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    What's the most valuable piece of advice you have ever received on BikeForums?

    Hi

    I thought it would be interesting to ask BFers - from all the advice we give to each other on BikeForums - which one they considered the most valuable?

    So here's the question:

    What's the most valuable piece of advice you have ever received on BikeForums?
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    I'll get the ball rolling by a suggestion from a BFer to use baby wipes for removing grease from your hands.

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    "Cotton is not your friend. Get some wicking t-shirts to combat the heat."

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    The first thing that comes to mind that I picked up here is the concept/benefit of high cadence/spinning in lower/easier gears as opposed to "mashing" higher gears at lower cadence. Being middle-aged and overweight I knew (a few years ago when I got "back into" cycling) that jogging/running seemed to be doing me more harm than good. I had/have lower-back and hip issues. Bicycling was a good alternative for me and when I got it in my head that I wasn't "cheating" by using lower gears with higher cadence I began to ride in a way that seemed to be "in harmony" with my body without any negative effects (like having back pain or soreness from riding the bike).

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    Anything that Sheldon Brown posted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
    htfu
    I've wondered about this before. Does it mean anything else other than taking it literally? Like your at the end of a paceline and you need to HTFU to follow?

    (Don't flame me, i'm just educating myself here)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
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    "Dude, don't post that!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by drmweaver2 View Post
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    Someone posted a quote from Lance Armstrong that said:

    When it rains I just put on my raincoat and go.

    I think of that when I want to talk myself out of a ride. Then, once I'm riding, I am always glad I got off my butt and got out.

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    ~Getting my bikefit done by Nateloyal in Santa Monica. (I was sure knee-surgery was my only remaining option before that.)

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    ~You'll have a better experience if you make your bike's components fit you, rather than waiting until your body becomes accustomed to a crappy saddle or bars. Cycling has gone through several ergonomic revolutions since the days of Hinault/Lemond. Try the modern saddles, bars, & shoes. (For nearly a decade I thought my well-worn Brooks B17 Ti was the end-all/be-all of comfort, but I've swapped to one of those newfangled seats with the junk-trench, and couldn't be happier.

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    "Cotton is not your friend. Get some wicking t-shirts to combat the heat."
    I'd say that's the worst advice I've heard on BF over and over. Crappy plastic poly-tech shirts smell like crap in about 5 minutes and don't breathe worth a darn, so they actually make you sweat and then have to wick something away .

    Cotton is great stuff, especially in the summer heat when it gets damp and pulls heat from the body -- I actually pour water on my shirts for this purpose in the heat.

    For what it's worth I also wear cotton on my long commute all through the winter. Wool sometimes.

    Back to topic: "You can bicycle in any way that works for you"
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    Quote Originally Posted by TurbineBlade View Post
    I'd say that's the worst advice I've heard on BF over and over. Crappy plastic poly-tech shirts smell like crap in about 5 minutes and don't breathe worth a darn, so they actually make you sweat and then have to wick something away .

    Cotton is great stuff, especially in the summer heat when it gets damp and pulls heat from the body -- I actually pour water on my shirts for this purpose in the heat.

    For what it's worth I also wear cotton on my long commute all through the winter. Wool sometimes.
    Off Topic -

    Totally disagree

    I use to ride in plain cotton shirts and they just soak up the sweat and when they can't soak it up anymore than you're swimming in it. Frankly I don't know how you wash your stuff but my wicking t-shirts don't smell.

    Also, the wicking t-shirts seem to dry out faster, faster than a cotton t-shirt I would literally have to rinse out at work and hope would dry before I cycled home. The wicking t-shirt I just peel off, hang it on a coat hook in my cube. and long before quitting time, it's bone dry. There's no overpowering sweat smell either.

    But hell, if cotton works for you than that's fine. It doesn't work for me.

    On topic -

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    (Errrr....kind of hard to do since I'm a girlie girl but I got the idea.)

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    There's no one single piece of advice that comes to mind, I just garner little tidbits every so often that just keep adding to my overall cycling picture.

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