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10 Things Every Cyclist Should Know


– [Matt] Riding a bike is a simple
pursuit. But being a cyclist is a lot harder. – [Simon] Yeah, there can be a lot to
learn about this strange sport of ours. So here are the Top 10 things that we
think every cyclist should know. ♪ [music] ♪ – When you first hear this one, it’s
definitely one of those “Really?” moments. Don’t wear underpants
underneath your cycling shorts. – Really? – Yeah, definitely. Cycling shorts are
designed to be worn close to your skin. There’s no seams, so you won’t chafe.
They are often antibacterial, and arguably most importantly, there’s no BPL. – That’s Visible Panty Line. – Cheers, Simon. – Yeah. That’s right. I like
to contribute when I can. ♪ [music] ♪ – Another one that doesn’t come
naturally, but once you know about, is something that you’ll rely on
time after time, ride after ride. If you’re out the door for longer than 90
minutes, you will feel so much better and get more out of your ride if you consume
carbohydrates as you’re pedaling along. Or if you’d rather, you can sit at the
side of the road admiring the view. – Yeah, so have a bar, a couple of
gels, and a bottle of energy drink every hour or so to keep those precious
energy stores topped up. – You see this a hell of a lot. The
helmet perched clumsily and loosely on the back of the head, but more crucially,
rendering it completely ineffectual in the event of a crash. So make sure that you
slide your helmet forward, removing any tufts of hair, make sure the
straps are done tightly, and make sure the ratchet is done firmly so the
helmet is nice and level. Voila, you’re good to go. And also looking good. – Clean bikes look better, feel
better and work better than dirty bikes. It’s pretty much a fact. You can spend
thousands on a bike, but if you don’t look after it, it will feel like crap. And
similarly, cheaper bikes, too, will need a similar level of TLC. It will
put a spring in your step. – I tell you what, Si, that
is one clean bike. – Hang on, whoa, whoa. Your fingerprint,
Matt, I don’t want you to smudge it. ♪ [music] ♪ – What? Sounds a little bit random.
Oh yeah, it is, but hear me out, the harder you pedal, the faster
you’ll go, and the greater the effects of aerodynamics. – So if you want to go fast, get aero.
So that means bending your elbows, leaning forward and tucking your head in. And pretty soon, it will
become second nature. ♪ [music] ♪ – When we get nervous on our
bikes, generally the first thing we’ll do is grab a handful of brakes. But
unfortunately, this is very often the absolute worst thing you can do and
nowhere is that more apparent than when cornering. The trick is to enter a turn at
a speed where you know you don’t have to slow down mid-corner, because at that
point, your tires are already going to be struggling for traction. Now, of course,
there are going to be occasions where you do need to slow down mid-turn, but in
those instances, the trick is to just do it as gradually as you possibly can. ♪ [music] ♪ – One of the best things about
cycling is that you can share the workload with other riders. In fact, if you stick
close enough to the back wheel of the rider in front, you can save
up to 30% of the effort, 30%. – How much? – Thirty, 30%. – Thirty, crikey. Now, even if you’re
really tired and your riding buddy is sat 20 meters ahead of you, if you
close that gap and get on their wheel, you will make life so much
easier on yourself. – Thirty percent easier. That’s 30%, Si! – How much, mate? – Thirty! – Thirty, crikey. How come you haven’t
said that on GCN before? Thirty percent easier. – That’s right, set aside those
childhood fears when you went sailing serenely over the handlebars after
grabbing too much front brake, because when it comes to slowing down, the front
brake is far more effective than the back brake. Now, that said, you must always use
both brakes when cornering, as I am now. But definitely favor the front and also
it’s very important that you get used to applying different sorts of
pressure on both of the brakes. – It sounds like common sense, I
mean, it is common sense. You really do need to look where you’re
going on the bike. But it might actually be even more important than you think. – Yeah, looking ahead helps you avoid
upcoming hazards in the road. It can actually keep you more stable when
riding behind somebody, but actually looking towards
the direction that you want to go, actually helps you get there.
Let’s use the example of a corner. Now, you need to look towards the exit of
a bend on a corner, not towards the big rock on the outside of the bend, because
if you look towards that, that’s, well, that’s going to be where you’re going. – What about logs? – Seems to be logs as well, Si. – You get drawn towards logs? – Well, yeah, strangely. – Believe it or not, your bike
isn’t actually out to get you. I mean, cycling can be dangerous. But day-
to-day there isn’t anything to be scared of, so try to relax when you’re cycling.
It will make it more enjoyable and it will actually make you ride better as well. – It’s easier said than done, though,
and we do understand. So to help you get there, we recommend
that you ride more, that will certainly help. Try and practice the things that
make you anxious, and believe it or not, actually try and slow down. That will help
you relax and then you can gradually pick up the speed as you get
increasingly more comfortable. – Yeah. So there we go then, a
snapshot of some of the most important things that every cyclist should know. – And for more tip-based skills,
how about clicking just up here for cornering, and just down
here for slipstream. – Yeah. And to subscribe to GCN,
because every cyclist knows that really you should do that as well, just click on
the GCN logo which is going to be…there, possibly.

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