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13 Things I Wish I’d Known About Cycling | The GCN Show Ep. 292

13 Things I Wish I’d Known About Cycling | The GCN Show Ep. 292

– From Lapland National Park, the wilderness way,
welcome to the GCN Show. – Welcome to the GCN Show. Brought to you by our
mates over at Wiggle. – This week, what do we know now that we wish we’d known
when we started cycling? Including, but not limited to, beard trimmers, John
Travolta, and sprinting. – We’ve got all the latest transfers in the world of pro cycling, including admitting a mistake that we made on last week’s show, with that regard. And we’ve also got a vlog! – Yeah, trendy.
– Yeah. – Yeah, and the latest
cycling controversy. (ominous music) (upbeat music) – This week in the world of cycling, we learned that motorcycle
cornering technique doesn’t necessarily transfer
that well over to cycling. (kneepad scraping) – (laughs) That’s MotoGP
star, Scott Redding, illustrating the point perfectly, I think. – Also, off the back of last week, where we learned not to expect too much in the way of performances
from Geraint Thomas in the near future after a lot of post-tour partying, it has to be said. This week we are even more concerned because he appears to have
morphed into a rockstar. – [Simon] The thing that
concerns me about that video is he’s not wearing Lycra on stage, like a proper rockstar should. – Do rockstars wear Lycra?
– The good ones do. – In all seriousness, though,
that was an amazing reception that Geraint Thomas got for
– It was. – his homecoming in Cardiff
and Wales, wasn’t it? – Yeah.
– It’s almost like cycling here in the UK is mainstream. Which it certainly wasn’t
when we started out, quite some time ago. – No, that is a very good point, isn’t it? I mean it was a long time
ago that we started out. And it got us thinking that, given it’s been 25 years a piece, we must have learned a
little bit in that time. So what do we know now that we wish we’d known when we started? – Well, you can start with
the obvious things, can’t you? Like not wearing underwear
underneath your chamois. – [Simon] True, but I
confess that actually I never had any problems as a kid
wearing my Y-fronts underneath. – No chafing?
– No, no chafage at all. I only stopped doing it because I read that as a cyclist I shouldn’t be doing it. But yeah, that kind of thing. In fact, my one, I’m gonna
go straight out with this, I wish I’d known how much easier it was to use a beard trimmer for shaving legs. (whirring) – Is that what you would do? If you went back in time
to when you were eight, and gave him some advice, it’d be, “Use a beard trimmer and not a razor, “it’s so much easier.”
– Okay, maybe that’s not strictly appropriate for
eight year old Simon. I might have saved that
particular nugget until puberty, at least.
– I can see why you like it, though, I’ve
got picture proof of this, because three years ago at the
foot of the Col du Tourmalet, you were not only shaving your
legs with a beard trimmer, but you were simultaneously
eating a baguette, weren’t you, multitasking.
– There ya go, yeah. So I should’ve learned that
earlier, basically, but yeah. – I’ll tell you what I wish
I’d learned before now, is how to conserve energy
when I’m feeling good. It’s oh so easy to do that, isn’t it, when you’re not feeling good
– Yeah. – because you have to high in order to keep up.
– ‘Cause you have to. – But when I was feeling
good I used to show it. Didn’t happen often,
but there were occasions when I felt bloomin’ good.
– Go on, mate, tell us when those occasions were. – 2008 National Championships. I was flying, it was I had no chain, diamonds in my legs, felt
like a million dollars. Wound up fourth because
I used up all my energy feeling so good, I didn’t
have anything left at the end. – Yeah, do you also wish
you’d learnt how to put David Millar into the
barriers the year before at the Nationals?
– Yes, I do. A sprinter would not
have let him come through those barriers, would they? – To be fair, a sprinter probably would’ve just out sprinted him, but nevermind. – That’s true.
(both laugh) (rock music) – You know I wish I’d
not got quite so obsessed about training to power. There was a point where I became really, really fixated on
hitting certain numbers and then forgetting about other numbers that were probably far more important to my actual racing performance. I don’t even have to go back
very far to tell myself that. – It’s a good point, easy
to get obsessed with numbers these days isn’t it?
– Yeah. – I wish I’d known earlier on just how important aerodynamics are. – Yes, me too.
– I was really into that in the later years of my career, the last one or two at least. But something last week really brought it home to me once again. And that’s because Ollie found out what power Martin Toft Madsen averaged through 53.6 kilometres in an hour over at that Mexico velodrome. Do you want to hazard a guess
as to what his average was? – Alright, I’m guessing
it’s gonna be low because you’ve asked the question.
– It is low, there’s a clue. – 370 Watts?
– Nowhere near. His average power was
just under 300 Watts. – Oh my God.
– Honestly. – I wish someone had told me that the hour record was so easy.
(Dan laughs) That’s ridiculous, under 300 Watts? – You’d have done about 60, wouldn’t you, with your FDP?
– 60Ks an hour? Yeah, probably.
– To be fair, that was done at altitude
where the air is less dense, but that is how important
aerodynamics are. – I do sometimes feel the
air is particularly dense where we live, it’s hard
work sometimes, isn’t it? Going back to that point
about David Millar, I wish I’d just learned how to sprint. – Well, I’m not sure you can
