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What's the best (cycling specific) advice you've ever received?(30 posts)

What's the best (cycling specific) advice you've ever received?BowWow
Dec 20, 2002 3:33 PM
For me, it's gotta be "Get on your bikes and ride!" (Freddy Mercury, "Fat Bottomed Girls")
Keep the rubber side down. nmMB1
Dec 20, 2002 3:41 PM
Dec 20, 2002 3:44 PM
"Most people go too hard on the easy days and too easy on the hard days."
Jeez, I feel like a wuss, but...cory
Dec 20, 2002 4:03 PM
"Raise the handlebars."
Neck and back pain had just about made me stop riding except around the park on Sundays when I read Grant Petersen's essay on handlebar position. I raised my bars level with the saddle and got instant relief. I can ride farther and faster now at 57 than I could 20 years ago.
Keep your eyes on the road ...LLSmith
Dec 20, 2002 4:05 PM
while putting your water bottle back.I didn't know how important it was when I read it on this board.I learned the hard way.
Be carfull checking your cog position while ridingNoam
Dec 20, 2002 6:32 PM
I Run into a parked car doing just that.
My top 35ive
Dec 20, 2002 5:54 PM
1. Wanna win sprints? F&%k the gears. Leg Speed. Leg Speed. Leg Speed.

2. Wanna climb better? F&%k the pedalling. Deep Breath. Deep Breath. Deep Breath.

3. Wanna attack and stay away? Do it when you're hurting.
those are good nmgtx
Dec 20, 2002 6:12 PM
I'm not doubting any of these, just don't understand number 3Swat Dawg
Dec 20, 2002 8:04 PM
I'm curious why in hell does number 3 make sense? How am I gonna get away from people when I feel like I have led weights in my legs. I'm not saying its not the right thing to do, I just have no idea why. If someone could clarify that for me I would really appreciate it. Thanks
Dec 20, 2002 8:52 PM
because when youre legs are poisoned with the pain and anguish of the fires of hell, so are your opponents.

remember that theyre not feeling any better than you. if you want an attack to succeed, your opponents need a reason to not catch you.
That's the best advice I've ever gotten!!!Swat Dawg
Dec 20, 2002 9:33 PM
You never think about it that way. When you are hurting so is everybody else. We get so caught up in our own situation that we don't contemplate that everybody else is feeling the same way, and wouldn't want to follow you any more than you would want to follow somebody else. It all comes back to being mentally tough, being the dawg with the biggest fight, not necessarily the biggest dawg. I'm gonna keep that in mind, that's powerful. Thanks

Swat Dawg
howThe Human G-Nome
Dec 21, 2002 2:33 PM
i think that is OFTEN true, but certainly not always true. it is entirely possible that you are pushing yourself to your limits while the guy beside you has been saving a little something for later climbs. pain isn't necessarily universal, but it's a good motivational tool none the less.
Dec 23, 2002 10:12 AM
my highschool xcountry coach focused on attacking during hills (ironic considering we're relative flatlanders).

He focused on a 2-phased approach; 1) attack up the hill and 2) after the crest, attack again.

Everyone's hurting during the climb; many will get disheartened when they see you pulling away up the hill. Those who arent, figure they'll catch you on the way down....since theyre expecting you to burn.

When the crest, EVERYONE will see you long gone...everyone is disheartened. Worked every time.
Climbing top 3peterofdevon
Dec 21, 2002 5:38 AM
My climbing greatly improved when:
1) I began filling my lungs before the climb started-concentrating on the bottom of the chest first then fill to the top---like Yoga---take at three breaths this way before the climb begins.
2) keep the breathing as deep as possible through out the climb making sure you fully empty your lungs on each breath.
3) find a leg cadence and breathing rhythm and stay with it for the duration of the climb.
Spin to rest your legs..........Len J
Dec 20, 2002 6:21 PM
and mash to rest your lungs.

These four words...DINOSAUR
Dec 20, 2002 7:21 PM
Perseverance and hard work. That's what Eddy Merckx said when asked how he managed to succeed as a cyclist. That about says it all.
right leg first....funknuggets
Dec 20, 2002 7:22 PM
A wise man once said one of the hardest things to do in cycling is to get out of bed. The older I get, the more this has seemingly come true. So have clean jersey and shorts laid out... it makes things a lot easier... Im serious...
Don't buy upgrades; ride up grades." Eddy Merckxbsdc
Dec 20, 2002 8:06 PM
I sometimes get too caught up into bicycles and components.
Don't buy upgrades; ride up grades." Eddy MerckxRay Sachs
Dec 21, 2002 4:36 AM
That's my favorite cycling qoute also. I also was really helped by a Maynard Hershon column I read a year or so after I started riding, claiming that "it takes five years to make a cyclist" - made me more patient and after seven years of riding, I have to agree that things sort of come together somewhere in that 4-5-6 year period.

Dec 21, 2002 5:59 AM
Who does Maynard Hershon write for. Any other suggestions for good cycling articles?
All sorts of publicationsRay Sachs
Dec 21, 2002 8:27 AM
He was in Velo News for a while, occasionally contributes to the Rivendell Reader (although I think he burned a bridge or two in that community) various on-line publications, and a lot of old magazines that were before my time. Probably even shows up in Bicycling from time to time.

Time tested wisdommass_biker
Dec 21, 2002 4:23 AM
On the secret to his success - "Ride lots" (Eddy Merckx)

On how to survive/improve the chances of success in any race - "If you're not moving up, you're moving out" (John Allis)

re: What's the best (cycling specific) advice you've ever received?koala
Dec 21, 2002 5:59 AM
When I asked the local bike shop mechanic( who raced successfully as a junior in Europe) which frames he felt transferred power the best he said" they are all the same now get out and ride. "
Pull up on your legs when you start to hurtMGS
Dec 21, 2002 4:21 PM
I was told that when spinning and leg fatigue sets in, that one should pretend there is a horizontal board across the top of your bike. Then try to hit the imaginary board with the top or you leg on the up stroke.

It's amazing how this seems to revitalize my spin and give me additional speed and power during those times when you are ready to bonk.

It also works great on those long hill climbs.
If your feet get cold, get off and walk a bit. (NM)High Gear
Dec 21, 2002 6:11 PM
If you have a mechanical problem that you can't solve....Spoke Wrench
Dec 22, 2002 5:06 AM
disconnect the cables, put everything back to the default position and start over. Usually unsolvable problems are caused by some screwy thing that we did to resolve some other issue.
re: What's the best (cycling specific) advice you've ever received?peter1
Dec 22, 2002 1:37 PM
At the base of a climb, start in a much lower gear than you think you'll need, get into a nice breathing/pedaling rhythm, then upshift...if you lose the rhythm, downshift. Nothing will screw you up worse on a climb than being in too high a gear...either you'll lose momentum or push too hard. I read this somewhere in Bicycling about 15 years ago and it has served me well in both mtb and road riding.
torqueDuane Gran
Dec 22, 2002 7:29 PM
A good friend on my cycling team passed along advice he received once from a professional tennis player. In effect, the tennis pro told him that they grunt and torque their whole bodies into the swing. This friend of mine (thanks Luke!) told me bluntly, "you ride too smoothly... get off your ass and throw the bike around, push and pull until you grunt and work it directly from the hips until the cranks rip off."

I'm still not a sprinter, but I think it is perfect advice for smooth form riders to get a bit more aggressive.
dont force it ... use a hammer - nmbenja15
Dec 22, 2002 9:01 PM
Dec 23, 2002 11:47 AM
If it sticks, force it. If it breaks, it needed replacing anyway.