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5 Tips To Avoid Disaster On Your Road Bike | The GCN Show Ep. 305

5 Tips To Avoid Disaster On Your Road Bike | The GCN Show Ep. 305

Announcer: From the wheat
fields in the River Eden New South Wales Australia,
welcome to the GCN Show. Host: Welcome to the GCN Show brought
to you by our friends at Wiggle. This weekaction-packedn packed. We’re talking about crashing and more
specifically how you can avoid it. Host: At the other
end of the spectrum we are actively causing
it by trying to settle that long-standing
question, can you run a road bike on a pump track? Host: Yes, Host: And if you don’t
know what a pump track is don’t worry we will
explain that too. All that and more. [music] Host : This week in the world
of cycling whilst we learnt what the difference
between a cyclocross bike and a gravel bike is we also
learnt the difference between [?] and a fully-fledged
professional rider. Step forward [?]. That was probably gnarly
that descent, wasn’t it? Host : It was wasn’t it so while
we now know the difference a cross bike and a gravel
bike, an ExPro a NonPro and a Current Pro., unfortunately,
another comparison was also thrown into question last
week thanks to Matt Jones. Road bike versus dirt jump
bike, what is the difference? Because honestly, Dan,
I can’t really tell. [noises] Host: I so wish I was capable
of doing something like that. It’s fun, isn’t it? Host: I think you are mate. Host: It does look fun but I
mean he makes it look easy. I reckon if you hit that jump with enough speed and just
did what he did. Host: I wouldn’t. I’d bottle out at the last moment and just crash basically,
but that part of the longer YouTube
video from Matt if you would like to go
and check it out. Host: That’s right and now
finally this week we’re actually in the process of learning
something as we film this. Host: Yes, we have
come to Castle Combe race track which is
very close to our HQ back in Bath in
the UK to answer one of cycling’s most
important questions. We’re going to find out just how far
you can push it around a corner. Host: That’s right. How fast can you go? How far can you leap? Host: Unfortunately we don’t know
the answer yet because James is trying to wiggle his way
out of doing this experiment. Host: Yes., hurry up James. Now all being well we
should have a video for you on this very
subject on Saturday. That’s Saturday James. No pressure mate. Host: I hope he gets
on with it soon. Anyway, since crashing is pretty
much inevitable at some point during today’s shoot, we thought we would
actually tackle the subject. How do you avoid crashing
and what skills can you use and employ so that
you don’t hit the deck? Host: Yes, interesting
little aside here Dan, in the UK we say when
you crash you come off. Apparently, you can’t
say that in the US. Host: You can’t say
you’re coming off? Come on. Host: No, have you
come off yet James? Probably best if we don’t hear the
answer to that one, isn’t it? Host: Come back inside because quite
frankly it was getting pretty blooming cold waiting for James
to do his thing, wasn’t it? Host: It was, wasn’t it. Host: Two coats on. Host: Right, so what
are the five best bits of advice we can give
for avoiding crashing? Host: Well in order
to talk about how to avoid crashing on a
bike I firstly think we should talk about the
scenarios that lead to crashing on a bike
in the first place. Let’s start with group rides. In that situation it’s almost always
down to a touch of wheels, isn’t it? Whether that’s in racing
or on a social ride. Host: That’s right. It’s kind of like a
precarious situation riding in a group of cyclists, isn’t it, because there’s not much
space between you, therefore, it doesn’t take much for you to end
up with some overlapping wheels, and then not just one, but
potentially multiple people go down. What’s the solution? Host: Lessons. Host: Lessons. Host: Because an upright
successful group ride is almost always down to each and every rider looking after each
of the other rider’s best interests. Host: That’s right. You need a boss. Host: You do need a boss. Yes, however annoying it is
and it is blooming annoying to have somebody shouting
instructions out on group rides both Si and I have both learnt
an awful lot from club rides as youngsters where we were
given quite a few pointers. Host: Yes, that’s a nice way
of putting pointers, isn’t it? Pointers, but often it’s
just the small things, isn’t it, so don’t sit directly
behind the wheel in front. Sit a little bit off
to the side because that means you buy
yourselves a little bit more time if the person in front
was to do anything unpredictable i.e. jamming their brakes for example. Host: Or you could
not jam your brakes on at all when you’re
in a group ride. Host: Good point. Host: If at all possible. It is vital there is
communication at the front of the group and the back of the
