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What are the Cardinal Sins of Road Cycling ?

Old 11-28-07, 06:11 AM
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What are the Cardinal Sins of Road Cycling ?

Ok , Ill pitch in with one to start.

If you are wearing cleated shoes and are clipped in , you should always be on the lookout ahead for something that requires you to unclip a foot in a hurry. Ive sidled up behind rapidly slowing down cars and not gotten a foot out in time and landed on my arse. I soon learned to be much more observant and actually paying attention to what is going on around me in future.

Id like hear what you deem to be cardinal sins in terms of technique, preparation, gear used, riding styles............everything to do with road cycling. I might learn something from this thread.

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Old 11-28-07, 06:21 AM
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Cycling against traffic.
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Old 11-28-07, 06:26 AM
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Not wearing a helmet.
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Old 11-28-07, 06:28 AM
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Originally Posted by free2move View Post
Cycling against traffic.
When I lived in Cambridge (UK) and saw cyclists doing that, I bellowed at the top of my voice LEFT (as in left side of the road) at them. I would embarasses them in public to make them think. It ussually worked.
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Old 11-28-07, 06:31 AM
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Riding two or more abreast and not being aware of traffic behind you . . . we're already not too well liked by motorists and this only makes it worse.
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Old 11-28-07, 06:35 AM
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'Not well liked' by motorists?

I nominate this for BF Understatement of the Century.
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Old 11-28-07, 06:59 AM
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where I live cyclists are treated by motorists as scum of the earth, they dont give us an earthly
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talking the talk but not walking the walk (or riding the ride)
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braking and turning at the same time. a guy on another thread said that the wheels can only do one thing at a time...oh and gravel...sent by satan to torment cyclists!
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Making sudden, unpredictable moves when you are riding with others / in a peleton.
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- not hawking loogies downwind...

(or blowing snot rockets inside the peleton?)
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Shops selling road racing bikes to people 50+ lbs overweight. You have to help these people get a bike that's comfortable if they're going to have to hold an extra 25 lbs or more off the bars during exercise.

After Christmas in my neighborhood, there are always a few $3k TT bikes riding around with guts resting on the top tubes, riding in aero bars at 14mph. You never see them again after January 15th.

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braking and turning at the same time. a guy on another thread said that the wheels can only do one thing at a time...oh and gravel...sent by satan to torment cyclists!
You can corner quite a bit faster by trail braking into the turn though, coming in wide, then decreasing your radius as you ease off the brake.

I know what you mean though. I watched a new cyclist (18 year-old) freak out in a turn, lock up the rear, then slide out into a mailbox. That was good for some stitches. Really tough to watch it happen from behind him.

Always favor the front brake if you get into trouble in a turn...
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Braking hard and making sudden moves in a peloton.
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Chugging along with your head down, looking at your front wheel. It's the best way I know to run over/into something or somebody. Usually happens towards the end of a ride when you're tired and trying to make time.
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wearing underwear under your bibs

Bibs that are baggy in the thighs, especially at the ends.

Wearing jumpsuits that look like the ones weightlifters wear

Short shorts that are so short it looks like you should be at an aerobics contest.

long black socks, especially very long compression socks

white legs

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Maybe not a Cardinal sin but....
Treating a form fitting jersey like a sausage casing and trying to stuff 240+ pounds in it. Worse if it were yellow.
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Maybe not a Cardinal sin but....
Treating a form fitting jersey like a sausage casing and trying to stuff 240+ pounds in it. Worse if it were yellow.
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Riding at night with NO lighting. Perhaps more common in the city...
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Overlapping your front wheel with the person in front of you rear wheel at any time but especially in
a group ride.

Shorts that are worn in the rear to the point that they're like a neligee and see through thus giving everyone trailing you the constant image of your booty crack.

Riders that refuse to hydrate regularly on rides, cramp up and then compromise the riding enjoyment of everyone else by expecting them to wait on them.
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white shorts

wearing bib straps over your jersey

wearing a helmet, but leaving the chin strap unclipped
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Originally Posted by mrbUSA View Post
Maybe not a Cardinal sin but....
Treating a form fitting jersey like a sausage casing and trying to stuff 240+ pounds in it. Worse if it were yellow.
Much much worse is wearing size medium yellow shorts when you're 240+ pounds.
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1) Hugging (drafting) a strangers rear wheel without permission.

2) Farting in a paceline
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These.







[edit] .... and aerobars in a paceline.

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