Does Average Speed Matter? | Ask GCN Anything Cycling

– Hello and welcome to
another ask GCN Anything. This week we will be discussing
food intake on rides, how much you can realistically
expect to improve your FTP in a year, and also why
gears are restricted in junior bike races. – Yes but before we get onto
those very important questions a quick look back to the
question that we had in last week which was asking how male riders
should store their package inside their bib shorts. We had some very interesting responses after I asked for your advice out there. I have a question, how does one
position their private parts inside the bib shorts? Right well if you look at any video where Si Richardson is riding
a bike and presenting off it you’ll get the answer to your question from his personal perspective. Shadowolf, very helpful. He says easy really, make
sure you’re not sitting on the crown jewels. So if you’ve been doing that,
possibly something to change but just bear in mind
that you’ll need to change your saddle height if you’ve
been doing that as well. Jacques Chiron was particularly
upset that I pointed out to look at advice from your
videos, as you can see here. – I’m not sure I’ve ever covered that in any video I presented. – No you haven’t covered it as such. Whilst Koko had noticed the bulge but thought it was a spare inner tube. Interesting.
– What bulge? – Yeah, anyway there you go. – Okay all right then we’ll
let’s move swiftly on then from that delicate subject
to this first question for this week which is from Ben Cohen. Any tips for getting
down more food on rides? I can never seem to stomach
enough food during tempo, threshold training, or group
rides and always blow up about three hours in. Help. Well that is a tough one isn’t it. – Yeah. – Like all these things
actually practice really helps. Yes you can indeed
practice eating on a bike. You can get your stomach
accustomed to eating more food. But actually probably what you’re eating is really really important
so I always found that drinking carbohydrates and also gels were the two main ways that
I could get carbs down me when riding racing basically. – Yeah and that way it doesn’t feel like you’re actually eating anything at all. – No.
– ’cause it’s in pretty much liquid form. Making your own energy bars
though is a great starting point because that way you can refine the recipe until you come up with something that you really like the taste of because you’re far more
likely to be able to eat if you actually like the taste
of what’s in your back pocket and Si many years ago did a
recipe called the uber bar which is still a firm favourite
amongst many of our viewers so that is a great
starting point for anyone and you can find that
recipe in this video. – Now this next bit’s
really important okay because you need to press
it down really thoroughly otherwise your energy bars
are going to disintegrate. So you need to pack it
down, with a metal fork, I find is the best implement. Right let’s throw this in
the oven now, gas mark four, which is about 180 degrees centigrade which is about 350 degrees fahrenheit. So we’ll just throw that in the oven. – Those bars do look delicious. – Really. – Next up a question
underneath last week’s show from Gumzster, how do the pros and others who put in long and hard hours every week manage not to get eaten up by cortisol, I’m struggling a bit myself. Well for those of you wondering
exactly what cortisol is a very basic explanation
is that it is a hormone that your body produces
in response to stress. So if the levels are quite
high it’s decent indication that you are fatigued. What we must always remember
though with professional riders is that whilst they do
have a demanding job in terms of the fact that
it is quite hard racing and training on a bike
for hours every day, that is the only
physically demanding thing that they pretty much have
to do every day in general. Lots of other things are
taken care of for them so they can put their feet
up and have lots of time to rest and recover. – That’s right, rest and
recovery is ultimately the key isn’t it which is easier said than done if you’ve got a full-time
job and often in that case less is more when it comes
to training isn’t it. And one man who has an awful
lot of experience about that, doing pro level races whilst
doing a full-time job, is actually our very own Matt Stephens and in this video here he
gave us some of his secrets. Potentially even all
of them we don’t know. Check it out. One thing I am thinking
if you’re only doing seven to 10 hours a week, where’s your endurance coming from? – It’s a really good point
and I didn’t actually work on my endurance specifically
until the back end of my career but what I did do, rather than
have a rest day on the Monday and we’d go easy, I’d race on the Sunday and then Monday would be another hard day. So I’d do like maybe an
hour and a half after work, quite intense, and then still keep Tuesday and Wednesday hard
so that effectively built a really hard block. So Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday it’s essentially a block of
three or four really hard days. – Rapid fire round now and
