The Honest Bicycle Program joins the Wide Angle Podium Network!

by grolby

Exciting news! We're pleased to announce that HBP is joining The Slow Ride Podcast, Crosshairs Radio and Kids Don't Follow on the shiny new Wide Angle Podium Network of fine podcasts! No doubt the ranks will soon swell with more excellent podcasts for you to enjoy. In the meantime, head on over to and check it out!

Why join a podcast network? In short, it's a big, wide, scary world out there, and it's full of podcasts. It makes sense for shows that share a common center and common ethos to band together. If you like HBP, you'll really like the other shows at Wide Angle Podium - and, we hope, vice versa. With a common network and shared infrastructure, we can promote one another and work together to raise funds to cover some of the cost of bringing these shows to you, the listener.

Did you say fundraise?? Why yes, I did! There will be more on this later. For now - rest assured, The Honest Bicycle Program will always be free to download and listen, if you so choose. It is a labor of love, after all. But HBP, like every other podcast in the known universe, is not free to produce! And a little love sure makes it easier to devote the time that goes into recording and producing the show (I know, it's hard to believe any actual effort goes into HBP, but it's true!). So if you want to kick in a little cash to HBP or any of the other shows on Wide Angle Podium Network to show your love and appreciation, there's a way to do that - check it out, if you are so inclined.

Finally, how will this move affect the show? Not much! The major change will be that all of our shows will live primarily over on Wide Angle Podium - find our page here. But don't worry - everything will always be linked from right here at so there's no need to change a thing. If you get the show via RSS (iTunes or podcast apps), that feed should automatically update. If not, try unsubscribing and resubscribing and that should fix it. And if it doesn't, let us know!

That's it for now. Thanks for listening and don't forget to check out our latest episode!

Changes at The Workingman's Honest Bicycle Program

by grolby

Hello dear visitors. It's been a while since the front page of Standard Double received any attention, so it seems like a good spot to share news about Our Fine Podcast.

First of all, if you've downloaded and listened to our latest episode, you probably noticed the presence of a new voice on the show. That voice belongs to the inimitable Frances Morrison, who we previously had on as a guest for episodes 13 and 14. If you heard her on those episodes (and if you haven't, for Peugeot's sake, go listen to them!), you already know how smart and funny she is, so we're really excited to have Frances on board.

Second, you probably also noticed that we introduced the show as The Honest Bicycle Program. That's right, we have a new name! After consideration, we decided that we couldn't keep overlooking the gendered message of the original name. We chose "The Workingman's Honest Bicycle Program," as the name of our podcast because we wanted to convey that our show is by and for the working person cyclist and not just another pro racing recap show (though we do some of that, too, of course). We've always considered our audience to include anyone who loves bicycles, male or female, and we want to feel more confident that our chosen name reflects that. We don't want anyone to see the name of the show and think it isn't intended for them. Besides, while "The Workingman's Honest Bicycle Program" had a certain old-timey charm to it, it turned out to be surprisingly awkward to say and remember. And don't get me started on email and social media accounts. We think "The Honest Bicycle Program" has 99% of the old-timeyness and 1% of the aggravation.

We'll be effecting the transition to our new identity over time. We're starting with just the website, Twitter and Facebook accounts and will work on transitioning the iTunes feed in the near future. This shouldn't have any effect on subscribers, so just keep on doing what you're doing and everything will be fine.

We also hope/expect to have more news about the future of the show at some point over the coming months, but that will have to wait! In the meantime, please keep tuning in every other week for heady bike talk for the 99% cyclist.

If you have thoughts or questions to share with us, please don't hesitate to get in touch! You can email the show at You can also find us on Twitter, @honestbicycle.

And if you like the show and want to help us out, the best way to do that is by leaving us a review on iTunes. It really makes a difference! You can rate the show and leave a review here: The Workingman's Honest Bicycle Program.

Thanks for listening!

Consumer-Grade Bike Tools of the 1970's

by grolby


I've been doing some bike work lately, and remembered this small collection of 40-ish year-old bike tools that I have kicking around in my toolbox along with my newer stuff. I snagged these from my dad when I first got into tinkering with bikes about a decade ago, as I had no budget for new tools and was working on old bikes anyway. There's a tire lever (I had two, only found one), a crude multi-tool made from stamped steel, a Sugino JIS crank puller, a SunTour freewheel removal tool and a chain tool. The multi-tool mostly has various sizes of wrench flats for headsets, cones and the like, along with a bottom bracket lockring removal tool (all basically useless, unless you love hand injuries and hate sanity).

These tools are uniformly pretty awful, with the exception of the crank puller - that one isn't so bad, really. They're made from poor materials with little regard for usability or strength. Today's cheap tools have nothing on these bastards. The stamped steel multi-tool is my particular favorite, as it appears to have been designed by a psychopath. The purpose of this tool seems to have been to lure the carrier into a false sense of preparedness, only to leave the user's hands too injured to hitchhike or hail a cab - as they will inevitably will need to do when they realize that this tool is unable to transmit any torque to a bolt or nut.

Today these tools are perhaps most useful for puncturing the nostalgic notion that everything is in decline, that craftsmanship is dead and nothing is made to last anymore. Some things have gotten worse. But you can look at these tools and maybe feel a least a little bit of hope. Some things used to be really awful! It hasn't all been downhill in the last 40 years.