group as to what’s coming up. Host: That’s right. It could be verbal communication it
could be pointers, hand signals. For example, pointing out potholes in
the road that no one behind either crashes straight through them or sees
one and then jams their brakes on. If you have the
experience then certain situations call for you to share it. Host: But without being bossy. Host: Without being bossy. Host: Right scenario number two, the inability to unclip
from your peddles. [crash] Host: I miss the bean bag. That most embarrassing of
crashes, you pull up to see all the traffic lights, you come
to a stop, you start to tilt. You carry on tilting
until you hit the deck. Host: It hurts your pride,
isn’t it as much your body this particular crash but
that twisting motion is just so easy to do isn’t it,
when you’re concentrating and now an impossible to do
when you lose concentration. Host: That’s right. Engage your mind to
disengage your foot. Although actually [?]
then is where you end up disengaging your mind and
your feet naturally follow. That and also winding
off the spring tension on your pedals to make
it easier to gain. Host: That also helps as does plenty
of practice to yourself, isn’t it? Now this one might seem blindingly
obvious if you’ll pardon the pun. So many people do that,
they look down either at their front wheel
perhaps or their head unit and what that means, they
don’t give themselves ample time to react to
any upcoming hazards. Host: Yes, I did. Looked at my chain set a lot. Yes, no one knows
what he’s looking at, but it really is important to do it. The more time you give
yourself to react to upcoming hazards, the more chance
you’ve got to avoid it. It doesn’t have to be just a hazard. It could be finding your line
on a decent or going around the corner as well as things that
you definitely want to avoid. Host: Yes, that’s definitely
a big one, isn’t it? Look up the road. Onto another biggie
now, your equipment. Now don’t worry, we’re not
about to tell you that you need to upgrade your bike
in order to avoid crashing. What you do need to do
is ensure the equipment you currently have is
in good working order. Host: That’s right. Brakes need to be working
pretty well, tires not worn out, blown outside
wall recipe for disaster. Chain not worn. Broken chains definitely going down. Gears worn out, under
pressure, skipping probably going to go down as well. Basically, if you have a
look at your bike and think, “Probably all right for one
ride.” It might not be. Host: Actually a really nasty
one for worn out chain. It horrible. Next up, we’ve got skills
which I think we are going to spell with a z
in this particular case. We reckon that building skills
through using different disciplines of cycling is a great way to
prevent yourself from crashing. I’m going to give you
a couple of examples. Firstly, Peter Sagan
background in mountain biking almost never crashes at all. [?] background in [?] and mountain biking, skills
for days on the road. Host: Yes, Daniel Lloyd
background in mountain biking, check out how he holds it up
whilst winding on an iceberg. Host: I still can’t
believe I held that up. It was left I think. Host: Mountain biking,
that’s what it was. Seriously though, I see practicing
cycling skills in a different discipline super beneficial because
the ability to feel confident if your wheels are sliding a little
bit because you’re practiced in mountain biking, credibly
valuable when you’re on the road. The ability to bunny hop
out of harm’s way, perhaps something that you might also
learn while mountain biking. That instant instinct not to
hang on to your brakes if the situation arises, something you
might learn in mountain biking. Something you might learn
in track racing, in fact. Host: Now hang on a minute because
the rides that compete at the red [?] are essentially
track riders on Tom. They seem to crash regularly. [vidoe playing] Host: Yes. They don’t have any breaks, do they? Maybe just take them back
on a road bike we’ll be able to just slow down,
maybe they’ll be all right. Host: Well, I’ll take
your word for it. Anyway, all this talk on
how to avoid crashing and remarkably we’ve yet to
mention practicing cornering. Because quite a lot of people
wipe out in corners, don’t they? Speaking of which, I wonder
if Hanks wiped out yet? Check in to see where he’s at. Host: No. He’s still rubber
side down, isn’t he? That’s a bit disappointing. Host: It is. Host: I guess it’s
actually harder to crash on a corner on purpose
than you might think. Host: Well, I didn’t think
it would be because he seems to find remarkably easy to
crash when he was racing. Host: How weird. Commentator: Like James
Losley Williams coming around that corner just
lost his back wheel. Host: Anyway, we would
like to hear from you as ever on this very
subject, Let us know what is the best piece
of advice you have ever heard to avoid
crashing on your bike. Host: Yes, let us know in the
