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More things I learned the hard way(5 posts)

More things I learned the hard wayMink
Oct 19, 2003 9:34 AM
Great post on this topic last Friday... Here are a few of my own aaarghs and duhs:

Learn to lean your bike against walls/kerbs/trees/cars so it doesn't fall over. Before it does.

Pedals are designed to tighten themselves onto the cranks as you ride. In theory. A pedal that comes off while you are hammering up a hill is a. nuisance.

Don't forget where you put your sunglasses. If you've forgotten, don't sit down or walk around until you find them. If you can't find them, sit down or walk around and you will.

Check the top of your bottle is on properly. If you're not sure, suck don't squeeze. Carbohydrates are only useful if taken internally. As a cooling shower, water is better than energy-drinks.

When you flip your bike upside down, take your heart rate monitor off the handlebar bracket. First. When you stop for coffee take your heart-rate monitor with you (unless you want to lose your HR file or start another one).

Expensive new bikes (or parts) definitely help you to go faster. The more expensive the equipment, the faster you can go. But you may choose to hide this fact from your cycling buddies because you don't want to be accused of taking unfair advantage.

No matter how many times you've gone to the bathroom before you leave home, you'll want to go again before the race starts. Bib shorts and quick pit-stops don't go together (why don't they put Velcro tabs on the straps? And did you know that MS Word automatically capitalises ‘Velcro'?). Take toilet paper with you.

Learning to blow your nose while riding is just as useful as bunch-riding skills. Blowing your nose while riding in a bunch (without getting a pump inserted in your spokes) is even more useful. Plastic pumps break when inserted into spokes at high speed. More than one nose can be broken as a result of inserting a pump into spokes.

Your stem holds the front of your bike together. The bolts on lightweight stems are very easy to strip. Riding a stem with stripped bolts means learning to ride a bike which is spontaneously disassembling. At speed. Torque wrenches are cheaper than many lightweight stems. The lowest torque measured by most torque wrenches is not low enough for most stems.

There's a reason why cheap insurance is cheap. With quality insurance you can either insure your bike or look after it and buy a new one with the premium money (and resale value of your bike) every couple of years. Or lose everything. Life is filled with choices. Risk and reward go together. Cycling is life, life is cycling.
re: More things I learned the hard wayWagnerite
Oct 19, 2003 11:14 AM
I learned this the hard way:
there are cars outside velodromes (read: broken tailbone and taco'd bike)
Velcro is a companycollinsc
Oct 19, 2003 11:54 AM
much like Kleenex.
Velcro is a companykevinacohn
Oct 19, 2003 12:49 PM
Actually, that's not why Microsoft Word capitalizes it.

"Velcro" is a trademark (the trademark happens to be owned by Velcro Industries in this case). "Kleenex" is also a trademark (owned by Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc., which produces Kleenex Brand Tissue). "Plexiglas" is another, owned by (I believe) Röhm Plexiglas.

close enough. nmcollinsc
Oct 19, 2003 1:10 PM