have that in this segment, because you need to know about it now, and you still don’t know how to sprint. – No, that is a fair point actually, I don’t know how to sprint. I’ll tell you what then,
I wish I could go back and tell my eight year old self, instead of the finer
points of leg shaving, just practise sprinting,
dear god, practise sprinting. Please.
– Sprinters tend to have a bit more success, don’t they? In general.
– Yeah they do, yeah. – I wish that I’d known
that, when I was hurting, the likelihood was that other
people were hurting too. Not all the time, obviously,
but certain photos I look at, other eyes are grimacing
when I was hurting. – That is a very good point actually, worth remembering that one, isn’t it? That it hurts other people too. Thinking of hurting, I wish
I’d know about overshoes. Man, there were times as a
kid where my feet got so cold. One winter, I even resorted
to Gaffer taping the holes and the vents up on my
shoes to try and keep warm. – You’ve only got yourself to blame. Magazine which show riders,
nice toasty, warm feet because they were using overshoes. – Well, I had magazines where
riders were using overshoes, looking slightly ridiculous,
it wasn’t until I tried a pair at the age of 19 that I
realised how amazing they were and what good value they are. – The light bulb came on inside, did it?
– Basically, yeah. – To be fair, we asked
the other presenters what they wished they’d known
when they started cycling. Emma said she’d wished she’d
know how good accessories are at keeping you warm, and she specifically said arm warmers and leg warmers. – Clue’s in the name, Emma. Duh.
– Oh taking the mick, are you? Are you trying to say that if overshoes had been called feet warmers, you might have cottoned on a bit earlier? – Well, yeah, for sure. They’re just really poorly
marketed, aren’t they? Overshoes, feet warmers,
I know which one I’d buy. Now, other ones, someone said
that they’d wish they known that they could take time off. I’m assuming they mean from
cycling and not from work. Because, well, yeah, you can’t take time off it.
– A lot of people in the office, they just
say that they’d like to have known how to fix
a puncture straight away. That’s a really common one, isn’t it? For everybody.
– Yeah, that is true. How expensive it can be when
you become completely obsessed. – And also, one person here in the GCN HQ said that they just wish they’d
known about chamois cream. (jaunty music) It’s all they put.
– Well, I’m glad they didn’t elaborate, if I’m honest. I think we should probably
find out what John Travolta wishes he’d known.
– Yeah. (funk music) – Thanks, John, I think.
– Interesting. – Right, over to you guys there at home. We would like to know what
you would like to have known, when you started cycling, that
you do that you do know now. If that makes any sense at all. Get involved in the comments
with your anecdotes, below. – Yeah, now we’re gonna
head over to catch up with Ollie, or angry Lou,
as he’s sometimes known, because he is planning an Everesting and that’s no mean feat, so we’re gonna be following him as he trains up for it, as he builds his bike for
it and then, ultimately, as he attempts it. – I’m not sure he’s gonna make it. Reverse psychology.
– Oh, I see. – I don’t think he’ll do it, angry Lou. – I’m glad you explained
it was reverse psychology ’cause that just sounded a bit mean. – Well, you looked like you believed me. (mechanical whirring) – Morning. Right, it is 8:00 a.m.,
and I’m about to go on a bike ride for part
of my Everest training. So, just having some black coffee. This morning, I’m supposed
to do five hours training, which, normally, wouldn’t be that bad. But I’m supposed to do it fasted for the first couple of hours. And the reason for that
is that my coach is trying to get me to become a
more fat-adapted athlete so that I’m better at
burning fat as a fuel source, which will be essential in doing a really long endurance
event like an Everesting, because I’m gonna be riding probably upwards of 11 or 12 hours. It might even take me 20 hours. So, riding that long, I’m
gonna find it much easier if I can use fat as well
as sugar as a fuel source. But the problem today is that outside, it’s even wetter than an
inappropriately sign-posted floor in a personal injury compensation advert. It’s absolutely tipping it down, so. I’m just drinking my black coffee then I’m heading out on the trusty Camion. Right, wish me luck. (upbeat electronic music) – Oh god, it’s pretty grim out today. But it’s drying up a bit now. I’m really keen to get as
much preparation in as I can, because I know that this
challenge is gonna be the hardest endurance event
I’ve ever done, in my life. So, that means making
sure I do all that I can to prepare for it, even
if it means coming out, in the rain, when it’s wetter than a submarine’s number plate. (upbeat electronic music) – Five hours complete. Right, stay tuned for more training as I prepare for this, I’ve got, I’m not just doing fasted
rides, there’s loads of other different types of training I’ll be doing. So, I’ll be making a video about it. But until then, see you later. (reveille horn blaring) – It’s now time for Cycling Shorts. – We’ll start now, not just
with news of cycling shorts, but actually entire skin suits, because at the recent
European Championships, Dutch cyclist Jos van Emden
took to Twitter to announce that he was actually gonna
be racing the time trail completely naked ’cause
he’d misplaced his suitcase. – Oh dear, unlike fellow
countryman Tom Dumoulin, who you will remember
also lost his gym kit at the Tour de France recently, only to get a new skin suits knocked up by his team sponsors Etxeondo, handily just around the corner. – And on a Saturday morning, willing to work.