comment section down below. Host: Read them out next week. In the meantime, we have been trying
to find out something else this week. Can you ride a road
bike on a pump track? Host: Well, can you? To find out we have come to
Bristol’s Premier Pump Track. For those of you wondering
what a pump track is, well as you can see, it’s
like a micro BMX track. The idea is that you go
around it without pedaling to get your full momentum,
you pump instead. Yes, I don’t really know
what that is either. Anyway, wish me luck. [music] Okay, driving on arrow bike. [music] Yes [laughs]. [music] Nailed it [laughs] Host: Nice try. Host: Thanks, man. Host: [?] Host: Are you serious mate? It’s going have to look like this. Host: You ready? Host: May I borrow that, please? Host: Yes, sure. Speaker 3: [?] Host: Look here for me. Host: It’s not actually mine. Host: Is it not? Whose is it? Host: It’s James’ Host: It looks like him. [music playing] Speaker 1: [laughs] now that’s how you want to [?] Host: It’s time now for GCN’s weekly
inspiration which we have to thank Wiggle for sponsoring,
each week, three of you get to win Wiggle vouchers, £50 the amount for third place, £75
for second and £100 for the top price which you can spend on anything you
want over on the Wiggle online shop. Host: It’s not bad is it? For taking a photograph,
an inspiring photo though and starting
with third place which is this sent in by John
Clark also as gone fishing forever, no
fishing today though. Oh no, look at that, a tunnel
bike ride, how cool is that? Host: That’s a really nice
photo, I’m a sucker for an inspirational tunnel
photo, it must have been. Host: Yes, that Mazama in
Washington in the US there. Host: It’s a full photo
there, isn’t it? Host: Yes, it is. Host: Oh, that’s so cool, £150 on its
way to you John, in second place is Ryan looking mightily cold in
some snow and wet conditions there and hardly he was too, right on the
first day of the European summer, the rookie mistake of dressing
like a would-be Australian summer. I’ve never been so cold but the road
was too incredible to stop climbing. Host: Not conventionally
inspiring you might think but actually, a
photo of a grim ride, it conjures up memories of
those rides that you survived despite being
miserably wet and cold. Yes, fair play, I like that one Host: £175 on its way to
you, our winner or at least, winner of the first
place prize this week is Alan Carrillo who sent
this in on Instagram with the #GCNinspiration,
“I conquered Dante’s peak is up to 25 miles from
furnace creep campground, 190 feet below sea level
as Dante’s visitor at five and half thousand
feet above sea level” and that is the view
that we got at the top. Host: That’s quite
a climb, isn’t it? I love the fact you stopped
below sea level, imagine all the extra oxygen down
there [crosstalk] Fantastic, there you go, three worthy
winners for you this week, if you want to be
in with a shot at getting your hands on one of these
Wiggle vouchers, then all you got to do is send us
your photos either via the uploader, link to which
is in the description or you can hashtag GCN
inspiration on Instagram. [Instrumentals] Speaker 4: It’s now
time for cycling shots. Host: We’re going to start cycling
shots with a story it seems rather timely given that it was
remembrance day on Sunday, this is a story on the Leader-Post,
it talked about a bike used in World War I by the
Canadian core cyclist battalion. Host: That’s right, apparently, those
bikes used to get loaded up with 45 kilos of equipment before being
used on reconnaissance missions and indeed, the story has it that
the first ever casualty of World War I was a cyclist on such a
machine, a chap called John Par. Host: I’m not sure whether it
is because I’m so familiar with cycling as a sport but that story
I found particularly moving. [crosstalk] It’s hard one’s hard
to move on from, we shall try. Our next story is from Forbes
and it’s about all the delivery cycles and the data they’ve
been collecting on them. Host: That’s right, data
comes courtesy of delivery’s algorithm called Frank,
basically, what it has calculated is that
actually, that bicycle delivery riders are faster
more of the time than the motorbike delivery riders,
if proof were needed, then actually the bike is
the fastest form of urban transport as well as being
the the least polluting even with those massive
ruksacks on your back. Host: It’s good to
know Si, that we had a little bit to that data, isn’t it? Host: That’s true
actually, good job that your timer didn’t start
before you went into that revolving door
as opposed to after, otherwise it would have
been a different story. Host: More bikes used
for work now because the matter of important
origin has created a pedal powered street sweeper
because he got so fed up with leaves clogging
up all the bike lanes. Host: That’s right, it’s not
inventor Bill Strike’s first attempt at creating a pedal-powered utility
