TMBA 353: On the Bike with Patrick Brady

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In the first of a three-part series, Dan and Ian are going to be talking about some of their personal obsessions – and to people who have turned what they love doing into businesses.

This week, you’ll hear about something that Ian introduced into Dan’s life: cycling.

Patrick Brady of Red Kite Prayer has become one of Dan’s favorite bloggers and podcast hosts, and Patrick is today’s guest on the show.

But this episode isn’t just about riding bikes. Patrick shares his attitudes about generating revenue with his blog, writers that inspire him and lots more.

Hardcore cycling enthusiasts should stay tuned for some bonus content after the credits as well, where Patrick and Dan geek out about the ultimate places to cycle, the controversy over disc brakes and ideal tire pressures (yes it gets THAT wonky).

Transcript

Listen to this week’s show and learn:

  • How Patrick founded Red Kite Prayer after getting laid off in 2008. (8:01)
  • The mental health benefits of riding a bicycle. (19:02)
  • Why Patrick won’t travel anywhere without his bicycle. (26:20)
  • The difficulties Patrick has faced in monetizing Red Kite Prayer. (34:20)
  • What inspired Patrick to get into podcasting. (43:01)

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Thanks for listening to our show! We’ll be back next Thursday morning 8AM EST.

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Dan & Ian

Published on 09.08.16
  • Corinn

    Loved this episode. It was fun to listen to you guys geek out about cycling. Drivers in San Diego are crazy, so I stick to fat tires most of the time – I feel safer since I don’t have to deal with cranky and distracted drivers – and there is no debate needed over disc brakes or not :-)

    I must say though that I’m pretty jealous of all that fancy European riding you’re doing. Keep up the awesome podcast. Put the fun between your legs!! Yeah buddy.

  • xvl260

    I disagree with this guest on a lot of his views. Cycling can be done safely as recreation on roads with bike lanes. But if you ride on streets that you need to share lanes with cars, you’re agreeing to take additional risk. Suing someone because their kid hit you is such a petty move. Ok I’ll stop here, look forward to next week’s podcast.

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com/ Dan Andrews

    cheers, I can certainly see the issue from both sides, and saw things differently before I started riding, so my views are pretty self-serving!

    There’s one town in America that is apparently changing the signs that say “share to road” to instead say “bicycles can use the full lane, please pass in other lane” or something like that, I think that has some potential to ease relations. But I’ve defo experienced many American drivers being aggressive and dangerous just because I was on the road in the first place.

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com/ Dan Andrews

    thanks a geek out it was, glad you stuck around for it! I didn’t ride when I lived in SD and now wish I could go back and take advantage of my (short) time living in Carlsbad! :)

  • http://www.thesearchengineshop.com/ Brendan Tully

    Gotta say this ep has me thinking about trying a road bike…they still like doing jumps right?

    You know my thoughts on traveling with a bike, no other way to do it

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com/ Dan Andrews

    sure! :) get an adventure bike at you got the best of both worlds

  • http://salesability.co Damian Thompson

    Nice to see the correlation between cycling and other “tribal” sports like surfing. Had never known that. Good stuff.

  • http://salesability.co Damian Thompson

    Bikers should be aware of danger of course but they shouldn’t have to accept being struck by a motorist. He didn’t sue the driver he forced the police to do their jobs and apply the law. Not petty at all.

  • xvl260

    He even said the police didn’t want to press charges (probably because they know the rules are not reasonable). This is like if someone force the immigration officers to look into the activities of each digital nomad and made sure they are really traveling for pleasure or are actually going to Thailand for martial arts and not for work, do you think most people here would be happy about it?

  • http://www.thesearchengineshop.com/ Brendan Tully

    It’s nothing like immigration at all…some moron let their kid hit a cyclist while driving past, the driver and kid got off lightly. He didn’t sue them, he got the police to go and do their actual job..nothing petty about this.

    Scenarios like this put people in physical danger and are completely unacceptable not to mention teaching the kid that actual like a dick is acceptable behaviour.

    As a bike rider and motorbike rider the level of douchery by most people in cars is next level and you can’t understand how threatening it is until you’ve experienced it.

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com/ Dan Andrews

    https://trafficwmp.wordpress.com/2016/09/09/junction-malfunction-and-a-new-dawn/

    It’s worth mentioning, that there’s a well-established history /narrative in the cycling community of terrible accidents happening and drivers not getting prosecuted, esp. relative to what would happen if they struck another motor vehicle.

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com/ Dan Andrews

    yeah would love to see a further breakdown of that as well, had a DCer recently tell me he had to move away from the coast otherwise he’d never get any work done (surfer). Seems riding can be so satisfying to some that they end up molding their entire lives and careers around it.

