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The single best biking tip you ever got?

Old 05-26-22, 04:17 PM
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Less show and more go. (meaning get in shape before buying some fancy bike)

Drink water before you get thirsty. This here helped me make loads of extra km before the dreaded bonk.
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Old 05-26-22, 08:13 PM
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The best cycling tip I ever got is "your seat is too high".
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Old 05-26-22, 08:51 PM
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Don’t blow snot rockets in a pace line AND mom says: when its your turn to lead a pace line, keep the existing pace rather than rocketing ahead and either dropping everyone or burning out the suckers that will follow your blistering pace.
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Old 05-27-22, 04:41 AM
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Originally Posted by koala logs View Post
The best cycling tip I ever got is "your seat is too high".
Funny considering 99% of casual bike riders have their seat too low, often at the lowest setting, and how the grasshopper leg effect
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Old 05-27-22, 04:46 AM
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Originally Posted by CheGiantForLife View Post
Years ago, I got into mounting biking in the woods.
My friend told me if there is an object you want to avoid, do not look at it.

Look where you want the front tire to go, not at the obstacle you're trying to avoid.
You ride directly towards whatever you're looking down at.

I still use this tip decades later, while avoiding potholes, for example.
This is also a motorcycle saying. It has served me well.
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Old 05-27-22, 04:47 AM
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The best tip I ever got was from the Greg LeMond book. Something like...."If you can't afford a coach, buy rollers."
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Old 05-27-22, 12:44 PM
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Old 05-27-22, 01:54 PM
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3alarmer's advice to buy a tensiometer in order to properly and evenly tension my wheels. Thank you
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Old 05-28-22, 03:42 AM
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From motorcycle days:

Better to be alive, than right.

Make eye contact with motorists

Try to never be in the motorists blind spots
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Old 05-28-22, 04:06 AM
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"Buy a better bike" tho tbf it's the only tip I've gotten.
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Old 05-28-22, 05:23 AM
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My good bud Lew told me 30 years ago "Don't give people tips. They'll end up being better than you."
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Old 05-28-22, 06:08 AM
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If you want a hard workout, ride a heavy bike. If you want to have fun, get a light bike.
My heavy mountain bike is as much fun as my light fixie and I can get an equally hard workout on either bike regardless of how much it weighs.
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Old 05-28-22, 06:20 AM
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Old 05-28-22, 04:08 PM
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FIrst saying was, "Don't Fall"

Second was, "If you want to lighten the bike, push away from the table."
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Old 05-30-22, 08:52 AM
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Do everything before you must...maintenance, shifting, braking, eating, resting, drinking, etc. This will save you grief and frustration, and make each ride pleasant and safe...
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Old 05-30-22, 10:33 AM
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Originally Posted by GhostRider62 View Post
In the cold, windy winter months, start your ride into the wind and bring it home downwind.
That works well not only in cold weather. Sadly, living on the coast, this is an advice that I'm unable to use half of the time, as that would require me heading into the sea.
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Old 05-30-22, 06:41 PM
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Slow is smooth, smooth is fast. Surprised nobody posted that yet
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Old 05-31-22, 09:23 AM
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Keep your eyes on the road, your hands upon the wheel...
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Old 05-31-22, 10:53 AM
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Keep your eyes on the road, your hands upon the wheel...


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Old 05-31-22, 04:29 PM
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Wife’s bike

Spend 1/3 to 1/2 more on your wife’s bike than yours when you buy her a bike. The better the bike the easier to get her to go cycling.
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Old 05-31-22, 10:50 PM
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Drink before you are thirsty and eat before you are hungry

For the nicer weather months: If you are warm when you start your morning ride, you are overdressed.
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Old 05-31-22, 10:56 PM
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Another single best: When changing the rear wheel, shift first to the smallest cog. It will make getting the wheel back on easier and you will automatically know where the chain goes.
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Old 05-31-22, 11:49 PM
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A wink is as good as a nod to a deaf bat.

You can't change a tire on a sinking ship.


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Old 06-01-22, 07:01 AM
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Old 06-01-22, 07:36 AM
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When I started mountain biking, on the very first ride my buddy told me to get out of the saddle and upshift a few gears to pedal over technical stuff.

“Look where you want to go” is likely the most important tip, though it is not specific to cycling..
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