vehicle but this one, while it’s still in it’s prototype
phase will ultimately be powered or towed behind, should I say an
electric bike, how cool is that? Host: It’s very cool indeed. Bikes are very useful, what
more can you say than that? Host: Our engineers invite over
at [?] have always come up a very novel use- -for
rim brake here is a game of wide fly fishing [laughs]. Host: That looks great bud isn’t it. Say what you like about disc brakes,
Dan but they cannot do that. Host: They can’t. Right we have some dates for
your diaries, you ready? We’ve got a GCN live racing
series on Zwift coming up. Host: We have indeed. Three different races on
three different courses. The first of which is
on Tuesday the 20th of November on their
New York course. Exactly one week later there’s the [?] race of the Alp Zwift. Then finally the grand
finale on Tuesday the 4th of December is a circuit
race around London. Host: GCN presenters will be
competing in all of them. You are invited to compete against us
or maybe you could team up with us. How about that? Cheeky little devious pact. Anyway, the first two are
going to be broadcast live on Zwift then the final round will
be right here on GCN live. Host: Really looking
forward to that. We’d love it if you could
get involved as well. Before we finish with your
diaries though I want you to put another marker in there
on the 17th of November. That is when an auction
begins and all the money raised in this
auction will go towards World Bicycle Relief
which as you probably know is a charity very
close to our hearts. The auction’s for a
specialized Alice spring with a custom paint job
from Felipe Pantone. Host: Look at that. That is cool, isn’t it? Host: Very nice indeed yes. I’ll be quite tempted. Host: That’s like bikes
is art, isn’t it? That could be one of those
bikes that you buy and then in 10 years time is worth a
quarter of a million dollars. Host: I might bid for it then. Host: Go for it mate. If you make a quarter of a million
dollars, you heard it from me and if you lose a lot of money [laughs] it was nothing
to do with me. We got a bit of racing
news for you, really. Racing news in the form not
necessarily of news that Matthew Vanderpol has won
two more cyclecross races. It was a DVV and also
Superprestige both cracking races, both
available on our Facebook page, both were live on
Saturday and Sunday but now there for your
viewing at your leisure. Really, the news was
that after Superprestige on Sunday, he said
that he did not make a single mistake for the
entire race despite how muddy and slippery
and technical it was. He said he rode his technically
his best race ever. Which is pretty remarkable when
you think about it isn’t it? Host: Especially remarkable
given that he’s now won 38 rounds of the Superprestige
series at just 23 years of age. Host: Only now he
doesn’t make a mistake. Showing off, isn’t it? Host: Anyway well
finish sighting news with a really good
story, I like this one. Italian professional Alan
Marangoni, he’s 34 years old. He’s about to wrap up his career. In fact, he has done. He did so on Sunday,
his very last race. He toured in Okinawa which he won. He’s never won a race in his
entire career and then he goes and does it at the very
last race of his career. Lats race first win, last
win bish, bash, bosh. Bombs your encore. That’s the way to do it, isn’t it? Host: That is the way to do
it, congratulations Alan. Female Commentator: It has
been a tough week out here in Mt.– We’re so sorry we
couldn’t be in the office guys. Host: Not really we’re
not, don’t be silly. We’ve had an amazing week over here. We’ve ridden some absolutely
stunning climbs, we’ve seen some stunning local villages, the food
we’ve tried has been amazing. Female Commentator:
It’s been fantastic. I did get defeated by
one of those climbs and I’m a bit upset
about that still. [?] I am coming back
for you next year in the [?] demand to try and
get my own back really. Host: You may have been
defeated but you did set a new challenge for our
viewers to attempt. Female Commentator: I
did, you should watch out for that video coming very soon. What surprises the
most really is how friendly and welcoming
the people are. Host: It’s been amazing. Female Commentator:
The coffee, I did not expect the coffee
to be that good. Watch on for some
impressions of our trip. Host: Right, let’s
go catch our dinner. Female Commentator:
Desperate for a swim. [music] Host: This week the
world of tech has seen the release of the new
Continental GP5000 Tyre. The long-awaited
replacement to the GP4000. Perhaps the most exciting
thing about it is that it’s going to be available in a
tubeless ready version. Which is particularly
interesting because Continental is the last major brand
to embrace road tubeless. In doing so it suggests
that Continental believes at least, that road tubeless
is indeed the future. The GP5000 isn’t just
tubeless though, it’s also said to have lower