– He was lucky, wasn’t he? What van Emden had to do
was borrow a skin suit from his teammate Ellen van Dijk. Although, unfortunately, he
wasn’t quite as successful in it as she was, because
she won for the third time in a row, and he placed eighth. – Yeah, and what was pretty gross, mate. We should say, the fact
that the men and women’s time trails were actually on the same day. No one should ever have
to share a used chamois. – It was her spare skin suit, fortunately. – Ah, ah right.
– For us. It wasn’t the real one.
– Still. We’ll add that to the list
from earlier, shall we? Never share a used chamois,
that’s something that you should probably get yourself.
– No, fortunately something I’ve never had to do myself. Right, time for some self-promotion. You know I like doing that, Si, don’t you?
– Yeah. (mimics trumpet) – This time though,
– Blowing our own trumpets. – It’s for the GCN shop,
so we’ve got a new fan kit, which we’re gonna show
you very shortly indeed. First though, you’ll have noticed, we’ve got some special
edition t-shirts on. The Tour of Spain, the Vuelta a Espana, is now just less than two weeks away, and these are our special edition t-shirts for that month.
– Ironed especially, as well, eh, Dan?
– Yes, yeah. Compared to yours, definitely.
(Simon laughs) We’ve also got highlights every day from the World’s and
plus in-depth analysis over on our Facebook page, so stay tuned once again for that. You ready for the fan kit though? – Show us the fan kit, Dan.
(drum roll) – This is the latest edition.
– Whoa, nice. That is cool, man, I like that. – Does look good.
– Matching shorts, as well. Obviously, the GCN fan
kit shorts are available in the shop as well, made
out of Italian fabric. – Very nice indeed, head over to
if you’d like to get your hands on some of
that kit or on these t-shirts. Right, shall we move on to the Olympics. – Yes.
– Because, last week, the courses for the men’s
and women’s road race at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics were announced, and both the organisers
and the UCI seemed to have rightly landed themselves
into some hot water. Because the challenging
courses for the men and women appear to be only really
challenging for the men and hardly at all for the women. In fact, they’re completely
different courses, aren’t they? Because the women’s doesn’t even go round that mountain loop and the
foothills of Mount Fuji. – Yeah, I mean, historically,
there has always been a difference in the Olympic road race between men and women, and indeed, most major championships as well. But normally, it’s just
a case of fewer laps for the women, whereas
in this case, at Tokyo, I mean the difference is
really stark, isn’t it? – I think there’s a lot of people that probably just accept the disparity between the distances of men’s and women’s professional cycling races,
but then when you see it at the Olympics, which is obviously a multi-discipline event, it
really bring home the fact that cycling is one of the only sports where there is this kind of disparity. And it’s not just for the road race, it also goes for some of the
track events, which are short. So, what is the answer then? Well, you can let us know
what you think the answer is by taking the poll that is
on the screen right now. And not as to whether the
men’s and women’s courses should be the same, because that seems like a fairly obvious answer. But rather, whether the men’s
and women’s races should be of the same length, perhaps
the men’s slightly shorter, the women’s slightly longer. – I’m really torn on this,
because I wouldn’t want to see the men’s race any shorter. I love championship courses
of 250 kilometres plus. So, in this case, I’m gonna say, I think the women should
ride the same distance but just make it longer, just go 250k. – I’d agree, and doesn’t
seem any reason not to have it like that, does there? Because one of the best
ultra endurance riders in the world is a female,
and there’s plenty that take part in the
Transcontinental, for example. So there’s not reason not to make it exactly the same length.
– Nope. – Alright, shall we go onto the plethora of transfer news that we have this week. No doubt in the introduction,
you were very surprised to hear that we had made mistake on last week’s GCN show
about one of the transfers. Because it turns out that Pierre Rolland is actually not going
from EF Education First back home to Direct
Energie, he is still going to a French squad, but it is
Vital Concept Cycling Club that he’s going to, which
contrary to the name is actually a professional cycling team. – Yeah, it actually took
us until this helpful video that Vital Concept posted
to realise our mistake. (uplifting music) Now, what is still not
immediately clear though, is exactly what decade Rolland
is gonna be training in this time, shall we ask
Travolta what he knows? – Yeah, what decade, John? (funk music) – Unclear.
– Unclear. One rider who is transferring,
not to a new team but rather to a whole new career is Simon Gerrans of team BMC. He announced his retirement
last week, didn’t he? – Yeah, and meanwhile, Elisa
Longo Borghini moves over to Trek Factory Racing
and Caleb Ewan confirms that he’ll be leaving Mitchelton-Scott and going to Lotto-Soudal,
where Marcel Sieberg is gonna be leaving.
– I bet he’s going to Fortuneo-Samsic isn’t
he, with Greipel just as I predicted last week.
– Unfortunately not, Dan. He is going to Bahrain Merida
where he’s going to be joined by some other big names, actually. Mainly from BMC it would
seem, Damiano Caruso, Rohan Dennis and also–
– Dylan Teuns. – Dylan Teuns, yeah, and
they’re gonna be joined by Phil Bauhaus, a
sprinter from Team Sunweb, and Stephen Williams, who
