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what do you use?(11 posts)

what do you use?Stan_B
Oct 5, 2001 4:37 AM
when recording your mileage, miles or kilometers? Probably most of us in the USA use miles but what about Lance and other pro American cyclists? I wonder if they record their training in kilometers because most of the important races are in Europe?
re: what do you use?PwAg
Oct 5, 2001 5:02 AM
I'm here in the states...and use kilometers. It's the international system. I like to compare myself with my family and friends back in Belgium/Holland/France though.

Wish the US was using metric system...SOOOOOO much better! I grew up on inches and feet too...12 inches in 1 foot? Come on! :)
I measure distance and velocity w/ the metric system...Cima Coppi
Oct 5, 2001 5:13 AM
For me, it's the only way, and should be the standarized units of measurment here in the U.S.

it's such fun when I say 50k and people say how far is that nmdzrider
Oct 5, 2001 6:45 AM
True ConfessionsJon
Oct 5, 2001 8:37 AM
Okay, now you guys are going to find out what a fossil I am! I grew up with the English system, but
we here in Canada have been using the metric system, sort of, for over 25 yrs.
bike computer is metric, but I convert to English in my training log. Sick, isn't it?
Oct 5, 2001 9:03 AM
My bike's italian and my cyclist friends are italian so metric is the only language allowed. Also, there's a psychological side: 32km/hr sounds a lot better than 20mph, and I like seeing the km tick off faster than miles would.

do you pay for stuff in euros?bianchi boy
Oct 5, 2001 9:13 AM
Maybe this is why some cyclists report these unusually high average speeds or distance ridden figures. They're counting kilometers, not miles. So when someone asks you how far you've ridden this year or what's your average speed, you just give the number without mentioning that it's kilometers, not miles. Hey, I like that. My 18 mph ride is the same as 29 kph, but 29 sure sounds more impressive.
Oct 5, 2001 9:16 AM
MPH works fine where I live. If I lived outside of the US, I'd follow the standard existing there.
Oct 5, 2001 4:38 PM
I agree, I like miles better. 20 MPH is a very convenient figure to shoot for as far as average speed. Also a real century is 100 miles not kilometers.
Just switched to metricDuane Gran
Oct 5, 2001 4:14 PM
I have been using English units for a good year, but I just switched to metric. My reasons:

1) It lends itself better to calculation. Technical resources, like Performance Cycling, exclusively use metric.

2) It helps me understand with a gut feeling the speeds that pros are riding.

The problem is that most others stateside are talking miles and it is harder to relate to each other. Also, much of those technical sources really use meters/sec, so the benefit is debatable. Bottom line: I feel more euro and cool using metric. ;)
Oct 5, 2001 6:42 PM
Metric. After installing a computer capable of both metric and English many years ago, I got curious as to the difference, understanding that the only difference was the numbers. I just never went back to English.

A Century is still an English century, it just requires about 161 klix to finish. What actually grew from this was riding double metric centuries, which is just short of 125 miles.

While Americans typically measure distances traveled in miles, note that bike geometries are measured with the metric system. Americans weigh bikes in pounds and most everyone else in kilograms, yet the component weights are given in grams.

There's really not much difference to me in anything other than the numbers. The bike still weighs the same; today's ride was over the same distance. What has grown from this is the ability to translate fluently from one system to the other, much like being bilingual.