  • David Sheffield

    I’m surprised you guys don’t post full transcripts up here. Wouldn’t it help generate long tail keywords for Google to pickup on? Dan, I think you mentioned it being only $18 for transcription services on a podcast once.

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com/ Dan Andrews
  • http://www.amzpathfinder.com Brent

    As a cyclist from a very young age I’m really excited to see you guys diving into this topic. I’ve just recently been able to travel more freely and have found there is a bicycle-shaped hole in my life. I miss my hours in the saddle far more than most other aspects of home. I’ve been renting ill-fitting bikes wherever possible and pedaling around trying to chase the dragon, and when Patrick mentioned the effects of a cycling flow state it instantly struck me as familiar. Cycling is for me is an easy reset button on my mental state and keeps me sane. Going forward, the “bikeability” of a location is going to be a key determining factor in where I’m headed, but the problem as Patrick mentions is the inconvenience of getting the thing there and with you to subsequent countries (not yet invested in a travel-specific bike but plan to repurpose an existing one, no S&S couplers here). I agree that travel without a biycle is a missed opportunity.

    Although I’ve spent plenty of time in both communities I don’t fall into either the roadie or mtb camp, but instead in the mysterious grey area known as bicycle touring. I’ve completed a variety of tours stateside including a 4.5 month 4,600+ mile cross country adventure back in 2012. In the near future I’d like to do EV13, the Iron Curtain Trail http://www.ironcurtaintrail.eu/en/ and future tours are one of the primary reasons I’ve started my own business. Don’t forget Germany when discussing cycling capitals of the world. Most of the finest touring gear comes from Germany including the incredible Rohloff Speedhub https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rohloff_Speedhub and if you ever do a tour I guarantee you’ll meet a German while on the road. I once saw a statistic that claimed 1/3rd of the country does some kind of bike trip or overnight every year. 1/3rd!

    I heard the interest and excitement in Dan’s voice while discussing credit card touring and I’m all too happy to help you become one of us so here are some resources:

    #1 Bicycle Touring advocacy and route mapping organization in US, perhaps the best in the world. Founded by relatives of mine in the 70s. (Greg and June Siple):
    https://www.adventurecycling.org

    You said you like reading about people riding bikes, well heres the standard place to host your tour journal for all to see. If you can get past the super dated web design you’ll enjoy it:
    https://www.crazyguyonabike.com

    Best touring related FB group I’ve come across with everyone from total noobies to absolutely incredible couples on year 3 of their around the world tour sharing knowledge, experience and tour journals:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/FullyLoadedBicycleTouring/

    And finally showing off my own rides: http://imgur.com/a/upUHx : )

  • Deano

    Tempted to go for a ride after listening to this great episode :-)

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com/ Dan Andrews

    you need no temptation good sir! I’m looking forward to touring next year! :D

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com/ Dan Andrews

    wow Brent thank you. This will be the first year I 1) travel with my bike and 2) go touring so gonna click out on these links now and go down the rabbit hole. totally understand the ‘bike hole’ you’re referring to, even so early in the game, this year I’m looking at travel through a bike-filled lense and excited for the possibilities.

  • http://www.helloroi.com Russell Smith

    Great episode guys. I’ve been a huge fan of cycle touring for a long time.

    Sadly my last tour was in 2007… one day I got my bike stolen and somehow just never got a new one until this day!

    How does time disappear like that?

  • http://www.helloroi.com Russell Smith

    Great tip on Crazy Guy on a Bike.

    Before I had any idea about digi nomad / location independent life I was stuck in an office job… around 2006.

    This is the *epic* blog that kept me going day after day: https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?o=tS&doc_id=985&v=4i9

    He was teaching in Japan, then made an epic journey around the island, through China, SE Asia, India, Middle East, North Africa, Europe then home to the UK.

    Including a really cool ‘sneaking through Tibet’ section (https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/?o=tS&page_id=43284&v=1at) which is illegal… and fun by the sound of it.

    The image on this post (scroll down a bit) called ‘Sunrise on Christmas Day’ always gave me goosebumps. Still does: https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/?o=tS&page_id=46189&v=1P0

    Makes me think… I still wanna do a journey like that.

    Awesome topic guys.

    (Interestingly, I now live here: https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/?o=tS&page_id=40981&v=1dY … which I could NEVER have predicted at the time of reading!)

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com/ Dan Andrews

    awesome love that site! appreciate all the links Russell

  • http://www.tropicalmba.com/ Dan Andrews

    :) i can’t wait to do some touring this year! got a itinerary through the Pyrenees lined up….

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