is not a household name yet, but he probably will be soon. – No, well, they seem to be really bolstering their lineup at Bahrain Merida. BMC/CCC seem to be kind
of haemorrhaging talent, don’t they?
– Yeah. – There’s a lot of riders there. – Well that’s right, because
we’ve not stopped yet either. Stefan Kung is gonna be leaving
BMC/CCC for Groupama FDJ. And Tejay van Garderen also confirmed that he’ll be going to EF Education First. Now, can I say this, Dan? But is he gonna finally
live up to his promise, do you think?
– Well unbelievably, Si, he’s still got time to
live up to his promise, because he’s in his 20s still. – No.
– Can you believe that? – No I genuinely can’t.
– 29 years old van Garderen. – Really?
– Yes. – I’m genuinely more surprised about that than I am about learning
that it’s possible to ride 53.6 kilometres in an
hour at less than 300 Watts. And I was pretty darn surprised about that 15 minutes ago.
– I think they’re both bald lies, basically. He got 380 Watts and
Tejay van Garderen is 39. – Yeah, yeah he’s
definitely older than you. – Final bit of transfer news then, one rider in their 30s, Roman Kreuziger will be moving to Team Dimension Data, where in fact he’ll hook
up with Michael Valgren both of whom have won a
Amstel Gold in the past, haven’t they?
– Great pronunciation, mate. – Thank you.
– Really moving things on a pace. Right, now before we leave Cycling Shorts, let’s have an update from
Jenny Graham as well, who is currently mid way through trying to break the self-supported
round the world record. She is moving through Australia, having covered 9040 miles in just 56 days. – Wow, that is an
average, Si, of 160 miles every day for those 56 days. – And do you know what that means? Coincidentally, that’s the
almost exact same distance as the Olympic men’s road race. So there, there you go,
Jenny Graham is doing it every single day and she’s
not even getting a massage at the end of the day,
she’s sleeping in a hedge. – Yeah, the proof is in the pudding. – There we go.
– Yeah. Can’t believe she’s done it as a woman. 56 days of 160 miles a day.
– Yeah. What’s weird though is she’s
currently, despite being in Australia, is battling
freezing temperatures. Which I don’t really believe.
– She is, yeah. Apparently it’s 9 degrees during the day but freezing at night, but
the sleet, snow and rain have been taking their toll on her feet. She’s been suffering with poor, bad feet. – Does she know about overshoes? Feet warmers.
– I’m sure she knows about overshoes, Si, yeah.
– Yeah, course she does. Does she know about the
drop bears though, Dan? That’s the question.
– Oh, they’re nasty. (growling) It is time now for GCNs
weekly inspirations, which is your weekly chance to win one of three voucher amounts
to spend on what you want over at the Wiggle online shop. So if you’re third, you’ll get 50 pounds, if you’re second you’ll get 75. And the winner each week gets 100 pounds to spend on cycling gear,
which is pretty cool. – Yeah, all you gotta do is send us your inspirational cycling photos. And that can be inspirational
in many different ways, but perhaps the best thing to do would be to show you third place, and then we can give you a demonstration. This one is Eric Saeter from Norway, he took this while on holiday
cycling in the Valle D’Aosta. And that is a pretty
inspiring picture to my mind. Everyone loves a good
corner, do you reckon he got his knee down?
– It’s inspiring for me, ’cause he’s going downhill, not up it, which I always prefer these days. – Yeah.
– No, I don’t think he got his knee down.
– Ah, that’s a shame. Still, very cool.
– In second place, this photo comes from New York
City and sent in by Geraldo. His BMC Road Machine,
early morning sunrise with the sky rise in the background. We did like that one.
– That speaks to me. I like living in a city
and one of the things that I like about it is leaving it and then, on your bike,
and seeing it disappear into the distance, so that
definitely speaks to me that one. Anyway, in first place for this week, we’ve got another Australian switchback that’s right, this clearly
does seem to be the way to inspire us here at
GCN, this one was sent in by WWWHowe and it is The
Wall, Mount Dandenong. But doesn’t that just look amazing. – [Dan] It’s a lovely,
lovely photo, isn’t it? Do you reckon sunrise or sunset? Sunrise it looks like to me.
– I’d say sunrise, yeah. But there we go, that’s
another leaving the city one, isn’t it, the Dandenongs
are like an escape route for Melbourne, I believe.
– Oh, are they? – I think so.
– Knowledge, #Knowledge. – I went there one.
– Speaking of hashtags, it’s #GCNInspiration on Instagram if you’d like to choose that method, although we’ve got our uploader now which you can find a link
to in the description below if you would like to do it that way. – Yeah, we don’t have
any preference, do we? This week’s winner was from Instagram, last week’s winner was
from the uploader, no bias. (electronic music) – For tech of the week,
we are gonna head over to the workshop with Ollie. – This week in the world of tech, we’ve got a new gravel bike from mountain bike legends, Kona. It’s called the Kona Libre
and it’s firmly routed in the mountain bike heritage of Kona. It’s got a really tall head tube to get you in a nice,
upright, stable position. It’s also got really long chain stays and a really slack head
angle on the steering. So, its gonna corner like
it’s on rails, you’d imagine. There’s also loads of
practicality built in as well, with loads of mount points
and bolt-on options. So, yeah, it’s a really cool looking bike. But there’s gonna be more on that in the tech show on Thursday,