rolling resistance, better puncture
protection, more comfort and is lighter than
the outgoing GP4000. For more details head over and
check out our first look video. For more tech, you can join myself and John here in the
tech studio on Thursday where amongst other things our main
talking point will be, “Should all racing be done on the same bikes and equipment?” John
just got back from Japan and he’s been inspired by Japanese Keirin racing where
they do just that. Guess will see you Thursday. Host: Next up it is hack-
-forward slash bodge of the week. A reminder that the hashtag to get involved in this is
gcnhack on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter or just use the
uploader that is a link to which in the description
just below this video, and we’re going to start this week over in Canada, Beaumont in Alberta
to be precise from Benjamin Seiler. I broke my fizik seat clip so I
converted it to a GoPro mount. So clean. [crosstalk] Benjamin: That is clean. Host: Yes I would agree
with you Benjamin, that looks very neat
and tidy indeed. Benjamin: That is grade A hacking. Fairplay. That is officially a
hack, don’t you think? Host: Yes. Really, I think that’s
very impressive indeed. Host: Nice, okay next up. Technically this, it looks like it’s
one of our own hacks, but it’s not. This was sent in by Dan. I love it, like a
glowing water bottle. What is it? Like a light strapped
to a full water bottle? Host: That certainly
stands out is it- Host: Exactly what you want when- Host: -roundabout and a
driver’s coming round. So they can see you. Host: That looks wicked doesn’t it? Host: Yes. Host: That’s almost like something
you could get on Kickstarter. Host: That is definitely a hack. Host: If you could make
it more complicated and make it look less like
you just did it at home. Host: Yes. Next up, we have a video. This came in from Prosperogogo
who’s kid needed a little bit more resistance on his
rollers whilst using his Zwift. Host: I’d have never
thought of that myself- Host: No way. Host: -using footballs. Genius [?] proving too much resistance for you
these days isn’t it? Host: Yes, I’d probably
would leave it as it was [laughter] if it
given-left to my choice. Host: [laughs] Yes. I love that. Alright then, last one. This is sent in by Richard Pics. He says, “Not really sure there
are words to describe what this even is,” which seems like a
difficult thing to submit to Hack or Bodge then, but certainly, there
is a lot going on on this solar powered electric trike
with whats [?] [crosstalk] Host: To me that looks like a
low-rent DeLorean bike to me. Host: Yes. It does, doesn’t it? Host: I’m going to say bodge. I mean there’s a lot
going on there, but most of it looks like a bodge to me. Host: Yes, I think given
that we don’t understand it, [laughter] we should probably
say bodge just in case but- Host: If we gave bodge to
everything we don’t understand Si, there’d be alot of
bodges about wouldn’t it? Host: I like the idea of
solar-powered e-bike though. That is interesting. Host: Oh, we’ve seen
them before haven’t we? They’re normally this
huge solar power aren’t they, like a
table [laughter]. Host: Good point. Right, there we go then. We got some great hacks,
and some fairly iffy bogdes this week, but
keep them coming in. We absolutely love
checking them out. Who knows, next week it might
be you that gets a hack. [theme music] Host: It’s caption competition time
now, your weekly chance of winning a GCN Camelbak water bottle for
the best caption of the week. Here’s last week’s photo. It came from the Saitama
Criterium in Japan and then we have a winner,
here at the top side. Host: It is from Brian Messemer. He said, quite poetically
actually, “Cycling movie stars, riding ever toward the yellow sunny sky,
through canyons, over the Alps,” not sure where
that bit comes in. Oh, Alpecin. Got you, “Through (Bah)rain
and snow, chasing rainbows.” There’s a lot going
on there Bri, nice work. Host: It’s an A for effort
and it’s a GCN Camelbak water bottle that we’ll
give to you, Brian. Let’s know your address on Facebook
and we’ll get that out to you. Host: Right then. This week’s photo–well
that’s me, isn’t it? Host: It is Si, yes. Host: Yes. That face says it all. Host: Well I think my caption would
be all about transferable skills. Sagan, mountain biker,
almost never crashes. Van der Poel, mountain biker,
cyclist, skills for days. Si Richardson. Well that’s the end of it. Host: [laughs] Host: [crosstalk] Not
very catchy, I must admit but leave your captions in the comments section down
below for your chance to win a bottle this time next week. We’ll be picking out
our favorite one. Host: Yes, and that is
actually going to be a video on GMBM as well so make sure
you check that one out. Host: I think you actually cleared
those doubles didn’t you? It’s quite impressive. Host: Wow. Host: Transferable skills mate. Host: Thanks, mate. [theme music] Host: We’ve picked out a few of our
