Mountain Cog

Mountain Cog

Two mountain bike enthusiasts chat with people who love bikes. From everyday riders. To industry folk. And everyone in between.


November 28, 2023 68 mins

In this episode, we engage in a compelling conversation with Susie Murphy, the Executive Director of the San Diego Mountain Biking Association (, a non-profit organization committed to preserving and enhancing sustainable trail access for mountain biking in San Diego County. Established in 1994, SDMBA boasts a volunteer-driven force and stands as one of the largest regional trail advocacy groups in the US with 1,800 membe...

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This is the 1st of our 2 part series with O.G. BMX pro Dusty Horton.  The episode starts off with Dusty telling about his BMX roots in Milwaukee, his time riding for DK, his discovery of 22" BMX bikes and his current gig riding for Ditto BMX.  The episode is full of laughs and fun stories including riding brakeless, how Turf Skatepark turned into a strip club, and highlights Dusty's Tucson LBS (local bike shop) Transit Cy...

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Warning: this episode includes conversation about suicide.  This episode may not be appropriate for anyone sensitive to the topic of suicide.  If you are having suicidal thoughts, please know, SUICIDE IS NOT THE ANSWER, help is available.  A super easy way to get help in the United States is the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, Just TEXT or CALL 988.  Please get help.  This world needs each and every one of you. 

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Ever wondered about the intricate science behind cardiovascular fitness and the mysterious VO2 max readings on your smart devices? Or pondered about the impact of bike crank lengths on your cadence? Well, your curiosity is about to be satiated as we explore these fascinating topics with our guest, Wolfman. An exercise physiologist turned real estate agent, Wolfman's unique journey is sure to captivate you as much as his insigh...

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This week's guest is 15 year old road cyclist Brady Hogue (joined by his mom  Sarah).  Throughout the episode Brady walks us through his cycling journey starting with the Vail Composite Mountain Bike team thru his transition to road cycling, including racing in nationals and participating in USA Cycling's European Training and Race Camp in Sittard, Netherlands.  This up and coming rider has got amazing discipline, talent,...

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In this episode we chat with Sirena Rana, owner of Trails Inspire.  The episode covers many cool outdoor topics including Amerind Museum's grand opening (Oct 7th, 2023) of a new hiking trail system in Texas Canyon, AZ (in the Dragoons) and The Sun Corridor Trail project which aims to establish a bike touring route from Douglas, AZ to Las Vegas, NV.

Trails Inspire was established to help promote the outdoors through fr...

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Have you ever met a person whose spirit leaves an indelible mark on your soul? A man with a self-actualized nature, humbleness, and kindness that garners respect from all that meet him? Craig Randall, fondly remembered as the Bike Monk, was that person for Tucson's mountain biking community. One of the original trailblazers, he pedaled his way into our hearts with his shop Lone Cactus, and through his integral work on the trai...

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Today's guest, Tucson Police Department Chief Chad Kasmar, is a passionate cyclist with a fascinating career in public safety.  Kasmar shares his journey from a tricycle-riding child to an avid mountain biking adult. We delve into his adventurous Leadville race experiences, discuss his transition from dirt bikes to mountain biking, and explore how his public safety career influences his approach to cycling.

Safety, of...

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Ever wondered what it takes to reconstitute and epic big mountain trail system with sick vertical drop? Today, we're fortunate to have Nat Gordon, a board member of the volunteer-run Sonoran Desert Mountain Bikers (SDMB) organization on the show, to shed some light on their organization and their efforts to revive the trails on Mount Graham in South Eastern Arizona.  Nat shares incredible insights into the hard work, engineeri...

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Join us as we pedal our way through the world of cycling with our guest, Jesus Frías, a seasoned cyclist and owner of Ride Tucson, a new shop that focuses on building community.  With over two decades of riding experience tucked under his helmet, Jesus opens up about his inventive business model that blends his love for cycling with a passion for local culture, food, and community engagement. This unique symphony of experiences has...

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Hi, Mountain Cog Podcast listeners. We've got an update! Exciting changes are coming our way as we adapt to a bi-weekly release schedule, and we're eager to see how this experiment unfolds. With your calendars marked for Tuesday, August 8th, 2023, get ready for another episode filled with stories from cyclists and industry experts. 

To our ever-growing family of listeners, we extend our heartfelt thanks. Being ab...

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Turns out, growing up in a skatepark lays the foundation for unbelievable talent on gravity fed trails.

This week’s guests (Skander Anderson & Grayson Festerling) are both 14 years old.  They grew up spending countless hours riding and competing on freestyle scooters at skateparks throughout the country.  Today, they are “retired” from freestyle scooter competitions and both pursue other passions like weightlifting and...

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This episode features Joanna and Phil Yates of Trail Lovers, a company located in Sedona, Arizona that provides guided mountain bike rides/tours. Joanna is the Skills Clinic Manager & Lead Skills Coach and Phil is the General Manager & Lead Guide. Trail Lovers offers many different, unique, and 5-star MTB tours for every type of rider. They create a streamlined adventure experience with door-to-door service, providing every...

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If you have not ridden Angelfire Bike Park in Northern New Mexico, then stop what you are doing right now and plan a trip. It’s a bucket list destination.

In this episode Angelfire’s Bike Park Manager (Patrick West) and Gravity Trail Development Manager (Tucker VanOrmer) give us the inside scoop on the park’s history, operations, trail design, build process, and future plans.

Angelfire is the largest Bike Park in ...

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Our hosts are joined by guest Josh Lipton, founder of Campfire Cycling, a brick & mortar and online shop that specializes in bikepacking and bicycle touring.

Lipton shares his expertise and the trio dive deep into specific bikes, components, bike setup, and unique gear used in bike packing and touring (all of which are available for sale on

Beyond the technical aspects, this episode  exp...

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There are three types of people in the world…  
1. those who - wonder what happened 
2. those who - know what happened, but were not involved
3. those who - make things happen  

This week’s guest Brad “T-bone” Knox is in that third category.  Years ago, he decided to transform himself into an elite athlete, and he did it.  In this episode T-bone joins Josh & Mike to discuss his path to qualifying and traini...

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Josh and Lacey take our listeners on a journey around the world on two wheels with extraordinary guests Marti Shea (aka the Gazelle), an esteemed elite athlete, cyclist, and owner of Select Fitness, and Joe Tonon (aka Luca), owner of Destination Cycling. As Marti and Joe join forces, listeners are treated to an insightful and entertaining discussion as they dive into their experiences and insights, exploring the world of elite cycl...

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The week is the first of a periodic and recurring new series on bike riding destinations.  We call it… Go ride a bike.  This first episode highlights Mission Beach, California, where you can park your car and use a bike to get to 100’s of great activities and venues.  Mike & Josh are joined by 10 year old Matt Anderson who offers his unfiltered perspectives on the topic.

Location: 2 mile beach. North of San Diego. Built on a san...

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In this episode of the MCP, we have the privilege of interviewing Dave Bohm, the founder of Bohemian Bicycles and Framebuilding Dave is an accomplished framebuilder who has won numerous awards, including People's Choice and Best Tandem ...

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This episode features Sherwood Gibson, the founder of Ventana Mountain Bikes USA. The conversation covers the origins of Ventana Bikes, Sherwood’s passion for bicycles, and how it led him to establish the company.

Sherwood and his team set out to create top-quality bikes that were manufactured in the USA. He discussed how he mastered a meticulous design process, aluminum manufacturing techniques, all while emphasizing the...

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