the first question here is from Riley Heslop who’s
wondering why junior riders have to ride a certain gear ratio. Is there any actual proof
that it’ll benefit the riders and what does it try to achieve? Well I looked this up and
according to USA Cycling it is to encourage higher
cadences which in turn will hopefully reduce
the number of injuries from pushing big gears by junior riders who are still developing physically. They also think it can help
to level the playing field amongst riders of the same age
who’ve developed differently in terms of their physiology. And they’ve also said
that it helps to keep the bunches together which
can in turn help to develop a rider’s race craft which is
something I hadn’t thought of or read about before. – Yeah. As frustrating as junior
gears were, when being junior, I don’t think it’s an issue exactly but it does sound odd given
that there’s no restrictions on cycle cross or mountain biking. – No.
– At the same age. – And as you pointed out to me just now you can still use 52 by 16 up
a 20% gradient if you so wish. – Yeah.
– Which could probably, you know, cause some knee problems. – Yeah anyway at least it is
the same for everyone out there in the junior field. – Don’t forget it’s the rapid fire round. – Absolutely bang, next one. BigBy Wolf, does average speed matter and what is a good average speed? Well average definitely
doesn’t matter at all because all it’s doing is
telling you how fast your riding over a certain period of
time so if speed is not your be all and end all for cycling
then completely ignore it. In terms of what a good average speed is, it very much depends on where you’re going so a pro race in the
mountains might only average 32k an hour.
– Yeah. – Whereas on a flat stage
it can average 50k an hour so that gives you an
illustration of what, you know, the variation even
amongst the same group of super-talented riders.
– Yeah. – So yeah sorry it’s a
very difficult question to answer that. Don’t worry about it and
depends where you are. – Yeah it’s about enjoying
riding your bike isn’t it so the only reason to be
concerned about average speed is if your enjoyment comes
from performance really. BigBy, oh no that’s the
one you just read out. Alan Coom sorry. If you could pick a
current professional rider to join the GCN presenter
team who would it be and why? We discussed this before
we started filming and Si and both said Alexis
Ryan who has appeared on a couple of GCN videos in
the past because firstly, obviously, she is a
current professional rider who’s riding at a very high standard so she’s got loads of knowledge but also she came across very well on camera. – She did.
– So well in fact that I’d be slightly scared
that given a month’s experience she would be far better
than we are at presenting. – So what options do we
have to go back down? – Locals would usually head straight. – Okay.
– On East Camino Cielo for several miles. Climb’s a little bit more and
then you can either descend Painted Cave which is
a narrow twisty descent or Old San Marcos Road. – I mean I think after a day. – Yeah yeah I think you’re right. But she’d be good. – She was, she was great fun
to hang out with in the States when we were over there. Couple of years ago now wasn’t it. – Yeah long time ago. – Wow crikey. Yeah anyway right there we go. Moving on we’ve got
this one from @19rich79. New 1000 pound bike or train
harder on my current bike for my first sportive. Well I’d definitely say do both if you can but if you can’t then
certainly training harder on your current bike will
inevitably make you go faster because no matter how
aero, no matter how light your new bike is, it’s never
gonna make up for the fact that you could potentially
make a 10% improvement in your fitness. – Yeah my bet is that
if Peter Sagan used your Specialized Allez for that sportive he would still mop the floor with everyone and finish probably about an hour ahead. There is no doubt that the better bikes, the aero ones and the lighter ones are faster than cheaper
bikes but it is normally the physical form which makes
much more of a difference to how fast you can go. – It is indeed. Right next up on this quick of all quick-fire question rounds. Carlos Viera, how much
can an average rider increase their FTP in one year with a structured training
plan and what about someone new to cycling. Well– – Yeah very much depends,
sorry I’m gonna steal this. Very much depends on your background doesn’t it.
– Yeah. – Although even people
with a lot of exercise in their background, maybe
endurance runs that come over or someone that hasn’t
done hardly any exercise but turns out be one of
the biggest talents ever. They could both expect to
make quite big improvements on the bike in that first
year after taking cycling up. I’d say 50% even more. If you’ve got an FTP of 150
watts you could certainly see over 12 months that go
to 225 watts or over if you turn out to be that talented. – That’s right. On the flipside however,
if you’ve been cycling your whole life and you
trained to a great standard but you’re, I don’t know, reaching your late 50s or
something you’re probably unlikely to see your FTP going up or
