky cyclists, who have the brass neck to get in the way of motorists, all cars could maintain this optimum speed, at which all that comes out of the exhaust pipe is a vague aroma of lavender, and clean, refreshing natural spring water. So a good name for your new show would allude to this ideal gear: something like “Highest Gear” or “Uppermost Gear”. There is a snappy title along those lines, I just can’t think of it right now. It’s on the tip of my tongue.

  2. Timo April 1, 2009 at 6:23 am #

    Great show :).


  3. Jurek April 1, 2009 at 7:28 am #


  4. Bob April 1, 2009 at 8:25 am #

    Great extra podcast. What a brilliant idea and just the day to launch it ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. ChrisO April 1, 2009 at 8:36 am #

    Great news Jack.

    Just as you’ve managed to enlighten listeners about bicycling subcultures I hope you’ll be able to shine a light on the under-represented elements of motoring.

    A regular section called The School Run where we get to hear from mothers in SUVs would be brilliant. I’m pretty sure they’d dig your tweeds too Jack – just the thing for their country estates in Notting Hill.

  6. Pascal April 1, 2009 at 9:24 am #

    Ohh nOOO!!!!!!
    It was such a good show! Is there any chance that you can continue a podcast?

  7. Pascal April 1, 2009 at 9:26 am #

    This is an April fools, is it?

  8. Funkster April 1, 2009 at 10:37 am #

    Oh no! Gutted…..but best of luck with whatever you move on to (not listened yet!).

  9. dnilasor April 1, 2009 at 10:54 am #

    april fool sir thurston !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Flamme Rouge April 1, 2009 at 11:16 am #

    This is definately an April Fool

  11. David April 1, 2009 at 11:37 am #

    Yeah, you’ve convinced me too now. Four wheels good, two wheels baaad. Four wheels g…

    Looking forward to the Car Show!

  12. Neil April 1, 2009 at 1:51 pm #

    Great fun there Jack – cheers ๐Ÿ™‚

    Beer is for plebs!!

  13. David Evans April 1, 2009 at 3:16 pm #

    Come on, we all knew it was rubbish, this bicycle nonsense. Who have we been kidding all these years? About time someone pointed out the emperor’s new clothes. I for one am relieved, I’m junking my ride and getting some sweet alloys, no longer will I have to worry about my expanding girth, my car can take it!

    I love the smell of petrol in the morning.

  14. Deb Callahan April 1, 2009 at 3:51 pm #

    As an American listener, I am sorry to see the Bike Show has become another victim of the failed global economy. Our domestic automakers GM and Chrysler are failing, as you have doubtless heard, and are in need of a new corporate strategy to secure the federal billions they need to stay afloat. One of them will doubtless rush in to fill the smart transportation gap by picking up where Jack and the Bike Show have left off. I can hardly wait to hear on the new US Bike Show about the unveiling of bikes under the “Hummer” and “Cadillac” labels.

    American transportation ingenuity rules!

    Thanks for a great podcast, Jack.

  15. Adrian April 1, 2009 at 5:49 pm #

    That’s clever, I’ve deleted links and RSS feeds for The Bike Show this morning.

  16. Alex April 1, 2009 at 6:37 pm #

    tell us this is an April fool Jack- the cycling world needs you!

  17. Alex April 1, 2009 at 6:41 pm #

    hilarious show Jack!!

  18. Jon April 1, 2009 at 9:04 pm #

    Geeze, this is the second time today that I failed to realize the date. Ugh!

  19. Leee April 1, 2009 at 10:47 pm #

    Took me about 8 seconds to realize it was April 1st. I’m surprised how many people above didn’t get the joke.

  20. Lola April 1, 2009 at 11:02 pm #

    Poisson d’Avril!!!! hahaha!!
    William, biker!! I’m loving it!!
    I’m getting a Harley myself!! Yep. True.
    Forget tweed, go for leather…. hihi

  21. Kevin April 1, 2009 at 11:41 pm #

    Pedal to the metal, Jack! Great show!!

  22. David in Arizona April 2, 2009 at 12:18 am #

    I don’t have time for April Fools!

    You got me for about 2 minutes and 52 seconds.

    Jack, Jack, Jack… that’s not funny

  23. Matt April 2, 2009 at 7:43 am #

    Thanks Jack, the title had me worried there for a good few minutes. Superb piece of work!

  24. Neil April 2, 2009 at 8:46 am #

    Beer is for plebs….lol

  25. Seagull April 2, 2009 at 1:17 pm #

    First time listener, great show!

    The girl taking about setting around drinking and talking about running over cyclist had me in the floor…

    It is now in my favorites.

  26. Joff April 2, 2009 at 2:37 pm #

    Jack you’re totally right, i can’t wait to get back into my car and just waste time in traffic jams listening to razorlight on the radio. What were we thinking using physical exertion to get around, man we were suckers!

  27. The Convict of the Road April 2, 2009 at 10:30 pm #

    I nearly learned to drive

  28. rex April 4, 2009 at 5:53 pm #

    I needed a good laugh. Funny thing is, that I was bit tired of riding a bike. The bloody rain was starting to get me down, now ’tis just another fine soft morning.

    Thank you Mr. Thurston.

  29. David April 5, 2009 at 3:56 am #

    So is this a joke or not? I don’t get it?
    If this was a joke… is the show over for good, or was that a joke too?

  30. Lee April 5, 2009 at 3:54 pm #

    That was funny… for about the first minute or so.

  31. james April 6, 2009 at 7:07 am #

    I too have had an epipahny moment, a conversion on the road to Box Hill. From now on I’ll be following the teachings of the prophet Jeremy. Repenting my belief that F1 is the world’s second most boring sprort. I’ll also be taking up the advice of my friend Ken, who’s long maintained that I should sell my house and live in a Ferrari, and joining Buffalo Bill for a Pimms ๐Ÿ™‚ Halleluja & amen.

  32. Al April 12, 2009 at 7:29 pm #

    Well I think it’s a shame if it is true (it is April 1st)

  33. Arnaud April 14, 2009 at 11:09 am #

    Its a relief to read that Top Gear’s going to fill the gap.

  34. M Hopewell May 5, 2009 at 3:32 pm #

    Sorry to hear that you’re only going into more-than-two-wheel transit in such a lame way.

    Obviously, you don’t understand the virtues of 8 to 16 wheel or more (or tracked) vehicles.

    Also jet engine powered and 800 liter diesels should become standard.

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