The Pull: Nick Legan

On this week’s show, my guest is Nick Legan, the author of Gravel Cycling, from VeloPress. Legan has one of the more varied backgrounds I’ve encountered in cycling. He began his career as a race mechanic, first working for Slipstream Sports and then working for Lance Armstrong’s Radio Shack team. He founded a bike shop in Boulder, Colorado, called the Service Course, but wasn’t content to restrict his career to bicycle retailing and began writing tech articles for VeloNews, where he went on to become the tech editor. Legan’s next move was to the PR side of the cycling industry where he worked with editors from magazines and web sites on behalf of clients like Shimano. That he stepped away from that job to re-enter the world of journalism surprised many, especially as he often explained Shimano’s products better than many Shimano employees could. Since then, he has launched his own blog, Rambleur and joined Adventure Cyclist as one of their tech writers, plus, each year he serves as a judge for the awards at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show.

Since the publication of Gravel Cycling, Legan has gone deep on gravel riding in its many forms, including bikepacking. He recently completed the Tour Divide and I wanted to talk to him about his longest adventure yet.



The Pull is brought to you by the North American Handmade Bicycle Show, the world’s premier annual gathering of bicycle framebuilders and framebuilding enthusiasts. The 2019 show will take place March 15-17th at the Sacramento Convention Center in Sacramento, California.

The Cycling Independent is hosting its first-ever event October 12th through 14th, 2018, the Red Kite Ronde et Vous. The two-and-a-half day event will feature bikes from some of the industry’s top frame builders, two gravel rides, some of the world’s finest craft beers, which are brewed locally, plus enough food to make the pedaling fun. For more information, or to register,go here


To learn more about Nick Legan’s work, visit


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