favorite comments again for you now. Most of them seem to focus on
presenter hairstyles, don’t they? Host: Well there’s been some strong
hairdos over late on the channel. First of all underneath the We Built a HyperBike video where
some people maybe still didn’t quite understand
why there was a mullet and mustache and a [?] but anyway, Mauricio
Alsina Lee said, “Interesting reflection
on the theme, but what’s more interesting is
how good Si looks with long hair, mustache
and synth music. It’s like a retro and cooler
mix of Eddy Merckx and Peter Sagan.” No one’s ever said
anything nicer before I think. James Mason meanwhile
just said I looked like a skinny Hulk Hogan, which– Host: I’d say that’s probably a compliment, [crosstalk]
I think so yes. Gunshot Enduro, “It’s like
his hair is made of iron, there’s a huge electromagnet
outside the room.” This is from the GCN Racing News
Show [laughs] on Monday and I can see what you mean
about Ollie presenting that. Incredible gel, or matte
wax or something. Host: Or an electromagnet
[laughter] to be fair mate, because that really does look
like the only explanation. Anyway, Dan, you’ll
be pleased to know does not [laughs] escape lightly. Niels Heldens thank you
very much as ever to you, “Dan has that proper
Monday morning after a hard weekend look
going on.” It’s a look you’ve been fighting for
years but- [crosstalk] Host: I think most
days– [?] [crosstalk] HosHostt: It’s finally
caught up with you. Dan: Most days are like
a Monday morning after a hard weekend to be
quite perfectly honest. Finally, Christian Clausen said,
“Grave cross.” You missing that out there, I just read
Hostout what I see on the page. Wouldn’t that be gross? Good point, Si: very good point. You should coin that. Host: Gravel cross is just gross. If it’s got legs that race
format, it could be the answer. Host: We did really enjoy reading
all your comments except the really insulting ones, it plenty
though that we try and ignore them. On the channel this week then on
Wednesday we’re going through some common winter questions and
answer them as best we can. On Thursday we’re going to
go through eight mistakes that we all make that
we probably shouldn’t. Friday then as ever is
asked, do you see anything? Host: Saturday if James hurries up
and actually does find the limits of traction, we will have just how
far you can lean a road bike. I can’t wait to see
that, I really can’t. Fingers crossed okay. He escaped Red Hooker
ride, didn’t he? Host: No [?] Host: I’m sure he’ll be right. Eight lives left. Then on Sunday, really
excited about this one too. Chris and Emma have just been
in [?] as you’ve seen earlier in the show, and they’ve got an
amazing epic adventure ride for us. That looks absolutely mouthwatering. Followed by Monday is
the racing new show and of course, Tuesday is
the GCN show, number 306. Host: Also on Sunday, we have
more lifecycle spoilers, make sure you check into our
Facebook page for that. Some exciting news
now, because there’s a huge sale going on at Lots of it is half price. This one is 25% off. This nice and light blue t-shirt
if you head over to the website. Size sporting a garment
which does have 50% off. Nice, gray Vello hoodie. Host: Darn it. I can’t believe it. I absolutely love these. Anyway, loads more stuff. We’ve got scarf at 50% off on Lori and also the essentials
case as well. Not just these, of course, we’ve also
got cycling kit that’s in the sale as well as close, all sorts of other
stuff, make sure you check it out. The prices are not
going to hang around like that forever, getting quick. Host: Shop at as you mentioned and you’ll find a link to that in
the description below this video. Host: It’s time now for
Extreme Corner, and not wanting to be done given
that James’ currently finding limits of cornering
traction, and Blake showed us how to ride a
pump track on a robot. I show you how to gun
whilst desperately trying to close some doubles. Dan narrowly escaped
death on an iceberg. Ollie has got a little something
up his sleeve from Taipei. Ollie: Here’s the Taipei show. There’s loads of demo
areas with loads of cool exciting stuff going on. I thought I’d come down
and represent team GCN. I’m going to have a go
at this BMX malarkey. I’ve not done it before, but
how hard can it really be? [music] Host: Impressive stuff from
Ollie there, isn’t it? Host: I’m actually
only doing an Ollie. Maybe you should take
up skateboarding. Bad joke. Well, it’s the end of the show,
that’s all I’ve got left. [?] and don’t forget to get involved in the comments
section to let us know what the best piece
of advice you’ve ever had is for avoiding
crashing on your bike. Host: That’s right. If you’ve enjoyed this show
despite Dan’s terrible joke at the end, please
give us a thumbs up. If you want to watch another
video, please make sure you check out gravel cross or
gross as it’s now called. Host: Grave cross. [music]

