To back up our pick of the best print mags out there, we’ve brought together our favourite podcasts too, just in case you run out reading material.
If you’ve exhausted the magazines, done all the DIY, learned a new language, your bike is running super sweet and everything else is off the to-do list, then you can get stuck into our favourite podcasts below.
Think of a professional rider, industry wizard, photographer, coach… you name it, Chris Hall has sat down for a chat with them all. Usually well over the hour mark, you can get stuck into any one of Downtime’s MTB-related podcasts while cracking on with the rest of the to-do list.
Why not start with the Downtime podcast featuring our own Ben Plenge? Check it out here.
Following hot on the heels of Downtime, or maybe it’s the other way around… Davi Birks is rapidly approaching the 100 podcasts mark with HKT and has just this minute dropped the first episode of The Lockdown Companion with Olly Wilkins, which promises to be total nonsense… Or will it?
Vital Inside Line
From the guys that brought you VitalRAW comes The Inside Line podcast. Focusing, unsurprisingly on World Cup racing and racers, also with a fairly heavy lean towards the US riding scene and industry, there’s plenty to get your teeth stuck into.
Catch all the VitalMTB The Inside Line Podcasts on Spotify here.
Gypsy Tales is the first of our non-MTB exclusive podcasts, but with a heavy focus on action and contact sports like motocross racing and freestyle, surfing, MMA and in Dean Lucas’ case, mountain biking.
Dean’s podcast with Jase at Gypsy Tales is just shy of three hours, but you’re not really going anywhere…
A single series (so far) with four episodes delving into where this gravel thing has come from through the eyes (and mouths) of those who are making it happen, whether it be athletes, ambassadors, bike and kit builders…
You can check out series on of the Unpaved Podcast here.
The Dirtbag Diaries
Focusing on serious or hilarious stories from adventures in the wild, whether it be hiking, skiing, or water-based, there’s over 250 episodes of adventure and misadventure contained within The Dirtbag Diaries.
Check out well over one hundred Dirt Bag Diaries episodes here.
The Cycling Podcast
Perhaps not the most inventive name for a cycling podcast, but look beyond that and you’ll find plenty to listen to whether it be road cycling Grand Tours, cyclocross World Cups, World Championship road racing, if you like skinny tyres then this is the one for you.
Check out The Cycling Podcast episodes here.
Keep up to date with everything happening at Singletrack towers in Todmorden as the team bring you the latest on the next or current magazine, Fresh Goods Friday and any other nonsense.
Catch the latest Singletrack Magazine podcast episodes here.
Join Joe Wilkinson and his pals as they recount some of the most ludicrous, disgusting and downright bizarre tales sent into them by the general public. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you might dry heave, but mostly, you’ll laugh.
Check out all eleven Gossipmongers episodes here.
If you were a fan of Shooting Stars, then Athletico Mince is essentially Shooting Stars with the brakes off and the runaway train has taken Bob Mortimer’s brain with it. Fans of classic comedy probably won’t understand a word…
Dive into the mind of Bob Mortimer here.
Despite being one of the irreverent Rubberbandits, who you might remember for their song about their disdain for your car in lieu of their horse, Blindboy covers topics ranging from the mural tourism of Belfast, a chat with Scottish comedian Limmy, all the way through to use of psychedelics.
Check out the Blindboy Podcast episodes here.
The Joe Rogan Experience
If you want to listen to discussions about life, politics, culture, comedy and everything else under the sun with some of the World’s foremost celebrities, scientists, musicians etc etc, then The Joe Rogan Experience is the podcast for you.
Catch every one of the 1444 podcasts by Joe Rogan here.
Distraction Pieces with Scrubious Pip
Scrubious Pip plies a trade having weekly conversations, mostly with famous people, but sometimes, someone you haven’t heard of, but that person has a very interesting story to be told.
Check out the Distraction Pieces episodes here.
Say Why to Drugs
Dr. Suzi Gage, through her Say Why to Drugs podcasts looks to dispel myths and deal with misinformation about recreational drugs, whether they be legal or illegal, as well as exploring the links between their use and mental health.
Also a part of the larger Distraction Pieces network.
Check out the Say Why to Drugs podcast episodes here.
Hosted by PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman, Reply All is a series of podcasts that focus on dissecting modern life and how best to survive it. Running since 2014, Reply All hits the 5 million downloads a month means they must be doing something right…
You can find all the Reply All podcast episodes here.
Retired US Navy SEAL Lieutenant Commander “Jocko” Willink is a man of many talents. A highly-decorated US Navy SEAL, SEAL instructor, as well as being a instructor and mentor, gym owner and owning a management company… T
he Jocko Podcast sees Jocko and his buddy Echo Charles discuss discipline and leadership applied to everyday situations.
Catch all the Jocko Podcast episodes here.
It might only be a single series, but Caliphate follows Rukmini Callimachi, who covers terrorism for the New York Times, as she takes up a quest to understand ISIS. The podcast uncovers some of her most exciting and unpublished reporting.
Often dark, some of these episodes come with a sensitive content warning…
Check out series one of Caliphate here.
Elis James and John Robins
From one end of the spectrum to the other, while Caliphate might deal with international terrorism, the highlights of Elis James and John Robins’ podcast from their Saturday Radio X show is whimsical at best.
Includes classics like Humblebrag, the Shame Well and the Light Hearted Paper Review.
Check out Elis and John’s podcasts here.
House of Rugby
A weekly podcast breaking down what’s been happening in the World of rugby featuring your hosts Mike Tindall, James Haskell and Alex Payne. Whether you’re into rugby or not, there’s plenty of bigger subjects that get tackled (see what we did there) in these podcasts.
Say what you like about James Haskell, but when he showed up in a pink tank top that was easily three sizes too small to discuss the Israel Folau debacle, he won some hero points that day.
Check out all the House of Rugby podcast episodes here.
Off menu, and having seen any of James Acaster and Ed Gamble’s work, definitely off topic…
The duo invite guests into their magical restaurant and have them order their dream meal. Hilarity ensues.
Listen to all the Off Menu episodes here.
The Adam Buxton Podcast
Adam Buxton has funny or serious with funny bits chats with interesting people. These people are often well-known or even famous. The concept is alarmingly simple.
Listen to all Adam Buxton’s podcasts here.
A series of podcasts of investigative journalism, featuring a different journalist per season, focusing on Canadian and international crime stories. Six seasons cover a range of topics, from unsolved plane crashes, “cat lady” disappearances, people stuck in cults and controversial murders.
Check out all the Uncover podcast episodes here.