where we’ll also be delving into the murky world of crowdfunding. And our main talking point
this week is going to be, are cyclists actually getting faster, or is it just down to tech? Well, to find out more and join in, you can tune in on
Thursday to the tech show where myself and Si will
be discussing all of that. It’s gonna be a good one. (whirring) – Remind me, which way is it, that way? – Other way.
– Jesus christ, that way. (beep) – It’s time now for hack
forward slash bodge of the week. And we’re gonna start with a kind of celebrity hack forward slash bodge. This is now the two times winner of the Transcontinental
race, James Hayden, who you’ll have seen
over on the tech channel when he introduced his pro-bike. And he had to fix his
tyre for the last 500ks of the event, and I think
this is a bodge, Dan, if I’m looking at that fix. I know you think it’s a
hack, but let’s have a look, talk us through it.
– Yep, well he has used a liner to fix the gash
in his sidewall there, and then to make double sure
that is not gonna penetrate through the hole again,
he has put some tape over the top of it.
– And you see, that is the bit that I
think is a bit of a bodge. Why would you put tape on
the outside of your tyre? No tape is sticky enough
to warrant that, surely. – Yeah, well it’s just a
double wall there, isn’t it? So that the tube’s not
gonna burst through again. – Yeah, but the–
– He’s just making sure. He needs to get to the finish, long way. – I’m not so sure about that James. Anyway, he’s coming in, I believe, to see us to film an Ask GCN Anything, and so I’m gonna submit a question to him. – Are you?
– Say, yeah, did you truly bodge it?
– An angry question. – Well, no, I’m gonna be quite, you know, I’ll give him chance to
speak before I judge him quite as cruelly as I’ve
just done now, in fact. – Yes, before we give him
a guilty or not guilty at the end of bodge or hack.
– Jury’s out, James. – Next up, we’ve got homemade truing stand from um_coelho on Instagram.
– That’s nice, actually. – Used some callipers
there, as you can see, mounted to some wood inside a frame. – [Simon] That’s really nice, actually, yeah, I like that very much,
that’s a hack, I’d say. This one, this is
brilliant, this was sent in by Lennartmeinke. So, I got bored with my
phone almost slipping out out my cycling jersey
when in an aero position. And I got worried about the proximity of my phone close to my spine, so I knitted myself a phone holder. (Dan laughs) And that’s a lovely knitted phone holder. – Not in a million years
could I have made that. – Nope.
– So that’s a hack. – Yeah, no I think so.
– Not that everything I can’t make is a hack, you’ll be aware. Now, we love this one, don’t we? It came in on Instagram again
– I do love this one. – From Pixelian, store
your spare cassettes in an old CD/DVD spindle case, label them with the specification and miles used. Stackable, clearly seen
on your workshop shelf. – That really appeals to me, I mean, at the moment, I haven’t got anywhere to stack random, old
cassettes, but when I do, Dan, I will do that.
– It’s been a while since I’ve seen Si like something actually as you saw in that hack.
– Its been a while since I’ve seen a CD case, if I’m honest. – Yeah, just get them from
charity shops now presumably. – Yeah.
– Ken Dobson spotted this over in Newcastle Central Station.
– I can have a look in charity shops when I’m
looking for autobiographies of doping cyclists.
– Those are bodges, those mudguards, aren’t they? But they would definitely do the job. Even your elbows are gonna stay dry with those things.
– Wait, hang on a minute, why is that a bodge, ’cause let’s face it, he’s got fat tyres on, he’s
gonna need a fat mudguard. I’d say that’s a hack.
– Are you overruling? – No, I’m just saying we should maybe take this debate outside.
(Dan laughs) – Yeah, imagine our two arms
having a fist fight outside. Come back with minor bruising. – Yeah, take a long time,
wouldn’t it, to sort that one out. Right, Stuart, inspired by recent bike fit and having had a problem with knee pain, I made a jig for checking cleat
position for my road shoes. And that looks remarkably impressive. – [Dan] Yeah, simply made out of MDF, it’s so simple but so effective, isn’t it. That’s definite hack from me.
– I feel mean this week, but you still got the same problem there of actually checking on your shoe. Marking where your shoe sits on this jig is gonna be really
difficult, don’t you think? – Well, can’t you just draw round it? – Well, then why does he
need all the lines on it? – Well, that’s true, I
think they look pretty but I do think he could
just draw round his shoe. But then the great thing about holes, you can just do it up whilst
it’s in position, can’t you? From underneath.
– Hmm. – Anyway, we shall agree to
disagree, again this week. – Next up, Tom.
– We’ll sort it out after we’ve sorted out the previous one. – Tom put this on our uploader. After being hit by cars
twice in two years, I glued these small blink lights on the heels of my cycling shoes. – Now that is a grade A hack, after we– – No it’s bodge.
– No, no, seriously. Because, after Emma and Chris were talking about the case with
daytime running lights, and they said, to go further
than having super bright lights on your bike, actually if you put them on moving parts of the body,
they’re even more recognisable. So there we go, that’s like a
proper, proper hack, that one. – [Dan] And then finally,
we have got this from Colin. I converted a Garmin
Giant only computer mount to Wahoo by shaping the
element’s stem mount to fit. Whoa, it’s chunky but it’s quite neat. Very neat, actually.
– It is, isn’t it? That is an almighty stem.