100 comments on “5 Tips To Avoid Disaster On Your Road Bike | The GCN Show Ep. 305

  1. Richard Bryne a coach I worked briefly with mid 80s taught me to be a better bike handler by riding on grass where turns led to falls at less speed with less dangerous grass rash.

  2. Best advice ever, whilst descending Puig Major into Soller, I get overtaken by two guys, I push hard to catch them. Hold on for 2ks, speed is in the high 80kmph, My skill level leaves me and I exit a corner on the wrong side of the road nearly hitting a car and going over the barrier. A cold hand touches me on the shoulder and says in a broad Irish accent “ rule number 1 of decending, never follow the O’ Malley brothers”
    Wise words

  3. My best piece of advice was to look at the the persons hips in front of you, not the rear wheel in front of you. Keeps the bigger picture in view .

  4. What a fantastic show! Having had 2 tough weeks of work, tooooo overloaded, and missing last week's show (which I shall now locate and watch) it was mega fun eating my lunch and laughing to Si and Dan. You guys are the best twosome for smiles, chuckles, grins, groans and laughs!

  5. If you get off with your front wheel of the track because you loose balance NEVER try to get your front wheel back on track. You will fly. Instead completely go off the track and brack gently.

  6. Anyone else notice in the section on having your equipment in good working order to avoid accidents, the Continental tire is mounted backwards.

  7. Amazing cameo by Blake! And how the hell did he double those rollers (jumping them) with regular flat mtb shoes on top of clipless pedals!!!

  8. Dear GMBN we regret to inform you that we will not be returning Blake Samson!!! Can we please see some more crossovers 🤔💭 (doddys just shaved his legs so is more than welcome here) and Mr Ashton needs to be brought in for questioning over the breaking of little Dan Lloyd 😜 What about a GCN vs GMBN vs GTN? Ps ebike channel welcome 😁👍

  9. Hey GCN, any chance of receiving the Fizik prizes I won from you back in September (announced on GCN show ep.298). Lasty said he was looking into it as of the 27th October but still nothing 🤷🏽‍♂️

  10. You must except the fact that if you ride you will fall. I have been riding over 30 years, road and mountain, so I have some skills, but last month I was on a road ride that I had done many times before, and this time hit a little water with an unseen object in the water, and went down so fast I couldn't do anything. Broke my hip! Dr. says I can be back on the bike in a few months, and I will!

