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Old 08-12-03, 11:09 AM   #1
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Give us your tip.

I see that new cyclists come to the forum and ask questions.

Would not it be right if we could give them a tip or two about cycling in the succinct form?

Maybe we also can learn something new.

My tip - do not ride with the screeching chain, oil it.
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Old 08-12-03, 11:13 AM   #2
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My tip:

No tires are perfect for everyone. Try a lot of different tires and see which ones work best for your riding style and terrain. Sometimes the $19.99 tires will be a better match than those $49.99 mondo-tires that "the popular people" use.
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Old 08-12-03, 11:36 AM   #3
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My tip: Hold your breath under water...

Seriously though... My best tip would be to just ride your bike . Sometimes we get too wrapped up in training schedules, heart rates, cadence, average speed, etc., etc., and it eventually becomes too much like work. I ride my bike to get away from work. Just get on your bike and ride, have fun, and never forget what made you love riding in the first place...

Just my $.02.
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Old 08-12-03, 11:41 AM   #4
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Um, let's see..... How about checking your tire pressure before the ride? It would be a waste of a perfectly good tube if you are to blow the bastard. Think of all the "fun" time (fun=ridig) you will save by not fixing your flat.
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Old 08-12-03, 11:45 AM   #5
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Always consult Sheldon Brown, ParkTools.com, or a bike mechanic before trying complicated bike maintenance for the first time, especially if its your only bike.

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Old 08-12-03, 01:29 PM   #6
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Always consult Sheldon Brown, ParkTools.com, or a bike mechanic before trying complicated bike maintenance for the first time, especially if its your only bike.
Boy! I could have used that one a time or two. But if I may let me add the Bike Forums to the list.

My tip:

Check your cleat screws before riding. Make sure they are snug. Nothing like trying to clip out in a hurry and not being able to.
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I've fallen and I can't get up?
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Old 08-12-03, 01:58 PM   #7
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My tip: Ride even on the days you donít feel up to it. Itís all good!
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Old 08-12-03, 02:04 PM   #8
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My tip:

Never forget an extra tube, patch kit, and a cell phone!
Sometimes you try and try to fix your tire but eventually you may just have to call in reinforsements.
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Old 08-12-03, 02:12 PM   #9
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Ride safe, be courteous, and expect the unexpected.
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Old 08-12-03, 02:39 PM   #10
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Make a photo copy your drivers license and keep it in your saddle bag. It doesn't hurt to have a name and number of an emergency contact either.

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Old 08-12-03, 02:52 PM   #11
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Don't ride when you're tired. Listen to talk radio & roll windows down. Have some hot coffee. Pull off to the side of the road or at the next rest stop and take a nap. And the most important tip of all: NEVER OVERLAP WHEELS!!!
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Old 08-12-03, 02:57 PM   #12
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- When it comes to clipless: if you haven't fallen, you haven't learned
- Don't wear underwear under those tights. I learned it the hard way.
- RIDE DEFENSIVELY. It doesn't matter who's right or wrong because you gonna get screwed either way if a car hits you.
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Old 08-12-03, 03:03 PM   #13
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My tips:
Look both ways before you cross an intersection.
Carry a few Band-Aids.
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Old 08-12-03, 03:19 PM   #14
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If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience. I will dispense this advice now.
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Mine would be...take all advice with a grain of salt. Everyone has a personal opinion/investment about a product and he/she might not always be right. Take all advice and make your own decision.
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Old 08-12-03, 03:39 PM   #16
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Make yourself as visible as possible to motorists but ride as if you were invisible.
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Old 08-12-03, 03:40 PM   #17
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Carry a chain tool and extra links when MTBing.
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Old 08-12-03, 04:07 PM   #18
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Make yourself as visible as possible to motorists but ride as if you were invisible.
And my corollary:

Never assume that someone sees you, even if they have looked you in the eye.

Learn to yell loud enough to be heard very well inside a car. You should be able to do this easily if you have kids!
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Old 08-12-03, 04:11 PM   #19
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keep the rubber side down

Otherwise read the above sugestions they are all pretty good
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Concentrate on pulling your legs up as much as pushing down. Strengthens your hip flexor muscles and evens out your stroke.
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Let me reemphasize the point about not thinking someone sees you even when they look right at you. I've had both a car and a person pull right out in front of me, yet they were apparently looking right at me. What they were probably doing was looking THROUGH me to see if cars were coming. I didn't even register with them.

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Let me reemphasize the point about not thinking someone sees you even when they look right at you. I've had both a car and a person pull right out in front of me, yet they were apparently looking right at me. What they were probably doing was looking THROUGH me to see if cars were coming. I didn't even register with them.

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My tip: Hold your breath under water...

Seriously though... My best tip would be to just ride your bike . Sometimes we get too wrapped up in training schedules, heart rates, cadence, average speed, etc., etc., and it eventually becomes too much like work. I ride my bike to get away from work. Just get on your bike and ride, have fun, and never forget what made you love riding in the first place...

Just my $.02.
-Mike
I couldn't agree more.

I will add this. For a while, I got caught up into the hype of bicycles. I spent way too much money just to find out that very few things are as advertised. The most important thing is to get a bike that fits right, get the right kind of bike for the riding you want to do, and go out and ride it.

I will also add that there is no such thing as the perfect bike.
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Don't shy away from hills, if you worry about being a bad climber then avoiding the climbs will make it a fact.
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