– It is, isn’t it? – [Simon] Yeah, but there we go. We gotta say that’s a hack, haven’t we? – Yeah, #GCNHack is the hashtag if you would like to get involved in these hacks and bodges, we
love seeing them each week. Use our Twitter or Instagram or upload them to our uploader. – Right, outside? (electronic music) – Are you ready, it’s caption contest. Last week’s photo of this
Mitchleton-Scott mechanic with a wheel to his head
at the Tour of Poland. Two crackers we had, didn’t we? We found it hard to decide who
the winner was going to be. – Have we even decided yet, Dan, or are you doing eeny, meeny, miny, moe. – No, we’re doing two bottles. – Oh my word, a double winner! In that case then, first up, Shane Burgel: Speak up, I can’t wheelie hear you. (both laugh)
Followed by Edmond O’Connor: Can you hear me now? Can you hear me now? I’m sorry, the signal is wheelie bad. Genius.
– Brilliant. Yeah, spot a leak. Write into us on Facebook with a message with your addresses, and we’ll
get one out to each of you. This week’s photo is also
actually from the Tour of Poland, it’s Michal Kwiatkowski atop the podium after wearing the yellow
jersey and winning that. I shall get you started.
– Go on, Dan. I’m waiting for this, ’cause– Michal Kwiatkowski, me have cough, see. Me have a cough, see. Covering his mouth, isn’t he, almost. – With a lampshade.
– Yeah. That doesn’t make a lot of sense, but. – Anyway, there we go, the
bar is set low this week. So, please send in your captions, well, I say send them in, stick them in the comment’s section
down below, of course. And then we will choose a winner who will receive a GCN water bottle. – Me have a cough, see. – I think they’ve probably got it now. As much as there is to get. Before we get onto what is
coming up on the channel, as we usually do, we’re gonna take a little bit of an opportunity to have a look at some
of the great comments that you’ve been leaving
under last week’s videos. Like this one underneath the
Seven Lamest Doping Excuses. Dave Pratt said: As I
was looking at your arms, I thought “now there are two guys that never took testosterone.” Yeah you do, Dave.
– I don’t know what he’s talking about, but yeah, we won’t be going out
for that fight, will we? Also, under the same video, we had this from Gustavo Santos: Enjoyed every excuse, but Leukemans’ was the climax! See what he did there?
(Simon laughs) Wasn’t there also another funny comment about Leukemans being the
hardman of Belgium cycling? (Simon laughs)
– There was. – I quite liked that one. – We’re like school boys,
aren’t we, with that video. Anyway, right, over on Twitter. Micheal McDermott pointed
out that Chris Opie and James Lowsley-Williams are as handsome as Thunderbird’s puppets. And here it is, proving
that point with his tweet. Opie and James preparing for the upcoming space cycling series. – There is a similarity
there, isn’t there? They gotta decide though,
is he Travolta, is he, I don’t even know the names.
– A Thunderbird. Scott I think that one is.
– Is it? No, hang on a minute, Virgil? Yeah, one of the two. (laughs) – I’ve got no idea, never
watched Thunderbirds. – Did you not?
– Talking about John Travolta, the other comment comes
in from Jin Ngee Chia, sorry about that (laughs),
it’s John Travolta, he needs a flashing disco ball instead of these puny lights. That was underneath the case
for daytime running lights. – I think we probably
need to see John Travolta with flashing disco balls, don’t we, Dan. – Yes, well yes, I think so. Right, let’s go onto what’s coming up on the channel this week. On Wednesday, we’ve got how
to spin gears like a pro. On Thursday, we’ve got
some tips for city riding from Si, Chris and indeed, Emma Pooley. And on Friday, it’s Ask GCN Anything, but we’ve also got a special bonus video, because we’re previewing
the Zwift Innsbruck World Championship course.
– That’s right. Then, on Saturday we have got
another city cycling video. This is a city cycling
for beginners video. So, if you don’t feel that
is appropriate to you, make sure you share it out,
because without a doubt, we all know someone that could probably do with watching that one. Then on Sunday, we have got a great video about Chris and Emma
tackling the Maratona. A race you need to watch, that’s for sure. Then Monday is GCN racing news show. And on Tuesday, GCN show.
– Do we need to watch it? Emma’s gonna win, isn’t she? – Well, no, Chris is a demon descender. – Oh yeah, are you saying Emma’s not? – Nope, just saying Chris
has got weight on his side. (rock music)
Right, we’re getting towards
the end of the show now, but we have time, of
course, for Extreme Corner. And this week, well frankly,
you’re gonna wince at it, but we are assured that Johann from Sweden is absolutely fine at the end of it all. (ice cracking) – I thought he’d broken his pelvis when I first saw that slow mo. I’m very glad that he walked off. – I am super glad, I mean, admittedly, no matter how good his
overshoes, he’s still gonna be (Dan laughs)
flipping cold at the end of that, but still. – Feet warmers do
nothing against that ice. – Nope, nope.
– Right, that’s almost the end of this weeks show, I would
like to let you know though, that we’ve got two races
live here of GCN this week. From Thursday to Sunday, we have both the Arctic Race of Norway
featuring Mark Cavendish and also the Colorado Classic
over there in the USA too. So, make sure that you tune into them over on our Facebook page.
– That’s right. And if you’re in the mood for
some more videos right now, then I strongly suggest that you head over to the tech channel because
Ollie has got a great first look at the Shimano Ultegra RX Rear Derailleur. That’s the one with the clutch on it and illustrating with the help of some pretty hardcore
science, exactly how it works.

