CYCLING PERFORMANCE TIPS
Last updated: 2/27/2017
Bicycle Trivia, bike history, and fun stuff
Every now and then I run across bits of bicycle trivia that don't fit in a traditional
"chapter" of this web book, but need a home. Thus this page will include a smattering of
miscellaneous cycling related "stuff".
- Bike History
- the impact of a sponsor on professional cycling
- This is a well written article
focused on the comeback of Greg LeMond as he struggled to recover from a hunting accident. His final sprint
down the Champs de Elysee is one of the legends of the Tour de France.
The top 10 cyclists of all times.
- Tour de France
Why should you avoid the white line along the side of the road in rainy weather?
These lines, made reflective by thousands of small glass beads, are extremely
slippery when wet.
- Top 10
cycling movies of all times.
Ghost Bikes - Maybe you have seen one. A white bike standing
by the side of a busy road. Started in 2003 in Saint Louis, the ghost bike
movement emphasizes the need for more infrastructure of bicyclists. They honor
cyclists who have been killed or injured by motor vehicles while at the same
time boosting public awareness of the increasing number of people riding for transportation.
- A bike focus in an urban lifestyle.
- Bikes in an "Edited Life". Over the past few years,
urban bike share programs have continued to grow. It has been a successful model to supplement transportation
in our car centric culture. http://www.lifeedited.com/a-scooter-for-big-kids-aka-adults/
The LifeEdited website advocates the next steps to
a "car-less" trend. Minimizing possessions (includes going car-less) and downsizing across your life.
To quote: "LifeEdited shows how to design your life to include more money, health and happiness with
less stuff, space and energy. ItŐs life. Edited." But you will always need an alternative to walking
(just takes too much time) and public transportation (doesn't always get you where you want to go).
So here we see
the ideal edited life transportation - a scooter, which is just a mini-bike.
- Multimodal cycling - riding your bike and using alternate transportation along the way, or to get
home at the end of the day. People like multimodal because it greatly increases the territory
available in a single ride. Normally, a 100-mile ride that starts and ends at home would be confined
to everything within a 50-mile radius. Alternative transportation options include:
- Car share
- Mechanical doping was a theoretical concept until January,
2016, when the UCI confirmed motorized doping at the cyclo-cross World Championships after finding
a motor hidden in the seat tube of 19-year-old Femke Van den Driessche's bike.
- One step up from bikepacking -
a "micro" airstream.
Buy and sell used gear.
Cycle more, be happier. I always feel better after a ride. And if the day is feeling a
bit gray, I find the best therapy is 30 minutes out on the road.
Guess I'm not alone.
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