indeed you had the luxury of being a full-time bike rider as we did then there’s absolutely no chance that your FTP’s going anywhere but down. – Unfortunately not yeah.
– Yeah. On that sober note I think
that brings us to the end of the slowest ever
quick-fire question round. – Yeah sorry. Now our next question came in on Twitter from Jon Greentree. I ride on both cycle paths
and roads on 700x23c tyres but someone recommended 700x28c would be better for potholes. Well they are definitely right, there’s a much great
air volume in a 28c tyre so it means that the
sharp edge of a pothole has much further to get
through in terms of that tyre and air volume before it meets your rim so you’ve got less chance
of pinch punctures. – Yeah, it’s about more than
that though as well though isn’t it, it’s about comfort. I can’t believe, honestly,
that we used to ride round on 21s and 23s all the time.
– No. – Given how much more
comfortable it is on a 28 because you can run lower
pressures which means that you still are unlikely to
pinch flat, as Dan said, but the tyre is then able to absorb all the kind of buzz and
vibrations that you get from the road. But then there’s more
benefits than that even. It really is quite a cool subject. If you click on that video that’s going on in the background which is
the truth about wide rims and wide tyres, then you’ll
get an awful lot more info on that very subject. Now one of the most intriguing
but also significant benefits is actually that wider tyres generate less rolling resistance. Now it’s hard to know why
we’ve only really just cottoned on to this fact given
that rolling resistance data has actually been out
there for quite some time. But nevertheless it is
there and a 28c tyre is shown to roll two to
three watts faster on average than its equivalent 25c tyre. And that is per wheel, and at 40k an hour and the difference is even greater on 23c. – Before we get on with the last question for this week’s show a
reminder that you can leave your questions below this
video in the comments section or if you prefer social
media you can just use the hashtag torqueback
on Twitter or Facebook The last question comes
in from Gordon MacDonald. I had the bike shop
reverse my brake cables, as my new bike came with the
rear brake on the right lever and I’m used to it being on the left. I’m originally from the UK
but I now live in California. Are these brake lever preferences regional or did someone mess
with my childhood bikes? Well no they didn’t there
are regional variations and in general what you’ll
find is that in places like Europe or the US where you
drive on the right-hand side of the road, the front brake
is located on the left lever whereas for places like
the UK where we drive on the correct side of the road,
it’s the other way around. – Oh lordy. You’ve just thrown a grenade
in the comments section haven’t you there. Yeah we did a bit of digging
around to try and work out why this might be the case and actually we couldn’t
find anything could we. I remember reading once that
it was due to the fact that you would be able to
control your bike better when you were signalling to
turn across oncoming traffic so for example in the UK you’d
have your right arm extended but then that’s the problem
because I’d be braking with my left hand which would be my back brake which would be my second choice of brake if I’m honest to get maximum control I’d normally get from my front brake so clearly that’s not right. – Yeah well– – There’s the whole motorbike issue but that doesn’t make sense
from a regional perspective. – No maybe this is another question which we can get help on from our very knowledgeable viewers. If you know the history behind where your brakes are
located right and left then please let us know in
the comment section down below and it might be something we
return to this time next week. One thing that I do know for sure is that whatever you grew up
with is the safest way. So if later in life you
come to get on a bike which has got the brakes
the other way round it can be particularly dangerous as our very own Matt Stephens found out. This is what apparently caused this crash. – Apparently. – However many times I watch
that Si, I still wince. – Yeah. – That had to hurt physically
and also hurt his pride I would imagine. I’m sure he’s glad that
we keep showing it. Anyway if you do find yourself with a bike where the brakes need swapping
over, for you to be safe and not crash like Matt Stephens, Si goes through how to do
that in this next video. – In most countries it’s the left lever that operates your front brake
but in the UK and Australia it’s often your right. Now also called moto
style because apparently that’s where motorbikes
have their front brake. I wouldn’t know. Anyway, doesn’t really
matter which side it’s on, until of course you get on
a bike where it’s set up the wrong way round, at which point it’s actually just extremely dangerous. – Right well that brings us
to the end of another edition of Ask GCN Anything. You might have noticed that
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  1. Let us know why you think some countries route brake cables differently 👇

