“Evidence based cycling is not high on the bicycle salesman’s agenda. No one will tell you how much more efficient one bicycle is over another; they just say it is better.” Steel or carbon? Jeremy Groves buys a new bike in the hope of saving up to five minutes on his daily commute…
With thanks to Lutz Meißner
This is a picture I took of today’s newspaper. You can usually pick me out from a group of cyclists because I am the one wearing the full-face helmet. Comments I get from other cyclists are mostly positive. But somebody, somewhere is always telling me that I must be really scared to be wearing that helmet—before proceeding to tell me everything about injuries and treatments that they had to endure as a consequence of having had a serious crash.
In other news this week, current World Downhill Champion Rachel Atherton was involved in a head-on collision with a car.
“Even though they are serious competitors I try to make this feel like you are watching a local buddies video.”
“Simply riding your bike will help improve your fitness and your handling skills, but there are training techniques you can adopt to make sure you get a decent workout.” Joe Beer with a few tips on how to spend your time in the saddle more effectively.
“Every cyclist loves to eat, and half of the fun of cycling is in having a built-in excuse to eat in large quantities.” Yesterday I “bonked big-time” for not having eaten enough. Stephen Cheung explains the factors that come into play.
“Pro cyclists pedal differently from ordinary mortals. When you’re on the road, you can always tell the well-trained cyclists by the way they pedal.” Brief guide to pedaling more effectively.
Fact: A regular London cyclist enjoys a longer life expectancy than a Londoner who takes no exercise.
“Human power output is a bit like a modern high performance engine, but with tiny amounts of power.” Simon Butterworth discusses the pros and cons of different types of cranks and gearing ratios.