Cycling myths or common-knowledge you'd like to see dispelled

Svendo

Guru
Location
Walsden
yep it is of course - tho some women don't like you pointing this out - no-one really multi-tasks - they task swap like a ramshackle computer - kinda different.
Or to put it another way Brains are single thread processors; the variation is in efficiency of switching but that’s always less efficient than doing one thing at a time. ‘Never whistle while your pissing’ is I think how the Illuminatus’ trilogy put it; the risk being wet shoes!
 

Notafettler

Über Member
The myth that you can't wear wellies when cycling. Nobody takes into consideration that you have to walk accross a ploughed wet clay field or tall wet grass to exercise the dog collect firewood and generall foraging when out cycling. Of course you need wellies when cycling.
 

Notafettler

Über Member
Singlespeed bikes wear their drivetrain components more slowly so they last longer/need less maintenance.
One of my Rohloff Santos's is still on its first chainwheel sprocket and chain. It did 20,000 kilometres before i bought it at least 8 years ago. I think the same applies to my electric bike with shimano 8 speed hub which has 6000 miles on it. Wouldn't the same apply to singlespeed set up??
 

mustang1

Guru
Location
London, UK
Massive bottom bracket shells and down tubes.

Have we forgotten about stiffness and gone for sleek/aero.

Edit: fixed grammar
 
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London
I don't watch that type of porn!
Ask some women then.
 
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simongt

Über Member
Location
Norwich
But there is not a cycling-press review that doesn't have something to say about the relative compliance of one frame versus another. Unless they tested them on the same tyres, at the same pressure with the same saddles and seatpost then it's comparatively meaningless to me.
But then those who worship at the altar of 'efficiency' don't realise that. Seems that if it's expensive and light, it MUST be efficient - ! :rofl:
My take is that as long as the rider is happy with their mount, how it's equipped, how old it is and what it looks like are completely irrelevant. :okay:
 

freiston

Über Member
Location
Coventry
"If it's not on Strava, it didn't happen".

I see plenty of posts on fb by people who forgot to record their ride on Strava or a technical issue messed up/prevented their data from being uploaded - and they seem genuinely upset by it - some even saying that the ride was for nothing/a waste of effort. Of course, the realisation is always after the ride - so the Strava failure did not in reality change anything about the ride. I might be being unfair, but I feel that Strava for some is like holiday selfies and food pics on social media for others.
 

ianrauk

Tattooed Beat Messiah
"If it's not on Strava, it didn't happen".

I see plenty of posts on fb by people who forgot to record their ride on Strava or a technical issue messed up/prevented their data from being uploaded - and they seem genuinely upset by it - some even saying that the ride was for nothing/a waste of effort. Of course, the realisation is always after the ride - so the Strava failure did not in reality change anything about the ride. I might be being unfair, but I feel that Strava for some is like holiday selfies and food pics on social media for others.

I had a conversation with another cyclist, that as far as I can see is not a forum member anymore, or at least has not posted for a long while. We were talking about my 100 mile challenge rides and he asked if I put them on Strava. I said no. He said in all seriousness, how did we know I actually did them then. :rolleyes:
 

Dogtrousers

Kilometre nibbler
I see plenty of posts on fb by people who forgot to record their ride on Strava or a technical issue messed up/prevented their data from being uploaded - and they seem genuinely upset by it - some even saying that the ride was for nothing/a waste of effort.
I can fully understand that.

I like to keep records of my rides and upload photos (I use RideWithGPS, all rides private) just so I have something to look back at, and remind me where I went and when, and to be able to dig out old routes.

I too am genuinely annoyed if my recording fails for any reason, as it's nice to have a complete record. Now that doesn't mean it's a waste of effort or anything like that, but it is annoying.
 
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