    Leave your questions for us using the hashtag #TorqueBack

  2. Regarding eating on the bike (@ 1:21), the rule-of-thumb is you can only digest 60g/hr, and for 3hr or less it digests better if it's all liquid. (E.g. 3gels + 1 bottle of water every hour.) Going over that is likely to cause GI problems. Also, going hard for 3 hours is… hard! When you're extremely fatigued, it feels A LOT like bonking, but you can't fix fatigue with calories. The chances that you bonked in 3 hours are slim.

  3. Everytime i go out riding with my friend he will always say that im a wheel sucker because i keep drafting him but the fact is that im not sure the way… so is there any way to help me become more familiar with the roads? #TorqueBack

  4. I had read a long long time ago that brake set-up with the right hand to the rear brake was because most people are right handed and have a stronger grip on the right… and putting the right hand with the rear brake allowed riders to match the brake strength between the front and the rear to allow more even stopping. This might have been in Davis Phinney's book.

  5. Great show guys,
    A gcn does science question –
    How many watts does a rider need to be able to average to do a 1km climb at a given average gradient % ?
    150 watts = 5% 1km climb
    200 watts = 10% 1km climb
    250 watts = etc etc
    how much of a difference in watts would it be for a 0.5km climb or even a 5, 10km climb ?

    part 2
    how much is cardio ability / recovery linked to average watt output.

  6. Great show guys,
    A gcn does science question –
    How many watts does a rider need to be able to average to do a 1km climb at a given average gradient % ?
    150 watts = 5% 1km climb
    200 watts = 10% 1km climb
    250 watts = etc etc
    how much of a difference in watts would it be for a 0.5km climb or even a 5, 10km climb ?

    part 2
    how much is cardio ability / recovery linked to average watt output.

  7. Is there normally a weight limit to carbon frames? I am a 110kg rider and have been having thoughts about upgrading from my current alloy bike, but I am dubious about spending the amount of money I am looking at spending if I'm going to cause damage to the frame? #torqueback

  8. someone might've posted it already but the answer is: 1 lever for the front and 1 lever for the rear.

    left lever= front brake & front derailleur
    right lever= rear brake & rear derailleur

    it's how it makes sense. that simple..
    for some reason in a few countries they just couldn't figure it out.

  9. if 28mm tires save you 2-3 watts per tire compared to 25 mm, why not use 30, 32, 35 mm tires…. have there been studies to find the best size tires for rolling resistance. #torqueback

  10. Can you actually avoid bonking if you follow a ketogenic diet? Do pro cyclists follow these diets? #TorqueBack

  11. Hi GCN, I commute 5-20 miles a day depending on how I'm feeling/weather + Sportives. But I'm current using mountain bike pedals/shoes (SPD) on my road bike. Is it worth the upgrade to road shoes and SPD-SL Pedals? What's the advantages? #torqueback

  12. I've recently started using a HR sensor and I'm quite surprised that I'm usually averaging around 170 BPMs on 3/4 hours rides and I've been a max. of 184 BPMs. Should I be concerned about my health? What can I do to perform at similar levels on a lower HR? #TorqueBack

  13. 50% increase in FTP over a year? Definitely achievable.

    210W in early Nov 2016 –
    329W in late May 2017 –

    Coming back from an achilles rupture that happened in March 2016.

  14. We've all heard of altitude training. Is there such a thing as "heat" training? If you ride in a SUPER HOT climate all the time then race in a milder climate, will you have an advantage? #TorqueBack #AskGCN

  15. #torqueback What computer are you using on your Canyon? I have an Ultimate but don't want a Garmin, which I believe are the only make on the market with the right mount. Any good hack/bodge advice to mounting other computer makes?

  16. #TorqueBack Is there any pro's that have an FTP over 500. And do you think we will ever see riders with an FTP near 600??

  17. What Si said about the road crossing was half correct, its back brake on the left because if you were to pull the front brake with only one hand on the handlebar you'll find that the front wheel veers off line and is much twitcher with only one hand to hold it. Therefore it is safer to brake with the rear when crossing traffic despite having less braking power. Rather have too much speed than the bike uncontrollable with oncoming traffic.

  18. #TorqueBack

    Hi GCN !
    (I'm french, please excuse my vocabulary lacks)
    Does it need more energy or effort to get to the top of a climb while sitting on the saddle or is it harder to ride stood up on the pedals ? which one of theese two techniques is the better training ?