  11. Yeah, I do deliveroo and I'm defiantly quicker than cars and mopeds as long as the roads aren't empty. However, the main place that I am quicker on a bike is as I can roll up to the doors of restaurants without having to find somewhere to park.

  12. I think I already have experienced most of stuffs you'd set up. But I do watch your videos often since I like words and humours you are using hahaha. It's like from non – amatuer writer.

  13. Yeay, I've made it through the GCN Comments! Now I can rest in peace. BTW, thanks for pronouncing my name correctly, it almost never happens.

  14. #CaptionChallenge “oh no, if I nail this I’m going to have to be a GMBN presenter!” -Si “TOTALLY GNARLY PUMP JUMP BRO!!!” – Blake

  15. Best tip for disengaging from cleats is simple – don’t use cleats. Use properly adjusted toe clips (I use Token toe clips) and the correct matching footwear (Quoc Pham works brilliantly for me). I can bring the bike to a complete standstill whilst clipped in and disengage and get my foot down before the bike topples. 100% of the time. And, properly adjusted, there’s no mechanical disadvantage to toe clips either.
    If cleats work for you then that’s great – but don’t discount toe clips just because they’re old technology. It could be that the old technology is the right technology for you.

  16. Does the uploader not work in Chrome? It gives an option to 'Select One' for a category, but all I get is a drop down with 'Select One' now in red and no options!

  17. When (ha ha) you touch the wheel in front of you: Immediately push your tire away from theirs with sudden two armed steering. You'll stay up and they won't be much affected. Those around will have heard that zzzzzzip sound and might want to learn how you stayed up.

  18. i try to think 5 seconds ahead of me usually if something happens thats the time i can react its worked for me for 8 years not crash in that time but now i said that lol

  19. 'first ever casulty of WW1'. you need to be more precise in your referencing, WW1 started in Serbia, with full might of Austrohungarian empire coming down to Serbia.
    Besides that, great show…

  20. A question regarding bike-fitting. Could you please explain what Q-factor is and how much (if any) does it matter? I was about to get a pair of IQ2 powermeters once mentioned on GCN, but comments say that they increase Q-factor from each side by 1cm+. Thanks champs! #torqueback

  21. Constantly keeping an eye out for parking cars and the drivers opening their doors without looking or even worse, a passenger behind the driver. I've had some close calls, but been lucky enough to avoid an opening door. I think as both a rider and driver, using the Dutch Reach is the best way to open a door. This could culturally prevent many accidents.

  22. The only way to avoid crashing on a road bike is to not ride. its not if you crash, it is when, and are you prepared to deal with it.

  23. Haha, I think if I finally won a race on my last day of my pro career, I'd have a tough time leaving. I would probably seriously re-evaluate that decision. Maybe I'm hitting my peak?!

  24. Best way to avoid crashes in a peloton is: 1.never overlap wheels 2. react 1st by doing nothing 3. Look where you want to go, not at the people crashing all around you.

  25. Simon;
    "I.e.," = "id est" = "that is"; "e.g., " = "exempli gratia" = "for example". So when you say "I.e, ..for example…" it is, as best, confusing. N.B. the punctuation 'letter period letter period comma.' For the record, Latin sucks.

  26. One tip for unclipping is to make sure that your foot is horizontal. It's hard to rotate the heel outwards if your foot is pointing down or up.

  27. Best tip ever? From an Escape Velocity coach during a group ride, about tight cornering:

    When you're riding, always remember to look where you want to go, never at where you DON'T want to go.

  28. I found one piece of advice I had read in a cycling magazine incredibly effective. If you find yourself approaching a hazard, don't keep your gaze fixate on it. That will almost certainly lead you right into it. Instead concentrate of finding your way around it. It really works.

  29. Best advice on not crashing: lose the fear.
    Fear make you stressed, stressed make you tighten your arms and hands, which actually gives you less control over the handlebar.

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