For episode 25 of our podcast we've got Dougie Fresh AKA Doug Giles, our outside sales rep for Shimano, amongst other brands. Being rep for Shimano means Doug has a unique view into both the world of retail and the inner workings of the bike industry in terms of manufacture, distribution etc. for Shimano. Credit to Doug he's always as transparent as he can be, and we try to be too. We've all heard about the parts shortages this last couple of years due to COVID and while it's no big secret why, if you haven't heard it explained it's interesting to hear why we're still seeing shortages and delays even now.
More than just a rep, Doug has been in and around the cycling world for a long time. Starting his cycling career as a triathlete, what sounds like a fairly daunting world of pain can actually be a more accessible way into cycling because people are typically more inclusive since they have to be good at several different sports. The cycling world has changed a lot in the two decades plus that these two have been in it, and it's mostly for the best. Tune in to the full podcast to hear some throwbacks and some tasters of what's to come. Enjoy!