Well, if you're here you probably already know what Speed Metal Cycling and the podcast are all about: a couple of friends talking about just about everything else, except for cycling, and having a blast doing it.
I started the podcast in 2009 inspired by my brother's site (Alps&Andes) and Marketplace on NPR/APM. I know, weird, but true. We've been at this for almost 8 years. With the help of Mike, Klaus and Natalia, we've produced over 150 episodes and we regularly rank among the top 100 podcasts in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia, according to Wired Magazine. That's absolutely not true at all.
So, why Patreon?Well, the simple answer is money. It costs money and takes lots of time to keep the podcast going. There are costs like website and podcast file hosting, audio equipment, and all kinds of other incidental expenses. Through the years we've spent thousands of dollars on this thing. Most of those dollars were mine, of course. Those cheap bastards!
Listen, no one is going to get rich here. We just need help paying the bills, buying equipment, and growing the podcast. We want to travel, do more interviews, try out live shows, and video content. That's why we are on Patreon, to grow.
What about advertising?Our attitude, irreverent sense of humor and my crass personality are key ingredients of the podcast, right? Well, the truth is that our antics have alienated us from a lot of potential advertisers. I'm very proud of that. We have not compromised what we are about. However, that means, that we can't rely on ads to sustain the podcast. Ocasional advertising may continue, but it's been our experience that the inconsistent and sporadic nature of traditional advertising does not work for a podcast like ours.
Will the podcast still be free?Yes. Absolutely! We hope you will donate, but if you can't, or just don't want to, that's cool with us. Just enjoy the podcast. If you can't give monetarily, maybe you can help in other ways, like spreading the word to friends, buying jerseys or whatever merch we may offer, supporting us on social media, sending us feed back, giving us good reviews on iTunes or Stitcher... all that crap.
On behalf of Mike, Klaus, Natalia and myself, we'd like to say thank you for listening and for all your support. This crazy thing is about to get way better!