FattyCast: Talking with Diane Lees, The Outspoken Cyclist

12.28.2015 | 2:10 pm

I don’t want to make this post about me. Not too much, anyway. I want to make it about Diane Lees, the incredibly engaging host of the radio show / podcast The Outspoken Cyclist

But first, I do want to say something about The FattyCast — my new podcast.

Specifically, I want to say that for the first time since I started this blog nearly eleven years ago, I’m completely and totally in love with a new way of communicating. 

When I started this blog, I always had a huge backlog of ideas I wanted to write about. I couldn’t wait to write my next post. Sometimes I had multiple posts going at the same time, and I just desperately wanted the next day to come, so I could put the next one up and see what people think.

Of course, over the course of eleven years, I’ve become a lot more comfortable with this blog. Now it’s an old friend. I enjoy writing it, but it’s been a while since I felt like I was breaking new ground with it. 

With the FattyCast, though, I’m loving the fact that it’s not about me. I’m loving thinking about all the people who do such cool things with or on or about or for bikes, and talking with them. Just having conversations with them, learning from them, and then sharing what I’ve learned. 

I’m also loving how much I’m learning, and how quickly. I can tell that I’m very much a beginner and make a lot of mistakes. But also that I’m learning quickly, and am already making fewer mistakes than I did at first.

And I love how generous people are being with their time. 

So. Whether you already listen to a lot of podcasts or to none at all, let me put in a plug here: try out The FattyCast (you can subscribe on iTunes). It’s just me, talking with people who love bikes and biking. 

And let me know who else you think I ought to have as guests.

Diane Lees

One of the people who really inspired me to begin this podcast is Diane Lees, the host of the popular podcast and radio show, The OutSpoken Cyclist.



Diane has been doing this show for five years, with nearly 300 episodes and nearly double that number in guests.

But her experience in the world of cycling goes way deeper than that. She rides. She’s been a bike shop owner. She’s been a promoter. She’s written a book on touring. 

She’s 69 years old, but has the energy (and voice) of someone half that age. 

You can listen or download the podcast below, get it on iTunes, or find it on FattyCast.com

It’s a great hour of conversation with an amazing woman. I’m a huge fan of Diane Lees.


  1. Comment by MikeL | 12.28.2015 | 5:00 pm

    I listened to the podcast with Diane yesterday. Very interesting.

  2. Comment by Shugg McGraw | 12.29.2015 | 2:34 am

    Do I see Crusher on the podcast list? The great, lost, race report?

  3. Comment by Brett | 12.29.2015 | 9:19 am

    I am sure your current podcast focus is
    a new and exciting challenge for you but just doesn’t click with me. I loved your regular blog reports, especially the race reports. I have tried to listen to a couple podcasts and didn’t finish. Seems like your current blog posts are just ads for your podcasts. I don’t want to be a complainer and I am probably solo on this but I like the old Fatty blog better.

    I appreciate your feedback and know that podcasts aren’t for everyone. My blog isn’t going away, though it always slows down during the winter…just like I do. Hopefully you’ll find that in addition to promoting the podcast, I’m still posting non-podcasty stuff too (though not much during the holidays). – FC

  4. Comment by Jim | 12.29.2015 | 10:22 am

    Podcaster Fatty is like the cycling love-child of Teri Gross and Mark Marin. These are fantastic!

  5. Comment by ScottM | 12.29.2015 | 12:39 pm

    I’ll pipe in just so Brett doesn’t feel alone. I’m excited that you’ve found a new passion and hope it goes well, but I’m also a bit sad that it will take time away from the blog. They meet different needs for me as a consumer. The blog is a quick, in and out kind of thing that is a fun break. The podcast is a commitment of time that is hard for me to get to. So less blog is sad for me, but go with what you love and I’ll adjust. After years of blog reading yours is the last one I still go back to. It’s a dying art but yours is still a great one. But life goes on…

    Thanks for writing. I take it as a huge compliment that you care enough to say what you like, and what you don’t.

    There’ll be less blog during the Winter, but that’s cuz of Winter, not cuz of podcasting. The podcast doesn’t take up time I’d otherwise be using for writing; it’s a different kind of effort altogether for me. I promise, the podcast is going to be strictly additive. Promise. – FC

  6. Comment by Evan | 12.29.2015 | 9:48 pm

    Well put Scott. Looking forward to both!

  7. Comment by spaceyace | 12.30.2015 | 5:48 pm

    I agree with Brett, and am relieved to hear the blog is here to stay.
    But, I also like podcasts, and am going to give yours a go. It better be good; downloading all the episodes to my phone is taking up a significant amount of wifi bandwidth from the office next door.


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