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Is your bike ready for winter? Plus Silca's CEO talks lube and 3D-printing on the Podcast

On this episode we're talking about our winter bike set-ups, and Dave chats to Josh Poertner of Silca...

After a short break we're back for Season 3 of the Podcast in association with Laka, and it's a packed episode to kick us off. 


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With those nights drawing in and temperatures dipping, it’s time to think about prepping that bike and yourself for the winter again. George is joined by Pat, Liam and Jamie to share their best advice for training and commuting through the winter, such as lighting recommendations, tyre choices and that burning question of whether to brave the great outdoors year-round, or hop on the trainer and stick to fair weather riding.

> The best winter bikes

Silca Impero Frame Pump Handle

In our second segment Dave is joined by Josh Poertner, ex-technical director of the legendary wheel brand Zipp, who bought Italian tools and equipment maestros Silca from their Italian family owners back in 2013. How have Poertner and Silca continued that legacy and tradition while continuing to innovate? Just don’t call Silca “the lube people”… they’ve been making lovely pumps for a fair bit longer ya know! 

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Arriving at in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.  

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