If You Like Cycling, You’ll Love the FredCast

I’ve mentioned on this blog how much I enjoy Bicycling Magazine. It has great information and is particularly well-written. A few weeks ago, while getting the iPod ready for an upcoming business trip, I decided to give Podcasts another look.

I’m very glad I did because I discovered another excellent source for all the latest and greatest cycling info — the FredCast. The FredCast is all about cycling. It covers news, professional racing, reviews and tips for endurance cyclists. Particular attention is paid to “high-zoot” bikes and gear, which is fine with me, so long as I’m not driven to actually purchase any of it. The host is also a major Mac geek, which I appreciate now that I’ve pretty much drunk that Kool Aid.

On my flight from Seattle to Calgary, I found myself getting into the FredCast so much, I was actually disappointed that my flight wasn’t longer (and I was on one of those little Horizon Air Turbo prop planes, so that’s saying quite a lot). If you use an iPod or iPhone, you can download the FredCast via iTunes. If not, you can go to the FredCast Website and download it as an MP3 file, or just listen online. The FredCast is put out weeklyish and is free. Check it out.

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4 Responses to “If You Like Cycling, You’ll Love the FredCast”

  1. Stu says:

    Ouch! That little turboprop is actually bigger than Horizon’s 70 set jet and nearly as fast. What’s more, its friendly on the environment and it is actually quieter than most jet aircraft.

    Some facts:

    The Horizon Q400 turboprop uses 30-40% less fuel than on routes where it has replaced similar capacity older generation and/or 50-seat jet aircraft. Not only is the Q400 quite a bit faster than a car – unless the car travels at 414 mph – but it also uses less fuel on a per passenger basis than an average car. And it’s more comfortable. And less stressful. And you don’t have to worry about parking.

    Each Horizon Q400 aircraft produces 30-40% less emissions on routes where it has replaced similar capacity older generation and/or 50-seat jet aircraft. That can produce 6,000-8,000 fewer tons of in the air every year for each Q400. Simply by flying on a Horizon Q400, you’re helping to reduce the environmental impact.

    Inside the Horizon Q400, an Active Noise and Vibration Suppression (ANVS) system significantly reduces noise and vibration, making it as quiet and comfortable as a jet. The cabin noise level on a jet is 78 dBA, while the Q400 is 77 dBA. Outside, it’s 10 decibels (EPNdB) quieter.

  2. admin says:

    Stu,

    Thanks for all that wonderful info on the planes. And, while that’s all well and good about efficiency, etc., you are still going to have a difficult time convincing me that this is a spacious aircraft. Those seats are still ridiculous for someone who is 6’6″ and 350 pounds (or even 250 for that matter). The fact that there are even more undersized commercial aircraft is of little comfort.

  3. Stu says:

    Agreed…all plane seats are pretty challenging. However, the seat dimensions are nearly the same as a 737, it just appears smaller because of the construction of the seat (thinner and narrows near the top). If you can nab 1A or 1B, you get some pretty decent legroom and if the flight has some empty seats on it, you can move around and lift the arm rests (no middle seats to mess with).

  4. admin says:

    True. I did manage to find an empty seat and it was perfectly adequate — particularly when I had the FredCast to keep me occupied.

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