Recently I gave up my Netflix subscription, partly motivated by a desire to save money and spend less time staring at a screen. But I was also motivated to ditch it because lately I haven’t been watching shows and movies on that platform; there’s too much great (free) content on Youtube.
[Side note: it’s crazy to think that, as a kid, if I heard a song I liked on the radio there was no way to hear it again besides listening to the same station for the next couple days and hoping the deejay would spin it again. REM’s classic “It’s the End of the World As We Know It” was a particular favorite. I spend many car rides home changing the dial, hoping to hear the recognizable melody, annoying the shit out of my dad. Now, pretty much anything you want to hear can be found on Youtube in seconds and you can listen to it as many times as you want. I don’t love songs in the same way with such easy, immediate access. They aren’t rare, sweet-sounding treasures anymore.]
Most of what I watch is cycling-related. There are too many cycling channels to follow all of them, but I’ve established a nice little collection that provide information and entertainment. Here they are. They’re worth checking out if you don’t watch them already.
Mark’s channel has evolved from crit tip videos to daily vlogs with a cast of bike-related characters in Australia to pro-quality coverage of grand tours. This summer he’s followed all three with his sidekick Hannah.
Gorgeous cinematography, British humor, lots of cafe stops with millenials.
Race footage with insightful commentary, training advice, gear reviews, vegan recipes, artsy stuff: this channel has it all, for vegans and non-vegans alike.
Super laid-back, likeable couple takes you on bike-related adventures and offers practical tips for people interested in riding for fun and exploration.
Backstage Pass makes you feel like a member of the team and takes you behind the scenes with the most loveable team in the pro peloton.
Cookie-loving ex-pro spends his retirement taking Strava KOMs from dopers. Need I say more?
Honorable mention goes to Global Cycling Network, which produces solid, helpful content while also being somewhat clickbait-y, and Rapha Films, which either produces breathtaking short films about the transcendent beauty of cycling or thinly-veiled, melodramatic advertisements.
And at one time I thought Durianrider was worth watching. Not so much anymore.