100 comments on “13 Things I Wish I’d Known About Cycling | The GCN Show Ep. 292

  1. I just hate, I mean really hate, lycra wearing for cyclidts who aren't about to take on some sporting event. It makes you look a prat if yourvonnyour mum's dhopping bike, a tourer etc, don't people realize thry look at dick? Leave lycra to mega sport cycling tours ..ala France, Giro de Italia etc.

  2. I just hate, I mean really hate, lycra wearing for cyclidts who aren't about to take on some sporting event. It makes you look a prat if your are on your mum's shopping bike, a tourer etc, don't people realize thry look at dick? Leave lycra to mega sport cycling tours ..ala France, Giro de Italia etc.

  3. Men's and Women's race should be the same length! Women don't run a 1/2 marathon, they run the full marathon, all the track events are the same distance too!

  4. Now I know that the training is important to be better (I thought that Pantani was good because he was good). One training (ride) is to small for better results 🙂 I wish I knew it in 1997.

  5. caption : “Through you we learn to be invisible, through you inaudible; and hence we can hold the enemy's fate in our hands"

  6. I wish I'd have known to go ahead and buy the nice kit because I'm just going to upgrade from the cheaper stuff in a couple weeks anyway.

  7. I'm with Simon — sprinting. Also I wish I knew about proper pacing for long climbs so I didn't bomb out 3/4 of the way up

  8. #TORQUEBACK Dear GCN, What I wish I had known about (endurance) cycling was how much a cyclist ends up eating: pre-ride, during-ride & post-ride fueling; breakfast, lunch & supper; more protein, more carbohydrates, more electrolytes — sometimes I just weary of always eating (especially when I'm *not feeling hungry*). For certain, I do enjoy the five minutes with the extra-large slice of tiramisu, but the other sixteen hours of protracted eating can become exasperating…! ScottW (KleinQCR)

  9. I wish I'd known that one style of cycling will never be enough for me, and that there is no such thing as a bike that does it all.

  10. Wish I would have known how awesome it is to ride a stage of the Tour the France, which I discovered this year at L’Etape du Tour. (Shameless plug to show how tough it was for me after starting cycling basically 3 months before the event… )

  11. I wish i had known that people in Chicago will strike you just for fun, weather in the bike lane or otherwise, and drive off without a trace. Even with a good glance at the plates, police still do nothing. It's an important thing to note, because you would expect people to be more weary of the law, but it is so trivial to hit and run here, that it is very alarming. If i had met the guy I met with two broken shoulder-bones before I got hit by 4 cars, 1 truck, and 1 truck door. I would have been a bit more careful. I was thinking it was the responsibility of the car to be careful, because you better be sure if you hit a car, you won't drive away illegally that easily. Chicago is a war zone.

  12. I wish i had known that cycling is not the sport for getting fit and having an Adonis type body.
    Just look like a hobgoblin with horse-like muscular legs.

  13. I wish I knew more about the various kinds of bikes before I bought my first. I didn't do badly and I don't really regret my purchase, but honesty compels me to admit, what I got right was luck, and what I got wrong wasn't so bad, which is also luck. There is no perfect bike for each of us, or if there is, the price might be stratospheric. But some prep on my part and some sales people that were more knowledgeable would have been a big help.

  14. I wish that my father knew that he had to send me to cycle in Italy, or Belgium, or Netherlands, actually everywhere except Greece in my teenage years!

  15. A lot of sports have non equal olympic distances for M and W. For example – cross country skiing: marathon M 50km, W 30km, individual race M 15km, W 10km, relay M 4x10km, W 4x5km.

  16. That trying to ride 50 miles aged 11 on a Triumph 20 is going to be disheartening. Didn't discover lightweight bikes till aged 30. Sad face Sad face

  17. Wish I had known that black cycling gear looks cool but bright lycra stops you ending up in casualty when a car driver doesn't see you.

  18. I wish I’d known I’d see Dan in his underwear AND sticking his hands down his shorts before watching this video. I’ve been able to handle each separately, but both in the same video was just too much. 😵😂

  19. I wish I'd knew you've got to use a bike. For years I just watched those bikers, dreaming about sprinting, climbing… I bought cycling wear, yes, overshoes too, gloves, a helmet, and still, not being able to cycle. When I became 39 and 11 months, getting old and wise, I finally bought my first bike. A real "leg" opener!

  20. I wish had known earlier, that when the pulse was going up and up towards the end of a training session, this was not a sign for a lag of form/shape/fitness but a sign of tremendous dehydration. Even though feeling subjectively not bad a was concerned about that. Now I know!

  21. I wish I had known how critical it is to eat Shot Bloks before the ride, and every twenty minutes during the ride. Before I learned this crucial game changer, I'd become hungry halfway into my ride and suffer, or my stomach would start cramping halfway or less into the ride because I'd ride too soon after eating in fear of getting hungry in the second half of the ride. Basically, before I realized there is a specific fuel designed for consuming while riding, fueling correctly before my rides was impossible: ride after my food had fully digested and I'd get hungry before the ride was over; ride before the food was digested fully and I'd cramp before the ride was halfway over. Also critical is having electrolytes in the water bottles!

  22. i wish that when i got my first proper road bike that someone had told me to buy all the needed accessories, like a floor pump, mini pump, spare tubes and all the rest needed to be self sufficient on the road at the very least.

    i abandoned riding back then because of a flat, and a bike shop not being open at a convenient time and it rusted on my balcony.

    the only advice i ever got as a kid regarding a flat was to put the tube in the bathtub to find the leak ! ha ha ha! i spent hours trying to get my entire bike in the tub cos i did not have a wrench or even know how to pull the wheel off! i was just a kid, but still…

  23. Borrowed a road bike to try cycling. It's a perfect fit to me. Now I don't want to return it again. Planning to buy it from him.

  24. I wish i had known that a proper sized frame was better than that smaller sized frame i was more comfortable with. As a beginner I wanted the easy most comfortable for me at the time. Now i have bikes that are too small and cramped and are holding me back.

  25. Valgren.. Say the a as you would say ahhh when you go to the doctor) shorten the sound and you would have said it right 😉

  26. correct bike size would have to be number 1 for me. Started off cycling with a medium giant hybrid not knowing what my size was. When i wanted to transition into a road bike, i made a mess of choices. Started off by getting a 49 trek(too small) traded that for a 56 Fuji(too big) then traded that for a 54 Fuji(thinking that was my size). Fast forward 6 months after that, is when i realized the reason my knees and lower back were killing me was because 54 was still too big. Finally after 2 years of cycling is when i realized I’m a 52 😒🤦🏻‍♂️

  27. I wish I’d known it would cost me a small fortune, I’d need a house full of things I’d never heard of and never thought I’d ever need and that it would become so addictive and a great way (but certainly not easy) of getting and staying fit and healthy.

