The Week In Bike #46 – 28 November 2014

Nov 29 2014

Playing pro, cars, airports, TSA, Astana, Francorchamps, Koksijde, airplanes, leg room, hotels, Velon, l’Equipe, ASO, telling stories, cycling season, Cancellara, Hour Record.

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16 Responses to “The Week In Bike #46 – 28 November 2014”

  1. Paul Tomblin 29 November 2014 at 1:21 pm #

    sound levels are borked.

  2. T 29 November 2014 at 3:50 pm #

    audio issues…ADR? ADR???

    • cosmo 30 November 2014 at 7:46 pm #

      Headphones. Stereo quirk in how GarageBand ’11 records from my mic.

  3. Jason Gabriel 30 November 2014 at 8:38 am #

    Hi Cosmo, No issue with the advert before the video, but the bank commercial stops at same spot (4 seconds to go) and your video never plays. Tried Chrome, Explorer, and last week’s TWIB and same issue. Just FYI, hoping I get to see it; always informed/levelheaded/entertaining – please keep it up. Thanks, Jason

    • Richard 1 December 2014 at 12:21 pm #

      Same Issue, this one and the previous. Only recourse is to grab the m4v url and skip the ads all together. :-/

      • cosmo 5 December 2014 at 10:40 am #

        We at Cyclocosm can neither confirm nor deny the existence of an m4v.

  4. Jenkins 30 November 2014 at 5:29 pm #


    The video won’t load. It just plays the audio for the ad and then times out.

  5. Jesse J 30 November 2014 at 6:46 pm #

    For the record, I can’t seem to get any of your newer videos (the ones that are hosted on Cyclingtips) to play. I’ve tried on a couple computers and they get about halfway through the advert then it they just stop.

  6. dylan 30 November 2014 at 10:51 pm #

    just chiming in to also say i consistently have issues with this video player as well. freezing, skipping etc. i really miss them being hosted on Vimeo, but obvs you need the money from ad revenue. surely there is a better host out there?

  7. Sebastian 1 December 2014 at 1:51 pm #

    I’m sympathetic to the broad financial goals of Velon, and I also agree that the disproportionate dominance of a single private company in the sport is something that needs to be tempered. But, like you, I’m skeptical as to the perennial claim that cycling needs a more intelligible shape to the season. It seems like at least once a decade the UCI tries out some new superleague concept aimed at making the season more uniform and intelligible to non-European media — the World Cup, the Pro Tour, the World Tour . . . What makes the sport compelling is its diversity — the overlapping narratives of the grand tours and the big classics with their peaks in the late spring, early summer, and mid-autumn. To me there’s no real problem here in need of fixing.

  8. Eric C 2 December 2014 at 9:50 am #

    Same issue with the video playback… very unfortunate, I really enjoyed watching the vids…

  9. gd 2 December 2014 at 9:00 pm #

    Always a pleasure. Keep up the great work.

  10. Kendall Clukey 3 December 2014 at 7:44 am #

    For someone as relentlessly critical of poorly designed and maintained websites to continue to produce completely inaudible videos is sort of ironic- this isn’t cutting edge tech, after all. I’ve been following you for a while now- chasing you through your various portals, but lately I often haven’t bothered because of un-listenable audio. Telling your audience to put on headphones and strain to decipher you rapid-fire delivery, is not the answer. You’re obviously an intelligent young man- figure this out, or find someone to help you.

    • cosmo 4 December 2014 at 11:15 pm #

      I think this is the only time the audio has been “unlistenable”—it’s certainly not a frequent complaint. The cause of this was a quirk that I forgot about in some very old software on an even older computer.

      It’s still kind of up in the air whether there’s enough money in this for me to survive on, so I don’t think I really have the resources to pay someone else. Unless you’re offering to fund it yourself, that is.

      • Viewer 5674 5 December 2014 at 4:26 pm #

        Audio: fine, Video: fine. Content: slightly more interesting than whats actually happen in the cycling world. played on a 2007 mac with its fair share of ball draining, malware housing, virus friendly porn under its hood.

        Very much enjoyed the video, please keep making them. Remember when you stopped and everyone begged you to start again?

        My one criticism is that you don’t take a page out of the annotated ASO story book that you’re reading out loud. When people complain ignore them and their problems will seem illegitimate, especially to the thousands of others that wont experience the same problem.

        Look at poor Kendall, she seems to think that organizations with budgets in the tens of millions should be held to the same standard as the guy making (totally kick ass) videos on his computer. Poor Kendall.

        Poor ben, look at poor ben. Cant play video, yes benjamin Sanne Cant play in video. Keyboard make words for hello time.

        Eric C ‘enjoyed’ the videos, but the audio playback was just too much for him. The doctor told him “if you hear audio play back one more time your toes will fall off”.

        Meanwhile everyone here is in some way interested in a sport that is based almost entirely on tremendous physical discomfort… talk about irony.

  11. ben 5 December 2014 at 1:04 pm #

    cant play video

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