107: The Asthma Epidemic Plaguing Professional Cycling, Industry Thinks Sales Tax Is Why You’re Not Buying A New Bike, Another Distraction For Drivers- Coming Soon, And SoCal Gets A Streetcar

Pro Champion rider Chris Froome gets a failed drug test result from the 2017 Vuelta Espana (which he won), how to get customers to spend money at bike shops, and GM plans to add ‘in-use’ shopping app to their new cars.

Recorded on December 13, 2017

Hosted by Kelley O’Toole Co-Hosts:  Justin MaciasVictor PrestinaryChris Reynolds, Tim Wilson Editing: Chris Reynolds

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  • [13:14] “How can you expect a rider to know exactly what the milligrams per liter he has in his blood while inhaling it?”
  • [13:42] “I don’t think you can blame [Froome] as saying “this is intentional cheating”. Yes it’s probably part of Sky’s ‘marginal-gain’ thing. But I don’t think this is an intentional ‘doping to beat the system’ type of thing.”
  • [14:56] “If you need to be able to breathe well in your chosen profession, and you can’t use this asthma medication to help you breathe better during this, then maybe you should find a different profession, right?”
  • [15:31] “Like with what Tim said, I think that until they make a blanket ban, it is not fair to put the oweness on the rider to administer it.“
  • [19:19] “One thing [Froome] can try to do to defend the high reading is to go into a separate test chamber, purposely be dehydrated, and take the same amount of medicine [as the Vuelta] and see if that gets above the prescribed limit (due to dehydration).“
  • [30:21] “Most people don’t realize the economics of cycling and southern California. It makes up about 18% of the global economy of cycling.”
  • [30:53] “The percentages may not be as high as other areas of the United States but just in the shear number of actual people who ride bikes, southern California dominates.”
  • [33:31] “The mechanic of a shop can make or break the success of that shop, and I don’t know if it’s so much that consumers aren’t willing to part with their income, it’s more that there is a much higher expectation for the experience to be worth the price. Especially with the amount of online information and the amount of price comparisons that can be done online. It really comes down to the experience that the person has in the shop.”
  • [43:37] “Theres already enough things that cause distracted driving, and the funny thing is, even though a lot of people praise this ‘hands free’ cell phone use in the car, there were some studies earlier that showed that it wasn’t necessarily the fact that you were using your hands and holding the phone, it was the fact that your brain was somewhere else while you were driving.”
  • [48:10] “The big idea is to connect it with the existing infrastructure such as Metrolink. So if people do have jobs in LA or Oceanside or anywhere along those railroad tracks, it gives them that much more accessibility. “
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