The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 80 – The Best Vehicles for Mountain Bikers

Wait, isn’t this a mountain bike website? The thing is, there are many riders out there who end up with a specific truck, van or car because it suits their riding lifestyle. And who among us hasn’t bounced in the back of a ratty shuttle truck, slept in our wagon halfway through, or had aspirations of owning a drool-worthy van conversion? The point is, while we all love biking, sometimes our vehicles go along with our sport.

In today’s podcast Alicia Leggett, Mike Kazimer, James Smarthwaite, and I talk about vehicles that matter to mountain bikers, vehicles that make no sense but we want anyway, trucks versus vans. , tips for good van living, and what kind of bike racks matter most.

Alicia and Kazimer both own an AWD Astro van (AKA the Safari) and have been put to good use. Alicia (left) holds her for a few years, while Kazimer (right) drives her well under the posted speed limit. And maybe in a passing street.

Trevor May of Trailforks is more of a trucker, and something tells me he likes red. I’ve owned my Mitsubishi L300 Delica for eleven years and moved it (very slowly) south to Utah every winter.

Which vehicles work best for us? Like mountain bikes, it depends on what you need to do. Trucks are the obvious choice for many people, but some (including me) would argue that vans make even more sense… especially if it has six wheels and a Pingegauer. Then again, the sight of a motorcycle with a mountain bike puts a smile on everyone’s face, so maybe that’s the answer? As for me, I’d happily sell what’s left of my soul for a classy Mercedes Benz 300 TD wagon that I’d walk the long way to the trailhead with some 11 year olds.

What is your dream vehicle for mountain bikers? Did you buy your current vehicle because it works well for the ride? Next week is (probably) our big Q&A episode, so jot those questions down and we might as well answer them on next week’s show.

Pinkbike Podcast // Episode 80 – Best Vehicles for Mountain Bikers
September 10, 2021

Who thinks we need a Pinkbike Pinjgauer? I’ll let them park it at my house…

Featuring a rotating cast of editorial team and other guests, the PinkBike podcast is a weekly update on all the latest stories from around the world of mountain biking, plus some candid discussion about tech, racing, and everything in between.

Previous PinkBike Podcast
Episode 1 – Why Are Bikes So Expensive?
Episode 2 – Where the Hell Is the Grim Donut?
Episode 3 – Pond Beaver Takes
Episode 4 – Why Is Every Bike a Trail Bike?
Episode 5 – Can You Trust the Bike Review?
Episode 6 – Over Bike or Below Bike?
Episode 7 – Wild Project Bikes
Episode 8 – Do We Need an Even Bigger Wheel Size?
Episode 9 – Why Are We Doing the Cross-Country Field Test?
Episode 10 – Getting to Know the Bike Setup
Episode 11 – Are We Going Racing This Year?
Episode 12 – What is the future of bike shops?
Episode 13 – Are Bikes Too Regular Now?
Episode 14 – Which bike will the Pinkbike editors buy?
Episode 15 – What’s Hurting Mountain Biking?
Episode 16 – Who is your mountain biking hero?
Episode 17 – XC Field Test Insider
Episode 18 – Electronics on Your Mountain Bike: Good or Bad?
Episode 19 – The Hardtail Episode
Episode 20 – MTB Conspiracy Theories
Episode 21 – Wrong Things About Us
Episode 22 – Does Your Riding Style Match Your Personality?
Episode 23 – Grim Donut 2 is LIVE!
Episode 24 – Why Buy DH Bike Too?
Episode 25 – Fall Field Test Preview
Episode 26 – The Three Most Important Mountain Bikes
Episode 27 – The World Champs Special
Episode 28 – All About Women’s Bikes
Episode 29 – Freeride or Die
Episode 30 – Would You Instead?
Episode 31 – Wet Weather Riding Tips and Tricks
Episode 32 – What changes is needed in the bike industry?
Episode 33 – Behind the Scenes at Pinkbike Academy
Episode 34 – Grilling Levy About Field Test Trail Bikes (and His Bonespile)
Episode 35 – Story Time – Stranger Than Fiction
Episode 36 – Grilling Kazimer about field test enduro bikes
Episode 37 – The 2020 Privateer Season with Ben Cathro
Episode 38 – The editors defend their best picks of 2020
Episode 39 – Predicting the Future of Mountain Biking
Episode 40 – The Pinkbike Awards!
Episode 41 – Racing Rumors and Team Changes
Episode 42 – The Guilty Pleasure of Mountain Biking
Episode 43 – Dangerhome’s Wildest Custom Mountain Bike
Episode 44 – Mountain Bike Suspension Decoded
Episode 45 – What Makes A Good Riding Buddy
Episode 46 – The RockShox Zeb Vs Fox 38 Deep Dive
Episode 47 – High Pivot Bikes: The Good, the Bad, and the Why?
Episode 48 – The Rides That Went So Wrong… and Why It Made Them So Good
Episode 49 – Which is the best DH bike?
Episode 50 – Are Bikes Really Getting Less Expensive? (Value Bike Field Test Preview)
Episode 51 – Should MTB Media Post Spy Shots?
Episode 52 – Our Most Embarrassing MTB Moments
Episode 53 – Should the climbers still have the right of way?
Episode 54 – The Best and Worst MTB Product Marketing
Episode 55 – Big Dumb Rides and Staying Motivated
Episode 56 – What were the most important inventions in mountain biking?
Episode 57 – What Were the Best (and Worst) Trends in Mountain Biking?
Episode 58 – Breaking the Biggest Myths of Mountain Biking
Episode 59 – Value Bike Field Trip Surprise and Spoiler
Episode 60 – What Kind of Mountain Biker Do You Want to Be?
Episode 61 – State of the Sport Survey on Athlete Pay, Lycra, Equality and More
Episode 62 – Editor’s Preferences and Why They Matter
Episode 63 – Our Best (and Worst) Bike Buying Advice
Episode 64 – Who’s On Your MTB Mount Rushmore?
Episode 65 – The Hardtail Episode
Episode 66 – The Best and Worst Parts of Repairing Bikes
Episode 67 – The Story of the Most Fascinating Man in Mountain Biking: Richard Cunningham
Episode 68 – Who are the Unsung Heroes of Mountain Biking?
Episode 69 – The Good, Bad, and Strange Bikes We Have – Part 1
Episode 70 – The Good, Bad, and Strange Bikes We Have – Part 2
Episode 71 – The Story of Mountain Biking’s Most Fascinating Man: Richard Cunningham – A Pinkbike Podcast Special, Part 2
Episode 72 – Hey Outers!
Episode 73 – Details That Matter… and Something That Shouldn’t
Episode 74 – The Coolest Paths We’ve Seen and What Makes Them So Special
Episode 75 – Things That Waste MTB Brands Money
Episode 76 – MTB Originals and the Copycats
Episode 77 – Interview with Outer CEO Robin Thurston
Episode 78 – Explanation of Modern Geometry
Episode 79 – What is the future of EMTB?

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