The Pinkbike Podcast: Getting to Know Henry Quinney

Apr 16, 2024 at 10:14
by Sarah Moore  
New art by Taj Mihelich.

Henry Quinney is one of a kind. He's a tech editor and a video presenter here at Pinkbike, but you probably know him best for his role hosting The Pinkbike Podcast and for his strong opinions on everything from head tube angles to all-mountain bikes.

We chat about how he got into riding as a teenager, how he bounced back and forth chasing summer in the UK and New Zealand for years, his time as a World Cup mechanic, why he left GMBN, some of his endurance feats including an attempt at the FKT riding across all of New Zealand and riding 1,000,000 feet in a year, and much more. Henry's an incredibly introspective person and so this was a really interesting conversation.

Fall Field Test photo by Tom Richards

Henry testing bikes for Pinkbike.
Henry back in his Vertigo bike days when he took on the challenge of climbing 1,000,000 feet in a year.

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  • 57 3
 Loam Ranger Made a Himalayan mountain out of a mole hill. It was the dumbest shit I’ve ever seen. I hope he got as much shit for being such a Dramatic f*cking crybaby over nothing as his witch burning followers gave Henry.
  • 20 1
 Too right, took some light banter on an informal podcast and turned it into a personal attack on his livelihood and gatekeeping an entire sport. But hey it got him a few more clicks right?
  • 8 1
 @yeah-nah-yeah: it’s a perfect example of the plague that is outrage culture in today’s society
  • 3 0
 I only know about a fraction of this, to me the take away is, Kaz and Henry, good dudes, gatekeeping has a very functional aspect to it, when it's in the interest of representing a sport and a safe and structured progression, and I don't think that's what spurred the original comments, but the broader discussion is like, yeah it's ok to comment on how beginners are naive or adding to a huge amount of content in maybe not a constructive way, and that's always going to be a sweet spot, the media around a sport definitely shapes it, big and small, grass roots to icons of the sport, we represent by expression and also what we don't say/post... I feel like Kaz already said all this on a podcast months ago, flashpoints have some truth occasionally, that's what i gather from it... Came here to say I appreciate Henry Quintessential
  • 55 3
 Henry often gets a bad rap because a lot of people don’t know what to make of him. His candor, insight and dry, often self deprecating humor is lost on a lot of the Pinkbike audience. Maybe it’s a cultural thing. Frankly I find it refreshing, but maybe that’s because I’m an old school East Coaster. A little feather ruffling never hurt anyone. Keep being you my friend.
  • 13 1
 Ha thank you. I mean, it’s all a bit of fun really.
  • 3 0
 the humour is the best part.
  • 45 1
 Finally he get a whole hour to talk about himself :-)
  • 35 4
 Just because that joke is predictable it doesn’t make it any less funny. In fact, perhaps even more so! Ha.
  • 7 0
 @henryquinney: I kid ... I found when you first started doing audio/video interviews the guests didn't get a chance to talk nearly as much as I would have prefered but in the last few months you've really changed your interview style a lot and the balance is there now to the point where you've become a favorite of mine to listen to. The back and fourth is much more balanced really and very enjoyable.
  • 17 1
 @bogdan75: yeah totally fair. Definitely learning, and there are still lots of things to do better. Thanks for sticking with it and I will hopefully continue to improve.
  • 5 0
 @henryquinney: You are quite good.

(This sentence is lifted word for word from the authoritative ‘Phrases That Keep English People Awake At Night’ by H Quinney, Simon & Schuster, 2021.
  • 38 5
 Henry is my favorite pink bike writer/videor.
  • 2 0
 How to put this... I love me some HQ nuggets of wisdom and/or random thoughts that no one else would conjure up, but turn out to be logical... Speaking of favorites, wonder if @henryquinney has seen the movie The Favorite... Kind of reminds me of modern times, the way things go astray for bad incentives, but I digress, point is, PB is better off with HQ, brings a lot more than just words on the page
  • 11 1
 Levy is a bit like the rob warner in the cycling journalism world, and if we had someone for wc commenting of the quality like henry is for pinkbike after levy, no one would complain about commentators from wc racing. hope this sentence make sense, but henry is doing a great job, is all i'm saying
  • 24 12
 Huberman is a creep
  • 17 2
 He's a clickbait artist.
  • 17 0
 I have been getting up and having a cold shower in the first rays of sunlight in my back garden while drinking lemon, salt and battery acid for a month now and my neighbours think I am a creep so you might be on to something.
  • 11 0
 The ultimate bro scientist!
  • 4 0
 That's the vibe I get too....
  • 3 0
 yeah ... if you simply follow these simple no cost/low cost protocols you can hack your health ... goes back to check ... oh there's like 80 daily protocols! Does this dude do anything else other than his protocols in a day?
  • 1 1
 Have you listened to Jack Kruse rinse him on Rick Rubin’s Tetragrammaton podcast?
  • 3 3
 The biggest knock against Huberman is that he talks way too much when he has somebody on the show and sort of railroads the podcast. He has great intentions and has given a lot of really good podcasts that have reached people. Particularly the marijuana and the alcohol one.
  • 3 2
 @JonDud: can you give an example of what he does that is Clickbait?
  • 3 2
 @owl-X: how so? Can you give specific examples?
  • 3 1
 @JonRBailey: noooo one youtuber or podcaster rips another? and so one of them has to be RIGHT i TELLS YA, RIGHT.

rinses him? are you 14?
  • 1 1
 @PHX77: everything regarding the pseudo-scientific selfoptimism bullshit, i e practically every part of his media identity.

he takes a paper, picks the tiniest fraction of vague statistical tendencies and sells it to you as it would be the truth. thats why its really important to use that hypertechnical foreign word mumble in his podcasts - because it impresses the uneducated.
  • 7 0
 Great podcast - can really tell the effort that Henry puts into Pinkbike and has really grown into his position and I thoroughly enjoy his articles and podcasts. Definitely feel he’s been given a hard rap at times from the bike community
  • 10 1
 I dig Henry. Real, authentic, vulnerable, human being. Its also kind of funny when he laughs at his own words.
  • 5 0
 Something has always seemed vaguely familiar about Henry while watching on video but I'd never figured out why. Now I know it must be a memory of having seen him about Leisure Lakes Cheltenham as that's my LBS. Tiny personal mystery solved!
  • 8 0
 Sarah on point with Metric....
  • 4 0
 He likes The SMITHS i think.

if so, i forgive him for anything else i find annoying about him.