  28. Aren't women slightly better at hill climbing? I vaguely remember reading that somewhere. Or is that just a statistic thing.

  29. I just started cycling at the age of 15! Gcn has helped me with so much. Thanks to the lot of you!

  30. With a sufficient amount of Gravity, you can downhill a Steamroller and with a sufficiantly sized transmission, you can climb with it too. which every Bike (i ride) feels like.

  31. Wish I had joined a cycling club in my teens instead of just being on my own!
    Always thought that clubs was for old farts with beards!!
    Aged 54 now from Matlock.
    Got a Whyte Glencoe. Live in Ireland.

  32. I wish I've known how expensive riding a bicycle would be. And I have just finished browsing the internet for a nice wheel set upgrade. Hu hu hu.

  33. I wish I had known that I could go MUCH faster if I rode behind a car or bus on the road. Now I always commute behind something or on aerodynamic positions

  34. I wish I had known that by taking off the things that prevent the tire from going flat overtime would allow me to get 20 psi plus without the danger of blowing it up

  35. I wish I had known that my legs have to be almost fully extended when I'm pedaling. I would have avoided so much knee pain and had been faster from the start

  36. I wish I had known that giving lifts for people on your bike works way better when the person goes BEHIND you instead of on your frame

  37. I wish I had known how often to eat and as soon as I slapped my first computer on the bike I realized my mistake. I can say the same of long climbs. The calorie count goes way up then. When I finally made it too the top of my big climb (4,620 vertical feet/1408 meters) I was over 500 calories shy of what I should have packed in my jersey pockets. That was a rough ride home. I am lucky that I didn't pass out. I wish that I had known how much faster smooth and skinny (25mm versus 1.75inch knobby) tires were. The importance of heart rate (and power meters, as soon as I can afford one), cadence, conservation of energy, riding in the saddle, and diet were. The importance of a bike fit to get the correct angle of the knee, center of balance front to back(thank you Keith Bontrager for debunking KOPS), and shoe placement on the cleats.

  38. I wish I knew about shorther crank arm changes the whole riding experience to get more miles. If not, I didn't have to spend 2,500 dollar on a new bike.

  39. I wich I would have known about the proper way to build a solid aerobic base through an integrative approach earlier, good news though its never too late to increase your ability to use fat for fuel.

  40. Why shouldn’t they be the same? Women are perfectly capable of riding the same routes they just might do it a bit slower.

  41. My wife says these guys look like a skinny Hugh Jackman and Eddie Redmayne. I didn't see it until she held a photo up next to the video. 🙂

  42. I wish I knew that my 2007 road bike had nearly zero tire clearance and that the narrow, high pressure tires were a bad idea. I wish I knew about cyclocross bikes. I also wish I knew about dynohubs and the amazing German LED headlights. Accessories are cheaper from Europe than in the USA.

  43. I wish I would have known earlier that road bikes are not made of glass and don't break into pieces this very moment you ride on the grass or gravel , So I'd have never bought a mountain bike 😀

  44. Why do people, Dan, in this case, say, " the proof is in the pudding" that isn't a saying, proverb or even a thing? The actual phrase/proverb is
    the proof of the pudding is in the eating or the proof of the pudding if you wish to shorten it.

  45. I have barely even started, but I wish I had known before that my technique really is not as bad as I thought it was before I started watching these, because that's given me motivation. 🙂

  46. When I first stared cycling I wish I'd known that a Raleigh Chopper was not really a good long distance bike and was also not the best vehicle for jumps, bumps and ramps. I still know that the yellow ones look the coolest (I had a purple one)… 🙂

  47. People share needles you all know where it gets them… Let's not find out what sharing shamois leads to.

  48. I wish I'd known not to buy my first bike at Wal-Mart.
    I wish I'd known to answer "No!" when a guy who had no job asked me if he could borrow my bike.
    I wish I'd known what kind of bike to get for the riding I wanted to do.

  49. I wish I would have purchased my ALR at first . Nope ,not knowing what I wanted, The DS1 and then the DS2 a month later. Can we say a small money pit.

  50. I am mtb'ing around 40 miles in gym shorts and undies. No missing skin yet. I did order my first kit though.

  51. I wish i'd never stopped riding
    even if it was just an old Huffy Thunder Road like my first bike
    or that Omni 10 that I rode until I started driving
    or that stupid GT Palomar that got stolen in 2001
    wait, whatever happened to that Omni? Did I sell it?
    THAT"S what I did wrong, I started driving.
    40 cars later I'm over it, and I'm discovering all the cycling that I missed. All the technological advances that happened from the time that 1980 Ford Granada entered my life, right up until I actually moved to a place where I could ride year round; all the brands that merged and folded, the rise and fall of entire industries…
    Now I watch YouTube videos about all of the lost tech of the 80s, I collect odd bits on ebay and craigslist, and get to know about the life I should have been living all along.
    And I ride.

  52. What are you talking about.
    Men & women have different strengths.
    Womens football would be faster if the pitches were women sized.
    If mens race is 250km, womens should be 200-225 kinda thing.
    Or whatever works best for WOMEN x

  53. Hello. I do NOT know what is "shimmi cream". Any help? Thank you guys. Enve thoght I MTB, I never miss a show. Best regards

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