BikeJames Podcast with Ryan Leech – How to Assess Risk, the Downside of Social Media and Why Flat Pedals Rule.

In this episode of the BikeJames Podcast I catch up with longtime friend of the show Ryan Leech. I’ve had Ryan on more than anyone else and I think it is because we both have a lot of shared passions both in and outside of the mountain biking world.

If you don’t know, Ryan is one of the best trials riders in the history of mountain biking, inspiring generations of riders with his otherworldly balance and artistic line choices.

He has become one of the best skills coaches in the world as well, sharing his knowledge and lessons he has learned both through clinics and his website, The Ryan Leech Connection.

Ryan is also huge advocate for flat pedals, having released his free 12 Ride Flat Pedal Challenge Course (which I contributed a workout to).

As a yoga instructor and longtime practitioner, he is also passionate about helping people develop their bodies and minds off the bike in ways that will help them on the bike.

In other words, we usually have a lot to talk about when we get the chance to chat.

Usually we have a pre-set agenda but this time we just hit record and let the conversation go where it wanted to…and it went in some pretty interesting directions.

From the pressures and downsides of social media to assessing risk on the bike and why flat pedals rule, we coverd a lot of ground. You can check it out by clicking on the link below.

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Until next time…

Ride Strong,

James Wilson

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  1. Vinay says:

    Thanks a lot for this interview! Ryan Leech is such a cool and positive guy and such is the vibe on his program. Joining RLC is easily one of the best choices I’ve made regarding mountainbiking.

    Obviously the interview is much too long to listen to in a single go. So I listened to the first section (the social media bit) and it is nice to see I’m not alone. I sometimes feel like I’m the only one who can’t stand phones (or at least most of what is associated with them), I just never liked them. I love direct interaction with what and whoever is around me. I also like remote communication like sending a postcard, letter, e-mail, web forums, sms text message or even a response to an article on the web, like this. I do that when it suits me and when it suits my environment. Phones and social media are a bit of both yet none of them properly. You don’t feel in charge. The come interfere (or at least that’s what it feels like to me) with what you’re doing and with whom. It feels kind of rude and pisses me off. Which really is one of the rare few things that does. Yes I do have a phone and I take it off silent mode when I am ok to be disturbed immediately, which I found to be very rarely the case ;). I have had a facebook account for a short while. There was a race I wanted to run and because all tickets were already sold out. A friend found out that we could run for Nike if we’d like Nike Running on facebook, run some events for them and then they’d give us a place in their team. So that’s what I did. I opened an account, had one friend (him), liked one company (Nike Running) and that was it. But boy I felt horrible! So many of my friends tried to contact me through that platform and I somehow felt rude because I wouldn’t immediately respond or accept their invitation. It was like opening a channel for communication and then ignoring my friends, which was not what I wanted to do at all! So as soon as I had run that race for Nike, I closed that FB account to never come back again. Felt like a burden off my shoulders really.

    So yeah, just like you guys I do understand that there are people who are natural at it and do great, but it is not for me. Maybe it is my ADHD too. Maybe because I might be putting extra effort at focusing at the job and situation at hand that it feels really rude to be interrupted, to have someone mess up your effort. For you guys it is probably impossible to stay behind but I like that you also support the “regular” model where I choose when to come to the website (or my e-mail program) to read and see what’s on and respond to it. It is nice to be in charge. Sure I might be missing out on some stuff. I’ve got four pairs of Catalyst pedals (on three bikes and a mountain unicycle) but I can’t share pictures of them on Twitter and hashtag them. But that’s only a small price to pay for the freedom I got in return :).

    Reply • May 18 at 1:08 pm
    • bikejames bikejames says:

      Thanks for sharing Vinay and I’m relieved to hear I’m not the only one who felt that way either!

      Reply • May 18 at 4:02 pm

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