    Thanks GCN !

  19. have you guys changed your video format? I only have a old TV and when watching this it felt like you guys were sat in my front room!!

  20. Question wrt the brakes on left/right front/back: What about the pros?? Considering they sometimes switch bikes mid race (if the GC rider has defect), I'd think the whole team would have to be the same, right?? And even Sky or Orica would be crazy enough to make this "the UK way", would they?? Considering rides switch teams somewhat often.
    So doesn't that mean that all pros have the brakes connected like we do in the countries that DRIVE ON THE PROPER SIDE of the road? And if so, amateurs in UK & AU ought to do the same, so no one has to switch if they end up turning pro one day…

  21. I live in Australia, but the reason I have my Rear Brake on the right, is so that when I am servicing the drive train in the bike stand, it is easier to reach the brake to stop the rear wheel spinning and therefore saving my fingers from getting caught in the spokes.

  22. Since we're coming into the Tour De France how about we explore some critical issues: Where do they find the Podium gals? Is there a competition to become one? Who would be the best celebrity Podium Girl?- Pippa M. ?

  23. Average Speed would be imperative to know if you are trying to train for a sportif/Gran Fondo and needed to estimate your time and ensure you are going to be able to finish in a reasonable amount of time….

  24. should I worry about internal cable rattling? When I go over bumps I can hear the cable in my down tube when I go over bumps. #TorqueBack

  25. hand signals were made for cars (before we invented indicators) and applied to bikes (which means all signals are indicated with the right hand for UK left hand for countries that drive on the other side) using your front brake can be dangerous so the rear is preferred. + because we use the right hand to indicate (even though everyone would clearly use their left arm to turn left this isn't correct)

  26. I put my front brake on the right lever, just because I'm right handed so I've got more control over how much pressure I need to exert to get the braking I need at any given time. If I was left handed, I would swap the front to the left hand!

  27. I always thought you guys are the cycling equivalent of the old Top Gear, but now you confirmed it Dan by going the Jezza stance on the "correct" side of the road.

  28. My bikes have the rear brakes on the right lever, as in most places in the world. However, I do have a Raleigh touring bike, which came witht the "British brakes configuration" and I decided to keep it that way. Honestly, on this particular bike, which I use around town and sometimes on the road, but not at crazy speeds, it doesn't make much difference.

  29. What are your thoughts on Camelback backpacks for distance riding? I live in a smaller town and the only way I am able to ride long distances is if I bike in the country where there are no places to stop. #TorqueBack

  30. I find myself relying more on my right leg, especially during climbing. Is this normal and is there a way of evening things out or do I just have to concentrate on using my left more? #torqueback

  31. #torqueback. For signaling a right turn on my bike, I no longer use the traditional standard of left arm "L" for right turns. I just point my right arm to the right to signal my turn. Am I breaking a rule or law, or does this not really matter anymore? I am still making my intentions known the the vehicles behind me. (I guess the opposite for left turns would apply to cyclist in UK, Australia, Japan)

  32. I was so confused about the whole brake issue. In denmark on bikes, the back brake is on the right and front on the left, but on scooters it's the other way around.

    You did mention wanting to use the front brake only for the most control which I don't understand. front brake on a slippery surface or while turning is much less safe than using just the back brake. I would never use the front brake without the back brake but I would not mind only using the back brake as I don't risk blocking up the wheel that does my steering.

  33. I've experienced three speed wobbles in as many months and can't figure out why. I know it's complicated, but is there anything I can do to prevent it happening again? #TorqueBack

  34. I bought a bike in the Netherlands and brought it back to the UK. The brakes are the opposite way around (front on the left) to normal british bikes. When asked by a bike shop if I'd like them to switch them around I said no for the very reason Si explained. I can brake with my front brake whilst signalling right.

  35. I believe that you were correct on brake cables when you suggested that the hand you would signal traffic with operates the front brake (left hand for all of us sensible folks, right for you all that drive on the wrong side of the road😜).

    It is worth mentioning that, while you all at GCN can stop most effectively with your front brake, most folks cannot. They go over the handlebars and straight into the pavement. Using the back brake to the point of skidding won't cause a crash in an inexperienced rider.