Morrissey knew about the perils of MTB even back then

*punctured bicycle, on a hillside desolate....*

all been there,.
  • 2 0
 I sing an upbeat, campy rendition of "Meat is Murder" to myself sometimes on uphill slogs. It makes light of my unpleasant pace.
  • 1 0
 Which would you rather take on a ride though, Morrisey or an EDC pump?

One's a massive tool that pumps out a lot of air...

...the other's an EDC pump.
  • 1 0
 @dubod22: I love Morrissey but that's fair
  • 3 0
 @henryquinney I think you are truly authentic which is wonderfully refreshing. Really enjoy your thoughts and candour. Keep up the great work. The community is lucky to have you.
  • 3 0
 Really enjoyed this interview. Surprised at the lack ofPeep Show references though. Hearing people seek out Henry's insta to give him shit was rough. And completely unnecessary. Good that he's I a better place now.
  • 2 0
 Great episode, always nice to hear the level of introspection he has Henry being so candid about his overreliance on biking to mask bigger issues over the last couple of years has helped me come to terms with and rationalise that too as i go through some heart issues that have limited my time outdoors and on the bike , Yes henry isn't for everyone but the mtb media world is a better place because of having perspectives like his. Much like Iain Trelor over at escape
  • 7 3
 Haven't heard it yet, but 1h30min? That seems waaay to short! I need more Henry in my life!
  • 5 2
 Let me know what more you'd like me to ask and we'll have to do a part II Wink
  • 3 0
 Awesome interview. Love the honesty and thoughtful responses. Most people could probably stand to take a page out of Henry’s book and reflect on things once in a while.
  • 1 0
 I think it's cool that Henry has gone through a cathartic time and has come out with a greater understanding of himself and what a fun, interesting ,stimulating world we live in. British humour is lovely-it can seem to be harsh,cruel and unforgiving and that's what makes it so good.And can get us into all sorts of trouble with people who don't understand it's sometimes less than subtle nuance...... a close American friend said it was all sarcasm and lies but the lies were really hard to work out...who cares..if it's funny and comes from a place of (gentle )disrespect for everyone and everything!
  • 1 0
 @henryquinney Man, I completely get the wanting to do something every day, and getting totally obsessed with whatever you are into. Luckily, at 42 I found mountain biking to balance out surfing, kiteboarding, and the gym. It fills every possible day with something.
  • 1 0
 I just love the vibe that Henry brings to Pinkbike.
In my opinion "deep talk" and the whole story behind persons are so much more fruitful than just a collection of highlights.

If there will be some Non-MTB-related-content from Henry I would subscribe Smile

Have a great time in Canada Henry!
  • 1 0
 great podcast! have been an admirer (fan sounds creeper, though admirer sounds a bit weird too) of Henry for a while. Not a big watcher of GMBN but instantly like the passion, humour and honesty he added to it + really enjoy him on pinkbike too. much prefer someone with honesty/opinions/personality + don't remember loads I've heard from other podcasts, but still remember a story he told about mushroom/dark/strangers house as it's hilarious and original. sorry to hear about the health problems, I've had something similar over the last year, and although it sucked, it's led to a lot of personal development and introspection, making me realise how things weren't great, and has led to a positive change. keep up the good work + remember what George Bernard Shaw said: “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” (I know this from old Russell Brand podcasts, I'm not cultured!)
  • 5 0
 Metric rules!
  • 4 0
 @sarahmoore @henryquinney That was a belter. Thank you
  • 1 0
 Props for name. 'then bang, into a 20foot polly waffle'.
  • 3 0
 @henryquinney When will the Matt's stomach health podcast be aired?
  • 7 0
 Great reminder. I think it would maybe be good to cover off some health-related topics and how they effect riding without just talking about one. I might try and get a few different guests each with an experience to share. Thanks for the nudge!
  • 1 0
 @henryquinney: good idea. Maybe a back and forth look at health affecting riding and riding affecting health. Drawing attention to some of the research through DMBinS?
  • 6 4
 One of my favorite social media influencers!!!
  • 25 1
 I’ll send you an exclusive Herbalife discount code in a PM.
  • 2 0
 @henryquinney: ….is that like AG1?
  • 8 1
 @wobblegoblin: I think so, but to be honest, I might be so out of touch that all my cultural references are at least a decade past relevance.
  • 3 0
 Shroooooms baby!
  • 1 0
 I just wanna know when I can buy pinkbike t-shirts again, they've been gone for ages Frown !
  • 1 0
 @henryquinney excellent listen. Your laugh is nearly as good as Elliot Jacksons......
  • 2 0
 Good listen, thanks for sharing your story.
  • 1 0
 Legend of a guy, Spend some great time together in Les Arch in 2015 (I think it was) Johnny and Alex too. Great times.
  • 1 0
 I'm happy you joined the PB team Henry! You bring a fun take and great humor to PB!
  • 1 0
 Keep up the great work Henry, really like it.
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