The great Eldon Nelson wrote that one should be allowed to give no more than three points of advice on any given ride, and no more than five points to any given person per lifetime.
If more people followed this simple guideline, the world would be a nicer place. Folks wouldn't dread riding with certain individuals, and LBSs would be far nicer places to walk into.
I tried this rule with my 30 y/o daughter this past weekend while taking her on her first bike ride since having babies. My nature is to drone on with tons of valuable advice, which I suspect would have turned her off to cycling forever.
I followed Eldon's rule and limited my advice to just thre things, and that worked well. I can give her only two more items for the rest of eternity, and I promise I will choose them carefully.
Here were the three items:
-I explained what cross-chaining was and why her bike was making that miserable noise.
-I also gave her some tips on how to keep from dropping her chain.
-Finally, I pointed out that if obese people would raise their seat post up some, and not try to look so cool by pedaling in their very highest gear at a cadence of 30rpm, their knees wouldn't hurt so much and they might actually look forward to their next ride.
In this spirit, and given the recent influx of n00bs here, I invite you to offer your best noob advice, but remember: only three per post and a total of five for the thread. Choose wisely.
Now I'm going back to bed.