  36. As a right handed person I tend to apply my right brake much harder in an emergency situation. Not good to apply the rear brake for maximum braking. I would switch over but I can't seem to figure out a good cable routing scheme to route the rear cable housing from the left lever through the right side internal cable opening in the frame.

  37. I have seen some cyclocross racers in the US flip their brake levers (left for rear, right for front). This is so they can control the bike better with the rear brake when they are dismounting the bike or running with only one hand on the bars.

  38. Moderate scoliosis- do any of the pros suffer from it and how does it affect their riding/methods they used to help any issues relating to it? #torqueback

  39. I have a very poor sense of taste, which translates into my enjoyment of food being heavily influenced by its texture. Liquids and solids are fine, but mushy/slimy foods that lie somewhere in the middle make me gag. Consequently, I hate, hate, hate two of cycling's best fuels: bananas and porridge. Any advice for crunchier or more liquid alternatives? #TorqueBack

  40. I've decided to commute now and then to get hours on the bike. it's a 23mile hilly route, which means a very early start.Problem is I'm finding myself really tired at work… am I likely to adapt with practice or just doomed to be drowsy? #torqueback

  41. This channel is in desperate need of a female presenter. The lads are great but having a female rinse you lot would turn up the banter scale immensely.

  42. Hi gcn, recently I broke the mount from my gps, and whilst waiting for a new one I've been training without any data. During this time I've been smashing pb's on nearly all my rides and I've been riding faster, why is this?? #torqueback

  43. I've been riding for 2 years and mu FTP went from whatever is starts as when you're a fit 16 year old to 360 watts.

  44. I am 10 but really into cycling and I really struggle up the steep hill when I leave school, how do I get up easier? #TorqueBack

  45. Hello guys! I would like to know if you got any tips or tricks how to extend the useage of a chain or the chainring(s).

    Besides that I would like to mention that you should advice people not to wrap themself up into their frames (like pros do) when descending a hill, just saying.

  46. #torqueback. Hi GCN, you guys compared to GMBN, why do you think it is that MTBers tend to celebrate (or almost glorify) spills and bails but road cyclists tend to cringe and wince whenever we see a crash despite being highly similar?

  47. I'm 15 and I live in the US and I was looking to start racing. Since certain ratios are restricted does that mean I can only ride a single spend?

  48. #TorqueBack I missed my morning ride. Can I take a ride at 7:00 at night and still be rested enough for my 5:30am ride?

  49. #Torqueback Here goes my question: Would I benefit from gaining weight?

    I'm 176cm 61kg and my ftp is around 250 which is just over 4w/kg, without any serious training. That makes me a decent climber, but I suffer on flats when riding with big guys. Today I found that I have 6% body fat, so I can't get leaner. I was wondering that if I get some more kilos, hopefully all in quads, I could get faster, and not lose my climbing advantage.

    Or can I expect that if I follow a good training schedule I'll improve my ftp at this very same weight? My relative vo2 is close to 69 at this weight, If I get heavier could I expect to raise the absolute value to keep the relative one?

    I also have read that low body fat reduces muscle recovery and lowers imunity, so it could be wiser to eat more pizza for the next 9 months while training, and then start racing lean again. Indeed I got a flu last month with a serious throat infection that took weeks to go away, I had never been sick so long before.

    Another problem is that its hard for me to gain weight. The heaviest I ever got was 69kg when I was a rower, and eating as much as I could.

  50. What is you opinion on signalling to other road users? On two occasions recently I have ridden in groups were some of the riders signal to cars, usually indicating when it is "safe" to pass. I have always avoided doing this as if an accident were to occur you could be seen as partially responsible. What do you think?

  51. Japan are different. I've did hear several years ago that even though they drive on the correct side of the road and have the brakes the wrong way round.

  52. Hello GCN! Is draping your hands over the tops like Kwiatkowski or Peter Sagan just as fast as using clip on aerobars? Also, are clip on aero bars any slower than a TT bike? #Torqueback

  53. 59 yrs old with about 5 years cycling experience (about 120 miles/week, no racing), I started TrainerRoad in Jan 17. I finished two programs in roughly 14 weeks: Mid Volume Base 2 followed by Mid Volume Short Power Build. In January my FTP was 200, in April it was 267.

  54. #TourqueBack. I am currently injured and have not been riding for three weeks and it's looking like it's going to be another two . What are your tips to getting back on track when I'm back on the bike

  55. Born and raised in California, I always wired my bikes (mountain and road) with right brake => front. Since I have always done my own maintenance (since like 8 years old), it made sense to brake with my dominant hand. I can adapt to bikes out of the shop wired in the "locally correct" way, but come the first cable maintenance I wire them the "correct" way. As for why/how I started, I'm pretty sure it's from BMX, where I only had one brake (rear), and it was on the right hand. Come to think of it, I've never seen a BMX bike with a left brake (unless it had two).

    I'm not sure why people the US brake with their left hand… although considering how bad most people are at descending, maybe switching their brakes around might help. 🙂

  56. #TorqueBack After watching the first stage of TDF 2017, I realized that Team Sky did amazingly well. With the wet roads having a great effect on the outcome for riders, even those who didn't crash, I wonder if the Team Sky mechanics did any special preparation of their tires prior to the race, altered the inflation for better grip, or even used altogether different tires for the rain. Any particular insights?

  57. The reason why the front brake is (correctly) actuated with the left lever and the rear brake with the right lever is that shifting works the same way (left-front/right-rear). The reason why it's the other way round in left-side-driving countries might be the same "old-fashioned" (to avoid the term "stupid") as for driving on the left in the first place: In ancient times one rode on the left, so, if someone coming towards you from the other direction meant you harm, your sword hand plus sword would be closer to the adversary (applies only to right-handed people, of course). Despite the fact that swords have disappeared from road traffic Brits and Commonwealth countries stuck with that habit for the sake of "tradition".

  58. I currently reside in Tokyo, where I'm facing a very hot and humid summer. Do you have tips on how to stay properly hydrated during long distance rides without having to buy new drinks every 30min? #Torqueback

  59. #Tourqueback You say ask anything right? How can I fix my bike?…

    I know this isn’t exactly what you guys do but I’m desperate and have had no luck anywhere else.

    Last year I bought an Orbea Avant, my first carbon bike and I absolutely love it. Recently I replaced all the cables but managed to lose the part that stops the gear cable outer that runs to the rear derailleur from being pulled into the frame. I ordered a replacement from the Obea website but when it arrived it is too big and won’t fit into the space on my frame. (I actually tried filling it down but there wasn’t enough material and it eventually broke).

    I’ve tried contacting Orbea, both through the website and on Facebook but have had no response at all. My local bike shop has recently closed down but they couldn’t offer an alternative either.

    I’ve already had to drop out of a few club rides and while I can use it for commuting with limited gears it is far from ideal. I can’t afford to replace the bike but am starting to think that this may be my only option. Help! I love my Orbea and sorely want to get it road worthy again. Any advice you can offer would be greatly appreciated!


  60. #torqueback How much will altitude affect your power output? I live at altitude (5750 feet roughly) and I started riding last year (May 2016)… now with GCN's constant pressure I have succumbed and bought a power meter. My normalized number for my last PR was 286 watts over a 5km climb at an average 5.4% grade. Of course I like to think I would be able to push more power at sea level… but could I?

  61. Big brother and the nanny state strike again…….. "
    Formerly, bicycles in the USA had their front brake on the right hand,
    as do motorcycles. A concerted effort by right handed safety
    advocates, moved the "dangerous" front brake to the left hand, where
    it could do less harm, and there it remains today.
    Jobst Brandt"

  62. what kind of questions are these? all this shit thyme talked about like 6 times before. who the fuck asks about what THEIR ftp COULD be? how the fuck would they know? thats like asking a stranger on the street, "hey, how fast would it take me to walk 2 miles????" " i don't know motherfucker…. do it and find out" i think all the noobs of r/bicycling and r/cycling on reddit need to subscribe to this show.

  63. Not sure if you ever got an answer, but rear brakes are on the right in Europe and the US because the first bikes had only rear brakes, so putting them on the strongest hand was the most beneficial. The UK put rear brakes on the left as front brakes became common, and everyone else didn't.

  64. Japan has the brakes on the same side as in the UK. I learnt to ride in Mexico, where we have them like in the USA, and it was some learning curve, I must say. But now I am used to it…

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